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Press Release

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - 1:15pm
Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC) and Albright-Knox Art Gallery are encouraging the public to visit Buffalo’s Outer Harbor to see world-famous artist Robert Indiana’s ONE through ZERO (The Ten Numbers) sculptures. The temporary exhibit, which opened in June 2018, will be deinstalled beginning Oct. 1. The 8-foot-high COR-TEN steel sculptures, each weighing close to a ton, are on loan at Wilkeson Pointe. The ECHDC board previously approved a contract with the Albright-Knox Art Gallery (AKAG) which facilitated the loan and exhibition of this monumental work of public art.  “As the sun sets on another spectacular summer, we are sad to see Indiana’s sculptures leave the Outer Harbor but Buffalo is fortunate to have hosted these bold, iconic sculptures at Wilkeson Pointe,” said Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation Chairman Robert Gioia.  “You have less than a month to see these sculptures one last time, so get down to the Outer Harbor to appreciate both the art, as well as the natural beauty of our waterfront.” “The museum was delighted to collaborate with our colleagues at ECHDC to bring these monumental works to such a vital, active public space,” said Albright-Knox Curator of Public Art, Aaron Ott.  “I hope that many Western New Yorkers will take the opportunity to see them before Oct. 1.” See pictures of the sculptures here.  Credit for Tom Powel’s photos: Robert Indiana’s ONE through ZERO (The Ten Numbers), 1980–2001, on view at Wilkeson Pointe on Buffalo’s Outer Harbor. © 2018 Morgan Art Foundation Ltd / Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY. Photograph by Tom Powel Imaging. Image courtesy Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York. The Indiana sculptures have been an additional draw at Wilkeson Place, as the works of art are situated where millions of dollars of investment have occurred at the Outer Harbor.  ONE through ZERO have enhanced the landscape and served as an additional draw at Wilkeson Pointe, one of the most popular and active public spaces at the Outer Harbor—where there are many other activities planned this fall.  A Walk to End Alzheimer’s is set for Sept. 14 at Wilkeson Pointe.  At Lakeside Bike Park, basic mountain bike skills and riding workshops are planned on Sept. 10 and 26.  Visitors to the Outer Harbor can also stroll the 3-mile scenic Independent Health-sponsored Wellness Trail or pedal the Lakeside Bike Park, which offers three mountain bike tracks for riders of all skill levels and ages, as well as a pump track, skills loop and a tot track for young children. With 200 acres of green space on the Outer Harbor, options for adventure are wide open or visitors can just relax and take in spectacular waterfront sunsets. For more information on events and activities at Buffalo’s waterfront, visit www.buffalowaterfront.com. Indiana, a Pop artist who died last year at age 89, was a self-proclaimed “American painter of signs,” best-known for his work spelling out the word “love” in capital letters. His work explored American identity, personal history, and the power of abstraction and language and has influenced many contemporary artists. Numbers are another of Indiana’s frequently reoccurring motifs. Art historian and curator Barbara Haskell explains that “numbers had appeared in Indiana’s work even before words,” and acted as metaphors for the passage of time. Renowned art historian John Wilmerding has compared Indiana’s numbers to paintings representing the ages of man by 19th-century artist Thomas Cole, of the Hudson River School. Indiana said each number represents a stage of life, beginning with One (birth) and continuing through Nine (old age) and Zero (death). Indiana’s artwork is in the permanent collections of institutions including the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City, the National Gallery of Art, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and the Smithsonian Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C., the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Menil Collection in Houston, and many more. For more information on ONE through ZERO, visit Robert Indiana’s website. About Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation The ECHDC is governed by a nine-member board consisting of seven voting directors and two non-voting, ex-officio directors. The seven voting directors are recommended by the New York State Governor and are appointed by the New York State Urban Development Corporation d/b/a Empire State Development as sole shareholder of ECHDC. The two nonvoting, ex-officio director positions are held by the Erie County Executive and the City of Buffalo Mayor. As a subsidiary of Empire State Development, the state’s chief economic development agency, the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation supports and promotes the creation of infrastructure and public activities at Canalside, the Ohio Street corridor and the Outer Harbor that is attracting critical mass, private investment and enhance the enjoyment of the waterfront for residents and tourists in Western New York. Its vision is to revitalize Western New York’s waterfront and restore economic growth to Buffalo based on the region’s legacy of pride, urban significance and natural beauty. For more information on ECHDC, visit here. About Albright-Knox Public Art Initiative The Public Art Initiative is an innovative partnership between the Albright-Knox and Erie County established in 2013. The City of Buffalo joined the partnership in 2014. The goal of the Initiative is to create spaces of dialogue where diverse communities have the ability to engage, respond, and cooperatively produce great public art that can empower individuals, create stronger neighborhoods, and establish Western New York as a vital cultural center. Learn more about recent Albright-Knox Public Art Initiative projects here. Contact: Pamm Lent | [email protected] | 716-846-8309 | (800) 260-7313 Laura Magee | [email protected] | 716-846-8239 | (800) 260-7313
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Press Release

Monday, September 9, 2019 - 1:37pm
Project Furthers Gerard Place's Mission of Strengthening the Community and Empowering Individuals and Families Toward Self-Sufficiency Photos of Gerard Place Can Be Found Here Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the completion of the $6 million transformation of a former parish hall into the new Gerard Place Community Center on the East Side of Buffalo. Gerard Place works to eliminate barriers which prevent people from escaping poverty. Gerard Place has expanded its Bailey Avenue services, providing opportunities for local residents to complete their education, develop job skills and provide childcare for families, as well as bridge the food desert gaps in the high need Bailey-Delevan community. These support services are designed to eliminate barriers to employment, positioning families to become economically stable, while transforming the neighborhood into a thriving community. The project received more than $1.75 million in state funding including from the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council for construction and workforce development initiatives at the center. "As opportunities in Buffalo continue to grow there is an increased demand for a strong and skilled workforce," Governor Cuomo said. "Gerard Place is opening doors, creating opportunities, and providing services - like daycare and continuing education - to the Bailey-Delevan neighborhood that will give everyone the support they need to boost employment and access careers with tangible growth." Read the full press release here. 
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Press Release

Monday, September 9, 2019 - 1:35pm
Empire State Development (ESD) and Verizon Media today announced the 2019 funding recipients for the Verizon Media Community Benefit Fund for Lockport and Verizon Media Community Fund for Niagara County – Empire State Development. For the 2019 funding cycle, $381,470.81 was awarded to 15 projects.  Each year from 2015 to 2021, Verizon Media has committed to granting up to $500,000 to community organizations in Lockport and the surrounding areas. “Our regional economic development strategy is delivering real results for Western New York and our entire state,” said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, who made today’s announcement.  “Verizon Media has made significant investments in Niagara County, and we have worked with them to ensure our investment at the Verizon facilities in Lockport results in economic development across the region. As we announce the latest winners of the Verizon Media Community Benefit Fund, we know the projects being funded are delivering on our efforts designed to foster entrepreneurship, workforce development, and smart growth.” “Verizon Media is committed to deepening our relationship with Western New York and we feel honored to invest in organizations like those recognized today that are driving innovation and growth in this community,” said Verizon Media’s VP of Data Center Operations Paul Bonaro. “Our Lockport team calls this region ‘home’ and we are dedicated to supporting our neighbors and cultivating local progress.”  “This funding reflects the strong partnership between Verizon Media and ESD and supports projects that will benefit the entire Western New York community.  The recipients selected are important partners that help carry out our strategic vision to support the area’s key sectors and grow the region’s economy, said Empire State Development Acting Commissioner, and President & CEO-designate Eric Gertler.   Verizon Media houses media, technology and communication brands that people across the globe love and trust.  