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Public Notice

Monday, May 8, 2017 - 11:00am
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Press Release

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 4:22pm
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the expansion of AAkron Rule Corporation, the nation’s largest manufacturer of wooden rulers, yardsticks, and pencils, in Western New York. The company will invest $2.9 million to upgrade its current facilities, as well as support new construction in Akron. The expansion will retain 148 jobs and is expected to create 46 new jobs at the company. To encourage the company to expand at its Akron location rather than a plant in Tennessee, Empire State Development has offered $500,000 in performance-based Excelsior Jobs Program tax credits. In addition to wood products, the company has injection and blow molding production capabilities used to make nearly a hundred plastic items for the promotional products industry. "AAkron Rule’s decision to expand in Western New York instead expanding in another state sends the clear message that New York is open for business," Governor Cuomo said. "This expansion will help spur Erie County’s economy by creating jobs, helping this region to continue to grow and thrive for years to come." The project will consist of upgrading the existing manufacturing building, purchasing additional injection, blow molding equipment and state-of-the-art decorating equipment. The current 12,000-square-foot manufacturing warehouse will have another 9,000 square-feet added to it. Additionally, 16,000 square feet will be added to house the company’s molding operations, which is currently located in a separate building on Indianola Avenue. Read the full press release here. 
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Press Release

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 12:29pm
Empire State Development (ESD) today announced that New York State has designated four undeveloped parcels at Sterling Business Park in Orchard Park as “shovel ready,” ensuring the site’s readiness for development as a multi-tenant medical, business and technology park. The four parcels, comprising the 23.9 available acres, have satisfied the requirements for New York State Shovel Ready Certification and have been pre-qualified for development, meaning that businesses will be able to locate there without delay. Companies will still need to obtain permits to operate that will be based on their individual needs and circumstances, but they can be assured there are no wetlands, endangered species, historic artifacts or other concerns that might delay a project. Utilities, including electricity, gas, water, sewer and fiber, are also available to the site. “New York State’s Shovel Ready program provides valuable enticements to businesses, as well as job opportunities for local residents,” said Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky. “By gaining this certification for the Sterling Business Park, the potential to attract developers and business interest to Orchard Park is increased substantially, while the time to complete any project is significantly reduced.” “We expect that this Shovel Ready designation will be the catalyst to spur more development within the park as buyers will have the confidence that their projects can be approved in a timely manner,” said Orchard Park Commerce Center President Jeff Steinwachs. The 23.9 acres of undeveloped property is part of a larger, 100-acre business park that is already home to several commercial businesses.  The available parcels range from 1.6 to 11.5 acres.  The properties are located adjacent to U.S. Route 219 and are minutes from the New York State Thruway, Buffalo Niagara International Airport and City of Buffalo.  The site may be eligible for New York Power Authority (NYPA) low-cost hydroelectric power allocation and Western New York power proceeds allocations, which businesses will have to apply for separately.  Current occupants of the Sterling Business Park include medical, office and light industrial uses.  Sales for the shovel ready parcels are being handled by Richard J. Schechter, Associate Real Estate Broker at Pyramid Brokerage Company.  For more information on these parcels at Sterling Business Park, contact Richard Schechter at 716-852-7500, ext. 102 or 716-316-4040 (cell), or Jeff Steinwachs at 941-383-0148. Shovel Ready Certification is administered by Empire State Development, the state’s lead economic development organization.  The program is an ongoing component of the Build Now-NY program.  The state does not provide funding for Shovel Ready applications, but does coordinate the review of each application with all relevant state and federal agencies.  In this case, as part of the process, the site was evaluated by representatives of ESD, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, New York State Department of Transportation, New York State Office of Historic Preservation, New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets and the U.S. Army Corp. of Engineers.  Each of these agencies has looked at the potential for development at this location and resolved any concerns in advance of a project. Click here for more information on New York State’s Shovel Ready program. Contact: Laura Magee (ESD) | laura.magee@esd.ny.gov | 716-846-8239 | 1-800-260-7313 Richard Schechter (Pyramid Brokerage) | rschechter@pyramidbrokerage.com | 716-852-7500 | 716-316-4040 (cell)
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Public Notice

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 2:00pm
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Press Release

