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Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 3:00pm
Doyle Hardware Building Capital Project
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Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 3:00pm
National Audubon Society Capital Project
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Press Release

Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 11:52am
Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC) today announced that it will hold a public open house on Tuesday, June 18, to discuss the design for street and parking facilities on the northern part of the former Memorial Auditorium Block, more commonly known as the North Aud Block, at Canalside.  In August 2018, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced $10 million in funding to transform the North Aud Block. This project aims to reintroduce portions of the block’s historic street grid, including walkable areas. It will also create parking and other underground infrastructure. These publicly-funded improvements will ultimately support future private development. “We are looking to reintroduce elements of the historic street pattern that once traversed the Erie Canal at what we now call the North Aud Block,” said Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation Chairman Robert Gioia.  “We welcome the public’s input as we begin the planning and design stage of this important project.” The North Aud Block is bounded by Lower Terrace to the north, Main Street to the east, the canals to the south, and Commercial and Pearl streets to the west. See a map of property here. The public open house will be held at the Pavilion at Canalside (on the canals, across from the new Explore & More Children’s Museum) on Tuesday, June 18, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.  There will be a short presentation at 6 p.m.  The purpose of the open house is to share information about the project and seek feedback from members of the public. Throughout the project, the ECHDC will continue to seek feedback from stakeholders and members of the public through interviews, small group meetings, a design workshop, an online survey and a public open house. TY Lin International, a multi-discipline engineering firm with more than 60 years of experience in successful infrastructure development—including the design of multi-functional public landscapes and urban buildings—was selected by ECHDC to design, bid and provide construction management services for the development of infrastructure on the North Aud Block.   ECHDC previously completed construction in 2014 of a series of “canals” on the South Aud Block based on the historical Erie and Hamburg canals. These canals are shallow, and support ice skating in the winter and other activities including paddle and pedal boats in the summer. Construction also included the creation of public spaces and bridges. These added canal features have grown in popularity and attendance each year and are attracting private investment, such as the newly opened Explore & More Children’s Museum and Heritage Point, which will break ground soon. About Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation The Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC) is governed by a nine-member board consisting of seven voting directors and two non-voting, ex-officio directors. The seven voting directors are recommended by the New York State Governor and are appointed by the New York State Urban Development Corporation d/b/a Empire State Development as sole shareholder of ECHDC. The two non-voting, ex-officio director positions are held by the Erie County Executive and the City of Buffalo Mayor. As a subsidiary of Empire State Development, the state’s chief economic development agency, the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation supports and promotes the creation of infrastructure and public activities at Canalside, the Ohio Street corridor and the Outer Harbor that is attracting critical mass, private investment and enhance the enjoyment of the waterfront for residents and tourists in Western New York. Its vision is to revitalize Western New York’s waterfront and restore economic growth to Buffalo based on the region’s legacy of pride, urban significance and natural beauty.   Contact: Pamm Lent | [email protected] | 716-846-8309 | (800) 260-7313 Laura Magee | [email protected] | 716-846-8239 | (800) 260-7313
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Press Release

Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 11:43am
Investment Complements “Finger Lakes Forward” – The Region’s Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy Empire State Development (ESD) today announced that soft-sided bag manufacturer Fieldtex Products has outgrown its current space in Henrietta and will move its operations up the road to a 129,000 square-foot facility located at 2921 Brighton-Henrietta Townline Road that is currently owned by Alleson Athletics.  Fieldtex will be acquiring the building. Alleson Althletics, a sports gear company, is significantly reducing its workforce at that location and Fieldtex hopes to employ some of the workers who will be left displaced as a result. Fieldtex expects to complete the expansion project in the first quarter of 2020 and is planning to hire up to 51 new employees over the next five years;205 jobs will be retained thanks to the state’s investment in the successful business. Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, "Fieldtex’s decision to expand in Monroe County, creating new jobs and opportunity, reflects New York State’s commitment to growing the Finger Lakes economy.” Fieldtex is a family-owned business that is divided into three divisions. The company manufactures soft-sided cases, bags and harnesses for military, health, school and sports markets.  They also assemble first-aid kits and administer medicare Part C, OTC drug fulfillment programs.  Originally established in 1843 as the J.E. Field Company, which manufactured awnings and tents, the Abbey family purchased the company in 1973. Fieldtex started on Elton Street in southeast Rochester before moving to Henrietta 20 years ago.  The company has many long-standing supply relationships with several top companies and organizations such as Harris Communication Systems,  the U.S Coast Guard and Gateway Health. Jonathon L. Abbey, Vice President of Fieldtex said, “Fieldtex is excited to be expanding in Rochester and looking forward to adding new employees to our team in the years ahead.” In order to facilitate the further expansion of this storied company, ESD will provide up to $500,000 through the Excelsior Jobs Program in exchange for job creation commitments. Monroe County and Greater Rochester Enterprise are also assisting with the project. The total cost of the expansion has been placed at $6.5 million. State Senator Patrick Gallivan said, "The decision by Fieldtex Products to stay and expand in Henrietta speaks to the commitment this family-owned business has made to our community.  The company’s investment will retain existing jobs and create new opportunities for residents who want to live in the Rochester area.  New York’s support of this expansion sends a positive message that the Finger Lakes Region is a good place to start and grow a business.” State Assembly Member Harry Bronson said, "The growth and expansion of a local company is a promising sign of community's economic momentum. I applaud the Fieldtex team for providing employment opportunities for our talented workforce, and I thank the Governor and Empire State Development for their work to make this exciting news a reality." Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo said, "Monroe County is proud to support Fieldtex Products, which is expanding and creating 51 new jobs in Henrietta. Our community continues to be a hub of advanced manufacturing, leveraging the talented local workforce and unique amenities offered here. I thank the Fieldtex team for their investment and look forward to working with them to create more jobs for many years to come!" Henrietta Town Supervisor Steve Schultz said, “I would like to congratulate Fieldtex  on the company’s  continued success in the  Town of Henrietta. We are always excited when an established company is able to repurpose an existing building, thus helping preserve greenspace in the Town. The growth of medical manufacturing in the area is a testament to the great educational institutions we have in the area and the strong expertise of our local workforce.” Matt Hurlbutt, president and CEO, Greater Rochester Enterprise said, “We are pleased Fieldtex Products, Inc. chose to expand its operations in Rochester, NY and leverage the talent as well as facilities uniquely available here to accelerate the company’s growth.” For more information about Fieldtex, 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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Public Notice

Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 11:00am
Compassion Coalition Capital Project
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Press Release

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 1:38pm
Empire State Development (ESD) and New York Council on the Arts today announced the Roycroft Campus Corporation (RCC) has completed a $465,000 renovation of the Copper Shop located on the Roycroft Campus in East Aurora. The Campus, which is a National Historic Landmark, was home to a significant cultural movement in the late 19th and early 20th centuries that influenced the nation and became a destination for master craftsmen and a gathering place of notable artists, authors, philosophers and powerbrokers. “The Roycroft Campus has played an integral role in the history of Western New York and the East Aurora community throughout the last century,” said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. “The restoration of the Copper Shop will be a significant boost for Erie County and our regional tourism economy. Our arts and cultural institutions are an important part of our identity here in the Buffalo Niagara region, and a vibrant Roycroft Campus is an essential part of our future.” ​ Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, “The Roycroft Campus, a vibrant education and arts center, is one of the country’s best-preserved collection of Arts and Crafts Movement buildings and the Copper Shop restoration ensures that visitors to the historically rich Buffalo Niagara region will continue to experience and enjoy this local cultural landmark.” New York State Council on the Arts Executive Director Mara Manus said, “The Roycroft Campus is vital to Western New York’s prominence as a center of architecture and design and a rich destination for cultural tourism. NYSCA is proud to support the restoration of the Copper Shop, which has