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Press Release

Thursday, December 19, 2019 - 6:09pm
New State-of-the-Art Facility Will Serve More Than 12,000 City Children Project Complements Ongoing Revitalization Efforts and State Investments in Schenectady's Hamilton Hill and Mont Pleasant Neighborhoods Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the grand opening of the $13 million state-of-the-art Adeline Wright Graham Boys & Girls Clubs of Schenectady. The new facility will allow the Schenectady County's leading youth organization to expand their services and triple daily attendance to more than 300 children and teens every day.  "As we continue to make residential and commercial investments in our downtown areas, it's equally important that we identify new ways to provide children the supportive, nurturing environments they need to build a bright future," Governor Cuomo said. "This new Boys & Girls Club will do just that - giving local families a safe, fun and stimulating place to go when they're not at school or work." "The opening of the new Boys & Girls Clubs in Schenectady's Mont Pleasant and Hamilton Hill neighborhoods is a game changer for children and families in the area," Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul said. "This project is a great example of the importance of public-private partnerships and support to advance economic development and enhance quality of life in communities across the state. The $13 million facility significantly expands the number of children served and provides state-of-the-art amenities including a full-size basketball court, high-tech game rooms, and performance theater. This investment complements other state investments in the city's neighborhoods and downtown to help ensure continued growth and success." Read the full press release here. 
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Thursday, December 19, 2019 - 6:04pm
All 10 Regional Economic Development Councils Receive Funding to Drive Local Economies Forward and Implement Strategic Plans for Growth Central New York, Southern Tier, Mohawk Valley, Capital Region and Long Island Named 'Top Performers' - Awarded $429.8 Million in Total Funding Western NY, Finger Lakes, North Country, Mid-Hudson and New York City Awarded $331.7 Million Total as Regional Awardees Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that more than $761 million in economic and community development funding has been awarded through Round IX of the Regional Economic Development Council initiative. Since its inception in 2011, over $6.9 billion has been awarded to more than 8,300 projects that are projected to create and retain more than 240,000 jobs statewide through the REDC process. "Throughout the Regional Economic Development Council process over the past nine years, we have seen unprecedented regional investment focusing on a ground-up, strategic model that has spurred tremendous growth in every corner of this great state," Governor Cuomo said. "By bringing together local leaders and stakeholders who are invested in their communities we have replaced the 'one size fits all' approach to economic development with one that is unique to each community, creating opportunities for success all across the Empire State." "By empowering local officials and stakeholders who know their communities best, we have transformed the state's economic development strategy into one that is not only successful, but is built to last," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, Chair of the Regional Economic Development Councils. "Together, we are revitalizing downtowns, supporting and attracting businesses, and welcoming new residents and visitors. Through the REDCs, we are advancing the strategic economic development strategies of each region and supporting growth as part of the Downtown and Upstate Revitalization Initiatives. With a focus on workforce development and growth of high-tech industries, we are adding new job opportunities and strengthening the economy of New York State." Read the full press release here. 
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Board Meeting

Thursday, December 19, 2019 - 12:00pm
With videoconferencing to: Empire State Development – Albany Office 625 Broadway – Conference Room 812 Albany, NY 12245 The New York State Department of Labor State Campus – Building 12 Albany, New York 12240 The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets 10B Airline Drive Albany, New York 12235
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Board Meeting

Thursday, December 19, 2019 - 11:30am
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Board Meeting

Thursday, December 19, 2019 - 9:30am
With videoconferencing to: Empire State Development – Albany Office 625 Broadway – Room 824 Albany, NY 12245
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Press Release

Wednesday, December 18, 2019 - 4:30pm
Empire State Development (ESD) and the State University of New York (SUNY) today announced the New York Center for Research, Economic Advancement, Technology, Engineering and Science, or NY CREATES, held its first board meeting and is formally leading operations of Fuller Road (FRMC) and Fort Schuyler (FSMC) Management Corporations, two non-profits affiliated with the SUNY Polytechnic Institute (SUNY Poly). Since May 2018, ESD and SUNY have worked together to restructure the portfolio of economic development projects affiliated with SUNY Poly by launching NY CREATES as a single non-profit to manage the portfolio. This strengthens the oversight, management, governance and delivery of projects by focusing the NY CREATES management team on core non-academic, economic development-related programs led by Fort Schuyler Management Corporation, Fuller Road Management Corporation and SUNY. Consistent with its not-for-profit purposes, the mission of NY CREATES is to advance high-tech research, development and commercialization opportunities through the acquisition, construction and management of state-of-the-art facilities and programs, while promoting economic development, education and workforce training throughout New York. SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson said, "While today marks the official formation of NY CREATES, the team has already been partner to significant public-private collaboration with ESD, SUNY, and growing companies including Applied Materials, Cree, and IBM. We look forward to these ventures and more emanating from the Capital District to benefit research and job opportunities across the state." Empire State Development Acting Commissioner and President & CEO-designate Eric Gertler said, “This milestone for NY CREATES allows ESD, SUNY, and NY CREATES to build upon the tremendous successes we have made over this last year which includes partnerships with IBM, Applied Materials and Cree and combined private/public investments of over $4 billion into the Upstate economy. I look forward to working with our partners to build upon these accomplishments by expanding opportunities to collaborate with additional academic and industrial partners which will lead to continued smart growth of the high-tech industry in New York State.” NY CREATES is being led by inaugural President Dr. Douglas A. Grose, former CEO of GLOBALFOUNDRIES. Since June 2018, Dr. Grose has been serving as President of Fuller Road and Fort Schuyler Management Corporations and as a SUNY executive to oversee existing operations, new opportunities, and the reorganization as NY CREATES. The Commissioner, President & CEO of ESD and SUNY Chancellor serve as ex-officio advisory representatives to the NY CREATES board. Dr. Bahgat Sammakia, a SUNY distinguished professor of mechanical engineering, the Vice President for Research at Binghamton University and the former interim SUNY Poly President has been designated as the Chair of the NY CREATES Board.  Kristin Proud, who currently serves as Vice Chair of the FRMC Board and who previously served New York State as Deputy Secretary to the Governor for Human Services, Technology and Operations, has been designated as Vice Chair of the NY CREATES Board. Dr. Douglas A. Grose, President of NY CREATES said, “NY CREATES was formed to serve as a critical resource for universities, industry partners, and the innovation-centered sector, and we have already been working to build on our successes by leveraging our physical and intellectual assets to further foster collaborations across New York State. We look forward to continuing to work closely with Empire State Development, SUNY, and our other stakeholders to maximize the positive impact of our current projects—and advance new ones—in support of this state’s robust high-tech economic development clusters that provide exciting opportunities for cutting-edge research and job growth.” Dr. Grace Wang, Interim President of SUNY Poly said, “SUNY Poly is proud to work with our partners, including Empire State Development and now NY CREATES, to support New York State’s high-tech ecosystem. SUNY Poly has always focused on providing a world-class education to our students, acting as a catalyst for the invaluable high-tech workforce development efforts that enable the continued growth and success of New York State’s 21st century economy. Combined with our faculty’s unmatched innovation-based expertise, SUNY Poly is thrilled to continue its academic and research mission as it bolsters the state’s leadership in the technological areas that are increasingly impacting and improving lives.” Since May 2018, NY CREATES leadership has been managing the multiple non-profit entities to enhance governance and provide an effective and efficient working environment. As a result, NY CREATES, along with SUNY and New York State, has attracted significant new projects, while building on recent reforms to ensure integrity, transparency and accountability. In addition to assuming leadership of SUNY Poly’s non-academic industrial partnership-focused economic development portfolio, NY CREATES will collaborate with SUNY, as the lead academic institution, to partner with other universities and colleges across the state; and with ESD, the state’s chief economic development agency, to advance innovative new research and development projects and develop strategic assets that support the growth of high-tech companies. NY CREATES will continue to build on the successes of prior efforts that have attracted growing and high-paying industries and leading technology companies to New York State, including GLOBALFOUNDRIES, IBM, Tesla, Applied Materials, Cree, Tokyo Electron, Danfoss and others, which has generated thousands of jobs in the Capital Region and across Upstate New York. Mukesh Khare, Vice President of AI Hardware Research at IBM said, “NY CREATES has helped to bring together key collaborators in both the public and private sectors to open new avenues of innovation for IBM’s AI Hardware Research Center in Albany, NY. We value our shared goal to create and incubate hardware technologies to fuel the future of computing.” “The formation of NY CREATES strengthens New York’s stature as a leading hub for high-tech innovation,” said Om Nalamasu, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Applied Materials. “We deeply appreciate the support and collaboration from the team at NY CREATES along with ESD and SUNY Poly as Applied Materials grows its advanced R&D capabilities in the state.” Cree CEO Gregg Lowe said, “Cree’s experience working with the Empire State Development team, and NY CREATES, has been a pleasure over the past three months, and we look forward to many more years of collaborating and creating new opportunities for economic development and job creation in the Mohawk Valley.” With the strong support of ESD, SUNY, and New York State, NY CREATES’ vision is to further expand New York’s position as a technology and economic development leader; leveraging cutting-edge facilities and infrastructure in conjunction with its world-class resources and expertise to enable innovation as well as private and corporate investments to create excellent employment opportunities across New York. For more information on NY CREATES visit their website at www.ny-creates.org. Contact: Kristin Devoe (ESD) | [email protected] | (518) 292-5107 Holly Liapis (SUNY) | [email protected] | (518) 320-1311 Steve Ference (SUNY Poly) [email protected] | 518-956-7319
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Press Release

