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Statement from County Executive Marcus J. Molinaro on Governor Cuomo’s announcement of the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council “Best Plan” Award of $92.8 Million

Published: 12/19/2012

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Colleen Pillus

“Dutchess County is proud to be part of the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council (MHREDC), a “Best Plan” Awardee as announced today through Governor Cuomo’s statewide Regional Economic Development Council initiative. The award brings $92.8 million in economic development and job creation funding to our region and recognizes the Hudson Valley area’s key role in leading the way in economic development for the rest of New York State.

Under the leadership of co-chairs Dennis Murray of Marist College and Leonard Schleifer of Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc., we have made significant improvement over last year and successfully moved into the top tier of state funding awards for the work on the  Strategic Economic Development Plan created last year. Governor Cuomo, who had the opportunity to see our work firsthand when he toured many of our projects in September, was clearly impressed by the MHREDC’s progress and the result was nearly $93 million in  funding to move forward.

We are grateful to Governor Andrew Cuomo, as well as Mid-Hudson Regional Director for the Empire State Development Corporation Aimee Vargas, for their continued commitment to job creation and economic development in the Hudson Valley region and throughout New York State. The Governor is clearly focused on building a ‘new’ New York, creating a statewide environment that is supportive of businesses and jobs.

Dutchess County has always been a leader in the Hudson Valley region for economic development.   Dutchess County will see significant investment with funding awards for important projects in Dutchess County including the New York State Cloud Computing and Analytics Center at Marist College and Dover Knolls, the redevelopment of the Harlem Valley Psychiatric Center site. Deputy Commissioner of Economic Development and Strategic Planning Ron Hicks, who represents Dutchess County on the MHREDC, has been instrumental in advocating for these critical economic development projects.

As we revitalize our own economic development apparatus here in Dutchess County, we look forward to continuing to lead the region and the state into a new era of economic growth and job creation.”