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Tuesday, July 23, 2019 - 11:14am
Penn Yan Dairy Beverage Manufacturer Will Add 195,000-Square-Feet of Space to Existing Warehouse Facility and Create Up to 15 New Jobs State Investment Further Supports “Finger Lakes Forward” – The Region’s Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy Empire State Development (ESD) today announced that KanPak, one of the largest employers in the Village of Penn Yan, Yates County will grow its operations in the Finger Lakes region. The company, which acquired the former Emmi Roth facility five years ago, produces a variety of dairy and coffee-based products, such as iced and cold brew coffee, ice cream, yogurt and frozen dessert products, milk shake bases, packaged milk and creamers and specialty beverages for the quick service restaurant (QSR) industry.  As part of the project, the company will construct a new private wastewater treatment plant on-site and expand its manufacturing line and warehouse. The buildout represents one of the largest construction projects in the Village’s history. Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, "New York State’s multi-pronged strategy for growing the Finger Lakes economy is reflected in KanPak’s decision to expand, creating top-quality jobs that will benefit Penn Yan and the entire region.” Founded in 1965, KanPak U.S. began as a family-owned dairy company based in Arkansas City, Kansas focusing on the development of aseptic processing and packaging for beverages and desserts. In December of 2014, KanPak was acquired by Golden State Foods headquartered in Irvine, California. The global supplier to the food service and retail industries previously acquired KanPak U.S. in 2013 and KanPak China in 2012. Kan-Pak President & CEO Larry McGill said, “We are excited about the new facility, as it will help us continue to grow as good corporate citizens, offering new opportunities for the future.  I wish to thank the Empire State Development for all of their help and assistance.” Empire State Development is helping to facilitate KanPak’s expansion with up to $600,000 through the Excelsior Jobs Program in exchange for job creation commitments. ESD is also providing a $150,000 Capital Grant for the project. The company will hire up to 15 new employees over the next five years and will retain 197 jobs as a result of the state investment. KanPak is investing almost $21 million and expects the expansion at the Horizon Park Drive location to be completed sometime in the summer of 2020. Yates County is also providing incentives for the project. KanPak’s growth contributes to the forward momentum already underway in the Village of Penn Yan which, in the fall of 2018, was named as the $10 million winner for round three of Governor Cuomo’s transformational Downtown Revitalization Initiative. The state funding will work to revitalize the village’s downtown neighborhoods and generate new opportunities for long-term growth. Senator Thomas F. O'Mara said, “The ongoing growth and expansion of KanPak is outstanding news for the Village of Penn Yan, Yates County and the entire Finger Lakes region. It ensures that the county’s manufacturing base will keep growing with new jobs and increased opportunities for the entire area. State and local investment and partnership continue to make a difference for long-term, countywide revitalization.” Assembly Member Philip A. Palmesano said, “KanPak’s expansion and new facility is a welcome and exciting addition to the revitalization of Penn Yan and Yates County. It will create good new jobs and continue to strengthen the county’s manufacturing sector for the long term.  It’s great news and we are grateful to the state and local leaders for their ongoing commitment to the county’s future. Steve Griffin, CEO of The Finger Lakes Economic Development Center (FLEDC) of Yates County said, “We are very thankful to have KanPak, and their parent company, Golden State Foods in Yates County. Their significant investment continues to build on the nearly 30% growth in manufacturing jobs and 20% growth in total jobs Yates County has experienced since 2000.  KanPak’s investment extends beyond their facility out into the community through the Golden State Foods Foundation, which has made multiple investments into community organizations in Yates County. Empire State Development’s investment in KanPak’s expansion and Governor Cuomo’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative investment will further accelerate Yates County’s rapid economic growth and bolster the positive economic ecosystem the community has worked so hard to build and implement.” Penn Yan Mayor Leigh MacKerchar said, “The Village of Penn Yan is very appreciative of KanPak's decision to make this major commitment to our community.  KanPak has become a very active beneficial part of our area.  In addition to now being one of our largest employers, their foundation work has greatly benefited the disadvantaged.  We are grateful for the continued investment that they are making in Penn Yan.” For more information about KanPak, click here. Accelerating Finger Lakes Forward  Today’s announcement complements “Finger Lakes Forward,” the region’s comprehensive blueprint to generate robust economic growth and community development. The State has already invested more than $6.1 billion in the region since 2012 to lay the groundwork for the plan – investing in key industries including photonics, agriculture‎ and food production, and advanced manufacturing. Today, unemployment is down to the lowest levels since before the Great Recession; personal and corporate income taxes are down; and businesses are choosing places like Rochester, Batavia and Canandaigua as a destination to grow and invest in. Now, the region is accelerating Finger Lakes Forward with a $500 million State investment through the Upstate Revitalization Initiative, announced by Governor Cuomo in December 2015. The State’s $500 million investment will incentivize private business to invest well over $2.5 billion – and the region’s plan, as submitted, projects up to 8,200 new jobs. More information is available here. ​ Contact: Shari Voorhees-Vincent | [email protected] | (585) 399-7055 Press Office | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313
