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Public Notice

Tuesday, September 4, 2018 - 2:00pm
DTC Cable, Inc. Project - Legal Notice
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Public Notice

Tuesday, September 4, 2018 - 2:00pm
DTC Cable, Inc. Project - Legal Notice
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Public Notice

Tuesday, September 4, 2018 - 1:00pm
Unison Revitalization Project - public notice
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Press Release

Friday, August 31, 2018 - 1:41pm
Western New York Also Advances Multiple Tourism Initiatives Including Frank Lloyd Wright's Barton House and Graycliff Estate Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the grand opening the Western New York Welcome Center in Grand Island. The Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired Welcome Center represents the gateway to world-class destinations and historic sites in the Western New York region. "Western New York's world-class tourism industry continues to thrive as we welcome millions of visitors each year, generating billions of dollars for the state's economy," Governor Cuomo said."This investment in the new Western New York Welcome Center will attract new and returning visitors and continue to bolster the region's economy by promoting destinations, attractions, and special events across Western New York." "As a life-long Western New Yorker, I know firsthand the beauty and rich history this great region features," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, who delivered today's announcement. "This new Welcome Center highlights Western New York's economic resurgence and showcases the state's investment in tourist attractions that continue to drive the tourism industry and promote growth across our great state." Read the full press release here. 
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Report

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 - 2:15pm
Key Regulatory Changes Affecting Small Businesses — July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018
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Press Release