As part of Verizon Media’s $170 million agreement with Empire State Development to establish a customer care center and expand its existing data center in Niagara County, the Community Benefit Fund was created at the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo in 2015 in addition to the initial commitment the company made to Lockport in 2010 with the Community Benefit Fund. The community initiative is part of Verizon Media’s commitment to drive economic development in Western New York, a hub of technical excellence for the company. The next round of annual funding will begin in the spring of 2020, with up to $500,000 available again through the two funds. Senator Robert G. Ortt said, “This funding from Verizon Media will help transform community partnerships across Niagara County and open doors of opportunity for countless residents. Verizon Media has been a strong community partner and the state should continue to use this model to invest in our communities. I applaud the investment into Western New York and look forward to seeing the wonderful changes that result directly from Verizon Media’s investment into the Community Benefit Fund.” Assemblyman Michael Norris said, “Lockport has recently seen very welcome investment, with Downtown Revitalization Initiative funding, investment in the rehabilitation of the Erie Canal Locks, and the arrival of the Discover Niagara Shuttle.  The grant awards from Verizon Media and Empire State Development will only contribute to the revitalization in our city and region, growing economic development, opportunity and tourism. I am proud to be a part of and support these initiatives and thank Verizon and Empire State Development for their commitment to Niagara County.” Verizon Media Community Benefit Fund for Niagara County - Empire State Development Awarded Projects Opening Doors to Job Skills and Career Pathways in Niagara Falls - $75,000 grant Awardee: Heart, Love & Soul Development of a one-stop service center, known as Daybreak, to reduce barriers to services that are essential for helping low-income and marginalized populations achieve employment and career pathway goals. Providing Public Access and Recreational Opportunities Along Cayuga Creek - $43,200 grant Awardee: Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper Introduce public access to a Cayuga Creek site which currently does not exist. Design of walking trails and access elements to connect the community to critical natural resources, promote smart growth principles and encourage walkability. Small Business Videography Marketing Initiative - $20,000 grant Awardee: NCCC Foundation, Inc. The Niagara Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will facilitate entrepreneurs, start-up and small local businesses in developing and implementing video content for online marketing and social media platforms. Primary goal is to promote growth of Niagara County businesses through strengthening marketing and advertising strategies. Mobilized Job Training for People with Disabilities - $9,270 grant Awardee: Empower Establishment of a portable Community Prevocational Program to include a coffee cart, equipment and one year of supplies to operate at a community location. Up to 12 workers with IDD will participate in the coffee cart program over a 12-month period. Verizon Media Community Benefit Fund for Lockport Awarded Projects Historic Palace Theatre Phase II Renovation - $50,000 grant Awardee: Historic Palace Inc. Phase II renovations to the inner lobby, including upgrades to the concession and bar areas, and creation of a new merchandise area. Lockport Ice Arena Skating Continuation and Zamboni Projects - $31,800 grant Awardee: Lockport Ice Arena and Sports Center Funding for the Skating Continuation program and purchase of a used Zamboni ice resurfacer. Driving Family & Educational Supports at Aurora House - $23,828 grant Awardee: Community Missions of Niagara Frontier, Inc. Replace one of two minivans used daily by Aurora House for its family support services and educational programs. HON Rescue Animal Community Education Center - $21,741.18 grant Awardee: Heart of Niagara Animal Rescue, Inc. Increase available space for community organizations by renovating a 30’ x 40’ pole barn for training, meeting, and activity space. Flight of Five Security Cameras - $20,000 grant Awardee: Lockport Locks Heritage District Corporation Installation of security cameras within the Locks District for the protection of key assets, and for safety and security. Support for The Salvation Army in Lockport’s Soup Kitchen and Youth Programs - $20,000 grant Awardee: Salvation Army-Lockport Support for The Sister Mary Loretto Memorial Soup Kitchen and Youth Programs, which serve residents of Lockport and the surrounding area. Attic Rebuild - $18,991 grant Awardee: Youth Mentoring Services of Niagara County, Inc. Replacement of the attic to provide a safe and welcoming environment for disadvantaged children and their