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Friday, July 22, 2022 - 4:42pm
When Completed, the Research Institute for Brain and Body Health will Advance New Treatments, Medicines and Technologies while Saving Millions in Medicaid Dollars Related to Complex Care Empire State Development (ESD) today announced the completion of the first phase of The Center for Discovery’s Research Institute for Brain and Body Health in Rock Hill, New York – located in Sullivan County. The Innovation Labs, a branch of its Clinical Services’ Assistive Technology Department, are a technological hub where seasoned clinical experts and researchers collaborate with various teams to create, design, and build innovative solutions that enhance the quality of life for individuals with complex needs. When fully completed, The Center’s new Rock Hill site will be a state-of-the-art bio-behavioral and healthcare facility, including the Research Institute, and the soon-to-open Children’s Specialty Hospital for complex disabilities. ESD President, CEO and Commissioner Hope Knight said, “New York State is a leader in life science innovation, and The Center for Discovery’s Research Institute for Brain and Body Health will be home to cutting-edge technological advances and treatments that will improve the quality of life for people with complex health challenges. This center shows how our strategic investments can ultimately help to change lives for the better.”       Patrick H. Dollard, CEO of The Center for Discovery said, “The Center for Discovery has always championed new ideas and new technology. With the completion of our Innovation Labs – the first labs within our Research Institute for Brain and Body Health – we are leveraging more than thirty years of leadership in assistive technology to better study and develop innovative solutions that can transform the lives of individuals with complex disabilities. We have a shared vision with Empire State Development to make the Mid-Hudson Region a premier destination for innovative healthcare and research, and we are grateful for their support of this project. Together, with the extraordinary team we have assembled, we can change the way the world thinks about complexity and improve quality of life for everyone.” Commissioner for the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities Kerri Neifeld said, “OPWDD is proud to support people with developmental and intellectual disabilities with new technologies that can assist them in their everyday lives and make it possible for them to participate fully in their communities. I am grateful to Governor Hochul and Empire State Development for seizing this growth opportunity to develop creative solutions for behavioral health initiatives while enhancing the possibilities already available on the Center for Discovery’s current campus.”   Several new integrated laboratories for brain and body health will conduct pioneering studies to advance the care and treatment of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders, medical frailties, and other complex conditions. The labs will be particularly focused on common co-occurring biomedical conditions that can significantly affect quality of life, such as sleep disorders, gastrointestinal disorders, seizure disorders, obesity and Type 2 diabetes, immune and metabolic problems, and anxiety disorders. Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council co-chairs Marsha Gordon, President & CEO of The Business Council of Westchester, and SUNY Orange President Dr. Kristine Young said, “The Mid-Hudson is a hub for life science R&D and innovation, and we congratulate The Center for Discovery’s Research Institute for Brain and Body Health on Phase One completion of its new Rock Hill site. The Center further confirms this region’s depth of talent and its leadership in next-gen health care solutions.”  The Center for Discovery purchased the 164,000 square foot vacant Frontier Building on Lake Louise Marie Road and converted the second floor into the Research Institute for Brain & Body Health as part of a broader adaptive reuse project. With the first 10,000 square feet of the second floor labs complete and occupied, researchers are now on the path to pioneer studies for interventions, techniques, and tools for individuals with a range of complex conditions. Support for this project was provided through a $1 million ESD grant, recommended by the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council, to further the creation of a medical research corridor that advances the region as a premier biomedical and research destination. The Center for Discovery seeks to broadly share learnings and best practices through lectures, conferences, and publications, and will establish an integrated research environment where no boundaries exist between science, medicine, and application of clinical practice. State Senator Mike Martucci said, “I congratulate The Center for Discovery on the completion of Phase One of this important project. Fostering world-class and innovative healthcare in our communities is vital, and the new Research Institute for Brain and Body Health will help continue TCFD's excellence in serving vulnerable populations through cutting-edge methods and one-of-a-kind care. The investment made in this project by ESD should be recognized for its forethought that is exactly in line with TCFD's mission, and I thank them for helping to transform the standard of care for those with complex conditions.”  Assemblymember Aileen Gunther said, “I am proud to see the completion of The Center for Discovery’s groundbreaking new Research Institute for Brain and Body Health. The Center for Discovery has long been a leader in advancing our understanding and care for people with disabilities, and this facility will help create cutting edge new treatments. As a nurse and Chair of the Assembly Mental Health Committee, I have always advocated for proactive and innovative approaches to health care. I look forward to working with the Center to ensure it has the resources it needs to thrive.” Sullivan County Chairman Robert A. Doherty said, “Sullivan County is privileged to be home to The Center for Discovery, whose amazing legacy of research, compassion and innovation have made them a global leader in helping people reach their highest potential. I am proud to call them neighbors, and I look forward to the incredible, life-changing services they will introduce to the world through this one-of-a-kind facility.” Town Supervisor William J. Rieber Jr. said, “The Town of Thompson congratulates The Center for Discovery for achieving this milestone.  This project will advance treatment for our most vulnerable children suffering from Autism Spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities such as complex seizure disorders and more.  Without financial partners such as Empire State Development and the USDA, this project most certainly would not have gone forward.  We are pleased to have contributed in whatever way we could and are proud to consider TCFD part of the Thompson community.” About Center for Discovery   The Center for Discovery (TCFD) is a leading provider of healthcare and education services for more than 1,200 children and adults with complex conditions, medical frailties and Autism Spectrum Disorders, located 90 miles northwest of New York City. Named a Center of Excellence in 2016, TCFD has long been a leader in developing new models of care for individuals with complex conditions. Located on 1,500 acres of land in Sullivan County, TCFD houses school campuses, residences, medical and research facilities, organic and biodynamic farmland, and leased private businesses offering meaningful employment opportunities. Deeply focused on an individual’s personal potential and possibilities, rather than a disability, TCFD strives to create better care and unique and challenging opportunities for the most vulnerable populations. For more information about TCFD, please visit www.tcfd.org. 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 the New York State 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: Kristin Devoe (ESD): [email protected] | (518) 414-1087 ESD Press Office: [email protected] | (800) 260-7313
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Press Release

