The third round of the state’s Regional Economic Development Council process has begun.  The state is holding “consolidated Funding Application” (CFA) workshops throughout the state.  The schedule is here. The Regional Councils have also begun holding meetings to identify their 2013 priorities.  Their meeting schedule is reflected on this calendarApplications to the Regional Economic Development Councils are due by Monday, August 12.


The Rochester Business Alliance (RBA) is now offering free health care reform presentations to help businesses navigate through the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  For more information, and to book a presentation, contact RBA Vice President of Operations Barb Cutrona at (585) 256-4642 or



On Thursday, August 15, the Buffalo Niagara Partnership hosts a seminar sponsored by Verizon on “The Changing World of Wireless.”


On Saturday, August 24, the “Freedompalooza” concert to raise money for the NY Freedom Coalition will be held at the Altamont Fairgrounds in Albany County.  The group supports right-leaning political causes.


On Monday, August 26, the Buffalo Niagara Partnership is holding a program on health care reform, and on how changes in the state’s health care delivery system will affect you, your family, your business and your employees.


Two State Senate committees — Finance and Investigations and Government Operations — are holding a series of public hearings throughout the state on state tax policy potential reforms.  Upstate hearings will be held in Albany on September 4, in Syracuse on September 5, and in Buffalo on September 12.


Primary elections will be held on Tuesday, September 10.


The state Board of Regents holds its next meeting in Albany on September 16 and 17.