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Public Notice

Monday, December 9, 2019 - 10:00am
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Press Release

Monday, December 9, 2019 - 9:59am
22 New York State-based Productions Earn 46 Nominations Productions Generated More Than $809 Million in Spending; Created 41,955 New Hires in the State Empire State Development (ESD) today congratulated 22 New York-based productions that earned 46 nominations for the 2020 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards. The productions generated more than $809 million in spending and created approximately 41,955 new jobs across the state. All nominated productions participated in the New York State Film Tax Credit Program. “Congratulations to the New York State-based productions nominated for this year’s Golden Globes—their work represents a booming film, television and post-production industry that is contributing billions to the state’s economy and creating opportunity for thousands of workers,” said ESD Acting Commissioner, President & CEO-designate Eric Gertler. “I invite productions to come take advantage of all the picturesque locations, state-of-the-art production facilities and top-notch talent that the Empire State has to offer.” The New York State Film Tax Credit Program, launched in 2004, has incentivized billions of dollars in economic investment in the Empire State and continues to be the principle factor cited by productions when deciding to film and produce in New York. The 22 productions earning nominations generated more than an estimated $809 million in spending in the state and approximately 41,955 new hires in the state. To date in 2019, 192 film and television projects have applied for the New York State Film Tax Credit Program, estimated to generate 249,466 new hires and more than $4.7 billion in new spending for New York State. A complete list of the 2019 Golden Globe Award Nominees who participated in the New York Film Tax Credit Program is available below. Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television Sam Rockwell (“Fosse/Verdon”) Russell Crowe (“The Loudest Voice”)   Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television Kaitlyn Dever (“Unbelievable”)* Merritt Wever (“Unbelievable”)* Michelle Williams (“Fosse/Verdon”)   Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television “Fosse/Verdon” (FX) The Loudest Voice (Showtime) “Unbelievable” (Netflix)*   Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language “The Farewell” (A24)*   Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television Kieran Culkin (“Succession”)   Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon)   Best Original Score – Motion Picture Daniel Pemberton (“Motherless Brooklyn”) Alexandre Desplat (“Little Women”)* Hildur Guðnadóttir (“Joker”) Randy Newman (“Marriage Story”)*   Best Screenplay – Motion Picture Noah Baumbach (“Marriage Story”)* Steven Zaillian (“The Irishman”)   Best Original Song – Motion Picture “Stand Up” (“Harriet”)*   Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television Toni Collette (“Unbelievable”)*   Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy Paul Rudd (“Living with Yourself”) Ramy Youssef (“Ramy”)   Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy Rachel Brosnahan (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”) Kirsten Dunst (“On Becoming a God in Central Florida”)* Natasha Lyonne (“Russian Doll”)   Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama Brian Cox (“Succession”) Rami Malek (“Mr. Robot”) Billy Porter (“Pose”)   Best Screenplay – Motion Picture Noah Baumbach (“Marriage Story”)* Steven Zaillian (“The Irishman”)   Best Actor in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture Tom Hanks (“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”)* Al Pacino (“The Irishman”) Joe Pesci (“The Irishman”)   Best Actress in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture Annette Bening (“The Report”) Laura Dern (“Marriage Story”)* Jennifer Lopez (“Hustlers”)   Best Director – Motion Picture Todd Phillips (“Joker”) Martin Scorsese (“The Irishman”)   Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama Adam Driver (“Marriage Story”)* Joaquin Phoenix (“Joker”)   Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy Awkwafina (“The Farewell”)* Emma Thompson (“Late Night”)   Best Television Series – Drama “Succession” (HBO)   Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama Cynthia Erivo (“Harriet”)* Scarlett Johansson (“Marriage Story”)* Saoirse Ronan (“Little Women”)* Best Motion Picture – Drama “The Irishman” (Netflix) “Marriage Story” (Netflix)* “Joker” (Warner Bros.) * Participated in the New York State Post-Production Credit program.  About the Governor's Office of Motion Picture & Television Development The New York State Governor's Office of Motion Picture & Television Development, a division of Empire State Development, offers film, television and commercial productions and post production tax credits for qualified expenditures in New York State. The office also serves as a liaison between production companies and city and local governments, state agencies, a network of statewide contacts, local film offices and professional location scouts and managers. For more information on filming in New York State or the Film Production and Post Production Tax Credit Programs, please visit www.NYSFilm.com.  About Empire State Development Empire State Development is New York’s chief economic development agency. The mission of Empire State Development 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, Empire State Development strives to enhance private business investment and growth to spur job creation and support prosperous communities across New York State. Empire State Development 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: Skye Ernst | [email protected] | (212) 803-3765 Adam Kilduff | [email protected] | (212) 803-3744 ESD Press Office | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313
