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Press Release

Friday, February 25, 2022 - 3:54pm
Meetings Are Part of ESD’s Multi-Year Outreach And Feedback Effort Informing Governor Hochul’s Revitalization of Penn Station Area  Facilitated Sessions Sponsored with State Senator Brad Hoylman  Part of Governor Hochul’s Commitment to Identifying Targeted Approaches to Homelessness and Addiction  Empire State Development announced a series of issue-based working sessions to understand the current social and economic issues impacting the neighborhood surrounding Penn Station, and identify innovative approaches to tackle these challenges. The meetings, which began yesterday following an initial kick-off session held in January, will continue over the next two months and are being organized in partnership with State Senator Brad Hoylman. The sessions feature facilitated discussions attended by leading non-profit organizations with specific expertise in the topics being addressed, and are part of Governor Hochul’s commitment to identifying targeted approaches to homelessness and addiction as part of the Penn Station Area redevelopment.  Governor Hochul last November unveiled her vision for a new commuter-first world-class Penn Station and revitalized surrounding neighborhood that reflects the community's needs and focuses on public transit and public realm improvements. The plan prioritizes the reconstruction of the existing station while the station expansion and the Gateway Project initiatives continue.   The neighborhood plan has been informed by ESD’s two-year community engagement and collaboration process, which included more than 100 meetings with local stakeholders, government agencies, and elected officials to improve on past plans and establish a new way forward. For comprehensive information on ESD’s work to date, please visit the Penn Station Area Civic and Land Use Improvement Project webpage.   In addition, Governor Hochul has committed to establishing a station advisory group focused on her vision for a new commuter-first world-class Penn Station. This advisory group will be convened in the coming months as design work resumes. ESD Acting Commissioner and President and CEO-designate Hope Knight said, “The revitalization of the neighborhood surrounding Penn Station requires an honest review of its current conditions to fully realize the area’s tremendous possibilities. We are encouraged by the partnership of social service experts, community members and public officials, especially Senator Brad Hoylman, as we continue our community engagement and work collectively to achieve lasting progress in an area that is critical to New York’s economic competitiveness for generations to come.”   State Senator Brad Hoylman said, “Today’s Penn Station is a landmark for all of the wrong reasons. Under Governor Hochul’s leadership, we have a real opportunity to not only right the uninspired plans of the past which created the area’s current conditions, but to develop a positive plan with the community for a holistic revitalization that leads to the neighborhood’s lasting resurgence. I am grateful to ESD for their continued partnership and commitment to community input.”    Meeting Schedule    Feb 24: Active Service Providers Meeting 1  Attendees: Breaking Ground, BRC, Urban Pathways, Goddard Riverside   Agenda: Near-term priority projects    March 3: Advocates Meeting 1   Attendees: MCC, Fountain House, CSS, Coalition for the Homeless   Agenda: Near-term priority projects   March 10: Health Meeting 1   Attendees: Ryan Health, CUCS/Janian, Housing Works, GMHC, MHANY   Agenda: Near-term priority projects March 17: Social Service Meeting 1   Attendees: DPA, Center for Court Innovation, NY Harm Reduction Coalition, Housing Works   Agenda: Near-term priority projects   March 24: Active Service Providers Meeting 2   Attendees: Breaking Ground, BRC, Urban Pathways, Goddard Riverside   Agenda: Long-term projects needing investment   March 31: Advocates Meeting 2   Attendees: MCC, Fountain House, CSS, Coalition for the Homeless   Agenda: Long-term projects needing investment   April 7: Health Meeting 2   Attendees: Ryan Health, CUCS/Janian, Housing Works, GMHC, MHANY   Agenda: Long-term projects needing investment   April 14: Social Service Meeting 2   Attendees: DPA, Center for Court Innovation, NY Harm Reduction Coalition, Housing Works   Agenda: Long-term projects needing investment   April 21: Roundtable Review   Present assessments developed in small groups  Contact: ESD Press Office | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313
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Board Meeting

Thursday, February 24, 2022 - 9:30am
In accordance with recently passed Legislation, this meeting will be conducted via teleconference. The public may 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 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 23, 2022.
