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Monday, March 29, 2021 - 10:50am
Flexible Packaging Manufacturer Will Add Production Lines; Commits to Creating Close to 40 new Jobs Investment Complements “Finger Lakes Forward” – The Region’s Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy Empire State Development (ESD) and the New York Power Authority (NYPA) today announced that flexible packaging firm ABX Innovative Packaging Solutions (ABX) is growing its operations in the Town of Macedon, Wayne County. The company will update its existing equipment, purchase new equipment and undertake infrastructure improvements to accommodate the expansion of its green solution flexible packaging manufacturing operation.  The project will include the addition of six new bag lines and the relocation of a portion of its operations to another building located at the company’s Main Street manufacturing campus.  The upgrades will allow ABX to better serve its customers, including a global consumer products provider of personal care and paper products that has committed to making its products 100% recyclable. The renovation work is expected to launch this spring with a target completion by the summer of 2022. ABX has committed to creating up to 38 new jobs as a result of the expansion; 378 jobs will be retained. Empire State Development Acting Commissioner and President & CEO-designate Eric Gertler said, “ABX Innovative Packaging Solutions is yet another company that is choosing to expand in the Finger Lakes, thanks to the region’s unique assets and a talent pool that supports success. The expansion also reflects how our strategic incentives for forward-thinking projects like this one strengthen the economy and create good-paying jobs, in Wayne County and across the state.”  ESD is supporting this transformative project with up to $1.35 million through the Excelsior Tax Credit program in exchange for job creation commitments. The New York Power Authority, pending approval by its Board of Trustees tomorrow, is supporting the expansion with more than 2.4 megawatts of low-cost power from the ReCharge NY program. Rochester Gas & Electric, Wayne County industrial Development Agency and Greater Rochester Enterprise are also assisting the expansion project. The total project cost has been placed at a little more than $12.2 million. Gil C. Quiniones, NYPA president and CEO said, “NYPA is excited to support ABX’s expansion project in Wayne County as it will bolster the local economy with new jobs and capital investments. The low-cost power from NYPA’s hydroelectric plants is the backbone to the state’s economic development efforts and we are eager to leverage it to support businesses in need right now.” ABX, headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, creates and delivers state-of-the-art innovative flexible packaging solutions, engineered and optimized for enhanced performance. ABX has approximately 900 employees nationwide. In addition to its Wayne County location, the company also maintains operations in Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana & Wisconsin. “We offer a unique suite of flexible, sustainable packaging options for customers in consumer, healthcare and specialty markets. Flexible packaging offers exceptional environmental benefits because it uses less energy and fewer resources than other forms of packaging,” said Larry Goldstein, CEO of ABX. ABX COO Jeff Godsey said, “These investments will support our initiatives to drive continuous improvement, higher quality and the use of post-consumer recycled resins in our products.” State Senator Pamela Helming said, “I recently visited the ABX facility in Macedon and saw firsthand their commitment to Wayne County and our local workforce. ABX Innovative Packaging Solutions is a vital part of our local and regional economy and their growth reflects the tremendous innovation and talent we have in the Finger Lakes. My thanks to the entire ABX team for their continued investment in the community. Thank you to Empire State Development, the Wayne County IDA and other partners in this project.” State Assemblyman Brian Manktelow said, “This is such great news, to see another business expanding in the Wayne County is truly extraordinary. I applaud the efforts of ABX, the Town of Macedon, and Wayne County IDA for working together to ensure that the jobs will remain in our community. What a great step forward in revitalizing and growing our local economy. With the addition of nearly 40 new positions and the retention of over 375 jobs, ABX will undoubtedly be a major economic driver in our community. My sincere thanks and appreciation go out to all who have worked to make this expansion a reality.” Wayne County Industrial Development Agency Director and CEO Brian Pincelli said, “ABX Innovative Packaging Solutions growth is another example of the quality workforce in our region. ABX is recognized as an industry leader and their products are critical components of our supply chain and economy nationwide. ABX CEO Larry Goldstein recognized the culture, talent, and commitment of our workforce and we couldn’t be prouder to have them here in Wayne County.” Matt Hurlbutt, president and CEO, Greater Rochester Enterprise said, “ABX Innovative Packaging Solutions will leverage the Greater Rochester, NY region’s exceptional talent, packaging assets, and expertise to expand Macedon, NY. The GRE team connected ABX Innovative Packaging Solutions to local resources to accelerate their business growth plans.” For additional information about ABX Innovative Packaging Solutions, visit https://www.abxpackaging.com/ 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 $8.07 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. 