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Public Notice

Monday, August 12, 2019 - 10:00am
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Press Release

Friday, August 9, 2019 - 5:32pm
High-Tech Metal Fabrication Plant Utilizing State-of-the-Art Processes will Build and Supply Metal Shelving for Convenience Stores and Supermarkets Company Commits to Creating 35 New Jobs in the Region Empire State Development (ESD) today announced the grand opening of Sullivan County Fabrication, a 25,000 square foot, steel shelving manufacturing and refabricating facility in the Village of Woodridge, located in Sullivan County in the Mid-Hudson Region.  Sullivan County Fabrication, along with its affiliates, Resnick Supermarket Equipment, and Supermarket Parts Warehouse will build affordable replacement shelving for supermarkets and convenience stores to supply the growing number of food service operators and food retailers as well as the growth of the average amount of floor space occupied by food retail outlets.  As a result, annual demand for supermarket steel shelving is projected to exceed $8 billion by 2025, most of which will be comprised by repair and replacement of equipment already in use. Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, “This new venture reflects New York’s support of smart growth in manufacturing companies, helping them to create and retain jobs that benefit regional economies.” Daniel “Butch” Resnick, President of Sullivan County Fabrication, Inc. and the Resnick Group family of Companies said, “Building this factory was crucial for us to keep our businesses sustainable. With the ability to build our own shelving, we are able to grow our businesses and create jobs and opportunity for our friends and neighbors, rather than purchasing them from outside our country.  With the help of New York State we are able to create jobs and remain competitive in our market place and grow our 40 year core businesses.  We are grateful to NYS ESD for all that was done to make sure this factory became a reality” Sullivan County Fabrication has committed to investing more than $3 million in this project, while creating 35 new jobs and retaining 95 positions. ESD has agreed to support this project by providing up to $563,000 in performance-based Economic Development Fund grants and Excelsior Jobs Program tax credits. Additionally, Sullivan County Fabrication will receive a $1.8 million Jobs Development Authority Direct Loan for machinery and equipment costs. Senator Jen Metzger said, “This is a welcome addition to the economy of the Mid-Hudson Region and Sullivan County. State and local investment and partnership continue to make a difference for long-term, regional revitalization.” Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther said, “This project is outstanding for Sullivan County and the region. It ensures that the county’s manufacturing base will keep growing with new jobs and increased opportunities for the entire area.” Luis Alvarez, Chairman of the Sullivan County Legislature Sullivan said, “We are proud to be the home of Sullivan County Fabrication and welcome the commitment to the community. I am very grateful for the partnership of Empire State Development, to help encourage this kind of private-sector growth that will have a positive impact for years to come." Town of Fallsburg Supervisor Steven Vegliante said, "As Supervisor of the Town of Fallsburg and General Counsel to the Resnick Group, I am proud to be part of this exciting project. Sullivan County Fabrication, Inc. and the Resnick Group of companies are creating jobs, opportunities and investment in our Town and in our region.  This project is proof that New York State can compete with other places in manufacturing, and the support of New York State and our local IDA was crucial in this effort.  As Supervisor, and as General Counsel, I am grateful for the assistance and support in this endeavor, which will surely benefit our Town and County for years to come." 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 Cuomo's Regional Economic Development Councils and the marketing of "I LOVE NY," the State's iconic tourism brand.  For more information on Regional Councils and Empire State Development, please visit www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov and www.esd.ny.gov. Contact: Kristin Devoe | [email protected] | (518)292-5107 | (800) 260-7313 Press Office | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313
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Press Release