Friday, July 22, 2022 - 3:51pm
Lifespan Services Provider Commits to Creating 230 New Jobs in Mid-Hudson Region Governor Kathy Hochul today announced the completion of the $20 million Jawonio campus in New City, Rockland County. The project consisted of the relocation of Jawonio's summer education facility and construction of a new 70,000 square foot facility for corporate offices and a new Workforce Training Center. As part of this project, the organization has committed to creating 230 new jobs and retaining nearly 700 full-time positions. New York State supported the expansion with more than $3.3 million in Empire State Development capital grants, recommended by the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council. "For decades, Jawonio has provided important services in the Mid-Hudson region that have created pathways to success for individuals who are now able to fully participate in the job market," Governor Hochul said. "This new campus expands on that success and will provide a streamlined continuum of services and training from childhood to adulthood that will not only prepare qualified workers for jobs in the region, but it will also give them the ability to overcome barriers and thrive." "The completion of Jawonio's campus in New City is a great step towards increasing and improving services for people with developmental disabilities in the Hudson Valley," said Lieutenant Governor Antonio Delgado. "The new summer education facility and Workforce Training Center will help keep people active throughout the summer and help more people with developmental disabilities to prepare for and find employment." Immediate Past CEO Jill A. Warner said, "Jawonio has a long history of working in partnership with the community and New York State government agencies. Empire State Development was instrumental in the funding of this campus development, and we thank them. By working together, we are changing the world for the better, one person at a time." ESD President, CEO and Commissioner Hope Knight said, "We are committed to creating jobs and opportunities for all New Yorkers, and Jawonio's new corporate headquarters, workforce training and education facilities will help to ensure that we continue to do so. We're proud to support this lifespan services provider in building greater equity in our talent pipeline, which will also boost the economy in the Mid-Hudson region and beyond." Read the full press release here.
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Board Meeting

Thursday, July 21, 2022 - 9:30am
In accordance with current Legislation, 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 Noon on Wednesday, July 20, 2022. All comments received by the deadline will be distributed to the Directors prior to the meeting and will posted online.
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Press Release

Wednesday, July 20, 2022 - 6:30pm
Niagara Falls Strategic Economic Development Initiative Projects Will Be Funded Through Regional Revitalization Partnership Read Niagara Falls Strategic Economic Development Initiative Booklet Here Empire State Development (ESD), its USA Niagara Development Corporation (USAN) subsidiary, and the City of Niagara Falls held a virtual information session today and announced program components and next steps for the Niagara Falls Strategic Economic Development Initiative, a $40 million plan to spur targeted investment throughout city business districts along Niagara Street, Main Street, Portage Road, and Pine Avenue.  A detailed booklet on the initiative and projects/programs was also released today and can be found here.  Planned efforts include fostering agritourism and food entrepreneurship through revitalizing the City Market; supporting and improving important heritage and community facilities in the target areas; assisting small business owners in restoration of storefront facades and other capital improvements; and investing in the capacity of local organizations to take on long-term responsibility for these improvements and projects. Components of the initiative were identified through a community-driven, year-long process and are being funded through the Regional Revitalization Partnership (RRP), which was announced by Governor Kathy Hochul in June 2022. The RRP is a $300 million private and public regional co-investment in three interconnected geographic areas: Buffalo, Niagara Falls and Rochester. This community-driven strategy seeks to build local wealth and empower residents using a model that drives economic development through government and philanthropy partnerships. “The Niagara Falls Strategic Economic Development Initiative has taken a forward-thinking and community-driven approach  to identify projects that will create a more vibrant city. By enhancing mixed-use, walkable corridors that better connect downtown to adjoining neighborhoods, growing new businesses and increasing waterfront access, Niagara Falls will be a more dynamic draw for visitors and entrepreneurs alike” said Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Hope Knight.  “With funding through the Regional Revitalization Partnership now in place, we can now get to work moving these critical initiatives forward.” “Working together with the state and community partners, we now have a solid economic development plan in place that builds on Niagara Falls’ unique assets and will work to build and lengthen visitorship, which will grow small businesses, heritage areas and commercial corridors,” said City of Niagara Falls Mayor Robert Restaino. “The projects and programs expanded upon today represents a portfolio aimed at improving economic conditions in Niagara Falls.  I look forward to getting to work.” The initiative’s investment and implementation strategy was developed throughout 2021.  It is based on data and analysis aimed at identifying a targeted investment approach.  Ideas were solicited from stakeholders, and input from several dozen listening sessions held to assess priorities and cultivate priority projects. With the RRP now formally announced, the state has released additional details on the components of the initiative and anticipated breakdown of RRP funding: Grow the Niagara Falls Agritourism Sector Through Innovation & Entrepreneurship - $19 million. The program will foster a long-term pipeline for food entrepreneurship in Niagara Falls that capitalizes on the rich food culture of the city, regional agricultural strengths, and food-based tourism/hospitality opportunities and trends. Funding will support a food-based ecosystem strategic action plan along with capital needs, organizational supports and programmatic interventions associated with the plan. Revitalization of the City Market area along Pine Avenue will serve as a key anchor of this effort. Waterfront, Heritage Tourism and Community Anchors - $15 million. Investment in waterfront and heritage tourism projects will reinforce and strengthen important corridors connecting to the waterfront, upgrade community anchors, and/or enhance the current or future built environment. Small Business & Placemaking - $5 million. The initiative will establish a Niagara Falls Small Business Property Improvement Program to provide funding for renovations to commercial and mixed-use buildings along the investment corridors. In coordination with the City of Niagara Falls, funding will also be dedicated to selected streetscape and infrastructure improvements along the investment corridors. Intermediary & Community Based Organizational Support - $1 million. The funding will help build the capacity of local government and not-for-profit organizations to help implement components of the initiative and undertake follow-on activities once these projects are completed. Such project leadership and coordination would help maintain the momentum of revitalization moving forward. The state thanks individuals or groups that have participated thus far and urge them to continue to stay involved in activities like the design/structuring of the City Market revitalization and activities to improve small business and community/heritage facilities.  The contact email address for the initiative is [email protected] For more information on the Niagara Falls Strategic Economic Development Initiative, please visit https://buffalobillion.ny.gov/niagara-falls-strategic-economic-development-initiative. 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 the New York State 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: Pamm Lent | [email protected] | (716) 846-8309 Laura Magee | [email protected] | (716) 846-8239
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Press Release

Tuesday, July 19, 2022 - 4:00pm
$110 Million of Collaborative Investment to Fulfill Community's Vision to Transform the Former LaSalle Park into a One-of-a-Kind, World-Class Park on Buffalo's Waterfront Phase I Construction Includes a Signature Pedestrian Bridge for Improved Access, Ball Field Improvements and Shoreline Rehabilitation Governor Kathy Hochul today announced the City of Buffalo and the Ralph Wilson Park Conservancy broke ground on Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Centennial Park ("Ralph Wilson Park"), a 99-acre, world-class park located on Buffalo's waterfront. Rooted in the guidance of "Imagine LaSalle," the community-driven visioning process for the former LaSalle Park, Ralph Wilson Park will undergo a $110 million transformation into one of the most beautiful and inclusive public spaces in the country, serving nearby residents and visitors from across the region and beyond. The park's name honors the legacy of the late entrepreneur, veteran, and philanthropist Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. It is expected to be complete in late 2025. Renderings can be accessed here. "Generations of Buffalo Bills fans knew of founder Ralph Wilson's commitment to Buffalo and generosity during his life," Governor Kathy Hochul said. "The groundbreaking of Ralph Wilson Park will bring a collaborative transformation of this waterfront park into a vibrant community space, where future generations will enjoy gathering for many years to come. This will ensure Ralph Wilson's love for our community continues to make an impact." Conservancy Board President Belanger said, "This is Buffalo's largest waterfront park and has been an integral part of the Western New York community since 1932, when it hosted the City of Buffalo's centennial celebration. Development of this scale happens once in a lifetime. Ralph Wilson Park will rank among the country's best parks and profoundly impact our neighborhoods. Generations of Buffalonians will gather here and make memories that last a lifetime. We are proud to be working with partners throughout the community to help this park reach its full potential as a destination for Western New Yorkers and visitors from across the region and beyond." Mayor Byron W. Brown said, "In October 2018, Mary Wilson came to Buffalo and warmed our City's collective heart by announcing the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation would invest $50 million to help my Administration's efforts to transform the former LaSalle Park into a world-class, waterfront destination that would make the most of the natural beauty of this one-of-its-kind setting. Today's groundbreaking is a major milestone in the inclusive and transparent planning process to create a 'people's park' that will be enjoyed by the neighboring community, and all Buffalo residents, for generations to come." Read the full press release here.
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Board Meeting

Tuesday, July 19, 2022 - 3:30pm
In accordance with current Legislation, this meeting will be conducted via teleconference. The public may listen to the meeting via webcast (audio) by clicking the link below on (or after) July 19, 2022 at 3:30 pm. Board Meeting Audio Members of the public may submit comments on the Agenda items in writing by by 4:00 pm on Monday, July 18, 2022 to: [email protected]​ All comments received by the deadline will be distributed to the Directors prior to the meeting and will posted online. The Agenda and the materials are posted on LMDC’s website www.renewnyc.com.
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Public Notice

Tuesday, July 19, 2022 - 2:00pm
View all grants to be presented at the batch virtual public hearing.
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Press Release

Thursday, July 14, 2022 - 5:09pm
Skydome Brings Total State & County Investment Over $100 Million, Firmly Establishing New York's Position as a Global Leader in Unmanned Aircraft Systems Governor Kathy Hochul today announced the completion of the Skydome facility in the Griffiss Business and Technology Park in Rome, Oneida County. Located in a former airplane hangar, this cutting-edge, indoor facility is the largest indoor drone test facility in the nation and a transformational investment in New York's Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site at Oneida County. "New York State has made bold investments to create a competitive environment to attract high tech companies from around the world," Governor Hochul said. "Skydome joins a growing number of technology companies in calling New York their home and cements Mohawk Valley's status as a global center for innovation. We will remain laser-focused on continuing our landmark investments throughout the state, and forge strong partnerships between all levels of government partner and the public sector." "The completion of the Skydome UAS Testing Center is a huge win for New York State, making it the largest facility of its kind in the nation," said Lieutenant Governor Antonio Delgado. "Revitalization initiatives like this one are proof that New York is on the right track. This new cutting-edge facility places New York at the forefront of unmanned aerial vehicle development." Read the full press release here.
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Press Release

