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Board Meeting

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 4:00pm
 With videoconferencing to: The New York State Department of Labor State Campus – Building 12 Albany, NY 12240 The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets 10B Airline Drive Albany, NY 12235
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Board Meeting

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 2:00pm
With videoconferencing to: Empire State Development 633 Third Avenue, 36th Floor                        New York, NY 10017
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Press Release

Friday, June 21, 2019 - 1:19pm
Empire State Development (ESD) today announced that Flomatic Corporation, a worldwide leader in water valve manufacturing located in Glens Falls, Warren County, has completed a $3.3 million expansion. The nearly 20,000 square foot addition encompasses all aspects of valve manufacturing, research, development and testing. The company has committed to add 15 new jobs as part of this project. ESD President, CEO and Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, "Flomatic’s expansion is a great example of the public-private partnerships that are helping companies to grow and create jobs across New York State." Flomatic manufactures high-quality valves primarily used for domestic and municipal water and wastewater applications. The company invested $3.3 million to build and equip a nearly 20,000 square foot expansion, including 15,000 square feet of manufacturing space. A new epoxy coating operation will increase capacity to nearly triple the company's output and will allow larger valves to be automatically processed for faster customer turnaround. The investment included the purchase and installation of machinery, equipment, and a 10,000-gallon product testing tank as part of a state-of-the-art research and development lab. As part of this project, the company has committed to adding 15 new jobs, with nearly five positions already created. To encourage and support the expansion, ESD has agreed to provide a capital grant of up to $350,000, and up to $300,000 in performance-based Excelsior Jobs Program tax credits. These awards were recommended by the Capital Region Economic Development Council during Round VII of the Regional Council initiative. Flomatic President and CEO Bo Andersson said, "For the past 85 years, Flomatic has been an industry leader in valve manufacturing for customers, jobs and applications of all sizes. This expansion allows us to further our commitment to quality and service by increasing production, while developing new technologies and product lines. On behalf of everyone at Flomatic, I thank Empire State Development and the Regional Council for supporting this project." CREDC Co-Chairs Dr. Havidán Rodríguez, University at Albany President, and Ruth Mahoney, KeyBank Market President, said, "Supporting advanced manufacturing and tradable sectors are priorities of the Council, and this expansion will allow Flomatic to develop new products while increasing productivity to serve its global customer base. On behalf of the Council, we congratulate Flomatic and its employees." Edward Bartholomew, EDC Warren County President, said, "Governor Cuomo's policy of assisting upstate manufacturing through the CFA process, together with Flomatic’s goal of expanding their Glens Falls operation, has resulted in a significant economic boast to our regional economy." Flomatic was founded in 1933 in Hoosick Falls as the White Flomatic Corporation, and the its main products were check valves and regulators. Today, the company specializes in several valves and backflow preventers used in domestic, industrial, municipal and irrigation markets across the United States, from New York City to Los Angeles, and in more than 40 different countries. The company is widely regarded as an industry leader with new and innovative products covered by several patents and trademarks. Senator Betty Little said, "Flomatic Corporation’s expansion is certainly great news. I am very appreciative of Empire State Development’s partnership and the funds provided to help this long-time local employer expand, add jobs and become even better positioned to compete globally. This company’s stellar reputation will be that much better as a result." Assembly Member Dan Stec said, "I am pleased to see Flomatic Corporation continue to deepen its roots in Warren County and build quality products and I look forward to their continued success in the City of Glens Falls." Warren County Board of Supervisors Chair Ronald F. Conover said, "This is another significant boost for the region and testament that investments in high-quality, successful manufacturers like Flomatic will produce economic opportunities for area workers and their families." Glens Falls Mayor Daniel L. Hall said, "Today's announcement is welcome news for Glens Falls and is proof positive to the improving business climate in our region.  I want to thank Governor Cuomo and Empire State Development for their continued support in revitalizing the upstate economy." 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, visit www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov and www.esd.ny.gov.   Contact:   ESD Press Office | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313
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Press Release

