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Press Release

Thursday, April 22, 2021 - 3:12pm
Upgrades will Continue to Protect Natural Resources while Maximizing the Facility's Energy Production and Increasing Revenue   $12.3 Million Project Supported by New York State Makes the Upgraded Facility One of the Most Environmentally Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plants in the State  Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the completion of the upgraded wastewater collection and treatment facility located at the Great Neck Water Pollution Control District in Great Neck, Nassau County. This $12.3 million project included the construction of a first-in-the-state receiving station that uses cooking grease to power facility operations. That, plus the construction of a third microturbine and upgrades to its anaerobic digesters, makes this facility one of the most environmentally advanced wastewater treatment plants in the state. The Great Neck Water Pollution Control District serves more than 25,000 residents in Nassau County.  "New York is leading the way in creating green solutions to infrastructure issues that are vital to the health and livelihood of Long Islanders and all New Yorkers," Governor Cuomo said. "This project is a standout example in that effort and will further our efforts to protect Long Island's natural resources while innovatively repurposing waste products to help power what is one of the most environmentally advanced wastewater treatment plants in the State."  Empire State Development Acting Commissioner and President & CEO Eric Gertler said, "We are always looking for opportunities to incentivize growth while also ensuring the well-being of our communities. Empire State Development is proud to support this project that does both, with first-in-the-state technology and upgraded equipment to maximize productivity while also safeguarding the environment."  Read the full press release here. 
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Board Meeting

Thursday, April 22, 2021 - 9:30am
Due to public health concerns and as authorized by Executive Order of the Governor, this meeting will be conducted via video conference and teleconference. The public may view and listen to the meeting via webcast by clicking the link below. Members of the public may submit comments on the Agenda items in writing to [email protected] by 4:30 pm on Wednesday, April 21, 2021.
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Press Release

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 - 2:43pm
State-of-the-Art Facility Manufacturing Corrugated Cardboard Packaging in Wallkill Will Create 50 New Jobs  Empire State Development today announced the groundbreaking of President Container Group’s state-of-the-art 100,000-square-foot expansion in Wallkill, Orange County. President Container Group, a family-owned business in operation for over 70 years, manufactures corrugated packaging such as sheets, boxes, trays, partitions and point-of-sale displays. The $40 million expansion will house President Container Group’s second state-of-the-art corrugator and new converting equipment, which will substantially increase the company’s manufacturing capacity. Empire State Development awarded up to $3 million in Excelsior Jobs Tax Credits in exchange for President Container Group’s investment and a commitment to create 50 new jobs at the facility.   Empire State Development Acting Commissioner and President & CEO-designate Eric Gertler said, “The expansion of President Container Group’s manufacturing facility in Orange County represents a $40 million investment in the region and will ensure that job retention and creation in the region are maintained in the manufacturing sector, which is an integral part of the region’s economic strategy.”  Larry Grossbard, Co-President, President Container Group said, “We are extremely proud to break ground on President Container’s 100,000 square foot expansion at our state-of-the-art super plant in Wallkill, NY. Our theme is “Manufacturing For The Next Generation” and we are proud to be part of this community. We are extremely grateful for all of our essential partners. Our deep thanks to those great teams for being accessible and helpful. We appreciate everyone’s support and expertise every day. It’s great to run a business in this community when you have this level of support.  President Container Group’s expansion will ensure that job retention and creation in the region are maintained in the manufacturing sector, which is an integral part of the region’s economic strategy. Additionally, not only has President Container Group invested in the newest industry technologies, making it the premier and largest corrugated manufacturing facility in North America under one roof, this project will bolster the local supply chain, and employ talent in the Mid-Hudson Region.  Assemblywoman Aileen M. Gunther said, “I want to congratulate President Container Group on their tremendous investment. This expansion will mean dozens of new jobs for our area and shows that Middletown is open for business. President Container’s usage of sustainable materials in their manufacturing process will ensure that they continue to thrive.”  State Senator Mike Martucci said, “Success breeds success, and as President Container deepens its roots in our community, we all will benefit. The company is to be commended on their commitment to excellence in their industry, their leadership in technology and sustainability, and their pivotal role as a business partner. As state Senator and a small business owner, I am pleased to see this investment in local job creation and economic growth by President Container with the generous support of Empire State Development.”  Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus said, “I commend Empire State Development for making this investment into President Container and Orange County. The expansion will create jobs at the facility and increase the innovative company’s manufacturing capacity. This is a win for President Container and the County, and I thank the ESD for awarding President Container these Excelsior Jobs Tax Credits.”  Wallkill Town Supervisor Frank DenDanto III said, “President Container brings good jobs and important tax revenue to our community, and we are very proud this industry leader is expanding in our town.”  About Empire State Development  Empire State Development (ESD) is New York’s chief economic development agency (www.esd.ny.gov). The mission of ESD is to promote a vigorous and growing economy, encourage the creation of new job and economic opportunities, increase revenues to the State and its municipalities, and achieve stable and diversified local economies. Through the use of loans, grants, tax credits and other forms of financial assistance, ESD strives to enhance private business investment and growth to spur job creation and support prosperous communities across New York State. ESD is also the primary administrative agency overseeing Governor Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Councils and the marketing of “I LOVE NY,” the State’s iconic tourism brand.  For more information on Regional Councils and Empire State Development, please visit www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov and www.esd.ny.gov.  About President Container Group  President Container Group is a leading manufacturer of corrugated shipping containers and point-of-purchase displays in North America. It specializes in items for the food and beverage, cosmetic, garment and other commercial industries, and produces more than 2 billion square feet of corrugated products annually. President Container, which uses sustainable materials, also customizes your packaging by printing multicolored graphics of the highest quality directly onto your containers. The company’s philosophy is to ensure complete customer satisfaction. Visit presidentcontainergroup.com.    Contact: Kristin Devoe | [email protected] | (518) 414-1087 Press Office | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313  
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Press Release

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 - 10:23am
Provides Over $1 Million Annually for Job Creation and Training Programs that Support a Diverse and Inclusive Workforce in the Motion Picture and Television Production and Post-Production Industries    Eligible Training Programs May Receive Up to $500,000    Empire State Development today announced the launch of the New York Entertainment Workforce Diversity Grant Program. More than $1 million annually in matching funds will support diversity and inclusivity in job creation and training programs for New York's film and television industries. The grant program is funded through the Empire State Entertainment Diversity Job Training Development Fund which, at the suggestion of industry leaders, is financed by an allocated percentage from New York State’s film tax credit program.    Empire State Development Acting Commissioner, and President & CEO-designate Eric Gertler said, "Through this important initiative, more than $1 million will support the development of a more diverse and inclusive workforce for one of New York's fastest-growing industries. Film and television production has a multiplier effect in both creating jobs and spending with a significant economic impact on our economy, and this program will help ensure the industry reflects the New York's greatest strength -- our diversity."  Matching grants from $25,000 to $500,000 will be awarded for job creation and training programs that support efforts to recruit, hire, promote, retain, develop, and train a diverse and inclusive workforce. These training programs should aim to provide talent to production and post-production companies in the motion picture and television industries within the state of New York. Eligible applicants will be required to provide 2:1 matching funds and can be a not-for-profit organization or corporation, a for-profit corporation, a guild or a labor union.     Eligible programs include the training of individuals involved in the principle creation of or editing of a film or television product. These skills and crafts include but are not limited to:    Grip/Electric    Carpentry    Writing    Editing    Showrunners    Production Assistant    More information, instructions and registration for the virtual information sessions are available here.   This program is part of a larger statewide initiative to increase diversity and inclusion and create equal opportunities in the film and television industry. This includes the New York State Multicultural Summit, an interactive workshop that guides content creators of diverse backgrounds to better understand and advance their careers within the film and television industry, and PITCHNY®, which provides aspiring young filmmakers, producers and writers from across New York with resources and mentorship from entertainment industry leaders.     Additionally, this program builds upon the successful Film Production Training Program, an unprecedented partnership between New York State, Bronx Community College and IATSE Local 52 to train students for work in union trade crafts, such as property, carpentry and electric.      New York State’s Film and TV Production industry continues to be one of the fastest growing industry sectors across the state. A recent report from HR&A Advisors, an economic development consultant and research agency, found that the New York film and television industry grew 4.5 times faster than the overall State economy, translating to a 55 percent increase from 2004 to 2018, and capturing one in three jobs added to the sector nationwide.    