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Press Release

Monday, February 8, 2021 - 3:10pm
Work will be completed in phases, see renderings here Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC) met today and affirmed the General Project Plan (GPP) for the Buffalo Outer Harbor Civic and Land Use Improvement Project with minor modifications.  This affirmation of the GPP is the culmination of six years of planning, community engagement and coordination with the City of Buffalo and other entities and outlines future improvements to the city’s Lake Erie waterfront that will build on earlier upgrades recently completed by ECHDC. Read the affirmed GPP here and see renderings here. “Today’s affirmation of the GPP is an exciting milestone for the Outer Harbor,” said ECHDC Chairman Robert Gioia. “This project will improve over 200 acres of land, providing for increased water and land access, open space, public amenities and an awareness of local history needed to reconnect the city to its waterfront.” ECHDC provided 60 days for public comment on the GPP—an extension from the required 30 days—at the request of several organizations and individuals.  The public comment period was in lieu of a public hearing on the GPP due to COVID-related safety precautions.  In response to the comments received from the public, several minor changes and/or corrections were made to the GPP adopted in November 2020: Zoning Code at 901 Fuhrmann Boulevard (Terminal B):  The zoning was listed as N-1C, Urban Core (Mixed-Use Core).  The zoning has been corrected to N-1S, Urban Core (Secondary Employment Center).  Cultural Arts:  The addition of cultural arts has been added to the sitewide elements discussion, specifically under Passive and Active Recreational Amenities. First Buffalo River Marina:  The last paragraph under this Subarea description has been deleted in its entirety, clarifying that no mixed-use development will occur at this site. The project will be done in phases, with completion over a 20-year span, or as funding becomes available.  Phase 1, estimated to cost $44 million, will be funded by the Buffalo Billion, ECHDC—via the New York Power Authority (NYPA) through relicensing agreements tied to the operation of the Niagara Power Project—and federal sources.  This initial phase, which will begin by the end of 2021, includes the creation of new and enhanced open spaces, increased land and water access, the addition of comfort stations, and passive and active recreational amenities.  Improvements on more than 50 acres of upland and watered property, including the creation of an aquatic habitat in Slip No. 3, rehabilitation of Terminal B, and upgrades at Bell Slip and Wilkeson Pointe, would occur during this first phase. The total GPP project budget is estimated to be $151 million. Later phases will be implemented when funding is secured.  With the Outer Harbor GPP affirmed, the board authorized ECHDC to enter into a consultant agreement not to exceed $545,400 with Turner Construction Company for construction management services associated with the plan.  Turner is a national, multidisciplinary construction management firm and its team for the Outer Harbor project includes Rodriguez Construction Group (MBE), AA Report Writing & Consulting (WBE) and Trophy Point, LLC (SDVOB).  The Turner team will: represent ECHDC throughout the Phase 1 pre-construction, construction, and post-construction phases; maintain responsibility for the day-to-day management of the construction process; and is committed to deliver a high-quality project on time and within budget. The ECHDC Board also authorized ECHDC to enter into a three-year agreement with Be Our Guest, Ltd., a subsidiary of Rich Products Corporation, for the management of events and concessions on the Outer Harbor, from the Lakeside Complex to Wilkeson Pointe, including the Bike Ferry landing.  The contract with Be Our Guest, which has managed the Outer Harbor for the past five years, is a revenue generating agreement that represents no cost to ECHDC. The ECHDC Board also: Authorized ECHDC to enter into a consultant amendment for architectural engineering services on the North Aud Block with TY Lin International.  The amendment allows for amending the contract to add additional tasks, including design development and construction documents, at an amount not to exceed $612,234. Approved the design of two parking lots owned by Department of Transportation (DOT) at Canalside.  The rehabilitation of the parking lots will significantly enhance visitors’ first impressions of Canalside and downtown Buffalo.  Under Governor Andrew Cuomo’s leadership, New York is making a historic commitment to improving and expanding access to outdoor recreation.  In 2013, almost 400 acres of land on the Outer Harbor was transferred from the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority to ECHDC. As part of that transfer, Buffalo Harbor State Park was designated as the 180th state park in New York’s system and the first in the City of Buffalo.  The remaining approximately 247 acres of land north of Buffalo Harbor State Park is now operated by the ECHDC, which completed several capital improvements to increase public access to and use of this property, and conducted several community-driven planning studies that have informed the current and future disposition of the project site.  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 (Governor’s Office) | [email protected] | (716) 846-8309 Laura Magee (ECHDC) | [email protected] | (716) 846-8239
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Board Meeting

