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Press Release

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 3:41pm
USA Niagara Development Corporation (USAN) Board of Directors met today and authorized the Corporation to formally enter into a development agreement with Brine Wells Development LLC or its wholly-owned affiliate to start the Hotel Niagara restoration project.  The Hotel Niagara is the oldest standing hotel in Niagara Falls and retains much of the architectural integrity that once made it an iconic piece of the city’s skyline. The approximately $42 million project will utilize historic preservation tax credits to transform the property into a full-service, 160-room “upper-upscale” hotel with restaurants, lounges and banquet facilities.  Construction will start in August 2019 with an expected reopening in 2021.  Renderings are available here. “This development agreement with Brine Wells to start the restoration of Hotel Niagara represents a major milestone in New York State’s continued efforts to grow tourism, economic and recreational-related activity to downtown Niagara Falls,” said USAN Board of Directors Chairwoman Francine DelMonte.  “The transformation taking place in Niagara Falls is thanks to the dedicated members of the USAN Board and Governor Cuomo’s commitment to ensuring the region remains a world-class tourism destination.  I look forward to Brine Wells returning the ‘grand lady’ of the City’s hotel collection to its former glory.” “We are looking forward to continuing our working relationship with USAN and bringing this Grand Hotel back to life for the Niagara Falls community,” said Brine Wells Development LLC Managing Member Ed Riley. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced in July 2017 that Brine Wells was designated as “preferred developer” for the restoration of the Hotel Niagara on Centennial Circle in downtown Niagara Falls, New York.  Since that time, the developer has been completing its due diligence, finishing design work, securing approvals, and structuring financing while negotiating the development agreement with USAN.  Brine Wells will pay USAN $1 to purchase the property and will receive an ESD economic development incentive of $3.5 million.  Brine Wells will also secure state/federal historic tax credits for the project.  The project will employ 150 direct, full-time equivalent (FTE) construction jobs and 67 direct, full-time equivalent (FTE) permanent jobs. The Hotel Niagara property was acquired by USA Niagara in July 2016 with $4.4 million in Buffalo Billion funds.  Brine Wells Development's plans will restore the lobby and related spaces to a quality level consistent with the property’s original design and restore the main ballroom to its original 1920s condition. An on-site, full-service restaurant will focus on local foods and New York State wines, to be complimented by a lounge also equipped with sidewalk patio facilities. Other amenities include private meeting and dining rooms, a gift shop and exercise facilities. A new roof top terrace lounge is also part of the project. Brine Wells Development has worked with the New York State Historic Preservation Office and the National Park Service and has secured his approvals for a design that will fully maintain the historic integrity of the building. The first rehabilitation of a historic hotel in the City of Niagara Falls, the project will restore the building’s finishes, architectural details and design elements to the original intent and offer its guests high quality service.  Built in 1924, the 12-story Hotel Niagara was among the city’s finest lodging and banquet establishments and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Although it has long held a prominent spot in the downtown Niagara Falls skyline, decades of deferred maintenance, neglect and multiple changes in ownership resulted in the property’s degradation and eventual vacancy. The Hotel Niagara’s final iteration, a Travelodge, closed in 2007. Brine Wells Development previously completed a similar transformation of the 95-year-old Hotel Syracuse in Syracuse, New York. That $75 million project resulted in the Marriott Syracuse, a complete rehabilitation into a full-service, four-diamond facility with 261 guestrooms, two historic ballrooms, an IACC certified conference space, six food and beverage venues and a completely restored lobby. That property opened in August 2016. In other news, Paul J. Tronolone, AICP was named Acting President of USAN.  A certified city planner with over 30 years’ experience, Tronolone currently serves as ESD Western New York Vice President of Policy & Planning and is a member of ESD’s Western New York leadership team. He first joined USAN in 2005 as a Senior Project Manager and has led a series of projects for the corporation before taking on his current duties for ESD.   Mr. Tronolone will temporarily oversee day-to-day operations of USAN and help lead a search process for a new permanent president for the corporation.  About USA Niagara Development Corporation USAN, a subsidiary of Empire State Development Corporation, is solely dedicated to the support and promotion of economic development initiatives in Niagara Falls by leveraging private investment and encouraging growth and renewal of the tourism industry in the City of Niagara Falls.  For more information, visit www.usaniagara.com.   Contact: Pamm Lent | pamm.lent@esd.ny.gov | (716) 846-8309 | (800) 260-7313 Laura Magee | laura.magee@esd.ny.gov | (716) 846-8239 | (800) 260-7313
