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Board Meeting

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 - 9:30am
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Public Notice

Tuesday, December 10, 2019 - 2:00pm
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Board Meeting

Tuesday, December 10, 2019 - 11:00am
With Videoconferencing to: Empire State Development – Buffalo Office 95 Perry Street Suite 500 Buffalo, NY 14203
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Public Notice

Monday, December 9, 2019 - 2:00pm
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Press Release

Monday, December 9, 2019 - 11:47am
Global Flow Control and Instrumentation Company Commits to Creating Almost 60 New Jobs Over Five Years at Town of Gates Location Investment Complements “Finger Lakes Forward” – The Region’s Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy Empire State Development (ESD) today announced it will invest up to $550,000 through the Excelsior Jobs Program to assist high-tech manufacturer Rotork with an expansion project at its Mile Crossing Blvd. location in the Town of Gates. The global flow and instrumentation company will add an additional 52,000 square-foot to its current space and will add up to 56 new jobs over the next five years; 150 jobs will be retained. ESD is assisting Rotork with the $10 million project in exchange for job creation commitments. Monroe County also provided incentives for this project. The project is expected to be completed in the summer of 2020. Empire State Development Acting Commissioner and President & CEO-designate Eric Gertler said, "Rotork is one of many global companies that understand New York’s manufacturing strengths and tech talent and its decision to expand in Monroe County will create even more high-quality jobs that will grow the Finger Lakes economy.” Rotork, which recently broke ground on the project, operates locations across the nation and globally. Located in the Finger Lakes region for more than 50 years, the maker of industrial flow control equipment for gases or liquids, has been operating at its current facility since 2000.  Rotork’s clients operate in the oil and gas, power generation, water and sewage and marine industries among others. Monroe County is also assisting with the expansion project. Rotork Controls Chief Executive Kevin Hostetler said, “We are celebrating our 44th year in Rochester N.Y. and have grown within the area. The investment into the expansion of the Rochester facility shows Rotork’s commitment to the area and the local support structure. This investment will drive shorter lead times that will enhance the customers experience.” State Senator Joe Robach said, “Rotork is a global leader of actuator manufacturing, with offices throughout the United States and around the world. Their selection of the Rochester office for expansion is incredible news for our workforce and local economy. By adding 43,000 square feet of manufacturing space, 8,800 square feet of office space and creating 50 new, good paying jobs, Rotork is helping to improve Rochester’s footprint in manufacturing. Great news for Rotork and the Rochester economy!" State Assemblyman David Gantt said, “The expansion of Rotork will help in our efforts to create good jobs in the region.  I am very pleased that this very successful company is making this major investment that will position its facility in Gates at the forefront of their manufacturing and product innovations.” Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo said, "Monroe County is pleased to support the expansion of Rotork in the Town of Gates. The $10 million project will retain 150 jobs and create 56 new jobs, expanding the footprint of advanced manufacturing in our community. This is more proof that Monroe County is open for business!” For more information about Rotork, 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 | [email protected] | (585) 399-7055 Press Office | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313
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Public Notice

Monday, December 9, 2019 - 10:00am
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Press Release