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Press Release

Saturday, December 7, 2019 - 8:02pm
Steel and Concrete Superstructure Complete, Installation of the Final Phase of Non-Structural Steel Now Underway - Design-Build Project is On-Time and On-Budget International Contemporary Furniture Fair andLightFair to be First Event Hosted in ExpandedJavits Center, Expected to Attract More Than 40,000 Design Professionals Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the historic $1.5 billion expansion of the Javits Center will be substantially complete by March 2021. The massive project, which will add 1.2 million square feet of total event-related space on Manhattan's West Side, is moving toward an on-time, on-budget completion with the expansion's steel and concrete superstructure finished and installation of the final phase of non-structural steel underway. The Governor joined members of the project team and construction workers to sign one of the last steel beams to be installed at the site. Expanding the Javits Center, the busiest convention center in the United States, furthers Governor Cuomo's efforts to continue New York City's role as a leading tourism, hospitality and business destination. The first event hosted at the newly-expanded convention center will be the joint International Contemporary Furniture Fair and LightFairin May 2021. The combined design-industry events are expected to attract more than 40,000 design professionals to New York City. "New Yorkers expect action, and the expansion of theJavits Center through the design-build process is delivering results in a safe, streamlined fashion that will generate a new wave of economic activity for the Empire State," Governor Cuomo said. "With so many jobs dependent on large-scale events hosted here, theJavits Center has become one of New York's most important economic assets, and this expansion will ensure it remains the nation's busiest convention center for generations to come. As an iconic hub of commerce and culture, it will become one of the most sought-after event venues anywhere in the world." Read the full press release here. 
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Press Release

Friday, December 6, 2019 - 2:07pm
Project will pivot on plans for Wonder Falls and instead focus on civic improvements to former Rainbow Centre See design concepts here Empire State Development (ESD) today announced plans for a civic improvement project at the Rainbow Centre in downtown Niagara Falls that will establish greater public access and walkability, create commercial opportunity and also improve parking to support new and existing businesses at and near the site. Uniland Development Company and USA Niagara Development Corporation (USAN), an ESD subsidiary, will not move forward with plans for development of a resort on the site. A Request for Proposals (RFP) will be issued on Monday, Dec. 9, seeking architectural design and engineering services to repurpose the remaining space in the former Rainbow Centre into a high-density, mixed-use development with restored pedestrian access through the center of the building and active ground-level uses. “Reimagining the former Rainbow Centre mall through adaptive reuse will reconnect the downtown street grid, creating a more pedestrian-friendly area that will attract shoppers and visitors and also support local businesses,” said Empire State Development Acting Commissioner and President & CEO-designate Eric Gertler. “The former Rainbow Centre mall presents a challenge for development, but it also has tremendous opportunities that we intend to take advantage of,” said City of Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster.  “The City, in partnership with USA Niagara, will use what we learned from the ULI study to move forward and focus on urban design, accommodations, attractions and the modernization of parking resources in downtown Niagara Falls—which will result in a project that will be attractive for both residents and visitors.  We look forward to the implementation of the first phase of the alternative as outlined in the term sheet.” USAN and the City have signed a project term sheet which will allow USAN to procure and retain, at its expense, consultants necessary to develop plans and specifications necessary to allow construction of the project.  USAN will contribute all project costs, up to a maximum amount to be agreed to between USAN and the City, based upon the approval of a final project budget and program.  Funds for construction of the project will be provided to the City via a standard ESD Grant Disbursement Agreement. For more than five years, Uniland and USAN worked diligently toward a development agreement for the Wonder Falls resort, featuring a 300-room hotel that would include a large indoor water park for hotel guests.  