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Monday, November 12, 2018 - 10:30am
Empire State Development (ESD) today announced that photonics manufacturer IDEX Health & Science, LLC today officially opened its new Optical Center of Excellence in Henrietta. The new center, located at 1180 John Street, will support the company's life science, semi-conductor, and defense businesses. IDEX Health & Science had considered moving its operations out of New York State. As a result of the State’s investment the company retained 186 jobs and committed to creating at least 34 new full-time jobs which the company is close to achieving. Investing in successful companies supports the strategy of the Finger Lakes Forward initiative which is working to revitalize communities by supporting the regional economy. Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, "IDEX Health & Science’s expansion once again confirms the Finger Lakes as a growing hub for optics and photonics, adding to the region’s highly skilled workforce and to industry innovation.”   “This new center continues the region’s growth in the optics and photonics industry, and will create new job opportunities in the area,” said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, who attended today’s event. “The expansion of IDEX Health & Science with a new Optical Center in Henrietta will continue to advance the life sciences and semiconductor markets, growing the local economy and moving the Finger Lakes Forward.” As part of the expansion project, IDEX Health & Science installed high-tech machinery,  equipment and clean room space at the new 100,000 square foot site. The global company specializes in optics and fluidics serving the life sciences, semiconductor, and defense markets. Product offerings include: filters, lenses, shutters, laser sources, light engines and integrated optical assemblies as well as connections, valves, pumps, degassers, column hardware, manifolds, microfluidics, consumables, and integrated fluidic assemblies. The new facility will be exclusively focused on the optics and photonics product lines. Joe Rytell, President, IDEX Health & Science said, “We have focused on the growth of highly engineered optofluidic sub-systems and components across our target markets. This focus, coupled with our deep technical expertise, has driven accelerated growth in our optics business. The new investment in facility, equipment, and people will enable IDEX Health & Science to better serve our customers and execute on our exciting long term growth plans.” To encourage IDEX Health & Science to expand its operations in New York State, Empire State Development will provide up to $2.4 million through the Excelsior Jobs Program in exchange for job creation commitments. The New York Power Authority (NYPA) is also supporting this expansion project with a 850 kilowatt power allocation from the Governor's ReCharge NY program, which provides qualifying businesses and non-profit organizations with discounted NYPA power in exchange for commitments to retain or create jobs in New York State. “The Governor’s ReCharge NY program has been a great success throughout New York State, supporting hundreds of thousands of jobs,” said Gil C. Quiniones, NYPA president and CEO. “It’s great news to see IDEX creating jobs and investing in the Finger Lakes region and NYPA is proud to support the firm with a low-cost power allocation.” State Senator Patrick Gallivan said, “IDEX Health & Science has made a commitment to Henrietta, the Finger Lakes Region and New York State, resulting in significant job retention and creation. Their decision to stay and expand in Monroe County is a testament to the success of the burgeoning optics, photonics and imaging industry locally.  This expansion project will provide new opportunities for workers throughout the region and will support continued growth in this high tech field.”  Assemblymember Harry Bronson said, “I applaud Joe Rytell and the team at IDEX Health & Science for their commitment to our region. Today’s announcement by the company and Governor Cuomo shows that the Rochester area has a strong, diverse, and skilled workforce and is in an economic position to create jobs for the future. Additionally, this is another step in the creation of a cluster of industries based on photonics technology and, I look forward to IDEX Health and Science’s growth and the addition of new jobs at their new Henrietta campus.”   Town Supervisor Steve Schultz said, “Keeping high tech businesses in town, able to feed off the phenomenal resources coming out of our local colleges, especially RIT, is an important goal for building an economy that will drive our Town forward for years to come. And the jobs created not only help those employed at IDEX, and those served by IDEX, but also all of the restaurants, gas stations, and other retail and service companies in the community. We are proud to be home to great companies like IDEX Health and Science.” For more information about IDEX Health & Science click here. Accelerating Finger Lakes Forward  Today’s announcement complements “Finger Lakes Forward,” the region’s comprehensive blueprint to generate robust economic growth and community development. The State has already invested more than $6.1 billion in the region since 2012 to lay the groundwork for the plan – investing in key industries including photonics, agriculture‎ and food production, and advanced manufacturing. Today, unemployment is down to the lowest levels since before the Great Recession; personal and corporate income taxes are down; and businesses are choosing places like Rochester, Batavia and Canandaigua as a destination to grow and invest in. Now, the region is accelerating Finger Lakes Forward with a $500 million State investment through the Upstate Revitalization Initiative, announced by Governor Cuomo in December 2015. The State’s $500 million investment will incentivize private business to invest well over $2.5 billion – and the region’s plan, as submitted, projects up to 8,200 new jobs. More information is available here.     Contact: Shari Voorhees-Vincent | Shari.Voorhees-Vincent@esd.ny.gov | (585) 399-7055 |Press Office | pressoffice@esd.ny.gov | (800) 260-7313
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Public Notice