been home to hundreds of New York State artists over the past century and celebrates our state’s historic contributions to the Arts and Crafts Movement, one of the most important artistic movements of the 20th century.” The Copper Shop was constructed in 1902 of local stone, half-timbered and stuccoed in the style of a small English cottage. It originally served as a blacksmith shop; two additions were added to this building to facilitate the emerging, hammered copper product line and to bottle East Aurora maple syrup and honey. Beginning in 1912, the front room served as Elbert Hubbard’s Roycroft Bank for several years. Empire State Development provided a Western New York Regional Economic Development (REDC) $50,000 capital grant toward the reconstruction and restoration project of the Copper Shop, which houses the Roycroft Campus’ gift shop. The New York State Council on the Arts provided a $50,000 grant through its Mid-Size Capital Project Fund to support the project. The project included: Removal and replacement of existing cracked concrete slab. Removal of maple flooring in the west wing of the building and replacement of subflooring and hardwood. Reconfiguration of the northwest side of the west wing and removal of a fireplace in the north wing that was not original. Addition of an ADA compliant bathroom . Update of heating, plumbing and electrical systems. The Copper Shop project complements another ESD supported project on the Roycroft Campus; the reconstruction and restoration of the former Power House. Completed in 2012, the Power House is now home to the visitor center, a contemporary art gallery, administrative offices, classroom and artisan demonstration space and flexible meeting and event space. “We are grateful to have the support of New York State, and many other generous foundations, businesses and individuals from the Western New York community during this critical time of progress for the Roycroft Campus,” said Executive Director, Curt Maranto. “Together our efforts to further preserve and restore this National Historic Landmark will ensure it remains a cultural tourism destination for years to come.” Author, lecturer and entrepreneur, Elbert Hubbard, developed the Roycroft Campus in 1897 in East Aurora, New York. Modeled after the English Arts and Crafts Movement, Hubbard developed and promoted a “self-contained community,” which supported hundreds of craftspeople.  The Roycroft is an identified architectural and cultural destination site with the local Frank Lloyd Wright projects, the Darwin Martin House Complex and the Graycliff Estates, along with the Albright Knox Art Museum, and the Chautauqua Institution where Elbert Hubbard vacationed. More information on the Roycroft Campus can be found here. Jeff Belt, WNYREDC Chairman and SolEpoxy President said, “Historians, artisans and tourists are all drawn to the beautiful Roycroft Campus. Each renovation that the REDC is able to support increases the number of people attracted to this nationally recognized cultural destination.” Senator Patrick M. Gallivan said, “Thousands of people visit the Roycroft Campus every year and the Copper Shop is an integral part of the unique experience.  New York’s support of this project helps preserve the rich history of the campus while promoting its guiding principles of Preservation, Inspiration, Education, and Restoration.  The continued growth of the Roycroft Campus as a National Historic Landmark not only brings great pride to our community, it promotes local artists and helps stimulate our economy.”     County Executive Mark Poloncarz said, “We are preserving history for future generations with our investments at the Roycroft Campus, carefully restoring the floors of the historic Copper House while adding other updates and adding years to Copper House’s lifespan. This funding demonstrates our commitment to keeping these treasures well-maintained and viable for our children and grandchildren to enjoy, and to remain as a tourist attraction for generations as well.” 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: Pamm Lent (Governor’s office) | [email protected] | 716-846-8309 Laura Magee (ESD) | [email protected] | (716) 846-8239 | (800) 260-7313
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Press Release

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 1:34pm
See picture of plaque here Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC) and the Niagara Frontier Land Surveyors Association (NFLSA) today dedicated a land surveyor "monument" commemorating the original western terminus point of the Erie Canal. A surveyor monument is typically a small ground-mounted marker used to formally record a point on the earth’s surface from which other points, angles, and distances can be measured. In this case, it is a small plaque with an image of the setting at the time of the opening of this game-changing gateway that altered the course of New York State commerce. The monument was installed along the replica canals at Canalside near Explore & More – The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Children’s Museum. "The Erie Canal system is an iconic part of Buffalo’s economic ‎past, present and future," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "At Canalside, children and families enjoy a year-round destination at a site that was once a center of commerce that put Buffalo on the map. As we celebrate 200 years of our Canal system, this