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Press Release

Monday, December 20, 2021 - 10:37am
Global Building Products Manufacturer Will Establish Facility on 75 acres in the Town of Bath: Will Create More Than 60 New Jobs Investment Complements “Southern Tier Soaring” - The Region’s Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy Empire State Development (ESD) today announced that leading engineered wood building products manufacturer LP Building Solutions (LP) will construct a new engineered wood siding prefinishing facility on 75 acres in the Town of Bath, Steuben County to produce its LP® SmartSide® ExpertFinish® product. The facility will be located at the Steuben County Industrial Development Agency’s Business Park site located off of State Route 54. The company will receive its exterior home siding product at the new facility via rail from its production mills. The material will then be painted, packaged, and distributed via LP’s existing network throughout the Northeast and beyond. As a result of the project, LP plans to create approximately 60 new jobs in the Southern Tier region. The company expects to be operational at the site in the third quarter of 2023. Empire State Development Acting Commissioner and President & CEO-designate Hope Knight said, “LP is yet another company choosing to expand in the Southern Tier, thanks to regional talent strengths that support success. This project also reflects how our strategic incentives for forward-thinking companies help strengthen the economy and create good-paying jobs, both in Steuben County and across New York State.”  ESD is providing up to $1 million through the Excelsior Jobs Tax Credit Program in exchange for job creation commitments. New York State Electric and Gas (NYSEG), the Steuben County IDA, and B&H Railroad are also providing assistance for the project. The initial project cost has been placed at close to $24 million. LP Executive Vice President, Siding Neil Sherman said, “LP SmartSide ExpertFinish has seen phenomenal growth since the product was released in 2020. We are excited to build a prefinishing facility in the Town of Bath to help us meet strong customer demand for our product. Strategically located near our customers in the Northeastern U.S., we were thrilled to find Steuben County and its highly skilled workforce. LP is grateful to Steuben County IDA, Empire State Development, the Town of Bath, New York State Electric and Gas, and B&H Railroad for their partnership and warm welcome to the community.” Founded in 1972, LP Building Solutions (LPX) is headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee. As a leader in high-performance building solutions, the company manufactures engineered wood building products that meet the needs of builders, remodelers, and homeowners worldwide. The company operates 25 manufacturing facilities across the U.S., Canada, Chile, and Brazil and employees approximately 4,500 people. Senator Thomas F. O’Mara said, “This is great news for the town of Bath, Steuben County and our entire Southern Tier region.  The new LP Building Solutions facility promises good new jobs, an exciting and important manufacturing anchor for the local economy, and an even stronger foundation for future economic growth across the Southern Tier.” Assemblyman Philip A. Palmesano said, “The state-local, public-private partnership and teamwork to bring LP Building Solutions to Steuben County marks a great victory for the town of Bath, the county, and our entire Southern Tier region.  The arrival of a world-class manufacturer like LP strengthens the local economy, creates badly needed new jobs, and holds out promise for future economic growth and opportunities.”       Town of Bath Supervisor Ronald Smith said, “We welcome LP Building Solutions to our community.  The high caliber of jobs that this brings is a welcome addition to our workforce.  It is one more piece to make Bath a destination as opposed to a drive thru community.  The Town of Bath is pleased to be a part in this growth.  We look forward to continued cooperation with LP Building Solutions, Empire State Development and the Steuben County IDA.” Carl A. Taylor, President and CEO of NYSEG and RG&E said, “NYSEG’s economic development programs play an important role in helping to build a strong and healthy economy in the communities we serve. We’re proud to be a strategic partner with Empire State Development, the Steuben County IDA, and the local community to support LP’s significant investment and long-term success in the Southern Tier.” Raymond R. Martel, Chief Executive Officer, LAL, B&H, WNYP Railroads said, “The B&H Railroad is proud to have been a part of the team responsible for the decision by LP to locate in Steuben County.  Congratulations to Jamie Johnson and the Steuben County IDA team for this success.” Steuben County IDA Executive Director James C. Johnson said, “The Steuben County IDA is thrilled to be working with LP and our economic development partners to bring this project to Steuben County.  This investment and the jobs associated with it will be transformational for the Bath Community and we look forward to supporting the company’s future growth.” For additional Information about LP, visit: https://lpcorp.com/. 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 regionally designed plan focuses on attracting a talented workforce, growing business and driving innovation. Now, the region is accelerating Southern Tier Soaring 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 10,200 new jobs. More information is available here. 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 the Regional Economic Development Councils and the marketing of “I LOVE NEW YORK,” 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: Shari Voorhees-Vincent | [email protected] | (585)399-7055 ESD Press Office | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313
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Board Meeting

