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Press Release

Monday, June 10, 2019 - 4:53pm
Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC) Board of Directors met today and approved a measure for the repair and maintenance of Shark Girl, to ensure that the popular sculpture remains at Canalside for the foreseeable future. The contract with the Albright- Knox Art Gallery (AKAG) to complete the scope of work will not exceed $49,900, which includes temporary deinstallation, conservation/maintenance and reinstallation activities. “Shark Girl is a beloved, whimsical year-round fixture at Canalside but needs some rejuvenation after flashing her toothy grin for so many selfies over the years,” said ECHDC Board Chairman Robert Gioia.  “This agreement with the Albright-Knox will allow Shark Girl to better handle all her fans interacting with her, as well as stand up to harsh Buffalo winters, for years to come.” Unveiled at Canalside in the Summer of 2014 as part of a public art initiative between AKAG, Erie County and the City of Buffalo, the sculpture by artist Casey Riordan Millard quickly became a social media darling—and as synonymous with Canalside as the Whipple Truss Bridge.  As the star of thousands of photographs and selfies, Shark Girl   is beginning to show excess wear and tear that is beyond repairing with standard maintenance work. During the past four-plus years, AKAG has worked with ECHDC to remove Shark Girl from Canalside for short periods of time to make various repairs and touch-ups. However, a more permanent solution is needed to ensure Shark Girl remains at Canalside for years to come. Under this new agreement, AKAG is expected to remove Shark Girl from Canalside sometime after Labor Day for a period of approximately 8-10 weeks to begin repairing and restoring the piece with Millard’s oversight. AKAG will then return and reinstall Shark Girl to Canalside. The scope of work includes ongoing annual maintenance of the piece, including any future paint touch-ups and conservation. The project funding source will be the New York Power Authority Relicensing Agreement. The ECHDC Board was also presented with two informational items: ECHDC has established a Terminal A Reuse Advisory Group to explore potential reuse options for the buildings and surrounding property of Port Terminal Building A on the Outer Harbor. The complex, constructed in 1930-31 by the Ford Motor Company, was ideally located along the waterfront for convenient shipping and receiving. The building was designed by Albert Kahn for large-scale automobile assembly line production and was recently approved as a Local Landmark/Landmark Site by the Buffalo Preservation Board. The advisory group’s work will assist the ECHDC Board of Directors to understand potential planning directions and provide non-binding strategic advice. It is expected that the committee will meet monthly or bi-monthly for a 12-month period to prepare written materials for presentation to the ECHDC. ECHDC has finalized its plan for nearly 200 acres on Buffalo’s Outer Harbor and will move into the next phases of the project, including conducting a State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) and developing a General Project Plan (GPP). The plan emphasizes recreation in three unique waterfront zones: First Buffalo River Marina; the 166 acres that include Wilkeson Pointe to Bell Slip; and Terminal B. The overall goals of the project include improving use and enjoyment of the Outer Harbor, enhancing bicycle and pedestrian access and minimizing adverse impacts on communities and the environment.  Buffalo Billion II has committed $15 million for the next phase of this project. 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

Monday, June 10, 2019 - 4:47pm
The Western New York Regional Economic Development Council (WNYREDC) today announced its final 2019 Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) Workshop. The June 13 workshop at Buffalo State College is for businesses and organizations interested in applying for 2019 REDC funding through the CFA. The workshop includes an overview of the online application and the CFA process, followed by separate Q&A sessions with representatives from state agencies that have funding opportunities available through this year’s CFA. In April, Governor Cuomo announced Round IX of the REDC initiative, which will award more than $750 million across New York State. The CFA opened to applicants on May 1 and enables businesses, municipalities, not-for-profits and the public to apply for assistance from dozens of state programs, through a single application, for job-creation and community development projects. The CFA application deadline is July 26 at 4 p.m. Final WNYREDC CFA Workshop - June 13, 1:30 to 4 p.m. Buffalo State College Bulger Communication Center 1300 Elmwood Avenue Buffalo, N.Y. 14222 Additionally, the following resources can be helpful in preparing applications: CFA Resource Manual and Application Guide: http://regionalcouncils.ny.gov/ Direct Link to CFA Online Portal: https://apps.cio.ny.gov/apps/cfa/   WNY Strategic Plan and Progress Reports: https://regionalcouncils.ny.gov/western-new-york Through eight rounds of the REDC competition, WNYREDC has delivered $553.2 million for 781 projects. About the Regional Economic Development Councils The Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) 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 https://regionalcouncils.ny.gov/.   Contact: Pamm Lent | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313 Laura Magee | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313
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Public Notice