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Press Release

Monday, July 22, 2019 - 12:02pm
Historic Landscape Is Final Component of the Two Decades-Long Restoration Effort Restoration Project Received Investment Totaling More Than $50 Million from Federal and State Partners Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the completion of the restored Frank Lloyd Wright-designed landscape on the estate of the Darwin D. Martin House, the final component of the overall restoration effort that has spanned more than two decades and received more than $50 million in investments in the National Historic Landmark and New York State Historic Site. The Martin House received $24 million in total funding from New York State beginning in 1993, and Governor Cuomo closed the gap with a $5 million commitment. Those final funds were used primarily to rehabilitate the historic landscape, preserve the Barton House (1903) - the secondary residence on the estate - and complete the restoration of the second floor of the Martin House.  "The Darwin Martin House is one of Western New York's most iconic attractions," said Governor Cuomo. "The restoration of the historic landscape is an outstanding addition to this important piece of Buffalo's growing architectural tourism industry." "The Darwin Martin House is part of the exceptional architectural history of Western New York and the fabric of the Parkside neighborhood," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, who spoke at today's event. "The restoration of this iconic Frank Lloyd Wright design represents the vision of an entire community and has long been a top priority for state investment. With the estate now restored to its former glory, it will be even more of an economic engine for the City of Buffalo, drawing visitors from around the world to experience this unique attraction." Read the full press release here. 
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Public Notice

Monday, July 22, 2019 - 12:00am
Corrected and Amended Notice of Completion: Belmont Park Redevelopment Civic and Land Use Improvement Project Final Environmental Impact Statement
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Press Release

Friday, July 19, 2019 - 4:16pm
Project now includes at least 170 units of affordable and supportive housing for low-income New Yorkers Below-market rate space will be provided to Harlem-based nonprofits ESD to provide $4.5 million in grants, New York State Homes and Community Renewal expected to support affordable housing Empire State Development today announced progress on the over $260 million project to bring the National Urban League’s headquarters back to Harlem, the neighborhood where the organization was founded in 1910. As part of the development, the National Urban League will construct New York’s first civil rights museum, designed to tell the story of civil rights advocacy in the North, and a conference center. In addition, the project will now include at least 170 units of affordable housing, below-market rate office space for Harlem-based nonprofits, and Class A office and retail space. “Equitable economic development means investing in every neighborhood and in organizations like the National Urban League that work every day to uplift others,” Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky said. “We are proud to support this project that will keep NUL in New York and continue Harlem’s renaissance.” RuthAnne Visnauskas, Commissioner of New York State Homes and Community Renewal said: “The National Urban League holds an important place in our history, breaking down barriers and fighting for economic and social justice across the country. HCR is proud to see the organization’s headquarters return to its original home in Harlem, bringing with it quality affordable housing for more than 170 New Yorkers. This will move Governor Cuomo’s $20 billion Housing Plan forward and contribute to Harlem’s rebirth.” “Harlem is where our work began more than a century ago and is very much our spiritual home,” National Urban League President and CEO Marc H. Morial said. “We are grateful to Governor Cuomo and the local elected officials who helped to make this possible. We are elated to be joining the vibrant Harlem community and moving into the next phase of our ever-expanding mission of advocacy and service.” “Bringing the National Urban League’s headquarters back to Harlem while maximizing the move to bring a host of amenities and a museum online will embed critical resources in the community,” said NYCEDC President James Patchett. “The epicenter of the Harlem Renaissance, this iconic New York City neighborhood has helped to define black culture in America and is most fitting to be the home of New York’s first civil rights museum.” On Thursday, Empire State Development’s Board of Directors voted to approve a modified General Project Plan for the development and two grants from the New York City Regional Economic Development Council and the Restore New York Communities Initiative totaling $4.5 million for the project. New York State Homes and Community Renewal is also expected to provide financing to support the creation of affordable housing. These actions come just days after Governor Cuomo signed legislation authorizing the state’s Office of General Services to support the project by transferring the future National Urban League site to Empire State Development. Sponsored by Senator Brian Benjamin and Assembly Member Inez Dickens, the legislation will ensure the state can create low-income affordable housing at the site and provide below-market rate space for local nonprofit organizations onsite. Meredith Marshall, Managing Partner and Co-Founder of BRP Companies said: “On behalf of the development team, BRP congratulates the National Urban League on this important step toward realizing a new Harlem headquarters and civil rights museum. We are proud to be part of this project, which will honor Harlem’s history and help secure its future, creating much-needed affordable housing in the community.” The project is the result of a Request for Proposals (RFP) originally issued by Empire State Development and the New York City Economic Development Corporation. The modified General Project Plan achieves the RFP’s goals of revitalizing 125th Street and strengthening Central Harlem’s critical mass of arts, cultural and entertainment institutions by building: More than 170 units of supportive housing and affordable housing targeted to New Yorkers making 30% to 80% of the Area Median Income; A national headquarters for the National Urban League and a conference center; The Urban Civil Rights Experience Museum, New York State’s first civil rights museum, which will explore civil rights advocacy in the North; Approximately 70,000 square feet of Class A office space, addressing an unmet demand in Harlem; Below-market space for two Harlem-based nonprofit organizations, 100 Black Men, Inc. and Jazzmobile; and Approximately 90,000 square feet of rentable retail space. To make this project a reality, the National Urban League is partnering with BRP Companies, Taconic Investment Partners, L+M Development Partners, Dabar Development Partners and The Prusik Group, as well as 100 Black Men and Jazzmobile. The Governor’s commitment to providing all New Yorkers with access to safe, affordable housing is reflected in the State’s unprecedented $20 billion, five-year Housing Plan. The plan makes housing accessible and combats homelessness by building and preserving 112,000 units of affordable housing, including 6,000 units of supportive housing. The plan is a comprehensive approach to statewide housing issues and includes multifamily and single-family housing, community development, and rent stabilization. State Senator Brian Benjamin said: “I’d like to thank Governor Cuomo and Empire State Development for moving this project forward, bringing us closer to building a new home for the National Urban League on 125th Street – the central corridor of historic Harlem – so they can continue their work advocating on behalf of African Americans and for economic justice. This headquarters, along with a civil rights museum and low-income affordable housing are important additions to the Harlem community. I am proud to be the Senate sponsor of the legislation that made this possible.” Assemblymember Inez Dickens said: “Today, I am elated to see the National Urban League project move forward with a new General Project Plan. Along with the return of this important institution, the project will also include 170 units of affordable housing ranging upwards to a maximum of 80% Area Median Income (AMI). This project will also be the new home for Jazzmobile and 100 Black Men Inc., and will see significant funding provided to the 125th Street Improvement Fund. I congratulate the Governor for continuing to support low and middle income families by supporting this project that allows them to remain part of the fabric of our city.” 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 NY," 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: Jack Sterne | [email protected] | (212) 803-3764 ESD Press Office | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313
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Board Meeting

Friday, July 19, 2019 - 10:00am
With videoconferencing to: Empire State Development 633 Third Avenue – 33rd Floor New York, NY 10017
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Public Notice

Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 4:00pm
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Board Meeting

Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 9:30am
With videoconferencing to: Empire State Development – Buffalo Office 95 Perry Street, Suite 500 Buffalo, NY 14203
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Press Release

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - 1:31pm