Monday, December 9, 2019 - 9:59am
22 New York State-based Productions Earn 46 Nominations Productions Generated More Than $809 Million in Spending; Created 41,955 New Hires in the State Empire State Development (ESD) today congratulated 22 New York-based productions that earned 46 nominations for the 2020 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards. The productions generated more than $809 million in spending and created approximately 41,955 new jobs across the state. All nominated productions participated in the New York State Film Tax Credit Program. “Congratulations to the New York State-based productions nominated for this year’s Golden Globes—their work represents a booming film, television and post-production industry that is contributing billions to the state’s economy and creating opportunity for thousands of workers,” said ESD Acting Commissioner, President & CEO-designate Eric Gertler. “I invite productions to come take advantage of all the picturesque locations, state-of-the-art production facilities and top-notch talent that the Empire State has to offer.” The New York State Film Tax Credit Program, launched in 2004, has incentivized billions of dollars in economic investment in the Empire State and continues to be the principle factor cited by productions when deciding to film and produce in New York. The 22 productions earning nominations generated more than an estimated $809 million in spending in the state and approximately 41,955 new hires in the state. To date in 2019, 192 film and television projects have applied for the New York State Film Tax Credit Program, estimated to generate 249,466 new hires and more than $4.7 billion in new spending for New York State. A complete list of the 2019 Golden Globe Award Nominees who participated in the New York Film Tax Credit Program is available below. Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television Sam Rockwell (“Fosse/Verdon”) Russell Crowe (“The Loudest Voice”)   Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television Kaitlyn Dever (“Unbelievable”)* Merritt Wever (“Unbelievable”)* Michelle Williams (“Fosse/Verdon”)   Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television “Fosse/Verdon” (FX) The Loudest Voice (Showtime) “Unbelievable” (Netflix)*   Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language “The Farewell” (A24)*   Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television Kieran Culkin (“Succession”)   Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon)   Best Original Score – Motion Picture Daniel Pemberton (“Motherless Brooklyn”) Alexandre Desplat (“Little Women”)* Hildur Guðnadóttir (“Joker”) Randy Newman (“Marriage Story”)*   Best Screenplay – Motion Picture Noah Baumbach (“Marriage Story”)* Steven Zaillian (“The Irishman”)   Best Original Song – Motion Picture “Stand Up” (“Harriet”)*   Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television Toni Collette (“Unbelievable”)*   Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy Paul Rudd (“Living with Yourself”) Ramy Youssef (“Ramy”)   Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy Rachel Brosnahan (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”) Kirsten Dunst (“On Becoming a God in Central Florida”)* Natasha Lyonne (“Russian Doll”)   Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama Brian Cox (“Succession”) Rami Malek (“Mr. Robot”) Billy Porter (“Pose”)   Best Screenplay – Motion Picture Noah Baumbach (“Marriage Story”)* Steven Zaillian (“The Irishman”)   Best Actor in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture Tom Hanks (“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”)* Al Pacino (“The Irishman”) Joe Pesci (“The Irishman”)   Best Actress in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture Annette Bening (“The Report”) Laura Dern (“Marriage Story”)* Jennifer Lopez (“Hustlers”)   Best Director – Motion Picture Todd Phillips (“Joker”) Martin Scorsese (“The Irishman”)   Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama Adam Driver (“Marriage Story”)* Joaquin Phoenix (“Joker”)   Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy Awkwafina (“The Farewell”)* Emma Thompson (“Late Night”)   Best Television Series – Drama “Succession” (HBO)   Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama Cynthia Erivo (“Harriet”)* Scarlett Johansson (“Marriage Story”)* Saoirse Ronan (“Little Women”)* Best Motion Picture – Drama “The Irishman” (Netflix) “Marriage Story” (Netflix)* “Joker” (Warner Bros.) * Participated in the New York State Post-Production Credit program.  About the Governor's Office of Motion Picture & Television Development The New York State Governor's Office of Motion Picture & Television Development, a division of Empire State Development, offers film, television and commercial productions and post production tax credits for qualified expenditures in New York State. The office also serves as a liaison between production companies and city and local governments, state agencies, a network of statewide contacts, local film offices and professional location scouts and managers. For more information on filming in New York State or the Film Production and Post Production Tax Credit Programs, please visit www.NYSFilm.com.  About Empire State Development Empire State Development is New York’s chief economic development agency. The mission of Empire State Development 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, Empire State Development strives to enhance private business investment and growth to spur job creation and support prosperous communities across New York State. Empire State Development 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, please visit www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov and www.esd.ny.gov. Contact: Skye Ernst | [email protected] | (212) 803-3765 Adam Kilduff | [email protected] | (212) 803-3744 ESD Press Office | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313
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Press Release

Saturday, December 7, 2019 - 8:02pm
Steel and Concrete Superstructure Complete, Installation of the Final Phase of Non-Structural Steel Now Underway - Design-Build Project is On-Time and On-Budget International Contemporary Furniture Fair andLightFair to be First Event Hosted in ExpandedJavits Center, Expected to Attract More Than 40,000 Design Professionals Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the historic $1.5 billion expansion of the Javits Center will be substantially complete by March 2021. The massive project, which will add 1.2 million square feet of total event-related space on Manhattan's West Side, is moving toward an on-time, on-budget completion with the expansion's steel and concrete superstructure finished and installation of the final phase of non-structural steel underway. The Governor joined members of the project team and construction workers to sign one of the last steel beams to be installed at the site. Expanding the Javits Center, the busiest convention center in the United States, furthers Governor Cuomo's efforts to continue New York City's role as a leading tourism, hospitality and business destination. The first event hosted at the newly-expanded convention center will be the joint International Contemporary Furniture Fair and LightFairin May 2021. The combined design-industry events are expected to attract more than 40,000 design professionals to New York City. "New Yorkers expect action, and the expansion of theJavits Center through the design-build process is delivering results in a safe, streamlined fashion that will generate a new wave of economic activity for the Empire State," Governor Cuomo said. "With so many jobs dependent on large-scale events hosted here, theJavits Center has become one of New York's most important economic assets, and this expansion will ensure it remains the nation's busiest convention center for generations to come. As an iconic hub of commerce and culture, it will become one of the most sought-after event venues anywhere in the world." Read the full press release here. 
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Press Release