Monday, June 10, 2019 - 1:00pm
Gun Hill Brewing Capital Project
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Press Release

Monday, June 10, 2019 - 10:56am
The North Country Regional Economic Development Council (NCREDC) today announced that the council's Co-Chairs will host a series of outreach forums on Wednesday, June 12 and Thursday, June 13 in the North Country. Co-Chairs James McKenna, CEO of the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism, and Dr. Ty Stone, Jefferson Community College President, will highlight the State resources available through the Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) and Round IX of the Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) initiative. The Co-Chairs also recently announced the consolidation of 16 existing NCREDC workgroups into four, in stronger alignment with New York State's regional economic development priorities: placemaking, workforce development, innovation and tradeable sectors. The workgroups will provide updates on their efforts at NCREDC meetings, the next of which is scheduled for June 26 in Lake Placid. NCREDC Co-Chair James McKenna said, "By refocusing our Council workgroups, we are simplifying our workgroup roster while realigning our regional strategies to better reflect the state's approach to economic development. Together, we can build upon the progress we've made by capitalizing on our regional strengths, while reevaluating the areas that need improvement to better encourage growth across the North Country." NCREDC Co-Chair Dr. Ty Stone said, "Jim and I are hitting the road, visiting five counties in two days, to get a better picture of the whole North Country region and meet the residents in these communities. These sessions provide opportunities to discuss our new regional strategy, and encourage various people, groups and businesses to participate in the CFA process to help us build a stronger region." Outreach forums are scheduled for: Wednesday, June 12: 8:30 a.m. – Plattsburgh Town Hall, 151 Banker Road, Plattsburgh, NY 12901 11:00 a.m. – Malone Village Office, 343 West Main Street, Malone, NY 12953 3:30 p.m. – Long Lake Town Hall, 1258 Main Street, Long Lake, NY 12847   Thursday, June 13: 9:30 a.m. – Lewis County Office Building, Rocky Fawcett Conference Room, 7840 State Route 26, Lowville, NY 13367 1:00 p.m. – Jefferson Community College, Jules Building – Room 6-002, 1220 Coffeen Street, Watertown, NY 13601 Additionally, a CFA Workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, June 26 at 1:30 p.m. in Lake Placid. The St. Lawrence County workshop was held on May 30. Forums are open to the public, but prior registration is requested and available here. In April, Governor Cuomo announced Round IX of the REDC initiative, which will award over $750 million across all 10 regions. The Consolidated Funding Application opened to applicants on May 1, enabling businesses, municipalities, not-for-profits and the public to begin applying for assistance from dozens of state programs, through a single application, for job-creation and community development projects. Those wishing to apply for funding through the regional council process must apply here ahead of the July 26 deadline. More information on the NCREDC can be found here. About the Regional Economic Development Councils The Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) 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.   Contact: Adam Ostrowski | [email protected] | (518) 292-5148 ESD Press Office | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313
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Board Meeting

Monday, June 10, 2019 - 10:30am
With videoconferencing to:   Empire State Development 633 Third Avenue – 36th Floor Conference Room New York, NY 10017  
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Public Notice

Friday, June 7, 2019 - 11:00am
Liberty Park Mixed Use Development Capital and Working Capital Project
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Press Release

Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 3:11pm
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 groundbreaking of IEC Electronics Corporation's new, state-of-the-art facility in Newark, Wayne County. The electronic manufacturing solutions provider plans to create up to 362 new jobs and retain 463 positions at the new 150,000-square-foot facility located at the Silver Hill Technology Park. IEC has already added 175 jobs at its current facility in Newark over the last 18 months. The company had considered moving out of New York State, but chose to remain in the region with support from the Governor and Empire State Development. IEC plans to move to and begin operations at the new facility in early 2020. "New York is committed to working with established and innovative businesses as they expand and grow to ensure secure, good-paying jobs remain in our Upstate communities," Governor Cuomo said. "By investing in IEC Electronics, we are helping this long-standing, successful community business evolve, resulting in the creation of hundreds of top-quality jobs that will continue to move the Finger Lakes region forward." "This new manufacturing facility advances the growth of the tech industry in the Finger Lakes," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "IEC Electronics' facility will create and retain hundreds of good jobs in Wayne County and expand the company's footprint providing electronic manufacturing solutions. We are committed to continuing to invest in successful companies like IEC to create more opportunities and strengthen the economy of the region." Read the complete press release here.
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Report

Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 1:31pm
The Economic Transformation and Facility Redevelopment Program was established to support the economies of communities affected by the closure of certain correctional and juvenile justice facilities in 2011. Economic Transformation & Facility Redevelopment Program Report: Q1 2019 
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Press Release

Saturday, June 1, 2019 - 5:12pm
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the grand opening of the New York State WorldPride Welcome Center, located at 112 Christopher Street in New York City's West Village, steps from the Stonewall National Monument. WorldPride, the largest international LGBTQ Pride celebration, is coming to New York this month to coincide with the Stonewall 50 commemorations, marking the first time it has been held in the United States. "Pride is a special month for the LGBTQ community and for all New Yorkers, and with the Empire State hosting WorldPride this year on the 50th anniversary of Stonewall we have a lot to celebrate and commemorate," Governor Cuomo said. "From the passage of marriage equality and GENDA to our ongoing fight with the Trump administration over critical protections for transgender individuals, New York has been a national leader in the fight for LGBTQ rights and we will always stand alongside this community that we love so much. As millions of people visit our state this June, the WorldPride Welcome Center will highlight the roots and accomplishments of the LGBTQ rights movement in New York and promote the state as a safe, welcoming destination with no place for hate." "No person should face discrimination or violence because of their gender identity, especially in the state that is the birthplace of the LGBTQ rights movement," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "We proudly celebrate our diversity that makes us the Empire State. As we mark Stonewall 50, the new WorldPride Welcome Center stands as a pillar of community and equality near the Stonewall National Monument. We will continue to embrace our history as we lead the nation as a state that is welcoming to all." Read the complete press release here.
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Press Release

Friday, May 31, 2019 - 4:54pm
Competition Funded Through Upstate Revitalization Initiatives - Finger Lakes Forward, CNY Rising and Southern Tier Soaring - Regional Comprehensive Strategies to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the application window is now open for round one of the Grow-NY food and agriculture competition. The competition is focused on growing an enduring food and agriculture innovation cluster in New York's Finger Lakes, Central New York and Southern Tier regions. The competition, which will run for three rounds, will offer a total of $3 million in funding for each round to innovative high-growth start-ups that are focused on the food and agriculture industry. Applications are open to start-ups from across the globe competing to win a $1 million top prize, two $500,000 prizes and four $250,000 prizes. "New York's agricultural industry is one of the best in world, and the Grow-NY competition will attract innovative start-ups focused on this industry to put down roots in Upstate New York," Governor Cuomo said. "By bringing in new companies to find new ways to transform our state's food and agricultural industry, we are continuing to bolster these regional economies and foster growth in this critical industry statewide." Originally announced in the Governor's State of the State address this year, the Grow-NY initiative builds on the successful legacy of other state supported competitions such as 43North, Genius NY, Luminate NY and 76West. Funding for the Grow-NY competition will be provided through the Upstate Revitalization Initiatives connected with the three regions - Finger Lakes Forward, CNY Rising and Southern Tier Soaring. More information about Grow-NY is available here. Read the complete press release here. 
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