However, the project is no longer economically feasible due, in part, to the changes in the federal tax code, which is why the civic improvement project will move forward. “We are disappointed that the project as planned is not financially feasible,” said Uniland Vice President Michael Montante. “But we believe in the potential of Niagara Falls, New York with the continued investment by the public and private sector. Our goal as a community is to make Niagara Falls a world-class destination.  We thank the project’s supporters and the State for its willingness to work with our team during the development process.” The successful respondent to the new RFP will consider various “civic improvement” items including, but not limited, to recommendations from the 2012 Urban Land Institute (ULI) Advisory Services Panel Report: Breaking up the scale of the facility by establishing a pedestrian “street” that passes through the lower two levels of the structure; Cladding of the parking ramp to incorporate architectural features that would lessen its monolithic appearance; Undertaking additional concrete and elevator rehabilitation efforts, as well as waterproofing measures, on hold since 2014 due to development of the Wonder Falls project; Adding additional elevators in strategic locations to better facilitate use of the parking ramp by surrounding properties; and Undertaking circulation improvements and incorporating state-of-the-art parking revenue control systems (PARCS) into the parking ramp. These modifications will create up to 200,000 square feet of available space that could be repurposed for uses that would benefit downtown Niagara Falls, including attractions or other entertainment venues or partnerships with the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute, such as an expansion of programing. Niagara County Community College President Dr. William J. Murabito said, “We located our Niagara Falls Culinary Institute in part of the former Rainbow Centre mall where it has thrived.  We are excited by the Governor’s plan to repurpose the remaining mall space and create more opportunity for NCCC, our students, residents and visitors to Niagara Falls.  We look forward to partnering with USAN as they move forward to create innovative space for new business in this globally-recognized destination.” Development in downtown Niagara Falls has changed considerably since 2014, when the Uniland project was awarded.  Under Governor Cuomo, five new hotels have been completed, adding 600 rooms to the downtown market, and other hotels have undergone extensive renovations, including improved retail and restaurants.  Along with the anticipated restoration of the Hotel Niagara, the quality of accommodations in the market has dramatically improved.  Properties recently purchased under Governor Cuomo’s Strategic Land Acquisition Program have given added reason to pivot from the Wonder Falls concept to a more incremental approach that retains a maximum amount of parking to support adjacent developments.  City of Niagara Falls Mayor-Elect Robert Restaino said, “The former Rainbow Centre mall is a critical piece of property and its remaining 200,000 square feet provide a tremendous opportunity to transform downtown Niagara Falls. As a city-owned property, I will work with USAN to ensure that we improve the site to include high-density, mixed-used redevelopment with an active ground level that will foster future development on adjoining parcels.” Assemblyman Angelo Morinello said, “Although the Rainbow Centre mall project is moving in a different direction than we anticipated, this is the right decision. This incremental approach will allow USAN and the city to redevelop the property in a way that benefits NCCC and the surrounding businesses and furthers the positive work Governor Cuomo and I are doing to keep visitors in Niagara Falls.” Contacts: Pamm Lent (Governor’s office) | [email protected] | 716-846-8309 Laura Magee (ESD) | [email protected] | 716-846-8239
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Public Notice

Friday, December 6, 2019 - 1:00pm
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Public Notice

Friday, December 6, 2019 - 10:00am
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Press Release

Tuesday, December 3, 2019 - 5:45pm
Third Event Co-hosted with the Motion Picture Association (MPA) and New Partner Ghetto Film School Connects Diverse Content Creators with Entertainment Experts for Career Advice and Guidance Bronx Community College (BCC) and IATSE Local 52 Welcome Inaugural Class of Film Production Training Program 25 Students to Begin Training This Month for Careers in the Entertainment Sector  Photos are Available Here Empire State Development (ESD) today co-hosted the New York State Multicultural Creativity Summit, an interactive workshop that provides a roadmap for content creators of diverse backgrounds to navigate the film and television industry. The Summit, hosted by the Governor’s Office of Motion Picture & Television Development and the Motion Picture Association (MPA) together with new partner Ghetto Film School, is the most recent of New York State’s initiatives to promote the inclusion of diverse voices in the entertainment industry. “New York State’s film and television industry is driving the statewide economy, generating billions of