Friday, June 21, 2019 - 12:20pm
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that Orgill, Inc., the world's largest independent hardlines distributor, will build its first Northeastern U.S. distribution center in Rome, Oneida County. The new, 780,000 square-foot facility, to be located at Griffiss Business and Technology Park, will be the company's first in New York State and lead to the creation of 225 new jobs in the Mohawk Valley. The company plans to invest nearly $70 million to construct and equip the facility, which will serve Orgill's customers throughout the Northeast. "The Mohawk Valley is a prime location for businesses moving products throughout the Northeast, and the Orgill distribution center is a welcome addition to the region," Governor Cuomo said. "We proudly invest in companies that invest in New York, and with the hundreds of jobs generated by this new facility there is no doubt it will help bolster the region's economy." "Orgill's distribution center in Rome is a significant investment in the area, creating hundreds of jobs," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul.  "The construction of this project will create new opportunities and strengthen the economy of the entire Mohawk Valley region." Read the complete press release here. 
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Press Release

Friday, June 21, 2019 - 11:36am
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that Amy's Kitchen, a leading organic food manufacturer, has broken ground on its East Coast hub - a 389,000-square-foot specialty frozen food manufacturing facility in Goshen, Orange County. The facility, which will be one of the largest previously-undeveloped manufacturing plants to select New York State in more than 30 years, will enable the company to create 680 jobs, with potential for future growth. "Our open-for-business approach to economic development is attracting transformative investments from leading companies like Amy's Kitchen because we have the locations, business climate and workforce to help them succeed," Governor Cuomo said. "As one of the largest development projects in the Mid-Hudson region in decades, this project will create hundreds of good jobs, boost the manufacturing industry and generate major economic opportunities for the local community." "Amy's Kitchen is just the latest business to set up shop in New York, creating hundreds of new jobs and strengthening the economy of the Mid-Hudson region," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, who made today's announcement. "As a growing food manufacturing company, Amy's Kitchen is expanding with a significant investment in Orange County. During my travels across the state, I'm encouraged to see many unique businesses who are opening their doors, bolstering our workforce, and building the future of New York."  Read the complete press release here. 
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Press Release

