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Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - 2:06pm
Empire State Development today announced $800,000 in funding has been awarded for Primo Property Management, LLC to develop a multi-phase rehabilitation of the Oneida National Bank Building, one of the most iconic and recognized structures in the heart of Utica’s downtown, returning it to its former glory. This five-story building, which currently sits vacant, will be transformed into a mixed-use facility encompassing space providing food service, retail, office, commercial, and manufacturing capabilities. Empire State Development President and CEO Howard Zemsky said, "A vibrant downtown is key to a city’s quality of life and economic health. By restoring this iconic property, we are preserving the distinct character of the city and bringing new energy and opportunities into downtown Utica.” The Oneida National Bank Building Project will provide a place to work, eat and be entertained under one roof in the heart of downtown Utica.  The building sits directly across from the Stanley Theater and within walking distance to the Utica Memorial Auditorium, home to AHL hockey team - the Utica Comets. Plans include a competitively priced, modern restobar taking over the previous ground-level bank lobby.  In addition to lunch, dinner and a full bar, the restaurant will serve as a unique venue for large and private events, weddings, parties, and more. The manufacturing section will exist as a co-packaging business, designed to outsource, produce, and manufacture products for local and regional food service establishments. The existence of this space will include an additional 20+ local jobs as well as the establishment of a space in downtown Utica to drive in businesses from all over the region. Francis J. Pezzolanella from Primo Property Management said, “We would like to thank Empire State Development, the city of Utica and the Bank of Utica along with the community for our years of support as we push for the growth and continued revitalization of our downtown.  We are excited for not only our upcoming project, but the many current and future projects bringing renewal to our city’s core.” The project will produce 30 construction and skilled builder jobs and 60 direct new permanent jobs at completion. The project is anticipated to cost $5.5 million and is expected to be completed in the Fall of 2019. Senator Joseph A. Griffo said, "I am pleased to see that a vacant building in downtown Utica will be redeveloped, rehabilitated and reimagined and that additional jobs will be created as a result of that work. This project has the potential to have a positive impact on the City of Utica and the region, and I am looking forward to watching it progress." Assemblywoman Marianne Buttenschon said, “Transforming this iconic building to draw residents downtown and create jobs is exactly what Utica needs to continue to rebuild and reimage itself well into the future. This is one more creative project that continues the upward momentum that is bringing families and young people into Mohawk Valley to stay.” “The Oneida National Bank redevelopment project is another huge step in the ongoing revitalization of downtown Utica,” said Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. “The transformation of this iconic building into a unique multi-faceted commercial, retail, residential and restaurant facility is further evidence of the explosion in growth and development of our county seat. This impactful project will lead to the creation of several new jobs and attract even more people to our community. I thank Governor Cuomo for the $800,000 Empire State Development grant that is helping to make it possible.”   Utica Mayor Robert M. Palmieri said, “This is another example of how strong partnerships with private developers can accelerate economic development.  I commend Empire State Development (ESD) for its investment in our community as this project will create new jobs and continue the revitalization and resurgence of downtown Utica.” 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: Kristin Devoe | kristin.devoe@esd.ny.gov | 518-292-5107 ESD Press Office | PressOffice@esd.ny.gov | (800) 260-7313
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Press Release

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - 10:49am
Investment Complements "Finger Lakes Forward" - The Region's Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that Boston-based technology firm Catalant Technologies will establish engineering operations in the city of Rochester's Downtown Innovation Zone. The innovative company has committed to creating up to 45 new jobs on site over the next three years, leasing space from NextCorps located in the renovated Sibley Building. The move will support the company's expansion of its software engineering team to drive its agile operating model software. The company will begin operating in the leased space in February 2019. "Downtown Rochester's Innovation Zone is home to some of the most talented tech companies in the industry, boosting the region's economy and attracting new businesses to the area," Governor Cuomo said. "With companies like Catalant Technologies expanding their operations in the Finger Lakes, we are helping to create new, good-paying jobs and continuing to move the Finger Lakes Forward." "The addition to Rochester's Downtown Innovation Zone will bring another high-tech company to the area and create new jobs," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "This investment will expand Catalant Technologies' engineering operations and continue to move the Finger Lakes economy forward. Read the full press release here. 
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Press Release

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 - 1:51pm
Empire State Development today announced that Masonic Medical Research Institute (MMRI) in Utica, Oneida County, has received a $6 million Life Science Award to renovate its 5,500-square-foot basement area and increase laboratory space to continue MMRI’s translational research and develop therapeutic approaches to move more quickly into human clinical trials.  This investment will also allow MMRI to continue its transformation into a 21st century interdisciplinary, translational research facility—expanding its focus to heart disease, diabetes and obesity, autoimmunity and cancer, and supporting a continued pipeline of top-notch talent and innovation that MMRI brings to the Mohawk Valley Region. “This investment in the Masonic Medical Research Institute will expand the facility’s space and support 21st century research and development into cancer and other diseases that could help save lives,” said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, who made today’s announcement. “MMRI’s transformation will continue to grow the industry in the area and strengthen the economy of the Mohawk Valley region.” Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, "This investment will continue the groundbreaking and lifesaving research that is being conducted at Masonic Medical Research Institute, thanks to the world-class talent MMRI brings to the Mohawk Valley, benefiting both the region and state for generations to come.” This funding will be used to renovate a 5,500-square-foot basement and sub-basement to increase laboratory space and accommodate up to five additional research faculty, each with the ability to recruit from four to eight additional scientists to their laboratories, totaling an additional 25 to 30 new jobs. Additionally, this space will allow for the construction of a state-of-the-art procedural suite that will facilitate MMRI to continue its groundbreaking research efforts.   Dr. Maria Kontaridis, Director of Research, Masonic Medical Research Institute said, “These resources will provide MMRI the opportunity to broaden our current cardiac research program and expand to areas outside the cardiovascular disease space, such as studying mechanisms that cause neurodegenerative disease, autoimmunity, diabetes and cancer, all in an effort to find novel treatments for these devastating ailments.” "The support that we have received from New York State is extraordinary and has allowed us to recruit top tier faculty to the Mohawk Valley from universities like Harvard and Yale and from top research hospitals in Los Angeles and as far away as Saudi Arabia," said David Schneeweiss, Chairman of the MMRI Board of Directors. "We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to Governor Cuomo and his staff at the Regional Economic Development Council in the Mohawk Valley for their steadfast support of MMRI's mission to continue to grow into a top research institute known around the world." Currently, MMRI is engaged in a $25 million multi-year transformational project that has been identified as a priority project by the Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council. To date, MMRI has received $950,000 in grant funding from ESD for their first and second phases to help modernize and renovate this 60-year-old, internationally renowned cardiac research center. Senator Joseph A. Griffo said, “Masonic Medical Research Institute is doing groundbreaking research and attracting top talent right here in Utica.  Investing in this specialized research is vitally important to New York State’s economy, but more importantly, it enables Masonic Medical Research Institute to make major contributions to the quality of life of people all around the world." Assemblywoman Marianne Buttenschon said, “Masonic Medical Research Institute is bringing life-changing discoveries forward and making New York State a global leader in the life sciences sector. This funding will keep the city of Utica on the forefront of this research and help grow the economy in the Mohawk Valley.” “This $6 million Life Science Award will continue to solidify the Masonic Medical Research Institute as a world leader in cutting edge research and innovation,” said Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. “I want to thank Governor Cuomo for providing this funding and supporting the truly amazing breakthroughs in heart disease, diabetes and obesity, autoimmunity and cancer that are happening right here in Oneida County.” Utica Mayor Robert M. Palmieri said, “Masonic Medical Research Institute is a community gem.  I commend Governor Cuomo and Empire State Development for recognizing Masonic as a tremendous regional asset.  These resources will go to great lengths in assisting Masonic fulfill their worthy mission.” 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: Kristin Devoe | kristin.devoe@esd.ny.gov | 518-292-5107 ESD Press Office | PressOffice@esd.ny.gov | (800) 260-7313
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Press Release

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 - 10:27am
Empire State Development (ESD) today congratulated 11 New York productions that received a total of 26 Oscar nominations for the 91st Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awards. The productions garnering nominations in 2018 – seven of which participated in the New York State Film Tax Credit Program – have spent more than $83 million in New York and generated more than 3,900 new production jobs across the state.  Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, “The New York productions nominated for Oscars today exemplify the state’s thriving film industry, which contributes millions in investment and hundreds of thousands of jobs to our economy each year.” The New York State Film Tax Credit Program, launched in 2004, has incentivized billions of dollars in economic investment across the state and continues to be the principal factor cited by productions when deciding to film and produce in New York. In 2018, 203 film and television projects applied for the New York State Film Tax Credit Program, estimated to generate more than 211,300 new hires and $3.8 billion in new spending for New York State. This year, several New York-based companies distributed nominated films, including A24, Magnolia Pictures, National Geographic, The Cinema Guild and Field of Vision. A list of the New York productions nominated at the 91st Annual Oscar Awards follows: Performance by an actor in a supporting role nominees: Adam Driver, BlacKkKlansman Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?   Performance by an actress in a leading role nominees: Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me?   Performance by an actress in a supporting role nominees: Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk   Achievement in costume design nominees:  Mary Poppins Returns* The Ballad of Buster Scruggs*   Achievement in directing nominees: BlacKkKlansman, Spike Lee   Best documentary short subject nominees:  A Night at the Garden**   Achievement in film editing nominees: BlacKkKlansman   Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score) nominees: BlacKkKlansman Mary Poppins Returns* If Beale Street Could Talk   Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song) nominees: The Place Where Lost Things Go, Mary Poppins Returns * When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs* I’ll Fight, RBG**   Best motion picture of the year nominees: BlacKkKlansman, Sean McKitrick, Jason Blum, Raymond Mansfield, Jordan Peele and Spike Lee, Producers   Achievement in production design nominees:  Mary Poppins Returns *   Best Documentary Feature nominees: Free Solo** RBG** Hale County This Morning, This Evening**   Achievement in sound editing nominees:  A Quiet Place   Adapted screenplay nominees: The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, Written by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen* BlacKkKlansman, Written by Charlie Wachtel & David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott & Spike Lee If Beale Street Could Talk, Written for the screen by Barry Jenkins Can You Ever Forgive Me?, Screenplay by Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty   Original screenplay nominees: First Reformed, Written by Paul Schrader *Participated in the New York State Post-Production Credit program **Did not participate in the New York State Tax Credit Program About the Governor's Office of Motion Picture & Television Development The New York State Governor's Office of Motion Picture & Television Development, a division of Empire State Development, offers film, television and commercial productions and post production tax credits for qualified expenditures in New York State. The office also serves as a liaison between production companies and city and local governments, state agencies, a network of statewide contacts, local film offices and professional location scouts and managers. For more information on filming in New York State or the Film Production and Post Production Tax Credit Programs, please visit www.NYSFilm.com.    About Empire State Development Empire State Development is New York’s chief economic development agency. The mission of Empire State Development 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, Empire State Development strives to enhance private business investment and growth to spur job creation and support prosperous communities across New York State. Empire State Development 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, please visit www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov and www.esd.ny.gov.     Contact: Adam Kilduff | adam.kilduff@esd.ny.gov | (212) 803-3744 ESD Press Office | pressoffice@esd.ny.gov | (800) 260-7313
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Press Release

Friday, January 18, 2019 - 4:56pm
Investment Complements "Southern Tier Soaring" - The Region's Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy Empire State Development today announced that $30 million in Upstate Revitalization Initiative (URI) funding has been awarded to Binghamton University to complete its Health Sciences Campus in Johnson City. This latest investment will finalize the nursing school building which will be housed in a former Endicott Johnson shoe box factory, and be co-located with Binghamton’s new School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. The new round of funding will also allow the University to acquire and develop private industry co-location space in a historic building, support the creation of an eldercare facility, and connect the campus to the downtown business direct. Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, “Binghamton University not only provides outstanding educational opportunities for its students, it has a tremendous economic impact on the Southern Tier and the state, employing thousands and conducting groundbreaking research on its campus. By contributing to the revitalization of Johnson City, we're continuing the region's vigorous economic growth and community development." The final phase of this project will complete the school’s Health Sciences Campus in the formerly blighted urban core of Johnson City. This expansion will create the demand for expanded student and faculty capacity at the Johnson City campus as well as the main campus in Vestal. Improvements are also being made to the University’s science buildings on campus supporting chemistry, physics, biological sciences and psychology. All of the improvements in Johnson City and on the main campus are part of the University’s strategic plan to grow its academic programs to help meet the needs of current and future students, in addition to meeting the growing workforce needs in the Southern Tier region and across New York State. The initial anchor for the Johnson City campus, the new School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, constructed with $60 million in state funding, opened in fall 2018. The school is creating more than 100 jobs and at full enrollment will include approximately 390 students and have an annual regional economic impact of approximately $100 million. Binghamton University President Harvey G. Stenger said, “We thank Governor Cuomo and are thrilled he has once again shown that he understands how important these investments are to our region. The state support to date in our Health Sciences Campus in Johnson City has already led to an incredible return on investment, and this latest award to help Binghamton University finish the new campus will go a long way in transforming Johnson City’s economy. The $30 million will allow us to build, rehabilitate and equip buildings on our Health Sciences Campus and get us across the finish line.” Assemblywoman Donna A. Lupardo said, “Binghamton University’s Health Sciences Campus is breathing new life into Johnson City. We’re already seeing new investments in the Village and a renewed interest in downtown revitalization. It is also repurposing an historic building that had become a symbol of blight and decline. This project, along with so many others, is exactly what we had in mind when the region won the Upstate Revitalization Initiative competition.” Broome County Executive Jason T. Garnar said, “Thank you to Governor Cuomo and Empire State Development for making this investment in Binghamton University, a major hub of innovation and development in Broome County. I fully support this next phase in the Health Sciences Campus, which will continue to help the Southern Tier soar.” About the Regional Economic Development Councils The Regional Economic Development Council initiative is a key component of Governor Cuomo's approach to State investment and economic development. In 2011, Governor Cuomo established 10 Regional Councils to develop long-term strategic plans for economic growth for their regions. The Councils are public-private partnerships made up of local experts and stakeholders from business, academia, local government, and non-governmental organizations. The Regional Councils have redefined the way New York invests in jobs and economic growth by putting in place a community-based, bottom up approach and establishing a competitive process for State resources. After eight rounds of the REDC process, more than $6.1 billion has been awarded to more than 7,300 job creation and community development projects consistent with each region's strategic plans, projecting to create and retain more than 230,000 jobs. For more information on the Regional Councils, visit www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov. 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: Kristin Devoe | kristin.devoe@esd.ny.gov | 518-292-5107 ESD Press Office | PressOffice@esd.ny.gov | (800) 260-7313
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Press Release

Friday, January 18, 2019 - 4:52pm
Targeted State Investment Complements "Finger Lakes Forward" - The Region's Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the expansion of the meal delivery company RealEats in the City of Geneva, Ontario County. As a result of support from the state, RealEats plans to immediately expand operations at their Geneva facility and create up to 400 new jobs over the next five years. RealEats sources, produces and ships fully cooked, vacuum-packed meals from the Geneva location, where it currently employs approximately 30 people. This expansion builds on the Finger Lakes' vibrant agriculture and food processing sector that is a central part of the regionally designed Finger Lakes Forward economic development plan. "This major commitment by RealEats to grow its business in the City of Geneva will inject new life into the community while creating hundreds of jobs and boosting local economies throughout the region," Governor Cuomo said. "With this expansion, we are once again proving that our strategy to move the Finger Lakes' economy forward is working." "The expansion of RealEats in Geneva will grow the meal prep industry in the area and create up to 400 new jobs," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, who made today's announcement. "With state support, the commitment by RealEats to operate in the region while using locally sourced foods is a boost to our farmers. This investment builds on our efforts to continue to move the Finger Lakes forward." Read the full press release here. 