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Press Release

Wednesday, February 23, 2022 - 3:39pm
$50 Million Public-Private Partnership Will Create Safe, Seamless Pedestrian Access Between Existing Park and World-Class Transportation Hub Project Renderings Available Here Event Photos Available Here Empire State Development (ESD), Friends of the High Line, and Brookfield Properties today announced the groundbreaking for the new High Line X Moynihan Connector, an elevated public-pedestrian pathway that connects the present terminus of the High Line at West 30th Street and Tenth Avenue to Moynihan Station through an existing public plaza within the Manhattan West development. The $50 million project represents a public-private partnership between ESD, Friends of the High Line, and Brookfield Properties with a scheduled completion in Spring 2023. Envisioned as part of a larger neighborhood connectivity project, the Moynihan Connector links the High Line to Moynihan Station and the larger transit hub at Penn Station to improve and enhance the pedestrian experience and strengthen connectivity for a more livable, vibrant West Side. It aims to foster connections for New Yorkers among residents, local businesses, visitors and a growing workforce – while ensuring access to public open spaces and other community assets. ESD Acting Commissioner and President and CEO-designate Hope Knight said, “The High Line X Moynihan Connector will safely connect commuters, residents, and visitors to major New York City destinations and spur further economic development on the West Side.  Projects that improve the public realm are an investment in New York’s future, and tangible sign of our optimism about the Empire State’s continued economic rebound.” When using the Moynihan Connector, pedestrians and visitors will have safe, unobstructed access to the Far West Side of Manhattan via two bridges – Woodland Bridge and Timber Bridge – that will connect to the existing 10th Avenue terminus of the High Line. The new, landscaped Woodland Bridge will extend eastward from the High Line's existing 10th Avenue/30th Street terminus along Dyer Avenue on Port Authority of New York and New Jersey property, to the mid-block between 9th and 10th Avenues. There, it will connect to a second Timber Bridge which will travel north and link to Brookfield Properties’ 2.5-acre public plaza within its Manhattan West development directly across 9th Avenue from Moynihan Station. The Moynihan Connector will offer a safe, scenic experience for commuters, residents, and visitors navigating this heavily trafficked area near the entrance to the Lincoln Tunnel. The project will improve access between transportation hubs like Moynihan Station and Penn Station, and destinations like Hudson Yards, Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, and Manhattan’s far West Side neighborhoods. The project complements and supports the recent public and private investments that continues to transform Manhattan’s Midtown West neighborhoods. Brookfield Properties Executive Vice President Sabrina Kanner said, "We are proud to celebrate such an exciting milestone today as we break ground at the High Line X Moynihan Connector alongside our partners at Empire State Development and Friends of the High Line. When Brookfield Properties set out to develop Manhattan West, our focus was on connectivity, and creating a place that felt welcome and accessible. The Connector embodies these principles by providing a safe and seamless pedestrian passageway from the city’s busiest transit hub to neighborhoods up and down the West Side and we look forward to its opening in 2023.” Joshua David, Friends of the High Line Interim Executive Director and Co-Founder, said, “The Moynihan Connector is the latest realization of the High Line's long-standing vision. In just over a year from now, New Yorkers will be able to move seamlessly through beautiful, green public spaces from the West Village, up the High Line, over the two new Connector bridges and then cross just one city street into Moynihan Train Hall and the transportation options at Penn Station. We are grateful to our project partners, Empire State Development and Brookfield Properties for their speed and dedication to a project that will ultimately create a safer west side.” U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler said, “I am thrilled that we are now ready to break ground on the Moynihan Connector to the High Line. The High Line is an important resource for New Yorkers. The park generates important economic activity and provides a much-loved place to relax, grab a bite to eat, spend time with friends and family, and enjoy the views of our city. The Moynihan Connector realizes a long-standing vision for the High Line to provide better and safer pedestrian access to key New York City transportation hubs, recreational spaces, cultural institutions, and commercial properties. Currently, moving from Penn Station to the northern end of the High Line at 30th Street is a daunting task that includes crossing several busy streets, as well as dealing with trucks and cars entering the Lincoln Tunnel. When the connection is finally open New Yorkers and visitors will have a beautiful and safe pathway to the far West Side, the Hudson River and all the way to down to the West Village.” Senator Brad Hoylman said, “The High Line is one of the greatest urban parks and urban reclamation projects in the world. Now, thanks to the Connector, funded by Empire State Development, Friends of the High Line, and Brookfield Properties, the park will be directly and safely accessible from New York’s newest transit hub: Moynihan Train Hall. Governor Hochul’s prioritization of improvements on the West Side of Manhattan and her incorporation of community feedback in this project are such a breath of fresh air. The Connector began from Community Board 4’s suggestions to protect pedestrians from vehicular traffic. This improvement is community engagement in action, and it will be enjoyed by neighborhood residents and visitors for years to come.” Senator Robert Jackson said, "We welcome the innovative and strategic investment by the State and all stakeholders that will link the High Line to Moynihan Train Hall. This will allow commuters, residents, and tourists to