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Press Release

Monday, October 17, 2022 - 12:34pm
$115 Million Pay for Performance Grant Program Will Support Training Programs Offering Industry-Recognized Credentials and Certifications in High-Demand Fields $35 Million Workforce Development Capital Grant Program Will Help Education and Workforce Training Providers with Capital Expenses to Provide Programs for an Evolving Jobs Landscape Fulfills Governor Hochul's State of the State Commitment to Help Meet Employer Needs, Increase Training Capacity, and Position New York Job Seekers to Fill High-Quality, In-Demand Jobs Governor Kathy Hochul today announced the launch of New York State's $150 million workforce development grant programs, administered by the newly-formed Office of Strategic Workforce Development within Empire State Development. The $115 million Pay for Performance Grant Program and the $35 million Workforce Development Capital Grant Program are designed to meet New York State's workforce needs, increase the capacity of workforce training providers, and position New Yorkers to fill high-quality, in-demand jobs. The grant programs represent the latest piece of the state's reimagined approach to strategic, collaborative and equitable workforce development to encourage economic growth. "With this $150 million investment in the state's workforce, we are standing by our commitment to making New York the most business-friendly and worker-friendly state in the nation," Governor Hochul said. "I announced the new Office of Strategic Workforce Development in my State of the State address to ensure that New York is building its workforce from all sides - both by attracting high-growth companies to our state and developing top-tier talent to fill the jobs they bring. Thanks to this investment, we are helping to fill critical roles all over the state and preparing New York job seekers for careers of the future." The full program guidelines and links to the Consolidated Funding Applications are available on the Office of Strategic Workforce Development's website here. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis and awards are expected to be announced every two months beginning in December. The deadline for applications for the first round of grant funding is November 14, 2022. Governor Hochul first proposed the new Office of Strategic Workforce Development in her State of the State address and established the office in April 2022 to better meet the needs of industry and create career opportunities for New Yorkers. The Office will work with workforce training providers to support industry-driven training that provides in-demand skills and direct job placement. Additionally, ESD will work hand-in-hand with the state's 10 Regional Economic Development Councils, which will engage with local stakeholders and help to identify specific skills and industries to prioritize in each region in the post-pandemic economy. The goal is to encourage new economic opportunities for unemployed, underemployed and underrepresented workers, while meeting the needs of businesses in targeted tradable sectors. Funding for the Office of Strategic Workforce Development and these grant programs was included as part of the FY23 State Budget. Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Hope Knight said, "For New York State to grow and thrive in the 21st century, we need to invest in the programs that provide and create opportunities for more New Yorkers to learn the skills that employers need. These grants will help to create a 'future-ready' workforce - one that includes people who have traditionally faced barriers to employment - so that we can attract new businesses, grow good jobs, and create a more diverse and resilient New York State economy." Read the full press release here.
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Friday, October 14, 2022 - 4:35pm
Stephen Gawlik, Senior Counsel for Empire State Development, Jeremy Toth, County Attorney for Erie County, and Ron Raccuia, Executive Vice President/COO for the Buffalo Bills released the following statement after all three parties agreed to extend the exclusivity period until 30 days after final determination on the State Environmental Quality Review (SEQRA) by Erie County: "New York State, Erie County and the Buffalo Bills have made considerable progress and are actively negotiating the final agreements and contracts. As the environmental review process moves forward, we will continue to work towards finalizing all agreements and look forward to breaking ground on a new stadium next year.”
