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Public Notice

Monday, September 16, 2019 - 6:30pm
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Board Meeting

Monday, September 16, 2019 - 2:00pm
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Press Release

Monday, September 16, 2019 - 1:55pm
Weekly Fall Foliage Reports Available at iloveny.com "Foliage Fridays" Social Media Campaign Encourages Visitor to Submit Photos Showcasing New York State Foliage Empire State Development (ESD) today announced the start of New York State's 2019 fall foliage season, which includes the popular I LOVE NY weekly fall foliage reports. Additionally, the #NYLovesFall social media campaign returns this year to further promote and encourage visitation to New York’s picturesque autumn locations and attractions. ESD Acting Commissioner, and President & CEO-Designate Eric Gertler said, "Each fall, New York State welcomes millions of visitors who travel here to experience some of the world’s most vibrant fall foliage. Tourism is vital to our state and regional economies, supporting businesses and jobs, and this season is the perfect time to explore all the state has to offer." New York State Executive Director of Tourism Ross D. Levi said, "Breathtaking foliage is just the beginning of an amazing New York State fall getaway. ‎When paired with an afternoon sampling the harvest along a craft beverage trail, exploring one of our world class museums and finding outdoor adventure hiking, biking or paddling, there really is no better way to experience fall. We invite everyone to come and make memories this autumn on a New York State escape." The I LOVE NY weekly foliage report includes a detailed map charting fall color progress and suggested vantage points for enjoying the spectacular color change. The report uses information gathered by a team of approximately 65 volunteer Leaf Peepers, located throughout the state’s 11 vacation regions, who track the weekly foliage changes. Reports are provided every Wednesday through the end of the foliage season, and are available on the I LOVE NY website with recommended autumn getaways and weekly event listings. Reports are also offered toll-free at 800-CALL-NYS (800-225-5697) from anywhere in the U.S., its territories and Canada. For information on how to volunteer, please contact [email protected] To promote the state's spectacular autumn sights and scenery, I LOVE NY will continue to host its social media campaign featuring photos taken by Instagram users. Each week throughout the foliage season, one outstanding New York State fall foliage photo posted using the #NYLovesFall hashtag will be selected and shared on the I LOVE NY Instagram page on "Foliage Fridays." To qualify, users must tag photos with the image location. Thanks in part to its size and location, New York State has one of the longest and most colorful foliage seasons in the country. On any weekend from late September through mid-November, part of the state is likely experiencing peak foliage. Fall is also one of the state’s most popular travel times, attracting visitors from around the world who explore communities and support local economies. About New York State New York State features 11 beautiful vacation regions, with landmarks like Niagara Falls, the largest park in the continental U.S. in the Adirondacks and treasures such as the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown and the Corning Museum of Glass. New York State offers diverse activities for all: outdoor fun - snowmobiling, skiing and snowboarding, fishing, hiking and boating, year-round festivals and exploring the rich history and culture of one of the 13 original colonies. Visitors also enjoy the fine cuisine, beverage trails and farm-to-table fresh foods. Learn more at iloveny.com. 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 ESD Press Office | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313
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Press Release

Monday, September 16, 2019 - 12:11pm
29,000 square-foot Expansion Project Will Include the Creation of up to 33 New Jobs; Will Support Anti-Poverty Efforts; Almost 60 Jobs will be Retained Investment Complements “Finger Lakes Forward” – The Region’s Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy Empire State Development (ESD) today announced that one of the City of Rochester’s most storied companies is planning to grow its business. Zweigle’s, a meat manufacturer specializing in hot dog and other “Old World” products, will add 29,000 square feet to its Plymouth Avenue facility. The project will allow the company to meet the growing demand in markets outside of New York State for its private label and co-packing business. Zweigle’s had considered moving this operation out of state but committed to staying in the region due to state support. The project, which should be completed sometime in the fall of 2022, will allow the company to hire up to 33 new employees; at least 12 of those positions will be reserved for workers impacted by poverty; almost 60 jobs will be retained. Tackling poverty at its roots is a central component of the regionally designed Upstate Revitalization Initiative (URI) “Finger Lakes Forward.” “Zweigle's is an iconic food brand in the Finger Lakes Region and Western New York, and their expansion will allow them to meet growing demand and offer their world-class products in markets outside of New York,” said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. “Thanks to state investment, this family-owned business will ramp up operations in Rochester, continue to create jobs and opportunity for the most vulnerable in society, and strengthen the regional economy.” Empire State Development Acting Commissioner and President & CEO-Designate Eric Gertler said, “Zweigle’s decision to expand in the Finger Lakes reflects New York State’s strategic commitment to keeping companies—and their unparalleled products—here to both grow and create jobs.”   Established in Rochester in 1880, Zweigle’s is a 139-year-old, fifth-generation family owned business which is now being run by the original founder’s great-great granddaughter. The project will include property acquisition, building demolition, renovations, new construction and the purchase of machinery and equipment.  The project will also help Zweigle’s improve its overall manufacturing operations. The company’s renowned products include chicken sausage. classic sausage, deli meats, grilled chicken, meatballs and of course its world-famous natural casing and skinless hot dogs. Zweigle’s CEO, Julie Camardo said, “This expansion is an integral part of our strategic plans and will continue to support the growth we’ve been experiencing over the last five years. We’re proud to not only keep our facilities in Rochester, but also to aid the poverty initiative by adding new employment opportunities for our neighbors here in the city. The support we’ve received from the state, county, and city will help us expand our new products offerings, like Mama Camardo’s meatballs, experiment with exciting food trends, like meatless meat options, and continue to produce quality, local products as we have been doing for the last 139 years.” ESD is providing support for the expansion project with up to $600,000 through the Excelsior Jobs Tax Credit Program in exchange for job creation commitments. The agency is also providing $250,000 through the regional Upstate Revitalization Initiative and another $150,000 will come through a Capital Grant. The total project cost has been placed at close to $18.8 million. The City of Rochester, Monroe County and Greater Rochester Enterprise are also assisting with this project. Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council Co-Chair Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Bob Duffy said. “Zweigle’s is an incredibly important part of Rochester’s rich history and its future. An exciting component of today’s announcement is that the company, one of the city’s oldest employers, has committed to hiring people impacted by poverty-something that truly is at the heart of the regionally designed Finger Lakes Forward URI strategic plan.” State Senator Joe Robach said, “Zweigle’s is one of Rochester’s oldest and most recognizable brands with nearly 140 years of history in our community. This expansion and the creation of new jobs are evidence of Zweigle’s recent success, which is so important to our regional economy and local workforce. I join with the entire Rochester community in celebrating many more years of delicious red and white hots on warm summer days.” State Assembly Member Harry Bronson said, “I applaud Julie Camardo and the team at Zweigle’s for their ongoing commitment to our region. Today’s announcement by the company and Empire State Development Acting Commissioner Eric Gertler shows that the Rochester area has a strong, diverse, and skilled workforce and is in an economic position to create jobs for the future. I look forward to Zweigle’s growth and the addition of new jobs at their expanded Rochester campus.” Rochester Mayor Lovely A. Warren said, "Zweigle’s has been an iconic Rochester employer for almost 140 years and the factory on North Plymouth Avenue is a point of neighborhood pride in Northwest Rochester, which is why my administration is happy to support this expansion project. I want to thank the owners of Zweigle’s for believing in our city and making this investment in our community. I am also grateful to Governor Cuomo and Empire State Development for their work through Finger Lakes Forward to help us achieve our goals of creating more jobs, safer, more vibrant neighborhoods and better educational opportunities for our citizens." Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo said, “Zweigle’s is an institution in our community, a brand that has defined Rochester summers for generations. We are proud to support this 5th generation company’s renewed local investment and we look forward to many more years of growth and expansion. This is one more sign that Monroe County is open for business!” Greater Rochester Enterprise President & CEO Matt Hurlbutt said, “Economic development is a team sport perfectly evidenced in the exceptional way each of our partners came together to support Zweigle’s expansion in the City of Rochester. Zweigle’s expansion reaffirms the extraordinary, fully integrated supply chain that supports more than 250 food and beverage processing companies in the Greater Rochester, NY region.” For more information about Zweigle’s, 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 $6.1 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 | [email protected] | (585) 399-7055 Press Office | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313
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Board Meeting

