Gov. Andrew Cuomo today announced the first meetings for the 10 regional economic development councils, with the inaugural events being held this week.

Update: These won’t be public meetings. Rather, the councils will hold an organizational meeting and then follow that with a media availability. At the news conference, they’ll announce future public and private meetings. It’s all a bit questionable, since they’re talking about dividing up $1 billion public funds for economic-development aid.

The first meetings will be held Wednesday in Buffalo and Monroe County (a full schedule is after the jump).

Cuomo created the councils as a “bottom up approach” to job creation. The councils will compete for a $1 billion pool of money for tax credits and grants.

The competitive process will create both winners and losers, Cuomo said, with some regions losing out on the funds.

Cuomo, along with Lt. Gov. Bob Duffy, crisscrossed the state last week promoting the councils and announcing who would serve on them.

Duffy will be the councils’ chairman.

Cuomo also announced last week a sort of super committee that will oversee all 10 of the regional committees, which was set up to manage and streamline the process.

“The members of the state’s Regional Councils are true leaders in their respective industries,” Duffy said in a statement. “Involving community stakeholders and focusing on local economies will finally allow New York to identify and take advantage of the assets offered by different regions in the state. As Chair of the Regional Councils, I look forward to beginning our work together to open New York up for business and make our plans for economic development and job creation a reality.”

Western New York
August 3, 2011
University at Buffalo, 10:00 AM

Finger Lakes
August 3, 2011
Monroe Community College, 3:00 PM

Central New York
August 4, 2011
SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry, 9:30 AM

Southern Tier
August 4, 2011
University at Binghamton, 3:00 PM

North Country
August 5, 2011
SUNY Potsdam, 11:00 AM

Capital Region
August 9, 2011
University at Albany, 9:30 AM

Mid Hudson
August 9, 2011
SUNY New Paltz, 3:00 PM

New York City
August 10, 2011
CUNY Baruch College, 9:30 AM

Long Island
August 10, 2011
SUNY Stonybrook, 3:00 PM

Mohawk Valley
August 11, 2011
SUNY Institute of Technology, 11:00 AM