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Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 2:00pm
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the winners of the second round of the New York State Game DEV Challenge. The challenge invited students enrolled in New York State colleges and universities, and independent developers residing within the state, to bring innovative ideas to production by applying to win awards to support the development of digital games. Applicants were judged on their game idea pitch, prototype, business and mentorship plans, and development timeline.   "These developers are the best of the best and are fueling the growth of the burgeoning digital gaming industry across New York," Governor Cuomo said. "I congratulate all of today's the winners in this innovative sector, and I am looking forward to their further collaboration with our expanding digital gaming hubs as they develop this next generation of digital technology in the Empire State. Read the full press release here. 
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Public Notice

Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 1:00pm
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Public Notice

Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 12:10pm
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Press Release

Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 11:30am
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that applications are now being accepted for the fifth year of 43North, the $5 million startup competition that attracts world-class entrepreneurs to grow their companies in Buffalo, NY. The competition is part of Governor Cuomo's visionary Buffalo Billion initiative. Over the first four years of the competition, 43North has crowned 37 winning startups from across North America and as far away as Taiwan and Israel. Those companies have raised more than $80 million since becoming winners. "43North has attracted high quality startups, bringing world-class talent to grow in Buffalo," Governor Cuomo said. "Through this competition, we will continue to bring cutting edge, innovative businesses to this region to help the local economy continue to thrive." 43North's 2018 award structure will be as follows: One $1 million grand prize; Six $500,000 runner-up prizes; and $1 million in follow-on funding, which will be divided into investments for multiple 2018 winners at the end of 2019. 43North winners also receive free space in 43North's incubator, participation in an expanded mentorship program, marketing exposure and access to the START-UP NY program, which enables companies to operate free of New York State taxes for up to 10 years. Read the full press release here.
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Public Notice

Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 7:10am
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Public Notice

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - 3:00pm
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Press Release

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - 2:38pm
Expansion will Enable HVCC to Double Program Enrollment, Supporting Capital Region Workforce Development Efforts Renderings Available Here Empire State Development (ESD) today announced the groundbreaking of the Gene F. Haas Center for Advanced Manufacturing Skills (CAMS) at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, Rensselaer County. The $14.5 million investment, supported by a Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) award, will enable the college to double enrollment in its Advanced Manufacturing Technology degree program and support the demand for skilled employees in the Capital Region. ESD President, CEO and Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, "Workforce development is one of the pillars of spurring economic growth in the 21st century and is critical to attracting and growing businesses, especially in the Capital Region. Hudson Valley Community College has been training the next generation of advanced manufacturing employees for years and their experience coupled with the program’s expansion will help to ensure local companies have the skilled recruits they’re looking for." CAMS is designed to serve as a one-stop hub to support student training and encourage employee recruitment. It will include classrooms, a student advisement center, advanced manufacturing labs and Computer-Aided Design/Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAD/CAM) simulation computer workstations. The building will also provide the school's corporate partners with access to offices and conference space adjacent to faculty offices, encouraging greater networking and job placement. Facilities will be available for demonstrations, training activities, meetings and events that connect the college to its workforce partners. Hudson Valley Community College's Advanced Manufacturing Technology degree program trains machinists, toolmakers and Computer Numerically Controlled programmers. It is the only community college training program of its kind within 125 miles, and it has a 100 percent job placement rate for its 45 annual graduates, with nearly all students securing work prior to of graduation. The lack of additional lab space and necessary equipment on campus prohibits the college from teaching and training more students, making CAMS an essential project for regional industry growth and development. Hudson Valley Community College President Dr. Drew Matonak said, "We are proud and excited to break ground on the Center for Advanced Manufacturing Skills today, and usher in a new era of progress in manufacturing education in our region. I would like to thank the donors, public officials and industry partners who have made it possible for us to reach our goals and break ground on this wonderful project today." Hudson Valley Community College is investing $14.5 million to build and outfit the new 37,000 square foot facility. The project was supported by a $2.9 million Empire State Development grant, recommended by the Capital Region Economic Development Council during Round VII of the Regional Council initiative. Additionally, $1.5 million in federal funding was allocated through the Economic Development Administration; and CAMS was also supported by gifts from private companies and donors, including a $1 million challenge grant from the Gene Haas Foundation. CREDC Co-Chairs Dr. Havidán Rodríguez, University at Albany President, and Ruth Mahoney, KeyBank Market President, said, "Supporting workforce development through projects that encourage skills training and education is a priority of the Regional Council. We are excited to celebrate the groundbreaking of Hudson Valley Community College’s CAMS, providing more Capital Region students with an opportunity to pursue careers in advanced manufacturing."     Contact: Adam Ostrowski (ESD) | adam.ostrowski@esd.ny.gov | (518) 292-5148 ESD Press Office | pressoffice@esd.ny.gov | (800) 260-7313  
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Press Release