Monday, February 8, 2021 - 10:30am
Due to public health concerns and as authorized by Executive Order of the Governor, this meeting will be conducted via teleconference. The public may listen to the meeting via webcast by clicking the link below. Members of the public may submit comments on the Agenda items in writing to [email protected] by 4:30 pm on Friday, February 5, 2021.
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Press Release

Wednesday, February 3, 2021 - 2:28pm
Nearly $2 Million in Incentives Awarded to Manufacturers Across the State Will Provide Faster and More Secure Access to Life-Saving Medical Products and Create New Jobs New York State Has Announced More Than $20 Million to 36 New York Companies to Manufacture Vital Supplies; Companies to Collectively Create/Retain 3,500 Jobs Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that four additional New York companies and one company that has previously received state support will be awarded nearly $2 million in state support to produce needed supplies to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic. These grant funds will help alleviate product shortages due to supply chain issues that could lead to unfair pricing practices. The companies will also increase the State's manufacturing capacity while creating new jobs and market opportunities. To date, New York State has announced more than $20 million in grants to 36 qualifying New York-based companies to retool their business lines and pivot to manufacturing vital supplies for ongoing response and recovery efforts. These 36 companies will collectively create and retain over 3,500 jobs. "The COVID-19 pandemic exposed serious issues in our nation's medical supply chain, and we were forced to compete overseas and pay exorbitant prices for these life-saving products," Governor Cuomo said. "We learned the hard lesson that these resources need to be manufactured here in the U.S., and we are taking steps to build the infrastructure we need here in New York to keep us prepared for future crises while helping local companies create new jobs." "Our country was ill-prepared for a global pandemic when it arrived early in 2020, and New York State was left to scour the earth in search of personal protective equipment," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "We are proud to support domestic manufacturing of critical medical equipment that will not only save lives and reduce dependency on overseas products, but also retain local jobs and support New York State companies." In March, Governor Cuomo asked companies with New York-based operations to retool production lines in order to manufacture approved COVID-19 critical supplies, such as ventilators, test kits and PPE. Companies manufactured N95 respirators, surgical masks, gowns and face shields, among other products. On July 30, 2020, Governor Cuomo announced 12 New York companies had received support from the State to produce needed supplies to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic, in addition to 8 companies announced by Empire State Development on May 15, 2020. On October 23, 2020, Governor Cuomo announced that an additional 8 New York companies had received support to start producing COVID-19 related equipment and supplies. The program was designed to ensure that New York State's health facilities will have access to PPE if and when they need it. Read the full press release here. 
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Press Release

