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Lt. Governor announces "Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council"

By JOLEEN FERRIS

MARCY, N.Y. (WKTV) - SUNYIT played host to the Lieutenant Governor on Thursday to launch Governor Cuomo's "Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council."

The plan is for the council, made up of local business leaders and elected officials, to redesign the relationship between state government and business and help create jobs.

"What we're asking and really what this concept is all about is building ground up, economic development strategy," Lt. Governor Robert Duffy said. "It's understanding, first and foremost, that it's not the role, nor is it the best way to do business, that Albany tell the Mohawk Valley and all the counties in this region what they should not do."

The governor has made $1 billion available to the ten economic development councils across the state for special projects they develop over the next four months.

Local councils can apply for the money in November, and it will be awarded in December.

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