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Press Release

Friday, January 26, 2018 - 3:49pm
Empire State Development today announced that ten businesses will startup, expand or locate in New York City and Long Island, partnering with colleges and universities to spur local economic growth. These companies have committed to create more than 270 new jobs and invest approximately $4.3 million over the next five years. “From life sciences to advanced manufacturing, software development and green-tech, more and more companies are finding New York State is a great place to start or grow their business,” said Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky. “These businesses have the potential to create hundreds of jobs in New York City and Long Island in dynamic, innovative industries while generating millions in revenue for the local economy.” “As I shared in my inaugural State of the University System address this week, two themes of my vision for the System include innovation and entrepreneurship, and increase and expand partnerships. This is an example of these themes at work,” said SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson. “The partnerships between our campuses and these businesses are producing academic benefits for faculty and students, while simultaneously driving innovation-based economic development in New York State.” The ten businesses, which are sponsored by Medgar Evers College, New York University, SUNY Downstate Medical Center and SUNY Farmingdale, will create jobs in several key industries, including: biotechnology; green technologies; high-technology; life sciences; manufacturing; research and development; and software development. The following businesses have joined START-UP NY: New York City Medgar Evers College: Derbywire, Inc. is a software development firm that will design and develop a content streaming platform where music artists and fans can make a real-time payment verification using a selfie. The company will also develop biometric integration technology to create a more secure process for payments in the social community. Derbywire will create 95 jobs and invest $1,000,000. EnerKnol, Inc. is a high-tech company developing a software solution for the vast market need for real- time, comprehensive US energy and environmental policy data. EnerKnol’s core business model is a one‐stop, real-time source for market participants to efficiently access, track, and understand all regulatory and policy information that affects their sector through trending and predictive analysis. EnerKnol will create 21 new jobs and invest $108,000. Radiator Labs, Inc. is a green technology business whose signature product is the "Cozy,fl” a low‐cost radiator cover that eliminates the waste in steam heating systems. The company is researching and developing new Cozy designs, the wireless, battery-less, energy harvesting sensor and the dashboard for building owners/operators that will provide holistic and room by room data and analytics to improve efficacy of building operations. Radiator Labs will create nine new jobs and invest $15,000. Selfiepay, Inc. is a software development firm specializing in security and fraud prevention by using biometric data for payment verification. Selfiepay is developing facial recognition technology and “Selfie Reader” to be used for secure payment processing services. Selfie Pay will create 77 jobs and invest $1,000,000. Tuki, Inc. develops and manufactures ergonomic stands to support mobile products. Tuki will research and develop the “biometric stand,” used to capture biometric data for secure payment transactions, and the “hollow stand,” an on‐the‐go model intending to be lightweight, flexible and portable, both of which are patented. Additional models will include in-car models, floor models, and interactive TV support models. Tuki will create 33 new jobs, and invest $1,000,000.   New York University: Dandelion Energy Inc. is a green energy technology company from Silicon Valley, California, that will develop a high-performance cloud connected geothermal system to provide renewable energy and cooling to homeowners. The system includes high tech software and innovative drilling technology that will be used to calculate house by house energy savings and streamline the installation process. The company will create 27 new jobs and invest $21,000. SUNY Downstate Medical Center: MouSensor, Inc. is an early-stage biotech company that aims to build a digital database of every scent on the planet using specially engineered “super sniffer” mice. Potential uses of this revolutionary technology include re-engineering of fragrances, and more accurate detection of explosives and detect disease-specific odors. MouSensor will create five new jobs and invest $1,458,000.   Long Island SUNY Farmingdale: Haystack Diagnostics, LLC is a new biotechnology company that detects biological states, such as cancer, using unique proteomics and bioinformatics technologies. Haystack determines panels of biomarkers that give early detection of biological states. Upon discovering these biomarker panels, Haystack will work to translate the biomarker panels into blood tests that will then be available to patients or doctors. The company will create two new jobs and invest $550,000. ProtiFi, LLC is a biotechnology company that makes sample preparation solutions for proteomics, the large-scale study of proteins. ProtiFi is developing technologies that will improve the accuracy, identification and quantification of protein samples used in biotechnology research. The company will create two new jobs and invest $140,000.   Contact: Jason Conwall | Jason.Conwall@esd.ny.gov | (518) 292-5107 ESD Press Office | PressOffice@esd.ny.gov | (800) 260-7313
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Press Release

Friday, January 26, 2018 - 3:40pm
Empire State Development today announced that 23 businesses will startup, expand or locate in seven regions across Upstate New York, partnering with local colleges and universities to spur economic growth across the state. These companies have committed to create nearly 300 new jobs and invest approximately $9.8 million over the next five years. “From life sciences to advanced manufacturing, software development and green-tech, more and more companies are finding New York State is a great place to start or grow their business,” said Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky. “These businesses have the potential to create hundreds of jobs in throughout Upstate New York in dynamic, innovative industries, while generating millions in revenue for the local economy.” “As I shared in my inaugural State of the University System address this week, two themes of my vision for the System include innovation and entrepreneurship, and increase and expand partnerships. This is an example of these themes at work,” said SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson. “The partnerships between our campuses and these businesses are producing academic benefits for faculty and students, while simultaneously driving innovation-based economic development in New York State.” These businesses will create jobs in key industries, including: biotechnology, craft beverage production; computer/information technology; film post-production; high-technology; manufacturing and advanced manufacturing; research and development; software development; and technical and trade school transportation engineering and design. The 23 companies are sponsored by the following New York State colleges and universities: Adirondack Community College; Binghamton University; Clarkson University; Finger Lakes Community College; Genesee Community College; Hudson Valley Community College; Mount Saint Mary College; Onondaga Community College; Schenectady County Community College; SUNY Cobleskill; SUNY Ulster; and the University at Albany. The following businesses have joined START-UP NY: Capital RegionAdirondack Community College: Brandsight, Inc. is an enterprise domain name registrar company that develops technology solutions to enable the world’s largest brands to manage and optimize their domain name portfolios. Brandsight Inc is developing a new Smart & Intelligent technology that learns which domain names to own and how best to use them based on recurring big data analysis. The company will create 14 new jobs and invest $50,000. Hudson Valley Community College: New Ed, Inc. is developing pre-built, but configurable software for educational organizations to help maintain enrollment and growth. New Ed will design and develop innovative user experiences which will be translated into a web application through a Software-as-a Service platform to benefit their clients. New Ed will create 18 new jobs and invest $172,000. Upstate Concierge Management (UCM) is developing and continues to enhance its unique software technology telecommunications software platform which features: HIPPA compliant messaging services, phone services, secure 2‐way video connections, enrollment and billing, electronic health records and a customizable smart phone application that enables health service providers and medical facilities to operate more efficiently. The company will create 12 new jobs and invest $30,000. Schenectady County Community College: KIRSH Helmets, Inc. is a small early stage business expanding to the production phase, and is the only helmet company producing a helmet entirely made in America. KIRSH Helmets uses a patented silicone technology to lessen the impact during crashes and is lighter and smaller than most other helmets. The company will create 13 new jobs and invest $347,000. University at Albany: Branch VFX is a new business that provides special effects services to clients and production entities for the television and film industry. Branch VFX is crossing the disciplines of graphic arts and computer science on video to create computer/graphic art work as part of the special effects process of rotoscoping, 3D Tracking and rotomation. The company will create 16 net new jobs and invest $139,000." SUNY Cobleskill: 454 Fire Training is a technical trade school that provides high quality, experiential education to members of the fire service community. The training program includes extensive live fire-fighting exposure, and classroom instructions for extended learning and continued education. 454 will have live fire demonstration units/buildings that will be constructed for this purpose. 454 Fire Training will create four new jobs and invest $500,000. Central New York Onondaga Community College: 454 Fire Training is a technical trade school that provides high quality, experiential education to members of the fire service community. The training program includes extensive live fire-fighting exposure, and classroom instructions for extended learning and continued education. 454 will have live fire demonstration units/buildings that will be constructed for this purpose. 454 Fire Training will create four new jobs and invest $500,000. Roji Tea Company LLC is a new manufacturing business that will produce bottled teas, baked goods, and tea ware/utensils. Roji Tea takes bulk material of imported and locally sourced herbal teas and hand-mixes them to create new blends. The company will create four new jobs and invest $4,000. Finger LakesFinger Lakes Community College: Star Cider, LLC is a cider business that sources apples and fresh ingredients solely from New York State. The new production facility will also serve as a research and education center, featuring interactive tours, lecture series and workshops focusing on apple cider production. Star Cider will create five new jobs and invest $295,000. Genesee Community College: Tencar Inc. is a new medical device corporation that developed an innovative ostomy tool called “Choice Cap."" The Choice Cap System is a prosthetic appliance for active-lifestyle colostomy and ileostomy patients. The company will create nine new jobs and invest $345,000. Mid-Hudson Mount Saint Mary College: Osborne Technologies, Inc. designs, develops, and markets educational technology products and services for the corporate, education, government, and healthcare e-learning industries. Osborne Technologies products include front of class touch screen teaching applications, multi-touch software, visitor management, access control, sensory and immersive spaces, scent delivery and wireless infrastructure systems designed for schools to enhance safeguarding. The company will create seven new jobs and invest $50,000. Vuff, LLC is a new advanced manufacturing company that produces pet products, specifically proprietary collars and leashes, from custom OEM components using a variety of techniques such as ultra-sonic plastic welding, laser and hot knife cutting. The company will create 12 new jobs and invest $118,000. SUNY Ulster: 340Best, Inc. is a software development company that provides customized software and related technical and analytical support to healthcare organizations part of the 340B program, a federal program designed to help lower the cost of healthcare to needy communities. The company will create six new jobs and invest $25,000. GenEdge Health, Inc. will develop and customize a proprietary software platform to support prescription benefit management (PBM) companies, unions, and other health related companies with managing their health care eligibility needs, clinical patient medical and prescription data analysis, and formulating strategic plans that will lead to better patient outcomes. The company will create three new jobs and invest $10,000. Mohawk Valley SUNY Cobleskill: Asset eXchange Infrastructure (AXI) Systems, Inc. is a new information technology company that will develop and launch a web-based agricultural map and procurement system through which New York State farm, food and other businesses will be able to construct business profiles, interact, and offer products for sale. AXI System employees will provide account management, troubleshooting and clearinghouse services and will implement promotional and educational strategies to encourage system use. The company will create 15 new jobs and invest $45,000. Digital Gameday (DG) is a SAAS (software as service) product that serves as an online film analysis and exchange system for high school athletic professionals and coaches. The high-tech company provides coaches a data-driven and cloud based approach to film analysis and performance assessment supported by best-in-class personal service. Players can also use DG tools for creating personalized highlight reels for distribution to college recruiters. Digital Gameday will create five new jobs and invest $23,500. North CountryClarkson University: LC Drives, a New York State incubator graduate, is developing and manufacturing the next generation of electric motors that are smaller, lighter, and higher performing than conventional products. Targeted markets include marine propulsion, traction motors, and wind turbine generators. LC Drives will create 20 new jobs and invest $500,000. Southern TierBinghamton University: AvantGuard Technologies (AGT) is a new software development company that provides its customers with software solutions including monitoring indexing, storage, scaling, application integration, managing, visualizing, aggregating, storing, retrieving, and analyzing and analytics for IT operations and business processes. The company will create 78 new jobs and invest $5.4 million. Geoweb3d is a software engineering company that provides 3D mapping and visualization solutions for a variety of users, including U.S. Mission Planning for Special Operations and the U.S. Army. One of its products is a built-in web browser that allows for smooth interoperability with cloud and mapping applications such as Google Maps and Google Earth. Geoweb3d will create six new jobs and invest $62,000. SwiftATN, LLC is a new R&D transit engineering and design company that is developing products and services for the high-growth automated transportation industry. The design uses an electric powered automated transportation system and custom design software for elevated guideways. The systems can be used on campuses, resorts, airports or built as part of a regional transit network. SwiftATN, LLC will initially create 14 net new jobs and invest $150,000. Oasis Stone Scapes (OSS) is a new manufacturing masonry business that will produce eco-friendly fiberglass reinforced masonry panels. Each panel is precast with a super strength composite and can be installed on a solid surface without the need of a substrate, concrete footing or any additional supports. Panel molds can be created any shape, size or dimension making this technology extremely versatile. OSS will create six new jobs and invest $1.075 million. DB Therapeutics, Inc. is a new R&D company that is developing a bandage for skin cancer therapy, optimizing its final product and its manufacturing process and controls. DB Therapeutics will coordinate in vitro and in vivo animal and clinical studies, and will pursue FDA approval. The company will create three new jobs and invest $100,000.   Contact: Jason Conwall | Jason.Conwall@esd.ny.gov | (518) 292-5107 ESD Press Office | PressOffice@esd.ny.gov | (800) 260-7313
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Press Release

Friday, January 26, 2018 - 3:35pm
Empire State Development today announced that 16 businesses will startup, expand or locate in Western New York, partnering with local public colleges and universities to spur economic growth across the state. These companies have committed to create more than 200 new jobs and invest approximately $5.5 million over the next five years. “From life sciences to advanced manufacturing, software development and green-tech, more and more companies are finding New York State is a great place to start or grow their business,” said Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky. “These businesses have the potential to create hundreds of jobs in Western New York in dynamic, innovative industries while generating millions in revenue for the local economy.” “As I shared in my inaugural State of the University System address this week, two themes of my vision for the System include innovation and entrepreneurship, and increase and expand partnerships. This is an example of these themes at work,” said SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson. “The partnerships between our campuses and these businesses are producing academic benefits for faculty and students, while simultaneously driving innovation-based economic development in New York State.” The 16 businesses, which are sponsored by the University at Buffalo, Fredonia and Buffalo State College, will create jobs in key industries, including: biotechnology; computer/information technology; film post-production; green technologies; life sciences; research and development; software development; and value-added processing, agribusiness and food processing. The following businesses have joined START-UP NY in Western New York: Buffalo State College Utilant LLC is an existing, expanding software development company. Utilant helps insurance carriers and vendors leverage efficiencies and manage loss control through its modern software. The company will be releasing a new version of its product, expanding and creating an integration engine to allow interoperability with other insurance systems. Utilant will also begin offering a new service of a leased development team which will include project managers, business analysts, developers, and quality assurance resources. The company will create 55 new jobs and invest $460,000. Fredonia Original Crunch Roll Factory is a food manufacturing company that produces frozen foods by combining raw materials to create a finished product that is then frozen, packaged and sold to restaurants or food service operations, both directly and through a network of distributors. Original Crunch Roll factory will create 20 new jobs and invest $2,500,000. University at Buffalo Airis Pharmaceutical Solutions, Inc. (APS) is a software development company that helps their clients to meet federal compliance standards for controlled substances and develops products such as a single-user based software system. APS will create 15 new jobs and invest $45,000. ALIGN ResultsPRO, LLC is building a cloud-based health care data analytics software tool. The new tool will track performance outcomes in the skilled nursing facility industry (SNF) to improve their quality of care outcomes and overall operational performance. The company will create six new jobs and invest $20,000. Buffalo Health Inc. is an R&D subsidiary startup company related to a large pharmacy chain in South Korea. Buffalo Health's U.S. R&D operations will develop new high quality active ingredients for over-the-counter and nutrition supplements, to be manufactured in the U.S. for sale primarily in the Asia-Pacific market. The company will create 16 new jobs and invest $76,000. Digital Surveillance Solutions, Inc. (DSS) is a security systems integration business that designs, builds, deploys and supports sophisticated IP Video and Access Control Systems. DSS will create five new jobs and invest $130,000. Global Security IQ, LLC is an IT startup company that will develop, implement, and manage information security solutions for small to medium businesses, providing compliance assistance and improved overall security. Global Security IQ will mitigate cyber risk by building "Cyber Threat Intelligence," offer monitoring services, and creating educational programs. The company will create four new jobs and invest Guidepost Web, LLC is developing software tools to automate required processes for those engaged in supporting the developmentally disabled. These tools will elevate the service quality of new inexperienced staff so that they provide more comprehensive guidance. The company will create 15 new jobs and invest $30,000. Horvatis Corporation (HC) is an R&D startup that will build geospatial information systems to serve the agriculture sector. HC will provide 3D data collection, data storage and location data processing services to the agriculture industry for the purposes of targeted and automated systems used in agriculture in New York State. HC will create three new jobs and invest $30,000. INANO VISION, Inc. is a new biotechnology company expanding to the U.S. from Canada. The company will develop, manufacture and sell a hand-held medical device in ophthalmology which can remotely measure and monitor fluid pressure inside the eye. INANO VISION, Inc. will create five new jobs and invest $45,000. Memory Fox, LLC is a new subscription-based web service for capturing, curating, and sharing family history, including stories and photos, via a mobile application. Memory Fox is the first to offer a fully integrated web and mobile platform for collecting family stories. Memory Fox will create three new jobs and invest $10,000. Peeva is an early stage R&D technology company developing a universal radio-frequency identification (RFID) reader and a cloud-based data access system to read and store important identification and medical information for pets. Peeva's universal scanner is able to record, analyze and catalog a pet’s tracking implant (microchip) regardless of brand, frequency or encryption. Peeva is also building a scalable level of secure cloud based access to a pet's medical history information, based on the classification of user. The company will create 10 new jobs and invest $37,000. Platinum Engineers LLC, is expanding to the U.S. from Canada and will focus on wireless and web based monitoring sensors and controllers that will integrate existing independent low-tech sensing and control devices to communicate collectively in an enterprise mesh network connected to the cloud. Platinum Engineers will create 10 new jobs and invest $30,000. RepHike, LLC is developing a marketing software monthly subscription "platform as a service" for companies to create and manage referral marketing programs. RepHike’s platform will link customers with college marketing clubs and other social groups, driving customer sales and raising brand awareness through highly curated networks of students. The company will create 10 new jobs and invest $30,000. Syte Logix, Inc. is a new life science software and service company expanding to New York from California. Syte Logix Inc. provides a cutting-edge visual technology that allows customers to understand new insights into their clinical data, ultimately enabling them to make more accurate and effective clinical decisions and transform their business. Syte Logix Inc will create ten new jobs and invest $63,000. TROVE Predictive Data Science, LLC produces advanced predictive analytics software solutions for the electric utility industry. TROVE’s new platform helps their clients put their own data to productive use in predicting customer behaviors and solving specific business problems. Trove will be expanding its operations to enter new industry verticals as well as staff to support a growing utility business practice. The company will create 19 new jobs and invest $45,000. Contact: Jason Conwall | Jason.Conwall@esd.ny.gov | (518) 292-5107 ESD Press Office | PressOffice@esd.ny.gov | (800) 260-7313  
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Press Release

Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 3:46pm
License Will Spur Increased Demand for New York-Produced Honey Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the FY 2019 Budget includes a proposal to create a license for farm meaderies, a new license similar to those already available to farm wineries, breweries, distilleries and cideries. Mead, commonly referred to as "honey wine" is an alcoholic beverage that is created by fermenting honey with water, which can be infused with fruits, spices, herbs and flowers. "New York is the number one producer of honey in the Northeast, and by increasing opportunities for farms to produce mead, our thriving craft beverage manufacturing sector will continue to grow," Governor Cuomo said. "The creation of the farm meadery license will help strengthen these two great New York industries, and further add to our tourism economy, fueling growth in every corner of this great state."  The farm meadery license will authorize the establishment and licensure of farm meaderies for the manufacture and sale of mead made from New York State produced honey. The provision also allows farm meaderies to produce "braggot," a malt beverage made from honey, in addition to malt, hops, fruits, spices, herbs and other agricultural products. In order to obtain a farm meadery license, the mead or braggot must be made exclusively from honey produced in New York State and no more than 250,000 gallons may be produced annually. Farm meaderies will be allowed to sell by the glass, offer tastings of, and sell to go not only mead and braggot, but also any New York State farm produced beer, wine, cider and spirits. Read the full press release here. 
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Press Release

Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 3:31pm
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that construction is underway on the new corporate headquarters for Kitware, a software research, development and consulting company based in Saratoga County. The company is relocating from Halfmoon to a larger facility in Clifton Park to accommodate current and future growth, with plans to add over 40 jobs over the next five years. "The expansion of this great New York company is great news for the Capital Region and further adds to the region's high tech economy," Governor Cuomo said. "We will continue to support businesses and economic growth in New York, in turn creating quality job opportunities across the state." Founded in 1998 in the Capital Region, Kitware is a software research, development and consulting company. The company began with five employees and has grown to over 160 with offices in New Mexico, North Carolina and France. Its portfolio of services includes data and analytics, high-performance computing and visualization, medical computing, computer vision and software process development, with customers in academia, government and various other industries. Read the full press release here. 
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Press Release

Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 11:53am
Investment Complements "Southern Tier Soaring" - The Region's Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that DICK'S Sporting Goods, Inc., the nation's leading sports and fitness retailer, has officially opened the doors on its regional distribution facility at the Broome County Corporate Park in the Town of Conklin. DICK'S investment is creating over 450 full-time jobs over the next five years in the Southern Tier. The new DICK'S distribution center strengthens the company's roots in Binghamton, where it was founded seven decades ago, and is aligned with Southern Tier Soaring, the regionally designed comprehensive strategy to revitalize communities and grow the economy. DICK'S new regional distribution facility is its fifth nationally and will service more than 160 retail locations throughout the Northeast. "New York is committed to unlocking the economic potential across upstate, and we are proud that DICK's Sporting Goods is growing and expanding right here at home, and bringing new jobs to the Southern Tier," Governor Cuomo said. "The opening of the DICK's distribution center is another clear sign that our strategy of tapping into regional assets to attract private investment is working and the Southern Tier continues to soar." Read the full press release here. 
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Press Release

Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 11:16am
Investment is Being Supported by “Finger Lakes Forward” – The Region’s Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy Empire State Development (ESD) announced today that Conduent Inc. has officially opened the doors on its new call center at Skyview on the Ridge, the former Medley Centre, at the site of the former Macy’s store in the Town of Irondequoit. The company plans to create up to 315 new full-time jobs over the next five years and almost 600 jobs will also be retained in Monroe County. Conduent, the world’s largest business process services company, assists clients in the healthcare, commercial, transportation and public sector. Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, "Successful businesses like Conduent are choosing to expand and create jobs in the Finger Lakes region thanks to Governor Cuomo's efforts in creating a welcoming business climate that encourages growth.” Conduent provides business process services to many of the state’s agencies and systems, such as the New York E-ZPass® system, the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, and Worker’s Compensation Board, as well as many U.S. and international businesses that have operations in the state. As part of those services, Conduent provides an omnichannel customer experience including live customer service, interactive voice response and web-mobile services. Jeff Friedel, Chief People Officer of Conduent said, “We are looking forward to expanding our footprint here in the city. Customer experience is so important to every brand today, and one of our many business services. Rochester has a talented pool of citizens who have the skills necessary to help some of the country’s top Fortune 500 businesses and government clients.” In order to encourage Conduent to move forward with the expansion project in the Town of Irondequoit, Empire State Development has offered up to $5 million in performance based incentives. Up to $2 million will come through a Finger Lakes Forward Upstate Revitalization Grant; another $3 million will be provided in performance-based Excelsior Jobs Program tax credits, which are tied to job creation commitments. The company  invested more than $7 million to renovate the space in order to meet the demand of current contracts. The former Medley Centre opened its doors in 1990 as the Irondequoit Mall and at one time featured four anchor stores Sears, Macy's The Bon-Ton and J. C. Penney.  It closed for good in 2009 except for retailers Macy's and Sears, which respectively closed in 2014 and 2016. In January of 2016, the property was sold at a public auction by Monroe County. In addition to the expansion of Conduent, the Town of Irondequoit is also planning to utilize space inside Skyview on the Ridge to accommodate a new community center. Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council Co-Chairs Monroe Community College President Anne Kress and Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Bob Duffy said, “It is incredibly exciting to support the rebirth of the former mall and assist this established business with creating hundreds of new jobs in the region. The Finger Lakes Forward plan is all about generating new opportunities. Conduent’s growth is further evidence that the regionally designed initiative is indeed working.” State Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle said, “Not only will Conduent help to boost our economy through the creation of hundreds of jobs, but its very location here at Skyview on the Ridge – the former Medley Centre – marks the exciting beginning of the revitalization of this long-vacant property. I am grateful to Governor Cuomo and Conduent for their investment in Irondequoit and I look forward to continuing our work together to attract new businesses and jobs to Rochester.” State Senator Rich Funke said, “I congratulate Conduent on completing the move of their call center to Irondequoit and am pleased to see their commitment to be at SkyView On the Ridge. Conduent retaining 600 jobs in the area and working to expand another 300 is another positive step in strengthening our economy.” Irondequoit Town Supervisor Dave Seeley said, “On behalf of the residents of Irondequoit, I am happy to welcome Conduent to our community. The significance of  Conduent’s decision to locate in the former Irondequoit Mall cannot be understated, as it has provided the first visible momentum in roughly a decade in the effort to revitalize the area’s largest vacant property. I thank Governor Cuomo and his team for helping bring these hundreds of jobs to our community, thereby strengthening Irondequoit’s economic future.” For more information about Conduent, click here. Accelerating Finger Lakes Forward  Today’s announcement complements “Finger Lakes Forward,” the region’s comprehensive blueprint to generate robust economic growth and community development. The State has already invested more than $3.4 billion in the region since 2012 to lay the groundwork for the plan – investing in key industries including photonics, agriculture‎ and food production, and advanced manufacturing. Today, unemployment is down to the lowest levels since before the Great Recession; personal and corporate income taxes are down; and businesses are choosing places like Rochester, Batavia and Canandaigua as a destination to grow and invest in. Now, the region is accelerating Finger Lakes Forward with a $500 million State investment through the Upstate Revitalization Initiative, announced by Governor Cuomo in December 2015. The State’s $500 million investment will incentivize private business to invest well over $2.5 billion – and the region’s plan, as submitted, projects up to 8,200 new jobs. More information is available here.​   Contact: Shari Voorhees-Vincent | Shari.Voorhees-Vincent@esd.ny.gov | (585) 399-7055 Press Office | pressoffice@esd.ny.gov | (800) 260-7313
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Blog Post

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 3:00pm
As the hub of the American optics industry for the last century, the Finger Lakes region leads the nation in optics, photonics and imaging (OPI) innovations and businesses that drive a wide range of industries forward. Last summer, New York State launched the world’s largest business accelerator for startup firms in the OPI industry with the Luminate NY initiative, which is housed in Rochester’s historic and recently renovated Sibley Square. The competition is the latest of the state’s efforts to grow its innovation economy and invite fresh talent to the region. Luminate NY’s inaugural competition last fall drew more than 100 applicants from OPI startups across the world. The 10 finalists, selected in November 2017, each received $100,000 in seed financing. Arriving in Rochester this month, they will spend six months in the incubator space developing and strategizing in hopes of securing a portion of the $2 million prize; the top winner will receive $1 million. Winners will be selected on Luminate Demo Day in June.  
