The Lake Champlain/Lake George Regional Planning Board received a grant this week from the U.S. Department of Commerce that will be used to establish a planning strategy for economic development in the North Country.
Officials say the $60,000 grant will fund an "economic development planning framework" aimed at supporting private capital investment and job creation throughout the region.
The grant covers roughly 50 percent of the planning investment.
Bill Owens, the Democrat who represents New York's 23rd Congressional District, says the funding comes at a "critical moment" as the North Country continues revitalizing its economy.
"I am pleased to see funds allocated to support private capital investment and job creation," he said.
Meanwhile, Chris Gibson from New York's 20th Congressional District applauded the grant award, noting that the funding gives the regional planning board the necessary resources to foster more private investment in the North Country.
"While the federal government cannot create jobs, we can remove the impediments to growth and help make our region attractive to private job creators," Gibson said.
"I look forward to continuing to work with Congressman Owens on initiatives that will benefit the North Country," he added.
According to congressional staff, the Economic Development Authority grant supports the "development and implementation" of a comprehensive economic development strategy.
The Lake Champlain/Lake George Regional Planning Board serves communities in Clinton, Essex, Hamilton, Washington, and Warren counties.