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Connections: An update on New York State's Upstate Revitalization Project

May 13, 2019

Leaders with New York State’s Upstate Revitalization Project say nearly all of the $500 million in funding has been committed. Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the funding in 2015, and to date, the money has been allocated to 100 projects in the Finger Lakes Region. Those projects are grouped under the “United for Success: Finger Lakes Forward” initiative.

Critics have asked why there hasn’t been more progress, but project leaders say a foundation is being built and the initiative represents the beginning of meeting the goal to create thousands of new jobs, reduce poverty, and more.  This hour, we sit down with some of those leaders to discuss what the investment will cover and what they hope its impact will be on the region. In studio:

  • Bob Duffy, co-chair of the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council, and president and CEO of the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce
  • Anne Kress, co-chair of the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council, and president of Monroe Community College
  • Vinnie Esposito, executive director for the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council, and regional director for Empire State Development, Finger Lakes Regional Office