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Press Release

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 3:04pm
Investment Complements “CNY Rising” – The Region’s Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy Empire State Development (ESD) officials today joined Northeast Information Discovery (NEID) and Centerstate CEO representatives to commemorate the completion of the company’s expansion project at its facility located at 3197 Seneca Turnpike in the Village of Canastota, Madison County. The project represents a significant milestone for the innovative tech company. Founded in 2011 with just three employees, the company began work on the new facility in the summer of 2018, which will now be home to more than 40 employees. Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, “By supporting top-quality UAS firms Like Northeast Information Discovery, we are attracting entrepreneurial energy to the Central New York region, home to the assets and infrastructure necessary to drive UAS industry growth and innovation." The software company is a woman-owned business focused on the research and development of advanced computer network operations and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capabilities for the Intelligence and Defense communities. Kristin Meyer, President & CEO, Northeast Information Discovery Inc. said, “We cannot be more excited to grow our business right here in Canastota, within Madison County and wish to thank all those who have helped us.  Still, there is much to do. The mission of NEID is to grow a community friendly and successful business, where professionals not only advance their careers, but enjoy the rewards of their personal and professional accomplishments.” “As an engineer looking to make an impact in my profession and my community, NEID was a great choice for me,” said Anna Vanderhoof, a recent hire at NEID and Canastota native. “NEID goes out of their way to be great neighbors on top of providing an enriching and creative place to work.” NEID plans to continue growing and contributing to the community in Canastota and the broader Central New York region. Just last week, CenterState CEO also recognized NEID as a 2019 Business of the Year recipient in the Less Than 50 Employees category at its Annual Meeting. The company was one of five recipients recognized for its commitment to growth, improving the community and creating tangible impacts on the economy. Robert Simpson, President of CenterState CEO said, “We are excited to recognize the exceptional growth of Northeast Information Discovery. In addition to its expansion news, its hiring plans represent a more than 150 percent increase in staff for the company. Its focus on solving challenges related to cybersecurity for unmanned systems and its continued success, strengthens the region’s leadership role in the unmanned services sector.” In September of 2018, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced New York State’s further investment in the burgeoning Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Industry which included $974,000 for NEID; $200,000 in Regional Council Capital Fund funding, $90,000 in Excelsior Benefits, and $684,000 from an ESD funded program UAS Central Job Fund. The company invested nearly a half a million dollars in the new, 6,000 square-foot facility. New York's ongoing investment in the growing UAS industry in both Central New York and the Mohawk Valley is expected to create at least 200 local jobs and $39.5 million in private investments. Since 2015, New York State has established itself as the nation's premiere destination for drones and businesses at the forefront of innovation. The state has positioned itself to become the nation's drone capital. Those efforts include $30 million in funding for the creation of a 50-mile "drone highway" in the region and support for the GENIUS NY accelerator competition that focuses on the UAS industry. These significant investments have pioneered the development of New York's drone industry. Central New York Regional Economic Development Council Co-Chairs Randy Wolken, President & CEO of the Manufacturers Association of Central New York (MACNY) and Deborah Stanley, President of the State University of New York at Oswego said, “The CNYREDC is proud to continue our support for the burgeoning UAS industry in the region. As an integral part of the regionally designed CNY Rising plan, we are working to reinforce our dedication to these innovative UAS companies there by ensuring that New York remains at the forefront of this industry, creating new opportunities and jobs in the region for decades to come." For more information about Northeast Discovery Information, click here. State Senator Rachel May said, “I congratulate Northeast Information Discovery on its expansion in Canastota and on being recognized as a 2019 Business of the Year in the Less than 50 Employees category by Centerstate CEO. As a women-owned research and development software company it is exciting to see it grow, thrive, and receive support from Empire State Development as part of the CNY Rising initiative. The energy and innovation they represent is vital to continuing to build a thriving entrepreneurship economy in Central New York. By funding businesses and nourishing the best talent in our region, we are building a platform from which our local economy can prosper and we retain the talent we need to make our region stronger.” State Assemblyman John Salka said, “Whenever we can celebrate the expansion of any business in the upstate community, it is truly considered an accomplishment many should be proud of. We congratulate NEID on their ability to be able to provide not only quality jobs and the vital part those jobs play in our region, but by producing an important product in today’s competitive marketplace. Job well done!” Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon said, "The continued momentum in the designated drone corridor in Central New York is great news. Governor Cuomo's commitment to the burgeoning Unmanned Aerial Systems industry in our region has been transformative. As a key part of the CNY Rising economic development plan, our region is continuing to grow as we establish ourselves as the global hub for this innovative industry." Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente said, “This expansion of our region’s unmanned aircraft systems industry is a testament to what is being accomplished at our UAS Test facility at Griffiss International Airport in Rome. Oneida County is serving as the epicenter for UAS research, innovation and development, and together with our partners, we will continue to foster economic growth and establish the Mohawk Valley and Central New York as the global industry leader of this crucial technology.” Canastota Mayor Carla DeShaw said, “The Village of Canastota is very proud of the growth and expansion of Northeast Information Discovery Inc. (NEID).  Having high-tech, high paying engineering jobs in our village offers our working professionals the opportunity to stay local.  From the incubator to our business park, the Village is very excited to celebrate the expansion of NEID and we look forward to its future growth.”    Accelerating CNY Rising  Today's announcement complements “Central NY Rising,” the region’s comprehensive blueprint to generate robust economic growth and community development. The State has already invested more than $5.6 billion in the region since 2012 to lay the groundwork for the plan – capitalizing on global market opportunities, strengthening entrepreneurship and creating an inclusive economy. 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 Syracuse, Oswego and Auburn as a destination to grow and invest in. Now, the region is accelerating Central NY Rising 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 5,900 new jobs. More information is available here.     Contact: Shari Vincent | [email protected]| (585)399-7055 | (800) 260-7313 Stephanie Shattuck [email protected] (315)-875-5467 X#31 Press Office | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313
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Press Release

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 11:59am
Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC) today unveiled a new website and brand for the Buffalo Waterfront: BuffaloWaterfront.com. The website serves as a single online stop that will better inform the public of Canalside and Outer Harbor events and activities, with a goal of drawing more tourism and awareness to Buffalo’s waterfront. The user-friendly design was developed as a way for both locals and tourists to find Canalside and Outer Harbor events, activities and information, as well as drive an overall awareness of other destinations and points of interest along the downtown waterfront. “BuffaloWaterfront.com is engaging and offers faster, more efficient access to the content that visitors to the waterfront want,” said ECHDC Chairman Robert Gioia. “As key locales on Buffalo’s waterfront continue to develop, it is important that we offer the public an easy way to find the information they need to plan their next visit to Buffalo’s burgeoning waterfront.” The new website, which opens with a striking hero video that showcases the beauty of Canalside and the Outer Harbor, highlights events, daily activities, and features interactive waterfront maps. Upcoming events are easily identified, and users can filter events by categories such as health and wellness, concerts and music, and family and kid friendly. The website even features itineraries for exercise enthusiasts, history buffs, date nights and family fun days. A ‘Get Involved’ section allows visitors to explore options including: holding their own event, small business opportunities, job opportunities, and becoming a sponsor. For those that want to dig a little deeper, there is also a timeline of waterfront development and information on current projects. The site was built with mobile screens in mind, as research has shown that is how most people view websites today. Also revealed today was a new parent brand for Canalside and the Outer Harbor: Buffalo Waterfront. The new parent brand serves to join Canalside and the Outer Harbor under one family to coincide with the combined online presence. The logo invokes an image of waves in the water while also forming the letters ‘b’ and ‘w.’ The individual Canalside and Outer Harbor brand logos and identities will remain predominant. “We are honored to have partnered with Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation to mark this exciting milestone for Canalside and Outer Harbor,” said Lauren Dixon, CEO of Dixon Schwabl. “Our team was thrilled to have designed the new Buffalo Waterfront brand and website. With the launch, we look forward to helping Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation elevate awareness and increase tourism to Buffalo’s beautiful waterfront.” “Buffalo’s waterfront has become an integral part of our visitor experience and its redevelopment has been central to the story of our destination’s transformation,” said Visit Buffalo Niagara President and CEO Patrick Kaler. “ECHDC’s new website will make it easier than ever before for our visitors to explore all our waterfront has to offer.” Dixon Schwabl, a full-service, women-owned marketing firm with more than 30 years of experience in branding, advertising, design, strategy, research, PR and digital services, created and developed the new website and brand over the last 11 months. “Here in Erie County we are very familiar with the Buffalo Waterfront and are excited at the new growth and energy that are happening there now,” said Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz. “From today forward, people worldwide will have all the latest information in one spot on where to find recreation, food and restrooms, biking and birding paths, amenities, entertainment, and anything else going on at the Buffalo Waterfront, accompanied by easy to follow directions to better understand how to get where they want to go. Everything old is new again, and if the name ‘the Buffalo Waterfront’ was good enough for Mayors Samuel Wilkeson and Ebenezer Walden in Buffalo’s early years it should do very well for us now.” About Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation The Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (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 non-voting, 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.   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

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 11:53am
State Investment in Company’s Growth Complements “Finger Lakes Forward” – The Region’s Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy Empire State Development (ESD) today announced that holding company CBC Manufacturing will consolidate and grow its operations in the City of Rochester, Monroe County. The company will invest $4.45 million to build out the manufacturing facility at XLI Manufacturing, which is currently located on Vanguard Parkway, to accommodate for the integration of its regional assets. CBC recently purchased XLI Manufacturing, a full-service contract manufacturer. Once completed, the operations of XLI, Golf Products Wire EDM and Solar Raceway will all operate out of the Vanguard facility. This relocation is expected to be completed by the end of 2019. Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, “CBC Manufacturing’s decision to consolidate and expand operations in Monroe County reflects the success of our strategic support for growing and revitalizing the Upstate economy, especially by adding jobs and opportunity.” CBC Manufacturing is a holding company that owns and operates various manufacturing businesses that support a number of industries, including solar, optics, aerospace and the medical services industry.  For more than 30 years, XLI Manufacturing has provided contract manufacturing services for some of the nation’s leading equipment manufacturers, among other things, medical diagnostics, digital medical imaging and hydrogen fuel cells. Golf Products Wire EDM, currently located in Spencerport, specializes in wire edm precision machining for a range of industries. Established in 2014, Solar Raceway, which is currently located on Cairn Street in Rochester, offers wire management systems that are designed to meet the need of any commercial, residential or utility solar installation. Chad Carta, President of CBC Manufacturing said, “CBC is pleased to partner with Empire State Development, Monroe County and the City of Rochester in order to facilitate the growth of our subsidiaries. By partnering with the community, we will be able to consolidate our facilities and create new jobs for the Rochester area. We continue to work closely with our community partners in a long-term effort to drive manufacturing growth.” ESD is facilitating the consolidation with $300,000 through the Excelsior Jobs Tax Credit program in exchange for CBC Manufacturing’s commitment to create up to 44 new jobs over the next five years. A total of 42 jobs will be retained at the consolidated facility. The total project cost for the renovation work and expansion is placed at $4.45 million. Monroe County and Greater Rochester Enterprise also assisted with this project. State Senator Joe Robach said, “Every job is critically important to our local workforce and economy. CBC Manufacturing’s decision to consolidate and grow operations in the City of Rochester is great news for the residents of Monroe County and will create and retain over 80 jobs.  I look forward to working with CBC Manufacturing and appreciate their commitment to Rochester.” State Assembly Member Jamie Romeo said, “Once again I am pleased to see new investment in our area’s precision manufacturing sector and I congratulate Empire State Development for continuing to work diligently to create and maintain jobs in the Finger Lakes Region.  