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Cuomo hopes to spur competitive spirit

Capital District to be part of council to compete for $1B in state funding

Gov. Cuomo meets with the press after announcing members of the Capital Region Regional Economic Development Council at Schenectady County Community College on Thursday, July 28.

Gov. Cuomo meets with the press after announcing members of the Capital Region Regional Economic Development Council at Schenectady County Community College on Thursday, July 28. Photo by John Purcell.

— “For too long, New York has been one of the worst business climates in the nation, and it is keeping business from growing in our state,” said Farley. “By focusing on community, rather than using a generic approach, the councils can set priorities and tailor a long-term strategy to fit the specific regions across our state.”

During the beginning of the event, SCCC President Quintin Bullock highlighted how the college is trying to prepare students for the local job markets.

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Schenectady County Community College President Quintin Bullock delivers opening remarks at Gov. Andrew Cuomo's announcement of the Capital Region Regional Economic Development Council at the college on Thursday, July 28.

“New York institutions of higher education train the next generation of our workforce, create good jobs for our local citizens, develop the innovation that will drive our industries into the future and forge partnerships with businesses to make sure what we teach in the classroom is preparing our students for the real world careers that will keep them here in New York state,” said Bullock.

Farley praised the Democratic governor, speaking highly of Cuomo and his father, former Gov. Mario Cuomo.

“Gov. Cuomo is recognized nationally as one of the most successful and dynamic governors in the United States of America,” said Farley. “We were able to pass an on-time budget with no new taxes. This young man knows how to work with the Legislature, how to work with people.”

Creating the councils is phase two of Cuomo’s economic development plan. He said there isn’t a single approach for all of the regions, and even within each region there could be different approaches.

“You are 10 different reasons. You are 10 different economies and each one is a little different,” said Cuomo. “Each region has its own strengths, its own challenges, its own opportunities, its own dynamic, and the solution is within that reason. We can help, we can incentivize … but it is about you to make it happen.”

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