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Press Release

Friday, May 7, 2021 - 3:10pm
Multi-Modal Roadway in Nassau County Provides Connectivity, Supports Community Restoration and Improves Waterfront Access  Empire State Development (ESD) today announced the completion of the $18.7 million Garvies Point Road Waterfront Connector in Glen Cove, Nassau County. The new waterfront connector, also known as Herb Hill/Garvies Point Road, has transformed a degraded and inadequate one-mile roadway into a “complete street” with new pedestrian sidewalks, sewer, water and electrical utilities, and storm management infrastructure. This is part of the city's long-term efforts toward transforming the Glen Cove Waterfront by removing blight and contamination and to create a vibrant new mixed-use redevelopment.  ESD Acting Commissioner and President & CEO-designate Eric Gertler said, “Ensuring that our cities are walkable and bikeable, with access to the amenities that make them unique and inviting, are vital to our placemaking efforts. The strategic investment in Herb Hill/Garvies Point Road will help to revitalize and enhance an area of Glen Cove, allowing the community to better showcase part of the North Shore and generate new interest from residents, visitors and businesses.”  As part of the project, the roadway’s grade was elevated, with all utilities being relocated underground to provide better resiliency against future storm events. The transformed roadway provides the residents of Garvies Point and Glen Cove the ability to utilize public amenities such as parks, marinas, playgrounds, and the public walk that have been built for the new Glen Cove Garvies Point mixed-use waterfront project. The City will also have a commuter ferry service operating from the waterfront, which will bring additional users to the area. This project was supported by a $2.5 million ESD capital grant, recommended by the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council.    ESD has provided previous support to the City of Glen Cove to help with their revitalization efforts to create vibrant, walkable and livable communities. Glen Cove received a RESTORE NY Communities Initiative grant for $695,000 towards the construction of a $4.26 million project to redevelop 214 acres as part of their waterfront revitalization efforts and to construct a new ferry terminal building on a vacant remediated Brownfield site.    LIREDC Co-Chairs Kevin Law and Stuart Rabinowitz, President of Hofstra University said, "The completion of this project is a notable milestone that showcases the importance of infrastructure projects to our regional economy and quality of life. This revitalized roadway now acts as a connector that makes it easier for Garvies Point Road area residents and visitors to access and experience the transformation of the Glen Cove Waterfront."   Assemblymember Charles D. Lavine said, "The completion of this project, which contributes to the ongoing evolution of the waterfront, provides vastly improved access to the area and is also vital to the future economic prosperity of the city of Glen Cove."  “The Garvies Point Road Connector will transform the waterfront in Glen Cove by hardening critical infrastructure and connecting many of the City’s hidden gems to residents for the first time,” said Nassau County Executive Laura Curran. “I have long advocated for redevelopment of our downtowns to make Nassau the best place to live, work and play. I want to thank Empire State Development and New York State for funding this important public works project.”  Glen Cove Mayor Tim Tenke said, “The ten-year reconstruction of Herb Hill/Garvies Point Road was made possible by the partnership between RXR, the City, the LIREDC, the CDA, designers, engineers, contractors, our elected delegation and most importantly, our funders. Without the generous support of the federal, State and County government, none of this would have been possible.”  Contact:  Kristin Devoe | [email protected] | (518) 414-1087 Press Office | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313   
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Press Release

Thursday, May 6, 2021 - 2:28pm
Housed on the State’s Award-Winning Open NY platform, the Database Complements ESD's Library of Public Data  Provides the Public with a Dynamic, User Friendly, and Searchable Database of ESD’s Economic Development Projects  Empire State Development (ESD) today announced that the Database of Economic Incentives is now live on Open NY, New York State’s award-winning public data platform. The Database is an accessible, searchable catalogue of Empire State Development’s economic development projects. This dynamic platform further increases transparency into projects that receive ESD support.  Empire State Development Acting Commissioner and President and CEO-designate Eric Gertler said, “The Database of Economic Incentives provides the public with the most comprehensive index of economic development projects undertaken by ESD to move New York’s economy forward. The full-service platform, in a centralized portal, contains thousands of datapoints enabling New Yorkers to know more about the work of our agency and our commitment to public transparency.” The Database of Economic Incentives provides the public with comprehensive information on ESD loan, grant, and tax credit incentive projects that support infrastructure, innovation, place-making and revitalization, tradable sectors, and workforce development. The Database, containing over 1,000 projects, will be updated quarterly and includes instructional materials to help users navigate the platform and analyze the data.   Each project in the Database includes information such as the project’s location, the recipient of the assistance, the type and amount of assistance awarded, and, where applicable, progress and compliance status of any job or investment commitments associated with ESD’s assistance. The projects in the Database highlight a total public/private investment of $18.4 billion, of which 82 percent of invested funds are leveraged private sector and non-ESD investment, and 18 percent are ESD awarded dollars.  The Database of Economic Incentives is hosted on Open NY as part of Governor Cuomo's Open NY initiative. The award-winning website is a hub for one-stop access to information that helps the public better understand what is happening in government. There are more than 645 million records available published by 58 state agencies and authorities on the Open NY platform.  The Database of Economic Incentives is another example of ESD’s commitment to sharing information about its work on behalf of New Yorkers. The ESD Reports Page contains updates on program activities and includes more than 50 quarterly and annual reports that ESD issues each year, detailing key New York State economic development projects and initiatives. In addition, ESD maintains a comprehensive archive of public meeting videos and materials in the ESD Media Center.  Based on the number of records and data fields available, New York’s Database of Economic Incentives is among the largest and most comprehensive State-level datasets of economic incentives in the nation.  The Database is accompanied by additional resources to help a user navigate ESD project-level information:  Database Overview: Provides a summary of the Database, and its contents  Data Dictionary: Provides a list and definition of all data fields in the Database.   Data Snapshot:  Includes summary statistics for all projects featured in the Database.  FAQ: Answers frequently asked questions on the Database  Webinar:  Provides additional context on the projects in the Database in the form of an Introduction and User Orientation Webinar.    Contact: Kristin Devoe | [email protected] | (518) 414-1087 Matt Gorton | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313 Press Office | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313  
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Report

Wednesday, May 5, 2021 - 4:47pm
This comprehensive annual economic development report highlights ESD’s activities, projects, investments and initiatives throughout 2020. Empire State Development: Annual Report 2020
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Press Release

Wednesday, May 5, 2021 - 4:14pm
Expos Provide Information and Resources to Help Minority- and Women-Owned Businesses Compete for State Contracts Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that New York State will host five events as part of the 2021 Regional Minority- and Women-owned Business Enterprises Online Opportunities Expo Series. The Expos, which will connect MWBEs with New York State agencies, expert resources, information on state projects, and tools to access state contracting opportunities, will run from June to August. As New York State is building back better, this series of Expos will highlight opportunities and resources in each region throughout the state. The 2021 Regional MWBE Online Opportunities Expos Series comes months after Governor Cuomo announced the statewide MWBE utilization rate reached 29.51 percent in Fiscal Year 2019-2020.  "New York State's entrepreneurs are finding ways to build back our economy as we continue to recover from the COVID-19 crisis and we must continue to ensure that every New Yorker has the same opportunity to succeed, and that starts with making sure that businesses owned by women and New Yorkers of color have the same opportunities to compete for state contracts," Governor Cuomo said. "In New York, we are ensuring MWBEs have the all the resources they need to continue on the path to success."   The 2021 NYS Regional MWBE Online Opportunities Expo Series, sponsored by Empire State Development's Division of Minority and Women's Business Development, will feature an online experience with panel discussions, information on regional projects, workshops on special topics and other business development resources. The Expos will also include information about State-sponsored financial and technical assistance programs, including the New York Forward Loan Fund the Bridge to Success Loan Program, and the New York State Surety Bond Assistance Program.    Read the full press release here.
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Board Meeting

Friday, April 30, 2021 - 11:00am
Due to public health concerns and as authorized by Executive Order of the Governor, this meeting will be conducted via teleconference. The public may listen to the meeting via webcast by clicking the link below. Members of the public may submit comments on the Agenda items in writing to [email protected] by 5:30 pm on Thursday April, 29, 2021.  
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Press Release

Thursday, April 29, 2021 - 2:36pm
Empire State Development today announced the grand opening and expansion of the Nicholas Center and Spectrum Designs, partner organizations specializing in supporting individuals on the Autism Spectrum, including vocational training to make screen printed and promotional products in Pleasantville, Westchester County. The Long Island-based Nicholas Center and its partner organization, Spectrum Designs Foundation, have expanded to Westchester County and will employ individuals on the Autism Spectrum who receive personalized, extensive pre- and on-the-job training to be successful and gain valuable skills in the workforce. "As we focus on our economic recovery, we want to make sure that critical job training opportunities are available to all New Yorkers," Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul said. "New York State is proud to support the grand opening and expansion of the Nicholas Center and Spectrum Designs, which will employ and provide personalized, extensive pre- and on-the-job training to individuals on the Autism Spectrum. This is how we make success accessible for the post-pandemic future."​  Empire State Development Acting Commissioner and President & CEO-designate Eric Gertler said, “Investing in our workforce is vitally important across the state, especially as we recover and rebuild our economy in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. We are very fortunate to have partners such as The Nicholas Center and Spectrum Designs Foundation who are providing training and support for those with disabilities, so they have an opportunity for meaningful employment and more importantly, a sense of accomplishment and well-being that truly benefits the entire community.” New York State Department of Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon said, “This partnership is the perfect example of how we can work together to support all members of our workforce, including those with disabilities, by providing them with training and connecting them with jobs they love. I applaud The Nicholas Center and Spectrum Designs for their dedication to supporting their communities, and more importantly for helping all employees thrive.”   Co-Founder & CEO of Spectrum Designs Foundation, Patrick Bardsley said, “Our end goal is always to provide more paying jobs to this very talented, yet under-served, population. We are so fortunate to have found a home in Pleasantville and look forward to hiring and retaining even more accomplished individuals who will excel in the various production and administrative roles that we have to offer.” Co-Founder and Executive Director of The Nicholas Center, Nicole Sugrue said, “We are proud to have expanded our services to Westchester County and to partner with many organizations, businesses and neighbors in the region to further our mission. Thank you to the Mid-Hudson REDC and the Governor's Workforce Development Initiative for their unwavering support. For 10 years, working with our partner Spectrum Designs Foundation, we have addressed some of the most pressing issues facing the Autism community and developed innovative solutions to drive transformational change, even during the greatest health crisis of our time. We have worked to advance inclusion, bridge gaps in service disparities, and support the needs of people with Autism across Long Island, and now in Westchester.” Spectrum Designs Foundation has invested over $2.2 million to purchase and equip an 8,400 square foot commercial property in Pleasantville to expand their custom apparel and promotional products business, allowing them to produce twice as many goods while enriching the Westchester community. To assist with this project, the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council awarded Spectrum Designs Foundation a Round IX Capital Grant of $240,000 through Empire State Development for this project which will create 18 new jobs in the next three years. Additionally, both Spectrum Designs Foundation and the Nicholas Center have been awarded $300,000 through the Governor’s $175 million Workforce Development Initiative. Since 2019, when Governor Cuomo announced $175 million State investment for job training projects, nearly $32 million dollars in awards have been announced to 278 projects benefitting more than 18,000 New York workers to support strategic regional efforts that meet businesses’ short-term workforce needs, long-term industry needs, improve regional talent pipelines, enhance the flexibility and adaptability of local workforce entities, and expand workplace learning opportunities.   