More investment in our community and the creation of good paying jobs has been and will remain one of my top priorities.”  Rochester Mayor Lovely A. Warren said, “I want to congratulate and thank CBC Manufacturing for its investment in Rochester and supporting the growth of our manufacturing base. “I am grateful to Governor Cuomo and Empire State Development for retaining and growing jobs in Rochester through Finger Lakes Forward. Together, we are advancing towards our goals of creating more jobs, safer, more vibrant neighborhoods and better educational opportunities in Rochester.” Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo said, "Monroe County is proud to support CBC Manufacturing in its consolidation of operations, which will create dozens of jobs here in our community. Investing in Monroe County is a no-brainer considering our wealth of human capital, skilled technical workforce and world-class quality of life. We will continue expanding our efforts to create more jobs and build stronger families for generations to come." Matt Hurlbutt, president and CEO, Greater Rochester Enterprise said, “Affordable commercial real estate and available skilled technical talent prompted CBC Manufacturing to expand in the Greater Rochester, NY region.” 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. ​
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Report

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 12:17pm
As required by statute, these reports contain the status of economic development programs administered by Empire State Development. Funding for the projects listed herein was approved by ESD during Fiscal Year 2018-19. Quarterly Status Report - First Quarter of Fiscal Year 2018-2019 Quarterly Status Report - Second Quarter of Fiscal Year 2018-2019 Quarterly Status Report - Third Quarter of Fiscal Year 2018-2019 Quarterly Status Report - Fourth Quarter of Fiscal Year 2018-2019
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Press Release

Monday, April 29, 2019 - 3:44pm
April 29, 2019 – New York State Homes and Community Renewal Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas and Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Howard Zemsky today announced that construction on the $13 million state-of-the-art Boys & Girls Clubs of Schenectady is 50 percent complete. The 39,450-square-foot location in Quackenbush Park will allow the youth organization to expand their services and triple daily attendance, and is strategically located between Mont Pleasant Middle School and Pleasant Valley Elementary on the border of both the Mont Pleasant and Hamilton Hill neighborhoods. “This much-needed new facility for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Schenectady will continue the transformation of the Hamilton Hill and Mont Pleasant neighborhoods and will ensure that these children have the educational, social, and economic opportunities that all New Yorkers deserve,” Commissioner Visnauskas said. “We are grateful to our many community partners who have invested in the project and we look forward to seeing the kids enjoying the new facility when it is complete.” Commissioner Zemsky said, “For more than 80 years, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Schenectady have provided vital programs and services for local children and families, and the new facilities will enable the Clubs to reach more residents and create stronger communities.” Located at 1097 Forest Road, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Schenectady will include a 4,000-square-foot teen center, a commercial learning kitchen, large game rooms, technology centers, several program rooms, a gymnasium with bleachers that can be divided into three separate gyms, a performance theater designed in partnership with Proctors and administrative offices. The prior location in Hamilton Hill was unable to keep up with the needs and demands of young people in Schenectady’s neighborhoods, and the new facility is expected to work with over 300 children daily, nearly triple the number who attended the clubhouse in the former facility on Craig Street. Financing for the $13 million project includes $3 million from Homes and Community Renewal’s Community Investment Fund and $2.4 million in equity that will be generated from New Market Tax Credit allocations from Empire State Development and The Community Builders. JP Morgan Chase is the Equity Investor. An additional $7.8 million has been raised through the generous donations of individuals, foundations and corporations.  