Since media production has been permitted to return at the end of summer 2020, more than 80 productions that applied to participate in the New York State Film Tax Credit Program have returned to work. These productions anticipated hiring over 195,000 individuals over the course of their production and directly spending more than $4 billion dollars across New York State. In 2019 and 2020 the film tax incentive program led to over $20 billion in anticipated economic impact and supported 114,200 full time jobs.  Every dollar in tax credit issued through New York State’s Film Tax Credit Program leads to over $9 in economic activity.   New York State has made unprecedented investments in workforce development. Since 2019, when Governor Cuomo announced $175 million State investment for job training projects, nearly $32 million dollars in awards have been announced to 278 projects benefitting more than 18,000 New York workers. Awarded projects under the new WDI Consolidated Funding Application will support strategic regional efforts that meet businesses’ short-term workforce needs, long-term industry needs, improve regional talent pipelines, enhance the flexibility and adaptability of local workforce entities, and expand workplace learning opportunities.      Motion Picture Association Chairman & CEO Charles Rivkin said, “We are proud to be part of the development of this important program to create a more diverse production workforce in New York and look forward to working with our companies to facilitate this new pipeline for employment.”    IATSE International Vice President and Local 52 President John Ford said, "Local 52 looks forward to engaging in these programs as they come to fruition. Thanks to the support of the Governor and the Legislature, we anticipate the need for a diverse workforce trained to provide production with the people they need to get the job done.”     Chair, Post New York Alliance President and COO Trevanna Post Yana Collins Lehman said, “The Post New York Alliance looks forward to participating in the NYS workforce development program. We share ESDs strong commitment to extending opportunities to all communities in New York State and to diversifying the film and television post-production industry.”    About the Governor's Office of Motion Picture & Television Development      The New York State Governor's Office of Motion Picture & Television Development, a division of Empire State Development, aims to grow and support the film, television and commercial industry by guiding filmmakers through the many programs and assets New York State has to offer, promoting and publicizing the state’s infrastructure, talent and film production, post-production, and commercial tax incentives for qualified expenditures in New York State. The office also serves as a liaison between production companies and city and local governments, state agencies, a network of statewide contacts, local film offices and professional location scouts and managers. More information on filming in New York State or the Film Production and Post Production Tax Credit Programs can be found here.  About Empire State Development   Empire State Development is New York’s chief economic development agency. The mission of ESD is to promote a vigorous and growing economy, encourage the creation of new job and economic opportunities, increase revenues to the State and its municipalities, and achieve stable and diversified local economies. Through the use of loans, grants, tax credits and other forms of financial assistance, ESD strives to enhance private business investment and growth to spur job creation and support prosperous communities across New York State. ESD is also the primary administrative agency overseeing Governor Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Councils and the marketing of “I LOVE NY,” the State’s iconic tourism brand. For more information on Regional Councils and Empire State Development can be found here and here.  Contact: Kristin Devoe | [email protected] | (518) 414-1087 Press Office | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313  
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Public Notice

Tuesday, April 20, 2021 - 5:30pm
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Press Release

Tuesday, April 20, 2021 - 1:06pm
Microelectronics and Photonics Packaging Company to Apply Additional Seed Investment to Continue Aggressive Growth Initiatives.  New York Ventures Provides Capital to Grow and Support Early-Stage, High-Growth Startups Located in New York State Through Direct Investments Empire State Development (ESD) today announced a $250,000 investment in Mosaic Microsystems, a Rochester based microelectronics and photonics packaging company. This investment was provided by New York Ventures, the venture capital arm of Empire State Development. A total of $2.4 million in funding was raised in this round, led by strategic investors Samtec and Corning Incorporated. The company has also received substantial non-dilutive funding through the Department of Defense’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, including a current Phase II project with GE Research and the Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) in Rome, Oneida County.   Mosaic Microsystems is a semiconductor packaging company that has commercialized the use of thin glass substrates with through glass vias (TGVs) for next generation microelectronics and photonics, such as 5G technology. This portion of the seed financing will provide capital to expand Mosaic’s output, enabling the company to meet the needs of its growing customer base.   Empire State Development Acting Commissioner and President & CEO-designate Eric Gertler said, “New York Ventures and ESD are continuing to support the growth of diverse entrepreneurs in high-growth startups across New York State. The investment in Mosaic is yet another example of how the public and private sectors can work together to support technology innovation that strengthens our state’s global competitiveness in advanced manufacturing.”   Mosaic CEO Christine Whitman said, “Mosaic has unlocked the potential for volume manufacturing of 5G wireless filters and antennae in glass. The industry has recognized that thin glass has advantages over ceramic packaging, notably lower electrical loss. Despite these benefits, market adoption of glass has been limited due to tough challenges like glass wafer handling. Mosaic has solved these challenges and developed the ability to integrate new features.  Mosaic Microsystems Board Member, and Corning executive, David Velasquez, said, “Consumers demand high-quality cell service and faster streaming wherever they are. That means that our mobile devices need more efficient filters and antennas. The properties of glass make it a great solution for these device components, which enable next-generation telecommunications to support faster, seamless connections. Corning is pleased to see the progress in the commercialization of this important technology, and we’re excited to work with New York Ventures and ESD to support the growth of New York State’s semiconductor manufacturing infrastructure.”   Historically, New York State has had a major role in the growth of the global semiconductor industry, with pioneering developments of IBM in the Southern Tier and Hudson Valley and XEROX in Rochester. As of 2019, the semiconductor industry in New York State ranks third in the U.S., supporting over 34,400 jobs in 88 facilities, approximately $4.7 billion in wages, and $1.7 billion in exports by value. New York State has many prominent private sector partners, including IBM, Global Foundries, ON Semi, Applied Materials, Tokyo Electron, AIM Photonics, Corning, GE, and Cree. These companies have facilities located in communities across the entire state, including, the Capital Region Finger Lakes Region, Southern Tier, Mohawk Valley Region, and Mid-Hudson Region. There is also a vibrant start-up ecosystem for this industry which includes Menlo Micro, NextGen Power Systems, and Odyssey Semiconductor.   About New York Ventures  New York Ventures is the venture capital investment arm of Empire State Development, New York State’s economic development agency. New York Ventures supports and invests in diverse entrepreneurs and their high growth companies across the state to secure a healthy, sustainable and economically vibrant future for all New Yorkers. More information is available here.  About Mosaic Microsystems  Mosaic Microsystems is a microelectronics and photonics packaging company located in Rochester, NY. Mosaic delivers robust solutions to enable thin glass products for exciting initiatives in RF communications, particularly for 5G, as well as advanced packaging, MEMs and sensors for the internet of things (IoT).  Mosaic’s solutions provide customers with the ability to establish high volume manufacturing of thin glass solutions using existing industry standard equipment and processes.  For more information on Mosaic Microsystems, please visit www.mosaicmicro.com   About Empire State Development  Empire State Development (ESD) is New York’s chief economic development agency. The mission of ESD is to promote a vigorous and growing economy, encourage the creation of new job and economic opportunities, increase revenues to the State and its municipalities, and achieve stable and diversified local economies. Through the use of loans, grants, tax credits and other forms of financial assistance, ESD strives to enhance private business investment and growth to spur job creation and support prosperous communities across New York State. ESD is also the primary administrative agency overseeing Governor Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Councils and the marketing of "I LOVE NY," the State’s iconic tourism brand. For more information on Regional Councils and Empire State Development, please visit www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov and www.esd.ny.gov.  Contact: Kristin Devoe | [email protected] | (518) 414-1087 Press Office | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313 
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Press Release

Tuesday, April 20, 2021 - 11:55am
Investment Complements “Finger Lakes Forward” – The Region’s Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy Empire State Development (ESD) today announced that Assured Edge Solutions plans to grow its manufacturing operations at the Cornell Agriculture and Food Technology Park in the City of Geneva. The custom vegetable processing and co-packing company will move from its current location on the campus into a new building that will be under construction soon. Moving into the new space will allow the innovative company to create up to 21 new jobs; 14 jobs will be retained. Assured Edge Solutions expects to be operational in the new space in the fall of 2021. Empire State Development Acting Commissioner and President & CEO Eric Gertler said, “The Cornell Agriculture and Food Technology Park in Geneva, with its focus on agribusiness-related biotech research, has been instrumental in Assured Edge Solution’s continued growth. Their collaboration is a great example of what can be achieved when our top-tier universities partner with New York State businesses.”  ESD is assisting Assured Edge Solutions with the expansion project with up to $150,000 through the Excelsior Tax Credit Program. Ontario County and Greater Rochester Enterprise also collaborated on the project.  The total project cost for the relocation has been placed at $201,000. The expansion of the second building at the technology park where Assured Edge Solutions will be located is also being supported by a $1.47 million federal EDA grant and a $500,000 Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) round five grant from Empire State Development.  Dan Rao, President of Assured Edge Solutions said, “We are very excited to be able to partner with Empire State Development to expand our operations as well as remain local here in the City of Geneva. We identified the area’s need to have small to mid-size custom vegetable processing and co-packing capabilities and as a result our company has grown significantly. We look forward to this next phase of growth.” Assured Edge Solutions, which was founded in 2012, produces custom ingredient and co-packs for a variety of customers. Their operations range from raw ingredient processing to custom blend manufacturing. Additionally, Assured Edge Solutions partners to co-pack organic frozen vegetables for a major local retailer. The company has been running its manufacturing operation at the Technology Park since 2017. The Cornell Agriculture and Food Technology Park in the City of Geneva is a seventy-two-acre research, development and production campus that is fostering the needs of food and agriculture companies, additionally offering access to college faculty and facilities. Through this public-private initiative, start-up companies, small businesses, and large multinational companies alike are leveraging the resources they need to thrive. Cathy Young, Director of the Center of Excellence for Food and Agriculture said, “AES is a prime example of a successful food startup that is growing by leaps and bounds, and their progress proves that New York State is an outstanding place to accelerate your business.  Dan Rao and his team are great innovators whose story of hard work and perseverance is an inspiration to other entrepreneurs.  Their journey of beginning in the incubator space at the Cornell Agriculture and Food Technology Park and expanding to a new manufacturing building on site is a clear demonstration of the incredible ecosystem that exists through Cornell AgriTech, the Center of Excellence and local, state and federal partners.  We are grateful that ESD is providing these economic development incentives to grow jobs and opportunities that will reap benefits for families and the region’s economy.” State Senator Pam Helming said, “Assured Edge Solutions is a Tech Farm success story and I congratulate CEO Dan Rao on this exciting expansion. AES’ growth reflects what an incredible asset we have in Cornell AgriTech as an economic driver for food, beverage and ag businesses. As a member of the Cornell AgriTech Advisory Council, I am proud to champion their work and to support the City and County in putting Geneva, Ontario County and the Finger Lakes on the map as a leading location for food, beverage and ag businesses. Thank you to Empire State Development, Ontario County and everyone involved for this shared commitment to growing businesses and jobs in our vital ag and food industry.” State Assemblyman Jeff Gallahan said, “Agriculture is an extremely important sector of our local economy.  The expansion of Assured Edge Solutions is a testament to the success of the Cornell Agriculture and Food Technology Park and their work to incubate agriculture businesses.  This new project will bring good paying agriculture jobs to our community.  It is great to see the hard work of Empire State Development assist in expanding Assured Edge Solutions in the City of Geneva.” Ontario County Industrial Development Executive Director Mike Manikowski said, “As Chairman of the Tech Farm Board and as the Economic Development Director for Ontario County I am happy to learn of the State’s support for Assured Edge Solutions (AES). AES, headed by its CEO Dan Rao, has been a tenant of ours for several years now. We welcome their growth and see them as an anchor tenant for Tech Farm 2. The innovative products that AES produces have added to the Finger Lakes agricultural bounty and provided good stable jobs for the City of Geneva and Ontario County. Working in partnership with the City, County and State the Tech Farm continues to add new innovative ag, food and beverage businesses to our area.” Matt Hurlbutt, President and CEO, Greater Rochester Enterprise said, “Assured Edge Solutions is thriving in the Greater Rochester, NY region because of the world-class R&D assets at Cornell AgriTech, fully integrated food and beverage manufacturing supply chain, and highly skilled talent. The GRE team connected Assured Edge Solutions to local partners and resources to accelerate their business growth plan.” For additional information about Assured Edge Solutions, visit: http://assurededge.com/. For additional information about the Center of Excellence for Food and Agriculture visit: https://cals.cornell.edu/cornell-agritech/partners-centers-institutes/center-excellence-food-agriculture. Accelerating Finger Lakes Forward  Today’s announcement complements “Finger Lakes Forward,” the region’s comprehensive blueprint to generate robust economic growth and community development. The State has already invested more than $8.07 billion in the region since 2012 to lay the groundwork for the plan – investing in key industries including photonics, agriculture‎ and food production, and advanced manufacturing. Now, the region is accelerating Finger Lakes Forward with a $500 million State investment through the Upstate Revitalization Initiative, announced by Governor Cuomo in December 2015. The State’s $500 million investment will incentivize private business to invest well over $2.5 billion – and the region’s plan, as submitted, projects up to 8,200 new jobs. More information is available here.​ Contact: Shari Voorhees-Vincent | [email protected] | (585)399-7055 ESD Press Office | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313
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Public Notice

Monday, April 19, 2021 - 5:30pm
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