Buffalo, N. Y. (WKBW)- Governor Andrew Cuomo said it not about one economic plan for the entire state but improving the financial situation region by region.
"What this is all about is getting the economy running. Getting people jobs and good jobs," Governor Cuomo said.
At Roswell Cancer Institute Tuesday, Governor Cuomo announced the launch of the "Western New York Regional Economic Development Council". He said it's about taking the lead locally, with less involvement from Albany.
"It's not going to work top down by dictation. It's going to work bottom up by you coming together, you coming up with a vision that's regional vision, comprehensible based on a public privet sector partnership," Governor Cuomo said.
Once each area has a plan, they can submit their idea to the state as and application to receive a piece of the funding the state has allotted for the project.
"It will be a competition across the state. The best plan from across the state will qualify for a billion dollars in funding," Cuomo said.
The leaders of each group consist of the Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy, local officials, business leaders and community members. President of the University at Buffalo Satish Tripathi and Howard Zemsky with Larkin Development Group have been chosen to lead the council in this area.
"The concept here is to each of these councils to identify each of their indigenous strengths and always build on those strengths. I think that's a natural way to build a business or develop a community," Zemsky said.
Governor Cuomo said the last piece of the puzzle but most important part is getting the community involved with the changes.
"The people of Western New York have to be part of it and believe that Western New York has an economic future," Cuomo said.