connect to all major New York City destinations safely. As New York continues to reopen and recover, this investment will benefit our State for years to come." Assembly Member Richard Gottfried said, “As the West Side continues to grow, we need to ensure that future infrastructure ensures the safe and convenient movement of pedestrians. The High Line extension and future improvements on the street level underneath will accomplish that, while bridging a new connection to the Penn Station area.” New York City Deputy Mayor for Operations Meera Joshi said, “New York City’s economic recovery begins with great infrastructure, and this project will help us move in the right direction. A safe and easy connection between the High Line and the many transportation options at Moynihan Train Hall and Penn Station will help New Yorkers, commuters, and visitors take advantage of all our city has to offer. I applaud ESD and their partners for putting this exciting new project in motion.” Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine said, “The High Line is a shining example of utilizing urban infrastructure to create badly needed open space for New Yorkers and extending it to Moynihan Hall will better connect New Yorkers to more livable and vibrant neighborhoods of Manhattan. I’m glad that the visibility improvements for pedestrians that the local community needed have been included in this plan and congratulate Acting Commissioner Hope Knight and the Friends of the High Line for their work.” Council Member Erik Bottcher said, “I am so happy to celebrate the groundbreaking of the High Line-Moynihan Connector in my City Council district. This connector is a wonderful new addition to the community that will further connect the High Line to the surrounding neighborhood and important transit hubs.” Manhattan Community Board 4 Chair Jeffrey LeFrancois said, "Manhattan Community Board 4 looks forward to more pedestrian-centric planning from the State and the High Line East connector improves a part of our district that has long been ignored. The High Line is an important piece of infrastructure that also happens to be a park on the west side, and MCB4 is thankful the State is making improvements to the streetscape in this area as well." Contact: ESD Press Office | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313
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Report

Tuesday, February 22, 2022 - 12:11pm
Centers of Excellence 2021 Report
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Press Release

Friday, February 18, 2022 - 4:24pm
Company to Occupy Farmingdale State College’s Broad Hollow Bioscience Park ESD Providing $1.2 million to Support Creation of 31 New Jobs Empire State Development (ESD) today announced that The Estée Lauder Companies (ELC) will expand its research and development efforts on Long Island. Farmingdale State College (FSC) will lease approximately 40,000 square feet of laboratory and office space to ELC within Broad Hollow Bioscience Park, a research park and designated START-UP NY space that houses various biotechnology companies and is located on the school’s campus. ESD has agreed to provide ELC up to $1.2 million in performance-based Excelsior Jobs Program tax credits in exchange for the company's commitment to create 31 new scientific research and development jobs. ESD Acting Commissioner and President & CEO-designate Hope Knight said, “Empire State Development is proud to support Farmingdale State College’s partnership with The Estée Lauder Companies, which brings together two New York powerhouses. This initiative reflects the innovative approach ESD encourages across the State to train New York’s talented workforce for the skills needed by employers in today’s dynamic marketplace. ESD’s funding of more than 30 new jobs at Broad Hollow Bioscience Park reflects our commitment to Long Island’s economic future and lays the foundation for regional growth that will help strengthen the economy and create good-paying jobs, both on Long Island and across New York State. Congratulations to Dr. Nader and the entire Farmingdale State College team for this smart and strategic initiative.” Through strategic investments, New York State continues to support and grow its life science industry with Long Island ranking first in the State for its life science workforce. ELC’s move adds to the growing number of R&D companies housed by Broad Hollow Bioscience Park and throughout the Long Island region. In 2018, ESD awarded Broad Hollow Bioscience Park a Regional Economic Development Council capital grant of $750,000 to support infrastructure improvements including upgrades to heating, air conditioning, ventilation and energy management systems. That same year, ESD awarded ELC up to $2.2 million in performance-based Excelsior Jobs Program tax credits to encourage the creation of 31 new jobs at its Melville Campus. Long Island Regional Economic Development Council Co-Chair and ESD Board Chairman Designee Kevin Law said, “Long Island is a New York State leader in the life sciences and the Estee Lauder Companies’ further investment here testifies to the region’s strengths. Public-private partnerships are workforce and economic development drivers across New York State—bringing together Estee Lauder's innovative R&D and Farmingdale State College's academic talent will help build a 21st century pipeline of jobs and opportunity for Long Islanders, and all New Yorkers. ESD is proud to support this project, and we look forward to the growth ahead.” Broad Hollow Bioscience Park is two miles away from ELC’s existing skin care, makeup, body, fragrance, basic science and advanced technology research and development labs located in Melville, Long Island. The partnership will expand ELC’s existing research and development presence on Long Island and include academic initiatives, collaborative research activities, as well as internships and student scholarships for FSC students. Senator John E. Brooks said, "Investments in scientific research and development are key to building a better future for ourselves and upcoming generations. I am proud that Long Island is leading the way in these efforts here in New York. This expansion not only contributes to important scientific advancements but is being done so in a way that maximizes the benefits to the local communities in which it is taking place. By carrying out this project in a way that creates jobs, engages our excellent local colleges like SUNY Farmingdale, and creates opportunities for college students, the Estée Lauder Companies expansion is a win for Long Island. I fully support Empire State Developments' efforts in making this expansion happen.” Senator Mario R. Mattera said, “I am always supportive of smart investment that creates good paying jobs for the residents of Long Island.  