The recent Pawling Chamber of Commerce general meeting was hosted by the Quaker Hill Country Club. At the meeting, Guest Speaker, Ron Hicks, Dutchess County Deputy Commissioner presents exciting information about the county’s 2014 Strategic Initiatives for Economic Development.
In his presentation, Mr. Hicks, explained how this initiative and the new Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) process provides priority funding and flags projects and expedited permit and review process. This process can allow building professionals such as architects, engineers and some contractors to provide Professional Self Certification in certain building and developments, which eliminate delays and expedite the building process.
In 2011, Governor Cuomo created 10 Regional Councils to develop long-term strategic plans for economic growth for their regions. A key component of Governor Cuomo’s transformative approach to economic development, these councils are public-private partnerships made up of local experts and stakeholders from business, academia, local government, and non-governmental organizations.
In 2012, the Mid-Hudson Region received “Best Plan Award” and obtained $92.8 million in funding for 84 regional projects. Among those in Dutchess County were:
- $3 million to establish the New York State Cloud Computing and Analytics Center at Marist College that will facilitate operations for technology based firms by providing workforce training and reducing overhead.
- $2 million to develop the site of the closed Harlem Valley Psychiatric Center in Dutchess County, including upgrading a Metro-North train station, a commercial/retail area, 9-hole golf course, community center, and 200 units of housing.
- $500,000 for the upgrade of a sewage treatment plant and extending the sewer main to the Castagna Commerce Park in Pawling. $500,000 for the phase II expansion of the visitor center and increased maple syrup manufacturing investing
- $4.1mm and creating 59 jobs at Madava Farms (Crown maple Syrup). Consolidated Funding Application As part of Governor Cuomo’s transformative plan to improve the state’s economic development model, a NYS Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) has been created that will streamline and expedite the grant application process.
The CFA process marks a fundamental shift in the way state resources are allocated, ensuring less bureaucracy and greater efficiency to fulfill local economic development needs. Utilizing the CFA serving as the single entry point for access to economic development funding, applicants will no longer have to slowly navigate multiple agencies and sources without any mechanism for coordination. Now, economic development projects will use the CFA as a support mechanism to access multiple state funding sources through one application, making the process quicker, easier, and more productive. – See more at: