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Press Release

Friday, December 20, 2019 - 12:48pm
Projects that will move forward as a result of Round IX of the Regional Council initiative include Centennial Park green infrastructure in Buffalo, Olean Community Theatre development project, a bike path extension in the City of North Tonawanda, National Comedy Center marketing campaign in Jamestown and Greenpac Mills capital projects in Niagara County A full list of the 2019 REDC awards is available at www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov As part of Round IX of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Regional Council initiative, the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council (WNYREDC) was awarded $67.3 million for 109 projects that build on the region’s assets and invest in the future. The announcement, which supports projects in Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie and Niagara counties, was made Thursday in Albany.  The Western New York region has now been awarded $620.5 million cumulatively through nine rounds of the Regional Council initiative, in state support for 890 projects across the region. Established in 2011 as a centerpiece of the Governor’s strategy to jumpstart the economy and create jobs, the Regional Councils replaced the state’s old top-down approach to economic development with one that is community-based and performance-driven. The initiative empowers communities, business and academic leaders, as well as members of the public in each region of the state, to develop strategic plans specifically tailored to their region’s unique strengths and resources to create jobs, improve quality of life and grow the economy. “On behalf of the WNYREDC, I am proud to be taking home $67.3 million for Western New York to advance our locally-developed economic development strategies,” said WNYREDC Co-Chair and Buffalo State College President Katherine Conway-Turner.  “Governor Cuomo’s bottom-up approach to investing state resources is working – you can see and feel it across our communities.  I continue to be amazed by the dedication of our WNYREDC members, community leaders and project partners as we work together to build our region’s economic momentum.” The Western New York region’s 2011 strategic plan, “A Strategy for Prosperity,” leverages the region’s strategic advantages in key industry sectors including advanced manufacturing, agriculture, bi-national logistics, energy, health & life sciences, higher education, professional services and tourism. The plan focuses on economic enablers that promote smart growth, prepare the workforce and foster a culture of entrepreneurship.  The following Western New York projects are highlights of projects awarded funding in Round IX: Allegany County $1,000,000 to the Town of Caneadea to install effluent disinfection at the town’s wastewater treatment plant to improve water quality. $1,000,000 to the Village of Wellsville to make needed improvements to its wastewater treatment plant. $200,000 to Allegany County to establish the Allegany County Microenterprise Program. Cattaraugus County $287,000 to the Town of Allegany to make upgrades to Town Hall to improve accessibility for handicapped persons. $200,000 to the Olean Community Theatre to acquire and develop the Temple B’nai Israel building into a state-of-the-art theatre. $191,830 to the Town of Carrollton to install an ultraviolet disinfection system at the Limestone Wastewater Treatment Plant to improve the quality of effluent entering the Tunungwant Creek. Chautauqua County $2,940,000 to Empire State Brands to renovate a vacant food processing facility in Dunkirk to be used as a new a vertically-integrated growing, processing and packaging facility for the production of hops, malted barley, what, rye and other grain products. $1,346,000 to the Gebbie Foundation to acquire and redevelop the historic 9-story Jamestown Furniture Exposition Building in downtown Jamestown. The project will include retail, office and residential space. $240,000 to the National Comedy Center to launch a nationwide marketing campaign to broadcast its offering of unique and memorable entertainment experiences. Erie County $5,000,000 to the Town of Cheektowaga to reduce sanitary sewer overflows by slip lining sewers and reducing inflow and infiltration. The project will help improve water quality in the Buffalo River. $2,500,000 to Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper to aid in the transformation of the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Centennial Park, an aging park on the shore of Lake Erie in the City of Buffalo, through natural shoreline restoration, wetlands and bioretention areas. $1,000,000 to Kleinhans Music Hall Management to embark on necessary repairs and upgrades to the building mechanicals and structure in order to ensure its ability to operate as a world class venue for the foreseeable future. $714,000 to Steuben Foods in Elma to expand its advanced food and beverage manufacturing facility by acquiring additional equipment to keep up with growing demand from its customers. Niagara County $2,650,000 to Cascades Greenpac Mill to complete a series of capital projects and operations and maintenance adjustments to save energy and reduce their carbon emissions. $1,500,000 to the City of Lockport to install green infrastructure improvements on multiple streets in their downtown, complementing the Downtown Revitalization Initiative projects and further aiding in the revitalization of the area. $372,125 to the City of North Tonawanda to design and construct a two-mile extension to the Erie Canal bike path connecting Mayor’s Park to the Botanical Garden’s Park. The project will improve public access to waterfront parklands and the Erie Canal. A full list of the 2019 REDC awards is available at www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov. This spring, Governor Cuomo launched Round IX of the REDC.  During Round IX, the Strategic Implementation Assessment Team (SIAT), which is composed of state agency commissioners and members of the New York State Legislature, heard proposals from each of the ten Regional Councils directly and assessed the implementation of the regions’ strategic plans. In 2019, up to $150 million in capital funds and $75 million in Excelsior Tax Credits was available for projects identified by the Regional Councils as priorities in their regions. All ten regions competed this year for designation as a Top Performer. Five top performing regions were awarded a share of $100 million in ESD Capital grants. The remaining five regions were awarded a share of $50 million in ESD Capital grants. Each region was also awarded a share of $75 million in Excelsior Tax Credits to help attract and grow business in the region. In addition, each region once again received $10 million to implement projects identified through the Downtown Revitalization Initiative, and projects from all 10 regions submitted through the CFA were eligible for over $525 million in other state agency funds. Since its inception in 2011, over $6.9 billion has been awarded to more than 8,300 projects that are projected to create and retain more than 240,000 jobs statewide through the REDC process. To learn more about the WNYREDC, visit https://regionalcouncils.ny.gov/western-new-york. About the Regional Economic Development Councils The Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) initiative is a key component of Governor Cuomo's approach to State investment and economic development. In 2011, Governor Cuomo established 10 Regional Councils to develop long-term strategic plans for economic growth for their regions. The Councils are public-private partnerships made up of local experts and stakeholders from business, academia, local government, and non-governmental organizations. The Regional Councils have redefined the way New York invests in jobs and economic growth by putting in place a community-based, bottom up approach and establishing a competitive process for State resources. For more information on the Regional Councils, visit http://www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov/. Contact: Pamm Lent | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313 Laura Magee | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313
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Press Release