This funding will help spur the local economy and keep our young men and women in the region by expanding the number of career jobs available to allow them to continue living and working here.” Assembly Member Steve Stern said, “The Estee Lauder Company has been a major employer and economic driver for our region for many years. This expansion of research and development efforts will create new good-paying jobs critical to our region and local community. The partnership with Farmingdale State College and its innovative Broad Hollow Science Park will create great synergy and expand Estee Lauder’s existing research and development presence on Long Island and include academic initiatives, collaborative research activities, as well as internships and student scholarships for FSC students. I applaud Estee Lauder, Farmingdale State College and Empire State Development for their outstanding efforts in bringing this worthwhile program to fruition.” SUNY Interim Chancellor Deborah F. Stanley said, “This partnership between Farmingdale State College and The Estée Lauder Companies at Broad Hollow Bioscience Park is a testament to how SUNY, Empire State Development, and the private sector can work together to create limitless opportunities within STEM fields. I’m confident this collaboration will yield hands-on experiences for our students to learn and grow, research and instruction opportunities for our faculty, and job creation potential for years to come. Congratulations to Farmingdale State College on this exciting venture, and to our students who are seizing this opportunity and making their mark.” President of Farmingdale State College Dr. John Nader, said, "Empire State Development embraced this initiative to attract an anchor tenant to the Broad Hollow Bioscience Park from its inception. ESD’s support was critically important in bringing the project to fruition. It will mean an additional 31 biotech jobs for Long Island and through the Bioscience Park's partnership with Farmingdale State College, $1.75 million will be provided to support student scholarships and applied leaning opportunities." Lisa Napolione, Senior Vice President, Global Research & Development at The Estée Lauder Companies said, “We are very proud to collaborate with Farmingdale State College and SUNY to further fuel R&D innovation and empower STEM leaders of tomorrow across Long Island and New York State. “At ELC, our scientists, researchers, engineers, and product developers thrive on combining science, technology and creativity to formulate transformative prestige beauty products. Our collaborations with universities around the world help us stay on the cutting edge and advance our commitment to scientific excellence and delivering the highest quality, breakthrough prestige beauty products to consumers.” 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 Kathy Hochul’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.  About Farmingdale State College As a regional leader in applied and experiential learning, FSC delivers nationally ranked programs and outcomes that equip graduates with the academic foundation and skills sought by both emerging industries and graduate institutions. Co-ops, externships, and other applied learning opportunities, such as those that will be provided through the collaboration with ELC, are at the heart of the FSC experience. Through providing new opportunities for students, this collaboration has strong potential to encourage graduates to stay on Long Island. Currently, 96% of FSC graduates are working in New York State with 75% on Long Island. About Broad Hollow Bioscience Park, Inc. Broad Hollow Bioscience Park, Inc. (BHBP) is a not-for-profit entity located on the campus of Farmingdale State College which is designed to support early-stage companies with a need for wet laboratory space. BHBP is composed of 102,500 square feet of space in two facilities. Early-stage companies can lease space in increments of 500 SF, wet lab, and office space. Building operations are fully supported and shared equipment is available for tenant use. BHBP's other facility is 62,000 SF and is ideal for a company seeking a corporate research facility that provides laboratories, administration area, data room, library/conference room and lunchroom. BHBP is a partnership between Farmingdale State College, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, and the Research Foundation of the State University of New York. About The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. is one of the world’s leading manufacturers and marketers of quality skin care, makeup, fragrance, and hair care products. The company’s products are sold in approximately 150 countries and territories under brand names including: Estée Lauder, Aramis, Clinique, Lab Series, Origins, Tommy Hilfiger, M·A·C, La Mer, Bobbi Brown, Donna Karan New York, DKNY, Aveda, Jo Malone London, Bumble and bumble, Michael Kors, Darphin Paris, TOM FORD BEAUTY, Smashbox, Ermenegildo Zegna, AERIN, Le Labo, Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle, GLAMGLOW, KILIAN PARIS, Too Faced and Dr. Jart+, and the DECIEM family of brands, including The Ordinary and NIOD. Contact: Emily Mijatovic | [email protected] | (212) 803-3692 ESD Press Office | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313
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Public Notice

Thursday, February 17, 2022 - 6:00pm
Public Notice
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Board Meeting

Thursday, February 17, 2022 - 9:30am
In accordance with current Legislation, 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 Noon on Wednesday, February 16, 2022. All comments received by the deadline will be distributed to the Directors prior to the meeting and will posted online.
