I wanted to pass along some resources that have been recently shared with us (1) as information in case you need access to available economic development and other loans/grants/funds; and (2) so you know how your tax dollars are being spent.
Yesterday Governor Paterson posted detailed information on the Upstate Regional Blueprint Fund on the state's web site, which includes the guidelines for projects and applications/deadlines. This is important funding for Upstate from last year's budget that many considered in jeopardy due to this year's state budget problems. It's good to see this money allocated for its intended purpose.
Last Monday, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand visited the Partnership and spoke with our members. While she was here, she presented her "Guide to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009." It's a good breakdown of the federal stimulus bill.
Finally, Unshackle Upstate now has its own Facebook page. I encourage you to "Become a Fan" of the Unshackle Upstate program to receive updates on what we and our partners are doing in Albany to stop anti-business legislation and create a business atmosphere in Upstate that is attractive for private sector investment and job creation. We look forward to seeing you there (on Facebook).