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Press Release

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 3:38pm
Full List of the 2018 REDC Awards is Available at www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov Empire State Development's Division of Tourism today announced that more than $90 million in funding was awarded to support tourism-related projects this week during Round VIII of the Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) awards. Included in these awards was nearly $15 million for 60 projects through the state's Market New York grant program, designed specifically to strengthen tourism and attract visitors to New York State by promoting destinations, attractions and special events, and as well as supporting tourism-related capital improvement projects. Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, "Tourism is a great success story and tremendous economic engine across New York State. When domestic and international visitors travel to our communities to enjoy our world-class attractions, they are spending billions of dollars and supporting our small businesses and tourism industry jobs." Tourism is now the state's third largest employer, responsible for 938,800 jobs annually. Last year, New York State welcomed a record-high 243.8 million visitors who spent $67.6 billion, supporting a total economic impact of more than $100 billion for the fourth straight year. Awards include support for capital projects at New York State's world-class museums, arts and music venues, and funds for festivals, events and regional tourism marketing initiatives. Regional Council funding will encourage agritourism growth by supporting projects at some of the state's craft beverage producers, now numbering more than 1,000 statewide. Additional projects will further the state's tourism infrastructure, creating a destination that is welcoming, family-friendly and a place where everyone can find what they love. This year, several projects from across the state were awarded to coincide with WorldPride 2019 and Stonewall50. WorldPride, the largest international LGBT Pride celebration, is coming to New York in 2019, marking the first time it has been held in the United States. The commemoration includes marches, performances and festivals that promote LGBT pride. This coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising where, in June 1969, LGBT community members held spontaneous demonstrations at New York City's Stonewall Inn, considered by many as the catalyst for the modern LGBT rights movement. New York State Executive Director of Tourism Ross D. Levi said, "New York State continues to support vital capital projects and innovative marketing initiatives by public and private tourism partners across the state. These awards complement the funding and efforts dedicated to the I LOVE NY promotional campaign. While some other states are severely cutting back their tourism funding, New York’s leadership recognizes the incredible value of investing in this booming industry." Market New York launched in 2012 as part of Round II of the REDC initiative, offering up to $3 million to support tourism projects. Since its inception, the program has awarded more than $80 million to support 375 projects across the state. Market New York supports various tourism marketing initiatives, from capital and construction projects, to special events and consumer and industry trade shows. The program works to ensure that each funded proposal will complement and support the long-term strategic plans for economic growth as put forth by the REDCs. More than $760 million in state resources was awarded through 30 programs and 11 agencies during Round VIII of the initiative. Information on all REDC Round VIII Awards, including tourism-related and Market New York-supported projects, is available online at www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov. About the Regional Economic Development Councils The Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) initiative is a key component of Governor Cuomo's approach to State investment and economic development. In 2011, Governor Cuomo established 10 Regional Councils to develop long-term strategic plans for economic growth for their regions. The Councils are public-private partnerships made up of local experts and stakeholders from business, academia, local government, and non-governmental organizations. The Regional Councils have redefined the way New York invests in jobs and economic growth by putting in place a community-based, bottom up approach and establishing a competitive process for State resources. After eight rounds of the REDC process, more than $6.1 billion has been awarded to more than 7,300 job creation and community development projects consistent with each region’s strategic plans, projecting to create and retain more than 230,000 jobs. For more information on the Regional Councils, visit www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov. About New York State New York State features 11 beautiful vacation regions. New York’s attractions feature landmarks such as Niagara Falls, the largest park in the continental U.S. in the Adirondacks and treasures such as the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown and the Strong Museum of Play in Rochester. New York State offers diverse activities for all: outdoor fun- snowmobiling, skiing and snowboarding, fishing, hiking and boating, year-round festivals and exploring the rich history and culture of one of the 13 original colonies. Visitors also enjoy the fine cuisine, beverage trails and farm-to-table fresh foods. For more information, visit iloveny.com.   Contact: Adam Ostrowski | adam.ostrowski@esd.ny.gov | (518) 292-5148 ESD Press Office | pressoffice@esd.ny.gov | (800) 260-7313  