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Press Release

Friday, January 18, 2019 - 12:19pm
Empire State Development (ESD) today announced that Global NY, together with the Conference of Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Governors and Premiers, will lead a trade mission to Mexico from January 21-24, 2019. Each company will receive a customized schedule of B2B meetings to discuss export and business opportunities with prospective customers and business partners, and benefit from networking events and logistical support provided by Global NY’s Mexico Trade Office. Some businesses will also benefit from Global NY’s State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) for travel and lodging expenses. Global NY is New York’s portal for both foreign businesses looking to invest in New York and local businesses interested in exporting internationally. The trade mission will strengthen economic ties with Mexico by helping to increase exports, the number of businesses that export, and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in New York State. Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, “Mexico is an important trade partner to New York, and this upcoming economic development trade mission will strengthen our economic ties by supporting growth, job creation and innovation in both New York and Mexico.” Participating businesses represent several different industries and regions from across the state, including Aerospace and Defense companies from the Mohawk Valley and New York City, Advanced Manufacturing companies from Long Island and Central New York and a Biotech and Life Sciences company from the Southern Tier. STEP is a Global NY program that is funded in part through a grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to increase the number of businesses entering the export market, and to increase the value of exports businesses are already producing. Grants are offered to qualifying small and medium-sized businesses for a range of different purposes, including participation in foreign trade missions. In 2018, Global NY led 37 companies on trade missions to Mexico, Germany, Canada and China. Currently the 13th largest economy in the world, Mexico offers a strategic location and attractive business climate for New York companies looking to export into new markets. The trade mission includes stops in Mexico City and Monterrey. Global NY organizes trade missions each year to help New York’s small to mid-sized companies export overseas as well as encourage foreign companies to invest and grow their businesses in the state. Companies interested in participating in future trade missions or the STEP program can contact Global NY at globalny@esd.ny.gov or 212-803-2300. To learn more about Global NY, click here. About Empire State Development Empire State Development (ESD) is New York’s chief economic development agency (www.esd.ny.gov). The mission of ESD is to promote a vigorous and growing economy, encourage the creation of new job and economic opportunities, increase revenues to the State and its municipalities, and achieve stable and diversified local economies. Through the use of loans, grants, tax credits and other forms of financial assistance, ESD strives to enhance private business investment and growth to spur job creation and support prosperous communities across New York State. ESD is also the primary administrative agency overseeing Governor Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Councils and the marketing of “I LOVE NEW YORK,” the State’s iconic tourism brand. For more information on Regional Councils and Empire State Development, visit www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov and www.esd.ny.gov.   Contact: Adam Kilduff | adam.kilduff@esd.ny.gov | (212) 803-3744 ESD Press Office | pressoffice@esd.ny.gov | (800) 260-7313
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Press Release

Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 3:07pm
State Investment Complements "Southern Tier Soaring" - The Region's Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy Empire State Development (ESD) today announced that significant upgrades have been completed at the Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source, or CHESS, a world-class scientific research facility in Ithaca, Tompkins County. Supported by a Southern Tier Soaring Upstate Revitalization Initiative grant, Cornell University invested in capital improvements to CHESS, including its x-ray beamlines and experimental stations. Now completed, CHESS will be among the five premier synchrotron source facilities for high-energy, high-flux x-ray studies in the world. “Cornell University is one of our state’s great academic institutions, and it has been a leader in the growth of the Southern Tier’s economy,” said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, who made today’s announcement. “The capital upgrades as part of the Upstate Revitalization Initiative ensure the advancement of innovative technologies at the research facility, securing its position as one of the top of its kind in the world. This investment continues the growth of the high-tech industry and the economy of the entire region.” Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, “This innovative project continues the Southern Tier's ongoing transformation as a global center for developing and commercializing cutting-edge technologies and creating sustainable, well-paying jobs." Empire State Development offered the performance-based, $15 million Southern Tier Soaring Upstate Revitalization Initiative grant to support the upgrades and improvements to the CHESS facility. The National Science Foundation also provided significant support during the upgrade, specifically $66 million in operating funds for the national user facility during the time of the project, which also included updates to the Cornell Electron Storage Ring, the accelerator that powers CHESS for x-ray operations. As a result of this project, Cornell estimated that it would create 100 new high-paying, high-technology jobs in the region while retaining 150 jobs at the facility. Already, the project has resulted in the creation of 66 new jobs at the lab. CHESS utilizes funding from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health for operations. By leveraging the facility's capabilities and the URI grant, CHESS is positioned to win continued federal funding through 2024 and beyond. CHESS Director Joel Brock said, “Scientists come to CHESS from all over the world to solve some of their hardest problems.  