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. ​ About NYPA NYPA is the largest state public power organization in the nation, operating 16 generating facilities and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. More than 80 percent of the electricity NYPA produces is clean renewable hydropower. NYPA uses no tax money or state credit. It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of electricity. For more information visit www.nypa.gov and follow us on Twitter @NYPAenergy, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr and LinkedIn. Contact: Shari Voorhees-Vincent | [email protected] | (585) 399-7055 ESD Press Office | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313 Paul DeMichele | [email protected] | (914) 390-8186
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Friday, March 26, 2021 - 5:20pm
Digital Pass Offers Free, Voluntary Way to Share COVID-19 Vaccination or Negative COVID-19 Test Status in Accordance with New York State Guidelines  Proven, Secure Technology Developed in Partnership with IBM Following Successful Pilot   As Part of Initial Launch, Excelsior Pass Can Be Used by Participating New Yorkers at Theaters, Major Stadiums and Arenas, Weddings Receptions, Catered Events & Other Events in Accordance with New York State Guidelines Madison Square Garden and Times Union Center to Implement Excelsior Pass; Additional Locations Will Begin Utilizing this Platform as Program Expands Interested New Yorkers Can Opt In to Use Excelsior Pass and Learn More Here; Interested Businesses Can Opt In and Learn More Here      Images of Excelsior Pass are Available Here    Initiative First Announced in Governor's 2021 State of the State Address Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the launch of Excelsior Pass — a free, voluntary platform developed in partnership with IBM, which utilizes proven, secure technology to confirm an individual's recent negative PCR or antigen test result or proof of vaccination to help fast-track the reopening of businesses and event venues in accordance with New York State Department of Health guidelines. Similar to a mobile airline boarding pass, individuals will be able to either print out their pass or store it on their smartphones using the Excelsior Pass Wallet app. Each Pass will have a secure QR code, which participating businesses and venues can scan using a companion app to verify proof of COVID-19 negative test results or proof of vaccination. An individual's data is kept secure and confidential at all times. As part of this initial launch, participating New Yorkers may choose to use Excelsior Pass to verify their COVID-19 vaccination or negative test results as needed to gain entry to major stadiums and arenas, wedding receptions, or catered and other events above the social gathering limit. Interested New Yorkers can opt in to use Excelsior Pass and learn more here; interested businesses can opt in and learn more here. Major venues have already announced they will begin utilizing this technology in the coming weeks, including Madison Square Garden in New York City beginning next week and the Times Union Center in Albany. Beginning April 2, Excelsior Pass will expand to smaller arts, entertainment and event venues.  "New Yorkers have proven they can follow public health guidance to beat back COVID, and the innovative Excelsior Pass is another tool in our new toolbox to fight the virus while allowing more sectors of the economy to reopen safely and keeping personal information secure," Governor Cuomo said. "The question of 'public health or the economy' has always been a false choice — the answer must be both. As more New Yorkers get vaccinated each day and as key public health metrics continue to regularly reach their lowest rates in months, the first-in-the-nation Excelsior Pass heralds the next step in our thoughtful, science-based reopening." New York State is the first state in the U.S. to formally launch this potentially transformational technology. Prior to its launch, two successful pilot demonstrations were held in recent weeks, along with a beta test where thousands of New Yorkers participated in a limited roll out of the technology to provide feedback on user interface and results.  Interested New Yorkers can download the Excelsior Pass Wallet app for Android here and for iOS here. Interested businesses can download the Excelsior Pass Scanner app for Android here and for iOS here. Read the full press release here.
