The Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council was recognized as a “Top Performer” in this year’s funding cycle by the state and awarded 86.5-MILLION dollars in funding Tuesday. The funding will support 141 projects in the Finger Lakes, which you can read by clicking here. The Finger Lakes awards begin on page 22.
Established in 2011 as a centerpiece of the Governor’s strategy to jump start the economy and create jobs, the Regional Councils replaced the state’s old top-down approach to economic development with one that is community-based and performance-driven. The initiative empowers communities, business and academic leaders, as well as members of the public in each region of the state, to develop strategic plans specifically tailored to their region’s unique strengths and resources to create jobs, improve quality of life and grow the economy.