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Saturday, October 8, 2022 - 1:24pm
New York State Funding of $6.5 Million Supports Major Expansion of Public Space New Public Space to Host Free Community-Based Public Programming Reimagined Hall Supports Revitalization of New York State's Tourism Industry Governor Kathy Hochul today joined Lincoln Center and New York Philharmonic leadership to announce the opening of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts' new $550 million David Geffen Hall. The reimagined home of the world-renowned New York Philharmonic has opened two years ahead of schedule with expanded access to public space for the community. The project has transformed David Geffen Hall into an illustrious venue that will further enrich New York City as a vibrant destination for the culture and arts. "The transformation of David Geffen Hall is a pitch-perfect addition to one of New York's premier concert venues at the iconic Lincoln Center," Governor Hochul said. "Thanks to our well-orchestrated partnership, this project will boost New York's cultural and economic life with additional jobs, vibrant community space, and a new and improved concert hall two years ahead of schedule. Our arts institutions play a pivotal role as economic drivers, community centers, and cultural anchors, and I am excited for all of the music New Yorkers will experience and enjoy in this beautiful new home." Empire State Development provided $6.5 million to support the transformation of David Geffen Hall, including the renovation and expansion of approximately 21,000 square feet of public space in and around the hall, which is open to the public without the need for a concert ticket: The Welcome Center: A 1,680 square foot space that is equipped with stations for refreshments and seating to receive tickets and information for all Lincoln Center programming. The Lobby: The newly expanded Lobby has installed a large media display which provides a digital platform for simulcast concerts, artworks, digital messaging among other uses. The Sidewalk Studio: A multipurpose space open to the public for performances, lectures, classes, screenings, community programming and more. With Empire State Development's support, Lincoln Center has committed to creating 114 new full-time jobs, ranging from box office to stage crew and security, as well as launching a diversity and arts fellowship program that will provide paid training and mentorship for at least five Fellows over a five-year period. Lincoln Center commits to hosting at least 45 days of new free public programming per year for the first five years across the public spaces within David Geffen Hall. Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Hope Knight said, "Economic development works like a symphony, with each player creatively but collaboratively contributing their part. The work we've done in harmony with our partners on the new David Geffen Hall is creating the welcome sounds of added jobs, tourism and opportunity, through beautifully reimagined spaces where people can appreciate the uniqueness of Lincoln Center and New York City." Read the full press release here.
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Thursday, October 6, 2022 - 4:12pm
Islanders Fans, Concert Attendees Can Now Take Westbound Trains Directly to UBS Arena New Platforms at Elmont-UBS Arena Station Are Accessible and Feature Modern Amenities Including Overpass that Allows Customers to Cross Safely Between Eastbound and Westbound Platforms Elmont-UBS Arena Station Will Be a Full-Service Station This Year Station Includes New Artwork Unveiled Today, Cyclical Everything, by Shawna X View Photos of the Event Here Governor Kathy Hochul today announced the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Long Island Rail Road Elmont-UBS Arena Station, the first new LIRR station in almost 50 years, can now accommodate both eastbound and westbound trains on UBS Arena event days and will begin full-time year-round service by the end of 2022. Starting today, Long Islanders who live east of Belmont Park will have a one-seat ride straight to UBS Arena events. This will reduce travel times and is expected to increase the number of event attendees who use public transportation, helping alleviate traffic congestion on Long Island. Those traveling from New York City can now directly return after events on many trains without the need to board a shuttle bus to Queens Village Station that had been offered last year. "Having both modern, accessible platforms open at the world-class Elmont-UBS Arena Station is a victory for Long Island and the State of New York," Governor Hochul said. "New Yorkers will now enjoy a smoother ride to and from Islanders games and concerts, and I look forward to continuing to bring transformative projects like this one to all corners of the Empire State." "Infrastructure is what makes it possible for the state and Long Island to flourish both socially and economically," said Lieutenant Governor Antonio Delgado. "With projects like the Main Line Third Track, Grand Central Madison and this new Elmont-UBS Arena station, New York is providing Long Islanders and visitors to the island with a modern, world class, resilient railroad system which will also help reduce traffic congestion." Construction of the new station comes at zero cost to the LIRR and MTA. Arena developers and New York State partnered to fully finance