Thursday, December 16, 2021 - 9:30am
In accordance with recently passed 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, December 15, 2021. 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, December 15, 2021 - 9:13pm
New York State Surpasses 30 Percent Goal for Utilizing MWBEs in State Contracting More than $3 Billion in State Contracts Awarded to MWBEs for Fiscal Year 2020-2021 The Full Report Can Be Found Here Governor Kathy Hochul today announced that New York State has surpassed its official utilization rate goal for New York State’s Minority-and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (MWBEs) on state contracts with 30.51% - the highest in the country - for the 2020-2021 fiscal year. Additionally, more than $3 billion in state contracts were awarded to MWBE firms during the same time period, with more than $21 billion in state contracts awarded since 2011. This achievement was announced in conjunction with New York State's Eleventh Annual Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise Forum, which runs through December 16. The Forum is the premier opportunity for MWBEs from across industries to forge new professional connections, learn about State contracting updates, and become more competitive in an ever-changing market. “New York State sets ambitious goals – and my job is to deliver on them,” Governor Hochul said. “Our diversity is our greatest strength, and a top priority for my administration is making sure that economic opportunity in our state is equitable and reflects that diversity. MWBEs are the economic backbone of our communities, and the 30 percent milestone we have surpassed and will continue to exceed is a testament to my firm belief in that fact.” “As we build back better from the COVID-19 pandemic, we must build back inclusively and I’m proud of the aggressive measures New York State has taken to ensure everyone is empowered to participate in our growing economy,” Lieutenant Governor Benjamin said. “Governor Hochul has worked tirelessly to break down systemic barriers to MWBE’s participation in state contracting, and by surpassing our 30 percent utilization goal – the highest in the nation – we are ushering in a new era of equal opportunity for MWBEs to succeed.” The theme for this year’s forum is “Innovating Forward” and offers in-person events and full-scale online sessions that bring together MWBEs, state agencies and authorities, prime contractors, and other strategic partners. Programs include panels and working sessions, plus live and virtual networking meetups. Scheduled programs address a wide range of topics, from discussions on investing and growing a business by accessing capital and leveraging technology, to emerging opportunities for MWBEs in the state's growing cannabis industry. The Forum focuses on lifting, strengthening, and celebrating MWBEs with the goal of ushering in a new era of connectivity between State agencies, private sector partners and MWBEs. Read the full press release here. 
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Report

Wednesday, December 15, 2021 - 8:18pm
ESD's Division of Minority and Women’s Business Development oversees the statewide MWBE program operated by state agencies as defined by Article 15-A. Below please find the annual DMWBD report for Fiscal Year 2020-2021. Division of Minority and Women's Business Development Annual Report: FY 2020-2021
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Press Release

Tuesday, December 14, 2021 - 3:40pm
Awards Support 488 Projects from Multiple State Agency Programs through Round XI to Stimulate New York's Post-Pandemic Recovery  Complements $81 Million in Rolling Empire State Development Funding Previously Awarded to Shovel-Ready Regional Projects  Full List of Awardees Can be Found Here Governor Kathy Hochul today announced that an additional $196 million has been awarded to support 488 projects across multiple New York State from state agency programs that participated in Round XI of the Regional Economic Development Council initiative. This year, $525 million in resources from state agencies was made available to support community revitalization and business growth consistent with the REDC strategic plans. Additionally, projects within each region are eligible for a share of $300 million in Industrial Development Bond Cap to support low cost tax-exempt bond financing for qualified projects. Additional project awards, including the State’s Water Quality Improvement Project program, will be announced in the coming weeks. "The economic toll of the pandemic has been felt in every corner of the state, which is why we must ensure that our equitable economic recovery does the same," Governor Hochul said. “This new round of funding, rooted in a bottom up approach that partners with local leaders and utilizes unique regional strengths, will be another important tool as we work to transform communities across New York State into places where people will want to live, work and visit for generations to come." Lieutenant Governor Brian Benjamin, Chair of the statewide Regional Economic Development Councils, said, “The Regional Economic Development Council initiative continues to be a strong catalyst for economic development and a key tool that will help us build back better from the COVID pandemic. Congratulations to the recipients of the $196 million dollars, which will help transform local economies across the Empire State.”  Read the full press release here.
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Press Release