marker will serve as an important way for visitors to appreciate the Erie Canal’s role in shaping our state’s history." "Our role as professional land surveyors is to retrace steps from our predecessors," said NFLSA Regional Secretary and former president Brian Skalman, PLS. "Those involved in this dedication all have contributed in some effort to retracement of portions of the Erie Canal. We dedicate this monument to professional land surveyors past, present and future, to the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation and, most importantly, to the citizens of Buffalo who are discovering all that Canalside and the city’s waterfront have to offer." "This land surveyor monument marks the intersection of one of the busiest commercial staging areas of the 19th century and we are pleased to acknowledge the historical importance of this exact spot," said ECHDC Chairman Robert Gioia. "ECHDC is working to reclaim and proclaim our past -- and to reimagine the way Buffalo’s waterways are woven into the economic and cultural fabric of not only this city, but all of New York." The monument features a historic street grid, etched historic graphic of the site and the words, "This plaque marks the location of the original western terminus point of the Erie Canal completed on October 25, 1825. From this point commerce would travel 363 miles to the Hudson River in Albany, connecting Buffalo to New York City and the world.  Dedicated June 2019." Built between 1817 and 1825, the original Erie Canal stretched 363 miles from Albany to Buffalo. It was the longest artificial waterway, the greatest public works project in North America—and was a central element in forging a national identity. Land surveyors, who originally mapped and measured Buffalo’s city streets and neighborhoods, have more recently applied their engineering and measurement skills in researching historic documents and determining the earlier outlines of Buffalo’s street grids and boundaries. In doing so, they were able to trace the history of the spot marked by the new monument. Before the Erie Canal was built, the “spot” marked by the new plaque was once part of an area designated within the Village of Amsterdam and laid out by surveyor Joseph Ellicott in 1804 for the Holland Land Company.  A French settler, Louise LeCouteulx then purchased land from the Holland Land Company east of Main Street for a house, and to the west side of Main Street and along the Buffalo River for a chicken farm. Meanwhile, Governor DeWitt Clinton was envisioning plans for the Erie Canal. In 1808, the New York State Legislature approved funding to survey a route that would connect Albany to Lake Erie.  Ground was eventually broken for the canal’s construction on July 4,1817; but it wasn’t until August of 1823 that ground was broken for what would become the canal’s western terminus.  It was here that canal barges left the Erie Canal, entered the Commercial Slip to Buffalo Creek, now known as the Buffalo River, and their cargo and passengers would transfer to ships sailing west into Lake Erie.  The new monument marks a corner of the original terminus of the Erie Canal, at its juncture with the Commercial Slip to the south and Little Buffalo Creek and Main- Hamburg Canal to the east. The land was once part of an abandoned Parcel 985, now under ECHDC ownership. Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said, "This small monument represents a big part of the history of our community and our nation.  The Erie Canal’s Western Terminus played a key role in the development of Buffalo and Erie County as well as opening the doorway to western expansion for America.  This tremendous linkage is a part of our heritage and will always be remembered here." Congressman Brian Higgins said, "Western New York’s renaissance has been built on our community’s ability to embrace what is uniquely ours. This dedication by the Niagara Frontier Land Surveyors Association reminds today’s Canalside visitors of Buffalo’s place in the history of the Erie Canal as they take in today’s bustling Buffalo waterfront." City of Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown said, "This plaque serves as a reminder of what the Erie Canal meant to the City of Buffalo’s history and development.  As we planned for what is now Canalside, the intention was to honor the historical importance of Buffalo’s location at the canal’s western terminus and continue to tell that story. I thank the Niagara Frontier Land Surveyors for their role in marking the spot with this special plaque." Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes said, "This plaque serves as a permanent reminder of the historic significance of the Erie Canal to or region and the entire state.  