Four regional councils win big, but no one goes home empty-handed

Dec 8, 2011

Last summer when Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the creation of 10 new regional economic development councils, his emphasis was on competition.

Each region was charged with developing a five-year strategic economic development plan, which would then compete against the other plans for a billion-dollar pool of state funds.

But as he announced the awards Thursday in Albany, which totaled $785.5 million, it was apparent that everyone was a winner.

Four of the councils - Western and Central New York, plus Long Island and the North Country - took home the prize of "Best Plan" and were each awarded more than $100 million.