Tuesday, December 14, 2021 - 3:13pm
Official Construction of 120-Room Cambria Hotel Niagara Falls Will be Two Blocks Away From World-Famous Niagara Falls State Park See Rendering of Cambria Hotel Niagara Falls Here Governor Kathy Hochul today announced that ground was broken on The Cambria Hotel Niagara Falls, part of a more than $18 million mixed-use development project. The seven-story, 120-room upscale hotel brand, which will be located on Rainbow Boulevard, will also include three new residential guest houses on Buffalo Avenue and is expected to open in spring of 2023. The Cambria Hotel Niagara Falls will be developed by Plati Niagara Inc., which also owns a Wingate by Wyndham in Niagara Falls. “Niagara Falls is one of New York’s most visited tourist destinations and as we work to rebuild our economy, we must capitalize on all the city has to offer,” Governor Hochul said. “With the Cambria Hotel’s construction underway, visitors from around the globe will soon be welcomed to this historic city with a beautiful new place to stay and have direct access to the culture and natural beauty that makes Niagara Falls a gem of upstate New York.” Located at 311 Rainbow Boulevard in downtown Niagara Falls, New York, the hotel will be only two blocks from the world-famous Niagara Falls State Park, which welcomes 9 million visitors annually. Guests will be able to take advantage of popular attractions that allow visitors to get closer to the Falls, whether by descending into the Niagara Gorge at the Cave of the Winds or visiting the nearby Robert Moses Niagara Power Plant to see how the Falls serves as a hydroelectric power source. They can also stroll along Old Falls Street and Third Street to visit shops and restaurants. Read the full press release here.
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Press Release

Tuesday, December 14, 2021 - 1:50pm
The International Council of Air Shows and the Blue Angeles Give High Praise to the First Ever Waterfront Event Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC) congratulates the Thunder on the Buffalo Waterfront air show, which recently won both an International Council of Air Shows (ICAS) Chairman Award and the Blue Angels’ Civilian Airshow of the Year Award.  The industry awards recognize air shows of excellence. “It looks like the experts agree with the thousands of people who attended the waterfront airshow this past summer—it was a fantastic event,” said Robert Gioia, Chairman, Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation. “Everyone who helped produce the very successful air show should be proud to receive these top awards for excellence from the air show industry.” The ICAS Chairman Award in the Special Achievement category was recently presented to the Thunder on the Buffalo Waterfront air show at the ICAS convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. The award was given based on the unprecedented timeline that required moving the show from the air base in Niagara Falls to the Buffalo waterfront in a matter of weeks. Typically planning for a new show site takes over a year. The Thunder on the Buffalo Waterfront also received the 2021 Civilian Air Show of the Year award from the U.S. Navy Blue Angels at the same convention. This award goes to the air show the Blue Angels team believes best executed their event by covering all the mandatory logistical requirements. The award was presented to Air Show Director Ben Canetti but goes to the entire City of Buffalo community for providing exceptional hospitality and a beautiful scenic waterfront location. The Blue Angels performed at 30 air shows in 2021 and the Blue Angels team believes this is the first time the award was given to an inaugural show. Ben Canetti, Air Show Director said, “This award was a complete surprise and a testament to not only my team but also to the organizations that partnered with us at the last minute to pull off an amazing and successful show. All of Western New York should be proud that we once again showcased our great community with this one-of-a-kind event.” The beloved Thunder of Niagara, one of the largest air shows in the country, was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to the hard work of air show staff, Buffalo Waterfront Management Group and ECHDC, the air show successfully transitioned to a civilian event, reinventing itself as the Thunder on the Buffalo Waterfront on Buffalo’s Outer Harbor. The event, held on June 19 and 20, was attended by more than 11,000 air show enthusiasts and newfound fans who were mesmerized by the spectacular first ever air show on Buffalo’s waterfront.  The show featured the celebrated Blue Angels, six jets swooping and screeching together and separately in circular aerial patterns (see photos here). The Air Force F-16 Viper Demo Teams, the United States Canadian CF-18 Hornet Demo Team, Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt (Warthog), World Aerobatic Champion Rob Holland, as well as many other world-class civilian performers were also part of the stellar lineup.   “Buffalo should be very proud of putting on a spectacular air show, even when facing the obstacle of an unprecedented location change during a pandemic,” said John Cudahy, President and CEO of the International Council of Air Shows. “I’ve been in this job for nearly a quarter century and I’ve never seen anything like what Buffalo was able to pull off; it’s a testament to every person who played a part in the waterfront event.” Kevin Parkinson, Buffalo Waterfront Management Group Vice President of Operations and Finance said, “We are honored to receive the ICAS Pinnacle Award and the Blue Angels 2021 Civilian Air Show of the Year. We were thrilled to be able to bring the Thunder on the Buffalo Waterfront to the Outer Harbor.  Thank you to the pilots, staff, and volunteers that worked tirelessly to make this event a reality, especially during a difficult time for the event industry.” Learn more about ICAS here. Find all the latest updates on the Buffalo Waterfront at www.buffalowaterfront.com. About Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation A nine-member board consisting of seven voting directors and two non-voting, ex-officio directors governs the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. The seven voting directors are recommended by the New York state governor and are appointed by the New York State Urban Development Corporation d/b/a Empire State Development as sole shareholder of ECHDC. The Erie County executive and the City of Buffalo mayor hold the two non-voting, ex-officio director positions. For more information on ECHDC, visit https://esd.ny.gov/erie-canal-harbor-development-corporation-0. Contact: Pamm Lent (Governor’s Office) │ [email protected] │(716) 560-8815 Laura Magee (ECHDC) │ [email protected] │ (716) 846-8239
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Press Release

