Gov. Andrew Cuomo tours Bombardier Transportation on Oct. 10.
PLATTSBURGH — Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently spent time in Plattsburgh touring priority projects linked to the statewide Regional Economic Development Council.
The Strand Theatre and Bombardier Transportation were among the sites Cuomo visited.
Cuomo toured the projects to view their progress and economic impact on the region. This is the third visit in his tour that is part of a review of last year’s strategic economic development plans and job-creating projects.
His visit also included a formal presentation by the North Country Regional Economic Development Council outlining progress in advancing last year’s plans and projects. The presentation outlined endorsed projects for the coming year.
“New York has transformed the way the state approaches economic development by empowering local communities to build plans specifically tailored for their regions,” Cuomo said. “The North Country Regional Council is successfully putting its regional plan to work, and it is creating jobs in their communities and growing the local economy.”
Last year, the North Country had a great story to tell about what it was going to do, and this year the area has a better story, said Regional Council CO-Chair and North Country Chamber of Commerce President Garry Douglas.
“Last year, the North Country Regional Council developed a strategy designed to help transform the future economy of the North Country by supporting and attracting business growth and job creation.”
Cuomo toured the Strand Theatre, which benefited when the North Country Cultural Center for the Arts was awarded $397,000 to support restoration of the 1924 theater and help transform it into the new Strand Performing Arts Center. The project has the potential to create nearly 80 jobs when factoring in the economic activity generated by the overall revitalization of downtown Plattsburgh.
The governor also visited Bombardier Transportation, which was awarded $2.5 million to expand its primary production facility in Plattsburgh. The 80,000 square foot expansion will create 100 new jobs and retain 288 existing jobs at the plant, while leveraging around $22 million in private investment.
The project will further enhance Bombardier’s capacity for new contracts.
“Gov. Cuomo’s Regional Council initiative is taking New York from a state known as a frustrater of business growth to a facilitator of new business and private sector job development,” said Empire State Development President Kenneth Adams. “Through its first year, we have seen job-creating projects in the North Country and across the state start to take shape and pay dividends in new jobs and economic activity to boost our local economies.”
The North Country was awarded $103.2 million in state support through the Regional Economic Development Council during the first round for 70 projects.
The Council’s progress report and full list of endorsed priority projects for 2012 can be found at northcountryopenforbusiness.com or regionalcouncils.ny.gov/content/north-country.