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Monday, March 11, 2019 - 1:33pm
The Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC) Board of Directors met today and approved a slate of measures to maintain and grow services and activities along Buffalo’s Waterfront and advance development projects at Canalside.  “ECHDC is working to carry out its mission of advancing Buffalo’s Waterfront and 2019 is looking like our most active year ever,” said ECHDC Chairman Robert Gioia.  “The actions of the board today are just the beginning as we work with Governor Cuomo to attract people to the water’s edge, while spurring additional investment in the Waterfront and the City of Buffalo.” TY Lin International, a multi-discipline engineering firm with more than 60 years of experience in successful infrastructure development, including the design of multi-functional public landscapes and urban buildings, will design, bid and provide construction management services for the development of infrastructure on the North Aud Block.    The project aims to reintroduce elements of the historic street pattern that once traversed the Erie Canal in that location.    Currently, the contract is for project scoping, concept design and schematic design.  Once a preferred concept plan and construction budget have been accepted by the ECHDC Board, ECHDC and TY Lin will negotiate a final scope of work and fees for additional tasks, such as design development, construction documents, bidding and awarding and construction administration. TY Lin’s contract is for an amount not to exceed $595,316. In August 2018, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced $10 million in funding would be committed to support the design and construction of the site’s transformation.  See a map of property here. The Board also approved the budget for the remaining three years of ECHDC’s five-year contract with Be Our Guest Ltd. (‘BRG’) for the management of Canalside. BRG, a subsidiary of Rich Products Corporation, will continue to be responsible for all Canalside’s operations, including programming and events, operations and maintenance, marketing and sponsorships, food and beverage, and financial management. The three-year budget, which includes BRG’s management fee and a capital purchases allowance, is for an amount not to exceed $4.5 million. As per the contract, BRG is required to share a portion of Canalside’s net operating income and revenue with ECHDC which ECHDC will then put back into the site. At the end of Year 2, it’s estimated that share will be approximately $77,400. That amount is expected to grow in future years as BRG continues to gain experience and efficiency in managing Canalside.  In addition, with Explore & More Children’s museum expected to open this Spring, ECHDC intends to amend the management agreement to add the museum to BRG’s managed premises. The board also approved a contract extension to Queen City Bike Ferry, Inc. for operations and maintenance services related to the Queen City Bike Ferry.  The $269,450 contract extension is for 2019 through 2021.  The bike ferry has proven to be a valuable method of transportation and direct link between Canalside and Buffalo’s Outer Harbor, both significant assets to the region’s recreation and tourism industries.  The funding source for these three contracts is the New York Power Authority. The board also authorized ECHDC to enter into an agreement with Dale’s Marina Service, LLC for marina operations and management at the First Buffalo River Marina at 32 Fuhrman Boulevard.  The contract is through March 1, 2021 with renewable options for2022 and 2023.  In exchange for granting them the right to offer services and generate profits, ECHDC will receive a base rent and share of revenues.  