Senator Jim Tedisco said, “The Boys and Girls Club of Schenectady is a very special place that helped mold me as a young person and continues to give a helping hand to kids and sets them on the path to personal success. I was proud to sponsor and pass legislation in the Senate to allow for construction on this new facility which will provide a fun and safe place for children in Hamilton Hill and Mont Pleasant as well as others to learn and grow.” Assemblymember Angelo Santabarbara said, “New York has a proven track record of partnering with Boys and Girls Clubs across the state to meet the needs of our community’s families. When we invest in our communities, we’re invest our future. This exciting new project is another important step towards meeting the needs of local families offering services and resources that help revitalize our neighborhoods and build a stronger Schenectady.” Mayor Gary McCarthy said, “We are very excited about the great progress being made on the new state-of-the-art Boys & Girls Clubs facility in Schenectady. This is a critical investment for our youth in the Hamilton Hill and Mont Pleasant neighborhoods with its close proximity local schools and strategic revitalization initiatives along the Craig Street – Main Avenue corridor. I would like to sincerely thank Governor Cuomo and Commissioner Visnauskas for their support of this key investment in the future of our community.” BGCS Executive Director Shane Bargy said, “A new state-of-the-art facility enables us to not only work with thousands of additional young people annually, but allows us to work with them more effectively utilizing the latest technologies in a safe environment.  The kids in Schenectady need and deserve to have a modern club designed specifically for them to learn, grow and have fun.” Sue McCann, TCB Regional Vice President, NY/NJ said, “We’re excited to work with and support the Boys & Girls Club of Schenectady, an integral part of the community, by allocating New Markets Tax Credits for the construction of a new state of the art facility, the largest investment in our youth in Schenectady’s history. The new Boys & Girls Club will directly benefit our residents in the Hamilton Hill neighborhood.” En Jung Kim, Executive Director, New Markets Tax Credit Group, Chase, said, “The Boys & Girls Club of Schenectady is an essential part of the local community, offering a safe and inclusive place for young residents to engage in life-enhancing programs. Through the New Markets Tax Credit investment, this development will help improve the learning experience and provide more opportunities for local youth to grow.”    The Boys & Girls Clubs of Schenectady Since 1936, BGCS has served young people from every walk of life, especially vulnerable youth who are at risk. Eight decades later, it is the largest youth development organization in Schenectady County, with 16 sites, including extensions, summer parks, all of the City of Schenectady’s swimming pools and Camp Lovejoy. The organization serves over 12,000 children and teens annually in some of Schenectady’s most distressed neighborhoods. NYS Homes and Community Renewal New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR) works to create, preserve and improve affordable homes, and to develop vibrant communities. HCR is executing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s unprecedented $20 billion, five-year Housing Plan, which is making housing accessible and combating homelessness by building and preserving more than 100,000 units of affordable housing and 6,000 supportive apartments. The plan is a comprehensive approach to statewide housing issues, and includes investing in multifamily and single-family housing, furthering community development strategies, and preserving rent stabilization. For more information on HCR, its programs and its initiatives, please visit hcr.ny.gov and follow us on Twitter @NYSHCR.   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, visit www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov and www.esd.ny.gov.     Contact: ESD Press Office | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313 HCR Press Office | [email protected] 
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Press Release

Monday, April 29, 2019 - 9:40am
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that Yext, an international digital knowledge management technology company, plans to expand its New York City headquarters, creating 500 new high-paying jobs over the next five years. The company plans to invest tens of millions of dollars into its new 142,500-square-foot headquarters at 61 Ninth Avenue in Manhattan, growing its workforce to more than 1,100 in New York State. "Tech companies like Yext are thriving and expanding across the state thanks to New York's top-notch talent, educational institutions and cultural resources," Governor Cuomo said. "We are proud to support companies that invest in New York State and grow our innovation hubs, which in turn attract more world-class businesses and further elevate our 21st century economy." "This expansion of Yext will allow for continued growth of the tech company and create 500 new, good paying jobs in New York City," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "The significant investment will increase the company's workforce to over 1,000 in the state, further advancing the high-tech industry in New York and strengthening the economy." Founded in 2006 in New York City, Yext is a Software as a Service (SaaS) cloud technology company that gives companies control over their brand experiences across the digital universe of maps, apps, search engines, voice assistants and other intelligent services that drive consumer discovery, decision and action. Yext has been recognized by Deloitte as one of America's "Fastest Growing Companies" and one of Fortune's "Best Places to Work." Yext currently employs approximately 1,000 people globally in Berlin, Chicago, Dallas, Geneva, London, Paris, San Francisco, Shanghai, Tokyo and the Washington, D.C. area, including 600 in New York City. Read the complete press release here. 