the estimated $105 million project. Of the total cost, more than 90% was paid by the arena developers with New York State contributing the remainder. The State's contribution is a fraction of the new tax revenue the project is expected to generate. This project shows the transformation that public private partnerships can have on public transportation. Elmont-UBS Arena station features two 12-car-long, high-level platforms with canopies, USB charging stations, Help Points, security cameras, digital signs with train arrival information, Wi-Fi, and a state-of-the-art snow melting system embedded in the concrete of the platforms to ensure they remain free of snow and ice during winter storms. The new station is fully compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, featuring a wide pedestrian overpass designed to accommodate large crowds and two elevators, one for each platform. MTA Chair and CEO Janno Lieber said, "UBS Arena has had a schedule filled with huge events since it opened last fall and with both platforms now in service New Yorkers will have direct railroad access to Islanders games, concerts and more other events. Together with completion of the Third Track and opening of service to Grand Central Terminal, this on-time, on-budget Elmont project shows how we are dramatically increasing service, convenience, and options for LIRR customers." Long Island Rail Road Interim President and Metro-North Railroad President Catherine Rinaldi said, "The MTA has made a massive investment in Long Island's future with mega-projects like the third track on the Main Line, a new LIRR concourse at Penn Station, and a new terminal at Grand Central Madison. Elmont-UBS Arena Station is an example of the great things that can be done by investing in local infrastructure. Having both platforms now open creates a new option for people to get to events at the arena and it will help improve the environment by reducing traffic on local roads." MTA Construction & Development President Jamie Torres-Springer said, "This is the first new LIRR station in almost 50 years, delivered on time and under budget. Thanks to innovative construction techniques and dogged project management, we're meeting our promise to have Elmont-UBS Arena station ready for two-way service in advance of the new Islanders season." Empire State Development Board Chairman Kevin Law said, "Having both westbound and eastbound platforms operational at Elmont-UBS Arena Station will enhance service for Long Islanders and spur economic activity by connecting commuters to businesses in the area and events at UBS Arena. Under Governor Hochul's leadership, New York State will continue to deliver modernized and improved service on railroads and subways that will get New Yorkers moving because economic growth and reliable mass transportation go hand in hand." Read the full press release here.
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Thursday, October 6, 2022 - 3:39pm
See photo here Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC) today announced the unveiling of the renowned sculpture, Round Man on Buffalo’s Outer Harbor.  Round Man, 20-foot steel sculpture is now located on the Greenway Nature Trail near the water’s edge, replacing Flat Man- the previous sculpture that became an immediate beacon on the waterfront, capturing the imaginations of thousands of people and becoming a social media star. Prior to its new home at the Outer Harbor, Round Man- like Flat Man- originated at Griffis Sculpture Park in East Otto, New York. “Round Man now adds to the number of public artworks displayed on the city's waterfront, including the wind sculptures at Wilkeson Pointe and Shark Girl at Canalside,” said Robert Gioia, Chairman of ECHDC. “Lake Erie provides a magnificent backdrop for guests to experience art in the unique setting of the waterfront. We know that Round Man will be every bit as successful as Flat Man in attracting visitors to the Outer Harbor.” Round Man, created in 1967 by Buffalo sculptor, Larry Griffis Jr., is an iconic piece that originated at Griffis Sculpture Park, one of the first and largest sculpture parks in North America. The sculpture, standing almost three stories high and weighing close to 2,500 lbs., Round Man has resided on the East Hill of Griffis Sculpture Park for over 55 years. One of the most loved features of the piece is his circular inclusivity. Prior to its installation on the Outer Harbor, the sculpture was refurbished at Essex Art Center on Buffalo’s West Side. The steel that makes up Round Man was designed and donate by Bethlehem Steel. This type of steel is the Mayari R Cor-Ten rod steel which is no longer in production today. It came directly from Griffis Sculpture Park to ensure that the refurbishing of Round Man had the same look and age of the existing steel. The Round Man sculpture was part of a large commission that included The Dancer, Flat Man, Fecund Figures, Deserted, The Oracle and the Clown- which were fabricated at a warehouse on Niagara Street prior to the purchase of the Essex Arts Center.  The sculptures were originally placed at Kissing Bridge Ski Resort but were moved in 1966 when The Ashford Hollow Foundation purchased 450 acres in East Otto, New York where they have stood as beacons welcoming visitors to the sculpture park.  