On November 29 Secretary Cesar A. Perales helped kick off the first day of proceedings related to the administration’s Regional Economic Development Councils. All ten Councils publicly presented their five year plans for regional economic growth to members of the state’s Strategic Plan Review Committee. Secretary Perales is one of five members on the Committee who will analyze the ten plans and score them based on a variety of criteria including vision, process, strategies, implementation, the ability to leverage resources, and performance metrics. The Committee, appointed by Governor Cuomo, will then decide which regions will receive $200 million in state funds.
After welcoming everyone to the first day of proceedings, Secretary Perales noted the benefits the Councils have had on the entire state, saying, “Each of the ten Councils has worked diligently over the past few months, hosting workshops, building a consensus and drafting a plan for which they should be commended. We can all agree that the process has resulted in coherent, focused strategies that combine the input of public, private and academic interests to create regional plans that will spur economic growth across our state.”
The three days of proceedings included presentations from Councils representing the Finger Lakes and Long Island regions, the Southern Tier, Capital Region, Central New York, New York City, Mid-Hudson, Mohawk Valley, North Country and Western New York region.
Joining Secretary Perales on the Committee are Joan McDonald, commissioner of the Department of Transportation, Walter Broadnax, professor of public administration at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School; Dall Forsythe, a senior fellow at New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service; and Bruce Katz, vice president at the Brookings Institution.
If you would like to find out more about the Regional Economic Development Councils, please visit the NY Works website.