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'The Capitol Pressroom' with Susan Arbetter

Monday, December 19, 2011

Today on "The Capitol Pressroom":

The North Country was a big winner in the economic development grant competition. While the 16 projects that won the $103.2 million dollars are posted on-line, we wanted to know how these projects will leverage growth throughout the region, and help to create the 1000 promised new jobs? Where will be they?

Susan speaks with two long-time proponents of development in the North Country to hear what they are hoping for: Bill Farber, Chairman of the Board of the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors as well as the county Republican Chairman and the Supervisor of the Town of Morehouse; as well as Jim McKenna of the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism.

Unemployment among war veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan is higher than for other vets, as well as higher than for their peers without college degrees. Over the next five, years with overseas conflicts coming to an end, an estimated one million more veterans will be entering the job market -- a concern in upstate New York considering the lackluster economy and the numbers of veterans upstate counties have sent to fight overseas.

Is there help? We speak with Sgt. Maj. John Willsey of the 42nd Special Troops Battalion who has suggestions for returning veterans looking for work, as well as advice to prospective employers hesitant to hire veterans with any history of PTSD.

The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy and Citizens for Tax Justice have partnered on a newly released report on corporate tax dodgers. Co-author and ITEP Executive Director Matthew Gardner will share details.

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Governor Cuomo hands out Regional Economic Council awards

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Courtesy of the Governor's office. ( )

Governor Andrew Cuomo and other state elected leader today handed out the first set of grants to the Regional Economic Councils as part of an economic proposal competition meant to help spur job growth throughout the state.

"The plans submitted by all ten regions were truly extraordinary,” the Governor said in statement. “For the first time, we are putting the power of the State Government behind the innovation of our people, giving them the tools to rebuild our economy."

All the regions received some form of funding, with a total of $785 million in grants for projects throughout the state. The four big regional winners were Central New York, the North Country, Long Island, and Western New York:

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Regional Economic Council presentations continue today

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Today is day two of presentations. The New York City council will be making it's pitch today at 2:30 pm.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011:

Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council – 9 a.m.
Capital Region Regional Economic Development Council - 10:30 a.m.
Central New York Regional Economic Development Council - 12 p.m.
New York City Regional Economic Development Council - 2:30 p.m.
Mid Hudson Regional Economic Development Council – 4 p.m.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011:

Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council - 8:30 a.m.
North Country Regional Economic Development Council – 10 a.m.
Western New York Regional Economic Development Council - 11:30 a.m.

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Governor Cuomo announces nearly $5 billion investment in tech for upstate NY

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Speaking at the statewide conference of regional economic councils, Governor Andrew Cuomo today announced a $4.8 billion research and development investment for upstate New York. A group of five big name tech companies will invest $4.4 billion over the next five years in nanochip technology research, the governor said. Additionally the state will invest $400 million in the SUNY Institute of Technology campus in Utica to help support the potential growth in the sector.

"This unprecedented private investment in New York's economy will create thousands of jobs and make the state the epicenter for the next generation of computer chip technology," Governor Cuomo said in a statement. "In the last nine months, my administration has worked to create a more confident environment for doing business in New York, and major deals like this one prove that the state is truly open for business."

The governor said the plan will create an estimated 6,900 jobs, with 2,500 of those coming in the form of high-tech jobs in the firms involved in the deal. Five international computer technology firms, led by IBM, are part of the deal that will create new opportunities in Albany, Utica and elsewhere upstate.

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Innovation Trail takes a look at Cuomo's economic councils

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

By Marie Cusick/WMHT with

This weekend the Innovation Trail and WMHT's New York NOW looked into the state’s plan to revitalize the economy through the creation of 10 regional economic development councils.

The councils will compete for a billion dollars worth of state funds, and the governor has said that there will be clear "winners and losers" among the state's regions. Take a look to find out why that has some people worried.

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Regional economic councils meet, and this time the public is invited

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

By Emma Jacobs/WRVO for the The Innovation Trail

When Governor Andrew Cuomo pulled together the Central New York regional council on the economy he tapped business leaders and university presidents. Some of those council members were in the room on Tuesday night for a giant public brainstorming session at Lemoyne Le Moyne College. So were regular folk, like retiree Diane from Dewitt. She said she came to the event to find solutions.

“Consolidation and reducing taxes. That’s what drives kids and businesses out of our area,” she said.

Teenager Zack Kukulsky was at the table to speak for the younger set. He said he would stay in the region if he could.

“If there were jobs I could support a family on and live, go out and buy cars and all,” he said.

Jobs and work opportunities were the theme of the night. Participants said the challenges were big, and would require a lot of resources.

The regional councils have to present their plans by November to compete for a pot of state funds.

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Cuomo's NYC regional econ council meets

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Lt. Gov. Duffy, center, with co-chair Goldstein, left, and ESDC head Kenneth Adams after the meeting. (Colby Hamilton/WNYC)

Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy joined the local co-chair of the New York City regional economic council, CUNY Chancellor Matthew Goldstein, after the groups first meeting today on the Baruch College campus.

"It is inspirational to see the caliber of people in that room, how hard they worked, how passionate they are about growing jobs and really changing the economic landscape," Duffy said about the council. The meeting was held behind closed doors and was described as "largely organizational" by Goldstein.

"We put together a list of opportunities for NYC, challenges that the biz community faces in NYC, and our very strong assets that we can capitalize on," the chancellor said. The plan, he said, was to put together working groups among the council members, which will incorporate additional community members from across the city, to create a list of economic "agenda items" to present to the governor in November.

"We have a lot to do in a short period of time but I'm very emboldened by what happened in the last couple hours and we look forward to the following meetings," Goldstein said.

Asked what the major points of concern being voiced in the meetings he's attended, Duffy said taxes and over-regulation were the primary concerns he had heard. The lieutenant governor made it clear, though, that all direction on what was wrong and how to fix it would come from the council's themselves.

"What the state is not doing is leading this," he said, going on to say the goal was to get away from the upstate/downstate divide in favor of a "synergistic relationship" among the regional interests represented on the councils.

The ten regional councils are competing for $1 billion in financial grants and other agency-based incentives to help create job opportunities throughout the state. The governor's office anticipates awarding the funds by the end of the year.

The next New York City council meeting will be held on August 23rd. The location has yet to be determined.


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