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Board Meeting

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 3:00pm
With videoconferencing to:   Empire State Development 633 Third Avenue, 37th Floor                         New York, NY 10017
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Board Meeting

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 9:30am
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Board Meeting

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 4:50am
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Press Release

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 - 5:04pm
A Full List of the 2018 REDC Awards is Available at www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov As part of Round VIII of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Regional Council initiative, the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council (MHREDC) was awarded $87.1 million for 122 projects that build on the region’s assets to invest in the future. The announcement, which supports projects in Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, Rockland, Sullivan, Orange, and Ulster Counties, was made Tuesday in Albany.  In the first eight rounds of the Regional Council initiative, the Mid-Hudson region has been awarded $647.8 million in state support for 809 projects across the region. Established in 2011 as a centerpiece of the Governor’s strategy to jumpstart the economy and create jobs, the Regional Councils replaced the state’s old top-down approach to economic development with one that is community-based and performance-driven. The initiative empowers communities, business and academic leaders, as well as members of the public in each region of the state, to develop strategic plans specifically tailored to their region's unique strengths and resources to create jobs, improve quality of life and grow the economy. Donald P. Christian, SUNY New Paltz President and MHREDC Co-Chair, said, “The Mid-Hudson region is thrilled to have been selected as a Top Performer in Round VIII of the REDC Initiative, and we look forward to using the funds provided to foster innovative projects that deliver economic growth and job creation for the entire region.” The following Mid-Hudson projects are highlights of projects awarded funding in Round VIII: Orange County $1.831 million to Orange County Community College Association to invest in Phase I of the Innovation Grand Street Project. The project involves the renovation of two vacant/underutilized buildings in the City of Newburgh's historic downtown district. The project will create space for training and programming that addresses specific needs for an educated workforce and encourages entrepreneurship in the region's growing industries along with collaborative partners and local businesses. Sullivan County $1 million to The Center for Discovery (TCFD) for the development of a new Research Institute for Brain & Body Health. This is part of a $4.8 million investment to transform a 164,000 square foot vacant commercial property in Rock Hill, located in the Town of Thompson, into a state-of-the-art bio-behavioral and healthcare facility including a Children's Specialty Hospital and special education school program. Six laboratories will allow for pioneering studies in Autism Spectrum Disorders, medical frailties, Alzheimer's and dementia and other chronic, complex conditions.  Ulster County $800,000 to Bread Alone to expand its Lake Katrine bakery. Bread Alone is a certified organic, values-driven bakery that has been operating in the Hudson Valley since 1983. The expansion will add 15,000 square feet and position the bakery to sell more of its organic breads to their growing customer base. The $4.4 million expansion will further increase Bread Alone's commitment to sustainable business operations, featuring LEED-certified construction and expanded use of renewable energy. A full list of the 2018 REDC awards is available at www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov. This spring, Governor Cuomo launched Round VIII of the REDC.  During Round VIII, the Strategic Implementation Assessment Team (SIAT), which is composed of state agency commissioners and members of the New York State Legislature, traveled to Rome, Rochester and White Plains to receive presentations on this year’s proposals from each of the ten Regional Councils directly and assessed the implementation of the regions’ strategic plans. In 2018, all 10 REDCs competed for designation as a “Top Performer.”  