Wednesday, July 13, 2022 - 3:48pm
New Facility Will Allow the YMCA to Expand Programming and Services to Better Support Residents in the Community Rendering Available Here Empire State Development today announced the groundbreaking for the new $27.5 million Watertown Family YMCA in Watertown, Jefferson County. The new facility will repurpose a vacant, 89,000 square foot building in the heart of Downtown Watertown into a new family wellness, aquatics and fitness center that will benefit residents as well as adjacent communities.  Empire State Development provided a Capital Grant for $3.6 million to assist with construction and rehabilitation costs for the new facility. Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Hope Knight said, “When completed, the new Watertown Family YMCA will be a centerpiece downtown, giving residents a fun, family focused gathering space that will bring new life to the heart of Watertown. Just as the current YMCA has been a part of the fabric of the city for over a century, the new Y will continue to bring countless benefits to a new generation of families well into the future.” YMCA CEO Denise Young said, “We are so grateful for the support we have received to make this project a reality for our community.  This is not about a building, but about what will happen inside it, improving lives for the next five generations.” The Watertown Family YMCA has provided valuable benefits such as swimming, exercise classes and a variety of after school, educational programs for the City of Watertown and surrounding communities for over a century. The 109-year-old pool, located on the second floor of the facility was recently closed and drained for structural and safely issues.  This new and modern facility will expand on its traditional programming to meet the diverse needs of the community and will include features such as lap and recreational pools, an indoor track, multi-sport courts, exercise studios and a wellness center as well as community rooms, a childcare facility, art space and a space for teens. Parking will be expanded from the current 12 spaces to 350 and the facility will have multiple entry and exit points in the modern and spacious building. Additionally, the new YMCA Community Center will enhance the City of Watertown’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative, ensuring the Y’s legacy as an anchor in downtown that will continue to benefit the entire community. Environmental Abatement of the facility was completed by the Jefferson County IDA in preparation for this project. The project has also been awarded a $9 million U.S. Department of Defense grant from the Defense Communities Infrastructure Pilot program to support military families at Fort Drum. State Senator Pattie Ritchie said, “Across our state and country, YMCA facilities help to keep people healthy and active, as well as strengthen communities. With a new facility, the Watertown Family YMCA will be able to provide enhanced services and in turn, will make a difference in the lives of many more people throughout our region. I applaud New York State’s investment in this important effort and wish the Watertown Family YMCA the best as ground is broken and this project moves forward.” Assemblymember Mark Walczyk said, "We're so excited to welcome the Y's Aquatics Center to downtown Watertown. This type of investment is exactly what the community needs to add to the momentum we've seen." Jefferson County Administrator Robert F. Hagemann, III said, “On behalf of the Board of Legislators, I would like to congratulate the YMCA on their vision & tenacity in reaching this important groundbreaking milestone.  Jefferson County is pleased to have partnered with the JCIDA, NYS ESD, US DOD, numerous local businesses and area residents to help transform a vacant building into a much-needed health & recreation facility that will help anchor the westerly end of downtown Watertown.  We, along with the entire community, now look forward to the day that the door to this beautiful new facility opens to the public.” 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 the 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: Kristin Devoe (ESD): [email protected] | (518) 414-1087 ESD Press Office: [email protected] | (800) 260-7313
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Press Release

Wednesday, July 13, 2022 - 12:11pm
New $100 Million NY Forward Program to Invigorate and Enliven Smaller and Rural Downtowns Launches Round 6 of $100 Million Downtown Revitalization Initiative to Continue Supporting Downtown Areas in Metropolitan Centers Greater Jamaica Development Corporation's Opens New $11 Million Coworking Space with Support of Jamaica's Downtown Revitalization Initiative Award Governor Kathy Hochul today announced $200 million in funding for two major downtown revitalization initiatives: NY Forward, a new program aimed at rejuvenating smaller and rural communities, and Round 6 of the state's successful Downtown Revitalization Initiative. An educational brochure on both programs was also released today. Governor Hochul announced the funding in Jamaica, Queens at the ribbon-cutting for Greater Nexus, a brand-new $11 million coworking space funded through Jamaica's previous DRI award and operated by Greater Jamaica Development Corporation in partnership with York College. "New York's downtowns are the heart and soul of our communities and regions, and today we're taking comprehensive action to support them," Governor Hochul said. "The Downtown Revitalization Initiative has ignited a renaissance in these spaces, which are critical to the continued growth of businesses and local economies, and I am proud to support this vital program. As we grow our downtowns, we are proud to launch a new program — NY Forward — that will provide crucial support to New York's smaller and rural communities to help bring them back to the bustling towns and villages they once were."    "The DRI program has been successfully revitalizing downtown communities across New York State and with our new NY Forward program, we're extending that same spirit to our smaller and sometimes forgotten communities to help rejuvenate them," said Lieutenant Governor Antonio Delgado. "New investments in these critical initiatives will bring back New York's walkable downtown areas and restore the charm to our smaller villages and hamlets, all with sights set on rebuilding our economy." DRI was launched in 2016 to accelerate and bolster the revitalization of downtowns and neighborhoods in all ten regions of the state to serve as centers of activity and catalysts for increased local investments. Led by the Department of State (DOS) with assistance from the Department of Housing and Community Renewal (HCR), Empire State Development (ESD) and the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA), DRI represents an unprecedented and innovative "plan-then-act" strategy that couples strategic planning with immediate implementation. The Governor added a new component to DRI this year that allows two or three communities to apply jointly for one award. To date, DRI has awarded a total of $600 million to 59 communities in its first five rounds. Read the full press release here.
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