Regional Economic Development Council To Hold Funding Workshops

The Western New York Regional Economic Development Council will hold four Consolidated Funding Application workshops for potential applicants to learn more about the third round of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s initiative to stimulate job creation and economic growth through the Regional Economic Development Councils.

The workshops will be held June 25 in Buffalo, July 8 in Niagara Falls, July 22 in Olean and July 22 in Jamestown. The Olean session is from 9 a.m. to noon July 22 in the Cutco Theater at JCC-Olean, 260 N. Union St., Olean. The Jamestown session is from 3 to 5 p.m. July 22 in the Weeks Reception Room at JCC, 525 Falconer St., Jamestown. Up to $750 million in economic development resources will be available to applicants through the 2013 Consolidated Funding Application process.

The Consolidated Funding Application will open to applicants across the five-county Western New York region, which includes Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie and Niagara counties. It will close at 4 p.m. on August 12. Consolidated Funding Applications will be reviewed by the council based on its alignment with the council’s strategic plan and will be reviewed on a technical basis by the applicable state agencies.

The Western New York region’s 2011 strategic plan, “A Strategy for Prosperity,” leverages the region’s strategic advantages in key industry sectors including advanced manufacturing, agriculture, bi-national logistics, energy, health and life sciences, higher education, professional services and tourism. The plan focuses on strategies that promote smart growth, prepare our workforce and foster a culture of entrepreneurship. For Round 3, the council is seeking applicants that reflect the priorities that are most important to address Western New York’s opportunities and challenges but will also create, retain or fill jobs, maximize a return on investment and are ready for implementation.

The Consolidated Funding Application workshops will include an overview of the application and Consolidated Funding Application process followed by informational breakout sessions on specific areas of funding available for economic development projects. To register, visit regionalcouncils.ny.gov/content/western-new-york.

For more information, call 846-8206 or email NYS-WNY-REDC@esd.ny.gov.

As part of Governor Cuomo’s efforts to improve the state’s economic development model, a state Consolidated Funding Application was created to streamline and expedite the grant application process. The process marks a fundamental shift in the way state resources are allocated, ensuring less bureaucracy and greater efficiency to fulfill local economic development needs. The Consolidated Funding Application serves as the single entry point for access to economic development funding, ensuring applicants no longer have to slowly navigate multiple agencies and sources without any mechanism for coordination. Now, economic development projects use the Consolidated Funding Application as a support mechanism to access multiple state funding sources through one application, making the process quicker, easier, and more productive.

There are 26 programs available through 13 state agencies in 2013, including Empire State Development; NYS Canal Corporation; NYS Energy Research and Development Authority; Environmental Facilities Corporation; Homes and Community Renewal; Department of Labor; Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation; Department of State, Office of National and Community Service; Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance; Higher Education Services Corporation; Department of Environmental Conservation; and Council on the Arts.

The 2013 Available CFA Resources Manual, which outlines the funds available from 29 state agency programs, and the 2013 REDC Guidebook, which provides the competitive guidelines for this year , are both available at www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov.