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Public Notice

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 2:00pm
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Press Release

Monday, April 24, 2017 - 3:36pm
Empire State Development (ESD) today announced that Rolen-Jinxin Technologies North America, LLC, a manufacturer of railcar parts, will establish its first U.S.-based facility in Monroe County. The company will renovate a vacant building in Henrietta and create 44 full-time production, engineering and management jobs at the site. This project is supported by Finger Lakes Forward, the region’s economic development plan. Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, “Rolen-Jinxin is a global company that could have chosen to locate its first U.S. based operation anywhere in the nation and they wisely chose the Finger Lakes region. Their decision is a true testament to the strength of the local workforce and to Upstate New York's burgeoning innovation economy." Established in 2015, Rolen-Jinxin Technologies North America is the result of a joint venture between Rolen Technologies and Products SA in Barcelona, Spain and Wuxi-Jinxin Group Company Ltd. in Wuxi, China. The company manufactures interior parts, thermal management systems and restroom modules for railcars. It will produce streamlined, fully manufactured and assembled single modular units at the Finger Lakes site. Rolen-Jinxin says the single unit installation of its restroom system will provide a cost benefit to its customers located throughout North America. Miquel Tuset, Rolen-Jinxin Chief Executive Officer said, "We are proud to locate our North American facility in the heart of Upstate New York. The availability of a highly skilled work force and proximity to high tech companies and Universities will enable Rolen-Jinxin to provide industry leading products and services to our customers." In order to encourage Rolen-Jinxin North America to establish its first U.S. operations in Upstate New York, ESD has offered the company performance-based Excelsior Tax credits worth up to $600,000. Monroe County also offered incentives to help move the project ahead. The total project cost is close to $1 million. The company expects the renovation project at the Henrietta location to be completed by September 2017. FLREDC Co-Chairs, Monroe Community College President Anne Kress and Wegmans Food Markets CEO Danny Wegman said, “From manufacturing expertise to an incredibly skilled workforce to draw from, the decision by Rolen-Jinxin to establish operations in Monroe County proves once again that this area has much to offer any company looking to grow its operation. We welcome them and look forward to the company’s contributions as we continue the work to move the Finger Lakes Forward.” Rolen Technologies & Products is an international company currently established on three continents: Europe, Asia and now in America. State Senator Patrick Gallivan said, “Rolen-Jinxin's decision to locate its first U.S. based operation in Monroe County is further proof that the economy of upstate New York continues to move in the right direction.  The combination of a highly skilled workforce and the growth of such innovative and high tech industries is key to the ongoing revitalization of the Finger Lakes Region.  New York's continued support of this and other private companies will create jobs and new opportunities for hardworking New Yorkers." State Assembly Member Harry Bronson said, “Rochester is home to some of the state’s most skilled and talented workers, and Rolen-Jinxin’s investment in our community is sign that our economy is on the right track. These new jobs will mean local jobs for our families and contribute to their well-being as we build upon our region’s positive economic momentum.” Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo said, "As a global company, Rolen-Jinxin could have expanded to anywhere in the world, yet they chose to come right here to Monroe County," said County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo. "We are proud to support their expansion and look forward to connecting them with our skilled workforce, creating jobs and growing our local economy." For more about Rolen-Jinxin Technologies & Products, 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. This initiative is focused on growing jobs, increasing regional wealth, driving private investment and reducing poverty. The State has already invested more than $3.4 billion in the region since 2012 to lay the groundwork for the plan which includes investing in key industries such as 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 as a result. The $500 million “Finger Lakes Forward” Upstate Revitalization Initiative announced by Governor Cuomo in December 2015 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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Public Notice

Monday, April 24, 2017 - 1:00pm
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Press Release

Monday, April 24, 2017 - 12:46pm
Empire State Development (ESD) today announced that Worcester Creameries, Inc., a milk manufacturer and packager that produces organic, grass fed, kosher and conventional milk products, will modernize and expand its manufacturing operations in the Town of Roxbury, Delaware County and retain more than 80 jobs in the process. Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, "Thanks to Governor Cuomo’s unwavering commitment to the region, Worcester Creameries' expansion is the latest Southern Tier success story. Mountainside Farms employees will keep their jobs, local family farms will continue to sell their goods and the truck drivers who transport their products will keep on delivering. This is a business expansion that delivers real jobs and real results for the Southern Tier." Worcester Creameries President & CEO   Cyrus Schwartz said, “We are very appreciative of New York State’s support in partnering with Worcester Creameries in the modernizing and expansion of our plant in Roxbury, NY.” Worcester Creameries is the operator of Mountainside Farms which, as the sole buyer of raw milk from 63 family farms in the region, strongly supports the Southern Tier’s agriculture industry. In addition to the on-site jobs, the company’s operations support 20 local trucking jobs. The expansion aligns with and reinforces the Southern Tier Soaring economic initiative, which aims to bolster the region’s food and agriculture industry clusters.  Southern Tier REDC Co-Chairs Tom Tranter, President & CEO of Corning Enterprises and Harvey Stenger, President of Binghamton University said, “The STREDC is proud to support this storied company as part of the region’s Southern Tier Soaring efforts.  Agricultural companies such as Mountainside Farms are crucial to the regions success.Thanks to Governor Cuomo’s commitment to generating economic growth upstate, the Southern Tier is moving in the right direction.” In order to encourage  Worcester Creameries  to move ahead with the modernization of its Mountainside Farms facility, ESD has offered the company a grant of  up to $380,000 to support the approximately $2 million project and retention of more than 80 jobs. The company expects the expansion project to be completed by October 2017. State Senator James L. Seward said, “Worcester Creameries represents a perfect blend of dairy farming and manufacturing – two economic sectors that are vital to upstate New York.  This is a smart investment of Empire State Development funds that will boost job opportunities and pay real dividends for Delaware County.” Delaware County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Tina Mole said, “Agriculture is the backbone of upstate NY; assisting businesses to grow and succeed is the very core of our mission in Delaware County.” 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 $3.1 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. 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

Friday, April 21, 2017 - 2:47pm
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the opening of BorderWorx Logistics, LLC's new storage and state-of-the-art distribution facility in the Vantage Center Industrial Park in Sanborn. The expansion of BorderWorx Logistics, which is part of the Niagara County Foreign Trade Zone, enables importers and exporters to forego duties and tariffs until the day a product ships out of the facility. The company’s decision to expand operations in Western New York will create 86 new jobs, while retaining 10 existing jobs. "The opening of BorderWorx Logistics as operator of the Foreign Trade Zone in Niagara County brings new opportunity for businesses and residents throughout the region," Governor Cuomo said. "With the creation of over 85 new, well-paying jobs and improved access to trade partners across the globe, BorderWorx Logistics' expansion is proof that New York is the place for businesses to grow and expand, as we continue to attract private investment, strengthen the regional economy and improve the lives of New Yorkers across the region." Read the full press release here. 
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Press Release

Friday, April 21, 2017 - 2:07pm
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the grand reopening of Hudson Hall at the historic Hudson Opera House in Columbia County, the oldest surviving theater in the state. The Hudson Opera House, built in 1855, has welcomed great performers, writers and historical figures over the years, including Susan B. Anthony and Theodore Roosevelt. "The historic Hudson Opera House is a true jewel of this region, representing an important and storied piece of New York’s vibrant history," Governor Cuomo said. "This project has restored and revitalized New York’s oldest theater, preserving its architectural features while creating a thriving cultural center for the City of Hudson and for visitors from near and far to enjoy for years to come." The $8.5 million project was funded through a $1.3 million Capital Region Economic Development Council Capital Grant, a $1 million Restore NY Grant; a matching EPF grant leveraging $800,000 in grants from the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation; nearly $100,000 from the New York State Council for the Arts; and $3 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Community Facilities Loan Program. The remaining funding was supported through investments from members of the Hudson Opera House Board of Directors and private sponsors.  Read the full press release here.
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Public Notice

Friday, April 21, 2017 - 2:00pm
Deposit Telephone Unserved Broadband Capital Projects Public Hearing Notice Three hearings will be held at the following locations: Broome County- Broome County Office Building - Sixth Fl. Legislative Chambers, 60 Hawley Street, Binghamton, NY 13901 on Friday, April 21, 2017 from 2:00PM to 3:00PM. Chenango County- Town of Afton Municipal Building - Board Room, 204A County Road 39, Afton, NY 13730 on Monday, April 24, 2017 from 2:00PM to 3:00PM. Delaware County- Town of Walton - Board Room, 129 North Street, Walton, NY 13856 on Monday, April 24, 2017 from 10:00AM to 11:00AM.
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Press Release

Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 3:30pm
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the grand opening of the new national headquarters of EmergenceTek Group Inc. in Buffalo. ETG's capabilities are focused on creating organizational efficiencies through software development solutions, including transaction-based development, reporting and analytics, mobile application development and more. The company's headquarters, located in the Brisbane Building at 403 Main Street in Lafayette Square, features a 7,000-square foot state-of-the-art work space on the third floor. This $500,000 project will retain 30 existing jobs and create 40 new jobs over the next five years in Buffalo. "EmergenceTek's decision to expand its headquarters in Western New York is a testament to the economic opportunity and revitalization taking hold of the Queen City," Governor Cuomo said. "The region's high quality, experienced workforce will fuel the company's continued growth as this investment supports the creation of new jobs while putting Buffalo on the map as a top place to establish and grow 21st century businesses." Read the full press release here. 
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Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 3:07pm
Empire State Development (ESD) today announced frozen food processor Bonduelle USA Inc. will expand operations at its locations in Monroe and Genesee counties. The company is investing in new equipment and machinery at its facilities in Brockport, Bergen and Oakfield, which will increase production and improve efficiency at the three plants. That growth will require the addition of 22 new full-time jobs and will mean the retention of 340 jobs in the region. Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, "Bonduelle USA Inc.'s decision to expand their operations in New York State is a testament to the economic opportunities available in Upstate New York for companies that are looking to take their business to the next level. We look forward to seeing the company continue to grow and create jobs in the Finger Lakes.” The canned and frozen vegetable producer is well-established in the Americas, operating several production sites including four in the United States, seven in Canada and one in Brazil.  These sites are used to transform frozen and canned vegetables and a variety of canned sauces, baked beans, legumes and soups. As well as producing for major retail brands, the American subsidiary also markets vegetables under its own brands, including Arctic Gardens and Graves in Canada, and Bonduelle in Canada, the United States and Brazil. The company services supermarkets and catering circuits including restaurants, institutional food service and school dining halls. Daniel Vielfaure, President of Bonduelle Americas Long Life said, “Bonduelle is encouraged and excited to continue its business growth in the United States in which our New York State plants play integral part. We are very pleased for the support and the commitment that the State of New York has for all agricultural businesses and we look forward to their continued support.” In order to encourage Bonduelle to expand its operations in New York State, Empire State Development has offered up to $700,000 in performance-based Excelsior tax credits, which are tied to the creation of 22 new jobs and retention of 340 existing jobs. The total project cost is $20 million and Bonduelle expects the expansion to be completed by June 2018. Supporting Agribusiness is among the top priorities of the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council and the regions Finger Lakes Forward Initiative. FLREDC Co-Chairs, Monroe Community College President Anne Kress and Wegmans Food Markets CEO Danny Wegman said, FLREDC Co-Chairs, said, “The FLREDC is strongly committed to supporting agricultural endeavors like this in an effort to grow jobs as part of the overall Finger Lakes Forward strategy. Agriculture is an important industry, a key driver of our regional economy, which is helping to bolster our efforts to ensure the regions vitality for years to come.” State Senator Michael Ranzenhofer said, “Today's announcement by a major frozen food processor to invest and grow in Genesee and Monroe counties is further proof that our agri-business economy is strong. Bonduelle's expansion will create new opportunities and jobs for our residents. I commend the leadership team for their decision to help move our region forward.” Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo said, “Monroe County is proud of yet another local company investing in our economy and hiring even more local workers. We are proud to support Bonduelle as a premier agribusiness and look forward to their continued success.” Bonduelle has over 13,500 employees worldwide.  For more about Bonduelle 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 $3.4 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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