Five Top Performers received up to $20 million in additional Empire State Development grant funding to support priority projects, with the remaining five regions receiving up to $10 million. Additionally, each region is eligible for up to $75 million in additional Excelsior Jobs Program tax credits to help attract and grow businesses in the region. Since 2011, the first year of the initiative, more than $6.1 billion has been awarded to more than 7.300 projects that are projected to create and retain more than 230,000 jobs statewide. To learn more about the MHREDC, visit https://regionalcouncils.ny.gov/mid-hudson. About the Regional Economic Development Councils The Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) initiative is a key component of Governor Cuomo's approach to State investment and economic development. In 2011, Governor Cuomo established 10 Regional Councils to develop long-term strategic plans for economic growth for their regions. The Councils are public-private partnerships made up of local experts and stakeholders from business, academia, local government, and non-governmental organizations. The Regional Councils have redefined the way New York invests in jobs and economic growth by putting in place a community-based, bottom up approach and establishing a competitive process for State resources. After eight rounds of the REDC process, more than $6.1 billion has been awarded to more than 7,300 job creation and community development projects consistent with each region's strategic plans, projecting to create and retain more than 230,000 jobs. For more information on the Regional Councils, visit www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov.     Contact: Adam Kilduff | adam.kilduff@esd.ny.gov | 212-803-3744 ESD Press Office | pressoffice@esd.ny.gov | (800) 260-7313
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Press Release

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 - 11:55am
Projects that will move forward as a result of Round VIII of the Regional Council initiative include AgriAmerica Fruit Products in Fredonia, Welch’s Building redevelopment in Westfield, Sturgeon Point marina repairs in Evans, Rosina Food Products in West Seneca and St. Mary’s Block stabilization in Niagara Falls A full list of the 2018 REDC awards is available at www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov As part of Round VIII of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Regional Council initiative, the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council (WNYREDC) was awarded $66 million for 118 projects that build on the region’s assets and invest in the future. The announcement, which supports projects in Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie and Niagara counties, was made Tuesday in Albany.  In the first eight rounds of the Regional Council initiative, the Western New York region has been awarded $553.2 million in state support for 781 projects across the region. Established in 2011 as a centerpiece of the Governor’s strategy to jumpstart the economy and create jobs, the Regional Councils replaced the state’s old top-down approach to economic development with one that is community-based and performance-driven. The initiative empowers communities, business and academic leaders, as well as members of the public in each region of the state, to develop strategic plans specifically tailored to their region’s unique strengths and resources to create jobs, improve quality of life and grow the economy. “Each year I am amazed by the dedication of our WNYREDC members, community leaders and project principles as they advance our locally-developed economic development strategies,” said Jeff Belt, CEO of SolEpoxy and Western New York Regional Economic Development Council Co-chair.  “Their work and Governor Cuomo’s commitment to Western New York are advancing our core strategies and realizing the region’s turnaround.” “On behalf of the Western New York REDC, I am proud to be taking home $66 million for the region to drive the progress we are seeing and feeling in our communities,” said Virginia Horvath, President of SUNY Fredonia and  Western New York Regional Economic Development Council Co-chair.  “The projects that this funding will advance will propel foundational change in our region and focus on the core strategies that will ensure our economy continues a steady growth trajectory.” The Western New York region’s 2011 strategic plan, “A Strategy for Prosperity,” leverages the region’s strategic advantages in key industry sectors including advanced manufacturing, agriculture, bi-national logistics, energy, health & life sciences, higher education, professional services and tourism. The plan focuses on economic enablers that promote smart growth, prepare the workforce and foster a culture of entrepreneurship.  The following Western New York projects are highlights of projects awarded funding in Round VIII: Allegany County $700,000 to Ninos Tile LLC to create an in-fill development at 3 North Main Street in Alfred that will transform it into a five-floor, multiuse facility, which will include first floor retail/commercial space and 18 to 24 market rate housing rental units. $625,000 to IncubatorWorks to expand its current services and provide new programming focused on developing an entrepreneurial community encompassing leadership, mentorship, engagement and the creation of new businesses in Allegany County. $456,750 to Village of Cuba for a Main Street Revitalization project. The village will assist in the renovation of mixed-used properties in the village’s downtown.  Cattaraugus County $250,000 to Town of Olean to construct a sewer collection system to replace aged and failing private septic systems. $200,000 to Cattaraugus County for a joint salt/sand facility.  Cattaraugus County and the Town of Ashford will work together to construct a salt/sand storage facility to be used by both municipalities, allowing both to consolidate their salt piles into one. The facility will prevent contamination of nearby drinking water wells and Buttermilk Creek. Chautauqua County $1,000,000 to Town of Westfield for Welch’s Building Redevelopment.  