Wednesday, December 18, 2019 - 4:11pm
Squarespace to Build Out New Space At West Village Headquarters, Growing New York Office 20 Percent By 2022 Expansion Will Create over 150 New Tech Jobs in Engineering, Product Design, Marketing and Operations Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that Squarespace, the all-in-one website building platform that delivers award-winning design to millions of customers, will expand its global headquarters in New York City, growing its New York presence 20 percent by 2022. The expansion will create over 150 new tech jobs — seventy percent of which will be on Squarespace's engineering team, with the remainder supporting product design, marketing, operations and other roles that will support the company's rapid growth. As part of the expansion, Squarespace will invest in building out two newly-leased floors in the West Village's historic Maltz Building. Today's announcement supports Governor Cuomo's efforts to further develop New York's tech economy and to create jobs in communities across the state. "New York State has added tens of thousands of tech jobs over the last decade — and we are not slowing down anytime soon. Thanks to smart state investments in the tech-talent pipeline, we are continuing to grow our economy and generate opportunities for New Yorkers," Governor Cuomo said. "Squarespace is a prime example of New York's tech-industry strength, and we are proud they are expanding their global headquarters — helping cement our position as a global tech leader." Read the full press release here. 
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Board Meeting

Wednesday, December 18, 2019 - 2:00pm
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Press Release

Wednesday, December 18, 2019 - 10:36am
Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation Will Contribute Additional $1.5M To Fund Buffalo Billion Initiative Will Ensure Western New York's Workforce Pipeline Meets Industry Demands Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced today that applications are open for Round 2 of the Western New York Workforce Development Challenge.  To further build on the program's first-round success, the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation also announced an additional $1.5 million contribution, for a fund total of $11.5 million. The Workforce Development Challenge, a Buffalo Billion initiative, ensures the region's workforce pipeline is responding to industry demands by promoting and investing in scalable approaches to workforce training for underserved populations.  "Connecting Western New York's economic development efforts with workforce training will help employers in our growing industries have access to the high-quality, high-skilled labor needed to fill job openings and be competitive," said Governor Cuomo. "The significant investments we are making in focused programs like this ensures that we will meet the needs of a growing economy." "We are re-imagining workforce development in an innovative way to meet the needs of employers who are looking to hire for jobs available now as well as those that will be filled by the next generation," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "The Western New York Workforce Development Challenge is helping to ensure we close the skills gap and provide New Yorkers with job training and education they need to thrive in the 21st century. The effort builds on our $175 million Workforce Development Initiative working to meet businesses' needs for economic growth and success, and provide financial stability and dignity to New Yorkers and their families." Read the full press release here.
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Press Release