Friday, November 9, 2018 - 12:00pm
HNTB Capital Project
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Friday, November 9, 2018 - 10:00am
Windstream NY BB P3 Broadband Capital
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Public Notice

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 1:30pm
Super Dirt Week 2018 at Oswego Speedway Capital Project
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Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 10:00am
Hudson Valley Community College Capital Project 
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Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 9:00am
Growing Upstate Food Hub Capital Project
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Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 5:10am
ONX3 Capital Project
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Public Notice

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - 2:00pm
Dupli Envelope and Graphics Capital Project
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Press Release

Friday, November 2, 2018 - 2:35pm
Empire State Development (ESD) announced the expansion of Fulmer Valley Farms (FVF) in Allegany County.  FVF provides sustainable/responsibly cultivated produce to retail and food service industries in the region. In order to encourage Fulmer Valley Farms to expand, Empire State Development has offered up to $100,000 in performance-based Excelsior Jobs Program tax credits. The total project cost is approximately $1.19 million and will result in the creation of 11 new jobs. Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, “Our investments in promising farms and businesses bring new jobs to the area, support hardworking farmers and help strengthen the economy—all while meeting the demand for fresh, locally grown food.” "With support from New York State, Fulmer Valley Farms will be able to expand, create jobs, and invest in more environmentally friendly production methods," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "New York's agricultural economy is a significant driver of our overall economic growth across the state and has been an important part of our focus on upstate revitalization. The expansion of Fulmer Valley Farms will increase the availability of fresh local produce in rural communities, marking a significant step forward for the people of Allegany County."​ Fulmer Valley Farms grows micro greens, leafy greens and herbs for customers throughout the region and plans to expand into other specialty vegetable crops as the farm grows its team. FVF's Controlled Environmental Agriculture, CEA, allows for the production of produce 12 months a year which vastly reduces food miles and produces a better tasting and more nutritious product. The farm will be adding five controlled environment greenhouses, a hub and packing facility, in addition to its 1366 Trappings Brook Road location in Andover. FVF’s expansion will require the hiring of an operations manager, technicians, IT specialist, packaging and harvesting positions. Donna Burns, Partner Fulmer Valley Farms said, " It is exciting to grow these crops close to where people are eating them, providing a fresher product to the Allegany County community. We thank New York State for assisting us in bringing new jobs, partnerships, commodities and innovation to an area that is steeped in American agricultural tradition. This support will allow us to remain competitive as we continue to increase employment increase employment in our rural communities.” New York State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball said, ““This expansion project is a win-win, helping to improve the farm’s production capacity while bringing more fresh, locally-grown food to consumers and safeguarding the environment. The creation of nearly a dozen new on-farm jobs will help boost the agricultural community.” Senator Catharine M. Young said, “Many of the most exciting innovations in agriculture are happening right here in New York State. A shining example is the Fulmer Valley Farms project which, with the investment announced today, is poised to expand its operations to meet the growing demand for quality, locally-grown produce while adding jobs and stimulating the local economy. I applaud this smart state investment which will further Fulmer Valley Farms vision for growth as well as the agricultural economy of Allegany County. This is a win for everyone involved.” For more about Fulmer Valley Farms, click here or visit pickdgreens.com.     Contact: Pamm Lent (Governor’s Office) | pamm.lent@esd.ny.gov | (716) 846-8309 | (800) 260-7313 Laura Magee (ESD) | laura.magee@esd.ny.gov | (716) 846-8239 | (800) 260-7313
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Press Release

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 1:50pm
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the grand opening of the new MAGIC Spell Studios facility on the campus of Rochester Institute of Technology. MAGIC is the university's creative approach to the convergence of digital media disciplines, including film and animation and game design and development, and is a first-of-its kind effort in higher education. The facility, a Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council priority project, will allow RIT to bring together the academic programs and high-tech experimental facilities needed for technology development and commercially viable start-up activity. The new facility is also expected to foster entrepreneurial activity for area start-up companies, retain graduates, and create an industry hub with tremendous growth potential to generate new jobs in the region.  The Governor originally announced state support for the innovative project in July of 2015, when he brought his "Capitol for Day" event to the region. "MAGIC Spell Studio is a great example of how partnerships between academia and the public and private sectors are helping New York's innovation economy thrive." Governor Cuomo said. "This state-of-the-art studio will support the transformation of the Finger Lakes' regional economy as it continues to move forward." "This new facility at the Rochester Institute of Technology will merge film and higher education for a unique partnership that will accelerate the industry and provide great opportunities for students," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, who attended the grand opening. "Magic Spell Studios will create a hub for animation and design in the area, support start-up companies, and generate new jobs. This investment as part of the Regional Economic Development Councils will accelerate economic growth and innovation and continue to move the Finger Lakes forward." Read the full press release here. 
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