Dale’s Marina Service, LLC has more than 20 years of experience in marine service management, most of which has taken place on Buffalo’s Outer Harbor, and assured ECHDC that it will continue to maintain current slip holder services, as well as enhance the organization and cleanliness of the site.  In other board actions: Steve Ranalli was appointed ECHDC President.  Ranalli, an employee of the corporation since 2008, is a professional engineer with experience in engineering, urban planning, design and economic development.  He has served as the vice president of development since August 2018 with day-to-day oversight and management of all projects and initiatives within the corporation’s 450 acres of waterfront property.  Design approval was granted on the Explore & More Children’s Museum exterior signage with the exception of painted wording (e.g., “Play” and “Curiosity”).  The children’s museum will include signage in several locations to capture the movement of people through Canalside, enhance entrances to the facility and ancillary offerings (e.g., retail and restaurant) and make the building more playful and representative of a children’s museum.  A large tricycle sculpture will be located on the roof.   $300,000 from the New York Power Authority Environmental Justice Fund was accepted by the ECHDC Board for energy-related infrastructure associated with the Explore & More Children’s Museum.  These funds will be distributed to the museum to be applied to its contribution toward construction of the core and shell of the museum building.  ECHDC previously approved $9 million toward costs associated with construction of the museum’s core and shell and certain site work.  Approval of ECHDC’s operating and capital budgets for the fiscal year 2019-2020.  The operating budget of $1,267,688 includes all budgeted personnel and non-personnel expenses.  The corporation’s capital budget is $41,084,197.  This includes, but is not limited to, the remaining costs on the construction of Explore & More Children’s Museum; the development of the remainder of the South Aud Block; construction of the carousel project; construction of the Longshed; design of the North Aud Block; Donovan Block utilities relocation; and Canalside events, programming, site operations, maintenance and utility costs.  Additionally, ECHDC is funding various projects at the Outer Harbor.  Capital projects are individually approved by the corporation’s board of directors under separate actions.  About Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation The Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC) is governed by a nine-member board consisting of seven voting directors and two non-voting, ex-officio directors. The seven voting directors are recommended by the New York State Governor and are appointed by the New York State Urban Development Corporation d/b/a Empire State Development as sole shareholder of ECHDC. The two non-voting, ex-officio director positions are held by the Erie County Executive and the City of Buffalo Mayor. As a subsidiary of Empire State Development, the state’s chief economic development agency, the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation supports and promotes the creation of infrastructure and public activities at Canalside, the Ohio Street corridor and the Outer Harbor that is attracting critical mass, private investment and enhance the enjoyment of the waterfront for residents and tourists in Western New York. Its vision is to revitalize Western New York’s waterfront and restore economic growth to Buffalo based on the region’s legacy of pride, urban significance and natural beauty.   Contact: Pamm Lent | pamm.lent@esd.ny.gov | 716-846-8309 | (800) 260-7313 Laura Magee | laura.magee@esd.ny.gov | 716-846-8239 | (800) 260-7313
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Public Notice

