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Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 11:55am
Global Positioning, Navigation and Timing Manufacturer Opening New Headquarters in the Town of Henrietta-will Create more than 30 New Jobs Investment Complements “Finger Lakes Forward” – The Region’s Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy Empire State Development (ESD) today announced that global positioning, navigation and timing systems manufacturer Orolia USA will establish its new headquarters at another location in the Town of Henrietta in Monroe County. The company will occupy space in a facility located at Erie Station Business Park on Becker Road. With two locations currently in the Rochester area, Orolia USA will move into a new space in an effort to better accommodate the company’s 90 local employees. Orolia USA plans to create up to 32 additional local jobs as a result of the relocation. The company will continue to maintain an office in the City of Rochester where 11 workers are employed. Orolia USA plans to be operational in the new headquarters by the end of 2019. Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, "Orolia USA’s decision to establish its headquarters in the Town of Henrietta reflects the region’s talent and tech strengths, creates new high-quality jobs and supports New York State’s commitment to growing the Finger Lakes economy.” To assist Orolia USA with the relocation project in the Town of Henrietta, ESD is providing up to $700,000 through the Excelsior Jobs Tax Credit Program in exchange for job creation commitments. Monroe County, Rochester Gas and Electric, and Greater Rochester Enterprise also assisted with the project. The total project cost has been placed at a little more than $1.3 million. Orolia VP of Global HR Jennifer Steier said, “At Orolia we are riding the wave of growth driven by technology dependent on Global Navigation Satellite Systems. This increase in demand drives our organization’s need to maintain and grow our expertise in advanced technology. We are glad to have the support from New York State to accelerate our investment and attract strong talent in the region.” Orolia is a leading provider of advanced positioning, navigation and timing solutions that improve the reliability and safety of its customers’ critical or remote operations.Orolia serves a variety of industries, including aerospace and defense, emergency readiness and response, commercial maritime, enterprise and wireless communications infrastructure. Founded in 2006, Orolia has completed a series of acquisitions growing to 440employees worldwide.  One of these acquisitions was the purchase of Spectracom in 2007, a Rochester manufacturer of precision timing and frequency components. State Senator Patrick M. Gallivan said, “The Rochester area has long been associated with the technology industry.  The decision by Orolia USA to establish its headquarters here speaks to its commitment to the Finger Lakes Region and sends a positive message about the continued growth of the upstate economy and the skilled workforce available.”    State Assembly Member Harry Bronson said, “I applaud Orolia USA’s for their commitment to our region. Today’s announcement by the company and ESD shows that the Rochester area has a strong, diverse, and skilled workforce and is in an economic position to create jobs for the future. I look forward Orolia USA’s growth and the addition of new jobs at their expanded Henrietta campus.” Town of Henrietta Supervisor Steve Schultz said, "We are excited to have yet another high-tech company relocating or expanding their presence in Henrietta. These jobs have special meaning for me personally since I come from a related industry -- our aerial capture systems, had at their heart, a high-end global Positioning, orientation, and navigation system. There is a cumulative effect by adding more and more high-end high- tech jobs. Everyone benefits." County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo said, “Monroe County is a proven destination for growing businesses and it is no surprise that Orolia has chosen to expand in our community. I thank this growing employer for their commitment to doing business here. Projects like this show how we’ve been able to secure over 20,000 more jobs here since 2016 alone and prove that Monroe County is open for business now more than ever before.” Matt Hurlbutt, president and CEO, Greater Rochester Enterprise said, “The Orolia senior leadership team found a high caliber engineering workforce here in the Greater Rochester, NY region to match their own innovative, entrepreneurial corporate culture. This talent, combined with the amenities available at their new corporate office in the Erie Station Business Park, made for a winning combination of assets to support Orolia’s strategic growth plans.” For more information about Orolia USA, 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

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - 11:41am
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Press Release

Monday, August 19, 2019 - 12:00pm
More Centralized Location in Rochester Provides Improved Access to Services Currently Available at MCC's Downtown Campus Investment Complements "Finger Lakes Forward" - The Region's Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the Finger Lakes Workforce Development Center will soon be located on the downtown campus of Monroe Community College located at 321 State Street in the City of Rochester, Monroe County. This moves the center from its originally planned location at Eastman Kodak Business Park to a more central location on the downtown MCC campus. The new "MCC Forward Center" will be more easily accessible to students, residents, and community partners. It will support Eastman Kodak Business Park tenant companies as programs in skilled trades, advanced manufacturing, and industrial technology will be provided at the Center or as on-site contract training, while opening up this opportunity for support to additional businesses located outside of the business park. "Investing in our workforce is essential for continued growth in Rochester and the Finger Lakes Region," Governor Cuomo said. "The MCC Forward Center will provide a needed pipeline for in-demand technical manufacturing jobs - and this new location is a logical fit for the region, our partners at Monroe Community College and the businesses that will benefit from access to quality workers trained in the skills needed to succeed in today's economy." "Investing in accessible job training is essential to provide individuals with the skills businesses are looking for as they modernize and grow in the innovation economy," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "The Finger Lakes Workforce Development Center's new location at Monroe Community College is centrally located for students and residents to take advantage of programs in trades, manufacturing, and technology. It will increase opportunities for good paying jobs in Rochester and beyond, and will continue to strengthen businesses and spur investment in the Upstate economy. New York is leading the way to create a pipeline of talent for our workforce and employers." Read the full press release here. 
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Public Notice

Monday, August 19, 2019 - 11:00am
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Press Release

Monday, August 19, 2019 - 10:45am
Mr. Gertler Currently Serves as Executive Chairman of U.S. News & World Report and Will Assume ESD Role in September  Outgoing CEO Howard Zemsky Will Maintain Position as ESD Chair Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the nomination of Eric Gertler to serve as President and CEO of Empire State Development (ESD), New York State's chief economic development agency. Mr. Gertler, who is currently the Executive Chairman of U.S. News & World Report and has been on the board of ESD since June 2018, will assume his role effective September 3, 2019. He will replace Howard Zemsky, who will remain Chair of the ESD Board.  "Eric is an innovative leader who spent decades at the intersection of business, media and government - making him uniquely suited to run our chief economic development and tourism agency," Governor Cuomo said. "I'm grateful to Howard for continuing to serve as chairman of the board after a successful term overseeing this administration's locally-driven economic development strategy and in particular helping turn around Buffalo's economy and bringing young people back to Upstate cities. New York is the better for his service and the combination of these two fantastic leaders will be dynamite for future growth across the state."   Incoming President and CEO of Empire State Development Eric Gertler said, "I thank Governor Cuomo for the confidence he is placing in me and for the privilege to serve New York State and its citizens. I have boundless faith in the economic potential of New York State, and I look forward to supporting Governor Cuomo in further strengthening our dynamic economy for this and future generations. As we continue to attract business investment, stimulate new industry, reinforce our existing infrastructure and invest in workforce development, we will build on New York State's legacy as one of the nation's most decisive economic engines." Empire State Development Chairman Howard Zemsky said, "I have worked closely with Eric as a board member and have complete confidence that he is the right person to lead the critical work of ESD. His experience, insight and understanding of both New York and the business community will be of enormous benefit to his work at ESD and to the State. I look forward to a productive partnership with Eric as I continue as Chairman of the Board of Empire State Development." Read the full press release here. 
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Press Release

Friday, August 16, 2019 - 5:05pm
Northland Workforce Training Center Anchors $127 Million Northland Beltline Redevelopment Area See Photo of Northland Workforce Training Center Here Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the graduation of the first students from the first year of operations of the Northland Workforce Training Center (NWTC) on Buffalo's East Side. The Advanced Manufacturing Training Center at Northland provides for-credit, certificate and degree programs as core offerings through its educational partners, SUNY Erie Community College and Alfred State College, incorporating work experience and placement with local companies toward a goal of permanent employment. Today's graduates will help to increase the number and quality of local candidates prepared for advanced manufacturing careers. "Job opportunities for advanced manufacturing workers are on the rise in Western New York, and we are making sure the arrows continue pointing in that direction," Governor Cuomo said. "I congratulate today's skilled Northland graduates, who are well positioned for career advancement and financial stability for years to come thanks to their hard work and dedication in pursuing a manufacturing degree." Read the full press release here.   
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Public Notice

Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 2:30pm
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Press Release

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 - 1:35pm
State to Collaborate with Western New York Regional Economic Development Council to Revitalize Niagara Falls' Bridge District Part of Governor's Comprehensive Approach to Transform Communities into Vibrant Neighborhoods and Boost Local Economies Downtown Revitalization Investments Are Crucial Part of Western New York's Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that Niagara Falls' Bridge District will receive $10 million in funding as the Western New York winner of the fourth round of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative. As in the first three rounds of the DRI, one municipality from each of the state's 10 regional economic development regions is selected as a $10 million winner, marking another overall state goal to target $100 million in funding and investments to help communities boost their economies by transforming downtowns into vibrant neighborhoods where the next generation of New Yorkers will want to live, work and raise a family. "We challenged local governments through the DRI process to propose innovative ideas to create jobs and drive economic growth," Governor Cuomo said. "With this investment, we are doubling down on our commitment to revitalizing Western New York and building on the assets that exist in the Niagara Falls community to further maximize this world-famous area." "As a Western New Yorker and frequent visitor to Niagara Falls, I know the city is not just an iconic tourist destination and home to one of the wonders of the world - it is a community on the rise with great civic and cultural strengths," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, who attended today's event. "With funding from the Downtown Revitalization Initiative, Niagara Falls will be able to build on recent state investments and historic progress to create an even brighter future." Read the full press release here. 
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Press Release

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 - 1:32pm
State to Collaborate with Central New York Regional Economic Development Council to Revitalize Fulton's Downtown Part of Governor's Comprehensive Approach to Transform Communities into Vibrant Neighborhoods and Boost Local Economies Downtown Revitalization Investments Complement "CNY Rising" - The Region's Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the City of Fulton will receive $10 million in funding as the Central New York winner of the fourth round of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative. As in the first three rounds of the DRI, one municipality from each of the state's 10 regional economic development regions is selected as a $10 million winner, marking another overall state goal to target $100 million in funding and investments to help communities boost their economies by transforming downtowns into vibrant neighborhoods where the next generation of New Yorkers will want to live, work and raise a family. "We challenged local governments through the DRI process to propose innovative ideas to create jobs and drive economic growth," Governor Cuomo said. "Fulton proposed a strong and feasible plan, and with this award they will be able to unleash the full potential of this unique location on the Oswego River, revamping the waterfront and downtown corridor to make this city more prosperous for residents and for visitors."   "Fulton is full of history and cultural attractions with stores and restaurants along the Oswego River," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "This funding as part of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative will continue the momentum of redevelopment to attract businesses in clean energy and health care, and increase the agriculture and food processing industry in the area. Local projects will strengthen infrastructure in the city, create more opportunities for residents and visitors, and grow the local economy of Fulton and the entire region." Read the full press release here. 
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