Software Product Development Firm Will Move into The Metropolitan and Create up to 80 New Jobs; 62 Jobs Will Be Retained Investment Complements “Finger Lakes Forward” – The Region’s Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy Empire State Development (ESD) today announced New York State’s investment in ITX Corp. as the software product development firm plans to move its corporate headquarters to the city of Rochester’s Downtown Innovation Zone. Founded and currently based in Pittsford, ITX will relocate to newly remodeled space in The Metropolitan on South Clinton Avenue. In business for more than 20 years locally, the successful software development company had considered growing its operations outside of New York state, but chose to remain thanks to the  state investment that encouraged its growth here. ITX plans to create up to 80 new jobs; 62 jobs will be retained. The move to The Metropolitan is expected to be complete by the end of 2019. Rochester's Downtown Innovation Zone is already home to some of the industry’s most talented tech companies,” said Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Howard Zemsky. "With companies like ITX expanding their operations in the city’s center, we’re building a high-tech ecosystem that creates 21st century jobs and fuels the region’s economic momentum.” To encourage ITX to continue growing its business in Rochester, ESD has offered up to $1 million through the performance-based Excelsior Tax Credit Program in exchange for job creation commitments. Monroe County, the City of Rochester and Greater Rochester Enterprise are also providing assistance for the project. ITX has committed nearly $ 3 million to the total project cost of more than $3.9 million. “We are grateful that the state of New York has created a structure through which New York-based companies are incentivized to create jobs here,” said ITX Founder and CEO Ralph Dandrea. “The Rochester community has always been home to ITX, so we’re excited to collaborate with the state not only to remain home, but to deepen our Rochester roots. One of the things we like best about the Excelsior program is the balanced commitment,” Dandrea added. “ITX and ESD are investing in each other. Only when ITX delivers the jobs growth it has promised will we receive the tax credit incentive. We appreciate the integrity of that approach.” Founded in 1997, ITX began by delivering software and project management services to the telecom industry. The organization has since shifted its primary focus to creating custom software products including web, mobile, API development and more – serving as a strategic partner from the beginning, through design and development, to comprehensive support. In addition to its new location in downtown Rochester, ITX also has offices in Syracuse, Cincinnati, Ohio; Tulsa, Okla., and Portland, Ore. The decision by ITX to establish its software product development operations in Rochester's Downtown Innovation Zone builds on the momentum already underway in the city center, which is now home to many high-tech companies including Datto, also housed in The Metropolitan, and Catalant Technologies, located at NextCorps in the beautifully restored Sibley building. NextCorps also plays host to the innovative $10 million Luminate NY initiative, which is the world's largest startup accelerator program for optics, photonics, and imaging technologies. This investment also complements the comprehensive "ROC the Riverway" project, announced by Governor Cuomo in February 2018. The $50 million initiative aims to revolutionize the area surrounding the Genesee River and unlock the potential of Rochester's waterfront. Senator Joe Robach said, “Rochester’s Downtown Innovation Zone has become a hub of high tech and next-gen ideas and businesses, utilizing our highly skilled and trained local workforce. ITX’s relocation and expansion to the Metropolitan is a perfect fit and will help further the rebirth of downtown Rochester and our local economy.  As a state Senator, I am glad to see the state’s investment in this project and am confident that continued success is on the horizon.” Assembly Member Harry Bronson said, “ITX growing its operations in downtown Rochester is another win for our economy. Adding 80 jobs to 62 existing positions demonstrates ITX leadership’s commitment to our community and speaks to the high caliber of talent we have in our workforce. New York State is setting the standard for business and economic development through dynamic ESD programming and incentives, including Rochester’s Downtown Innovation Zone.” Rochester Mayor Lovely A. Warren said, “ITX Corp. is going to be an excellent addition to the Downtown Innovation Zone and I am proud of the investments our City has made to bring this growing company to Rochester. I want to thank the owners of this company for believing in our city and bringing these jobs to our community. I am also grateful to Governor Cuomo and Empire State Development for their work to retain and grow these jobs in Rochester through Finger Lakes Forward and helping us achieve our goals of creating more jobs, safer, more vibrant neighborhoods and better educational opportunities for our residents.” County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo said, "Monroe County is proud to have worked with ITX and facilitated their renewed investment in Rochester. As the home of a burgeoning high-tech sector that sustains thousands of jobs, our community has a growing reputation as an ideal fit for companies looking to capitalize on the incredible assets we offer, including a highly-educated workforce. We're very grateful for ITX's investment and look forward to working with them in the future. Today's announcement is further proof that Monroe County is open for business!" Matt Hurlbutt, president and CEO, Greater Rochester Enterprise said, "After an assessment of their offices around the country, ITX senior leaders chose to more than double their workforce in Rochester, NY because they can find exceptional IT talent here at an affordable cost of doing business. ITX will move its corporate headquarters to The Metropolitan building in the City of Rochester to be near more than 180 high tech companies that are part of the rapidly growing Downtown Innovation Zone." For more information about ITX Corp., click here. Accelerating Finger Lakes Forward  Today’s announcement also complements “Finger Lakes Forward,” the region’s comprehensive blueprint to generate robust economic growth and community development. The State has already invested more than $6.1 billion in the region since 2012 to lay the groundwork for the plan – investing in key industries including photonics, agriculture‎ and food production, and advanced manufacturing. Today, unemployment is down to the lowest levels since before the Great Recession; personal and corporate income taxes are down; and businesses are choosing places like Rochester, Batavia, and Canandaigua as destinations in which to grow and invest. 