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Press Release

Wednesday, February 16, 2022 - 11:27am
Vancouver-based Ionomr will renovate space in Monroe County Business Park creating more than 50 new jobs Investment complements “Finger Lakes Forward” – the region’s comprehensive strategy to revitalize communities and grow the economy Empire State Development (ESD) today announced that Vancouver-based clean energy technology firm Ionomr Innovations will establish its U.S. fuel cell and green hydrogen electrolysis research and development center in the Greater Rochester area. The company will renovate space located at Metro Business Park in the Town of Brighton, Monroe County to create a customer applications test center. The facility will generate up to 51 new jobs over the next five years. Ionomr cited the region’s educated, skilled talent pool and the affordable cost of living as major factors in the site selection. The company expects to be operational at the new location by Q2 2022. Empire State Development Acting Commissioner and President & CEO-designate Hope Knight said, “New York’s support for innovative clean energy technology is reflected in the decision by Vancouver-based Ionomr to establish an R&D center in the Finger Lakes. ESD is proud to partner with this company as it puts down roots in Monroe County and develops new technologies, creating the jobs of tomorrow and strengthening both the regional and state economy.”  Founded in Canada in 2018, Ionomr Innovations develops, manufactures and markets next generation ion-exchange membranes and polymers to enable the scaling up of the hydrogen economy. Ionomr's Pemion® and Aemion® technologies provide significant cost, performance and sustainability advantages for fuel cells, green hydrogen production and carbon capture and conversion (CCUS). In June, Ionomr Innovations was selected to join the World Economic Forum’s Tech Pioneers, which brings together 100 companies from around the world that are pioneering break-through technologies and innovations aimed at tackling critical global discussions. Ionomr Innovations CEO Bill Haberlin said, “We are pleased to establish our U.S. presence in Rochester and look forward to tapping into the local workforce to build a team here that will be a critical part of fulfilling our mandate to bring advanced materials to market faster and with global reach. Ionomr’s membranes and polymers are leading the way in the clean hydrogen economy, addressing the fundamental problems that until now have limited the commercialization of fuel cells, hydrogen electrolysis and green fuels.” Empire State Development is supporting the project with up to $1 million through the Excelsior Jobs Tax Credit Program in exchange for job creation commitments. Monroe County, RG&E, and Greater Rochester Enterprise are also offering assistance with Ionomr’s growth in the region. The total project cost to update the Mero Park facility has been placed at a little more than $2.7 million. The company had considered further expanding its Canadian operations and additionally explored other U.S. sites ultimately selecting the Monroe County location due to New York state’s support. New York state’s green energy agenda is the most aggressive climate and clean energy initiative in the nation, calling for an orderly and just transition to clean energy that creates jobs and continues fostering a green economy. The state incentives provided for this project directly support those efforts and will not only help shift the state toward a carbon neutral economy, fulfilling the goals of New York's Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, but also spur economic recovery from the COVID pandemic. State Senator Jeremy A. Cooney said, “I am proud to welcome lonomr to our region as an environmentally responsible driver of economic and employment growth and look forward to its impact on meeting our state’s climate goals. By offering innovative green energy research and development, lonomr offers incredible potential for enhanced renewable resources to help power our communities and industries. I applaud the partnership of Empire State Development, Monroe County, RG&E, and Greater Rochester Enterprise in advancing this investment and Finger Lakes Forward.” State Assembly Member Sarah Clark said, “Today’s announcement is an indication of our region’s economic strength and improving competitiveness. I’m proud to welcome Ionomr to Rochester, and grateful for the decision to open their R&D facility within Metro Business Park in Brighton. This facility will create green jobs in Rochester and help strengthen our local economy. Our region continues to be an ideal location for businesses, offering a skilled workforce as well as affordable living. Thank you Finger Lakes Forward and Empire State Development for the contributions ensuring Rochester remains an attractive market for businesses looking to expand their footprint.” Monroe County Executive Adam Bello said, “Ionomr Innovations joins a long list of businesses establishing or expanding operations in our area — further showcasing why Monroe County leads the way in the green energy