The Central New York Regional Economic Development Council has a new leader.
SUNY Oswego President Deborah Stanley has been named co-chair of the panel. She will lead the council with Randy Wolken, president of the Manufacturers Association of Central New York, who became co-chair last year.
Stanley succeeds Dr. Danielle Laraque-Arena, the former president of SUNY Upstate Medical University. Laraque-Arena was one of the council's co-chairs since 2016.
"I would like to thank Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul and (Gov. Andrew Cuomo) for this exciting opportunity to serve our communities in central New York and I want to thank Dr. Laraque-Arena for her years of dedication to our region," Stanley said in a statement. "I look forward to working alongside Randy Wolken and my fellow council members and I am excited to continue the outstanding work of the council."
Together with Wolken, Stanley will lead the most successful regional council in the state. The central New York council, which is comprised of Cayuga, Cortland, Madison, Onondaga and Oswego counties, has received $703.6 million in state funding, the most of any other regional council in New York. The funding has supported more than 700 projects in the region.
The total doesn't include central New York's win in the Upstate Revitalization Initiative contest. In 2015, central New York was one of three regions to win a $500 million grant for economic development projects.
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