Monday, March 11, 2019 - 1:00pm
Xin Shi Ji Corporation Capital Project
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Public Notice

Monday, March 11, 2019 - 11:00am
Village of Owego-Owego Main Street Rehab Restore V Capital Project
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Board Meeting

Monday, March 11, 2019 - 10:30am
With videoconferencing to:   Empire State Development 633 Third Avenue – 37th Floor Conference Room New York, NY 10017  
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Public Notice

Monday, March 11, 2019 - 10:00am
Cozzini Brothers Capital Project
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Press Release

Friday, March 8, 2019 - 10:16pm
Empire State Development, the Department of Agriculture and Markets, and the State Liquor Authority today announced the results of the third annual New York State Craft Beer Competition, which featured a record number of New York State-brewed beers. Auburn-based Prison City Pub and Brewery’s experimental beer, Wham Whams, took home top honors, winning the Governor's Cup and emerging as the number one pick among a total of 813 entries. Gold medals were awarded to 21 beers from breweries across the state. Seventy-four medals were awarded to 53 breweries. The Culinary Institute of America’s classroom lab, The Brewery at the CIA, won Brewery of the Year. Medal winners were awarded in 25 categories, such as IPAs and lagers, as well as niche or emerging styles like sours or fruit and spice beers.  Gold medal winners are:  Amber and Dark Lagers: Resurgence Brewing Company, Ice Book Bock – Buffalo Amber/Red Ale: Dublin Corners Farm Brewery, Better Than Dead – Linwood American DIPA: Big Ditch Brewing Company, Cannon Call – Buffalo American IPA Variations: Arrowood Farms, True Love in an Arranged Marriage – Accord Barrel Aged (Non-Sour): Kings County Brewers Collective, Demons on the Dance Floor – Brooklyn Barrel Aged Sour: The Brewers Collective Beer Company, Corvid – Bay Shore Belgian Farmhouse: Catskill Brewery, Freak Tractor 100% Brett Beer – Livingston Manor Belgian Other: Crafty Ales and Lagers, Elixir – Phelps Brown Ale: Brewery at the CIA, Class Project Br-Br-Br-Brown – Hyde Park Experimental: Prison City Pub and Brewery, Wham Whams – Auburn Fruit and Spice Beer (Sour): Threes Brewing, Eternal Return Apricot – Brooklyn Fruit and Spice Beer (Non-sour): Big Alice Brewing Company, Jalapeno Rye – Long Island City Hazy IPA: Threes Brewing, Logical Conclusion – Brooklyn Imperial Stout and Porter: Three Heads Brewing, The Majestic Imperial Stout 2018 – Rochester Light Lager: The Peekskill Brewery, Skills Pils – Peekskill Pale Ale: Naked Dove Brewing Company, Naked Dove What is #4 – Canandaigua Porter (Non-Imperial): Valcour Brewing Company, David’s Porter – Plattsburgh Stout (Non-Imperial): Sager Beer Works, Smugtown Stout – Rochester Strong Ale (Non-Belgian): Lunkenheimer Craft Brewing Company, Barleywine 2018 – Weedsport Wheat Beer (American, Wit, Hefe): Brewery at the CIA – Mis en Place Wit – Hyde Park New York State Beer: Lunkenheimer Craft Brewing Company – Weedsport Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, "New York State’s craft beer industry continues to grow and thrive, supporting communities by encouraging tourism, creating jobs and distributing world-class products that help to promote the state. I offer my congratulations to this year’s winners, who exemplify New York’s creative spirit and showcase the best of all we have to offer." New York State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball said, "Governor Cuomo’s support of the craft beverage industry has helped propel our state to the forefront nationally as producers of top-quality craft beverages. Since our Craft Beverage Summit in 2012, we’ve seen a 166 percent increase in the number of craft beverage manufacturers in New York State and this competition highlights the best craft beers produced right here at home." New York State Liquor Authority Chairman Vincent Bradley said, "Craft brewing in New York has experienced a renaissance thanks Governor Cuomo’s effort to revitalize and transform the industry.  As this competition demonstrates, new laws, policies and relaxed regulations have paved the way for our manufacturers to produce world renowned beer and drive job creation and economic development in their local communities and throughout the state.” New York State Brewers Association Executive Director Paul Leone said, "In our third year of this competition, we had a record number of New York State breweries enter with Auburn’s Prison City Pub and Brewery wrestling away the Governor’s Craft Beer Cup from Brooklyn’s Threes Brewing to take home the top prize with their experimental beer Wham Whams. The diversity of this year’s winners is a clear example of the high-quality craft beer being brewed all over the state." The New York State Craft Beer Competition, sponsored by the New York State Brewers Association, was open to any New York State craft brewer. The competition featured 56 uniquely qualified judges sampling 813 entries from more than 160 breweries in the largest professionally-judged craft beer competition held in New York State.  Complete competition results and additional information can be found here. Under Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's leadership, the state continues to drive the growth of craft brewing industry throughout New York. In February 2018, Governor Cuomo announced that New York had reached a new milestone of 400 breweries statewide, surpassing the previous record of 393 breweries set in 1876. Today, New York is home to 438 breweries, with beer being brewed in 58 of the state's 62 counties. This includes 12 large breweries, 45 restaurant breweries, 152 farm breweries, 149 microbreweries, and 80 breweries that hold both farm and micro-brewery licenses. In addition, 38 breweries have opened off-site taprooms by obtaining no-fee branch office permits under a provision of the Governor’s 2013 Farm Brewery law.    Contacts: Adam Ostrowski (ESD) | adam.ostrowski@esd.ny.gov | (518) 292-5148 | (800) 260-7313 Kirstan Conley (Agriculture) kirstan.conley@agriculture.ny.gov | (518) 457-0752 William Crowley (SLA) | william.crowley@sla.ny.gov | (518) 474-4875
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Press Release

