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Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 4:20pm
Investment Complements "Finger Lakes Forward" - The Region's Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that software development enterprise LiveTiles has selected the City of Rochester's Downtown Innovation Zone to establish its North American Intelligent User Experience ("IUX") Hub. The company chose the City of Rochester over North Carolina and other locations in the Eastern United States. The $17 million project will result in the creation of at least 500 new jobs over the next five years, 60 of which have already been created in recent weeks. The project is expected to be completed in March of 2023. "Our strategic investments in downtown Rochester are transforming the Finger Lakes into a hub of high-tech innovation and developing the next generation of business leaders," Governor Cuomo said. "LiveTiles' decision to establish their North American Hub in Rochester's Downtown Innovation Zone is proof positive that our economic development investments to drive growth and enterprise are working, and this state-of-the-art company will bolster our efforts to move the Finger Lakes economy forward." The new IUX Hub will be located in Rochester's High Falls District at 61 Commercial Street. The expansion project will include outfitting the new facility and hiring new employees. Staff will range from client-side teams such as customer success managers and business development roles, to technical teams such as solution engineers and AI (Artificial Intelligence) deployment specialists. These teams will also support the rollout of additional platform offerings that are currently under development. Read the full press release here. 
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Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 11:29am
New Facility Will Offer Legal Services and Support Programs for Clients Project Supported by Capital Region Economic Development Council Legal Services Center Photos Available Here Empire State Development (ESD) today announced the grand opening of the Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York's (LASNNY) new Center for Civil Legal Services at 95 Central Avenue, Albany, commemorating the occasion with a ribbon cutting and open house. The Center for Civil Legal Services will enable LASNNY to provide a new community engagement program, legal education clinics and legal check-ups for residents in need, especially in Albany’s West Hill, Arbor Hill and South End communities. ESD President, CEO and Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, "The Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York has been providing crucial legal services to the Capital Region for nearly a century. This project will increase office space, allowing staff and volunteers to assist more clients, and will encourage community engagement through new programs." LASNNY is one of the oldest legal services organizations in the United States. Incorporated by city leaders in 1923 as the Legal Aid Society of Albany, LASNNY provides effective, free civil legal services, education to and advocacy for people with low income or other barriers to accessing the legal system. They secure basic needs, protect and preserve legal rights, provide equal access to justice and seek fairness and dignity for all clients. The Center for Civil Legal Services includes a pro bono "beehive" that will provide office space and amenities to volunteers for LASNNY and other providers, bringing pro bono lawyers and law students to West Hill each day. The organization expects its clients, especially nearby neighbors, to see significant economic benefits from LASNNY’s public assistance and consumer debt representation, as well as increased household stability, and clients ready for education and employment. Lillian M. Moy, LASNNY Executive Director, said, "Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York’s new Center for Civil Legal Services allows us to expand free and innovative legal services and access to justice throughout the Capital Region. The Regional Economic Development Council award allowed us to leverage other supporters who shared our vision to make the Center for Civil Legal Services a reality." LASNNY invested more than $1.8 million dollars to purchase and renovate the building, creating a respectful and professional environment to offer critical legal services to its diverse clientele. Empire State Development has agreed to provide up to $300,000 through a capital grant, recommended by the Capital Region Economic Development Council during Round VI of the Governor's regional council initiative. Various donors and organizations supported the project with additional funding. CREDC co-chairs Ruth Mahoney, KeyBank Market President, and Dr. Havidán Rodríguez, University at Albany President, said, "The Center for Civil Legal Services will allow LASNNY to continue providing vital legal services to those in need, supporting neighborhood revitalization and workforce training efforts. On behalf of the CREDC, we are proud to have supported this project with a priority recommendation." Senator Neil Breslin said, "The opening of this new Center for Civil Legal Services offers a great opportunity for local residents to receive free legal counseling. This will greatly reduce barriers to our legal system for people who would otherwise not have an equal opportunity to seek justice. I applaud both Empire State Development and the Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York for helping to address this critical need right here in Albany." Assemblymember