Monday, April 24, 2017 - 3:36pm
Empire State Development (ESD) today announced that Rolen-Jinxin Technologies North America, LLC, a manufacturer of railcar parts, will establish its first U.S.-based facility in Monroe County. The company will renovate a vacant building in Henrietta and create 44 full-time production, engineering and management jobs at the site. This project is supported by Finger Lakes Forward, the region’s economic development plan. Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, “Rolen-Jinxin is a global company that could have chosen to locate its first U.S. based operation anywhere in the nation and they wisely chose the Finger Lakes region. Their decision is a true testament to the strength of the local workforce and to Upstate New York's burgeoning innovation economy." Established in 2015, Rolen-Jinxin Technologies North America is the result of a joint venture between Rolen Technologies and Products SA in Barcelona, Spain and Wuxi-Jinxin Group Company Ltd. in Wuxi, China. The company manufactures interior parts, thermal management systems and restroom modules for railcars. It will produce streamlined, fully manufactured and assembled single modular units at the Finger Lakes site. Rolen-Jinxin says the single unit installation of its restroom system will provide a cost benefit to its customers located throughout North America. Miquel Tuset, Rolen-Jinxin Chief Executive Officer said, "We are proud to locate our North American facility in the heart of Upstate New York. The availability of a highly skilled work force and proximity to high tech companies and Universities will enable Rolen-Jinxin to provide industry leading products and services to our customers." In order to encourage Rolen-Jinxin North America to establish its first U.S. operations in Upstate New York, ESD has offered the company performance-based Excelsior Tax credits worth up to $600,000. Monroe County also offered incentives to help move the project ahead. The total project cost is close to $1 million. The company expects the renovation project at the Henrietta location to be completed by September 2017. FLREDC Co-Chairs, Monroe Community College President Anne Kress and Wegmans Food Markets CEO Danny Wegman said, “From manufacturing expertise to an incredibly skilled workforce to draw from, the decision by Rolen-Jinxin to establish operations in Monroe County proves once again that this area has much to offer any company looking to grow its operation. We welcome them and look forward to the company’s contributions as we continue the work to move the Finger Lakes Forward.” Rolen Technologies & Products is an international company currently established on three continents: Europe, Asia and now in America. State Senator Patrick Gallivan said, “Rolen-Jinxin's decision to locate its first U.S. based operation in Monroe County is further proof that the economy of upstate New York continues to move in the right direction.  The combination of a highly skilled workforce and the growth of such innovative and high tech industries is key to the ongoing revitalization of the Finger Lakes Region.  New York's continued support of this and other private companies will create jobs and new opportunities for hardworking New Yorkers." State Assembly Member Harry Bronson said, “Rochester is home to some of the state’s most skilled and talented workers, and Rolen-Jinxin’s investment in our community is sign that our economy is on the right track. These new jobs will mean local jobs for our families and contribute to their well-being as we build upon our region’s positive economic momentum.” Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo said, "As a global company, Rolen-Jinxin could have expanded to anywhere in the world, yet they chose to come right here to Monroe County," said County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo. "We are proud to support their expansion and look forward to connecting them with our skilled workforce, creating jobs and growing our local economy." For more about Rolen-Jinxin Technologies & Products, click here. Accelerating Finger Lakes Forward  Today’s announcement complements “Finger Lakes Forward,” the region’s comprehensive blueprint to generate robust economic growth and community development. This initiative is focused on growing jobs, increasing regional wealth, driving private investment and reducing poverty. The State has already invested more than $3.4 billion in the region since 2012 to lay the groundwork for the plan which includes investing in key industries such as photonics, agriculture‎ and food production, and advanced manufacturing.  Today, unemployment is down to the lowest levels since before the Great Recession; personal and corporate income taxes are down; and businesses are choosing places like Rochester, Batavia and Canandaigua as a destination to grow and invest in as a result. The $500 million “Finger Lakes Forward” Upstate Revitalization Initiative announced by Governor Cuomo in December 2015 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 | Shari.Voorhees-Vincent@esd.ny.gov | (585) 399-7055 Press Office | pressoffice@esd.ny.gov | (800) 260-7313
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Public Notice

Monday, April 24, 2017 - 1:00pm
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Press Release