Friday, December 6, 2019 - 2:07pm
Project will pivot on plans for Wonder Falls and instead focus on civic improvements to former Rainbow Centre See design concepts here Empire State Development (ESD) today announced plans for a civic improvement project at the Rainbow Centre in downtown Niagara Falls that will establish greater public access and walkability, create commercial opportunity and also improve parking to support new and existing businesses at and near the site. Uniland Development Company and USA Niagara Development Corporation (USAN), an ESD subsidiary, will not move forward with plans for development of a resort on the site. A Request for Proposals (RFP) will be issued on Monday, Dec. 9, seeking architectural design and engineering services to repurpose the remaining space in the former Rainbow Centre into a high-density, mixed-use development with restored pedestrian access through the center of the building and active ground-level uses. “Reimagining the former Rainbow Centre mall through adaptive reuse will reconnect the downtown street grid, creating a more pedestrian-friendly area that will attract shoppers and visitors and also support local businesses,” said Empire State Development Acting Commissioner and President & CEO-designate Eric Gertler. “The former Rainbow Centre mall presents a challenge for development, but it also has tremendous opportunities that we intend to take advantage of,” said City of Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster.  “The City, in partnership with USA Niagara, will use what we learned from the ULI study to move forward and focus on urban design, accommodations, attractions and the modernization of parking resources in downtown Niagara Falls—which will result in a project that will be attractive for both residents and visitors.  We look forward to the implementation of the first phase of the alternative as outlined in the term sheet.” USAN and the City have signed a project term sheet which will allow USAN to procure and retain, at its expense, consultants necessary to develop plans and specifications necessary to allow construction of the project.  USAN will contribute all project costs, up to a maximum amount to be agreed to between USAN and the City, based upon the approval of a final project budget and program.  Funds for construction of the project will be provided to the City via a standard ESD Grant Disbursement Agreement. For more than five years, Uniland and USAN worked diligently toward a development agreement for the Wonder Falls resort, featuring a 300-room hotel that would include a large indoor water park for hotel guests.  However, the project is no longer economically feasible due, in part, to the changes in the federal tax code, which is why the civic improvement project will move forward. “We are disappointed that the project as planned is not financially feasible,” said Uniland Vice President Michael Montante. “But we believe in the potential of Niagara Falls, New York with the continued investment by the public and private sector. Our goal as a community is to make Niagara Falls a world-class destination.  We thank the project’s supporters and the State for its willingness to work with our team during the development process.” The successful respondent to the new RFP will consider various “civic improvement” items including, but not limited, to recommendations from the 2012 Urban Land Institute (ULI) Advisory Services Panel Report: Breaking up the scale of the facility by establishing a pedestrian “street” that passes through the lower two levels of the structure; Cladding of the parking ramp to incorporate architectural features that would lessen its monolithic appearance; Undertaking additional concrete and elevator rehabilitation efforts, as well as waterproofing measures, on hold since 2014 due to development of the Wonder Falls project; Adding additional elevators in strategic locations to better facilitate use of the parking ramp by surrounding properties; and Undertaking circulation improvements and incorporating state-of-the-art parking revenue control systems (PARCS) into the parking ramp. These modifications will create up to 200,000 square feet of available space that could be repurposed for uses that would benefit downtown Niagara Falls, including attractions or other entertainment venues or partnerships with the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute, such as an expansion of programing. Niagara County Community College President Dr. William J. Murabito said, “We located our Niagara Falls Culinary Institute in part of the former Rainbow Centre mall where it has thrived.  We are excited by the Governor’s plan to repurpose the remaining mall space and create more opportunity for NCCC, our students, residents and visitors to Niagara Falls.  We look forward to partnering with USAN as they move forward to create innovative space for new business in this globally-recognized destination.” Development in downtown Niagara Falls has changed considerably since 2014, when the Uniland project was awarded.  Under Governor Cuomo, five new hotels have been completed, adding 600 rooms to the downtown market, and other hotels have undergone extensive renovations, including improved retail and restaurants.  Along with the anticipated restoration of the Hotel Niagara, the quality of accommodations in the market has dramatically improved.  Properties recently purchased under Governor Cuomo’s Strategic Land Acquisition Program have given added reason to pivot from the Wonder Falls concept to a more incremental approach that retains a maximum amount of parking to support adjacent developments.  City of Niagara Falls Mayor-Elect Robert Restaino said, “The former Rainbow Centre mall is a critical piece of property and its remaining 200,000 square feet provide a tremendous opportunity to transform downtown Niagara Falls. As a city-owned property, I will work with USAN to ensure that we improve the site to include high-density, mixed-used redevelopment with an active ground level that will foster future development on adjoining parcels.” Assemblyman Angelo Morinello said, “Although the Rainbow Centre mall project is moving in a different direction than we anticipated, this is the right decision. This incremental approach will allow USAN and the city to redevelop the property in a way that benefits NCCC and the surrounding businesses and furthers the positive work Governor Cuomo and I are doing to keep visitors in Niagara Falls.” Contacts: Pamm Lent (Governor’s office) | [email protected] | 716-846-8309 Laura Magee (ESD) | [email protected] | 716-846-8239
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Public Notice

Friday, December 6, 2019 - 1:00pm
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