Mid-Hudson REDC Chair Donald P. Christian, President of SUNY New Paltz said, “As we emerge from the COVID-19 crisis, continuing the focus on workforce development is integral to the recovery of the regional economy. We are proud to support The Nicholas Center and Spectrum Designs Foundation, which will offer access to job coaches and training for individuals on the Autism Spectrum as well as community programs at Spectrum Designs, further promoting opportunities and inclusivity in the workforce.” State Senator Peter B. Harckham said, “The presence of the Nicholas Center and its partner Spectrum Designs here in Pleasantville represents a strong and broad commitment to meeting the needs of unique individuals in the Autism arena, while also confirming the idea that diversity and inclusion enrich all of us. In creating commercial operations that offers Autistic people opportunities to learn, grow and interact meaningfully with other residents, the Nicholas Center is helping to reboot New York’s post-pandemic economy as well. This wholehearted effort, combined with investments from Empire State Development’s Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council and Governor Cuomo’s Workforce Development Initiative, is another step toward a more equitable future for our society.” Assemblyman Thomas J. Abinanti said, “I applaud the Spectrum Design and Nicholas Center’s innovative model, which gives people with disabilities real employment while meeting the community’s needs for various products. Their model proves again that we should look not at people’s disabilities, but their abilities. And that everyone, if given the chance, can make a contribution to our community.” Westchester County Executive George Latimer said, “I would like to thank Empire State Development for their leadership on this very important project, which at the end of the day fills an important need for people with Autism and other disabilities. The Nicholas Center creates an opportunity for individuals on the Autism Spectrum to access the training they need to become fully integrated into the workforce and provides an opportunity for them to lead productive lives through their careers.” Pleasantville Mayor Peter Scherer said, “We are delighted to welcome the Nicholas Center and Spectrum Designs to Pleasantville. The opportunities they offer people with autism — and the products and services that their team will produce — make Pleasantville stronger, better, and more inclusive.” About The Nicholas Center   A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, supporting individuals with Autism and related disabilities in leading full and productive lives in the community and through the world of work. TNC promotes inclusion and offers opportunity via community engagement, vocational training and peer connection.   About Spectrum Designs  Spectrum Designs is a full-service custom apparel and promotional items business with a social mission: to help individuals on the Autism Spectrum lead full and productive lives through the world of work. The Spectrum Enterprises family includes sister organizations Spectrum Bakes, which specializes in homemade granola and other snacks, and Spectrum Suds, a boutique Laundromat. As a nonprofit, 100% of proceeds go to furthering the mission. Both are located in Port Washington, NY.    About Empire State Development Empire State Development (ESD) is New York’s chief economic development agency (www.esd.ny.gov). The mission of ESD is to promote a vigorous and growing economy, encourage the creation of new job and economic opportunities, increase revenues to the State and its municipalities, and achieve stable and diversified local economies. Through the use of loans, grants, tax credits and other forms of financial assistance, ESD strives to enhance private business investment and growth to spur job creation and support prosperous communities across New York State. ESD is also the primary administrative agency overseeing Governor Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Councils and the marketing of “I LOVE NY,” the State’s iconic tourism brand.  For more information on Regional Councils and Empire State Development, please visit www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov and www.esd.ny.gov. Contact:  Kristin Devoe | [email protected] | (518) 414-1087  Press Office | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313   
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Press Release

Thursday, April 29, 2021 - 2:34pm
Empire State Development today announced the grand opening and expansion of the Nicholas Center and Spectrum Designs, partner organizations specializing in supporting individuals on the Autism Spectrum, including vocational training to make screen printed and promotional products in Pleasantville, Westchester County. The Long Island-based Nicholas Center and its partner organization, Spectrum Designs Foundation, have expanded to Westchester County and will employ individuals on the Autism Spectrum who receive personalized, extensive pre- and on-the-job training to be successful and gain valuable skills in the workforce. "As we focus on our economic recovery, we want to make sure that critical job training opportunities are available to all New Yorkers," Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul said. "New York State is proud to support the grand opening and expansion of the Nicholas Center and Spectrum Designs, which will employ and provide personalized, extensive pre- and on-the-job training to individuals on the Autism Spectrum. This is how we make success accessible for the post-pandemic future."