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Press Release

Friday, March 26, 2021 - 4:29pm
New Carousel Building Adds to Overall Vision for a Redeveloped Waterfront  See Photos of the Carousel Here  Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the Buffalo Heritage Carousel project at Canalside is nearing completion. A steel frame, the organ and the carousel itself are being installed inside the new timber frame building at Canalside. When complete, the historic De Angelis Carousel will be a year-round, family friendly attraction for the Buffalo waterfront, building on the popularity of the Explore & More Children's Museum and many other activities for visitors of all ages. The carousel is planned to open this summer.  "The De Angelis Carousel is another layer in the exciting transformation of Buffalo's spectacular waterfront," Governor Cuomo said. "As we continue to reopen our economy and build back better, this milestone on such a colorful and historic attraction is a reminder of the State's long-standing commitment to projects like Canalside and the overall revitalization of a city known for its can-do attitude."    The first of the antique carousel pieces that have been meticulously restored by the Buffalo Heritage Carousel artists were moved into the roundhouse today. The #153 Wurlitzer Band organ, one of the most popular models ever manufactured at Wurlitzer, was also installed. It will play music scrolls that will be integrated with the carousel through computer technology. "Canalside has become a magnificent place for families to enjoy and the De Angelis Carousel will soon become the star attraction," Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul said. "As we prepare to enter the post-pandemic future, the De Angelis Carousel offers a glimmer of hope and symbolizes the rebirth of an active Buffalo waterfront." ECHDC Chairman Robert Gioia said, "Buffalo's waterfront has seen a remarkable transformation and the Buffalo Heritage Carousel will be a sensational attraction that will build on the progress, helping to draw even more visitors to Canalside. We look forward to welcoming families to enjoy the colorful carousel. It will be a sensational experience that is designed to complement the Explore & More Children's Museum and the Longshed project, which opened last year."  Read the full press release here.
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Press Release

Thursday, March 25, 2021 - 3:30pm
The Completion of this Facility at the Former Rome Cable Site Brings a Revitalization Capstone to a Decade-long, Community-led Brownfield Redevelopment Effort $10 Million DRI Investment in Rome is Part of a Strategic Goal to Enrich and Improve the Quality of Life in the Entire Region Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the completion of Cold Point Corporation's new 50,000 square foot $5.1 million manufacturing facility in Rome. Cold Point Corporation specializes in the design and manufacture of water source heat pumps, packaged terminal air conditioners, condensing units, as well as packaged heat pumps and air conditioners for direct replacement, renovation, and new construction applications. The completion of the Cold Point Corporation facility marks a milestone for this signature project from Rome's Downtown Revitalization Initiative plan and a strategic site identified in the Erie Boulevard Brownfield Opportunity Area which will help to attract talent and a 21st century workforce to downtown Rome by establishing an advanced manufacturing facility with more than 50 employees within a five-minute walk to the downtown core. The new facility, in concert with other DRI funded projects such as a distinctive downtown branding and wayfinding programs and dynamic new civic spaces, will transform Downtown Rome into a destination for a diverse range of small business, entertainment, and restaurant uses.  "We are focused on revitalizing and building back New York State better than ever before," Governor Cuomo said. "Cold Point Corporation's expansion in the Mohawk Valley is key to reigniting our economy, bringing jobs and demonstrating our regionally based approach to economic development. These investments strengthen the region's economy and moves Rome and the Mohawk Valley into a brighter future." Secretary of State Rossana Rosado said, "Rome's downtown revitalization is becoming a reality with the opening of Cold Point Corporation's new manufacturing facility. Located closely to the core of downtown Rome, this new state-of-the art facility will attract a talented workforce to the area, helping to grow the region's overall economy. This project was part of the State Superfund Program and the recently completed Erie Boulevard BOA nomination led by DOS. These collaborative efforts helped bring to fruition Cold Point's facility and represents the forward progress for a brighter future for the City of Rome."    Empire State Development Acting Commissioner and President & CEO-Designate Eric Gertler said, "This project will allow the City of Rome to build upon the success of Cold Point Corporation's new facility, which will attract additional private investment and expand employment opportunities in the City's core. Additionally, this is a critical step in creating a business and technology district on the former Rome Cable site that will bring 21st century jobs in advanced manufacturing and high-tech business."    Read the full press release here.
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Board Meeting

Thursday, March 25, 2021 - 9:00am
Due to public health concerns and as authorized by Executive Order of the Governor, this meeting will be conducted via video conference and teleconference. The public may view and 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 Wednesday, March 24, 2021.
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Press Release

Wednesday, March 24, 2021 - 10:00pm
Project Supported by Empire State Development, New York State Homes and Community Renewal and New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Theatre Photos Available Here Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the renovation of the former National Biscuit Company bakery into the new home of Capital Repertory Theatre, the Capital Region's only professional producing theatre, has been completed. Located at 251 North Pearl Street in Downtown Albany across from the Ida Yarborough housing complex, the 28,000 square foot facility includes a 300-seat stage and auditorium; a 100-seat "black box" theater; wardrobe and props construction and storage facilities; and an extensive dressing room and actor preparation space.  "New York's vibrant arts and entertainment venues have been among the pandemic's hardest-hit businesses, and their expected reopening under strict state guidance is a welcome part of the state's recovery from COVID-19," Governor Cuomo said. "The completion of the new Capital Repertory Theatre project complements our strategic investments in housing and economic development in the heart of Downtown Albany, and will welcome actors, artists and patrons for generations to come."  This project undertook a historic restoration and adaptive reuse of the vacant original bakery, which in recent decades was used largely as a storage facility. Refinished original hardwood floors and extensive exposure of brick walls and original wooden timber beams define the interior space. Capital Repertory Theatre, an affiliate of the Proctors Collaborative, was located for more than 25 years at the ground level of the parking garage located two blocks south that is currently being redeveloped by Redburn Development.   The $14 million project was supported by thousands of individual donors and subscribers through a capital campaign. Empire State Development has agreed to provide $1.8 million through Round 5 of the Restore New York Communities Initiative, and $950,000 through the Round V of the Regional Council initiative, as recommended by the Capital Region's Regional Economic Development Council. New York State Homes and Community Renewal is providing $2 million through its Rural and Urban Community Investment Fund, and the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation has agreed to provide federal and state Historic Preservation Tax Credits that generated $5.2 million in equity. Over the last decade, the Historic Tax Credit program has spurred more than $12 billion in private investment in more than 1,000 buildings across New York State.  Read the full press release here.
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Press Release

Wednesday, March 24, 2021 - 6:35pm
“Congratulations to Buffalo’s ACV for its listing on Nasdaq’s Global Select Market, under the symbol “ACVA.”  ACV, the leading online automotive marketplace for dealers, has become the third high-tech startup in Buffalo to go public in the last decade, following Synacor Inc. in 2012 and Athenex in 2017, and was the city’s first unicorn startup.  Innovation and the entrepreneurial spirit are thriving in Western New York. "New York has believed in ACV from the beginning. ACV is a 2015 $1 million grand prize winner of the Buffalo Billion 43North business plan competition, supported by New York Ventures through its investment in Z80 Labs and was a START-UP NY company. ACV is fundamentally changing the wholesale automotive industry and its success will lift other startups in New York State." Contact: Press Office | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313  
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Wednesday, March 24, 2021 - 5:00pm
The 60,000-square-foot facility will support local farmers and underserved New Yorkers Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, Empire State Development Acting President and CEO Eric Gertler, New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Commissioner Richard A. Ball, New York City Economic Development Corporation Acting President Rachel Loeb, Congressman Ritchie Torres, Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., Council Member Salamanca and community members joined GrowNYC to celebrate the start of construction for the New York State Regional Food Hub (The Hub), a joint State and City project resulting from the NYS-NYC Regional Food Hubs Task Force. When complete, the facility will strengthen the local food economy and improve access to healthy and affordable foods for low-income communities. The Hub, a 60,000-square-foot cold-storage facility on a 135,000-square-foot lot in the Hunts Point neighborhood of the Bronx, will dramatically