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Press Release

Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 2:38pm
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today launched Round IX of the Regional Economic Development Council initiative, officially kicking off the 2019 competition for more than $750 million in state economic development resources. The Consolidated Funding Application will open to applicants on May 1, enabling businesses, municipalities, not-for-profits and the public to begin applying for assistance from dozens of state programs, through a single application, for job-creation and community development projects. "The Regional Economic Development Council process has spurred transformational investments in our communities and strengthened local economies throughout the state," Governor Cuomo said. "As we enter the ninth round of this exciting competition, we are as committed as ever to this bottom-up approach to foster regional partnerships and make strategic investments that keep these economic engines humming for decades to come." "The Regional Economic Development Councils have brought together local leaders and stakeholders to identify projects and build communities across the state," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, Chair of the statewide Regional Economic Development Councils. "New York has seen tremendous growth in all 10 regions as part of the REDCs. We're continuing to invest resources and build upward momentum with another round of our signature economic development competition." Read the complete press release here.
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Press Release

Monday, April 22, 2019 - 2:46pm
Investment Complements “Southern Tier Soaring” - The Region’s Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy Empire State Development today announced the ceremonial groundbreaking at SUNY Corning Community College (SUNY CCC) for their STEAM Innovation Center, which will explore and expand public-private partnerships with local employers to meet workforce needs. The STEAM Innovation Center will also be home to the Mechatronics Lab and Innovation Hub and will incorporate academic programs including digital design and mechatronics, a multidisciplinary field combining electronics and mechanical engineering. Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, “As we continue in invest in companies that will bring jobs of the future to New York State, we need to have skilled workers to fill those jobs and the new STEAM Innovation Center is a smart investment to meet the evolving needs of our growing workforce.” “We are grateful to New York State and the Governor for the continued support of our mission to prepare students for rewarding careers in the 21st century as we meet the needs of local business and industry,” said Dr. Katherine P. Douglas, President of SUNY Corning Community College. “The Center for STEAM Innovation will be an interdisciplinary facility that will unleash the power of innovation and collaboration as a result of the transformative power that comes from working in synergy across boundaries. The programs that the Center will help us develop will further empower us to meet our region’s workforce needs – with new programs and new training techniques, including apprenticeship opportunities.”  To support the STEAM Innovation Center, SUNY CCC was awarded a $1 million CFA grant as part Round VIIIof the Regional Economic Development Council awards in 2018. The funding will be used for site upgrades and to purchase and to install state-of-the-art equipment that will be used to prepare students with a rigorous education in new and emerging areas of technology, design, and science that supports industries such as advanced manufacturing. Senator Tom O'Mara said, "Corning Community College's new STEAM Innovation Center will be an exciting and critical addition to our regional efforts to build and grow the workforce of the future.  It promises to be a pipeline of talent for local manufacturers and other employers." Assemblyman Phil Palmesano said, "The workers who will be trained at the STEAM Innovation Center will re-energize and revitalize advanced manufacturing and other Southern Tier industries. We are excited and grateful to welcome this state-of-the-art, public-private workforce development initiative to our region, and we look forward to its success."  “Steuben County is very excited for the groundbreaking of the STEAM Innovation Center at CCC,” said Steuben County Manager Jack Wheeler. “CCC is a critical component of the economic and workforce development system in the region, and the STEAM Innovation Center will be yet another innovative initiative on campus. We are grateful for the investment by New York State and ESD, and look forward to the inevitable success of the program.” Corning Mayor William M. Boland Jr. said, “The STEAM Innovation Center continues the impactful leadership initiatives of Corning Community College. With this initiative comes a new commitment to 21st century challenges and opportunities. With it will come a workforce prepared to move lives and America forward to bright and optimistic futures.” Accelerating Southern Tier Soaring  Today's announcement complements “Southern Tier Soaring the region’s comprehensive blueprint to generate robust economic growth and community development. The State has already invested more than $6.2 billion in the region since 2012 to lay for groundwork for the plan – attracting a talented workforce, growing business and driving innovation. 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 Binghamton, Johnson City and Corning as a destination in which to grow and invest. Now, the region is accelerating Southern Tier Soaring 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 10,200 new jobs. More information is available here.   About Empire State Development Empire State Development (ESD) is New York's chief economic development agency. 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, visit www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov and www.esd.ny.gov.     Contact: Kristin Devoe | [email protected] | (518) 292-5107 Press Office | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313
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Press Release

Monday, April 22, 2019 - 11:55am
Company Plans to Add Nearly 150 New Jobs and Retain a Minimum of 950 Existing Jobs at Dutchess County Facility Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that ON Semiconductor, a Fortune 500 company with a global customer base, will expand operations in New York State by purchasing and preserving the existing GLOBALFOUNDRIES Fab 10 manufacturing facility located in East Fishkill, Dutchess County. ON Semiconductor has committed to invest more than $720 million over 10 years in the East Fishkill facility to establish its first 300mm chip manufacturing plant, further fueling strategic growth for the company in the areas of power management including automotive electrification, 5G mobile networks, cloud computing and alternative energy. "ON Semiconductor's decision to expand and grow its operations in New York State is proof positive that smart investments in our innovation economy are working and fueling New York's unprecedented growth," Governor Cuomo said. "We're glad ON Semiconductor is choosing to deepen its roots here and its commitment to New York State." "This agreement with ON Semiconductor continues to advance the high-tech industry in the Hudson Valley," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul."The company's investment will further advance chip manufacturing in New York State and add over 100 jobs and retain nearly 1,000 in Dutchess County. We are committed to ensuring the continued growth of the industry and strengthening the economy of New York State." Read the complete press release here. 