Patricia Fahy said, "Our civil justice system is complicated to navigate, especially for working families without ready access to legal counsel. When families need help in civil legal cases, the Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York has been there to help for almost a century. I am proud to have allocated capital funds to help make this project possible since the new opening of LASNNY’s new Center for Legal Services in Albany marks a redoubling of their years of advocacy on behalf of those in need of legal services. Congratulations to LASNNY on their new facility and best wishes for many more years of serving the underserved." Assemblyman John T. McDonald III said, "As a supporter of this project I am very pleased to be a part of the opening of the new Center for Legal Services, a facility that will be focused on community engagement and providing important resources to our neighborhoods. At a time when we are seeing an increased need for these services, these partners have come together to provide a centrally located facility that will improve the lives of vulnerable individuals." Assemblyman Phil Steck said, "The Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York will provide a great service to the Capital Region community. Everyone, regardless of where they are from or what their background is, deserves access to quality, legal representation to ensure their rights are protected. Furthermore, LASNNY will also give lawyers and law students a better opportunity to do pro-bono work to gain valuable experience and help those in need. The services provided will make a lasting difference in the community and will ensure everyone receives the adequate representation they are entitled to." Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy said, "Congratulations to the team at the Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York on the opening of your new Center for Civil Legal Services in Albany. LASNNY is a critical foundation in our community, and I am proud of the partnership that Albany County has had with you in recent years. This new facility will be a true resource for all residents in Albany County, especially those in the West Hill neighborhood. For 95 years you have been instrumental in ensuring a fair legal system for all, and I look forward to our continued partnership as you enter your next 100 years." Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan said, "We are thrilled to welcome the Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York's new Center for Civil Legal Services to Albany. It is important to ensure that all people, regardless of economic status or other barriers, have access to legal guidance when they need it. This facility will offer vital services and opportunities to Albany’s West Hill, Arbor Hill and South End communities." 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. Contacts: Adam Ostrowski | adam.ostrowski@esd.ny.gov | (518) 292-5148 ESD Press Office | pressoffice@esd.ny.gov | (800) 260-7313
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Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 4:24pm
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that applications are now open for the third round of GENIUS NY-- the world's largest business competition focused on unmanned systems. The business accelerator program at CenterState CEO's Tech Garden in Syracuse. Building on regional industry strengths and emerging opportunities, the business competition targets companies in the unmanned aerial, ground, and marine systems and cross-connected platforms sectors. The six finalists of the year-long residency will receive more than $5 million in investment in the unmanned systems sector. The application period will run until October 1, 2018. "Following the success of the first two GENIUS NY competitions, we are announcing the third round today to continue to transform the economic landscape of Central New York by attracting the next generation of innovative entrepreneurs," Governor Cuomo said. "By investing in these unmanned aerial system businesses, we are ensuring that New York continues to establish itself as the leader in the burgeoning UAS industry, a central part of the regionally designed CNY Rising plan." "Our business plan competitions like GENIUS NY and 43North are changing the game across New York with innovative new businesses and good-paying jobs," Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul said. "Around the world, Central New York is being recognized as a leader in the unmanned aerial systems industry because of common sense regulatory reforms and unprecedented support from the State. I look forward to seeing the next round of groundbreaking ideas that allow unmanned aerial systems technology to revitalize and transform the Central New York region." Read the full press release here. 
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Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 2:36pm
