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Board Meeting

Monday, June 21, 2021 - 11:00am
Due to public health concerns and as authorized by Executive Order of the Governor, this meeting will be conducted via teleconference. The public may listen to the meeting via webcast by clicking the link below. Members of the public may submit comments on the Agenda items in writing to [email protected] by 4:30 pm on Friday, June 18, 2021.
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Board Meeting

Friday, June 18, 2021 - 2:00pm
Due to public health concerns and as authorized by Executive Order of the Governor, this meeting will be conducted via teleconference. The public may listen to the meeting via webcast by clicking the link below. Members of the public may submit comments on the Agenda items in writing to [email protected] by 4:30 pm on Thursday, June 17, 2021.
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Press Release

Friday, June 18, 2021 - 12:59pm
The Park is Ranked 4th in the U.S. and 17th in the World in TripAdvisor’s 2019 “Traveler’s Choice” for Best Water ParksPhotos of New Attractions Here Empire State Development today announced the opening of Water Safari Resort, located in Old Forge in Herkimer County, after enhancing its globally ranked Enchanted Forest Water Safari water theme park by adding three new water slides and replacing two older slides, Killermanjaro and Serengeti Surf Hill, among other improvements. Empire State Development awarded $500,000 in funding from the Upstate Revitalization Initiative towards this project which is expected to increase traffic significantly in the region.  Empire State Development Acting President, Commissioner and CEO designate Eric Gertler said, “Although COVID-19 took a toll on the tourism industry, we are thrilled that the region will once again be able to enjoy the many attractions at Enchanted Forest Water Safari. Tourism is a large part of the state’s economy, and an integral part of our recovery moving forward.  This new addition will stimulate economic growth and job creation and will help boost tourism at attractions throughout the Mohawk Valley.”  Enchanted Forest Water Safari Vice President and Director of Marketing Katie Wojdyla said, ““The team at Enchanted Forest Water Safari is extremely excited to welcome guests back to the park this summer. We are looking forward to getting back to what we do, providing safe, clean, family fun for all of our guests.  We have been busy preparing the park for reopening, when we can FINALLY introduce our 3 NEW RIDES!” The three new state-of-the-art water slides includes: a four-lane, 300-foot mat slide with loops to replace the current mat slide; Serengeti Surf Hill, a 200-foot speed slide, with a drop launch pad to replace the current Killermanjaro, and a brand new 295-foot speed slide with loops and a drop launchpad The expansion project included demolition of the old slides, re-engineering and construction of the new slides, as well as the re-engineering of the water pumps and filtration equipment.  Enchanted Forest Water Safari, located in Old Forge, in the Mohawk Valley, is New York's largest water theme park with more than 50 rides and attractions, including 33 water rides. The park also features classic amusement rides for all ages, fun food, exciting games storybook characters, a family circus show and more. The Water Park is part of Water Safari Resort, which includes Water’s Edge Inn, Old Forge Camping Resort and Calypso’s Cove Family Fun Park.  Enchanted Forest Water Safari attracts over 200,000 visitors annually from all over the United States and Canada, as well as other countries. About Empire State Development Empire State Development (ESD) is New York’s chief economic development agency. The mission of ESD is to promote a vigorous and growing economy, encourage the creation of new job and economic opportunities, increase revenues to the State and its municipalities, and achieve stable and diversified local economies. Through the use of loans, grants, tax credits and other forms of financial assistance, ESD strives to enhance private business investment and growth to spur job creation and support prosperous communities across New York State. ESD is also the primary administrative agency overseeing Governor Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Councils and the marketing of “I LOVE NY” the State’s iconic tourism brand. For more information on Regional Councils and Empire State Development, visit www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov and www.esd.ny.gov. Contact: Kristin Devoe | [email protected] | (518) 414-1087 ESD Press Office | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313
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Press Release

Friday, June 18, 2021 - 12:52pm
State Provides $6 million to Support $30 million Expansion; Growth of New York's Dairy Industry Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that construction has begun on a $16 million expansion at the Agri-Mark plant located in the Franklin County town of Chateaugay. Part of a $30 million plant modernization project that started in 2016, the expansion will help the major dairy cooperative retain more than 100 full-time employees and support an additional 514 agricultural jobs in the region. "Dairy is a major part of New York State's agricultural industry, and this innovative modernization project at Agri-Mark will help to further strengthen this critical sector of our economy," Governor Cuomo said. "Agri-Mark's continued success and expansion will support jobs, spur economic development, and help the North Country thrive." The innovative expansion and restoration of Agri-Mark's Franklin County facility involves rebuilding the cooperative's 110,641 square-foot manufacturing center, reengineering the layout of the facility, and purchasing new machinery and other equipment. This phase of the project dedicates $16 million to building a new state-of-the-art cheese production room to improve plant efficiency and further Agri-Mark's high-quality standards. View a rendering of the new facility. The plant will continue to operate during its modernization effort. Empire State Development is supporting the dairy cooperative's expansion project with $6 million in funding, including $4 million in Economic Transformation Program funds, to retain 106 full-time jobs and modernize its Chateaugay operations.  Read the full press release here.  