Tuesday, August 28, 2018 - 12:33pm
Empire State Development today announced the recipients of funding for Oath’s Community Benefit Fund for Lockport and Oath’s Yahoo Community Fund for Niagara County – Empire State Development. For the 2018 funding cycle, $510,000 was awarded to 20 projects. Each year from 2015 to 2021, Oath has committed to granting $500,000 to community organizations in Lockport and the surrounding areas. “ESD’s partnership with Oath, through Oath’s Community Benefit Fund for Niagara County, helps support multiple projects across Western New York including today’s award-winners—projects chosen for their alignment with our strategic approach to economic development that encompasses workforce development and smart growth,” said Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky. Oath VP of Infrastructure & Services Operations Greg Sly said, "This community has given so much to us as a company, and we are honored to be contributing to the development of this great town.  Oath is driven by its core values and one of those is to “create what’s next.” That’s why we’ve committed to deepening our partnership with Western New York by investing $3.5 million over seven years to other values-led organizations like those recognized today who are creating “what’s next” in the community. " Oath, a subsidiary of Verizon, is a values-led company that reaches one billion people around the world with a dynamic house of media and technology brands. As part of Oath’s $170 million agreement with Empire State Development to establish a customer care center and expand its existing data center in Niagara County, the Community Benefit Fund was created in 2015 in addition to the initial commitment the company made to Lockport in 2010 with the Community Benefit Fund. The community initiative is part of Oath’s commitment to drive economic development in Western New York, a hub of technical excellence for the company. The next round of annual funding will begin in the spring of 2019, with up to $500,000 available again through the two funds. Oath’s Community Benefit Fund for Niagara County - Empire State Development Awarded Projects Creating a Plan for a Bicycle-Friendly Niagara Falls - $82,615 grant Awardee: Green Options Buffalo Development of a Bicycle Master Plan and implementation strategy for the City of Niagara Falls Oliver Street Enhancement Program - $50,000 grant Awardee: Lumber City Development Corporation This program includes small projects (maximum of $5,000 per property) to Oliver Street facing facades in North Tonawanda, including new signage, awnings, windows and paintings.  Also, funding will be used for public art (murals) and a window display program to enhance underutilized store fronts. Open Airways Initiative - $41,500 grant Awardee: NCCC Foundation Inc. Installation of air curtains to the exterior of Savor, Niagara Falls Culinary Institute's (NFCI) fine dining restaurant.  This will allow Savor's doors to be opened for an “outdoor dining experience” while remaining compliant with the health code. It will also reduce the number of tables needed on the sidewalk for outdoor dining and allow for a wider pedestrian walkway area. CCE Learning Farm & Agriculture Incubator - $38,012 grant Awardee: Cornell Cooperative Extension of Niagara County This project will provide new agriculture businesses the opportunity to learn how to start, operate and implement a farm business without having to purchase expensive equipment and land. Wise Young Builders - $30,798 grant Awardee: Niagara Falls Boys & Girls Club This program will help underserved kids and teens in Niagara Falls learn practical skills through hands on workshops. Engaging Niagara - Expanding the Women’s Business Center E-Network to Niagara County - $18,500 grant Awardee: Canisius College This program is for women who are interested in starting a business. Due to the growth and success of the E-Network in Erie County, the hiring of a part-time consultant is necessary to continue to expand this program in Niagara County. Niagara Falls Adult Literacy Drop In Center: Hire an Adult Learner Project - $13,575 grant Awardee: Literacy New York Buffalo-Niagara, Inc. This project will expand the Niagara Falls Adult Literacy Drop In Center to serve additional Niagara Falls residents.  