Governor Cuomo: Progress Has Been Made

December 11, 2015
ALBANY, NY – Governor Andrew Cuomo issued the following statement, about the Regional Economic Development Council awards:

“Over the past five years, the Regional Councils have become an integral part of generating economic opportunity in communities statewide. By removing barriers to growth, controlling spending and cutting taxes, we have laid the groundwork for our Regional Councils to pursue projects in key industries that have turned their communities into local economic engines. This year’s round of awards demonstrates the progress that has been made in changing the trajectory of our economy and continues our commitment to investing in the future of New York State.”

Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, Chair of the Regional Economic Development Councils, said: “Having traveled to every corner of the State over the past year, I have watched how Regional Councils have helped communities put their best ideas into action. Economic development is more than just dollars and cents – it’s about restoring hope and optimism to communities yearning for a brighter future. This year, there are no ‘losers’ – non-winning regions this year will receive more funding than top performing regions last year. Governor Cuomo’s REDC awards, along with the $1.5 billion Upstate Revitalization Initiative, will produce new investment, new jobs and new opportunities for all New Yorkers.”
Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan said: “We all recognize that we must do everything possible to focus on job growth so that our children can have bright futures living, working, and raising their families in New York State. The Senate is proud to continue partnering with the Regional Councils in the successful projects that are moving our economy forward, generating new jobs, and creating better opportunities for all New Yorkers.”
Assembly Majority Leader Joseph D. Morelle said: “Thanks to the continued faith and commitment of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the tireless efforts of my colleagues on the Regional Council we have secured what is arguably one of the most important economic investments in our region’s history. The unprecedented funding made available through the Upstate Revitalization Initiative will significantly bolster our efforts to secure a brighter economic future for Rochester and all of the Finger Lakes Region by creating thousands of new jobs and potentially leveraging billions in new investments.