Nila Griffis Lampman, Executive Director of the Ashford Hollow Foundation for the Visual and Performing Arts said, “Round Man is a magnificent sight at its new location on the waterfront. Larry Griffis would have been proud to see one of his works prominently displayed on Buffalo’s Outer Harbor. I want to thank the visionaries at ECHDC and everyone on our talented team for making this project possible.” Round Man will be on loan from Griffis for five years. The specific location of the sculpture was chosen to be viewed by boaters, pedestrians, bike riders and other visitors at the Bell Slip. ECHDC is committed to supporting public art along the waterfront. Multiple art installations have become a popular and dynamic part of both Canalside and the Outer Harbor including the wind sculptures at Wilkeson Pointe, Shark Girl, the Silent Poets and the Connecting Terminal Grain Elevator, the largest permanent light display to date. Congressman Brian Higgins said, “Art creates an additional draw to public destinations and adds to the character of parks and public spaces. This is a welcome addition to the diverse range of sights and experiences available to visitors taking in Buffalo’s beautiful Outer Harbor.” Mayor Byron W. Brown stated, “Some of the world’s most outstanding talent is right here in Western New York, and bringing the iconic Round Man sculpture, created by Buffalo Sculptor Larry Griffis Jr., to Buffalo’s Outer Harbor is yet another win-win for our waterfront and our community.   As we work to continue to make Buffalo a more culturally vibrant and inclusive city, I thank Governor Kathy Hochul and the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation for their partnership to further expand the presence of public art in Buffalo, and along our beautiful waterfront, for everyone to enjoy.”  Senator Sean Ryan said, “Buffalo has a vibrant local art scene and our many well-known works of public art have become a big part of the city's character. Visitors to Griffis Sculpture Park have enjoyed Round Man for years and its new home on the Outer Harbor will expose thousands more to this great sculpture.” Assemblymember Jon D. Rivera said, “Within just a few years, Buffalo’s Outer Harbor has transformed into a place that reconnects Western New Yorkers to our region’s most treasured natural resource assets and simultaneously captures their imagination with creative, novel approaches to public art projects. Round Man will continue the artistic legacy of Flat Man and will add a vibrant dynamic to an area ripe for creative expression.” About Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation The Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC) is governed by a nine-member board consisting of seven voting directors and two non-voting, ex-officio directors. 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 two nonvoting, ex-officio director positions are held by the Erie County Executive and the City of Buffalo Mayor. For more information on ECHDC, visit: www.eriecanalharbor.com. Contacts: Pamm Lent (Governor’s Office) | [email protected] | (716) 560-8815 Nila Lampman (Griffis Sculpture Park) | [email protected] | (716) 667-2808    
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Press Release

Thursday, October 6, 2022 - 10:39am
Legislation (A.9259-A/S.3390-A) Helps Prevent Fraud and Abuse within the Minority-and Women-Owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) Program and Creates a Framework for a Fund To Investigate and Audit Fraud Legislation (A.6420/S.571) Allows Businesses To Use MWBE Development and Lending Program Funds to Refinance Existing Debts Legislation (A.10459/S.9351) Allows New York City To Award Contracts Up to $1 Million to MWBEs Without a Formal Competitive Process Also Announces New York's MWBE Utilization Rate is Highest in the Nation with Nearly $3 Billion in State Contracts Awarded to MWBEs Annual Report Available Here Traducción al español   Governor Kathy Hochul today signed a legislative package that will strengthen New York's nation-leading program to support Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprises. The Governor signed the new legislation in conjunction with the State's 12th Annual MWBE forum, which runs through October 7. The Governor also announced that New York State has surpassed its goal for MWBE utilization on New York State contracts with a utilization rate of 30.64 percent during the 2022 Fiscal Year, the highest MWBE utilization rate in the country for the second year in a row. Nearly $3 billion in State contracts were awarded to MWBE firms during the 2022 Fiscal Year, and nearly $24 billion in State contracts have been awarded to MWBEs since 2011. The bill signing, in addition to the steady increase in New York's MWBE utilization rate, underscore Governor Hochul's commitment to supporting MWBEs and being a champion for greater economic opportunity statewide. "New York draws strength from its diversity, and it is a priority for my administration to ensure that economic opportunities are inclusive and equitable across the state," Governor Hochul said. "For two years in a row, our nation leading MWBE utilization rate highlights our commitment to providing the necessary tools and resources so that everyone is able to forge pathways to economic success. The continuation of New York's strong MWBE utilization rate demonstrates the State's commitment to championing greater equality of economic opportunities for MWBEs." "Thanks to Governor Hochul's leadership, New York has exceeded our utilization goal for