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Press Release

Thursday, June 17, 2021 - 4:09pm
Read Development Strategy Executive Summary Here USA Niagara Development Corporation (USAN) today released its strategy for the redevelopment of several state-owned properties in Downtown Niagara Falls acquired through the Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion initiative. The strategy recommends a range of intermediate steps and attainable site development guidelines for re-imagining a vibrant downtown, while building momentum for sustainable and dynamic long-term development. The recommendations also clearly incorporate and connect to the history, community, and culture of Downtown Niagara Falls. Read the Downtown Niagara Falls Development Strategy Executive Summary here. USAN retained Practice for Architecture and Urbanism to develop the strategy. “We recognize that growth and development in downtown Niagara Falls has to occur organically,” said USAN President Anthony Vilardo.  “This strategy lays out a pragmatic and incremental approach, starting with flexible interim uses that will bring people downtown to eat, play, and work. At the same time, we will work to gradually foster thoughtful developments to meet growing demand. Even with a phased approach we will not be precluded from reviewing and working with the development community on long-term solutions. These are prime locations in the heart of Niagara Falls that provide easy access to our parks, existing businesses, and surrounding areas. For the projects, the potential of these sites is enormous.”  “With the focus of projects like the Downtown Niagara Falls Development Strategy, the revitalization of Niagara Falls feels much more achievable,” said City of Niagara Falls Mayor Robert Restaino.  “The support and effort of Governor Cuomo and the State continues to rally the drive within the community towards new growth and development opportunities within the Downtown section of the City.  We are pleased that the intent of this plan ties the City’s past to its future.” The development strategy addresses the broader context of downtown and nearby destinations, including Niagara Falls State Park, but specifically focuses on 25 properties USAN acquired in March 2019 as well as additional City-owned parking lots. The process began with an analysis of both historic and current conditions, followed by a study of the local needs of the city and its citizens. In addition, between December 2019 and April 2020, USAN conducted a range of outreach activities to gather input on the redevelopment of Downtown Niagara Falls, capturing the opinions of more than 1,400 individuals. Outreach included stakeholder interviews, a conversation with Downtown Niagara Falls Business Association members, drop-in sessions at the Niagara Arts & Cultural Center and Power City Eatery, door-to-door outreach to downtown businesses and an online survey. The strategy was also informed by a study of the local, regional and national market. The strategy is a first step in New York State and USAN’s process to bring these dormant sites back to productive use so they can increase the city’s tax base and contribute to a Downtown that is enjoyed by visitors and residents. The strategy will be a guide for USAN as they work with other public agencies and private sector partners to design and construct successful projects. The 153-page development strategy is divided into several sections, identifying assets, challenges and opportunities. The strategy provides a proposed action plan for building three types of developments, including: Heritage Path. The proposed strategy calls for a new Heritage Path, helping visitors to navigate downtown Niagara Falls while they learn about its history. The proposed route connects a network of checkpoints throughout downtown, explaining the city’s varied and dynamic past. Low-Cost Interim Uses. The strategy lays out potential shorter-term uses and proposals for the sites that would enhance street life, support cultural production and build market demand while longer-term site development and projects are considered. Examples include pop-up retail, mural/art pieces, concerts/outdoor movies, and landscape/recreation.  These interim programs would take place along the Heritage Path to activate the acquired properties, promote new foot traffic, and build the momentum necessary for more extensive development. Permanent Mixed-Use Developments.  