Friday, August 9, 2019 - 5:10pm
Water Safari Resort Will Grow, Add New Attractions at its Enchanted Forest Water Safari Water Theme Park with $500,000 from Upstate Revitalization Initiative Funds The Park is Ranked 4th in the U.S. and 17th in the World in TripAdvisor’s 2019 “Traveler’s Choice” for Best Water Parks Empire State Development today announced that Water Safari Resort, located in Old Forge in Herkimer County, will expand and enhance its globally ranked Enchanted Forest Water Safari water theme park by adding three new water slides and replacing two older slides, Killermanjaro and Serengeti Surf Hill, among other improvements. Empire State Development has awarded $500,000 in funding from the Upstate Revitalization Initiative towards this project that, when completed, is expected to increase traffic significantly in the region.  Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, “Tourism stimulates economic growth and job creation, and the expansion of Enchanted Forest Water Safari will help boost tourism at attractions throughout the Mohawk Valley.”  Enchanted Forest Water Safari Vice President and Director of Marketing Katie Wojdyla said, “We are thrilled to have the support of New York’s Empire State Development for this exciting new expansion project. It’s a win-win for everyone, most of all for our guests and for the region. Killermanjaro and Serengeti Surf Hill have provided millions of rides and memories to guests since 1988, and we look forward to continuing that tradition with our new rides.” Construction is slated to begin in September and to be completed for the start of the 2020 summer season next June. The three new state-of-the-art water slides will include: a four-lane, 300-foot mat slide with loops to replace the current mat slide; Serengeti Surf Hill, a 200-foot speed slide, with a drop launch pad to replace the current Killermanjaro, and a brand new 295-foot speed slide with loops and a drop launchpad The expansion project includes demolition of the current slides, re-engineering and construction of the new slides, as well as the re-engineering of the water pumps and filtration equipment.  Enchanted Forest Water Safari is also inviting guests to visit before the end of the summer for a last chance to ride Killermanjaro and Serengeti Surf Hill. “Senator James Tedisco said, “Enchanted Forest Water Safari is a true gem in the 49th Senate District and throughout the region and I am glad that the state could support their expansion and continued positive growth for generations to come.” Assemblymember Robert J. Smullen said, “Enchanted Forest Water Safari is a regional draw that enhances the economy of the area and the state. I am proud to support this project that provides jobs and tourism dollars to the Town of Webb in Herkimer County and I look forward to the park’s completion.” Bernard Peplinski, Sr., Chairman of the Herkimer County Legislature said, “We are thrilled to have such a world-renowned tourist destination right in our back yard and are equally thrilled by their success. I would like to thank Governor Cuomo and Empire State Development for supporting the attractions that truly make Herkimer County unique and great.” Enchanted Forest Water Safari, located in Old Forge, in the Mohawk Valley, is New York's largest water theme park with more than 50 rides and attractions, including 32 water rides. The park also features classic amusement rides for all ages, fun food, exciting games storybook characters, a family circus show and more. The Water Park is part of Water Safari Resort, which includes Water’s Edge Inn, Old Forge Camping Resort and Calypso’s Cove Family Fun Park.  Enchanted Forest Water Safari attracts over 200,000 visitors annually from all over the United States and Canada, as well as other countries. 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 Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Councils and the marketing of “I LOVE NY” the State’s iconic tourism brand. For more information on Regional Councils and Empire State Development, visit www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov and www.esd.ny.gov. Contact: Kristin Devoe| [email protected] | (518)292-5107 | (800) 260-7313
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Press Release

Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 4:00pm
 Investment Complements "Southern Tier Soaring" - The Region's Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced 17 transformational projects for Owego as part of the $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative award. The strategic investments in downtown Owego will build upon the community's assets, including a historic core with crucial civic and cultural uses, a strong and growing arts and business community, access to local and regional tourist attractions, and well-established and historic residential neighborhoods surrounding the downtown core. The investments are part of the Governor's ongoing efforts to revitalize the upstate economy and create more opportunities for the Southern Tier. "These projects will transform Owego's downtown by enabling the community to enhance its public spaces, create employment opportunities and further diversify the local economy," Governor Cuomo said. "This Southern Tier city's historic neighborhoods and cultural spaces are ripe for a revitalization, and the Downtown Revitalization Initiative will be instrumental in bringing economic growth and improved quality of life to the area."  "The Village of Owego is full of history and charm with a walkable downtown and amenities along the riverfront," Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul said. "This funding for 17 projects as part of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative will enhance cultural and recreational offerings, add affordable and resilient housing, and increase employment opportunities in the area. The investment is part of our overall efforts to accelerate growth in the Southern Tier with the creation of new jobs to strengthen the local economy now and in the future." Owego was named a DRI Round 3 winner in August 2018. The Village of Owego is a charming riverfront community that serves as a gateway to acclaimed institutions, attractions, and employers of the Finger Lakes and Southern Tier. The village's compact and walkable downtown contains year-round amenities that contribute to a high quality of life, including parks, cultural attractions, a historic commercial district, and walking paths that connect to the river. The Village will leverage DRI funds to build upon recent public and private investment in downtown buildings and infrastructure, growing employment opportunities and a strong tourist economy. The DRI effort will boost the local economy by attracting new and strengthening existing business and skilled labor, enhancing cultural and recreational amenities, and addressing the demand for affordable and resilient housing for residents of all ages and income levels. Read the full release here.  
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Press Release

Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 1:00pm
15 Downtown Revitalization Projects Highlight Historic Mixed-Use Core, Lake Street Commercial Corridor, Robust Craft Food & Beverage Industry Investment Complements "Finger Lakes Forward" - The Region's Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced 15 transformational projects for Penn Yan as part of the $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative award. The strategic investments in Penn Yan highlight its historic mixed-use core, the Lake Street commercial corridor, a robust craft food and beverage industry, and the Keuka Marsh and Outlet in the heart of the Finger Lakes region. The investments are part of the Governor's ongoing efforts to revitalize the upstate economy and create more opportunities for the Finger Lakes Region. "As part of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative, Penn Yan will be able to grow their economy and elevate the quality of life for residents," Governor Cuomo said. "The tourism generated through their burgeoning craft food and beverage industry, local arts scene, and the beautiful Keuka Lake speaks to its incredible potential for greater economic opportunity." "The Village of Penn Yan has a charming downtown that is primed for growth thanks to strategic investment," Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul said. "The projects funded as part of our Downtown Revitalization Initiative will build upon Penn Yan's strengths as a centerpiece of the region's craft food and beverage industry, expand the availability of housing, and improve quality of life to create a brighter economic future for the Finger Lakes." Penn Yan was named a DRI Round 3 winner in October 2018. The Village of Penn Yan, a hub of business and recreational activity surrounded by bucolic farmland, leads the Finger Lakes Region in manufacturing job growth. Rich in history, the Village's downtown is comprised of lovely tree-lined streets, intact historic buildings, and beautiful landscaping. While so many other main streets have lost out to strip mall developments and big box retailers, Penn Yan's downtown is still the center of commerce for residents and visitors alike. However, a number of barriers, including the impact of recent extreme floods and lack of housing options, are suppressing Penn Yan's full potential for leveraging private investment and increasing economic opportunity for all. The DRI planning effort in Penn Yan will focus on overcoming these barriers and promoting sustained, year-round economic growth by concentrating on four areas: leveraging the abundant natural assets, capitalizing on the growing craft food and beverage industry, using the local art scene as an economic engine, and capturing the intellectual capital that lives and vacations in the Village. Read the full press release here.
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Board Meeting

Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 9:30am
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Press Release

