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Learn about the New Procedures and Opportunities for State Funding

January 13, 2012

LIBERTY – The Sullivan County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) will partner with Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress to host an informational forum on New York State grant funding opportunities and procedures.  The forum will take place Monday, February 6 at 7:00 p.m. at the CVI Center in Ferndale.

Last year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo created 10 Regional Economic Development Councils that competed for a pool of $1 billion in grant money.  The competition involved a consolidated funding application that aimed to streamline the grant-application process.  Sullivan County was included in the Mid Hudson region along with Orange, Ulster, Dutchess, Westchester, Putnam and Rockland counties.

During his recent State of the State Address, Cuomo said there will be another competition for $200 million this year, along with a consolidated funding application process.  The criteria for neither have been announced yet.

“While the timing of the next round of New York State funding has not yet been announced, it is not too early to start thinking about our approach,” said Darlene Fedun, Chair of the Sullivan County EDC Board.

The February 6 forum will focus on understanding the new regional approach and the consolidated funding application.  Municipal officials, local development corporations, grant writers and those who have traditionally sought state grants are encouraged to attend.  The forum will also explain federal and private grant procedures for those who might have projects that are better suited to those grant sources.  Please register by calling 845-295-2443.

“The Governor issued the call for collaboration in his State of the State address.  He indicated that the answer to creating jobs in a down economy is to forge public-private partnerships that leverage state and private resources to generate economic growth and create jobs,” said Jonathan Drapkin, CEO of Pattern for Progress. “The message is clear: we need to be smart, be proactive and be prepared.”

The Sullivan County Economic Development Corporation was established in 2010.  Its mission is to improve the quality of life of Sullivan County residents through economic development.

Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress promotes regional, balanced and sustainable solutions that enhance the growth and vitality of the Hudson Valley.