Thursday, December 19, 2019 - 6:09pm
New State-of-the-Art Facility Will Serve More Than 12,000 City Children Project Complements Ongoing Revitalization Efforts and State Investments in Schenectady's Hamilton Hill and Mont Pleasant Neighborhoods Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the grand opening of the $13 million state-of-the-art Adeline Wright Graham Boys & Girls Clubs of Schenectady. The new facility will allow the Schenectady County's leading youth organization to expand their services and triple daily attendance to more than 300 children and teens every day.  "As we continue to make residential and commercial investments in our downtown areas, it's equally important that we identify new ways to provide children the supportive, nurturing environments they need to build a bright future," Governor Cuomo said. "This new Boys & Girls Club will do just that - giving local families a safe, fun and stimulating place to go when they're not at school or work." "The opening of the new Boys & Girls Clubs in Schenectady's Mont Pleasant and Hamilton Hill neighborhoods is a game changer for children and families in the area," Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul said. "This project is a great example of the importance of public-private partnerships and support to advance economic development and enhance quality of life in communities across the state. The $13 million facility significantly expands the number of children served and provides state-of-the-art amenities including a full-size basketball court, high-tech game rooms, and performance theater. This investment complements other state investments in the city's neighborhoods and downtown to help ensure continued growth and success." Read the full press release here. 
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Press Release

Thursday, December 19, 2019 - 6:04pm
All 10 Regional Economic Development Councils Receive Funding to Drive Local Economies Forward and Implement Strategic Plans for Growth Central New York, Southern Tier, Mohawk Valley, Capital Region and Long Island Named 'Top Performers' - Awarded $429.8 Million in Total Funding Western NY, Finger Lakes, North Country, Mid-Hudson and New York City Awarded $331.7 Million Total as Regional Awardees Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that more than $761 million in economic and community development funding has been awarded through Round IX of the Regional Economic Development Council initiative. Since its inception in 2011, over $6.9 billion has been awarded to more than 8,300 projects that are projected to create and retain more than 240,000 jobs statewide through the REDC process. "Throughout the Regional Economic Development Council process over the past nine years, we have seen unprecedented regional investment focusing on a ground-up, strategic model that has spurred tremendous growth in every corner of this great state," Governor Cuomo said. "By bringing together local leaders and stakeholders who are invested in their communities we have replaced the 'one size fits all' approach to economic development with one that is unique to each community, creating opportunities for success all across the Empire State." "By empowering local officials and stakeholders who know their communities best, we have transformed the state's economic development strategy into one that is not only successful, but is built to last," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, Chair of the Regional Economic Development Councils. "Together, we are revitalizing downtowns, supporting and attracting businesses, and welcoming new residents and visitors. Through the REDCs, we are advancing the strategic economic development strategies of each region and supporting growth as part of the Downtown and Upstate Revitalization Initiatives. With a focus on workforce development and growth of high-tech industries, we are adding new job opportunities and strengthening the economy of New York State." Read the full press release here. 
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Board Meeting

Thursday, December 19, 2019 - 12:00pm
With videoconferencing to: Empire State Development – Albany Office 625 Broadway – Conference Room 812 Albany, NY 12245 The New York State Department of Labor State Campus – Building 12 Albany, New York 12240 The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets 10B Airline Drive Albany, New York 12235
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Board Meeting

Thursday, December 19, 2019 - 11:30am
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Board Meeting

Thursday, December 19, 2019 - 9:30am
With videoconferencing to: Empire State Development – Albany Office 625 Broadway – Room 824 Albany, NY 12245
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Press Release

Wednesday, December 18, 2019 - 4:30pm
Empire State Development (ESD) and the State University of New York (SUNY) today announced the New York Center for Research, Economic Advancement, Technology, Engineering and Science, or NY CREATES, held its first board meeting and is formally leading operations of Fuller Road (FRMC) and Fort Schuyler (FSMC) Management Corporations, two non-profits affiliated with the SUNY Polytechnic Institute (SUNY Poly). Since May 2018, ESD and SUNY have worked together to restructure the portfolio of economic development projects affiliated with SUNY Poly by launching NY CREATES as a single non-profit to manage the portfolio. This strengthens the oversight, management, governance and delivery of projects by focusing the NY CREATES management team on core non-academic, economic development-related programs led by Fort Schuyler Management Corporation, Fuller Road Management Corporation and SUNY. Consistent with its not-for-profit purposes, the mission of NY CREATES is to advance high-tech research, development and commercialization opportunities through the acquisition, construction and management of state-of-the-art facilities and programs, while promoting economic development, education and workforce training throughout New York. SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson said, "While today marks the official formation of NY CREATES, the team has already been partner to significant public-private collaboration with ESD, SUNY, and growing companies including Applied Materials, Cree, and IBM. We look forward to these ventures and more emanating from the Capital District to benefit research and job opportunities across the state." Empire State Development Acting Commissioner and President & CEO-designate Eric Gertler said, “This milestone for NY CREATES allows ESD, SUNY, and NY CREATES to build upon the tremendous successes we have made over this last year which includes partnerships with IBM, Applied Materials and Cree and combined private/public investments of over $4 billion into the Upstate economy. I look forward to working with our partners to build upon these accomplishments by expanding opportunities to collaborate with additional academic and industrial partners which will lead to continued smart growth of the high-tech industry in New York State.” NY CREATES is being led by inaugural President Dr. Douglas A. Grose, former CEO of GLOBALFOUNDRIES. Since June 2018, Dr. Grose has been serving as President of Fuller Road and Fort Schuyler Management Corporations and as a SUNY executive to oversee existing operations, new opportunities, and the reorganization as NY CREATES. The Commissioner, President & CEO of ESD and SUNY Chancellor serve as ex-officio advisory representatives to the NY CREATES board. Dr. Bahgat Sammakia, a SUNY distinguished professor of mechanical engineering, the Vice President for Research at Binghamton University and the former interim SUNY Poly President has been designated as the Chair of the NY CREATES Board.  Kristin Proud, who currently serves as Vice Chair of the FRMC Board and who previously served New York State as Deputy Secretary to the Governor for Human Services, Technology and Operations, has been designated as Vice Chair of the NY CREATES Board. Dr. Douglas A. Grose, President of NY CREATES said, “NY CREATES was formed to serve as a critical resource for universities, industry partners, and the innovation-centered sector, and we have already been working to build on our successes by leveraging our physical and intellectual assets to further foster collaborations across New York State. We look forward to continuing to work closely with Empire State Development, SUNY, and our other stakeholders to maximize the positive impact of our current projects—and advance new ones—in support of this state’s robust high-tech economic development clusters that provide exciting opportunities for cutting-edge research and job growth.” Dr. Grace Wang, Interim President of SUNY Poly said, “SUNY Poly is proud to work with our partners, including Empire State Development and now NY CREATES, to support New York State’s high-tech ecosystem. SUNY Poly has always focused on providing a world-class education to our students, acting as a catalyst for the invaluable high-tech workforce development efforts that enable the continued growth and success of New York State’s 21st century economy. Combined with our faculty’s unmatched innovation-based expertise, SUNY Poly is thrilled to continue its academic and research mission as it bolsters the state’s leadership in the technological areas that are increasingly impacting and improving lives.” Since May 2018, NY CREATES leadership has been managing the multiple non-profit entities to enhance governance and provide an effective and efficient working environment. As a result, NY CREATES, along with SUNY and New York State, has attracted significant new projects, while building on recent reforms to ensure integrity, transparency and accountability. In addition to assuming leadership of SUNY Poly’s non-academic industrial partnership-focused economic development portfolio, NY CREATES will collaborate with SUNY, as the lead academic institution, to partner with other universities and colleges across the state; and with ESD, the state’s chief economic development agency, to advance innovative new research and development projects and develop strategic assets that support the growth of high-tech companies. NY CREATES will continue to build on the successes of prior efforts that have attracted growing and high-paying industries and leading technology companies to New York State, including GLOBALFOUNDRIES, IBM, Tesla, Applied Materials, Cree, Tokyo Electron, Danfoss and others, which has generated thousands of jobs in the Capital Region and across Upstate New York. Mukesh Khare, Vice President of AI Hardware Research at IBM said, “NY CREATES has helped to bring together key collaborators in both the public and private sectors to open new avenues of innovation for IBM’s AI Hardware Research Center in Albany, NY. We value our shared goal to create and incubate hardware technologies to fuel the future of computing.” “The formation of NY CREATES strengthens New York’s stature as a leading hub for high-tech innovation,” said Om Nalamasu, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Applied Materials. “We deeply appreciate the support and collaboration from the team at NY CREATES along with ESD and SUNY Poly as Applied Materials grows its advanced R&D capabilities in the state.” Cree CEO Gregg Lowe said, “Cree’s experience working with the Empire State Development team, and NY CREATES, has been a pleasure over the past three months, and we look forward to many more years of collaborating and creating new opportunities for economic development and job creation in the Mohawk Valley.” With the strong support of ESD, SUNY, and New York State, NY CREATES’ vision is to further expand New York’s position as a technology and economic development leader; leveraging cutting-edge facilities and infrastructure in conjunction with its world-class resources and expertise to enable innovation as well as private and corporate investments to create excellent employment opportunities across New York. For more information on NY CREATES visit their website at www.ny-creates.org. Contact: Kristin Devoe (ESD) | [email protected] | (518) 292-5107 Holly Liapis (SUNY) | [email protected] | (518) 320-1311 Steve Ference (SUNY Poly) [email protected] | 518-956-7319
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Press Release