The Town of Westfield will transform the former Welch’s Building in Westfield into a multi-use structure with commercial, retail and residential units aligns with the region’s smart growth principles. $498,600 to AgriAmerica Fruit Products, LLC to fit-out and modernize a previously closed grape juice manufacturing facility in Fredonia, reusing it as a plant that will produce custom-made fruit juice concentrate manufacturing. Chautauqua County is the largest grape-producing county in the state and part of the world’s oldest and largest designated Concord grape growing region. The $2.4 million reuse project will help reverse drastic losses incurred in Western New York’s grape growing industry caused by recent closures in local processing plants and revive farm revenue by providing a sustainable market for fruit grown by more than 74 local family farms. Projected outcomes include job growth in food processing, fruit farming, distribution and construction and retail sectors. $220,000 to the Northern Chautauqua Local Economic Development Initiative for the White Inn.  Renovations will be made to the shuttered historic White Inn in the heart of downtown Fredonia and reopen as a boutique hotel, restaurant and banquet facility. Erie County $2,000,000 to Rosina Food Product, Inc. for its Protein Operation Expansion. The $32 million project includes building a new 120,000 square foot plant and production line for manufacturing a variety of meat product – doubling the company’s current production capacity and relocating production from out-of-state to the new facility in West Seneca. This is the first phase of a potentially multi-phased master plan to retain Rosina Food in Western New York. $1,500,000 to Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens to demolish several outdated buildings, which will provide space for an addition that will include a butterfly conservatory, educational classrooms, expanded grow houses, event space, a variety of unique exhibits, a café, and expanded visitor and admissions areas.  The Botanical Gardens also plans to grow its offerings in the newly constructed facility. $1,200,000 million to Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute for the Center for Therapeutic Interactions, which will allow for the creation and operation of a new facility and research center around Cryo-Electron Microscopy technology (Cryo-EM), which will accelerate drug discovery and treatment of disease. The $4.3 million project includes interior demolition and construction of the research suite that conforms to specific equipment specifications. Upon completion, the Center will be a magnet for biomedical R&D companies to establish regional research hubs near the Cryo-EM facilities, with associated job creation at multiple levels.  $1,161,225 to Town of Evans for Sturgeon Point Marina Repairs.  The Town of Evans will implement its Local Waterfront Revitalization Program by designing and constructing repairs to the western breakwater which protects the Sturgeon Point Marina. The walkway atop the breakwall will also be repaired to reestablish safe public access. This project will guarantee the safe operation of this popular recreational resource, which provides boat dockage and public access to the waters and fisheries in Lake Erie and opens the door for future marina expansion. $1,000,000 to Shea’s O’Connell Preservation Guild to install a multi-story elevator tower that provides greater accessibility to those with disabilities and mobility issues, while increasing capacity for more restrooms, concessions and storage, plus additional basement and top-level space for storage and offices. Niagara County $2,233,395 to City of Niagara Falls for St. Mary’s Block Stabilization.  The City of Niagara Falls will make streetscaping improvements/blight removal on 6th & 7th Streets between Walnut Ave. & Niagara St. to support the development of the former St. Mary’s Hospital at 515-6th Street. $273,000 to Aquarium of Niagara. Aquarium of Niagara will construct three new interactive touch pools at its main entrance where guests will begin their immersive experience by dipping their hands into tropical pools to discover the unique texture and movement of stingrays, sharks and marine invertebrates. $100,000 to Town of Lewiston for Artpark Feasibility Study.  Artpark has embarked on a journey to create a new Master Plan and significantly improve its facilities and broaden market appeal to ensure future viability and will serve as the design of physical layout at the largest scale for Artpark’s forthcoming development, including a plan for its timing and phasing. $125,000 to Lockport Locks Heritage District Corporation for Lock Tender Tribute.  The project seeks to honor an iconic 19th-century photograph of lock tenders on the steps of the old Flight of Five locks in Lockport, by creating 14 life-sized bronze sculptures of those same lock tenders. They will be placed on the steps of the Flight of Five, which is undergoing restoration and rehabilitation efforts in the city. A full list of the 2018 REDC awards is available at www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov. This spring, Governor Cuomo launched Round VIII of the REDC.  During Round VIII, the Strategic Implementation Assessment Team (SIAT), which is composed of state agency commissioners and members of the New York State Legislature, traveled to Rome, Rochester and White Plains to receive presentations on this year’s proposals from each of the ten Regional Councils directly and assessed the implementation of the regions’ strategic plans. In 2018, all 10 REDCs competed for designation as a “Top Performer.”  