​  Empire State Development Acting Commissioner and President & CEO-designate Eric Gertler said, “Investing in our workforce is vitally important across the state, especially as we recover and rebuild our economy in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. We are very fortunate to have partners such as The Nicholas Center and Spectrum Designs Foundation who are providing training and support for those with disabilities, so they have an opportunity for meaningful employment and more importantly, a sense of accomplishment and well-being that truly benefits the entire community.” New York State Department of Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon said, “This partnership is the perfect example of how we can work together to support all members of our workforce, including those with disabilities, by providing them with training and connecting them with jobs they love. I applaud The Nicholas Center and Spectrum Designs for their dedication to supporting their communities, and more importantly for helping all employees thrive.”   Co-Founder & CEO of Spectrum Designs Foundation, Patrick Bardsley said, “Our end goal is always to provide more paying jobs to this very talented, yet under-served, population. We are so fortunate to have found a home in Pleasantville and look forward to hiring and retaining even more accomplished individuals who will excel in the various production and administrative roles that we have to offer.” Co-Founder and Executive Director of The Nicholas Center, Nicole Sugrue said, “We are proud to have expanded our services to Westchester County and to partner with many organizations, businesses and neighbors in the region to further our mission. Thank you to the Mid-Hudson REDC and the Governor's Workforce Development Initiative for their unwavering support. For 10 years, working with our partner Spectrum Designs Foundation, we have addressed some of the most pressing issues facing the Autism community and developed innovative solutions to drive transformational change, even during the greatest health crisis of our time. We have worked to advance inclusion, bridge gaps in service disparities, and support the needs of people with Autism across Long Island, and now in Westchester.” Spectrum Designs Foundation has invested over $2.2 million to purchase and equip an 8,400 square foot commercial property in Pleasantville to expand their custom apparel and promotional products business, allowing them to produce twice as many goods while enriching the Westchester community. To assist with this project, the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council awarded Spectrum Designs Foundation a Round IX Capital Grant of $240,000 through Empire State Development for this project which will create 18 new jobs in the next three years. Additionally, both Spectrum Designs Foundation and the Nicholas Center have been awarded $300,000 through the Governor’s $175 million Workforce Development Initiative. Since 2019, when Governor Cuomo announced $175 million State investment for job training projects, nearly $32 million dollars in awards have been announced to 278 projects benefitting more than 18,000 New York workers to support strategic regional efforts that meet businesses’ short-term workforce needs, long-term industry needs, improve regional talent pipelines, enhance the flexibility and adaptability of local workforce entities, and expand workplace learning opportunities.   Mid-Hudson REDC Chair Donald P. Christian, President of SUNY New Paltz said, “As we emerge from the COVID-19 crisis, continuing the focus on workforce development is integral to the recovery of the regional economy. We are proud to support The Nicholas Center and Spectrum Designs Foundation, which will offer access to job coaches and training for individuals on the Autism Spectrum as well as community programs at Spectrum Designs, further promoting opportunities and inclusivity in the workforce.” State Senator Peter B. Harckham said, “The presence of the Nicholas Center and its partner Spectrum Designs here in Pleasantville represents a strong and broad commitment to meeting the needs of unique individuals in the Autism arena, while also confirming the idea that diversity and inclusion enrich all of us. In creating commercial operations that offers Autistic people opportunities to learn, grow and interact meaningfully with other residents, the Nicholas Center is helping to reboot New York’s post-pandemic economy as well. This wholehearted effort, combined with investments from Empire State Development’s Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council and Governor Cuomo’s Workforce Development Initiative, is another step toward a more equitable future for our society.” Assemblyman Thomas J. Abinanti said, “I applaud the Spectrum Design and Nicholas Center’s innovative model, which gives people with disabilities real employment while meeting the community’s needs for various products. Their model proves again that we should look not at people’s disabilities, but their abilities. And that everyone, if given the chance, can make a contribution to our community.” Westchester County Executive George Latimer said, “I would like to thank Empire State Development for their leadership on this very important project, which at the end of the day fills an important need for people with Autism and other disabilities. The Nicholas Center creates an opportunity for individuals on the Autism Spectrum to access the training they need to become fully integrated into the workforce and provides an opportunity for them to lead productive lives through their careers.” Pleasantville Mayor Peter Scherer said, “We are delighted to welcome the Nicholas Center and Spectrum Designs to Pleasantville. The opportunities they offer people with autism — and the products and services that their team will produce — make Pleasantville stronger, better, and more inclusive.” About The Nicholas Center   A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, supporting individuals with Autism and related disabilities in leading full and productive lives in the community and through the world of work. TNC promotes inclusion and offers opportunity via community engagement, vocational training and peer connection.   