In 2011, 10 Regional Economic Development Councils were created to develop long-term strategic plans for economic growth for their regions. These councils are public-private partnerships made up of local experts and stakeholders from business, academia, local government and non-governmental organizations.
Over the past three years, as part of a process that has awarded more than $2 billion for job creation and community development, the Regional Councils produced innovative plans and implementation agendas that truly reflect the distinct characteristics of each of the 10 regions of our great state.
New York is keeping the momentum going with a fourth round of funding this year for the Regional Councils, including $220 million to implement regional strategies and priorities.
The Regional Councils have redefined the way New York invests in jobs and economic growth by putting in place a community-based, bottom up approach. The fourth round of awards have been announced, and these are the projects within the Sixth Senatorial District that have been awarded funding:
Adelphi University ($2,500,000) “Nursing Innovation Lab and Training Center”: Description: Establish a Nursing Innovation Lab and Training Center in the state-of-the-art Nexus Building and outfit it with cutting edge digital learning devices, alternative and home care.
Blumenfeld Development Group ($1,000,000) “Nassau Coliseum Sports and Entertainment District “: Description: Redevelopment around the Nassau Coliseum to create a sports and entertainment based destination.
Exergy, LLC ($350,000) “Facility Expansion and Renovation”: Description: Renovation of existing facility and acquisition of machinery.
Hofstra University ($1,500,000) “Establish STEM Education Center”: Description: Create a facility to collaborate STEM and Sustainability career education.
Richner Communications, Inc. ($200,000) “Facility Upgrade”: Description: Publisher of weekly newspapers and commercial printer to invest in modernizing plant to remain competitive.
Sulzer Metco (US), Inc. ($100,000) “Lean Manufacturing and Management Training”: Description: Sulzer Metco (US) Inc. of Westbury will train 72 workers in lean manufacturing principles, project management professional, production and inventory management, and management.