Wednesday, August 7, 2019 - 4:27pm
Photos Available Here Empire State Development (ESD) today announced the grand opening of Adirondack Health's new, Lake Placid Health and Medical Fitness Center in Lake Placid, Essex County. The 41,000 square-foot state-of-the-art medical facility, complete with a three-lane lap pool, offers sports medicine and therapy services, in addition to traditional health care and treatment options for residents. Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, "Lake Placid has a rich sporting history as a two-time host of the Winter Olympic games, and this project represents the latest investment furthering the region's prominence as a world-class training destination for athletes of all ages and skill levels." Adirondack Health invested more than $22 million to build and outfit the new Lake Placid Health and Medical Fitness Center, with equipment and facilities to provide a range of services including strength training and exercise performance and science. The company has committed to adding two new positions, while retaining all 65 employees from its former Lake Placid location. This project was supported by a $2 million performance-based grant from ESD, recommended by the North Country Regional Economic Development Council (NCREDC) during Round V of the Regional Council initiative. Adirondack Health President and CEO Sylvia Getman said, "We are tremendously grateful for the support of our donors, employees, elected officials, Empire State Development and the North Country Regional Economic Development Council—who all recognize that a healthy community is a happy and prosperous community. This building reflects the quality of the work being done inside by our dedicated clinicians and staff, as well as the small town, global sports legacy that belongs to Lake Placid." NCREDC Co-Chairs James McKenna, Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism CEO, and Dr. Ty Stone, Jefferson Community College President, said, "New York State's investment in the Lake Placid Health and Medical Fitness Center will support the Council's larger efforts to attract world-class competitions to the greater Lake Placid area. This facility provides another piece of crucial infrastructure that allows us to showcase the North Country as the perfect place to live, work and visit." Adirondack Health’s Lake Placid Health and Medical Fitness Center offers a state-of-the-art emergency department, plus laboratory and diagnostic imaging capabilities. Doctors' offices, including the Lake Placid Sports Medicine group, complement other on-site medical services ensuring premier health care is available just steps from the U.S. Olympic Training Center. Additionally, Adirondack Health also plans to offer children's swim and water safety classes in the new lap pool. Adirondack Health is network of eight facilities and more than 900 health care professionals that has been servicing the North Country for the past 100 years. With a full range of medical, surgical and long-term care services located throughout Essex and Franklin Counties, Adirondack Health supports and generates more than $148 million in annual local economic impact.  Senator Betty Little said, "Given its world-renowned Winter Olympic legacy, Lake Placid is the ideal setting for this leading edge, world-class approach to community and elite sports fitness and well-being. This is a perfect fit with so many athletes of all ages who come to Lake Placid and the Adirondack region to compete at the highest level.  And the emergency department, laboratory and diagnostic imaging will serve the community so well in the years ahead. I am very grateful for the leadership of Adirondack Health and the partnership of New York State, including Empire State Development, to make this possible." Assemblyman Dan Stec said, "Access to quality health care is crucial for building healthy, sustainable communities, and the Lake Placid Health and Medical Fitness Center will ensure that our residents have the opportunity to receive the same world-class care as the athletes who choose to train in our Olympic-caliber facilities. I thank Empire State Development and the North Country REDC for their support of this project." Shaun Gillilland, Essex County Board of Supervisors Chair, said, "Strong economies and healthy communities go hand-in-hand, and Adirondack Health's new Lake Placid facility will support our vital tourism industry and expand healthcare services and increase quality of life for our residents." North Elba Town Supervisor Roby Politi said, "We are thankful for Empire State Development's investment in the future of quality health services in our community. The new center will build on our area’s sports legacy and provide the necessary support to continue that legacy, while ensuring the continued health of our community."  Village of Lake Placid Mayor Craig H. Randall said, "Lake Placid is known worldwide as a Winter Olympics venue and hub for snow sports and world-class athletic training. The new Lake Placid Health and Medical Fitness Center will complement the area’s regional strength as a major sports destination and serve everyone from elite athletes to families and residents." About Empire State Development Empire State Development (ESD) is New York's chief economic development agency (www.esd.ny.gov). The mission of ESD is to promote a vigorous and growing economy, encourage the creation of new job and economic opportunities, increase revenues to the State and its municipalities, and achieve stable and diversified local economies. Through the use of loans, grants, tax credits and other forms of financial assistance, ESD strives to enhance private business investment and growth to spur job creation and support prosperous communities across New York State. ESD is also the primary administrative agency overseeing Governor Cuomo's Regional Economic Development Councils and the marketing of "I LOVE NY," the State's iconic tourism brand.  For more information on Regional Councils and Empire State Development, please visit www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov and www.esd.ny.gov. Contact:  Adam Ostrowski (ESD) | [email protected] | (518) 292-5148 | (800) 260-7313 Matt Scollin (Adirondack Health) | [email protected] | (518) 897-2341
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Press Release

Wednesday, August 7, 2019 - 4:08pm
Upgrades Funded by Smart Growth Community Fund as part of Buffalo Billion II Initiative Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the completion of improvements at Gateway Harbor Park in North Tonawanda. The project - with funding from the Smart Growth Community Fund, a Buffalo Billion II initiative - provides enhancements for both boaters and pedestrian park users, including the construction of a modern, ADA-compliant harbor master facility; extended dockage with upgraded utility hookups; improved lighting; and picnic facilities. The improvements at this municipal urban park help to expand waterfront amenities in this already very well-visited location by residents and tourists in North Tonawanda, further creating a sense of place and attractive community where people want to live and work. See photos of the enhancements here. "The Smart Growth Community Fund uses targeted, strategic investments to deliver on improvements for neighborhoods throughout Western New York," said Governor Cuomo. "This investment will give the community a park with modern, accessible facilities and more attractive features, which will help bolster tourism for North Tonawanda and the region as a whole." "With the support of targeted state resources as part of the Smart Growth Community Fund, places like North Tonawanda are transforming public infrastructure and investing in the future," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, who made today's announcement. "The new Gateway Harbor Park will improve the waterfront experience for North Tonawanda residents, and help to bring more visitors to one of our state's unique canal communities."  Read the full press release here. 
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Public Notice

Wednesday, August 7, 2019 - 2:00pm
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