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Press Release

Friday, January 5, 2018 - 2:52pm
Empire State Development (ESD) today announced Northland Workforce Training Center will hold its first Applicant Information Session for people interested in pursuing careers in advanced manufacturing and energy. Students, job seekers, women, men and veterans should plan to attend the Jan. 6 session from noon until 1 p.m. at the Delavan-Grider Community Center. The information sessions are the first step toward finding a job in the manufacturing and energy sectors. The estimated salaries for entry level jobs for skilled energy and manufacturing workers is between $30,000 and $50,000. “The information session is a great first step for anyone whose goal is finding a job in the manufacturing or energy sectors,” said Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky. “New York State is partnering with the Northland Workforce Training Center to create a job training pipeline that will train thousands of area residents and help them find work."  The training center is an important part of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion vision for a new and vibrant Northland Avenue community. It is designed to create a successful workforce pipeline for qualified community members so that they can become highly-skilled workers in the advanced manufacturing and energy industries. Scheduled to open in the fall of 2018, the center’s focus on providing a comprehensive pathway to manufacturing and energy careers with good pay include: industry education, job training, leadership development, life skills training, quality of life and community assistance, job placement, and post follow up to ensure a successful job transition. When opened the center will be located at 683 Northland Avenue on Buffalo’s east side. ( See renderings here) Stephen Tucker, President & CEO Northland Workforce Training Center said, “This session will provide a great opportunity for prospective students to learn more about careers in the advanced manufacturing and energy sectors and to sign up for education and training programs that will be offered at Northland Workforce Training Center.” The Workforce Training Center at Northland will work with Information Session participants to assist with the following: Industry Career Education Job Training Reading and Math Update High School Graduation and Equivalency Attainment Computer Skills Career Navigation Help with Selecting Your Career Pathway Education Counseling Financial Literacy Coaching and Supportive Services Drug and Alcohol Counseling Refugee/Immigrant Services Leadership Development Life Skills Training to Help You Make an Easier Transition on the Job Job Placement after Your Training “This is another significant milestone in this $100 million project that is a game-changer, for the Northland neighborhood, all of Buffalo’s east side, and our entire city. This first applicant information session for the Northland Workforce Training Center demonstrates how far this project has come toward offering our residents the training that will open the door to career opportunities, and more tangible results of my Administration’s continued goal of making Buffalo a City of Opportunity where no one is left out and no one is left behind,” said Mayor Byron W. Brown.  “As progress continues toward opening the training center later this year, I again thank Governor Andrew Cuomo for embracing and supporting this transformative project for our city.” The Northland Workforce Training Center will address the needs of manufacturers to fill employment skills gaps among the region’s workforce. Manufacturing is still third-largest industry sector in the region, employing more than 50,000 people and generating $3.2 billion in wages. Industry estimates indicate that between now and 2027, due to retirements and growth, there will be over 17,000 job vacancies in Buffalo/Niagara’s manufacturing sector. However, the region’s current workforce does not have the employment skills to meet these demands. New York Power Authority’s activities at the Training Center will focus on the need for innovative training, recruiting and retention strategies, as 30 percent of current electric utility workers become eligible for retirement in the next five to 10 years. It creates an opportunity for current and new employees to acquire the necessary skills of the evolving energy industry as it transitions to the grid of the future. The Workforce Training Center is being funded with $29 million from the Buffalo Billion and $15 million from the New York Power Authority. Gil C. Quiniones, NYPA president and CEO said, “This information session is a wonderful first step for participants interested in careers in the advanced manufacturing and energy industries. NYPA is a proud contributor to this workforce training center, which is an essential component of Governor Cuomo’s long-term energy vision for the state. New York State needs a motivated and skilled utility and clean energy workforce to secure its energy future and this center will help make that clean energy future a reality.” Senator Tim Kennedy said, "Once opened, the Northland Workforce Training Center will be an incredible resource for those searching to further their education and skills. Informational sessions like these are key for the community, and I encourage folks to come learn about the training and career opportunities available in the advanced manufacturing and energy industries." Assemblywoman Crystal D. Peoples- Stokes said, "This information session marks the beginning for what we expect to be a long, successful and impactful future for the Northland Workforce Training Center. We are focused on training and upskilling area residents in advanced manufacturing and utility energy sectors with a goal of providing living wages to support a family and socio-economic independence. I applaud the staff and pledge my support in making this a win-win for Buffalo's East Side residents.” Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz said, “The information session provides an outstanding opportunity for potential students to learn specific details about exciting careers in the advanced manufacturing and energy industries. I firmly believe that knowledge is power so I strongly encourage any Erie County residents who wants to better familiarize themselves about training for advanced manufacturing and electric utility careers to attend the first application information session at the Northland Workforce Training Center.” About the Center On July 15, 2015, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo unveiled plans for the $44 million Western New York Workforce Training Center, a new hub which will focus primarily on training for careers in the advanced manufacturing and energy sectors. To be branded as the "Northland Workforce Training Center," the facility is being funded with $29 million from the Buffalo Billion and $15 million from the New York Power Authority. The approximately 100,000-square-foot facility will house administrative space, classrooms, and industrial shops/labs designed to train and turn out highly-skilled members of the local workforce to meet the requirements of the 21st century advanced manufacturing and electric utility industries.  With technical support by the University at Buffalo's Regional Institute, ESD developed a business plan for the Center targeted to best provide workforce training opportunities to the traditionally most underrepresented groups in the city's workforce.  The instructional staff/curricula components of the center will be provided by three SUNY institutions (Erie Community College, Alfred State College and Buffalo State College).  The Center will be created through the adaptive reuse of a portion of a historic industrial structure at 683 Northland Avenue-the former Clearing Niagara Plant-and will serve as the anchor tenant of the Northland Avenue Corridor on Buffalo’s East Side. Click here to learn more about the Northland Workforce Training Center.   Contact: Pamm Lent | pamm.lent@esd.ny.gov | (716)-846-8309 Stephen Tucker| stucker@northlandwtc.org | (716) 289-7691
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Blog Post