Tuesday, December 17, 2019 - 12:45pm
Full-Service Environmental Firm Will Move to Larger Facility in the Town of Macedon and Create up to 32 Jobs Investment Complements “Finger Lakes Forward” – The Region’s Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy Empire State Development (ESD) today announced that environmental management and remediation company Sessler Environmental Services will move to a larger facility in the Town of Macedon in Wayne County and will create up to 32 new jobs over the next five years. Citing its rapid growth, the company will move into a 21,000 square-foot building located at 1330 Research Forest in Macedon. The project will include the renovation of the building and the purchase of needed machinery and equipment. Sessler Environmental Services (SES) expects to be operating at the new facility sometime in the spring of 2020. Empire State Development Acting Commissioner and President & CEO-designate Eric Gertler said, “Sessler Environmental Service’s decision to grow its business is wonderful news for Wayne County. This successful company will be creating new jobs and opportunity in the Finger Lakes region, further building on our strategic efforts that are revitalizing the Upstate economy.” Founded in 2016 by Brian, Daniel, Jeffrey, Kevin and Nicholas Sessler, SES handles environmental services for clients in the federal, public, and private sectors throughout the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Great Lakes regions of the United States. SES specializes in decontamination, decommissioning and demolition work, environmental remediation and disaster relief among other services. President of Sessler Environmental Services Brian Sessler said, “We are very pleased and excited to relocate and expand our company’s operations. This new facility will meet our growing corporate needs and support our client requirements while allowing SES to hire additional staff requirements. We also are very pleased and would like to thank Empire State Development for their assistance.” ESD is assisting the company with its expansion project through a $250,000 Capital Grant. Up to 32 new jobs will be created;111 jobs will be retained. Wayne County and Greater Rochester Enterprise are also assisting with the project. The total project cost has been placed at a little more than $2.267 million. State Senator Pamela Helming said, “This is a tremendous step forward for Sessler Environmental Services, Wayne County and the Finger Lakes Region as a whole. This expansion will help our economy grow, create more good paying jobs and strengthen our community. Congratulations to Sessler Environmental Services on this accomplishment." State Assemblyman Brian Manktelow said, “It is great news that Sessler Environmental has decided to move its offices to Macedon and commit to adding new jobs. Their proximity to Monroe County will allow Sessler to continue and grow its relationship with operations it has already established there, which will benefit everyone. This is an excellent company. Their quality of work and expertise is well-known in our area and will continue to be a positive asset. I look forward to supporting the company’s endeavor to expand and grow their business in Wayne County and beyond.” Macedon Town Supervisor Sandy Pagano said, "I am very pleased that Sessler’s has chosen Macedon for their business operations. The growth in adding new jobs to our area is remarkable. Research Forest is located in the planned community of Gananda, within the Town of Macedon. To see that area develop is wonderful." Wayne County Industrial Development Agency CEO & Executive Director Brian Pincelli said, “SES has a history of providing exceptional environmental services across the northeastern United States. We’re excited to see them grow here and appreciate their investment in Wayne County.” Matt Hurlbutt, president and CEO, Greater Rochester Enterprise said, “Sessler Environmental leaders found a high-quality site in Wayne County’s Macedon to support their unique infrastructure needs. In addition, the strong talent pipeline in manufacturing and engineering in the Greater Rochester, NY region will further accelerate Sessler’s business growth.” For more information about Sessler Environmental Services, 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 $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. ​ Contact: Shari Voorhees-Vincent | [email protected] | (585) 399-7055 Press Office | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313
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