The strategy proposes a series of mixed-use infill developments. These context-sensitive developments will support new year-round activity in Downtown and will happen over time as market conditions in Downtown evolve.  The development strategy classifies the sites into clusters and analyzes them to propose both near-term suggestions for activation and longer-term future development scenarios involving higher capital expenditures.  View a map of the sites here. Recommendations for the five sites include: Site 1 – Park View. Its interim strategy proposes luxury campsites for glamping, while development strategy options include an independent hotel or townhomes. Site 2 – Gorge Gateway. Its interim strategy proposes temporary landscaping to add recreation features and a Heritage Path checkpoint, while development strategy options include a public access lodge and park or a private lodge and park. Site 3 – The Canal. Its interim strategy proposes landscaping and the Heritage Path’s Power & Industry Checkpoint, while its development strategy is a mixed-use block with hotel, retail/food and residential components centered around a plaza that interprets the historic hydraulic canal that once ran through the site.  Site 4 – Old Falls. Its interim strategy proposes landscaping, a green wall, pop-up businesses and the Urban Renewal Checkpoint, while its development strategy option includes hotels, retail/dining and residential.  Site 5 – Upper Rapids. 101 Buffalo Avenue.  Its interim strategy proposes a Checkpoint focused on the history of human settlement in Niagara Falls, while its development strategy is heritage inn-type lodging.  305 Buffalo Avenue.  Its interim strategy proposes a heritage checkpoint and observation platform, while its development strategy is a hotel and brewery/event space or hotel and low-rise attached vacation rentals.   It is important to note that the development strategy is not a final plan that determines the uses of USAN and city-owned sites.  This development strategy will be used as a guide for future developments and infrastructure projects, but other opportunities not included as part of the strategy may be viable if they comply with the city’s comprehensive plan and zoning requirements. USAN also announced that it is piloting the use of a new smartphone app called Instant Input to share information about sites and gather community input. Instant Input will allow USAN to be in ongoing conversation with the public about its sites.  Community members can download the free app to their smartphone device at the Google Play store or Apple App Store to see pictures, get updates on development, and answer surveys about USAN sites. 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.  More information is available here. Contact: Pamm Lent | [email protected] | (716) 846-8309 | (800) 260-7313 Laura Magee | [email protected] | (716) 846-8239 | (800) 260-7313  
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Press Release

Thursday, June 17, 2021 - 2:00pm
New Ads Encourage Eligible New Yorkers to Apply for Rent Relief and Small Business Relief Programs Totaling $3.8 Billion Watch the Ads Here and Here  Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the launch of two new ads to raise public awareness about rent relief and small business relief programs totaling $3.8 billion to help New Yorkers recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. The ads, which are part of the "Reimagine, Rebuild, Renew" campaign launched by the Governor in May, are designed to encourage renters and small businesses to apply and will air on multiple platforms, including broadcast TV, Spanish-language stations, streaming services and online. The campaign will run statewide through the end of July. "New York is beating COVID-19 and reducing restrictions, and to bring our economy back, we need to help the state's renters and small businesses get back on their feet," Governor Cuomo said. "These two new ads will promote $3.8 billion in state assistance for renters and small businesses so we can get our economy humming again and provide stable housing for New Yorkers. The pandemic has had far-reaching impacts on livelihoods across the state, but we're recovering and these ads will spread the word that help is on the way." Read the full press release here. 