Empire State Development (ESD) today announced that New York City based CoverWallet has opened a new location in the Town of Brighton, Monroe County. The firm, which is headquartered in New York City, uses analytics and state-of-the-art-technology to provide a convenient, simple and transparent online platform to assist small businesses with insurance. The successful company plans to create at least 95 new jobs in the region over the next five years at the location on Linden Avenue. Empire State Development is assisting the project with a $76,000 grant. The total project cost has been placed at $380,000. The company plans to grow its sales division at the new location. Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, “CoverWallet’s online insurance platform demonstrates how technology can benefit small businesses – 98 percent of all NYS businesses – and the company’s decision to expand beyond their New York City headquarters shows the strength of the Finger Lakes economy.”  Founded in 2015, CoverWallet works with small businesses across all industries, from trucking and retail to construction and professional services. “We are experiencing tremendous growth at CoverWallet by delivering a convenient platform to small businesses that have previously had to deal with complex and time consuming processes to get insured,” said Paul Rosen, Chief Operations Officer at CoverWallet. “With top talent in sales, technology and insurance, Rochester was a natural fit for us as we look to expand our team and grow our customer base, and we are thrilled to join the thriving business community in the region.” Through the company’s platform, small businesses can find information about types of policies, get quotes, buy insurance, and manage claims. The company helps businesses secure policies including general liability, workers’ compensation, commercial property, business owners policies (BOP), and cyber liability, among others. State Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle said, “CoverWallet is on the cutting edge of a fast-growing tech service industry that is providing innovative, cost-effective insurance solutions to small businesses and I am so excited to welcome them to our community. Their decision to locate in Brighton will create new job opportunities with good wages that will help to strengthen our economy and ensure a brighter future for all who call our region home.” State Senator Rich Funke said, "The decision by CoverWallet to expand their operations to our region exemplifies our highly trained workforce, one that can meet their needs and those of any business. We continue to see solid growth in the high tech industry and this is yet another example. Upstate New York is a wonderful place to work and raise a family. I hope to see more companies take advantage of what we have to offer."  More information about CoverWallet 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 $5.2 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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Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 2:09pm
See Photos Here Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the opening of Pine Pharmaceuticals LLC's manufacturing plant in the Town of Tonawanda. The drug outsourcing company, which had been located in a 4,280-square-foot building, moved to a 25,000-square-foot building located at 355 Riverwalk Parkway in the Riverview Solar Technology Park. The new $5.6 million state-of-the-art facility allows the company to create 28 new full-time permanent employees and retain 15 existing full-time permanent employees. "New York continues to make major investments in manufacturing, bioscience, and workforce development," Governor Cuomo said. "With this grand opening for Pine Pharmaceuticals, we are further establishing Western New York's reputation as a thriving hub of high-tech manufacturing and are continuing this region's momentum." Pine Pharmaceuticals provides pharmaceutical compounding, including specialized sterile formulations serving ophthalmologists, retinal specialists, hospitals, medical practices and clinics. The sterile compounded preparations are made to order and formulated using cutting-edge technology and industry-leading quality assurance practices. Also, as an FDA-registered 503B Outsourcing Facility, Pine Pharmaceuticals has the unique ability to address drug shortages by working with hospitals, clinics, medical practices and physician offices to provide sterile compounded pharmaceuticals. Read the full press release here. 
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Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 3:31pm
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the state-supported Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research Alliance has selected key partners in the development of New York's unmanned aircraft system traffic management corridor in Central New York. The corridor, which runs from Central New York to the Mohawk Valley, is the first of its kind, and most advanced drone testing corridor in the nation. Gryphon Sensors, a world leader in intelligent drone detection, and Raytheon, a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government and cybersecurity solutions, have both received awards to complete the UTM corridor. The overall project will consist of the system planning, design, implementation, commissioning, and operational support of a state-of-the-art UTM research, development, test and evaluation infrastructure. "This partner selection is just the latest advancement in positioning Central New York and the Mohawk Valley as leaders in the global market for this cutting-edge technology," Governor Cuomo said. "Through our investment in this drone corridor, we are strengthening and growing regional economies for generations to come."  "As Chair of the Regional Economic Development Councils, I have seen firsthand the evolution of our work to grow the UAS and UTM industry in Central New York, and today marks another milestone for our Central NY Rising strategy," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "Today's announcement is great news for the growing number of high-tech jobs in the region and demonstrates our continued commitment to moving Upstate New York forward and rising to new heights." Read the full press release here. 
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Monday, April 30, 2018 - 2:15pm
Investment Complements “Southern Tier Soaring” - The Region’s Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy Empire State Development (ESD) today announced that the Schuyler County Partnership for Economic Development (SCOPE) has broken ground on a state-of-the-art, ultra-premium beverage production and distribution facility in the Town of Dix just outside of Watkins Glen at the long vacant, 47-acre, Schuyler County Business Park. Following an extensive study conducted by SCOPE, in consultation with local wineries, it was determined that such a facility would allow area wine and craft brewery producers to expand their existing business simply by leasing space at the new center.  Modeled after a co-location model in California, the project aims to reduce overhead, shipping and storage expenses for area winemakers and craft breweries while supporting smart growth principles. This project is supported by the regionally designed Southern Tier Soaring economic development plan which specifically targets area food and agricultural endeavors. The facility is expected to be completed in November 2018. Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, “This project, which allows regional wine and craft beverage businesses to share space and save on expansion costs, is part of a smart growth strategy supported by the Southern Tier Soaring plan that will encourage more artisanal beverage production and draw more visitors to the area.”  One local craft brewer has already committed to growing its business as part of this new state supported partnership opportunity.  Lucky Hare Brewing, which opened its doors in 2016 in Hector, NY, operates a New York State Farm Brewery out of a 100-year-old barn that has been converted into a 3 barrel brewery outfitted with all Stout Tanks and Kettles.  Richard Thiel, Co-Owner of Lucky Hare Brewing said, “The Ultra-Premium Beverage facility was exactly what Lucky Hare was looking for when we decided to increase production to keep up with the increasing demand for our products. The new state-of-the-art facility allows us to continue to focus our efforts on producing high quality beer while staying in Schuyler County. The additional capacity will allow us to expand our customer base throughout the region and internationally.”      Empire State Development will facilitate the project through a $1,000,000 Southern Tier Soaring Upstate Revitalization Initiative Grant. Another $500,000 will be provided through an Economic Transformation Program Capital Grant since the location is within 15 miles of the former Monterery Shock Camp. $ 250,000 was also secured through a Round VI Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council Grant. The total project cost has been placed at $8.5 million. State Agriculture Commissioner Richard Ball attended today’s event. “The investment in the new wine distribution center is yet another example of the strong commitment New York State has made to supporting our craft beverage producers”, said Commissioner Ball.  “This facility, which will be located in one of the State’s largest wine regions, will provide new opportunities for our wineries, allowing them to save on operating costs and explore new business ventures.  The project falls perfectly in line with the Southern Tier Soaring initiative that targets agriculture and agribusiness as a main driver for the regional economy.” Judy McKinney-Cherry, Executive Director for the Schuyler County Partnership said, “The residents of this community have long-waited for business to occur at this site. The revitalization of our region is occurring and we appreciate Governor Cuomo’s continued commitment to invest in Upstate New York. This project exemplifies the key tenants for smart economic development by consolidating production in a designated business park and mitigating some of the greenfield development along Seneca Lake.  This will also improve the quality of the waters in Seneca Lake with the pre-treatment of production waste while supporting agriculture, entrepreneurs and exporters”. This regional project builds on the transformation that is already underway in the nearby Village of Watkins Glen. In August of 2017, Governor Cuomo announced that Watkins Glen had been selected as the Round Two winner of his game-changing, $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI). The community will use the funding to leverage revitalization projects that will advance its vision for its downtown and expand upon the progressive development codes and recent investments in the Watkins Glen International Race Track to create a sustainable environment for a year-round innovative and prosperous economy. The wine and craft beverage industries are big business in New York state, notably in the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions. Since Governor Cuomo hosted the state’s first ever Wine, Beer and Spirits Summit in 2012, 130 new wineries, farm wineries, craft brewers and distillers, as well as hard and farm cider operations, have begun operating in the Southern Tier and in the Finger Lakes, representing a 85% increase in the industry in the regions in that past six years.  In 2014, the policy changes implemented by this administration led the international Wine Enthusiast magazine to name New York State the "Wine Region of the Year”. In addition to noting the exceptional quality of New York wines and wine producers, the publication praised Governor Cuomo for updating outdated regulations, modernizing the law, and launching effective marketing programs to support the farm-based craft beverage sector. Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council Co-Chairs Tom Tranter, President of Corning Enterprises and Harvey Stenger, President of Binghamton University said, “The Ultra-Premium Beverage Facility was an important component of the winning Southern Tier Soaring Upstate Revitalization Initiative plan. It is truly rewarding to see this project become a reality and have no doubt this facility and the partnerships it will foster will help to further drive the regional economy.” Senator Tom O'Mara said, “One of New York State’s great success stories has been the continued rise of the wine industry and, over the past several years, the rapid growth of the craft beverage industry regionally and statewide.  The Ultra-Premium Beverage Facility is an exciting addition that will continue to strengthen the foundations of the regional economy, create jobs, and help ensure long-term growth and sustainability.” Assemblyman Phil Palmesano said, “The state-of-the-art Ultra-Premium Beverage Facility is the type of state investment in economic growth that truly makes a difference for local communities, industries, residents and taxpayers.  The fact that it is focused on wine, craft beverage and agricultural industries equals exciting potential to create and expand opportunities for job creation, economic diversity, and long-term strength and success in key sectors of our regional economy.”   