Integrate with the NCREDC The NCREDC was established as part of a statewide economic plan under Governor Andrew Cuomo’s leadership to create economic development goals and strategies from the ground up. The North Country plan was selected as one of four top plan awards across the state in 2011 and was recognized as a top performer in 2012. The concept of sustainability was built into the plan from the beginning. “With the combination of a much-sought after quality of life, a rich and abundant natural resource base, and entrepreneurial and talented people, the North Country is ripe for the kind of thoughtful and targeted investment that will secure its local economies for generations. To achieve its Vision, the Council’s work will capitalize on the region’s shared assets: the iconic 1,000 Islands and Adirondacks; the opportunities presented by the border with Canada; some of the best clean water resources in the Northeast; significant agricultural and forest reserves; abundant “clean” energy; incomparable four-season recreational opportunities and its talented labor pool and entrepreneurial population” (NCREDC 2011).
This sustainability plan drives specific actions and strategies that support implementation of the NCREDC plan. Many of the NCREDC projects funded in 2011 and 2012 are included as examples of sustainability in action. Many of the people who worked on the NCREDC, either as members of the Council itself or as key participants on Council teams, have been involved in the sustainability plan. This plan strongly recommends that the NCREDC co-chairs establish and assign leadership to a Sustainability Working Group under the auspices of the NCREDC. They would be tasked with facilitating implementation of the Sustainability Plan, coordinating with the Consortium and other organizations throughout the region that are working on relevant projects. Efforts already underway at the time of this plan, including projects funded with NCREDC resources, reflect the strength that comes from collaboration and an established set of regional goals. North Country stakeholders are encouraged to submit project applications through the Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) process administered by New York State and reviewed by the NCREDC.
North Country Region Sustainability Plan