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Board Meeting

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 9:30am
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Press Release

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 10:19am
Productions Generated More Than $179.8 Million in Spending; Created Approximately 3,280 New Hires in the State Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky today congratulated nine productions that received a total of 20 Oscar nominations for the 90th Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awards. The productions garnering nominations in 2018 – nine of which participated in the New York State Film Tax Credit Program – have spent more than $179.8 million and generated approximately 3,280 new production jobs across the state.   “We’ve established a competitive global marketplace for film and television production and post-production in New York State, which results in billions of dollars in spending and the creation of hundreds of thousands of jobs,” said ESD President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky. “Congratulations to today’s nominees who again prove that New York remains home to the best workforce anywhere in the world.”  The New York State Film Tax Credit Program, launched in 2004, has incentivized billions of dollars in economic investment across the state and continues to be the principal factor cited by productions when deciding to film and produce in New York. The nine productions winning awards generated more than an estimated $179.8 million in spending in the state and approximately 3,280 new hires in the state. In 2017, 229 film and television projects applied for the New York State Film Tax Credit Program, estimated to generate 228,547 new hires and $3.9 billion in new spending for New York State. This year, several New York-based companies distributed nominated films, including the Cohen Media Group for Faces Places and The Insult, A24 for Lady Bird and Florida Project, and Sony Pictures Classics for Call Me by Your Name and A Fantastic Woman (Una Mujer Fantásticta).  Additional documentaries with ties to New York-based companies include Abacus: Small Enough to Jail produced by Motto Pictures and Strong Island produced by Louverture Films. A complete list of the 90th Annual Oscars Nominees that participated in the New York Film Tax Credit program follows: Actress In A Leading Role Margot Robbie - I, Tonya* Saoirse Ronan - Lady Bird* Meryl Streep - The Post Actress In A Supporting Role Mary J. Blige – Mudbound* Allison Janney - I, Tonya* Laurie Metcalf - Lady Bird* Actor In A Supporting Role Willem Dafoe - The Florida Project* Cinematography Mudbound* - Rachel Morrison Costume Design Beauty And The Beast* - Jacqueline Durran Directing Lady Bird* - Greta Gerwig Film Editing I, Tonya* - Tatiana S. Riegel Music (Original Song) Mighty River – Mudbound*; Music And Lyric By Mary J. Blige, Raphael Saadiq And Taura Stinson Stand Up For Something - Marshall; Music By Diane Warren; Lyric By Lonnie R. Lynn And Diane Warren This Is Me - The Greatest Showman; Music And Lyric By Benj Pasek And Justin Paul Best Picture Lady Bird* - Scott Rudin, Eli Bush And Evelyn O'neill, Producers The Post - Amy Pascal, Steven Spielberg And Kristie Macosko Krieger, Producers Production Design Beauty And The Beast* -Sarah Greenwood for Production Design and Katie Spencer for Set Decoration Writing (Adapted Screenplay) Mudbound* - Virgil Williams And Dee Rees Writing (Original Screenplay) The Big Sick - Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani Lady Bird* - Greta Gerwig *Participated in the New York State Post-Production Credit program About the Governor's Office of Motion Picture & Television Development The New York State Governor's Office of Motion Picture & Television Development, a division of Empire State Development, offers film, television and commercial productions and post production tax credits for qualified expenditures in New York State. The office also serves as a liaison between production companies and city and local governments, state agencies, a network of statewide contacts, local film offices and professional location scouts and managers. For more information on filming in New York State or the Film Production and Post Production Tax Credit Programs, please visit www.NYSFilm.com.     About Empire State Development Empire State Development is New York’s chief economic development agency. The mission of Empire State Development 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, Empire State Development strives to enhance private business investment and growth to spur job creation and support prosperous communities across New York State. Empire State Development 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: Madeline Belloff | Madeline.Belloff@esd.ny.gov | (212) 803-3744 Press Office | pressoffice@esd.ny.gov | (800) 260-7313  
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