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 4:30pm
Governor Andrew Cuomo today announced companies in 43North's portfolio have created more than 400 jobs in Western New York. 43North is the startup competition that invests $5 million annually to attract start-up companies to Western New York and cultivate their growth in the region. Since launching the competition in 2014, 43North has invested in 44 companies. "43North is helping Western New York become a burgeoning hub for startups and building a thriving workforce in the region," Governor Cuomo said. "We will continue to support this high-profile competition that brings innovative businesses to Buffalo, creating the jobs of the future and helping the local economy continue on its upward trajectory." "The innovative 43North competition is delivering real job growth and boosting Buffalo's reputation as a leader in fostering the development of high-tech startup companies," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "I have witnessed firsthand the success that 43North companies have achieved, and this incredible milestone shows the continued importance of this initiative. I look forward to seeing many more companies begin their journey and succeed in Western New York."  The 43North competition is supported by a total of $55 million from New York State, including funding from Empire State Development and the New York Power Authority. In addition to the $5 million in cash investments, the competition winners relocate to Buffalo where they receive free incubator space for a year, guidance from mentors related to their field and access to other exciting incentive programs such as START-UP NY, a program that enables companies to operate tax-free in New York State for 10 years. 43North companies are currently hiring for several dozen open positions. Read the full press release here. 
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Blog Post

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 12:53pm
The Southern Tier’s 76West Clean Energy Competition, one of the largest of its kind in the nation, has attracted a new group of clean energy innovators to New York State, chosen from a geographically diverse slate of highly-qualified applicants during the third round of the competition. The business-generating impacts of the competition support Governor Cuomo's Green New Deal, a nation-leading clean energy and jobs strategy that aims to put New York on a path to carbon neutrality while spurring growth of the green economy. 76West, which announced the six latest winners last fall, has been attracting innovative clean energy startups to New York State’s Southern Tier since 2016 by devoting some $2.5 million each year to growing their businesses and putting the winners on a path to commercial success. The competition’s unprecedented support has jumpstarted a cleantech boom in the region, bringing fresh ideas, talent and jobs to where they can make the most impact. The grand prize is $1 million, followed by one $500,000 award and four $250,000 prizes. “The million dollar top prize is the largest a company can win in any clean energy competition, anywhere,” says Mike Shimazu, the senior advisor for business growth and innovation at the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the competition’s sponsor. “But it’s really all about the Southern Tier - and many outside of New York, and even some within it - aren’t very familiar with the Southern Tier and its business climate and resources.” 76West helps bring the finalists to the region and matches them with mentors from the area including executives, investors and entrepreneurs who can then connect them with potential strategic partners. “During that process, our winners learn that $1 million isn’t necessarily the biggest part of the prize. It’s what they learn about the manufacturing resources, the business incubators in the area, the research, facilities and talent at Binghamton and Cornell, and the funding and support we provide at NYSERDA. That’s really what gets them excited about expanding their businesses in the Southern Tier. It’s the whole package.” Because of this innovation-sparking strategy, even some companies that did not go on to win any of the top cash prizes this year also moved to the region as a result of what they found there. But Shimazu says 2018 was a unique year for the competition in many ways. “What was really different, among the 152 applicants, was the high number of those from out of state and from out of the country. In fact, 52 percent were out-of-state applicants, the highest percentage we’ve ever had; 22 different states were represented, as were 14 different countries. In three short years, we’ve gone from a pool of applicants only from within the state to top winners from Dallas, Detroit and Dublin, Ireland.” The 2018 grand prize winner, EkoStinger, is New York born and bred. The Rochester-based company has a unique connection to the competition, named after the longitudinal line that passes through New York’s Southern Tier. EkoStinger makes a patented, full-motion aerodynamic trailer system for heavy-duty trucks that haul products across the country’s highways, including the well-traveled network of interstates that fuels the Southern Tier economy and converges in Binghamton. The company’s award-winning product is designed to keep aerodynamics consistent through the full range of truck and trailer motion, saving fuel and reducing emissions and wear and tear. Some EkoStinger customers, who can be pulling up to 48-foot trailers, also report higher visibility behind them during rain storms, since the trailer system eliminates excessive tire spray. On Feb. 12, Governor Cuomo announced another major milestone for the new company: the opening of an EkoStinger manufacturing plant in Big Flats, west of Elmira. "The opening … exemplifies our aggressive efforts to support cutting-edge clean energy entrepreneurs and keep the Southern Tier soaring," the Governor said.
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Blog Post