Friday, September 13, 2019 - 12:30pm
With videoconferencing to: Empire State Development – Albany Office Conference Room 812 625 Broadway Albany, NY 11245 Empire State Development – Buffalo Office 95 Perry Street Suite 500 Buffalo, NY 14203
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Press Release

Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 4:03pm
Empire State Development announced today that Cubic Transportation Systems, Inc. has officially opened its customer experience center, which will support New York City’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (MTA) new tap-to-pay system. The high-tech system, known as OMNY, will eventually replace the MetroCard on the MTA, which is North America's largest transportation network, serving a population of 15.3 million people in and around New York City. Cubic plans to create more than 33 new full-time jobs over the next five years at the Sweet Home Centre office park in Amherst.  The 20,000-square-feet space on Dodge Road is the company’s first investment in Western New York.   Empire State Development Acting Commissioner, and President, CEO-designate Eric Gertler said, “Cubic is the latest innovative technology-driven business to expand and create jobs in Western New York, whose regional economy is increasingly well-positioned for growth thanks to Governor Cuomo’s focus on encouraging local investment and promoting a positive, productive business climate across this state.” “Cubic's investment in Amherst is a win-win for New York State - supporting the modernization of the MTA fare system in New York City, and creating jobs in Western New York," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. “Innovative companies continue to make their way to Buffalo and across the region, helping to boost our growing reputation as a hot spot for tech entrepreneurs and development. The new call center will improve convenience and efficiency for New Yorkers who use mass transit each and every day."     The San Diego-based Cubic creates IT platforms for high-tech transit-orientated systems.  These systems manage traffic and provide tools for travelers to efficiently organize and pay for their trips, while enabling transportation authorities and agencies to manage demand across the entire transportation network – all in real-time. Cubic’s expansion is tied to a contract it secured with the MTA last year to provide customer service and other back-office support that will upgrade the MTA’s electronic card reader system to do more than just accept credit card payments. OMNY is already being phased in and includes technology where transactions can be handled through cell phones, smart watches and other portable devices- creating a seamless travel experience. In order to help users navigate the OMNY system, employees are trained on NYC geography via electronic maps of the city, maps and schedules for its buses and subways, as well as training videos; they also get interactive trainings on OMNY technology.    “Cubic’s new operations center is critical to fulfilling OMNY’s promise to create an easier, faster and cost-effective payment system for public transportation in New York, while meeting our commitment to create jobs upstate” said Matt Cole, president of Cubic Transportation Systems. “This center is crucial in supporting Cubic’s mission to provide innovative, market-leading transportation solutions and services and will create over 200 jobs for the Western New York region. We look forward to helping make Western New York a hub for our services team.” In order to encourage Cubic to locate in Western New York, Empire State Development has offered up to $300,000 in performance-based Excelsior Jobs Program tax credits, which are tied to job creation commitments. The company invested more than $1.6 million to renovate the space at Sweet Home Centre to meet the demand of current contracts. Senator Michael Ranzenhofer said, "I am always pleased to see new jobs coming to Amherst and the Western New York area.  With the opening of Cubic, I am happy to see both new jobs and a vacant building being put to good use.  Congratulations and welcome to Cubic!" Assemblymember Karen McMahon said, “Cubic’s investment in Amherst demonstrates that Western New York is open for businesses and our region is primed for growth. Leading employers are choosing our region, because not only is it affordable, it’s home to highly-skilled employees trained at some of the finest academic and research institutions in the nation. “ Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said, “We welcome Cubic to Erie County, where they will feel right at home as part of our fast-growing technology sector. Our reputation as a smart place to do business and Erie County’s world-class workforce make Cubic a natural fit and a great addition, and their investment in Amherst is creating new jobs as well. It’s good news for Erie County and good news for downstate at the same time.” Town of Amherst Supervisor Brian Kulpa said, “Cubic Transportation Systems is an innovative company with great growth potential. The Town of Amherst has been an economic engine in WNY for a long time, and we are thrilled to add Cubic’s customer experience center to our community. We look forward to the creation of jobs that accompanies this move, and are thrilled to add another technology company to our portfolio.” For more information about Cubic, click here. Contacts: Pamm Lent (Governor’s office) | [email protected] | 716-846-8309 Laura Magee (ESD) | [email protected] | 716-846-8239
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Press Release

Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 2:10pm
25,000 Square Foot Hub Will Include Space for Manufacturing, Research and Development, Offices Project Will Create 190 Jobs with an $11 Million Investment View Renderings of the Project Here Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that Nanotronics will open a high-tech manufacturing center at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, creating 190 new jobs and investing $11 million. The new flagship manufacturing center will be located in the Brooklyn Navy Yard's historic Building 20, a 150-year-old former shipbuilding factory. The project, which brings manufacturing and research and development together in one location, delivers the blueprint for how to reinvigorate New York's manufacturing sector while furthering Governor Cuomo's efforts to grow the state's technology ecosystem. Additionally, Nanotronics has partnered with the City University of New York's Medgar Evers College to join the START-UP NY program, collaborating to develop the next generation of leaders in the expanding technology and manufacturing epicenter of New York. "New York offers 21st century tech firms the talent pipelines they need to succeed, and we are proud to support innovative companies that invest in the Empire State," Governor Cuomo said. "This project melds the Brooklyn waterfront's industrial heritage with its tech-based future and creates a state-of-the-art manufacturing center that will generate jobs, spur investment and build a stronger economy." "New York City is rapidly becoming the international hub for innovation and technology, and it's not just happening in Manhattan," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "With New York State's support and record private investment, Brooklyn Navy Yard capitalized on its rich industrial history and has emerged as a national model for revitalizing manufacturing and green technology in the 21st century. The expansion of Nanotronics will create 190 new jobs, and most importantly, it includes a training pipeline in partnership with CUNY so that New Yorkers can actually obtain and retain those positions. We look forward to welcoming the next generation of innovators and leaders." Read the full press release here. 
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Press Release

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - 3:41pm
Applications for Competition were Received from 23 States and 16 Countries The Food and Agriculture Industry Competition is Funded through Upstate Revitalization Initiatives - CNY Rising, Finger Lakes Forward and Southern Tier Soaring - Regional Comprehensive Strategies Aimed at Revitalizing Communities and Growing the Economy Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the 18 companies selected to take part in round one of the Grow-NY food innovation and agriculture technology business challenge. The contenders were chosen from a field of almost 200 startups that applied to be part of the initiative, which is focused on enhancing the emerging food, beverage and agriculture innovation cluster in Central New York, the Finger Lakes and the Southern Tier. The applicant pool represented 23 different states and 16 countries. The Grow-NY region includes a broad 22-county swath that includes Upstate New York's farming community as well as several major urban centers, including Rochester, Syracuse, Ithaca and Binghamton. "The Grow-NY competition has attracted a group of diverse, innovative entrepreneurs who are ready to focus on finding new ways to further transform New York State's world-renowned food and agricultural industry," Governor Cuomo said. "Through efforts like Grow-NY we are continuing to bolster these regional economies and foster statewide growth in this critical industry." "New York has among the best food products in the world, and the agricultural industry is an important part of our statewide economy," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "Continuing to build on our investments in agriculture, the Grow-NY competition will support startups focused on the future of the industry. We are committed to fostering innovative ideas, boosting job growth, and promoting our farms and local products to further strengthen the economy." Read the full press release here. 
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Public Notice

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - 9:30am
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Press Release

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - 4:26pm
Working Group to Develop Recommendations to Address Cell Service Gaps in Rural and Remote Parts of Upstate New York  Task Force Holds First Meeting Today  Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the new Upstate Cellular Coverage Task Force, which will develop potential solutions and policies to address the lack of cell service in rural and remote parts of upstate New York. The task force, which the Governor originally proposed as part of the 2019 State of the State, will be administered by Empire State Development. "Every New Yorker should be able to access a stable cell connection, yet our upstate regions have struggled for too long to make the connections that are vital to everyday life and commerce," Governor Cuomo said. "Today we're leading the way forward by establishing a task force of cellular service experts, elected representatives and environmental advocates who will develop concrete policies and help to ensure service is provided and infrastructure for it is built in a sustainable way." "All New Yorkers should have reliable cellular service, and this new task force will work to find solutions to fill existing gaps," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "Residents and businesses in upstate communities and rural areas still face challenges with cell service, and we want to make sure to address those issues once and for all. We are committed to modernizing 21st century infrastructure to expand coverage and strengthen the economy." Read the full press release here. 
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