Duffy on "good news" campaign ahead of regional councils announcement
Lieutenant Governor Bob Duffy continued his tour of economic bright spots Thursday.
This morning, it was a $2 million upgrade at GE’s Rochester facility.
Yesterday, it was a $3 million partnership between Carestream Health and the state’s Center of Excellence in Canandaigua.
And the day before that, it was the big kahuna: GM’s $100 million investment in its Rochester manufacturing plant.
At those events - as well as at others in recent days - Duffy’s message on behalf of the governor has been clear: “New York is open for business.”
He’s also taken the opportunity to outline a few details on the forthcoming regional economic councils that he’s been tasked with leading.
Duffy says he and Governor Cuomo will make an official announcement on the councils in the next two or three weeks.
“The whole point of the regional councils is to help each region build capacities, to help each area build on their core strengths,” said Duffy, speaking at Wednesday’s Carestream announcement.
Here are a few details about the councils, all according to Duffy on Wednesday:
- There will be 10 councils across the state.
- There will be roughly 30 to 40 people on each council.
- Duffy will be chairing the 10 councils, but a leader from higher-ed and business will be “co-conveners” of each council.
“With these 10 regional councils, what the governor hopes to accomplish is to get this state moving again,” said Duffy.
Duffy says the goal is to use the councils to make decisions now that will improve the state’s long term economic health - with a focus on high-tech industries.