expand GrowNYC’s wholesale distribution infrastructure that makes high-quality, local foods accessible to underserved New Yorkers through wholesale buyers, including institutions and restaurants, and through innovative partnerships with nonprofit organizations. It will also create quality jobs all while strengthening rural communities by supporting New York State farmers. The new food hub will work with a range of small- and mid-sized farms, providing unprecedented access to New York City’s wholesale marketplace. The processing facility will also assist Upstate producers and processors in targeting institutional and private sector procurement opportunities. This first-of-its-kind, publicly funded food hub dedicated to supporting regional farmers will serve as a model throughout the country. Prior to the Covid-19 health crisis, 1.4 million New York City residents were food insecure. Because of the pandemic, that number has jumped to approximately 2 million people. In 2020, GrowNYC’s wholesale division distributed 5.4 million pounds of fresh produce, 2.9 million of which was through their Emergency Fresh Food program implemented in March of 2020 to provide no-cost emergency fresh food to communities throughout New York City hardest hit by Covid. The Hub will allow GrowNYC to increase the amount of food they distribute to 20 million pounds, benefitting local farmers and underserved New York communities, and ensuring the capability to respond to potential future emergency food needs for New Yorkers. The project received major funding from the State of New York, Empire State Development, the New York City Economic Development Corporation, the New York City Council; Office of the Bronx Borough President, New Markets Tax Credit Financing from NYC Neighborhood Capital Corporation and J.P Morgan Chase Community Development Banking, additional funding from the Federal Economic Development Administration, Bank of America Foundation and Green Mountain Energy, and bridge financing from Farm Credit East, Low Income Investment Fund and Enterprise Community Partners, the $39 million project will take 18 months from groundbreaking to ribbon cutting. The New York State-New York City Regional Food Hubs Task Force, convened at the direction of the Governor, was announced at the State’s first-ever Upstate-Downstate Summit.  The Task Force was charged with developing a roadmap to build a Regional Food Hub System to enhance the connection between upstate food producers and the downstate market, increase access to fresh food for underserved populations, boost in-state food production and consumption, and create new job opportunities in the growing sector of food manufacturing. It placed a high priority on a regional food hub as part of its final action plan. “Taking steps to fight back against food insecurity is critical in our post COVID recovery and improves the health and quality of life for all New Yorkers,” Governor Cuomo said. “Through this groundbreaking partnership, we are taking real action to remove the barriers that have limited the ability of underserved New Yorkers to access fresh, nutritious foods, by creating a direct connection between our hard-working farmers and communities most in need. New York is proud to have played such a vital role in the development of this game changing Food Hub and we look forward to continuing our work with our partners to find additional ways to ensure that no New Yorkers go to bed hungry.” "Today's groundbreaking of the first-of-its-kind New York State Regional Food Hub in the Bronx is a win-win for New York families and farmers," Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul said. "The state-of-the-art Hub will open up new markets for upstate farmers, put more fresh food on the tables of underserved New Yorkers, and create good-paying jobs. This is how we build more equitable, healthier, and sustainable communities for the post-pandemic future." “Empire State Development, through our New York City Regional Economic Development Council, is thrilled to be a partner on the New York State Regional Food Hub project,” Empire State Development Acting Commissioner, and President & CEO-designate Eric Gertler said. “The Hub’s unique service model not only demonstrates that New York's ​diverse economy includes farming but also enhances business opportunity for Upstate farmers to provide fresh food and produce options for their downstate neighbors.”  New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Commissioner Richard A. Ball said, “I am so pleased to join this groundbreaking ceremony and help to celebrate the New York State Regional Food Hub with all our partners who have worked so hard to make the Food Hub a reality.  This critical infrastructure project came to fruition thanks to the vision and insight of the New York State-New York City Food Hubs Task Force, which was a result of the State’s Upstate-Downstate Summit.  The New York State Regional Food Hub is an incredible opportunity to connect our upstate farmers with the downstate marketplace, growing their business while increasing food access to underserved New Yorkers.  