The Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council is holding its final public forum tonight from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Rockland Community College.
The panel released its first draft strategy report to build the regional economy late yesterday. The public can comment on the plan at the forum.
The panel, as well as the other nine regional councils across the state, has until Nov. 14 to finish its plan. The councils have until Oct. 31 to put in their application for state aid.
The Mid-Hudson plan calls for job creation through “identifiable industry clusters” such as biotech, high-tech manufacturing, and information technology. It asks for additional state programs to access capitol for “start-up life science firms.”
It also supports tapping into pension funds to create an infrastructure bank to pay for infrastructure projects, including rebuilding the Tappan Zee Bridge and expanding the capacity of Stewart Airport.
Here’s the preliminary report.