families. Lockport Recovery Center - $17,000 grant Awardee: Save the Michaels of the World, Inc. Creation a Lockport Recovery Center that supports ongoing recovery for individuals and families. BPO Music for Youth Concerts at Lockport High School - $12,500 grant Awardee: Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Society Enable Lockport Schools to participate in the BPO’s Music for Youth education programs in 2020, continuing arts engagement within the district. Lockport Literacy Drop-In Center - $10,000 grant Awardee: Literacy New York Buffalo-Niagara, Inc. Provide functionally illiterate adults with immediate access to literacy tutoring at the Lockport Literacy Drop-In Center and adult education classes in the Lockport Literacy Zone. Education STEM-ming from the Ground - $8,140.63 grant Awardee: DeSales Catholic School Creation of a garden allowing students to learn from a living science laboratory. 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. About Verizon Media Verizon Media, a division of Verizon Communications, Inc., houses a trusted media ecosystem of premium brands like Yahoo, TechCrunch and HuffPost to help people stay informed and entertained, communicate and transact, while creating new ways for advertisers and media partners to connect. From XR experiences to advertising and content technology, Verizon Media is an incubator of innovation and is revolutionizing the next generation of content creation in a 5G world.         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

Monday, September 9, 2019 - 11:50am
Property acquired, and local company hired to reconfigure site to accommodate new carousel building, moving much-anticipated project forward Project builds on Governor Cuomo’s vision for an exciting, redeveloped waterfront See location and renderings of carousel building here The Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC) Board of Directors met today and approved several items related to the Buffalo Heritage Carousel project at Canalside.  The first approval was for the acquisition of an 8,565 square foot parcel along the Central Wharf at Canalside from the City of Buffalo to facilitate the construction of the Buffalo Heritage Carousel Project.  The project will consist of constructing a building near the corner of Prime and Perry streets to house the nearly century-old De Angelis Carousel. ECHDC will acquire the property from the City for one dollar. “The carousel will be a colorful new attraction that will help history come to life at Canalside,” said ECHDC Chairman Robert Gioia. “This project is part of Governor Cuomo’s overall vision for activating Buffalo’s waterfront and will complement the recently opened Explore & More Children’s Museum.” The vintage menagerie, park-style carousel was manufactured in 1924 by Spillman Engineering in North Tonawanda for Dominick De Angelis. The carousel was in operation until the 1950s at which point it was stored by the De Angelis family until Buffalo Heritage Carousel acquired it with a goal of providing family-oriented recreation on Buffalo’s waterfront and to celebrate Western New York’s industrial heritage. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo issued a $1,200,000 matching grant to begin the project and today the ECHDC board officially committed that funding toward the building construction and authorized ECHDC to enter into a land development agreement and lease with Buffalo Heritage Carousel, Inc. KeyBank, along with the First Niagara Foundation, matched Governor Cuomo’s $1,200,000 grant. The Margaret L. Wendt Foundation provided a grant of $250,000 to purchase the carousel, Assemblyman Sean Ryan secured a grant of $600,000 for the carousel restoration, Senator Chris Jacobs secured a grant for $500,000 for the building and the Buffalo and Erie County Greenway Commission awarded $200,000 for capital expenses. The Russell J. Salvatore Foundation, Wegmans and West Herr have also been recent donors to the Carousel project. Buffalo Heritage Carousel volunteers continue to work on the meticulous restoration of the carousel pieces while raising funds to build, operate, and maintain the carousel. The carousel is predicted to open in the summer of 2020. Laurie Hauer-LaDuca, President of Buffalo Heritage Carousel, Inc., said, "We are working to finalize building plans so that this historic park carousel can make its debut in the summer of 2020 after being hidden away for 60 years.  