Thursday, January 28, 2021 - 12:49pm
Empire State Development (ESD) today announced the final consultant recommendations for the Broadway Market in Buffalo’s Broadway-Fillmore neighborhood. The proposed changes, for one of the country’s oldest and largest city-owned public markets, include preserving and expanding the Market’s best features while planning its evolution as a unique regional center for fresh and international foods. “These recommendations—inspired by the successful revitalization of similar markets across the country—will help the Broadway Market proactively evolve as a year-round destination both locally and for visitors from across the region and beyond,” said Empire State Development Acting Commissioner and President & CEO-designate Eric Gertler. The final recommendations present the framework for a Broadway “International” Market, intended as a destination offering an array of ethnic and national foods – with the management structure, physical features and vendors to support its successful operation. The consultants’ outline will require the community, along with local and state governments and the nonprofit sector, to collaborate in support of a five-to-10-year implementation of the plan.  Governor Andrew M. Cuomo previously committed $4 million in state funding through the Buffalo Billion for the Broadway Market.  While the plan recommends that the City of Buffalo retain ownership of the Market, it calls for the establishment a new, not-for-profit entity to lease the building and manage the Market. By returning the Broadway Market to its historic role as a regional hub for fresh, international foods, and with the addition of tenants and exciting amenities, the Market has the potential to become a top attraction.  The road map of recommendations, covering everything from finances to structural adjustments, include: Progressively utilizing the structure’s entire 547,000 square feet for market uses, which currently equates to just 6 percent of its floor area; Filling the market with fresh and ethnic food stalls and international groceries, as well as restaurants and prepared food stalls; Making the structure’s basement accessible and renovating it to serve the Market’s tenants by adding space for walk-in coolers, freezers, and storage, as well as building utilities, freeing up additional tenant space and for enticing displays; Addressing the street-level and allowing multiple points of entry with new restaurants and grocers that would activate and extend out along public sidewalk areas; and Replacing problematic escalators with new freight and passenger elevators and improving parking garage areas so they are bright, attractive, safe, and accessible. Read the full “Buffalo’s Broadway International Market Business Plan” here. ESD contracted with CJS Architects in March 2020 to lead a team to develop comprehensive business and marketing plans for the revitalization of the Broadway Market. CJS Architects, along with Public Market Development (PDM) and Developments by JEM, have met with various focus groups to encourage involvement with and feedback to the planning process.  More than 1,000 people provided critical contributions to the plan’s direction, via direct testimony, surveys and community meetings.  Numerous prior studies were reviewed in detail. As part of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion initiative, $65 million was dedicated to the revitalization of Buffalo’s East Side through capital investments in nine target areas along four commercial corridors.  As part of this funding, $4 million has been committed to begin transforming the Broadway Market into a sustainable and vibrant year-round shopping hub. The Market historically has played an important role as a center for year-round, international, owner-operated, affordable fresh and prepared food shops and neighborhood services. As the community around it has changed, the Market is now seeking to maximize its relevance to Broadway-Fillmore and to expand its customer base in order to serve as a sustainable stimulus to neighborhood development, as well as an attraction for the region. Contact: Pamm Lent | [email protected] | (716) 846-8309 Laura Magee | [email protected] | (716) 846-8239
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Report

Wednesday, January 27, 2021 - 5:22pm
Empire State Development oversees administration of the film production and post-production tax credits. These reports reflect program activity during the first and second quarters of 2020. The information presented includes projected spending, hires, and estimated credits for film and post-production projects deemed eligible to participate in the program, and, pursuant to new reporting requirements, actual spending, hires and credits issued to projects that have been completed and audited. 1. 03/31/2020: Film Tax Credit - Quarterly Report, Calendar Year 2020: 1st Quarter  2. 06/30/2020: Film Tax Credit - Quarterly Report, Calendar Year 2020: 2nd Quarter 3. 09/30/20: Film Tax Credit - Quarterly Report, Calendar Year 2020: 3rd Quarter 4. 12/31/20: Film Tax Credit - Quarterly Report, Calendar Year 2020: 4th Quarter
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Board Meeting

Wednesday, January 27, 2021 - 9:30am
Due to public health concerns and as authorized by Executive Order of the Governor, this meeting will be conducted via video conference and teleconference. The public may view and listen to the meeting via webcast by clicking the link below. Members of the public may submit comments on the Agenda items in writing to [email protected] by 4:30 pm on Tuesday, January 26, 2021.
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Press Release