Tuesday, December 14, 2021 - 1:43pm
Encryption and Identification Firm Will Invest $25 Million to Renovate Lake Avenue Building at Eastman Business Park Company Will Also Refurbish Vacant Building Near the Airport for its Manufacturing Operations NYS Investment Complements “Finger Lakes Forward” – The Region’s Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy Renderings of the New Facility Are Available Here Governor Kathy Hochul today announced that Delta-X Global Corp. has committed to establishing its US research and manufacturing headquarters in the City of Rochester, Monroe County. The Advanced Technology business,  named Delta-X Imagine,  will invest $25 million to purchase and renovate the building at 1964 Lake Ave, which is the home of AIM Photonics Testing, Assembly and Packaging facility, as well as the second facility near the Frederick Douglass Greater Rochester International Airport. The company plans to establish its research and development facility at Lake Avenue location whereas manufacturing operations will be located at the Airpark Road facility. As a result, Delta-X Global Corp. has committed to creating up to 102 new jobs in the region. The company expects to be fully operational in Rochester by the first quarter of 2026. "Delta-X Global’s move to New York State will be a game changer for the Finger Lakes economy,” Governor Hochul said. “Through the redevelopment of this facility, this forward-thinking company will create good jobs and help us rebuild this region after hardship brought on by the pandemic. The employment opportunities this headquarters will bring are invaluable and I look forward to working with them as we create a better, stronger New York.” The AIM Photonics TAP facility currently occupies two floors of the Lake Avenue facility and will remain at the site. With the expansion to Rochester, Delta-X Global Corp., which is known globally as a leader in data security solutions, photonics and digital printing, will develop a supply chain network for the collaboration, development, testing, and manufacturing of silicon photonic devices and components. Delta-X Global Corp. is an innovative, performance-driven company that designs, engineers and manufactures high-performance, fully automated solutions for industrial and digital automation, printing, security and encryption platforms. The high technology company services customers in the healthcare, ID, telecommunications, payments, E-Commerce and FMCG industries among others across the globe. Read the full press release here. 
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Press Release