Dennis Fagan, Chairman of the Schuyler County Legislature said, “Today’s ceremony is more than a groundbreaking in a long vacant business park, it is a symbol of the rebirth and resurgence that Schuyler County is experiencing.” Harold Russell, Town of Dix Supervisor said, “I am very happy that we will be having a business in our Business park, it has been a long time coming.  Hopefully it brings more business to the park and more jobs.” Accelerating Southern Tier Soaring  Today's announcement complements “Southern Tier Soaring the region’s comprehensive blueprint to generate robust economic growth and community development. The State has already invested more than $4.6 billion in the region since 2012 to lay for groundwork for the plan – attracting a talented workforce, growing business and driving innovation. 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 Binghamton, Johnson City and Corning as a destination in which to grow and invest. Now, the region is accelerating Southern Tier Soaring 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 10,200 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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Monday, April 30, 2018 - 2:07pm
April 29 Through May 5 is National Small Business Week This week, April 29 through May 5, has been designated as National Small Business Week and Empire State Development (ESD), and the Departments of Labor, Taxation and Finance, and Agriculture and Markets are encouraging all New Yorkers to support local small businesses. A cornerstone of the state’s economy, the more than 530,000 small business proprietors across New York account for 98 percent of all businesses and employ more than 3 million people, which is 40 percent of the state's private sector workforce. ESD President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, "New York State's small businesses support millions of jobs and remain crucial to the continued success of state and local economies. ESD works with small businesses every day, helping them grow and create new jobs to strengthen communities across the state." ESD and its Small Business Division assist companies of all stages, whether they are just starting or looking to expand. Various programs and initiatives have been designed to encourage small business growth and help entrepreneurs maximize their opportunities for success. ESD offers loans, venture financing, tax credits and incentives to qualifying businesses of all stages, including those designated as Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (MWBEs). For more information, visit ESD’s website at www.esd.ny.gov or https://esd.ny.gov/doing-business-ny/small-business-hub. State Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon said, "Small businesses are vital to the economic tapestry of our great state, and the Department of Labor is proud to support them through the many services we offer to help them with everything from finding employees to applying for tax credits and incentives." The New York State Department of Labor offers a multitude of free services for businesses of all sizes, including job postings on Governor Cuomo’s Jobs Express website, access to thousands of qualified candidates in our talent pool, career fairs and customized recruitments, and even Human Resources consultation services. These services are available to help businesses list their jobs, find the right candidates, access hiring and training incentives, obtain business tax credits and incentives, access HR service and technical assistance, and find layoff aversion resources. For more information, visit: https://www.labor.ny.gov/businessservices/landing.shtm. Department of Taxation and Finance Acting Commissioner Nonie Manion said, "Local businesses drive the economic vitality and success of communities across New York State. To help these entrepreneurs thrive, the Tax Department provides convenient access to information about a range of tax credits and other resources through its Online Services portal. Please visit our website www.tax.ny.gov to learn more." Small businesses can work directly with the Tax Department at their convenience 24 hours per day, seven days per week. A dedicated section of the Tax Department website allows business owners to seamlessly navigate their online services. This application provides access to a variety of resources and programs, including information about important tax credits and incentives. Business owners can also make payments online through Online Services as well as response to notices and much more. Department of Agriculture and Markets Commissioner Richard A. Ball said, "Every day, New Yorkers can make an easy choice that will support small businesses: They can choose to eat and drink food and beverage products grown and made in New York. Our farmers and processors make some of the best food in the world. Our agency supports those small businesses with efficient services and programs that help them prosper. I encourage all New Yorkers to look for Taste NY stores or the New York Grown and Certified label on food products to be sure that they are helping their neighbors while improving the state’s economy." The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets supports New York’s nearly 36,000 farms, 700 farmers markets and thousands of agribusinesses across the State through its various programs, including its New York State Grown & Certified initiative and Taste NY marketing program. The NYS Grown & Certified program markets local growers participating in safe food handling and environmental sustainability programs, helping them better compete in the marketplace. The Taste NY program promotes New York food and beverage industries of all sizes and encourages consumers across the globe to buy local products. The program has created opportunities for local producers to showcase their goods at large public events, and at Taste NY stores, displays and concession opportunities located at more than 60 locations in New York.       Contacts: ESD Press Office | pressoffice@esd.ny.gov | (800) 260-7313 Labor Press Office | nysdol@labor.ny.gov | (518) 457-5519
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Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 3:28pm
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today launched Round VIII of the Regional Economic Development Council initiative, officially kicking off the 2018 competition for more than $750 million in state economic development resources. The Consolidated Funding Application will open to applicants on May 1, enabling businesses, municipalities, not-for-profits and the public to begin applying for assistance from dozens of state programs, through a single application, for job-creation and community development projects. "The Regional Economic Development Councils have redefined how economic development is done in New York State, creating new jobs, stronger local economies, and more unified regions," Governor Cuomo said. "We are once again empowering regions to chart their future, while providing the necessary tools to implement their vision for community and economic growth, creating a positive impact across the Empire State." Read the full press release here.