dollars in economic activity and more than one million hires to date,” said Empire State Development Acting Commissioner and President & CEO-Designate Eric Gertler. “Under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, today’s Summit and the new Film Production Training Program at BCC will expand opportunities for the next generation of diverse filmmakers, writers, directors, producers and studio executives to gain a seat at the table and build an even stronger, more inclusive entertainment industry.” The Governor’s Office of Motion Picture & Television Development (MPTV) works closely with studios, non-profit organizations and film festival curators to promote New York State’s talent and help expand pathways for aspiring filmmakers, writers and producers. The interactive workshop featured panel discussions that provided advice and guidance for diverse content creators looking to advance their careers in the film and television industry, followed by a networking session with representatives from CBS Corporation, HBO, NBCUniversal, Viacom, Walt Disney Studios, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Warner Bros. Entertainment and more industry leaders. Speakers at the event included The Blacklist Executive Producer Laura Benson, CBS’ upcoming drama series Tommy Executive Producer and Director Christine Moore, BET Networks Chief Social Impact and Communications Officer Jeanine Liburd, HBO Talent Development and Programming Manager Robert Patla, WarnerMedia Entertainment Executive Vice President of Multicultural Marketing, Brand & Inclusion Strategy Lucinda Martinez and others. This is the third Multicultural Creativity Summit and the first held at the SkySquare Conference Center at Viacom in New York City. The first two events were hosted at the HBO Theater in New York City in May 2017 and October 2018. “The future of the film and television industry depends on a wide variety of stories being told by diverse creators, on screen and behind the camera,” said Charles Rivkin, Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association. “The State of New York provides an incredible opportunity for people of all backgrounds to tell their stories. The Motion Picture Association is proud to co-host this Summit and support inclusive storytelling in New York and throughout our industry.” “The New York State Multicultural Creativity Summit has helped our industry to prioritize inclusive storytelling,” said Gail MacKinnon, Senior Executive Vice President of Global Policy and Government Affairs at the Motion Picture Association. “New York State is both a home to many diverse communities and a key production hub for the film and television industry, generating 100,000 jobs and billions of dollars in economic activity every year. We look forward to continuing to work with Governor Cuomo, the Legislature, Empire State Development, and our multicultural partners in the state on events like this one that build a diverse and inclusive pipeline of creative professionals.” “I am honored to be a part of New York State’s Multicultural Creativity Summit this year,” said Sharese Bullock-Bailey, Chief Strategy and Partnership Officer at the Ghetto Film School. “The film and entertainment industry thrives when diverse creators are given a platform to showcase their art. Every individual, organization, company and filmmaker taking part in today’s summit is playing a significant role in breaking boundaries and embracing diversity in media.” Today’s Summit is part of a larger statewide initiative to increase diversity and inclusion and create equal opportunities in the film and television industry. During the Second New York State Multicultural Summit in October 2018, New York State announced an unprecedented partnership with Bronx Community College and IATSE Local 52 to launch a new 14-week program that will train up to 100 students for work in union trade crafts, such as property, carpentry and electric. This year, the program welcomes its first cohort of 25 students scheduled to begin classes focused on the Electric craft this month, with a curriculum being developed by some of the top electricians in the film and television industry. Upon completion of the program this spring, graduates will receive a Bronx Community College/CUNY Continuing Education Certificate in Film and Television Production and will be officially ready for hire on production sets, soundstages and studios. Bronx Community College Dean for Workforce and Economic Development Kenneth Adams said, “Governor Cuomo’s support of Bronx Community College’s new Film Production Training program will enable our students to prepare for and succeed in demanding film and television production jobs that previously were beyond their reach.  Our program will create a pipeline of skilled and diverse talent for Local 52 while it opens up rewarding career opportunities for CUNY students.” IATSE Local 52 Vice President John Ford said, “Local 52 looks forward to working with BCC on this project to provide qualified technicians to the employers in the entertainment industry.  