Wednesday, December 18, 2019 - 4:11pm
Squarespace to Build Out New Space At West Village Headquarters, Growing New York Office 20 Percent By 2022 Expansion Will Create over 150 New Tech Jobs in Engineering, Product Design, Marketing and Operations Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that Squarespace, the all-in-one website building platform that delivers award-winning design to millions of customers, will expand its global headquarters in New York City, growing its New York presence 20 percent by 2022. The expansion will create over 150 new tech jobs — seventy percent of which will be on Squarespace's engineering team, with the remainder supporting product design, marketing, operations and other roles that will support the company's rapid growth. As part of the expansion, Squarespace will invest in building out two newly-leased floors in the West Village's historic Maltz Building. Today's announcement supports Governor Cuomo's efforts to further develop New York's tech economy and to create jobs in communities across the state. "New York State has added tens of thousands of tech jobs over the last decade — and we are not slowing down anytime soon. Thanks to smart state investments in the tech-talent pipeline, we are continuing to grow our economy and generate opportunities for New Yorkers," Governor Cuomo said. "Squarespace is a prime example of New York's tech-industry strength, and we are proud they are expanding their global headquarters — helping cement our position as a global tech leader." Read the full press release here. 
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Board Meeting

Wednesday, December 18, 2019 - 2:00pm
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Press Release

Wednesday, December 18, 2019 - 10:36am
Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation Will Contribute Additional $1.5M To Fund Buffalo Billion Initiative Will Ensure Western New York's Workforce Pipeline Meets Industry Demands Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced today that applications are open for Round 2 of the Western New York Workforce Development Challenge.  To further build on the program's first-round success, the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation also announced an additional $1.5 million contribution, for a fund total of $11.5 million. The Workforce Development Challenge, a Buffalo Billion initiative, ensures the region's workforce pipeline is responding to industry demands by promoting and investing in scalable approaches to workforce training for underserved populations.  "Connecting Western New York's economic development efforts with workforce training will help employers in our growing industries have access to the high-quality, high-skilled labor needed to fill job openings and be competitive," said Governor Cuomo. "The significant investments we are making in focused programs like this ensures that we will meet the needs of a growing economy." "We are re-imagining workforce development in an innovative way to meet the needs of employers who are looking to hire for jobs available now as well as those that will be filled by the next generation," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "The Western New York Workforce Development Challenge is helping to ensure we close the skills gap and provide New Yorkers with job training and education they need to thrive in the 21st century. The effort builds on our $175 million Workforce Development Initiative working to meet businesses' needs for economic growth and success, and provide financial stability and dignity to New Yorkers and their families." Read the full press release here.
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