Monday, December 13, 2021 - 12:16pm
The Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC) Board of Directors met today and approved several items, including authorizing ECHDC to enter into a Project Partnership Agreement (PPA) with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Buffalo District, for the creation of a new wetland ecosystem in Buffalo’s Outer Harbor. The project will address the severe degradation of coastal wetlands in the Niagara River system and across the Great Lakes by industrial development, resulting in hardening shorelines and diminished fish nursery and spawning habitats. The project, estimated at approximately $14.8 million, will use material dredged from the Buffalo River to create a new wetland habitat for fish and wildlife in the abandoned shipping Slip 3 adjacent to Wilkeson Pointe. See renderings here. “As a city on the water, it is imperative that we restore and protect our healthy aquatic ecosystem,” said ECHDC Chairman Robert Gioia. “On Buffalo’s Outer Harbor, we are proud to partner with the Army Corps of Engineers on a project that will provide for a more productive, self-sustaining wetland and aquatic community for water-dependent wildlife.” “Nearshore placement to reestablish habitats is one of the most promising options for beneficial use of material dredged by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers,” said Lt. Col. Eli Adams, commander of USACE Buffalo District. “Collaboration with our partners in New York State continues to help the Buffalo District identify innovative solutions and set the standard for restoring ecosystems on the Great Lakes.” “Wilkeson Pointe created a recreational destination that embraced the natural setting,” said Congressman Brian Higgins. This project builds on the success of that site by improving the natural habitat in the adjacent water. I commend the Army Corps Buffalo District and Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation for their partnership on this project. It is yet another example of how federal Great Lakes Restoration Initiative investment and the New York Power Authority relicensing settlement are continuing to transform Buffalo’s waterfront.” Approximately 285,000 cubic yards of sediment collected from the Buffalo River over a six-year period (an estimated three dredging cycles) will be used to create 6.7 acres of coastal wetland habitat in Slip 3. Slip 3 was identified by a multiagency committee as a habitat management opportunity in the Niagara River Area of Concern. The sediment slated for use is certified as clean by state and federal standards. The habitat will also include gravel beds, rock piles, root wads, logs, and existing dock piles to provide maximum habitat complexity and structure. Planting of native species will include submerged and emergent aquatic vegetation that can guard against  invasive species and provide a high-quality aquatic habitat for both aquatic species and migratory/resident bird species. ECHDC Board’s authorization of the PPA allows USACE to begin the design and specification phase of this project. USACE plans to award a contract in summer 2022 for construction of a stone breakwater at the mouth of Slip 3, which will retain the dredged material and protect the wetland habitat. The project is cost-shared 65% Federal (USACE) and 35% Non-Federal (ECHDC). The ECHDC Board previously approved ECHDC’s portion of the project’s design costs in an amount not to exceed $451,150. Further action will be needed by the ECHDC Board to approve ECHDC’s portion of the construction costs once a final design and a construction budget are determined. The ECHDC funding amount is not to exceed $4.52 million over a 10-year period. The funding is from the New York Power Authority (NYPA), through relicensing agreements tied to the operation of the Niagara Power Project. The feasibility study for this project was funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. GLRI funding has also been secured to complete design and specification. The ECHDC Board also approved: Adoption of the Modified General Project Plan for the Canalside Land Use Improvement Project that better identifies accomplishments, work underway and what remains in future phases. The modifications include the development plan for the North Aud Block, the opening of the Carousel roundhouse, revisions to the Canalside Design Guidelines, updating the overall project investment, sources, and operations and maintenance budget, and clarifying land ownership.  The overall investment at Canalside has increased from nearly $295 million, anticipated in 2009, to a current estimate of $708 million. The original GPP anticipated nearly $141 million in private development, or a 1.:1.3 rate of return on the public investment of $109 million. The current MGPP expects over $570 million in private development, or a 1:4.2 rate of return on the public investment of nearly $137 million.  Authorization to amend the management agreement with Be Our Guest, Ltd. (BRG) for Canalside operations to extend the term for years 6 and 7. The BRG team will continue to be responsible for operations and maintenance, programming and event management, marketing and sponsorship, food and beverage management, and financial management of Canalside. The management agreement amendment with BRG to complete the scope of work will not exceed $2.5 million, while the total contract amount will not exceed $9.9 million.  Approval of pre-qualified real estate development and planning-related consultants list.  About Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation  A nine-member board consisting of seven voting directors and two non-voting, ex-officio directors govern the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. The seven voting directors are recommended by the New York state governor and are appointed by the New York State Urban Development Corporation d/b/a Empire State Development as sole shareholder of ECHDC. The Erie County executive and the City of Buffalo mayor hold the two non-voting, ex-officio director positions. For more information on ECHDC, visit https://esd.ny.gov/erie-canal-harbor-development-corporation-0.  Contact: Pamm Lent (Governor’s Office) | [email protected] | (716) 846-8309 Laura Magee (ECHDC) | [email protected] | (716) 846-8239 Avery Schneider (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers) | [email protected] | (716) 628-1498
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Board Meeting

Monday, December 13, 2021 - 12:00pm
In accordance with recently passed 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 4:30 pm on Friday, December 10, 2021.
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