CORNING - G. Thomas Tranter Jr., president of Corning Enterprises, and Co-Chair of the Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council for the past eight years recently resigned from the state position.
“I am very proud of the accomplishments of the Southern Tier Council and thank (Gov. Andrew Cuomo) for the privilege of serving in the role of Co-Chair of the Southern Tier Regional Council these past eight years,” Tranter said. “Most importantly, are all the individual projects that have been awarded state economic development funds that have resulted in significant investment and job creation throughout our eight-county region.”
The Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council Monday announced that Judy McKinney Cherry, executive director of the Schuyler County Partnership for Economic Development, has been appointed Co-Chair of the council.
Tranter served as the business Co-Chair since the council’s inception in 2011.
McKinney Cherry joins academic Co-Chair Harvey Stenger, as the STREDC continues working to grow the economy in the Southern Tier Region, which includes the counties of Steuben, Chemung, Schuyler, Broome, Tioga, Delaware, Chenango and Tompkins.
“I am honored and grateful to Governor Cuomo for this appointment to serve as Co-Chair of the Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council,” McKinney Cherry said. “I look forward to working with Stenger and all of the team members who have done a fantastic job since the governor convened these councils in 2011. I would also like to thank Tranter for his incredible commitments to the council and to our community.
"We have important work ahead ensuring continued economic prosperity as it continues to soar.”
Tranter said he is thrilled with the selection of McKinney Cherry as his replacement.
“I know she will do a great job along with Co-Chair Stenger in moving the council forward in a positive direction in the future,” Tranter said. “It was an honor to serve as a co-chair for the STREDC for the last eight years.”
Tranter said Cuomo developed an excellent program for economic development and it has attracted many dedicated people working to make the Southern Tier stronger.
“We have made significant headway on a number of projects, laying a solid foundation for the region,” Tranter said. “I believe that the future is bright.”
The Southern Tier Regional Council has had numerous successes to date, Tranter said. Among the most notable was winning the $500 million Upstate Revitalization Initiative Competition in 2015, being awarded $40 million for the Elmira-Corning Regional Airport, earning top performer status in four of the eight annual state awards, and having three Downtown Revitalization winners.
McKinney Cherry, who has served as a member of the STREDC since 2015, currently is a member of the Council’s Executive Committee serving as a Co-Chair for the Upstate Revitalization Initiative Innovation Cultures Committee. She previously served as the principal of New Growths Strategies, a boutique consulting firm specializing in innovative business strategies for the private public and not-for-profit sectors.
“Judy is a certified professional economic developer with more than 20 years of experience in the combined areas of demography, information technology, geographic information systems, economic development strategy and tactics, community-based services and health-related non-profit,” Tranter said.
The REDC process has transformed New York State government’s approach to economic development, creating a statewide framework from the bottom-up, regional economic growth and streamlining the state funding application process. Through eight rounds of the REDC competition, the STREDC has delivered $613.3 million for 655 projects.