WNY REDC - Letters of Interest

Dear Community Stakeholder,


To help prepare and guide prospective applications for the Regional Council Consolidated Funding Application (CFA), the WNY Regional Economic Development Council and ESD will again be accepting Letters of Interest (LOI). Now open for submissions, the Letter of Interest is optional and voluntary; it is not a required step in the application process and does not guarantee funding. As an LOI is received by the Regional Council, staff from the WNY ESD office will contact the applicants to discuss projects and provide technical assistance.


To complete and submit an online Letter of Interest form for your project, go to: http://regionalcouncils.ny.gov/western-new-york

Through soliciting LOIs we seek to identify prospective projects early in the year that can be developed over the next few months and, as a result, be of a higher quality.


In addition, ESD will be holding Information Sessions - “ESD on the Road” - to hear from applicants on their prospective project ideas and issues in their community that may be developed into project applications. The WNYREDC encourages businesses, educational institutions, local governments, not-for-profit groups and other stakeholders to attend a session at any of the following dates and locations:


  • Wednesday, March 9 - Erie County

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Buffalo History Museum

1 Museum Court 

Buffalo, NY 14216

A virtual option is available for this session. Please email Sonia.Lombardo@esd.ny.gov to request the link.


  • Wednesday, March 16 - Chautauqua County

3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Fredonia Technology Incubator

214 Central Avenue 

Dunkirk, NY 14048


  • Thursday, March 24 - Allegany County

11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Allegany County Industrial Development Agency 

Crossroads Center

6087 Route 19 N, Suite 100

Belmont, NY 14813


  • Wednesday, March 30 - Cattaraugus County 

11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Olean Business Development 

4th Floor – The Hub

301 N. Union Street 

Olean, NY 14760


  • Wednesday, April 6 - Niagara County

11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Common Council Chambers

First Floor

Lockport Municipal Building

1 Locks Plaza

Lockport, NY 14094


Learn more about each stop and RSVP at http://regionalcouncils.ny.gov/western-new-york


For questions pertaining to the LOI and/or the ESD on the Road, please contact Mo Sumbundu at 716-846-8347 or Mo.Sumbundu@esd.ny.gov