the second year in a row and we will continue to help break down barriers and expand opportunities for MWBEs across the State," said Lieutenant Governor Delgado. "New York is committed to providing critical resources for Minority- and Women-Owned businesses to help them succeed because our economy is strongest when it is diverse, accessible, and inclusive." Legislation (A.9259-A/S.3390-A) will prevent fraud and abuse within the MWBE Program and creates a framework for a fund that will investigate and audit misconduct within the Program. A 2014 report by the New York State Supreme Court Grand Jury revealed that over $10 million intended for honest MWBE had instead gone to fraudulent non-MWBEs, cheating legitimate MWBEs out of contracts. This legislation will ensure the integrity of the program by creating a state MWBE registry, increasing fines for fraud, and establishing a MWBE fund to investigate misconduct. State Senator Jamaal Bailey said, "I believe in the power of Minority-and Women-Owned Businesses to close wealth gaps, diversify our economy, and create a prosperous future for our communities throughout the state. Senate Bill S3390, establishes safeguards for the Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprise Program to prevent fraud and abuse. This bill will strengthen the Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise fund and ensure the fund is running fairly and its opportunities remain accessible to these enterprises in New York. I want to thank Governor Kathy Hochul, Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Speaker Carl Heastie, Assembly sponsor Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes, and my colleagues in both houses for supporting this legislation to open doors for entrepreneurs who are women and people of color throughout the state." Assembly Majority Leader Crystal D. Peoples-Stokes said, "I am proud of New York State's nation-leading MWBE utilization rate. Ensuring the integrity of the MWBE Program is of utmost importance, and I commend Governor Hochul for signing this legislation that will help minimize MWBE fraud, provide increased transparency, and afford opportunities for certified MWBEs." Legislation (A.6420/S.571) will allow businesses to use funds from the Minority- and Women-Owned Business Development and Lending Program to refinance existing debt. For many business owners, commercial credit cards are the first and only means to access credit, which often means high interest rates on debt. Allowing businesses to refinance that debt under one of the State's existing micro-loan programs could reduce interest payments to as little as $1,200, saving the business nearly $3,000 a year. State Senator James Sanders Jr. said, "These bills signed by the Governor will promote and strengthen Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprises by increasing opportunities for them to grow. As we transition into a post-COVID era, the New York economy will greatly benefit by robust MWBEs contributing to job creation and economic growth." Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn said, "I'm honored to see my two sponsored bills (A.6420/S.571) and (A.10459/S.9351) which expand opportunities for MWBEs become law. By permitting businesses to use MWBE development and lending programs to refinance existing debts and by allowing NYC to award contracts up to $1M to MWBEs without a formal competitive process, we are taking two monumental steps towards equality for MWBEs and breaking barriers that allow them to get their fair share of the economic pie. I thank Governor Hochul and the State Legislature for passing a legislative package that will give MWBEs the opportunities they need and deserve to succeed fairly. Now, MWBEs will not be hindered by refinancing issues and competitive process barriers that they shouldered an unfair burden with. The latest data show that New York is leading the nation in its MWBE utilization rate, and that we are relentlessly committed to leveling the playing field and creating equal economic opportunity for all." Legislation (A.10459/S.9351) will authorize the City of New York to increase award amounts to MBWEs for non-competitive contracts from $500,000 to $1 million. The City has undertaken many efforts to address such discrimination, including setting subcontractor participation goals for MWBEs, and previously, City agencies could contract MWBEs for contracts not exceeding $500,000 from MWBEs without a formal competitive process. The new law will allow the City to raise the procurement threshold to $1 million, which will improve access to capital for MWBEs seeking to enter into City contracts. This legislation was a city program bill that was advanced by New York City Mayor Eric Adams. New York City Mayor Eric Adams said, "Today is a significant win for Minority- and Women-Owned Businesses in New York City, as well as Black and Brown communities across the state. By raising the discretionary threshold on city contracts for M/WBEs to $1 million, we are leveling the playing field for New Yorkers from diverse backgrounds — allowing us to build towards a more just and equitable future. Our M/WBEs have suffered through the pandemic from slow rates of business formation and employment growth, in addition to a severe uptick in business closures. Today, we are showing our M/WBEs that we have their back. I want to thank Governor Hochul for her commitment to MWBEs and our partners