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Press Release

Thursday, June 17, 2021 - 1:26pm
Initiative will foster creative growth in Newburgh’s East End Historic District, Transforming the Properties into an Iconic Destination for Craft and Artisanal Production See Renderings Here Empire State Development today announced the groundbreaking of Phase 1 of the $1.6 million Thornwillow Makers Village in Orange County, which will be located in Newburgh’s East End Historic District.  The Thornwillow Institute, a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization committed to promoting and perpetuating the art of craft in all its forms, will be investing $1.6 million in rehabilitating two historical properties to create studios, an art gallery and a public bookstore and café. The Thornwillow Makers Village will become an iconic destination for craft and artisanal production that encompass 100,000 square feet in and around five adjacent properties. Together with its anchor neighbors that include Atlas Studios, Habitat for Humanity and Wireworks, the East End Historic District of Newburgh will continue to bolster the City of Newburgh with economic development, creative programming and companies and residents.   “Strategic downtown investments in communities like Newburgh play an important role in our economic recovery as we look to the post-pandemic future,” said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. “Today’s groundbreaking at Thornwillow Makers Village will not only further revitalize Newburgh’s historic East End District, it will boost small businesses, support and train artists, and spur further investment in the community.” ESD Acting Commissioner and President and CEO-designate Eric Gertler said, “New York State's investment in artists is an investment in community, and one that will have a revitalizing civic and economic impact in Newburgh. The Thornwillow Makers Village will restore historic buildings as multi-faceted spaces for creativity and commerce, where people can gather to make and appreciate art.”    Luke Pontifell, Founder and President, Thornwillow Institute said, "Over 15 years ago, Savine and I relocated Thornwillow Press to Newburgh and then later founded the Thornwillow Institute, our nonprofit training arm. We have never been more invested in the revitalization of the City of Newburgh alongside our commitment to teaching and perpetuating the arts and crafts of the written word, to supporting writers, artists, and artisans, and to revitalizing a distressed historic neighborhood than we are today. We could not be more grateful to reach this groundbreaking milestone with the tremendous support and partnership of the Governor and the Regional Economic Development Council. " Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council Co-Chair Donald P. Christian, President of SUNY New Paltz said, “The Thornwillow Institute is a mainstay of Newburgh's arts community, and its vision for the East End district reflects a deep commitment to the city's future. The Thornwillow Makers Village will realize that vision and no doubt become a destination for craft and artisanal production that will draw new visitors and artists to Newburgh and Orange County.” Kicking off the groundbreaking with Phase 1, The Thornwillow Institute will renovate the 4,000 square-foot Willow Room and Residences (Corner Building).  The Corner Building will transform the ground floor into a community bookstore and café with a lab to teach and train on the art of bookbinding, offer master classes and partner with local institutions on the preservation of their archives and art collection. The second floor will house two apartments reserved for individuals participating in the Thornwillow Institute fellowship programs. To support this project, the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council has awarded an Empire State Development Capital Grant of $320,000 for reimbursement of a portion of construction and rehabilitation costs.  In addition, the Thornwilllow Institute is grateful for the support of the Hearst Foundation, Rowley Family Foundation, Ford Foundation, Kickstarter Campaign, its Board of Directors and patrons for helping to make this project possible. Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney said, “I am delighted for the groundbreaking of the Thornwillow Makers Village to commence. This investment will not only spur economic growth and create new jobs, but also foster community, connections, and creativity amongst neighbors,” said Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney. “Newburgh’s revitalization has been one of my top priorities in Congress, and I am happy to see this project come to life as we work to preserve this city’s historic treasures and build new community hubs.” State Senator James Skoufis said, "I am thrilled to welcome Thornwillow Makers Village to Newburgh's burgeoning creative scene. As the Hudson Valley continues to make a name for itself as New York's craft capital, redevelopment projects that build on this artisan momentum are driving employment, tourism, and a true economic recovery for many of our region’s communities. Newburgh's East End will soon be home to another well-deserved hub for creative collaboration." Assemblymember Jonathan G. Jacobson said, “Throughout the Hudson Valley, we have seen the power of the arts to fuel economic development and growth while also offering creative programming to local residents. As we emerge from the pandemic-induced economic crisis, I am pleased to see Thornwillow Makers Village begin to take its place in Newburgh’s historic East End. As it adds a book store, cafe, and studio space to its existing artisanal book-binding operation, Thornwillow will soon make this corner of Newburgh a destination spot for locals and tourists alike." Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus said, “The arts are an important part of Orange County and The Thornwillow Makers Village will be an asset to Newburgh. The project will provide vital educational opportunities for artists and refurbish historic buildings in Newburgh’s East End, which will benefit the city.” City of Newburgh Mayor Torrance R. Harvey said, “I would like to thank Governor Cuomo, Empire State Development, the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council and all other stakeholders & partners for believing in the vision of Thornwillow Makers Village in our historic East end!  This aligns with our revitalization efforts and ten year master plan. This moment is a game changer!  Our downtown revitalization efforts are getting closer to our goals and aspirations for a healthy and more vibrant city. It will foster economic & creative growth that’s unimaginable!   We shall continue to shape our cities future through creative & innovative collaboration!" Contact: Kristin Devoe | [email protected] | (518) 414-1087 ESD Press Office | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313
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Press Release

Wednesday, June 16, 2021 - 2:13pm
Project Will Enhance Regional Sports Infrastructure Ahead of Lake Placid 2023 World University Games Exterior Rendering Available Here Empire State Development (ESD) today announced plans for a $6 million upgrade of Saranac Lake Civic Center in Franklin County. The year-round, not-for-profit recreation and events facility will undergo interior and exterior improvements, with a planned completion to coincide with the center's hosting commitments for the Lake Placid 2023 World University Games curling events. The project is being supported by $4.5 million in Upstate Revitalization Initiative funds through the North Country Regional Economic Development Council. ESD Acting Commissioner and President and CEO-designate Eric Gertler said, "The Lake Placid 2023 World University Games will welcome thousands of athletes, families and fans to the North Country, and showcase New York State to a global audience. Projects like the upgrades to the Saranac Lake Civic Center will ensure that our facilities meet world-class standards, while providing the necessary infrastructure to accommodate future athletic competitions of this size and caliber." The $6 million capital project includes interior and exterior renovations, as well as energy efficiency, fire and safety improvements. The primary project will be rink improvements to ensure the ice surface meets world class competition standards, with additional upgrades to kitchen, locker room facilities and spectator seating. These improvements will better position Saranac Lake to attract future events after the 2023 Games, enhancing the regional sports competition infrastructure. The project coincides with the North Country Regional Economic Development Council's strategy of strengthening the region’s global sports brand by attracting international sporting events that would stimulate private investment and job growth and catalyze the renovation of the area's sports and hospitality facilities. Like the 1980 Winter Olympic Games, the 2023 World University Games are expected to catalyze private investment, boost tourism, increase employment and create new business opportunities. While Lake Placid will serve as the host for the Games, neighboring communities like Saranac Lake will host competitive events, supporting a more widespread regional economic impact. Ollie Burgess, Saranac Lake Civic Center Board Member, said, "On behalf of my fellow board members, we are very excited to upgrade the Saranac Lake Civic Center ahead of the 2023 World University Games. Thanks in large part to the support from Empire State Development, these renovations will help us to attract future competitions while ensure that we can continue supporting the community and youth sports groups that rely on the rink." NCREDC Co-Chairs James McKenna and Dr. Ty Stone said, "The upgrades to Saranac Lake Civic Center align with our regional strategy to support and enhance the North Country's winter sports foundation. This project complements other state investments in the region and will invite athletes and guests alike to explore and experience the greater Saranac Lake community during the World University Games, and beyond." The Saranac Lake Civic Center was originally built in the 1970s to support youth hockey in the region. In 1989, Saranac Lake Civic Center, Inc. was created to take over the lease of the arena and to operate the facility. The center hosts winter sports like hockey, curling and figure skating, along with non-sporting events like auctions and tradeshows. The 24,000 square-foot center has 15,000 square-feet continuous open floor space and includes multiple locker rooms; bleachers that can accommodate up to 500 people; and a heated viewing area in the lobby. Senator Dan Stec said, "You get one chance to make a great first impression which is why updating and upgrading our sporting venues, including the Saranac Lake Civic Center, is so important as we prepare for the 2023 World University Games. The eyes of the winter sporting world will be upon us and the ice at the Civic Center will be perfect!" Assemblyman Billy Jones said, "The $4.5 million investment into the Saranac Lake Civic Center is much-welcome news for a community facility that plays a huge part in recreational opportunities in the North Country. The renovations being funded will help prepare the center for the Lake Placid 2023 World University