The Food Hub, when complete, will be a game changer for New York agriculture.”  “The pandemic demonstrated just how critical investing in and diversifying our regional food system is,” said Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development Vicki Been. “By strengthening our regional distribution channels, creating local jobs, and supporting regional farmers, this Regional Food Hub embodies how infrastructure investments can rebuild New York City into a stronger, fairer, and more resilient city.” “Every New Yorker should have access to fresh, affordable produce especially in communities hardest hit by COVID-19,” said NYCEDC Acting President Rachel Loeb. “That is why we’re thrilled this new Hub will provide food to New Yorkers in low-income communities, create new jobs, all while supporting regional farmers. We look forward to working with the State, Elected Officials and GrowNYC, to bring this vision to life.” “We are tremendously grateful to and thankful for State and City leaders, and all supporters of this project, who share our vision to provide access to fresh, healthy food to all New Yorkers while strengthening regional agriculture," Marcel Van Ooyen, President and CEO of GrowNYC said. "I'm so happy to see this day when we break ground on the Hub, which will not only hugely impact our ability benefit local farmers and underserved New Yorkers, but will also serve as an example of how cities throughout the United States can bring fresh farm products to their neighborhoods and, at the same time, support their local farm systems.” “Today’s groundbreaking of GrowNYC's regional food hub is a landmark moment in investing thoughtfully and strategically in our food infrastructure here in New York. The food hub will reduce the costs of bringing the goods to market, thus expanding access to affordable, healthy and fresh foods for all New Yorkers,” said Kate MacKenzie, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Food Policy.  “We're excited to work together to ensure the success of the food hub and see it as the first of many investments we should be making in food infrastructure in the City and the State.” "I am very excited to see the groundbreaking for the Regional Food Hub of GrowNYC. New York City is one of the richest cities in the world yet so many New Yorkers are going through the day hungry.  Access to adequate, nutritious food is a human right yet food insecurity has been a major problem in our city for years. Eradicating hunger has to remain our top priority. The Council will continue working with groups like GrowNYC to expand access to fresh, healthy food to all New Yorkers,” said City Council Speaker Corey Johnson. “Prior to the pandemic, many Bronx residents suffered from food insecurity. COVID-19 has exacerbated this and has shown its impact will be felt for a long time,” said Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. “I am proud to have allocated $600,000 towards the New York State Regional Food Hub, which will benefit local farmers, create true living wage jobs and aid in providing access to healthy food for for our most vulnerable communities during this global crisis and for years to come." “The pandemic has exacerbated hunger and food insecurity for Bronx families who were experiencing these issues well before the pandemic. Families are more likely to go hungry now than ever before, and the lack of access to nutritious foods worsens health outcomes for the borough. This Food Hub has the potential to improve the Bronx’s ability to deliver farm-to-table foods, residents’ access to fresh produce, and ultimately better health results. I look forward to a strong partnership with the Food Hub and its impact on the Bronx and NYC food supply system,” said Congressman Ritchie Torres (NY-15). “Before the pandemic, New Yorkers were experiencing food insecurities and unstable access to fresh, healthy food items at levels unlike any other in the country,” stated Council Member Rafael Salamanca (17th Council District, The Bronx). “COVID-19 exacerbated these inequities, leaving supermarket shelves in my district and many others bare of any fruit, produce or vegetables. As a former health care administrator, I’ve used my platform in the Council to close the food gap, partnering with bodegas to place healthy food options near cash registers, being the leading sponsor of the Health Bucks Program in the City Council, and allocating capital money to projects like Grow NYC’s new regional food hub ($1.45 million in FY20). With this facility in the South Bronx, the most vulnerable New Yorkers in the borough will have access to the freshest and healthiest food items via GrowNYC’s partners in the farming industry. I applaud GrowNYC’s continued commitment to expanding access to healthy food options, especially during the pandemic, and look forward to working with them in my district and beyond to promote a healthier lifestyle in New York City.” “Bank of America is committed to advancing economic mobility by supporting organizations like GrowNYC that increase access to resources and improve quality of life,” said Anne Walker, New York City president