These are good jobs that provide employer sponsored health and retirement benefits.” New York State continues to lead the nation in the fight for social justice and embracing diversity by passing legislation to ensure LGBTQ rights and marriage equality, welcoming our immigrant community, launching a women's equality agenda and fighting workplace discrimination. The Multiculturalism Summit, along with PITCHNY℠ held last month which connects aspiring film students and recent graduates from diverse backgrounds with industry professionals for informational panels, roundtable discussions and one-on-one pitch practice sessions, builds on Governor Cuomo's legacy of expanding opportunity, increasing diversity, promoting inclusion and standing up for all minority groups in New York State. About the Governor’s Office of Motion Picture & Television Development The New York State Governor’s Office of Motion Picture & Television Development (MPTV), a division of Empire State Development, offers film, television and commercial productions and post-production tax credits for qualified expenditures in New York State. The office also serves as a liaison between production companies and city and local governments, state agencies, a network of statewide contacts, local film offices and professional location scouts and managers. For more information on filming in New York State or the Film Production and Post-Production Tax Credit Programs, please visit www.NYSFilm.com.    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 NEW YORK,” 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: Skye Ernst | [email protected] | (212) 803-3765 ESD Press Office | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313
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Press Release

Tuesday, December 3, 2019 - 4:16pm
Partnership Benefits Valued at More Than $10 Million over Five Year Partnership Will Ensure Long-Term Sustainability of the Model at NWTC and Will Expand Offerings and Programs Governor Also Announces WNY Workforce Development Challenge Round 2 Will Open on December 16  Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a strategic partnership between Northland Workforce Training Center in Buffalo and SUNY Empire State College's Harry Van Arsdale Jr. School of Labor that will build on the Center's highly-successful training model and will allow SUNY Empire to collaborate with the Center's CEO and management team, grow and put the Center on a path to long-term economic sustainability. Empire State College will provide NWTC with $10 million in academic, student, and other support over five years.  "The workforce of Western New York has made a remarkable progress since we began making strategic investments in the region to bring back jobs, and now we face a new challenge - making sure there are enough workers for these new jobs," Governor Cuomo said. "By partnering with SUNY Empire State College, the Northland Workforce Training Center will have the best available tools to train underrepresented populations in the region's workforce for the jobs that power a 21st century economy, and ensure Western New York continues to grow and thrive." "I have seen firsthand how the Northland Workforce Training Center is transforming Buffalo's East Side and investing in our workforce for the jobs of today and tomorrow," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "Young people and workers mid-career have new pathways to success thanks to the work being done at Northland. With this forward-thinking partnership between SUNY Empire and Northland, we will continue to advance our efforts to support job training, innovation, and further economic growth in Western New York."     Read the full press release here. 
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Press Release

Monday, December 2, 2019 - 11:50am
Business invests more than $2 million to renovate historic property with the support of Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) See picture of Old Library Restaurant and Event Center here Empire State Development (ESD) today announced the substantial completion of renovations on the Old Library Restaurant and event center in Olean, creating a unique regional destination for visitors. The project also includes the future expansion of a day spa in an adjacent Victorian era home, which currently serves as an inn. The $2 million-plus investment is expected to result in the addition of up to 65 employees.  “Our Downtown Revitalization Initiative is creating new opportunities across New York – transforming communities, creating jobs, and bringing back a sense of hope and pride,” said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. “With support from the DRI, Olean is reimagining its future, bringing back historic buildings, and investing in the downtown streetscape to improve safety and walkability for pedestrians and bicyclists. The renovated Old Library Restaurant and Event Center will help to draw more visitors to Olean to support continued economic growth in Cattaraugus County and Western New York.”   “For more than 100 years the Old Library has been a gathering place for residents,” said Daniel and Kathryn DeCerbo, Old Library Restaurant and Inn owners.  “It will be our pleasure to extend this tradition and attract new visitors to Olean. We are thankful for the support of New York State’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative, which helped make our unique and inviting renovations possible.”  