This rare and historic carousel will be powered by the sun, offering families an opportunity to enjoy this simple pleasure filled with lights and music serving as the latest family recreational and educational attraction at Canalside as well as bolstering Buffalo Heritage Tourism.” "We have an extremely generous community, but sometimes the last dollars are the most difficult dollars to raise and we still have a challenge ahead of us. Today we are launching our Race to the Finish Line Campaign with the goal of raising $1,200,000,” said Corky Burger, Buffalo Heritage Carousel, Inc. Capital Campaign Director Carousel sponsorships are available including the Wurlitzer Band Organ, Adopt-A Horse/Animals. For sponsorships contact [email protected] or donations can be made at buffaloheritagecarousel.org. Associated with the carousel project, the Board today also approved a contract to Scott Lawn Yard, Inc to shift the children’s beach, located at the southern end of the wharf, further south to accommodate the new carousel building. The new beach will be approximately the same size but will have improved access from the wharf and an adjacent parking lot. The re-designed beach will be surrounded by boulders and landscaping.  The New York State Power Authority Industrial Incentive is providing funding for the beach relocation. About Buffalo Heritage Carousel, Inc. Buffalo Heritage Carousel, Inc. was formed as a 501c3 non-profit organization to purchase, restore a vintage menagerie, park-style carousel which was manufactured in 1924 by Spillman Engineering in North Tonawanda and to house the carousel in a building at our revitalized urban waterfront at canalside. The carousel will be solar-powered. The mission of Buffalo Heritage Carousel, Inc. is to provide entertainment, education and to celebrate the history of carousel manufacturing in Western New York. About Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation  The ECHDC is governed by a nine-member board consisting of seven voting directors and two non-voting, ex-officio directors. The seven voting directors are recommended by the New York State Governor and are appointed by the New York State Urban Development Corporation d/b/a Empire State Development as sole shareholder of ECHDC. The two nonvoting, ex-officio director positions are held by the Erie County Executive and the City of Buffalo Mayor. As a subsidiary of Empire State Development, the state’s chief economic development agency, the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation supports and promotes the creation of infrastructure and public activities at Canalside, the Ohio Street corridor and the Outer Harbor that is attracting critical mass, private investment and enhance the enjoyment of the waterfront for residents and tourists in Western New York. Its vision is to revitalize Western New York’s waterfront and restore economic growth to Buffalo based on the region’s legacy of pride, urban significance and natural beauty. For more information on ECHDC, visit https://esd.ny.gov/erie-canal-harbor-development-corporation-0. Contact: Pamm Lent (Governor’s Office) | [email protected] | (716) 846-8309 Laura Magee (ECHDC) | [email protected] | (716) 846-8239
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Board Meeting

Monday, September 9, 2019 - 10:30am
With videoconferencing to: Empire State Development 633 Third Avenue – 37th Floor Conference Room New York, NY 10017
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Press Release

Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 3:51pm
Project Is Expected to Create 1,450 Residential Homes and over 600,000 Square Feet of Commercial Space - Plus 10,000 Construction Jobs and 2,500 Permanent Jobs The Hub, Leveraging the LIRR Double Track Project, Is Supported by $55 Million from Empire State Development for Critical Sewer Upgrades and New Parking Facilities Photos of the New Building Available Here Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the opening of Alston Station Square and the completion of the first two buildings at the Ronkonkoma Hub, a state-of-the-art transit-oriented development in the Town of Brookhaven in Suffolk County. The two residential buildings contain 245 units and are the first to open at the $700 million, 53-acre project site. The development is buoyed by upgrades to the Long Island Rail Road Ronkonkoma Station and the LIRR's Double Track project, which was completed in September 2018 and will reduce delays while allowing expanded service.  "New York State is investing $5.6 billion to transform the Long Island Rail Road, and across Long Island we are seeing those investments pay dividends in the form of revitalized communities and visionary projects like the Ronkonkoma Hub," Governor Cuomo said. "Today we are not just cutting the ribbon on two new buildings - we are announcing the rebirth of Ronkonkoma's core, which will create thousands of jobs and give the region's economy a shot in the arm." "The Ronkonkoma Hub builds on our significant investments in the Long Island Rail Road and furthers development efforts in Suffolk County," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "The residential buildings and commercial space add more housing options and business opportunities, creating thousands of construction and full-time jobs in the area. This major project will enhance quality of life for residents and boost the economy of communities for generations to come." Read the full press release here. 
