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September 25, 2013

Priority projects named by Economic Development Council

PLATTSBURGH — Two hotel projects and a pharmaceutical firm are among the priority projects chosen by North Country Regional Economic Development Council for the third round of funding competition.

The list of 21 projects was released Tuesday, with three in Plattsburgh: a training program for Bombardier, terminal expansion at Plattsburgh International Airport and SterRx, an expansion of Malone pharmaceutical company Asept Pak that expects to bring 80 jobs to Plattsburgh.

Saranac Lake projects tapped for potential funding are the Bionique building expansion, Hotel Saranac renovation and revival and Lake Flower Lodging construction.

And others in the region are the Inn at Schroon Lake and the Seagle Music Colony Centennial and campus improvement in Schroon Lake and Phase 2 of the Wild Walk at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake. 

Some region-wide priority projects include a Consolidated Funding Application for North Country Regional Tourism and for Adirondack-North Country Product Branding. 

HOT SPOT NOMINEE

The council also chose the North Country Innovation Hot Spot at Clarkson University as its entry in the Innovation Hot Spot competition. Five sites will receive funding across New York in this cycle and five more next year.

The council also identified 11 other regionally significant initiatives. Those include Trudeau Institute, the Whiteface Mountain Veterans Memorial Highway and ReEnergy/Chateaugay.

That list was part of the progress report, titled “Velocity,” submitted to the state to meet the deadline on Tuesday. It outlines progress toward implementation of the council’s five-year strategic plan.

‘IN HIGH GEAR’

North Country Council Co-Chair and Clarkson University President Tony Collins said the council has embraced the opportunity Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave the council in 2011 “to build a strategic plan suited to our unique circumstances, characteristics and opportunities. 

“Through broad public participation and the inclusion of stakeholders across the seven-county region, the North Country has truly been delivering on its commitment to transform how we approach economic development and collaboration across the region,” he said in a press release. 

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