About Spectrum Designs  Spectrum Designs is a full-service custom apparel and promotional items business with a social mission: to help individuals on the Autism Spectrum lead full and productive lives through the world of work. The Spectrum Enterprises family includes sister organizations Spectrum Bakes, which specializes in homemade granola and other snacks, and Spectrum Suds, a boutique Laundromat. As a nonprofit, 100% of proceeds go to furthering the mission. Both are located in Port Washington, NY.    About Empire State Development Empire State Development (ESD) is New York’s chief economic development agency (www.esd.ny.gov). The mission of ESD is to promote a vigorous and growing economy, encourage the creation of new job and economic opportunities, increase revenues to the State and its municipalities, and achieve stable and diversified local economies. Through the use of loans, grants, tax credits and other forms of financial assistance, ESD strives to enhance private business investment and growth to spur job creation and support prosperous communities across New York State. ESD is also the primary administrative agency overseeing Governor Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Councils and the marketing of “I LOVE NY,” the State’s iconic tourism brand.  For more information on Regional Councils and Empire State Development, please visit www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov and www.esd.ny.gov. Contact:  Kristin Devoe | [email protected] | (518) 414-1087  Press Office | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313   
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Press Release

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 - 5:10pm
Empire State Development (ESD) today announced the Niagara Falls Strategic Economic Development Fund, a fund dedicated to the revitalization of Niagara Falls through capital investments in targeted areas along Niagara Street, Main Street, Portage Road, and Pine Avenue.  Projects funded through the program will enhance mixed-use, walkable commercial corridors; support and grow new businesses and entrepreneurship; connect to the waterfront and existing state investments; and attract tourists from downtown into adjoining neighborhoods. The new fund, which seeks to award at least $10 million in projects, is part of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion initiative. “The Niagara Falls Strategic Economic Development Fund will leverage recent investments in the city’s waterfront and downtown to create better connections to nearby neighborhoods,” said Empire State Development Acting Commissioner and President & CEO-designate Eric Gertler.  “The fund aims to re-envision and reinvigorate this broader, interconnected area as a destination for residents, businesses and tourists.” ESD, USA Niagara, and the City of Niagara Falls will be hosting a virtual information session tonight at 6 p.m. for stakeholders in the project target areas to learn about project origins, goals, outcomes and process. Participants will also learn about how they can participate in the process through digital project idea submissions. Register for the Stakeholder Information Meeting here. Through the establishment of program goals, an analysis of economic and land use data, review of past investments, and in-depth stakeholder engagement, ESD and its subsidiary USA Niagara Development Corporation (USAN), in partnership with the City of Niagara Falls and University at Buffalo Regional Institute (UBRI), are developing a portfolio of catalytic projects aimed at improving economic conditions in the City of Niagara Falls.  The fund will support these projects. Since 2011, New York State has invested more than $315 million in the City of Niagara Falls in a concerted effort to realize and expand the economic benefits of its nearly 9 million annual visitors. Investments in downtown Niagara Falls have included: upgrades to Niagara Falls State Park; revitalization efforts including eight new hotels and the restoration of Old Falls Street; and the strategic acquisition of a number of key underutilized properties for new mixed-use development. In addition, the state has completed the transformational removal of the Robert Moses Parkway, creating a 140-acre unbroken, fully accessible ribbon of green space that maximizes uses along the city’s 10-mile waterfront on the Upper Niagara River and Niagara Gorge and reconnects the city to the waterfront. North Main Street was also named a NYS Downtown Revitalization Initiative winner, and is leveraging the removal of the Parkway and investments in the Underground Railroad Heritage Center and Niagara Falls Train Station to recreate a strong business district reconnected to the Niagara Gorge. City of Niagara Falls Mayor Robert Restaino said, “The areas for capital investment envisioned by this fund will expand the opportunities in critical neighborhoods adjacent to or within walking distance of our downtown tourist sector.  