for Bank of America. “As we move forward and address the impacts of the coronavirus, including increased hunger, it’s vital to have innovative projects like The Hub underway to help empower vulnerable New Yorkers and transform communities.” “Sun Club grants allow Green Mountain Energy to advance our mission of changing the way power is made while supporting nonprofit organizations that are vital for the wellbeing of the community,” said Mark Parsons, vice president and general manager of Green Mountain. “We are excited to support Grow NYC with a $150,000 sustainability grant to implement a waste recycling system and install an express electric vehicle charging station. We want to congratulate Grow NYC for breaking ground on the New York State Regional Food Hub and applaud their continued efforts to mitigate food insecurity.” “The New York State Regional Food Hub will be critical to feeding Bronx communities in need and providing New Markets Tax Credit equity has been key to the development of this 60,000 sq. ft. distribution facility,” said Courtney Nolan, Vice Present, New Markets Tax Credit Group, Chase. “We’re proud to support GrowNYC in their efforts of building a food safety net and giving fresh food access to local low-income communities.” “Farm Credit is pleased to be a part of GrowNYC’s efforts to develop the New York State Regional Food Hub,” said Mike Reynolds, Farm Credit East CEO. “GrowNYC’s Greenmarkets and wholesale division are already important market channels for many Farm Credit East members. The regional food hub has great potential to assist even more of the region’s growers in gaining access to the New York City market while also improving access to fresh, healthy food for underserved populations.” “The disproportionate impact of the pandemic on low income communities of color has made more clear than ever the importance of equitable health infrastructure, including access to fresh and healthy food for every New Yorker,” said Kirsten Shaw, Director of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Regions at the Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF).  “GrowNYC has built a strong and creative set of programs to engage community partners and expand fresh food access in underserved neighborhoods.  LIIF is proud to provide a loan to help GrowNYC build on that success and use the New Markets Tax Credit to develop the New York State Regional Food Hub.  The Food Hub will strengthen our city’s food security for the long-term by supporting regional farmers and increasing fresh food access for vulnerable communities, providing a unique model for cities across the country.  LIIF congratulates GrowNYC as well as local leaders and the City and State of New York for their visionary support of this project.” "Expanding access to fresh, regionally-sourced food, especially for nutritionally vulnerable, low-income people, is more critical now than ever," said Katia Izyumova, Director of Lending, Enterprise Community Loan Fund (Enterprise). "Enterprise is proud to celebrate alongside GrowNYC the groundbreaking of a project that promises to deliver tangible impact to New York’s residents and farmers." About GrowNYC  GrowNYC is a 501c(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve New York City's quality of life through environmental and food access programs that transform communities block by block and empower all New Yorkers to secure a clean and healthy environment for future generations. Reaching millions on New Yorkers every year, GrowNYC operates Greenmarkets, Fresh Food Box sites, and Farmstands; engages New Yorkers in zero waste education; builds and maintains green spaces; and engages people of all ages in hands-on education. About NYCEDC New York City Economic Development Corporation creates shared prosperity across New York City’s five boroughs by strengthening neighborhoods and creating good jobs. NYCEDC works with and for communities to provide them with the resources they need to thrive, and we invest in projects that increase sustainability, support job growth, develop talent, and spark innovation to strengthen the City’s competitive advantage. To learn more about our work and initiatives, please visit us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. 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, please visit regionalcouncils.ny.gov and esd.ny.gov.     Contact: Catherine Crawford, (718) 809-1603 | [email protected] Shavone Williams, (646) 770-4159 | [email protected] Matthew Gorton, (800) 260-7313 | [email protected]
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Board Meeting

Tuesday, March 23, 2021 - 3:00pm
Due to public health concerns and as authorized by Executive Order of the Governor, this meeting will be conducted via video conference and teleconference. The public may view and 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 Monday, March 22, 2021.
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Board Meeting

Tuesday, March 23, 2021 - 1:00pm
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 Monday, March 22, 2021.
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