Thursday, January 4, 2018 - 11:04am
New York State's certified business incubators have launched some amazing concepts. Here are three companies using support from incubators in the Southern Tier, Central New York and Mohawk Valley regions to turn their innovations into real products that will impact tomorrow.  A Stream-Driven Phone and Camera Charger for Hikers and Campers—Created by High School Students When Jasper White and Hunter Hartshorne came up with the idea for a portable hydroelectric generator — small enough to carry in a backpack and strong enough to charge a cell phone or camera — they were still in high school. Now college freshmen at top schools (Hobart and William Smith Colleges and Carnegie Mellon), the pair are running their new company, Hillside Hydro with the help of Rev Ithaca StartUp Works, one of four New York State-certified incubators in the Southern Tier region. They’ve already got a turbine-spinning prototype that, when placed into a flowing stream, creates enough energy to power any electronic device via USB for eight hours. The team is marketing its finished product to climbers, backpackers, campers and sailors and transforming the way we use portable technology.  A Warmer, Gentler Transition for Amputees Bryan Costello designed his first patented product, the Costello Heatsleeve, after losing his leg in a terrible motorcycle accident. The Liverpool resident discovered firsthand how loss of blood flow to amputated limbs creates cold and painful sensations for amputees; when he couldn’t find anything on the market to ease his discomfort, he decided to create a solution. This led to Costello developing a device that provides targeted therapeutic heat to limbs as well as to the prosthesis itself, easing pain and making the prosthetic leg or arm much more comfortable to wear. Costello Prosthetic Warmers, LLC, his medical device startup, was selected to participate in the Central New York Biotech Accelerator’s 2017 Medical Device Innovation Challenge. This annual program of the Syracuse-based incubator awards funds, equipment and creative space to inventors and fledgling companies in the early “discovery phase” of medical device creation and commercialization.  A Hollywood Rig for Every Videographer What if you could inexpensively bring the production value of a big budget Hollywood movie to an indie documentary or corporate web video? That’s the goal of Simon Eisenbach Production’s camera rig, which allows film, corporate, brand, broadcast and indie video producers to shoot breathtaking vertical time-lapse montages – a technique where the camera takes still shots over time, giving a sense of motion to still images. Prior to Eisenbach’s prototype, which is a combination of a camera crane and motion control equipment, this vertical shot was not easily captured on a smaller budget. Working closely with Mohawk Valley's thINCubator for the past two years, the Utica-based Eisenbach is continuing to develop the rig and will soon be marketing the product.
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Report

Thursday, December 28, 2017 - 10:17am
The state’s I Love New York Hospitality Suite at New Era Field was secured as part of a $130 million deal for renovations to the stadium approved in 2013.  The suite helps State and local organizations with their business and community-development efforts, and provides youth and community members – who otherwise would not be able to attend a Bills game – with one of Buffalo’s most unique experiences. This report lists attendees to the suite and ensures it is put to appropriate use.
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Press Release

