Consolidated Funding Application Workshops planned

The Western New York Regional Economic Development Council will hold two Consolidated Funding Application workshops for potential applicants to learn more about the fourth round of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s initiative to stimulate job creation and economic growth through the Regional Economic Development Councils. The workshops will be held May 13 in Amherst and May 29 in Fredonia. In 2014, up to $750 million in economic development resources from 33 state agency funding programs will be available to applicants through the CFA.

Register by visiting regionalcouncils.ny.gov/content/western-new-york or by calling 846-8206.

The CFA application period is now open to applicants across the five-county Western New York region, which includes Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie and Niagara counties. The deadline for CFA submissions is 4 p.m. on June 16. CFAs will be reviewed by the WNYREDC based on their alignment with the Council’s strategic plan and will be reviewed on a technical basis by the State Agency Resource Team. The CFA is available at apps.cio.ny.gov/apps/cfa/.

The Western New York region’s 2011 strategic plan, “A Strategy for Prosperity,” leverages the region’s strategic advantages in key industry sectors including advanced manufacturing, agriculture, bi-national logistics, energy, health & life sciences, higher education, professional services and tourism. The plan focuses on strategies that promote smart growth, prepare our workforce and foster a culture of entrepreneurship. For Round 4, the Council is seeking applicants that, not only reflect the priorities that are most important to address Western New York’s opportunities and challenges, but will also create, retain or fill jobs; maximize a return on investment; and are ready for implementation.

The schedule for the Fredonia workshop includes:

May 29 from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at SUNY Fredonia Williams Center in Fredonia. Register here: regionalcouncils.ny.gov/content/cfa-workshop-western-ny-may-29-2014

The workshops will include an overview of the application and CFA process followed by informational breakout sessions on specific areas of funding available for economic development projects.

Applicants are also encouraged to reach out to the state agency resource team for technical assistance prior to submitting an application and to view the 2014 CFA Toolkit on the WNYREDC website for tips and guidance.