Five Top Performers will receive up to $20 million in additional Empire State Development grant funding to support priority projects, with the remaining five regions receiving up to $10 million. Additionally, each region is eligible for up to $75 million in additional Excelsior Jobs Program tax credits to help attract and grow businesses in the region. Since 2011, the first year of the initiative, more than $6.1 billion has been awarded to more than 7.300 projects that are projected to create and retain more than 230,000 jobs statewide. To learn more about the WNYREDC, visit http://regionalcouncils.ny.gov/content/western-new-york. About the Regional Economic Development Councils The Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) initiative is a key component of Governor Cuomo’s approach to State investment and economic development. In 2011, Governor Cuomo established 10 Regional Councils to develop long-term strategic plans for economic growth for their regions. The Councils are public-private partnerships made up of local experts and stakeholders from business, academia, local government, and non-governmental organizations. The Regional Councils have redefined the way New York invests in jobs and economic growth by putting in place a community-based, bottom up approach and establishing a competitive process for State resources. After eight rounds of the REDC process, more than $6.1 billion has been awarded to more than 7,300 job creation and community development projects consistent with each region’s strategic plans, projecting to create and retain more than 230,000 jobs. For more information on the Regional Councils, visit www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov.   Contact: Pamm Lent | pamm.lent@esd.ny.gov | (800) 260-7313 Laura Magee | laura.magee@esd.ny.gov | (800) 260-7313  
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Press Release

Tuesday, December 18, 2018 - 3:18pm
Central New York, Mid-Hudson, Finger Lakes, Mohawk Valley and New York City Named 'Top Performers' - Awarded $431 Million in Total Funding Long Island, Capital Region, Western New York, Southern Tier and North Country Receive $331 Million in 'Regional Council' Awards Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that more than $763 million in economic and community development funding has been awarded through Round VIII of the Regional Economic Development Council initiative. Established in 2011 as a centerpiece of the Governor's strategy to jumpstart the economy and create jobs, the Regional Councils replaced the state's old top-down approach to economic development with one that is community-based and performance-driven. The initiative empowers communities, business and academic leaders, as well as members of the public in each region of the state, to develop strategic plans specifically tailored to their region's unique strengths and resources to create jobs, improve quality of life and grow the economy. More information on the 2018 Regional Economic Development Council Awards is available here. "Over the last eight years, we have implemented a vision to move New York State's economy forward by allowing communities to make strategic investments to help grow their local economies and reenergize and develop their unique regions," Governor Cuomo said. "Regional-based economic development is vital for maintaining New York's thriving, prosperous economy. I congratulate all of the winners of this year's REDC awards and look forward to working together to build a stronger New York for generations to come." Read the full press release here. 
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Board Meeting

Tuesday, December 18, 2018 - 10:00am
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Press Release

Friday, December 14, 2018 - 4:01pm
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced $4.2 million in funding from the first round the Western New York Workforce Development Challenge has been awarded to six local not-for-profit organizations. The program will ensure the region's workforce pipeline meets industry demands in sectors such as advanced manufacturing, health and life sciences, and energy. The grants will be administered by the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo and Empire State Development, the state's economic development agency. "Workforce development is critical to any thriving economy, and this funding will provide local not-for-profits the resources they need to train workers in the jobs of the future," Governor Cuomo said."With these investments, we are providing New Yorkers with the skills necessary to meet the demands of a 21st century economy and at the same time encouraging businesses to continue investing in Western New York." "Investing in our workforce is essential for continued growth in Buffalo and Western New York," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, who made today's announcement. "In order to keep up with the needs of the labor market, New York must lead the way to train workers in advanced manufacturing, health care, and energy to close the skills gap and create a pipeline of talent for employers. The Workforce Development Challenge Awards will target resources to ensure training is available across Western New York for good-paying jobs that will move our economy forward." Read the full press release here.
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