We hope this monument will give visitors an opportunity to stop and appreciate the history of the Erie Canal and it continued importance to Buffalo and the entire region." Senator Tim Kennedy said, "Our waterfront is an integral part of our region - historically, economically, and recreationally, and this new surveyor’s ‘monument’ will provide that perspective for the hundreds of thousands who visit our waterfront every year. As we move forward in enhancing Canalside and the Outer Harbor, we must preserve our city’s history as well, and this plaque will do just that." Assemblyman Sean Ryan said, "Canalside has become an amazing tourism destination in Buffalo, but centuries before it was what we see today, it was one of New York State’s most important commercial areas. I'm happy to see the Niagara Frontier Land Surveyors Association will be dedicating a monument to mark the location of the original western terminus of the Erie Canal. The Erie Canal is an important part of our history that changed commerce in New York State and I’m thankful the NFLS has dedicated this plaque to educate future generations about the history of Canalside." About Niagara Frontier Land Surveyors Association Founded in 1960 as a non-profit professional corporation, NFLSA is one of 18 regional affiliates of the New York State Association of Professional Land Surveyors (NYSAPLS) headquartered in Albany and has over 1,200 members throughout the State of New York and is recognized as the unified voice of the New York surveying profession.  NYSAPLS is an affiliate of the National Society of Professional Surveyors. The Niagara Frontier Land Surveyors Association serves Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming counties. About Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation The Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC) is governed by a nine-member board consisting of seven voting directors and two non-voting, ex-officio directors. The seven voting directors are recommended by the New York State Governor and are appointed by the New York State Urban Development Corporation d/b/a Empire State Development as sole shareholder of ECHDC. The two non-voting, ex-officio director positions are held by the Erie County Executive and the City of Buffalo Mayor. As a subsidiary of Empire State Development, the state’s chief economic development agency, the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation supports and promotes the creation of infrastructure and public activities at Canalside, the Ohio Street corridor and the Outer Harbor that are attracting critical mass, private investment and enhance the enjoyment of the waterfront for residents and tourists in Western New York. Its vision is to revitalize Western New York’s waterfront and restore economic growth to Buffalo, based on the region’s legacy of pride, urban significance and natural beauty.     Contact: Laura Magee (ECHDC) | [email protected] | 716-846-8239 | (800) 260-7313 Brian Skalman (NFLSA) | [email protected] | (716) 289-4173
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Press Release

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 1:28pm
Investment Complements “Southern Tier Soaring” - The Region’s Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy Empire State Development (ESD) today announced it will assist storied dairy manufacturer HP Hood with its plans to expand operations in the Village of Arkport, Steuben County. The company will install a new high-pressure homogenization system and other equipment at the Arkport facility, which is primarily responsible for the production of the company’s highly successful cottage cheese products and Heluva Good! Dips. A total of 110 employees are currently working at the plant. The total project cost of the facility upgrade is a little more than $2 million. ESD is providing a $150,000 Capital Grant to support the expansion. Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, “The agriculture and food processing industries are key to the Upstate Revitalization Initiative’s strategic plan for growth in the Southern Tier and HP Hood’s expansion shows that the strategy is working." Founded in 1846, HP Hood LLC is a national food and beverage processor with a portfolio of branded products including Hood, Crowley Foods, Heluva Good!, Planet Oat Oatmilk, LACTAID®, HERSHEY’S Milk and Milkshakes and Blue Diamond Almond Breeze®. Headquartered in Lynnfield, Mass., the 173-year-old company does more than $2 billion in business annually.  It has five New York State production facilities, located in in Vernon, Oneida, Arkport, Lafargeville and Batavia. “We are pleased to be upgrading our plant in Arkport to ensure Hood remains an employer of choice in the region for years to come, and we are thankful to the Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council for their support,” Lynne Bohan, Vice President of Communications, HP Hood LLC. The largest sector of the agricultural industry, New York's dairy industry accounts for approximately one-half of on-farm production, support services and value-added products.  New York State is home to approximately 4,500 dairy farms with 620,000 cows, producing 14.9 billion pounds of milk. The majority of farms are family-run operations, supporting the framework of the State’s agricultural economy. Overall, New York State ranks third in the production of milk and is first in the nation in the production of other dairy products such as yogurt and cottage cheese. Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council Co-Chairs Harvey Stenger, President of Binghamton University, and Judy McKinney Cherry, Executive Director, Schuyler County Partnership for Economic Development (SCOPED) said, “New York continues to experience unprecedented growth in the agriculture and dairy processing industries thanks to the continued leadership and commitment of Governor Cuomo. HP Hood’s plan to invest in their Arkport facility will further bolster our regional agricultural base and foster job growth.” State Senator Thomas O’Mara said, “The expansion of the HP Hood plant in Arkport is great news for local workers and their families, as well as for the short- and long-term strength of the agricultural and food manufacturing industries in Steuben County and the Southern Tier. State investments like this one continue to help strengthen local ag-based economies and encourage badly needed job growth." State Assemblywoman Marjorie Byrnes said, “The state’s partnership with HP Hood to expand operations in the Village of Arkport is a major victory for the Steuben County community. Their expansion will spark further job creation and growth for one of the largest industries in New York— the dairy industry. I congratulate HP Hood on their new plans to expand, and I thank them for their continued investment in our region and their commitment to keeping jobs in Steuben County.” Steuben County Board of Supervisors Chairman Joseph J. Hauryski said, “The Steuben County Legislature is very pleased to see the investment being made in the Arkport plant. This will position them for further growth in the future. We are excited to see this happening in Steuben county.” For more about HP Hood, click here. 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 $6.2 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 | [email protected] | (585)399-7055| ESD Press Office | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313
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Press Release

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 1:21pm
Investment Complements “Finger Lakes Forward” – The Region’s Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy Empire State Development (ESD) today announced its investment in the continued growth of Tompkins Metal Finishing, Inc. located in Batavia, Genesee County. As part of the industrial plating company’s modernization project, it has installed a state-of-the-art wastewater treatment and recycling system at its Apollo Drive Location. The updated system will reduce water usage by as much at 80 percent. The facility upgrade will allow the company to add another shift, resulting in the creation of up to 10 new jobs; 100 jobs will be retained, 30 of which had been at risk. Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, “Tompkins Metal Finishing’s decision to continue its expansion in Genesee County reflects the success of our strategic support for growing and revitalizing the Upstate economy, especially by adding jobs and opportunity.” To help ensure Tompkins Metal Finishing Inc. continued success, ESD is providing the  company with up to $150,000 through the Excelsior Jobs Program in exchange for job creation commitments. Tompkins Metal Finishing, Inc. is investing $900,000 in the facility upgrade which they expect to be completed by the end of 2019. Tompkins Metal Finishing Inc. President Allen Tompkins said, “Without this tax credit it would have been much more difficult to invest the $ 900,000 in our state- of-the-art wastewater treatment and water recycling system. This new system and the investment from ESD will allow us to continue our growth in Genesee County and will allow us to recycle our water for years to come.” Established in 1955, Tompkins Metal Finishing, Inc.  is operating in a new state-of- the-art 65,000 square foot facility. In addition to offering its customers high-quality products, Tompkins Metal Finishing, Inc. owns a fleet of trucks, allowing them to deliver those products efficiently to customers throughout Western New York. They service clients in the aerospace, communications, transportation, electronics, optical, medical, machine, defense and protype fields. State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer said, “It is always great to see new jobs being created. The investments that the State is making in our community to grow new manufacturing jobs is crucial. I am appreciative of the commitment that Tompkins Metal Finishing Inc. is making to Genesee county.” State Assemblyman Stephen Hawley said, "Tompkins Metal Finishing has been a hallmark business in our community for many years and I am pleased to witness their further expansion that includes renewed efforts toward improving environmental stewardship. The Finger Lakes Region is on the rise, and I commend any company or organization which creates jobs and contributes to our overall success as Tompkins Metal Finishing has done for many years. I look forward to touring their new state-of-the-art wastewater system and wish them the best of success moving forward.” City Council President Eugene Jankowski, Jr. said, “It’s exciting to see a long- established company like Tompkins Metal Finishing Inc. continue to grow and invest in Batavia.  Not only are they creating new jobs they’re also protecting our fragile environment in the process.  I commend Tompkins Metal Finishing for their forward thinking and continued commitment to the community!” Steven G. Hyde, GCEDC President & CEO, said, “The investment being made by Tompkins Metal Finishing demonstrates their commitment to building high-quality industrial plating products, and high-quality careers in Genesee County. This investment reinforces that Governor Cuomo’s strategy and plan to grow manufacturing jobs and capital investments to the Finger Lakes region is working. We want to thank Tompkins Metal Finishing for their continued investment in our community.” For more information about Tompkins Metal Finishing, Inc., 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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