Curious about how a project in your region was “scored” by the state during the 2011 regional economic development council process? You can see that data here.
Interestingly, some projects that had the support of the regional council leaders received minimal to zero support by the state “scorer’s”. This “news” is a little disappointing.
First, it seems to me that the purpose of this effort is to highlight the vast differences and needs of the various regions of New York. As I have stated many times, the needs in Watertown are very different than those on Long Island. So it would seem that those trusted as leaders of the regional councils would support critical projects to create jobs and spur economic activity that best fit their region.
Now I understand that the state should be a “fail safe” or barometer to some degree in this process, but I am curious to how much the regional leader’s opinion was a factor. The 80% state -20% regional council split in scoring is a significant lean towards the state. Wasn’t the purpose of this new and innovative process to highly engage stakeholders in the regions, with the thought process that they know best? I know that critical piece has been a source of my praise.
Either way, there needs to be more of a balance in scoring and I lean to the terrific regional leaders to know best.