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - 12:40pm
Investment in State-of-the Art Company Complements “Finger Lakes Forward” – The Region’s Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy Empire State Development (ESD) today announced that Innovative Solutions in Monroe County will expand, moving its operations to a new location in the Town of Henrietta. The software development company will relocate to a 19,000 square-foot facility on East River Road, repurposing the old Kodak campus. The new space will feature an innovative lab and a tech startup “launch-pad” that will aid the company in supporting up to 12 technology focused start-ups and recruiting recent graduates from local universities in the Finger Lakes Region.  The project will create up to 15 new jobs; close to 70 jobs will be retained. Supporting the growth of innovative businesses is an integral part of the regionally designed Finger Lakes Forward economic development plan. Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, “Successful, growing companies like Innovation Solutions reinforce the Finger Lakes Region’s reputation as a national leader for high-tech innovation. This expansion will generate new, high-quality job opportunities, building on the region’s momentum and driving the economy forward." Founded in 1989, Innovative Solutions brings together forward-thinkers and problem-solvers, teaming up strategists, engineers, developers, and designers. They collaborate on innovative technology solutions for small-to-midsize businesses around Upstate NY in areas including:          IT Consulting          Application & Database Services          Business Continuity          Consumption-Based IT Services          Data Storage & Archiving          Information Security Services          IT Services          Virtualization & Cloud Services Innovative Solutions CEO Justin Copie, “Our employees chose this location to be our new home because Riverwood felt right. We have beautiful hiking trails, paddleboards at the dock to enjoy on the river, a cutting-edge innovation lab to explore and try new things, and an incredible ecosystem of other tech-minded professionals to collaborate with! What more could anyone ask for? We are incredibly grateful for the opportunity to change the face of the work place right here in Rochester.” To facilitate Innovative Solutions growth, Empire State Development has offered up to $500,000 through the Excelsior Tax Credit program in exchange for job creation commitments.  The total project cost is little more than $2.1 million.  The project, which is already underway, is expected to be completed this fall. Innovative Solutions has been recognized for its exceptional culture by being named one of Upstate NY’s Top Work Places, nationally, a Great Place to Work, Rochester’s Best IT Outsourcing Firm, Rochester’s Best Software Developer, Rochester’s Best Web Design Firm, and one of the top companies in Best Company to Work for (50-149 Employees). State Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle said, “By investing in exciting, fast-growing companies like Innovative Solutions we are laying a strong foundation on which we will continue to build our regions hi-tech economy and expand access to good-paying, 21st-century jobs. My thanks to Governor Cuomo for his continued commitment to the Finger Lakes economy and to Innovative Solutions for choosing to grow and thrive in our community.” State Senator Patrick Gallivan said, “This is an exciting project for Henrietta and Monroe County that builds on the region’s history in innovation and technology.  Not only is Innovative Solutions retaining dozens of existing jobs, it is creating new opportunities for residents who want to live and work in the Finger Lakes Region.  By supporting successful companies such as this, New York can help ensure continued economic growth and community development."  State Assembly Member Harry Bronson said, “Innovative Solution’s expansion is great news for Henrietta, for our families, and for our region’s economic future. This expansion continues to build on the momentum of Rochester’s high-tech resurgence, and I applaud Innovative Solutions dedication to supporting local tech startup companies and providing the job opportunities our families need to thrive.” Henrietta Town Supervisor Stephen Schultz said, “I have always been frustrated that the creative students and faculty at RIT build great high-tech businesses and then often locate elsewhere. One of my goals as Town Supervisor is to encourage and assist the development of Henrietta office parks, especially high-tech office parks, to serve these needs. Fred Rainaldi’s Riverwood Campus is a perfect example of the modern tech park and Innovative Solutions is a perfect example of a growing high-tech business built by RIT alumni. The combination of the two is a great benefit to the Town and I am very excited to see it move forward.” For additional information on Innovative Solutions, 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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Press Release

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - 12:29pm
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the groundbreaking of the Frontier Town Campground, Equestrian and Day Use Area and a new brewing facility for Paradox Brewery. The new, public campground facility, located at the site of the former Frontier Town theme park in the town of North Hudson, is a signature project of the Governor's "Gateway to the Adirondacks" tourism hub and part of the State's Adventure NY initiative to enhance access to state lands and connect New Yorkers to nature and the outdoors. An estimated $25 million in public/private resources have been committed to the project to date.    "This development will create a unique, world-class campground for New Yorkers and visitors alike to enjoy," Governor Cuomo said. "This Gateway to the Adirondacks will serve as a central point for all of the area's recreations, significantly benefitting the local community and the region's tourism industry."  The plans for the campground were conceived in the Upper Hudson Recreation Hub Master Plan to establish a Gateway to the Adirondacks that will link local and regional outdoor recreation experiences in the Adirondack Park, bolster tourism, and strengthen the North Country's regional economy.  Read the full press release here. 
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