Volume 1, Issue 6
Fourth of July 
Celebrating America's Independence 

 "On the Fourth of July, we come together as New Yorkers, and as Americans, to celebrate our nation's independence and the birth of our nation's freedom. Today we also must honor the men and women of our Armed Forces who courageously serve our nation throughout the world. On behalf of all New Yorkers, I thank them, as well as the military families here at home, for their commitment and sacrifice. I wish all New Yorkers a happy and safe holiday."

 - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo 


End of Session Wrap Up
new New York ambitious economic development agenda


As we conclude the 2013 legislative session, New York has a lot to be proud of.  This session is the latest chapter in the new New York, and the most productive session yet to find ways to promote business and job growth in the Empire State. For the full story, click here.  

Round III of REDC Competition
Learn all about the Consolidated Funding Application (CFA)


In May, Governor Cuomo hosted Regional Council co-chairs and local economic development officials from across the state to kick off the third round of the Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) initiative and detail the process for 2013.  ESD has since announced the competition guidelines and resources available for Round III, which includes funding from more than a dozen New York State agencies, making up to $760 million in economic development resources available to applicants through the 2013 REDC process.


The Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) opened officially on June 17 and runs until 4 p.m. on August 12, providing applicants nearly two months to submit a strong application for the competition. For the full story, click here.    


Adirondack Challenge to Highlight the North Country
Inaugural event designed to drive tourism in the Adirondacks 


Governor Cuomo first discussed the Adirondack Challenge during his 2013 State of the State address, with a humorous animation showing him and other elected officials competing in a whitewater championship.  That vision becomes a reality later this month with the inaugural Adirondack Challenge.


The Adirondack Challenge is a celebration of New York's beautiful Adirondacks region, culminating in a day of water races, food, music and more in and around the town of Indian Lake on July 21, 2013.  For the full story, click here.  

Netflix Original Series: Orange is the New Black
Stay Tuned: Television Production Soars in NY
"Make sure you catch NYS's first Internet production from Netflix, "Orange is the New Black" premiering July 11, 2013"
From new pilots and television shows to recurring TV series, the world of television production is thriving in New York State, not only within New York City, but beyond the five boroughs as well.  Since Governor Andrew Cuomo took office on January 1, 2011, there have been 116 television pilots and series that have taken advantage of the New York State Film Production Credit program, pumping more than $3.1 billion into New York's economy.  For the full story, click here.  

New "I Love NY LGBT" Tourism Website Launched
Initiative delivers on governor's promise to grow tourism industry in new, innovative ways


Just in time for the festivities of New York City's Pride events, Governor Cuomo announced the launch of a new "I Love NY LGBT" website, a one-stop tourism portal into all that New York State has to offer LGBT travelers. In just its first three days, the website had over 5,000 visits and close to 15,000 page views.


"New York State has a tremendous variety of 'must see' destinations for all travelers of different interests - whether they are wine connoisseurs, history buffs or outdoor adventurers," Governor Cuomo said. "The website will be an important tool to help attract visitors, encourage spending in our communities and create jobs in the industry. New York has a proud history of welcoming the LGBT community, and whether you're planning a weekend trip or a destination wedding, I encourage all to come explore the Empire State." For the full story, click here.  

ESD Events
Activities around New York State that you can attend


Throughout the month of July there will be Regional Economic Development Council meetings held in various regions of New York State. These meetings will discuss the new Consolidated Funding Applications for third round funding, give overviews and updates on projects and allow the public to speak on behalf of their communities. For a schedule of events, please visit the Regional Council website. View full schedule



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