In addition to allowing us to stay ahead scientifically, this upgrade has helped local companies develop new advanced manufacturing capabilities and enter new markets, ultimately becoming more competitive at the international level.”  CHESS is a world leader in developing innovative tools and techniques to explore biological, electronic, and structural materials. CHESS scientists and engineers develop new instrumentation, technologies and processing techniques that are highly sought by other global laboratories, universities and research organizations. As new synchrotron technologies and processes are invented at CHESS, they will be transferred - along with development support - to New York companies who sell the products and services to global customers. Built between 1978 and 1980, CHESS is a high-intensity x-ray source that provides world-class x-ray facilities to researchers from across the nation and around the world. It uses synchrotron light given off by charged particles - electrons and positrons - as they circulate in a ring at nearly the speed of light. The x-ray beams generated at CHESS help scientists and researchers understand materials from airplane wings to cell membranes, from pollutants in plants to matter under earth-core pressures. Senator Thomas O'Mara said, "Strengthening this world-renowned scientific research facility keeps Cornell University at the cutting edge of science and continues to position our region at the forefront of innovation and high technology. It means critical job retention and the creation of new, well-playing jobs, as well as enhancing the competitiveness and diversity of our local manufacturing sector." Assembly Member Barbara Lifton said, “These critical upgrades to CHESS are a welcome development for my Assembly District and the Southern Tier, and they will enhance CHESS’s reputation as a world-class research facility, provide innovative technologies, and create long-term, well-paying jobs. I’m proud to support this project, and I thank Governor Cuomo for his continued attention to economic development in our region.” Martha Robertson, Chairperson of the Tompkins County Legislature said, “The diversity of the work done at this world-class facility truly spans the limits of human ingenuity, including: developing better materials for rechargeable batteries, analyzing structural steel under different loads, x-ray imaging of archaeological artifacts without damaging them, and showing how toxins are distributed in commercial seafood or in the exhumed bones of 18th century sailors. We could not be more proud of this project.” Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick said, “We're thrilled at the State's investment in our City.  These upgrades will result in dozens of new jobs - and the Synchrotron will continue to be an important tool for scientific discovery.  The work done under the athletic fields help us advance the world of knowledge, and increase the productivity of industry, by enhancing our understanding of the physical world.” 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 | Shari.Voorhees-Vincent@esd.ny.gov | (585)399-7055 ESD Press Office | PressOffice@esd.ny.gov | (800) 260-7313  
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Press Release

Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 2:43pm
Will Draw Sports Teams from Throughout the Northeast to the Mohawk Valley Region Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that $22 million in Upstate Revitalization Initiative grant funding has been awarded to the Upper Mohawk Valley Memorial Auditorium Authority for the construction of the Nexus Center, a world-class, tournament-based sports complex in downtown Utica. The Nexus Center will be a 169,440-square-foot facility to be utilized primarily for ice hockey, box lacrosse, soccer and other field sports, and will draw competitive youth teams from across the U.S and Canada. "The success of our downtown communities is vital to regional economic growth and this new world-class sports complex will help transform Utica and drive tourism in the area," Governor Cuomo said. "The Nexus Center is part of our bold vision to make downtown Utica a destination for visitors from across the globe and at the same time generate exciting new opportunities for Mohawk Valley residents." "This significant investment as part of the Upstate Revitalization Initiative for the construction of the Nexus Center will add a world-class sports facility in Utica," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "This tournament space will bring various teams to the area from across the country, attracting visitors to the Mohawk Valley and continuing to grow the economy of the region." This $44-million facility will be adjacent to the Adirondack Bank Center, the home of the American Hockey League's Utica Comets, Utica College men's and women's hockey programs, and the Utica Jr. Comets youth hockey organization. The ice can be easily transformed into field-based surfaces to attract sports that can be performed on a turf playing surface. In addition, the Nexus Center will feature more than 25 locker rooms, commercial office space, college classroom space, retail space, food and beverage services, and other multi-purpose training space. The Nexus Center is projected to host 24 hockey and 24 lacrosse tournaments each year and will see a projected 322,560 annual visitors who will spend more than $26 million a year during their stay in the Mohawk Valley Region. Read the full press release here. 
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Board Meeting

Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 9:30am
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