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - 12:47pm
In the chronicles of every startup comes a critical moment of truth that can make or break a young business: how to make the next big concept a reality. And without an experienced business network to guide startups through key manufacturing milestones, costly mistakes can stop production just as it’s getting started. FuzeHub, a nonprofit statewide center that brings together a network of New York industry experts and programs, was created to answer the kinds of questions that help avoid those outcomes – like how to create manufacturing–ready prototypes or what equipment to buy and when. By providing access to a team of experienced manufacturing and business professionals, FuzeHub guides businesses through challenges to foster growth and progress. If funding is an obstacle, FuzeHub’s annual statewide Commercialization Competition, now in its second year, may provide a solution. As the statewide New York Manufacturing Extension Partnership (New York MEP) center, FuzeHub acts fast to ignite next-phase plans for tech product development and manufacturing. The center responds directly to all company requests within a 24- to 48-hour window before connecting them to specialized technical resources, programs and services in New York State and beyond. New York MEP, supported by Empire State Development’s Division of Science, Technology & Innovation, focuses on helping small- to mid-sized manufacturers gain a competitive edge in the marketplace. It is also part of a national network funded by the National Institute of Standards & Technology.
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Press Release

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - 10:06am
Empire State Development (ESD) today announced that Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul kicked off a series of visits to Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprises (MWBEs) across New York State in celebration of Women’s History Month. The statewide tour brings renewed focus to the Administration’s work to support women and minorities in achieving representative participation in the economy. The Lt. Governor’s first stop was at GENESYS Consulting Services in Albany. In 2014, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo set a goal of utilizing MWBEs for 30 percent of State contracting – the highest such goal in the nation. In 2018, the State reached 28.6 percent utilization and MWBEs secured $2.5 billion in state contracts. Last month, the Governor announced legislation to re-authorize the MWBE program and advance numerous provisions designed to expand opportunities for MWBEs that want to engage in State contracting. Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul said, “New York remains committed to leveling the playing field and giving women and minority-owned businesses increased access to State contracts and funding. We are continuing our unprecedented commitment to MWBEs around the State by setting the highest utilization goal in the nation at 30 percent, and we are taking the next steps to continue breaking down the barriers these entrepreneurs face.” ESD President, CEO and Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, “We cannot have a successful economy unless we have an inclusive economy. Every business owner should have equal ability to compete for and win state contracts – and our nation-leading MWBE program is doing just that. I look forward to continuing to work with Governor Cuomo and Lt. Governor Hochul to re-authorize and expand this critical initiative.” ESD Executive Vice President and Executive Director of the Division of Minority and Women’s Business Development Valerie White said, “Across the state, women and minority entrepreneurs are applying for MWBE certification and competing for state contracts in record numbers. This program is working – it’s helping businesses grow, scale, and hire more employees – and we will continue to ensure State government helps uplift all business owners.” The Lieutenant Governor will be kicking off her statewide tour with a visit to GENESYS Consulting Services at 11 a.m. on Wednesday in Albany. The company provides highly qualified information technology consulting specialists with the expertise required to design, develop, implement, and maintain technology solutions. The company, located at 1 Marcus Boulevard, was the recipient of the 2018 Carey Gabay Excellence and Innovation Award for Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprises during the Governor’s 2018 MWBE Forum. GENESYS Consulting Services CEO Cathy Bruschi said, “I am proud of the work that the GENESYS team has accomplished over the past 30 years serving New York State public and private sector organizations, and I am grateful for the leadership the Governor and the Lieutenant Governor have demonstrated supporting minority and women-owned businesses. GENESYS is fortunate to call New York’s Capital Region home and we are committed to upholding the standards of the Carey Gabay Excellence and Innovation Award each and every day.”  Since 2011, state-certified MWBEs have won more than $13 billion in State contracts and the State has certified more than 7,500 MWBEs. In total, there are more than 8,600 certified New York State MWBEs – one of the largest groups of MWBE firms ready, willing, and able to perform on public contracts in the nation. To learn more about becoming a State-certified MWBE, visit http://www.ny.gov/MWBECertification or call (212) 803-2414. 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.       Contact: Haley Viccaro | Haley.Viccaro@exec.ny.gov | (518) 474-6807 Jack Sterne | jonathan.sterne@esd.ny.gov | (212) 803-3764
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