and high-tech business sectors. Thank you to Gov. Kathy Hochul and Empire State Development for your commitment to creating jobs and strengthening our local economy.” Town of Brighton Supervisor William W. Moehle said, "We are excited that Ionomr Innovations has chosen to locate here in the Town of Brighton. The Rochester area is home to a talented skilled workforce and Brighton is committed to supporting green economic development. We look forward to working with the Ionomr team as they grow in our community." Bob Duffy, President and CEO of Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce, and Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Committee Co-Chair, said, “A business like Ionomr can choose anywhere in the world to develop their innovative green energy solutions. With a U.S. expansion to Greater Rochester, NY, they will access a uniquely talented workforce in an affordable and strategic location. We welcome CEO Bill Haberlin and the Ionomr team and look forward to assisting in their continued growth and success.” Carl A. Taylor, President and CEO of NYSEG and RG&E said, “We are excited to welcome Ionomr to Greater Rochester and know they will be an important partner in supporting clean energy efforts and driving economic growth in the region.” Greater Rochester Enterprise President and CEO Matt Hurlbutt said, “The Greater Rochester, NY region is fast becoming a hub for energy innovation companies. Vancouver-based Ionomr is the latest company to expand in the Greater Rochester, NY region due to our fuel cell R&D expertise and affordable cost of doing business. The company will leverage the talented workforce available here as well proximity to partners and suppliers.” For additional information about Ionomr Innovation, visit: https://ionomr.com/ 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 regionally designed plan focuses on 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. 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. ​ 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 the New York State 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: Shari Voorhees-Vincent | [email protected] | (585) 399-7055 Press Office | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313
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Press Release

Wednesday, February 16, 2022 - 10:02am
New York Fashion Week Highlights Safe Economic Reopening and Recovery of America's Fashion Capital  Governor Kathy Hochul today announced a partnership with IMG to implement a $500,000 grant program to assist small, independent fashion designers with grants of $50,000 each to offset certain costs of their New York Fashion Week show productions for the September 2022 season. IMG will implement and manage an application process for a selection of ten grant recipients based on a set of criteria developed by IMG in partnership with Empire State Development.   "Fashion Week is a celebration of New York's role as the fashion capital of the world, drawing and inspiring an unparalleled array of creative talent," Governor Hochul said. "As we make our comeback from the pandemic, it is essential that we prioritize the recovery of one of New York's most exciting and dynamic industries. By partnering with New York's best small and independent designers we are strengthening our economy and supporting vibrant development in this crucial industry."     The grant program will help support the vibrant return of the New York fashion industry post-COVID-19, attract and retain New York's fashion talent, and enable more small and independent New York-based designers to participate in recovery efforts. The opportunity to debut new collections to buyer, media, industry and consumer audiences powers the continued success of fashion designers' businesses in America's fashion capital. The public and private sectors are working together to support small businesses impacted while restoring and creating new jobs for New Yorkers. The fashion, retail and creative industries together represent a key economic engine for New York State that has been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic New York City's fashion industry employed 4.6 percent of the city's workforce, generating approximately $11 billion in total wages. The Governor attended the Proenza Schouler show on Friday, February 11 to highlight the industry's contributions to the state economy.      Empire State Development Commissioner, President & CEO Hope Knight said, "New York City is the creative soul, and economic engine, of the fashion industry. Governor Hochul's partnership with IMG to implement this grant program will give a group of small, independent designers access to the runway during Fashion Week, that in turn will support an entire network of creators and businesses, from tailors to support staff, who are at the vital heart of New York's signature style."  Read the full press release here.
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Public Notice

Tuesday, February 15, 2022 - 2:00pm
View all grants to be presented at the batch virtual public hearing
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