Wednesday, December 27, 2017 - 10:46am
Investment Complements “Finger Lakes Forward” – The Region’s Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy Empire State Development (ESD) today announced in an effort to meet the growing demand for its medical diagnostic products worldwide, healthcare software developer VisualDx will expand its operations in the City of Rochester. The innovative company will lease an additional 5,000 square-feet of space at its current location inside the Valley Cadillac Building on East Avenue in the city’s Downtown Innovation Zone. As a result of the expansion, the company plans to create up to 21 new jobs at the location; 39 jobs will be retained as a result of the project. Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, “Companies like VisualDx are critical to the success of the Downtown Innovation Zone in Rochester and cement the Finger Lakes Region’s reputation as a national leader for high-tech innovation.” VisualDx, founded in 1999 by a team of physicians, educators, artists and computer scientists, develops software to help practitioners and consumers answer clinical questions.  Already used in over 1,700 hospitals and clinics and half of the U.S. medical schools, the clinical software allows a healthcare provider to compare diagnostic possibilities based on symptoms and signs of the patient to reduce medical errors and improve patient care. ESD funding will help propel the company to further help patients and consumers who seek answers to their own medical questions through the creation of a new A.I. health assistant powered by a machine learning application called Aysa (www.askaysa.com). The new technology will allow those with a skin condition to take a picture of their rash and in seconds get guidance on next steps. Dr. Art Papier, VisualDx CEO said, “We believe Rochester is an ideal spot for technology innovation and are proud to bring two of the city’s best assets together - imaging and healthcare – to improve medical decision-making. We appreciate the support to expand our operations and retain the local talent available.” To assist the company with its growth in downtown Rochester, ESD is providing up to $600,000 through the Excelsior Tax Credit Program. Another $100,000 will be provided through a Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council Grant. Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council Co-Chairs Monroe Community College President Anne Kress and Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Bob Duffy said, “We congratulate VisualDx on its plan to expand operations inside the storied Valley Cadillac Building in downtown Rochester. It is proof positive that regional efforts, through the Finger Lakes Forward plan, are working to encourage urban development, creating jobs and breathing new life and vitality into the downtown community.” State Senator Joe Robach said, "I could not be more pleased that VisualDx has chosen to expand and will continue to call downtown home. From their commitment to patients and ensuring that medical professionals across the world have access to the technology needed to provide state of the art knowledge and imagery for fast and accurate diagnostic ability, VisualDx is helping to improve patient care and safety. I am proud that VisualDx continues to invest in the future of Rochester.” State Assembly Member Harry Bronson said, “I applaud Dr. Art Papier and the VisualDx team for their commitment to our region. Today’s announcement by the company and Governor Cuomo shows that the Rochester area is in a strong educational and economic position to create jobs for the future and provide the nation and world with cutting edge innovative health care tools.” Rochester Mayor Lovely A. Warren said, “I want to thank Dr. Art Papier and his team at VisualDx for their continued investment in Rochester and congratulate them on their successful expansion in the Downtown Innovation Zone.  The success of companies like VisualDx underscores the dramatic change taking place in Rochester as entrepreneurs continue to leverage the knowledge generated by our colleges and universities and the talents of so many young people who are eager to live in our city. I am grateful to Governor Cuomo and Empire State Development for supporting VisualDx through Finger Lakes Forward, which is helping 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, “I thank VisualDx for this significant investment in Downtown Rochester and the high-tech local jobs that will come along with it. “VisualDx’s success in advanced healthcare imaging will continue to support good-paying local jobs here and is a clear sign that Monroe County is open for business!” For more information about VisualDx, 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 $5.2 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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Report

Friday, December 22, 2017 - 2:30pm
This report details the performance of ESD' s economic development activities related to job growth and retention on an annual basis. The report shows the amount of financial assistance, the level of job commitment and whether each company met those goals. It also offers a window into how different regions and industries are faring each year. Annual Report on Jobs Created and Retained – 2016
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Board Meeting

Thursday, December 21, 2017 - 9:30am
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Press Release

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 - 4:41pm
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today unveiled the 10th proposal of his 2018 State of the State: Bringing the New York Islanders home to Long Island with a world-class, year-round sports and entertainment destination at Belmont Park. At an event at Belmont Park Race Track, the Governor announced the selection of New York Arena Partners, a joint venture among Sterling Equities, the Scott Malkin Group, Madison Square Garden and the Oak View Group, to lead a transformational $1 billion redevelopment of Belmont Park into an internationally recognized mixed-use destination for sports, entertainment, retail and hospitality.  The winning project features an 18,000-seat arena for the New York Islanders, a new 435,000-square-foot retail and entertainment complex, a new hotel, and other community amenities. The $1 billion transformational plan to redevelop Belmont Park will strengthen the local economy, boost tourism, increase visitor spending and stimulate local businesses. To accommodate New Yorkers and visitors traveling to the brand-new facility, the Long Island Railroad is committed to developing a plan to expand LIRR service to Belmont Park Station for events year-round. The state-of-the-art project is expected to create 12,300 construction jobs and 3,100 permanent jobs. Read the full press release here. 
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Public Notice

Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - 12:00pm
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Public Notice

Friday, December 15, 2017 - 2:00pm
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Public Notice

Friday, December 15, 2017 - 2:00pm
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