FL Regional Council Public Forums Set

Last year, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo created ten Regional Economic Development Councils to transform New York’s approach to economic development. The Regional Councils exceeded all expectations and redefined the way New York invests in job creation. After extensive community engagement, the Finger Lakes Regional Council approved a five-year strategic plan for the region, helping create an unprecedented spirit of collaboration and a clear vision for future economic growth. Last December, the State awarded nearly $70 million to our region for projects that were aligned with the goals and strategies identified in the plan. To build on that success and keep this momentum going, Governor Cuomo has launched a second round of up to $750 million in economic development funding, including $220 million to implement regional strategic plans and support priority projects.This grassroots process will once again seek the input of stakeholders throughout the nine-county region. The Finger Lakes Regional Council will be holding three public forums that will provide an overview of the 2012 regional council work plan; and also, gather community input on the implementation of the five-year strategic plan. Please note that these are separate events from the Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) workshops that have been taking place this past week and next. The schedule for these public forums is as follows: BATAVIA: Wednesday, May 30th6:30 – 8:00 p.m.Genesee Community College, Conable Technology BuildingGENEVA: Wednesday, June 6th6:30 – 8:00 p.m.NYS Agricultural Experiment Station, Jordan HallBRIGHTON: Thursday, June 7th6:30 – 8:00 p.m.Monroe Community College, R. Thomas Flynn Campus CenterYou may register at http://regionalcouncils.ny.gov/content/finger-lakes-public-forums-registration or by calling 585-399-7051.

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