The third annual awards for the state’s regional councils will be announced next Wednesday, Dec. 11, in Albany.
The event will start at 10:30 a.m. at The Egg theater near the state Capitol, according to a copy of the invitation obtained by Gannett’s Albany Bureau.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo turns the ceremony into a major pep rally for the state’s economy, and the regional councils was his first major jobs initiative when he took office in 2011.
CNBC host Maria Bartiromo had been the host the past two years. Bartiromo, who recently announced she’s moving to Fox, isn’t listed on the invitation as attending this year.
Five regions will be named “top performers” and will receive an extra $25 million each. The other regions will compete for the remaining $25 million.
In 2011 and 2012, at least 52 grants or tax breaks awarded through the regional councils were pulled or rejected, Gannett’s Albany Bureau reported earlier this month.
The $1.5 billion over the past two years supported 1,400 projects, and the Cuomo administration said it created or helped retain 75,000 jobs.
The Finger Lakes, Mid-Hudson and Southern Tier had the best strategic plans at the awards ceremony last year. The Finger Lakes received the most funding of the 10 regions at $96.2 million last year.
The Mid-Hudson, which stretches from Sullivan and Dutchess counties south to Westchester County, received $92.8 million. The Southern Tier — covering the Binghamton, Ithaca and Elmira regions — received a total of $91.1 million, up from a statewide low of $49.4 million in 2011.