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Press Release

Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 3:59pm
USA Niagara Development Corporation (USAN) today announced that Anthony Vilardo will join USAN as President.  USAN, a subsidiary of Empire State Development (ESD), supports and promotes economic development initiatives in Niagara Falls by leveraging private investment and encouraging growth and renewal of the tourism industry in the city.  Vilardo starts at USAN on May 6, 2019.  The USAN Board of Directors will be requested to approve Vilardo’s appointment to the office of President of USAN at its next meeting, scheduled for May 8, 2019.  See headshot here. As the new USAN President, Vilardo will manage daily operations of the USAN office in Niagara Falls and work on a variety of projects in Niagara Falls that are creating jobs, encouraging businesses investment, improving regional infrastructure and promoting tourism activity.  He will work with state and local elected officials, other state agencies, civic groups, community leaders and the private sector to improve the Niagara Region. “As our economic development representative in downtown Niagara Falls, Anthony will be driving the strategies to grow business and tourism in the city and I’m proud to welcome him to the team,” said Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky. “I am honored to have the opportunity to continue working to advance the progress downtown Niagara Falls has made under the leadership of Governor Cuomo and Mayor Dyster,” said Vilardo.  “I am firmly invested in this community; I grew up here, was educated here, and my wife and I have chosen to raise our children here.  We’ve made great progress thus far in the City’s downtown revitalization, and I am looking forward to playing a part in its continued renewal.” Vilardo, a Niagara Falls native, has worked as Director of Business Development for the City of Niagara Falls since June 2015.  In that role he served as executive director of N.F.C. Development Corporation and Niagara Falls Urban Renewal Agency, working on a variety of projects in the City and managing a portfolio of 50 grants and loans.  More importantly, Anthony has been an integral part of the overall economic development team in Niagara Falls, working in almost daily coordination with partners at ESD and USAN, as well as with the Niagara County Center for Economic Development, Destination Niagara USA, other state and local agencies, and public service utilities.  “For more than a decade, no strategic partnership has been more essential to the City’s resurgence than the close, day-to-day working relationship with USA Niagara,” said City of Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster.  “Anthony’s selection as its president ensures that the progress made in transforming the city’s downtown and expanding the tourism economy will continue into the future.” Prior to his work with the City of Niagara Falls, Vilardo served as the Governor’s Representative for Central New York; Field Coordinator of the Central New York Area Labor Federation, ALF-CIO; Director of Major and Planned Giving at ProLiteracy; and Manager, Political Action Committee at National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association.  Vilardo is a graduate of Niagara University and lives in Niagara Falls with his wife Cheryl, and their daughters Carmella and Kate. About USA Niagara Development Corporation USAN, a subsidiary of Empire State Development Corporation, is solely dedicated to the support and promotion of economic development initiatives in Niagara Falls by leveraging private investment and encouraging growth and renewal of the tourism industry in the City of Niagara Falls.  For more information, click 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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