The Hire An Adult Learner Program will match students with local employers and jobs in the area. Oath’s Community Benefit Fund for Lockport Awarded Projects Taylor Theater Lighting Project - $50,000 grant Awardee: Kenan Center, Inc. Perform renovations to the current outdated lighting system in order to continue a 49-year tradition of providing quality programming to children and adults of all ages and economic backgrounds from the greater Lockport region and beyond. Community Event Center - $30,000 grant Awardee: YWCA of the Niagara Frontier Invest in the YWCA culinary social enterprise fostering both business expansion and increased opportunities for employment of YWCA culinary graduates. Lockport Workforce Training Center - $24,474 grant Awardee: Orleans Niagara BOCES For the purchase of equipment to provide training in the high-need area of electrical to unprepared and/or under-skilled individuals in the City of Lockport. Downtown Lockport Programming Support - $23,000 grant Awardee: Lockport Main Street, Inc. To further and enhance marketing and economic development initiatives by supporting beautification efforts in the downtown Lockport district. Public Art Lighting Project - $20,000 grant Awardee: Lockport Public Arts Council, Inc. (formerly known as Lockside Art Center) Projection artistic lighting for various buildings in Lockport. Niagara County History Orientation Center - $17,000 grant Awardee: Niagara County Historical Society Provide matching funds for a challenge grant to create the Niagara County History Orientation Center at the Niagara County Historical Society to orient school children, families and other visitors to the historical sites in Lockport and Niagara County. Ready, Set, Read! - $14,710 grant Awardee: EPIC - Every Person Influences Children Conduct three 5-week series of the Ready, Set, Read! (RSR!) program, that promotes literacy and family bonding experiences through learning, reading and playing that can be replicated at home for up to 30 families residing in the Lockport area. Lockport Main Street Clock Renewal - $12,500 grant Awardee: Lockport New York Rotary Foundation Rebuild or historically replicate the abandoned post clock at the corner of Main and Pine Streets in downtown Lockport. Community Education Centers - $11,443.45 grant Awardee: Eastern Niagara Hospital Establish seven interactive collaborative education centers at Eastern Niagara Hospital sites to promote services, resources and human service organizations across the community that enhance the health and well-being of residents residing in the Greater Lockport area and eastern Niagara County. Rebuilding From the Ground Up (Phase 3) - $9,987 grant Awardee: Youth Mentoring Services of Niagara County, Inc. Complete the updates to facilities and provide a safe, welcoming environment for disadvantaged children and their families. Public Computing Upgrade - $7,934 grant Awardee: Friends of the Lockport Public Library Upgrade the public computer area, as well as adding other enhancements, so that the library is able to offer more access to community members who are using their own devices. Niagara County Financial Empowerment Coalition: Lockport Initiative - $7,760 grant Awardee: Friends of the Lockport Public Library Help low income families improve their financial situations through access to tax credits and ongoing counseling that reduces debt, restores credit, and helps families live according to a realistic budget. A Place to Call Home - $6,191.55 grant Awardee: St. John the Baptist Parish Purchase beds from low cost suppliers to respond to client requests. About Empire State Development Empire State Development 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, visit http://www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov and www.esd.ny.gov. About Oath Oath, a subsidiary of Verizon, is a values-led company committed to building brands people love. We reach over one billion people around the world with a dynamic house of media and technology brands. A global leader in digital and mobile, Oath is shaping the future of media. For more on Oath, visit www.oath.com. Contact: Pamm Lent (ESD) |pamm.lent@esd.ny.gov | (716) 846-8309 | (800) 260-7313 Laura Magee (ESD) | laura.magee@esd.ny.gov | (716)-846-8239 I (800) 260-7313
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Press Release