Extensive improvements have been made to the interior and exterior of the former Carnegie Library, an architecturally significant landmark located at 116 South Union Street. The Beaux-Arts style library, listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, was built in 1909 with $40,000 provided by philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. The interior features a grand stairway and entrance, large rooms and a central atrium. Renovation of the current Old Library Restaurant and adjacent Inn includes improvements to the exterior and interior of restaurant which encompass, but are not limited to, lighting, flooring, atrium, bar/lounge, dining, mezzanine, kitchen and bathroom areas. Exterior improvements include landscaping of both properties and additional renovation of the Inn at 120 South Union to include a future expansion of a float spa. The success of The Old Library project will be measured by increased bookings of events, banquets, overnight stays and return on investment. In addition to providing jobs, the owners are supporting the local economy by featuring local artists and musicians and purchasing produce and meat from local farms. Empire State Development Acting Commissioner and President & CEO-designate Eric Gertler said, “The Old Library’s new chapter, made possible by the DRI, will contribute to Olean’s goal of a vibrant downtown that will make residents proud and introduce visitors to all the region has to offer.” Secretary of State Rossana Rosado said, “The completion of the Old Library Project exemplifies how Olean is capitalizing on the Governor’s DRI program to create a thriving downtown community for residents and visitors to enjoy.” The Old Library received a $719,500 DRI capital grant to expand its business, create jobs and increase tourism to the Olean area.  The project supports the following DRI strategies: Promotes the restoration and adaptive reuse of heritage buildings to accommodate new and expanding businesses. Establishes a destination restaurant, event center and boutique inn in the heart of the downtown to better support tourism and visitation. Complements and leverages the planned improvements to Lincoln Park, which is directly across Union Street, and reinforces the area around the Union Street/State Street intersection as the civic and cultural heart of downtown. Creates up to 65 new employment opportunities in the downtown district. Leverages adjacent DRI-proposed projects including South Union Streetscape. Elevates the importance and momentum of downtown’s renewal and resurgence and signals this to other potential downtown investors. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo launched the Downtown Revitalization Initiative in 2016, a $100 million effort to improve the vitality of urban centers across New York State. Downtown Olean was selected as a Round Two DRI winner for Western New York, receiving $10 million based on the strength of its vision for downtown renewal. Olean’s vision is to make the city vibrant and residents optimistic about opportunities to work, to learn and to thrive in Olean, with a special emphasis on retaining younger and college-educated residents. A renewed commitment by the city and numerous public and private partners to revitalize Olean has resulted in key investments downtown, including the redevelopment of the historic Manny Hanny Building and several other major mixed-use buildings. WNY Regional Economic Development Council Co-Chair and Buffalo State College President Dr. Katherine Conway-Turner said,” The REDC recognizes the vital importance of our Downtown districts to the continued growth and future development of the entire region. Projects such as the Old Library are helping to reinvigorate the heart of Olean. By investing in the character and authenticity of Olean’s downtown the DRI is helping the community capitalize on its assets and enhance the urban opportunities for businesses, residents and visitors.” Senator George Borrello said, “Today marks another milestone in realizing the transformation of downtown Olean into a thriving cultural destination and economic engine for the region. The state’s investment of DRI funds, combined with the DeCerbo’s incredible vision and determination, have given new life to the Old Library – a historic gem that was a beloved gathering place for generations.  As a restaurant and event center, this beautiful building will bring residents and visitors to the heart of Olean, stimulating the economy and adding a new chapter to the legacy of this proud landmark.” Assemblyman Joseph Giglio said, “This is the kind of project that energizes a community, and we look forward to all of the good things that are going to happen as a result. Innovative ideas like this are a key to success for communities. It is wonderful to witness the repurposing of the historic Carnegie Library, which has been a center of activity since it was built in 1909.” City of Olean Mayor William J. Aiello said, “We thank Governor Cuomo for selecting Olean as a DRI recipient. We are pleased to attend the ribbon cutting for one of our most dynamic DRI projects. Thanks to the remarkable renovations, this great old building will serve the community as a unique restaurant for years to come.” 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 NEW YORK,” the State’s iconic tourism brand. For more information on Regional Councils and Empire State Development, please visit and www.esd.ny.gov. Contacts: Pamm Lent (Governor’s office) | [email protected] | 716-846-8309 Laura Magee (ESD) | [email protected] | 716-846-8239
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