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Board Meeting

Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 3:00pm
With videoconferencing to: Empire State Development Main Conference Room 95 Perry Street – Suite 500 Buffalo, NY 14203
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Public Notice

Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 3:00pm
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Press Release

Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 10:18am
Bio-Pharmaceutical Cold-Chain Packaging and Shipping Specialist is Renovating and Expanding to a 150,000 Square-Foot Facility in the City of Rochester; Company will Create an additional 35 New Jobs Investment Complements “Finger Lakes Forward” – The Region’s Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy Empire State Development (ESD) today announced that bio-pharmaceutical cold-chain packaging and shipping specialist, AeroSafe Global, is renovating and expanding its current facility on Buffalo Road in the City of Rochester, Monroe County. The company plans to add 65,000 square-feet to its corporate headquarters, engineering design lab, refurbishment center and manufacturing plant and create up to 35 new jobs over the next ten years; 122 jobs will be retained. The company had been considering moving its operations outside of New York State but will instead continue to grow in Finger Lakes region due to the support it is receiving from ESD.  Buckingham Properties, which owns the building, is also investing in the project. The expanded facility is expected to be fully operational in the spring of 2020. Empire State Development Acting Commissioner and President & CEO-Designate Eric Gertler said, “Aerosafe Global’s decision to expand its operations in Rochester speaks to the commitment this tech-based business has made to the community and to the state’s strategic investment that has made the Finger Lakes a great place to grow and innovate.” ESD is offering up to $1.9 million through the Excelsior Tax Credit Program for the project in exchange for job creation commitments over the next decade. The company will purchase and install new manufacturing equipment on site. The total project cost has been placed at $1.2 million. Monroe County, City of Rochester and Greater Rochester Enterprise also assisted with the project. Aerosafe Global CEO Jay McHarg said, "Our transformation from a product company to a leading-edge, technology-based service company has enabled us to become a partner, rather than a vendor, to our customers," added McHarg. "Our desire to invest in Rochester, and this commitment from the state, county and city is a testament to the quality of our people.  Our new facility will create a world class environment for our employees to continue to grow, innovate and prosper in the City of Rochester.” With more than 30 Fortune 500 pharmaceutical and healthcare customers, AeroSafe is the principal provider of outsourced cold-chain-as-a-service (CCaaS) solutions for the pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical and medical device industries. AeroSafe’s innovative packaging technology, cost-efficient re-use business model, and data tracking and analytics ensure the safe, efficient and sustainable delivery of temperature-sensitive drugs and devices, while providing customers with a streamlined solution for the entire cold chain from manufacturer to end-user. State Senator Joe Robach said, "I am pleased to see the investment from Empire State Development in AeroSafe Global, which will now expand and grow its business in our community instead of leaving Rochester and New York all together. Rochester’s talented workforce and our local economy will benefit from this investment, making it a win-win for everyone involved." State Assemblyman David Gantt said, “Aerosafe Global’s growth ensures that it continues to be a crucial part of Rochester’s future. Many thanks to the company for committing to continue to grow its business here, creating great jobs for area residents. Thank you as well to all of the state and community partners who worked together to ensure this company’s continued success in the region.” County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo said, "Aerosafe Global’s renewed investment is evidence that Monroe County is open for business! Our job creation efforts continue to pay dividends as we expand opportunities for County residents and attract more jobs to our community. Thank you to Aerosafe Global for their commitment to Monroe County.” Rochester Mayor Lovely A. Warren said, “I want to congratulate and thank AeroSafe Global for making this investment in Rochester and supporting the growth of our region’s knowledge economy. I am grateful to Governor Cuomo and Empire State Development for retaining and growing jobs in Rochester through Finger Lakes Forward. Together we are moving forward to create more jobs, safer, more vibrant neighborhoods and better educational opportunities for our citizens.” Greater Rochester Enterprise President & CEO Matt Hurlbutt said, Materials science is part of the Greater Rochester, NY region’s DNA. AeroSafe Global made a smart decision to expand its operations here to leverage the intellectual capital and packaging technology expertise available in Rochester, NY. Buckingham Properties President & COO Richard Finley said, “Buckingham Properties has built a strong relationship with AeroSafe over the last fifteen years as they’ve expanded to over seven times their original footprint. We are pleased to continue this partnership as their operations continue into the future and applaud their commitment to Rochester.” For more information about AeroSafe Global/American Aerogel, 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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