This will continue the momentum that is driving investment interest in Niagara Falls. Our City appreciates the continued interest and investment in Niagara Falls by the Governor and State officials recognizing the importance of our community to the entire region.” 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, please visit www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov and www.esd.ny.gov.       Contact: Pamm Lent | [email protected] | (716) 846-8309 Laura Magee | [email protected] | (716) 846-8239  
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Press Release

Friday, April 23, 2021 - 2:26pm
Nearly $2.3 Million in Incentives Awarded to Manufacturers Across the State Will Provide Faster and More Secure Access to Life-Saving Medical Products Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that six additional Empire State companies have received nearly $2.3 million in funding from New York State to produce needed supplies to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic. These grant funds will help alleviate product shortages due to supply chain issues that could lead to unfair pricing practices and delays. These companies will also increase the State's manufacturing capacity while creating new jobs and market opportunities. To date, New York State has awarded nearly $22 million in grants to 39 qualifying New York-based companies to retool their business lines and pivot to manufacturing vital supplies for ongoing response and recovery efforts.    "Part of building back better is building back smarter," Governor Cuomo said. "Making sure we are investing in New York companies that manufacture needed supplies is crucial to avoid supply-chain delays and relying on other states and countries during times of need. Not only do these investments support our needs as we strive to reach the light at the end of the COVID tunnel, but they also help ensure our future preparedness, while strengthening our economy." In March of last year, Governor Cuomo asked companies with New York-based operations to retool production lines in order to manufacture approved COVID-19 critical supplies, such as ventilators, test kits and PPE, including N95 respirators, surgical masks, gowns and face shields.    "Our country was ill-prepared for a global pandemic when it arrived early last year, and our state was left to scour the earth in search of personal protective equipment," Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul said. "We've learned from the lessons of the past. Supporting New York-based companies to pivot to manufacturing medical supplies will not only save lives, but also reduce our dependency on overseas products and retain local jobs." Empire State Development Acting Commissioner and President & CEO-designate Eric Gertler said, "Ensuring that future supplies of vital equipment and PPE are at the ready is an important lesson learned during the COVID-19 crisis. Not only are we investing in New York State companies and creating jobs, we are making sure we are prepared for the future."  Read the full press relese here.
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Press Release

Thursday, April 22, 2021 - 3:12pm
Upgrades will Continue to Protect Natural Resources while Maximizing the Facility's Energy Production and Increasing Revenue   $12.3 Million Project Supported by New York State Makes the Upgraded Facility One of the Most Environmentally Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plants in the State  Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the completion of the upgraded wastewater collection and treatment facility located at the Great Neck Water Pollution Control District in Great Neck, Nassau County. This $12.3 million project included the construction of a first-in-the-state receiving station that uses cooking grease to power facility operations. That, plus the construction of a third microturbine and upgrades to its anaerobic digesters, makes this facility one of the most environmentally advanced wastewater treatment plants in the state. The Great Neck Water Pollution Control District serves more than 25,000 residents in Nassau County.  "New York is leading the way in creating green solutions to infrastructure issues that are vital to the health and livelihood of Long Islanders and all New Yorkers," Governor Cuomo said. "This project is a standout example in that effort and will further our efforts to protect Long Island's natural resources while innovatively repurposing waste products to help power what is one of the most environmentally advanced wastewater treatment plants in the State."  Empire State Development Acting Commissioner and President & CEO Eric Gertler said, "We are always looking for opportunities to incentivize growth while also ensuring the well-being of our communities. Empire State Development is proud to support this project that does both, with first-in-the-state technology and upgraded equipment to maximize productivity while also safeguarding the environment."  Read the full press release here. 
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