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Regional Economic Development Council puts forth plans to win more money for local businesses

By LEXIE O'CONNOR

MARCY, N.Y. (WKTV) - The Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council (MVREDC) met at SUNYIT Thursday to approve their action plan for the year and give an update on last year's funded projects. Their message, the Mohawk Valley did what they said they would, they are ready, so keep investing.

The MVREDC presented to local business leaders and representatives from the state that the $60 million dollars worth of projects are started, are moving forward, and are right in line with where they wanted them to be.

"The report back to the state is we told you what we were going to do and we've done it," said MVREDC Co-chair Larry Gilroy.

The council also unanimously approved their plan for this year.
Competing for a chunk of about $760 million, the council created liaison committees to go out to businesses to find the strongest new projects to compete.

"We want to make sure if there was good opportunity, we were finding it," said Gilroy.

Representatives from the Governors office also gave the council more details on Governor Cuomo's plans to bring $25 million worth of separate funding to increase the number of communities with broadband service.

"They're targeting either underserved or unserved areas in broadband," said Gilroy. "For our six county region that's great because there's a lot of people without internet access."

The MVREDC has to turn their plan into the state by Friday, September 14th. Last year the council went to Albany to present their plan, this year reviewers are going to come to the Mohawk Valley, tour the area and see the plans the councils trying to create.

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