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 businesses to invest well over $2.5 billion – and the region’s plan, as submitted, projects up to 8,200 new jobs. More information is available here. ​ Contact: Shari Voorhees-Vincent | [email protected] | (585) 399-7055 Press Office | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313
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Press Release

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - 12:15pm
Proposals for the acquisition, rehabilitation/restoration and reuse of four Third Street properties are due on September 13 See map here USA Niagara Development Corporation (USAN) announces a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the acquisition, rehabilitation/restoration and reuse of four mixed-use properties (441, 466, 500, 512/518 Third Street) and one vacant lot (503 Main Street) in downtown Niagara Falls, N.Y.  Revitalization of these properties, all located in close proximity to one another, represent a unique opportunity to contribute to the redevelopment of a historic commercial district in an iconic American city.  USAN acquired the properties in March through a strategic land acquisition made possible through Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion Phase II.  “This is an opportunity to partner on development that will return property in downtown Niagara Falls to a productive use and add to the neighborhood fabric of Third Street,” said USAN President Anthony Vilardo.  “These plans will also address a shortage of market rate housing and help to improve and advance retail and commercial activity downtown. We look forward to reviewing proposals that will help rebuild this historic neighborhood.” The RFP is available on the New York State Contract Reporter website here (please note you must register for a free account to view RFP) and proposals are due on September 13, at 3 p.m.  Respondents to the RFP may submit proposals for one or more of the mixed-use properties, although proposals for the vacant lot at 503 Main must be tied to proposals for 500 and/or 512. USAN will consider potential uses that are consistent with the City of Niagara Falls’ C1-A or C2-A Neighborhood Commercial zoning district requirements, which are intended to allow a range of residential and small-scale retail and services uses.  Development should be pedestrian-oriented, with building setbacks that conform to the street’s existing and established character.  According to USAN design guidelines for Third Street, new development should respond to the proportions and rhythm of the architectural features in early 20th-century, mixed-use structures that are prevalent in the program area along Third Street between Main and Niagara streets.  USAN intends to transfer ownership of the properties for development.  Third Street is a north-south thoroughfare that runs directly through the heart of downtown Niagara Falls, blocks away from Niagara Falls State Park.   Historically, Third Street was one of many bustling commercial districts in the South End of Niagara Falls.  However, in response to perceived decline of downtown as a result of suburban development of the 1960s/70s, the City of Niagara Falls undertook a significant urban renewal effort that resulted in the razing/clearance of much of downtown’s historic buildings to make way for a number of ill-fated large-scale development projects.  While the legacy of this destruction is visible throughout much of downtown, the Third Street district (between Niagara and Main streets) was largely spared from the wrecking ball.  Today, it has the largest intact collection of mixed-use and commercial buildings in downtown Niagara Falls. Proposals will be reviewed based on the following criteria: Purchase price of the property. Experience of the team. Overall quality of the development plan. Quality of the financial plan and economic impact of the proposal. Diversity practices. Previous investments inn Third Street have included $3.7 million in streetscape upgrades in 2005 to make the street more walkable and welcoming. USAN also established a $2 million grant program to encourage mixed-use development along Third Street.  One block north, New York State is undertaking a $46 million removal of a two-mile segment of the former Robert Moses Parkway, from Main Street to Findlay Drive.  When completed, it will become one of the premier linear waterfront parks in the country. About USA Niagara Development Corporation USAN, a subsidiary of Empire State Development, is solely dedicated to the support and promotion of economic development initiatives in Niagara Falls by leveraging private investment and encouraging growth and renewal of the tourism industry in the City of Niagara Falls.  For more information, visit www.usaniagara.com. Contact: Pamm Lent | [email protected] | (716) 846-8309 | (800) 260-7313 Laura Magee | [email protected] | (716) 846-8239 | (800) 260-7313
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