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Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 2:56pm
Empire State Development (ESD) today announced that Dr. Donald P. Christian, President of the State University of New York at New Paltz, will be appointed co-chair of the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council (MHREDC) starting in April 2018. Dr. Christian will replace Dr. Dennis J. Murray, Marist College President Emeritus, who has served as MHREDC co-chair since the Council’s inception in 2011. The Mid-Hudson Region includes Sullivan, Ulster, Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Westchester and Rockland Counties. “As a current member of the Mid-Hudson REDC, Dr. Donald Christian has already been a true partner in our mission to catalyze vibrant economic growth in the Mid-Hudson Valley and strengthen communities where New Yorkers can live, work, and play,” said ESD President, CEO, and Commissioner Howard Zemsky. “I thank Dr. Dennis Murray for his committed service and leadership over seven rounds of the REDC initiative in the Mid-Hudson region and am confident he leaves the MHREDC in very capable hands. Dr. Donald P. Christian is an excellent choice to build on this region’s successful efforts to create jobs, support local business and spur major infrastructure.” Incoming MHREDC Co-Chair and SUNY New Paltz President Donald P. Christian said, "As the leader of SUNY New Paltz, the Hudson Valley’s largest public university, I have found my participation in this collaborative effort to build a stronger economy in the region and the state to be extremely rewarding. A strong economy is the foundation of our region’s quality of life. I am humbled and honored by this opportunity, and look forward to working with my Council colleagues, ESD leadership and staff, and other partners to continue this great trajectory.” MHREDC Co-Chair and Marist College President Emeritus Dennis Murray said, "It has been an honor to serve as the co-chair of the Mid-Hudson REDC for the last seven years. The Governor’s bottom-up approach to economic development has served the region well, and the Council has been successful in achieving positive results for the Mid-Hudson. I have no doubt that this success will continue under Dr. Christian’s leadership." During his tenure as Co-Chair, Dr. Murray led the MHREDC through seven rounds of the Regional Council initiative, with the Mid-Hudson Region being named a top performer in four of those rounds. Since 2011, the Mid-Hudson Region has received $560.7 million in state resources to support 687 projects across the region. Dr. Donald P. Christian was appointed the eighth President at the State University of New York at New Paltz in June 2011 after serving as Interim President from 2010-11. Previously, Dr. Christian served as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at the College from 2009-2010. Working in collaboration with internal and external constituencies, the president provides overall leadership and guidance for the College and represents the campus’ interests within the SUNY System, with local, state, and federal-elected officials and surrounding communities, and leads or supports many aspects of the College’s role in SUNY and New York State economic development initiatives. Prior to his appointment to SUNY New Paltz, Dr. Christian was dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, associate dean for the Biological Sciences at the University of Montana and has held several positions at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, including Chair of Biology and Director of Graduate studies in the Biology Graduate Program. About the Regional Economic Development Councils The Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) initiative is a key component of Governor Cuomo's approach to State investment and economic development. In 2011, Governor Cuomo established 10 Regional Councils to develop long-term strategic plans for economic growth for their regions. The Councils are public-private partnerships made up of local experts and stakeholders from business, academia, local government, and non-governmental organizations. The Regional Councils have redefined the way New York invests in jobs and economic growth by putting in place a community-based, bottom up approach and establishing a competitive process for State resources. After seven rounds of the REDC process, more than $5.4 billion has been awarded to more than 6,300 job creation and community development projects consistent with each regions strategic plans, projecting to create and retain more than 220,000 jobs. For more information on the Regional Councils, visit www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov. 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: Amy Varghese (ESD) | amy.varghese@esd.ny.gov | (212) 803-3740 ESD Press Office | pressoffice@esd.ny.gov | (800) 260-7313
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