Games, as well as provide a significant boost to the local economy through additional job opportunities for our families and increased tourism. I greatly look forward to seeing the civic center when the work is complete and it’s ready to welcome more events to the region." Franklin County Legislature Chair Don Dabiew said, "The Saranac Lake Civic Center has served communities throughout Franklin County through the years, and these upgrades will ensure that it can continue to host a variety of events for generations to come. This project will help us welcome the 2023 World University Games, and we couldn't be more excited to showcase all that our region has to offer." Saranac Lake Mayor Clyde Rabideau said, "The improvements to the civic center are the latest in a series of new investments and exciting projects underway in Saranac Lake. While we are eager to welcome the World University Games in 2023, we happily invite New Yorkers and visitors alike to explore our community before then to experience all we have to offer." Harrietstown Town Supervisor Michael Kilroy said, "The town is in full support of this project as the Civic Center has served an important role in our community for many years. This investment will undoubtedly benefit Harrietstown, Saranac Lake, and the surrounding region, and we wish everyone involved the best with the planned upgrades." Contact: ESD Press Office | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313
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Press Release

Wednesday, June 16, 2021 - 1:00pm
New York State Provides $2.1 million to Develop Cutting-Edge Research Facility Cryo-electron Microscope Will Help Develop Effective Treatments for Infectious Diseases Like COVID-19 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the opening of a new $8.1 million Cryo-Electron Microscopy Center at the Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. Established to accelerate the treatment of disease, the new facility features Cryo-EM technology and will serve biotech and pharmaceutical industry scientists studying proteins for cutting-edge drug design. "A critical part of building New York back better than it was before is ensuring our public health system is prepared for the next pandemic," Governor Cuomo said."This state-of-the-art facility will help researchers develop innovative techniques and effective treatments for infectious diseases so that our medical professionals are better equipped to handle any outbreaks that may occur in the future, while also attracting other biomedical companies to the region and strengthening Western New York's position as a hub for this burgeoning industry." "When our country was caught off-guard last year because of COVID-19, New York said never again," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "That is why we are investing in the research and development of life-saving biotech and pharmaceuticals. Buffalo has a storied legacy as a robust center of innovation, and the Center for Therapeutic Interactions at the Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute will help lead the way in the discovery of cutting-edge drugs to defeat the diseases of today and the future." The project includes the installation of the cryo-electron microscope and other related scientific equipment in a space built to conform to specific equipment requirements. The new research technology is a cutting-edge, biomedical approach that enables researchers to investigate molecules and the shape of proteins critical to the research of potential drug targets.  Read the full press release here.
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Press Release

Tuesday, June 15, 2021 - 6:00pm
Work Upgrades Facility Infrastructure, Enhances Concession Concourse, and Adds New Locker Room Suite Investment Complements "Finger Lakes Forward" - the Region's Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the completion of first phase improvements to the Blue Cross Arena at the War Memorial, transformative project aimed at enhancing the patron experience at the multi-purpose facility on Exchange Boulevard in downtown Rochester. Completed work includes upgrades to the arena's audio/visual system, public restroom improvements, concourse concession area enhancements, and a new locker room suite that will also function as additional dressing room space for large productions. "As we build New York back better than before, we must embrace transformative projects that harness and maximize the potential of our urban areas," Governor Cuomo said. "The upgrades to Blue Cross Arena are just the beginning of our $50 million effort to reimagine and transform the waterfront along the beautiful Genesee River. Not only will this project open waterfront access, but it will drive tourism, spur economic growth and encourage the investments that will help Rochester thrive for generations to come." "Projects like the transformation of Blue Cross Arena represent how we are utilizing Rochester's beautiful waterfront to promote tourism, boost small businesses and create jobs," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "Through our ROC the Riverway initiative, we are further putting Rochester on the map." The second phase of the project, which is receiving $6 million in state funding through the Finger Lakes Forward Upstate Revitalization Initiative, is now being designed and construction is expected to begin in 2022. Work includes the creation of an exterior river terrace at the facility, opening the building to views of the Genesee River, as well as additional renovations to the arena's dated infrastructure. Read the full press release here.
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