The North Country Alliance Regional Revolving Loan Program has received $1,228,661 in funds from the New York State Urban Development Corporation since its first award in November 1989. The New York State Urban Development Corporation was the precursor to today’s Empire State Development, the state’s economic development organization.
The UDC funds are unique. These funds can only be used for inventory and working capital, so when staff is reviewing applications that have a need for inventory or working capital, it typically looks to use UDC funds first. The maximum term is 5 years and the maximum loan amount is $100,000.
The UDC funds are grants to the NCA, so the NCA has no obligation to pay these funds back to the State. Principal repayments stay in the fund and are available to make new loans. Interest repayments may be used to offset operating expenses associated with the fund.
Since 1989, the NCA has lent over $4.3 million in UDC funds to businesses across the North Country region.