Tuesday, August 28, 2018 - 10:44am
Empire State Development (ESD) today announced that representatives from Global NY’s foreign offices will embark on a trade promotion tour to eight regions of New York State. Global NY is ESD’s international division, which offers resources and assistance to both foreign businesses looking to invest and to local businesses that want to export globally. The tour—featuring representatives from Canada, Mexico, Europe (U.K.), South Africa, Israel and China—will take place from Oct. 18 to Oct. 25. Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, “New York companies that engage with Global NY’s experts and representatives will learn how to foster new export opportunities and grow their businesses into international markets, leading to new jobs and a strong economy back home.” At each tour stop, the foreign office representatives will deliver presentations and share insights on both targeted foreign markets and on New York State firms exporting into new markets. A Q&A session will follow each of the presentations and companies in attendance will also have the chance to schedule one-on-one consultations with the representatives.  The Export Experts tour supports New York State's mission to promote the competitiveness, economic impact and activity that come from attracting foreign direct investment (FDI) and introducing New York State businesses to exporting. People who are interested in attending one of the sessions can RSVP at https://esd.ny.gov/global-ny-tour. Schedule Long Island Thursday, October 18, 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Suffolk County Community College, Grant Campus Health, Sports, and Education Center Lecture Hall Crooked Hill Road Brentwood, NY 11717 New York City Thursday, October 18, 2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Galvanize 303 Spring Street New York, NY 10013 Mid-Hudson Friday, October 19, 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. SUNY New Paltz Student Union Building Multi-Purpose Room 1 Hawk Drive New Paltz, NY 12561 Capital District Friday, October 19, 2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Treviso 257 Washington Avenue Extension Albany, NY 12205 Southern Tier Monday, October 22, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Binghamton University Symposium Hall Innovative Technologies Complex 85 Murray Hill Road Vestal, NY 13850 Central New York Tuesday, October 23, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Syracuse University Martin Whitman School of Management 721 University Avenue Syracuse, NY 13244 Finger Lakes Wednesday, October 24, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Kodak Center 200 West Ridge Road Rochester, NY 14615 Western New York Thursday, October 25, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. University at Buffalo, Center for Tomorrow Flint and Maple Roads Buffalo, NY 14260   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 NEW YORK,” the State’s iconic tourism brand. For more information on Regional Councils and Empire State Development, visit www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov and www.esd.ny.gov.   Contacts: Amy Varghese | amy.varghese@esd.ny.gov | (212) 803-3764 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

Friday, August 24, 2018 - 4:24pm
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a $516,000 New York State Community Development Block Grant award to the City of North Tonawanda that will allow Woodcock Brothers Brewing Company to expand operations and open a craft brewery and restaurant. Empire State Development is offering additional support of up to $110,000 in performance-based Excelsior Tax Credits, which are directly tied to job creation commitments. Demand for the company's products has exceeded production capacity of its existing facility in Wilson. The awards will assist the company in expanding production and continuing the transformation of the iconic Wurlitzer Building, a former organ factory at the gateway to Niagara Falls, into a tourist destination. The company will create 35 full-time jobs over two years, 26 of which will benefit low to moderate-income workers. "New York's booming craft brewery industry is an exciting part of our economy, and this investment will deliver stronger, more sustainable economic development for North Tonawanda," Governor Cuomo said. "With the opening of this new location, Woodcock Brothers Brewing Company will spur job growth in the city while also contributing to New York's thriving tourism sector." "With state economic development funding, the Woodcock Brothers Brewing Company will expand operations in North Tonawanda creating new job opportunities in the area," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "The company's new craft brewery and restaurant will revitalize a vacant building and allow the local producer to increase production. Investments in local projects are allowing communities across New York to transform buildings and pursue developments to attract visitors and boost the economy." Read the full press release here.
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Press Release

Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 3:09pm
Investment Complements "Southern Tier Soaring" - The Region's Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy Empire State Development (ESD) today announced Corelle Brands LLC, a kitchenware products maker and distributor, is moving forward with a $50 million modernization project at its manufacturing facility in Corning, Steuben County. The project, which is being supported by a Southern Tier Soaring Upstate Revitalization Initiative grant, will enable the company to expand production capacity and create 25 new, well-paying jobs while retaining 515 existing jobs. “In every region of the state, we’re seeing companies expand, bolstering both local and regional economies, and creating new jobs and economic opportunities for New Yorkers,” said Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky. “Corelle Brands’ significant investment to establish the Corning plant as its “Factory of the Future” will solidify the company’s status as a staple of the community for generations to come.” Corelle Brands’ modernization project will transform the facility, historically known as the Pressware Plant, into a new “Factory of the Future” by renovating two production tanks (furnaces), activating a third tank and putting new products on the market for the company’s flagship Corelle® brand. The company, which employs nearly 600 people in New York State, has its products sold in retail stores throughout the United States and high-end retailers in parts of Asia, Europe, and South America. Corelle Brands manufactures and distributes products under trusted brand names such as Corelle®, Corningware®, Pyrex®, Visions®, Chicago Cutlery® and OLFA®. “We are very pleased to be able to make this announcement today to our employees, to the community, and to our dinnerware and bakeware customers around the world. It is fitting to make this significant investment in a facility that has played such an important role in the history of our iconic brands and in the community where these brands were born,” said Kenneth G. Wilkes, President and CEO, Corelle Brands Holdings Inc., and Corelle Brands LLC. “We are committed to continually improve our distinctive products and operations, and help set the standard as a world leader in dinnerware and bakeware. These investments focus on equipping the site with cutting edge product capabilities and process technology to meet the needs of our customers and position the plant to remain globally competitive for the long term. We are thankful for the critical support we are receiving for this project from New York State, the Steuben County IDA and NYSEG.” To encourage Corelle Brands to move forward with this $50 million investment in the Southern Tier, Empire State Development offered a package of performance-based incentives of up to $9 million. Additionally, the Steuben County Industrial Development Authority offered incentives totaling $546,275; and the New York State Electric and Gas Corporation (NYSEG) is providing significant support. Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council co-chairs Tom Tranter, President, Corning Enterprises and Harvey Stenger, President, Binghamton University said, “The expansion of Corelle Brands strongly aligns with the Southern Tier Soaring strategic plan by strengthening the region’s manufacturing industry and growing good jobs in a downtown area. We’re pleased to see the company making a major investment that will position its facility in Corning at the forefront Corelle Brands' manufacturing and product innovations.” Senator Tom O’Mara said, “This is an absolutely outstanding announcement for the future of jobs and economic development in Corning, Steuben County and the Southern Tier region. It's an exciting long-term commitment that secures a unique position in cutting-edge worldwide manufacturing for our region, and it will stand as an important testament to the quality of our local workforce. It marks the type of state-local-private investment that we hope for and that makes all the difference. We are grateful to Corelle for its ongoing commitment to the region and local workers.” Assemblyman Phil Palmesano said, “First and foremost, thank you to everyone involved in securing this incredible investment in the long-term future of Corning and other local communities, local jobs, local manufacturing and, especially, local workers and their families.  Thank you to Corelle and Corning Incorporated, Empire State Development and the Steuben County IDA, and NYSEG for believing in this area and in the ability of our workers to establish a world leader in modern manufacturing. It's an incredibly exciting leap forward in the world of manufacturing, and we will be fortunate to see it take place right here at home." Mayor of Corning William Boland, Jr. said, “Corelle Brands has been a major employer and important member of our community for decades, and with this project we look forward to decades more. On behalf of the City of Corning, we thank Corelle Brands for making the decision to invest in our city and New York State for ensuring the company continues to grow and create jobs here at home.” Jamie Johnson, Executive Director, Steuben County IDA said, “The Steuben County IDA and its board of directors are proud to support this investment by Corelle Brands into the Factory of the Future. Corelle Brands’ commitment to the community will support more than 500 manufacturing jobs providing a significant economic impact throughout the region.” NYSEG and RG&E President and CEO, Carl A. Taylor said, “The NYSEG business model encourages energy efficient economic growth to help existing businesses expand and attract new investment to New York, while also reinforcing the competitiveness of our manufacturing sector. NYSEG has been actively engaged with Empire State Development, the Steuben County IDA, and other community partners regarding the importance of Corelle Brands expanding its operations in Corning and bringing more jobs to the region. We are proud that our economic development grant assistance to help offset electric infrastructure upgrades needed for this project was instrumental in Corelle Brands' decision to increase its investment in New York.  We congratulate Corelle Brands and wish them continued success.” About Corelle Brands Holdings Inc. Corelle Brands Holdings Inc., together with its subsidiaries, manufactures, develops, and markets consumer bakeware, dinnerware, kitchen and household tools, rangetop cookware, cutlery, and food storage products in North America and throughout the world. It sells its products primarily under the Corelle®, Corningware®, Pyrex®, Visions®, Chicago Cutlery® and OLFA® trademarks on a wholesale basis to mass merchants, department stores, Dot.com retailers, specialty retailers, and grocery chains, as well as on a retail basis through its own retail stores and the Internet. The company was formerly known as WKI Holding Company, Inc. and changed its name to Corelle Brands Holdings Inc. in February 2018. Corelle Brands employs approximately 600 people in New York State and about 3,000 people worldwide, and has major manufacturing and distribution operations in North America and the Asia-Pacific region. Corelle Brands Holdings Inc. was incorporated in 1991 and is based in Rosemont, Illinois. Pyrex and Corningware are registered trademarks of Corning Incorporated, used under license by Corelle Brands LLC. For more information visit www.corellebrands.com.   Accelerating Southern Tier Soaring Today's announcement complements “Southern Tier Soaring” the region’s comprehensive blueprint to generate robust economic growth and community development. The State has already invested more than $4.6 billion in the region since 2012 to lay for groundwork for the plan – attracting a talented workforce, growing business and driving innovation. Today, unemployment is down to the lowest levels since before the Great Recession; personal and corporate income taxes are down; and businesses are choosing places like Binghamton, Johnson City and Corning as a destination in which to grow and invest. Now, the region is accelerating Southern Tier Soaring with a $500 million State investment through the Upstate Revitalization Initiative, announced by Governor Cuomo in December 2015. The State’s $500 million investment will incentivize private business to invest well over $2.5 billion – and the region’s plan, as submitted, projects up to 10,200 new jobs. More information is available here.   Contact: Jason Conwall | Jason.Conwall@esd.ny.gov | (800) 260-7313 ESD Press Office | PressOffice@esd.ny.gov | (800) 260-7313
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Blog Post

Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 3:03pm
The warm weather months have been a time of growth: companies have announced expansion and operational milestones, new headquarters locations and project completions; key placemaking initiatives have gone from recommendations to reality; and the craft beverage industry has hit new numbers and boosted its national ranking. Here are just some of the ways the seeds of New York’s holistic, strategic and regionally-informed approach to economic development are bearing fruit:
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