SUFFERN, NY The Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council announced on Tuesday at its meeting held at SUNY Rockland here that it unanimously endorses 21 projects as regional priorities for this year’s round of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s Regional Council initiative.

The projects in total have the potential to generate more than $572 million in economic activity, create and retain more than 5,061 full-time jobs as well as create 6,268 construction jobs in the Mid-Hudson region, which covers Sullivan, Ulster, Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland and Westchester counties.

“When the council endorses a project as a ‘Priority Project’ it sends a strong message to the state that it advances our strategic plan to grow our economy and continue creating much needed jobs in the Mid-Hudson Region. We are pleased that this year the Council received a record number of project applications seeking priority status, as well as a total of more than 380 Consolidated Funding Applications – the most in the state,” said MHREDC Co-chairs Dennis Murray, PhD, president of Marist College and Leonard Schleifer, MD, PhD, president and CEO of Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Among some of the major projects endorsed as a priority project by the council include the 3D Printing Initiative at SUNY New Paltz that is intended to establish the region as a national center where additive manufacturing (3D Printing) technology, design, research and manufacturing takes place.

Others selected include three hospital expansion projects: Putnam Hospital Center intends to develop construct and equip a new surgical suite; Nyack Hospital plans to expand and modernize its Emergency Department; and Northern Dutchess Hospital plans to construct an 81,000 square foot, state-of-the-art Medical Pavilion. The priority projects also include the EPT Concord casino resort in Sullivan County; funding for the planned redevelopment of the shuttered Mid-Orange Correctional Facility in Warwick; and several significant public and private projects in Yonkers.