Empire State Development Announces Northeast Information Discovery Officially Opens Expanded Facility in Madison County

UAS Jobs Fund is Supporting Innovative Company’s at Canastota Facility

May 1, 2019

Investment Complements “CNY Rising” – The Region’s Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy

Empire State Development (ESD) officials today joined Northeast Information Discovery (NEID) and Centerstate CEO representatives to commemorate the completion of the company’s expansion project at its facility located at 3197 Seneca Turnpike in the Village of Canastota, Madison County. The project represents a significant milestone for the innovative tech company. Founded in 2011 with just three employees, the company began work on the new facility in the summer of 2018, which will now be home to more than 40 employees.

Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, “By supporting top-quality UAS firms Like Northeast Information Discovery, we are attracting entrepreneurial energy to the Central New York region, home to the assets and infrastructure necessary to drive UAS industry growth and innovation."

The software company is a woman-owned business focused on the research and development of advanced computer network operations and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capabilities for the Intelligence and Defense communities.

Kristin Meyer, President & CEO, Northeast Information Discovery Inc. said, “We cannot be more excited to grow our business right here in Canastota, within Madison County and wish to thank all those who have helped us.  Still, there is much to do. The mission of NEID is to grow a community friendly and successful business, where professionals not only advance their careers, but enjoy the rewards of their personal and professional accomplishments.”

“As an engineer looking to make an impact in my profession and my community, NEID was a great choice for me,” said Anna Vanderhoof, a recent hire at NEID and Canastota native. “NEID goes out of their way to be great neighbors on top of providing an enriching and creative place to work.”

NEID plans to continue growing and contributing to the community in Canastota and the broader Central New York region. Just last week, CenterState CEO also recognized NEID as a 2019 Business of the Year recipient in the Less Than 50 Employees category at its Annual Meeting. The company was one of five recipients recognized for its commitment to growth, improving the community and creating tangible impacts on the economy.

Robert Simpson, President of CenterState CEO said, “We are excited to recognize the exceptional growth of Northeast Information Discovery. In addition to its expansion news, its hiring plans represent a more than 150 percent increase in staff for the company. Its focus on solving challenges related to cybersecurity for unmanned systems and its continued success, strengthens the region’s leadership role in the unmanned services sector.”

In September of 2018, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced New York State’s further investment in the burgeoning Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Industry which included $974,000 for NEID; $200,000 in Regional Council Capital Fund funding, $90,000 in Excelsior Benefits, and $684,000 from an ESD funded program UAS Central Job Fund. The company invested nearly a half a million dollars in the new, 6,000 square-foot facility. New York's ongoing investment in the growing UAS industry in both Central New York and the Mohawk Valley is expected to create at least 200 local jobs and $39.5 million in private investments.

Since 2015, New York State has established itself as the nation's premiere destination for drones and businesses at the forefront of innovation. The state has positioned itself to become the nation's drone capital. Those efforts include $30 million in funding for the creation of a 50-mile "drone highway" in the region and support for the GENIUS NY accelerator competition that focuses on the UAS industry. These significant investments have pioneered the development of New York's drone industry.

Central New York Regional Economic Development Council Co-Chairs Randy Wolken, President & CEO of the Manufacturers Association of Central New York (MACNY) and Deborah Stanley, President of the State University of New York at Oswego said, “The CNYREDC is proud to continue our support for the burgeoning UAS industry in the region. As an integral part of the regionally designed CNY Rising plan, we are working to reinforce our dedication to these innovative UAS companies there by ensuring that New York remains at the forefront of this industry, creating new opportunities and jobs in the region for decades to come."

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State Senator Rachel May said, “I congratulate Northeast Information Discovery on its expansion in Canastota and on being recognized as a 2019 Business of the Year in the Less than 50 Employees category by Centerstate CEO. As a women-owned research and development software company it is exciting to see it grow, thrive, and receive support from Empire State Development as part of the CNY Rising initiative. The energy and innovation they represent is vital to continuing to build a thriving entrepreneurship economy in Central New York. By funding businesses and nourishing the best talent in our region, we are building a platform from which our local economy can prosper and we retain the talent we need to make our region stronger.”

State Assemblyman John Salka said, “Whenever we can celebrate the expansion of any business in the upstate community, it is truly considered an accomplishment many should be proud of. We congratulate NEID on their ability to be able to provide not only quality jobs and the vital part those jobs play in our region, but by producing an important product in today’s competitive marketplace. Job well done!”

Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon said, "The continued momentum in the designated drone corridor in Central New York is great news. Governor Cuomo's commitment to the burgeoning Unmanned Aerial Systems industry in our region has been transformative. As a key part of the CNY Rising economic development plan, our region is continuing to grow as we establish ourselves as the global hub for this innovative industry."

Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente said, “This expansion of our region’s unmanned aircraft systems industry is a testament to what is being accomplished at our UAS Test facility at Griffiss International Airport in Rome. Oneida County is serving as the epicenter for UAS research, innovation and development, and together with our partners, we will continue to foster economic growth and establish the Mohawk Valley and Central New York as the global industry leader of this crucial technology.”

Canastota Mayor Carla DeShaw said, “The Village of Canastota is very proud of the growth and expansion of Northeast Information Discovery Inc. (NEID).  Having high-tech, high paying engineering jobs in our village offers our working professionals the opportunity to stay local.  From the incubator to our business park, the Village is very excited to celebrate the expansion of NEID and we look forward to its future growth.”   

Accelerating CNY Rising 

Today's announcement complements “Central NY Rising,” the region’s comprehensive blueprint to generate robust economic growth and community development. The State has already invested more than $5.6 billion in the region since 2012 to lay the groundwork for the plan – capitalizing on global market opportunities, strengthening entrepreneurship and creating an inclusive economy. 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 Syracuse, Oswego and Auburn as a destination to grow and invest in.

Now, the region is accelerating Central NY Rising 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 5,900 new jobs. More information is available here.




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