in the Legislature who helped us take this significant step to help drive our economic recovery, while addressing a generational challenge rooted in historic inequities." The theme for the 12th Annual MWBE Forum is "Building an Equitable Future" which highlights New York State's support of MWBE firms to become more competitive in an ever-changing market. This year's hybrid forum offers in-person events and online sessions that bring together MWBEs, state agencies and authorities, prime contractors, and other strategic partners for informational and networking opportunities. New York State Chief Diversity Officer Julissa Gutierrez said, "New York is building an equitable future for entrepreneurs who are women and people of color by leveling the playing field to ensure economic empowerment and contracting opportunities. Under Governor Hochul's leadership, we are leading the way in making our economy more inclusive and more robust, reflecting the remarkable diversity of New York State." Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Hope Knight said, "Under Governor Hochul's leadership, New York's commitment to equal opportunities for MWBEs is demonstrated through our MWBE utilization rate - which has exceeded our goal for two years in a row. We will continue to provide MWBEs with the resources they need to succeed and thrive in the Empire State." Read the full press release here.
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Press Release

Tuesday, October 4, 2022 - 11:24am
Landmark Partnership Creates Largest Investment in a Manufacturing Project in New York State History; the New Megafab Will Create Nearly 50,000 Jobs, Plus Thousands of Prevailing Wage Construction Jobs With Schumer's Historic Federal CHIPS and Science Act As the Fuse, and Utilizing New York's Innovative Green CHIPS Legislation, Micron Will Build Largest Clean Room in Nation; Agreement Establishes $500 Million Community Fund and Prioritizes Hiring for Disadvantaged Communities, Veterans, MWBE Contractors and Will Make Groundbreaking Commitments to Sustainability Reps: This Is Our Erie Canal Moment — Micron's Investment Will Ensure the Future Is Made in America and Will Redefine Upstate NY's Role in the Global Economy for Generations To Come Governor Kathy Hochul, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer, Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon, and Micron CEO Sanjay Mehrotra today announced one of the largest economic development projects in U.S. history — a transformational public-private partnership with Micron Technology to build a cutting-edge semiconductor manufacturing campus in Onondaga County, New York. Micron, a U.S.-based memory and storage manufacturer and the fourth-largest producer of semiconductors in the world, will invest up to $100 billion over the next 20-plus years to construct the project, with the first phase investment of $20 billion planned by the end of this decade, creating nearly 50,000 jobs statewide — 9,000 new high-paying Micron jobs with an average annual salary of over $100,000 and over 40,000 community jobs — and create thousands and thousands of prevailing wage construction jobs. When complete, the complex will include the nation's largest clean room space at approximately 2.4 million square feet, the size of nearly 40 football fields. This is another step for Micron to establish leading-edge memory manufacturing in the U.S. to meet the demand of consumer, industrial, and business products such as automotive and mobile, fueled by the adoption of artificial intelligence and 5G and make the United States more globally competitive. Modern manufacturing jobs at Micron will include opportunities for New Yorkers of varying educational and professional backgrounds from Central New York and beyond. This historic investment adds to New York's already robust semiconductor industry. New York is currently home to 76 semiconductor companies that employ over 34,000 New Yorkers, including global industry leaders like GlobalFoundries, Wolfspeed, onsemi, and IBM. New York is also home to the world-renowned Albany Nanotech Complex, which is a multibillion-dollar public-private partnership, comprising the most advanced, publicly owned, 300-millimeter semiconductor research and development facility and bringing together premier universities and leading industry players to drive cutting-edge chip development. Central New York saw major American manufacturers and thousands of good jobs disappear when Agway Inc., Anaren Microwave, Carrier, Crucible, General Electric, Miller Brewing and General Motors closed their doors. Micron is bringing future-ready manufacturing back to Central New York by building a state-of-the-art memory chip manufacturing campus on 1,400 acres in the White Pine Commerce Park in the Town of Clay, north of Syracuse, creating economic opportunities for generations to come and returning good manufacturing jobs to Upstate New York. Micron will become one of the largest employers in the region, paying nearly double the average wage of Central New York. Consistent with New York State's nation-leading Green CHIPS Act, Micron will draw its electricity from 100 percent renewable sources and make far reaching sustainability commitments. Micron will also implement a half-billion-dollar community investment framework to ensure that the project benefits the people and communities of Central New York. Read the full press release here.