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 - 2:11pm
State Investment Complements “Finger Lakes Forward” – The Region’s Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy Empire State Development (ESD) today announced its investment in cybersecurity and risk management consulting company Security Risk Advisors (SRA). ESD has offered up to $900,000 through the Excelsior Jobs program to aid the successful company with its move to the City of Rochester, Monroe County. Because of the support from New York State, the company plans to create up to 67 new jobs in the region over the next five years. Headquartered in Philadelphia, Security Risk Advisors will open an office at the Culver Road Armory where it plans to be operational in the fall.  The total project cost has been placed at a little more than $11.5 million. Monroe County, the City of Rochester and Greater Rochester Enterprise are also assisting with the project. Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, "Security Risk Advisors has recognized the Finger Lakes region as a growing high-tech hub for the cybersecurity industry, with a highly skilled talent pool that is drawing cutting-edge companies to Rochester to create 21st century jobs.” Founded in 2010, Security Risk Advisors began by using a virtual office model. In 2017, their strategy to grow by mentoring a larger number of University hires led to the decision to open their headquarters in Philadelphia.  Security Risk Advisors decided to open its first New York State location in the City of Rochester due to the large, local talent pool available via the Finger Lakes regions’ 19 renowned colleges and universities. Security Risk Advisors Director Mike Pinch said, “We are proud to partner with Empire State Development, Greater Rochester Enterprise, the City of Rochester and Monroe County to establish our office in Rochester. Our talent development program starts with students, and the cybersecurity talent pool in Rochester is second to none. The proximity to top colleges and industry leading companies, in addition to the quality of life in Western New York made the decision to open our second office in Rochester an easy one. Security Risk Advisors looks forward to great success delivering world-class consulting services, contributing high-quality cybersecurity thought leadership, and developing the next generation of security professionals here in Rochester.” Security Risk Advisors provides cybersecurity expertise to its clients with a focus on the Fortune and Global 1000. Their services include ethical hacking, risk assessments, compliance, engineering, and managed detection and response. The forward-thinking company contributes to industry thought leadership by developing free software, mentoring students and sponsoring cyber competitions and women-in-cyber conferences. State Senator Rich Funke said, "Any time a business relocates to our area or invests additional capital here it's a good day. Security Risk Advisors is a cutting-edge company with a much needed 21st century mission. I'm so pleased that they will call the Finger Lakes home." State Assembly Member Harry Bronson said, "The Finger Lakes regional economy is becoming a leader in cybersecurity and the high-tech fields that will define our 21st century economy. I am pleased to see Security Risk Advisors recognize the pipeline of highly skilled workers in the Rochester community, and applaud them for bringing new jobs to the 138th Assembly District. I also want to applaud Governor Cuomo and the team at Empire State Development for the incredible work they do in moving the Finger Lakes forward." Rochester Mayor Lovely A. Warren said, “I want to congratulate and thank Security Risk Advisors for making the decision to move to Rochester and utilize our highly skilled workforce. I am also grateful to Governor Cuomo and Empire State Development for always working to retain and create jobs in Rochester through Finger Lakes Forward. Together, we are advancing towards our mission of creating more jobs, safer, more vibrant neighborhoods and better educational opportunities for Rochester’s citizens.” Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo said, "Monroe County is home to an experienced workforce, top tier higher education institutions, and a rapidly growing tech sector. We're thrilled to welcome Security Risk Advisors to our community and we look forward to continuing to work with them to create more jobs in the years to come. This investment is proof that Monroe County is open for business!" Matt Hurlbutt, President & CEO, Greater Rochester Enterprise said, “We are pleased that Security Risk Advisors will open a new office here and leverage the Greater Rochester, NY region’s highly skilled workforce and low cost of doing business. When it comes to cybersecurity, the Greater Rochester, NY region has the top-tier tech talent and leading-edge R&D assets at RIT and University of Rochester that companies such as SRA need to grow.” For more Information about Security Risk Advisors, 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. The State has already invested more than $6.1 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. 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. 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. ​
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Public Notice

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 - 11:00am
West Shore BID Stormwater Mitigation Project
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Public Notice

Monday, June 17, 2019 - 5:30pm
New York Liberty Development Corporation 2019 Bonds TEFRA Project
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Press Release

Monday, June 17, 2019 - 4:50pm
Applications Will Be Accepted Through September 23, 2019 Luminate NY is a Key Initiative in "Finger Lakes Forward" - The Region's Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that Luminate NY - the world's largest business accelerator for startup firms in the optics, photonics and imaging industries - is now accepting applications for Round III of the innovative competition. Selected teams will compete for one of ten available slots in the third cohort of companies. The Luminate NY accelerator, located in Rochester, assists promising optics, photonics and imaging companies with advancing their technologies and businesses through the assistance of a six-month mentoring program. Once selected, teams will compete for follow-on funding, including a $1 million top prize; $500,000 second prize; and two $250,000 prizes that will be awarded to two teams. The Luminate NY program is funded by the transformative Finger Lakes Forward Upstate Revitalization Initiative. "Luminate NY is a globally recognized competition and resource for the most promising new companies in the cutting-edge fields of optics, photonics and imaging," Governor Cuomo said. "This accelerator represents just one of the many strategic industry investments New York is making to foster new business growth and improve job opportunities as we continue working to propel the Finger Lakes economy forward." "Our business plan competitions have proven to be a catalyst for driving great ideas and job growth across the state," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "Luminate NY is part of our strategy to encourage collaboration and provide support to the growing OPI industry in the Finger Lakes region. As we begin a new round, we remain committed to embracing Rochester's spirit of innovation to deliver ambitious plans focused on the future." Read the complete press release here. 
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Public Notice

Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 4:00pm
Cold Spring Harbor Capital Project
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