Monday, April 24, 2017 - 12:46pm
Empire State Development (ESD) today announced that Worcester Creameries, Inc., a milk manufacturer and packager that produces organic, grass fed, kosher and conventional milk products, will modernize and expand its manufacturing operations in the Town of Roxbury, Delaware County and retain more than 80 jobs in the process. Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, "Thanks to Governor Cuomo’s unwavering commitment to the region, Worcester Creameries' expansion is the latest Southern Tier success story. Mountainside Farms employees will keep their jobs, local family farms will continue to sell their goods and the truck drivers who transport their products will keep on delivering. This is a business expansion that delivers real jobs and real results for the Southern Tier." Worcester Creameries President & CEO   Cyrus Schwartz said, “We are very appreciative of New York State’s support in partnering with Worcester Creameries in the modernizing and expansion of our plant in Roxbury, NY.” Worcester Creameries is the operator of Mountainside Farms which, as the sole buyer of raw milk from 63 family farms in the region, strongly supports the Southern Tier’s agriculture industry. In addition to the on-site jobs, the company’s operations support 20 local trucking jobs. The expansion aligns with and reinforces the Southern Tier Soaring economic initiative, which aims to bolster the region’s food and agriculture industry clusters.  Southern Tier REDC Co-Chairs Tom Tranter, President & CEO of Corning Enterprises and Harvey Stenger, President of Binghamton University said, “The STREDC is proud to support this storied company as part of the region’s Southern Tier Soaring efforts.  Agricultural companies such as Mountainside Farms are crucial to the regions success.Thanks to Governor Cuomo’s commitment to generating economic growth upstate, the Southern Tier is moving in the right direction.” In order to encourage  Worcester Creameries  to move ahead with the modernization of its Mountainside Farms facility, ESD has offered the company a grant of  up to $380,000 to support the approximately $2 million project and retention of more than 80 jobs. The company expects the expansion project to be completed by October 2017. State Senator James L. Seward said, “Worcester Creameries represents a perfect blend of dairy farming and manufacturing – two economic sectors that are vital to upstate New York.  This is a smart investment of Empire State Development funds that will boost job opportunities and pay real dividends for Delaware County.” Delaware County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Tina Mole said, “Agriculture is the backbone of upstate NY; assisting businesses to grow and succeed is the very core of our mission in Delaware County.” Accelerating Southern Tier Soaring  Today's announcement complements “Southern Tier Soaring, the region’s comprehensive blueprint to generate robust economic growth and community development. The State has already invested more than $3.1 billion in the region since 2012 to lay for groundwork for the plan – attracting a talented workforce, growing business and driving innovation. Today, unemployment is down to the lowest levels since before the Great Recession; personal and corporate income taxes are down; and businesses are choosing places like Binghamton, Johnson City and Corning as a destination in which to grow and invest. Now, the region is accelerating Southern Tier Soaring 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 10,200 new jobs. More information is available here. Contact: Shari Voorhees-Vincent | Shari.Voorhees-Vincent@esd.ny.gov | (585) 399-7055 Press Office | pressoffice@esd.ny.gov | (800) 260-7313
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Press Release

Friday, April 21, 2017 - 2:47pm
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the opening of BorderWorx Logistics, LLC's new storage and state-of-the-art distribution facility in the Vantage Center Industrial Park in Sanborn. The expansion of BorderWorx Logistics, which is part of the Niagara County Foreign Trade Zone, enables importers and exporters to forego duties and tariffs until the day a product ships out of the facility. The company’s decision to expand operations in Western New York will create 86 new jobs, while retaining 10 existing jobs. "The opening of BorderWorx Logistics as operator of the Foreign Trade Zone in Niagara County brings new opportunity for businesses and residents throughout the region," Governor Cuomo said. "With the creation of over 85 new, well-paying jobs and improved access to trade partners across the globe, BorderWorx Logistics' expansion is proof that New York is the place for businesses to grow and expand, as we continue to attract private investment, strengthen the regional economy and improve the lives of New Yorkers across the region." Read the full press release here. 
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Press Release

Friday, April 21, 2017 - 2:07pm
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the grand reopening of Hudson Hall at the historic Hudson Opera House in Columbia County, the oldest surviving theater in the state. The Hudson Opera House, built in 1855, has welcomed great performers, writers and historical figures over the years, including Susan B. Anthony and Theodore Roosevelt. "The historic Hudson Opera House is a true jewel of this region, representing an important and storied piece of New York’s vibrant history," Governor Cuomo said. "This project has restored and revitalized New York’s oldest theater, preserving its architectural features while creating a thriving cultural center for the City of Hudson and for visitors from near and far to enjoy for years to come." The $8.5 million project was funded through a $1.3 million Capital Region Economic Development Council Capital Grant, a $1 million Restore NY Grant; a matching EPF grant leveraging $800,000 in grants from the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation; nearly $100,000 from the New York State Council for the Arts; and $3 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Community Facilities Loan Program. The remaining funding was supported through investments from members of the Hudson Opera House Board of Directors and private sponsors.  Read the full press release here.
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Public Notice

Friday, April 21, 2017 - 2:00pm
Deposit Telephone Unserved Broadband Capital Projects Public Hearing Notice Three hearings will be held at the following locations: Broome County- Broome County Office Building - Sixth Fl. Legislative Chambers, 60 Hawley Street, Binghamton, NY 13901 on Friday, April 21, 2017 from 2:00PM to 3:00PM. Chenango County- Town of Afton Municipal Building - Board Room, 204A County Road 39, Afton, NY 13730 on Monday, April 24, 2017 from 2:00PM to 3:00PM. Delaware County- Town of Walton - Board Room, 129 North Street, Walton, NY 13856 on Monday, April 24, 2017 from 10:00AM to 11:00AM.
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