Shovel Ready Program

Program Purpose
The Shovel Ready Certification program enables a developer to work with New York State in successfully achieving required permits for their economic development site, prior to a business expressing interest in a location.  Pre-approving and pre-permitting these sites reduces development delays and construction costs, saving companies interested in expansion or relocation, time and money. 


Program Highlights
The Shovel Ready program gives New York State a competitive advantage for attracting tenants, increases job opportunities for local residents and promotes future growth.

Shovel Ready Certification is available to any site in New York State that is suitable for the type of development proposed, has proper zoning and infrastructure, has completed the appropriate surveys and studies, and has received the necessary permits and approvals.


New York State businesses that aim to enter or expand their sales in foreign markets. Eligibility includes:

  • Private developers

  • Local governments

  • Public authorities

  • Corporations


Application Process
Interested site sponsors or developers should go to the Governor's Office of Regulatory Reform (GORR) website for more information and details about the application process, including the Shovel Ready Self Evaluation Checklist.


Contact Information
Jeff Janiszewski
ESD Business Development
(518) 292-5200