By Senator Patty Ritchie
Last week, Governor Andrew Cuomo took the stage in Albany to deliver his ‘State of the State’ address, an outline of the Governor’s goals for the Empire State to accomplish in the coming year.
In 2013, my focus is jobs; that’s why I was thrilled to hear that Governor Cuomo will be making economic growth one of his priorities as well.
Part of Governor Cuomo’s plan for continued revitalization of the economy is “Market NY,” a new, multifaceted marketing plan to bolster Upstate growth.
Market NY boasts a number of initiatives to help boost Upstate, including beefing up our tourism promotion and the consideration of casino gaming to help draw more visitors to regions like ours.
From fresh apples and squeaky cheese curd to refreshing wines and sweet maple syrup, thanks to the hardworking people of the agriculture industry, there’s a lot to love when it comes eating and drinking in the Empire State.
That’s why I’m happy to report that Market NY also includes a boost for farmers through “Taste-NY.” This initiative will create duty-free Taste-NY stores across the state offering New York grown and produced products.
The Governor also announced plans to build upon the success of his Regional Economic Development Councils. Just last month, Central and Northern New York were awarded a combined $184 million in funding to be put towards 155 economy-boosting projects.
In the coming year, the Governor has announced that each Regional Council, made up of local experts and stakeholders with backgrounds in business, academia and local government and non-governmental organizations, will focus on one distressed community in their region, identify strategies that will address the challenges of poverty and then advocate for funding.
We have made some great strides recently when it comes to getting our state’s economy back on track, but there’s a lot more we can do.
I’m eager to get to work and continue to collaborate with the Governor and my fellow colleagues in an effort to put more New Yorkers back to work and revitalize the economy.