If you win, it's a great program. If not, well, you carry on.
The three regions grabbing the extra money in the Upstate Initiative were Finger Lakes (Rochester), Southern Tier(Binghamton) and Central (Syracuse). They willl each receive an extra $500M in incentives over five years.
The message from the Second Floor is "everyone's a winner" in Governor Cuomo's competition, dubbed by critics the "upstate hunger games."
The Regional Council concept is supposed to create a locally based means of setting priorities for state funding. Representitives for the regions go to the Hart Theater in The Egg for the announcements and numerous ovations for the Governor and a group picture.
There is a lot spent on the show including a catered reception.