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Monday, October 3, 2022 - 2:56pm
Green Energy Company Plans to Create up to 250 Jobs at Its First U.S. Plant State Funds Will Help Construct Battery Technology and Manufacturing Facility Supporting the Domestic Innovation and Commercialization of Next-Generation Battery Production Governor Kathy Hochul today announced Electrovaya, Inc., a producer of lithium-ion batteries for transportation and utility storage, has selected the Town of Ellicott in Chautauqua County as the location for its first U.S. plant. The publicly traded company will create its newest production facility, generating up to 250 jobs and, when fully operational, producing over a GWh of batteries annually. The investment supports the broader New Energy New York initiative, whose goal is to create a National Hub for Battery Innovation and Manufacturing.  "New York State continues to play a leading role in the research and development of advanced, cutting-edge, and innovative energy technologies," Governor Hochul said. "Thanks to state resources, Electrovaya is bringing up to 250 jobs to Chautauqua County and deepening New York's involvement in the growing clean energy sector. The race is on to capture the high-paying jobs that come with clean tech, and there is no place like New York for these manufacturers to grow, operate, and thrive."  The company will set up operations at 1 Precision Way in an effort to tap into the robust lithium-ion battery demand for e-forklifts, e-trucks and e-buses. Electrovaya selected this southern Chautauqua County facility after determining it as the best location for the company to provide services to its growing customer base in the United States, given its skilled labor force and available renewable electricity amongst other advantages.  CEO of Electrovaya Dr. Raj Das Gupta said, "As the United States and world enter an unprecedented phase of growth for electric vehicles and electro-mobility, lithium-ion batteries and the components within them are crucial for the industry's success. Electrovaya is proud to be bringing our sustainable technologies and approaches to New York State, as Electrovaya's first United States-based commercial facility. The facility will produce lithium-ion cells and modules, critical components for the manufacture of lithium-ion batteries. We are pleased to support the creation of high-quality jobs in Chautauqua County and look forward to our continued growth in Western New York."  Electrovaya Inc. with industry-leading performance and substantial intellectual property, is a leader in the global energy transformation, focused on contributing to the prevention of climate change through supplying safe and long lasting lithium ion batteries. Electrovaya designs, develops and manufactures proprietary lithium-ion batteries, battery systems and battery-related products for energy storage, clean electric transportation and other specialized applications. Empire State Development (ESD) is assisting the project with up to $4 million through the performance-based Excelsior Jobs Tax Credit Program and $2.5 million in Regional Council Capital Funding to establish this production and manufacturing facility for lithium-ion batteries at a former manufacturing facility, leveraging the creation of 250 new jobs and the production of 1GWh of battery and energy storage devices over the next five years. In July, the New York Power Authority (NYPA) Board of Trustees approved a more than 1.5-megawatt low-cost hydropower allocation to Jamestown under the Power Authority's Industrial Economic Development program to meet the increased electric load resulting from Electrovaya's Town of Ellicott expansion. The initial cost for the facility has been placed at approximately $75 million, and it is expected to open in the fall of 2023.  Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Hope Knight said, "Electrovaya's decision to establish a new lithium-ion battery manufacturing facility in Chautauqua County marks another significant step towards reaching Governor Hochul's aggressive clean energy goals. By supporting this emerging sector, New York State is creating hundreds of jobs, while also growing our global leadership in the energy storage and advanced battery industries."  Read the full press release here.
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Report

Monday, October 3, 2022 - 2:51pm
This report serves as the September 2022 quarterly update to the COVID-19 Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Program Report. COVID-19 Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Program Report - September 2022 Update
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