Tuesday, January 26, 2021 - 12:42pm
New York Remains Preeminent Hub for Business Growth and Corporate Expansion  Empire State Development today announced that Beam Suntory, a world leader in premium spirits, including Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark Bourbon brands, Courvoisier cognac and Suntory Whisky, will relocate its global headquarters from Chicago, IL to 11 Madison Avenue in Manhattan, bringing 150 jobs to New York City over the next five years.    Empire State Development Acting Commissioner and President & CEO-Designate Eric Gertler said, “Beam Suntory joins a long list of iconic brands and businesses that know there is no better place to be than here in the Empire State. Under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, New York is investing in its talented and diverse workforce, has the most ambitious infrastructure plan in the nation, and is creating the economy of tomorrow. Beam Suntory knows that even though we currently face many challenges due to the COVID-19 crisis, the future remains bright in New York and I am pleased that they have decided to be part of New York State as we build back better"  “As one of the world’s greatest global cities, New York provides a unique environment to help us accelerate our premiumization strategy and growth ambitions. We see excellent opportunities to immerse our company and global brand building efforts more deeply in New York’s vibrant restaurant, bar and consumer environment,” said Albert Baladi, President & CEO of Beam Suntory. “This move will put us at the forefront of the recovery in New York City, and will enable us to emerge from the current crisis squarely focused on the long term.”   In support of the relocation of the Beam Suntory corporate headquarters to New York City, Empire State Development has agreed to provide $9.9 million in performance-based Excelsior Jobs Program tax credits over the next ten years, which are directly tied to the company’s job creation commitments.    New York is home to more Fortune 500 companies than any other state in the nation, including American Express, IBM, Pepsi Co and Pfizer. Beam Suntory joins other businesses that have had corporate expansions in the past year in New York State including Plug Power, who recently announced their new gigafactory in Monroe County.   Assemblymember Richard Gottfried said, “It’s great news that Beam Suntory is joining other major businesses that choose to locate their global headquarters in the Flatiron District.  But it’s not a surprise, because the heart of Manhattan remains a great place to work, live, shop, or dine.  I welcome Beam Suntory to the historic Metropolitan Life North building, which celebrated the twenty-fifth anniversary of its designation on the National Register of Historic Places exactly a week ago today,”  About Empire State Development   Empire State Development (ESD) is New York’s chief economic development agency. 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, please visit www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov and www.esd.ny.gov.     About Beam Suntory   As a world leader in premium spirits, Beam Suntory inspires human connections. Consumers from all corners of the globe call for the company’s brands, including the iconic Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark bourbon brands, Suntory whisky Kakubin and Courvoisier cognac, as well as world renowned premium brands including Knob Creek, Basil Hayden’s and Legent bourbon; Yamazaki, Hakushu, Hibiki and Toki Japanese whisky; Teacher’s, Laphroaig and Bowmore Scotch whisky; Canadian Club whisky; Hornitos and Sauza tequila; EFFEN, Haku and Pinnacle vodka; Sipsmith and Roku gin; and On The Rocks Premium Cocktails.     Beam Suntory was created in 2014 by combining the world leader in bourbon and the pioneer in Japanese whisky to form a new company with a deep heritage, passion for quality, innovative spirit and vision of Growing for Good. Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, Beam Suntory is a subsidiary of Suntory Holdings Limited of Japan. For more information on Beam Suntory, its brands, and its commitment to social responsibility, please visit www.beamsuntory.com and www.drinksmart.com.   Contact: Kristin Devoe | [email protected] | (518) 414-1087 ESD Press Office | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313  
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Press Release

Tuesday, January 26, 2021 - 12:31pm
Economic Development Incentives by ESD Allow Pine Pharmaceuticals to Create 40 New Full-Time Jobs and Maintain 85 Current Employees Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the expansion of Pine Pharmaceuticals LLC's manufacturing plant in the Town of Tonawanda. The drug outsourcing company - which moved to the 25,000-square-foot building at 355 Riverwalk Parkway in the Riverview Solar Technology Park in May of 2018 - will be tripling the size of the facility, due to its tremendous growth in the past two years, which has seen the company double its employment. The company is investing $8.6 million for a 50,000-square-foot addition to the existing state-of-the-art facility which will allow it to hire 40 new full-time permanent employees and retain 85 existing full-time permanent employees.  Pine Pharmaceuticals is receiving $650,000 in refundable tax credits from the state's Excelsior Jobs Program. "If COVID-19 has taught us anything, it's that we need to stop relying on foreign distributors and increase production of critical medical supplies and resources, including pharmaceuticals, right here in the United States," Governor Cuomo said. "As we work to build back better, our strategic incentives will allow Pine Pharmaceuticals to once again expand its operations in Western New York, where a thriving advanced manufacturing economy has been creating quality jobs and uplifting communities for years now as a result of New York's ongoing investments in the region."  Pine Pharmaceuticals provides pharmaceutical compounding, including specialized sterile formulations serving ophthalmologists, retinal specialists, hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, medical practices and clinics. The sterile compounded preparations are made to order and formulated using cutting-edge technology and industry-leading quality assurance practices. Also, as an FDA-registered 503B outsourcing facility, Pine Pharmaceuticals has the unique ability to address drug shortages by working with hospitals, clinics, medical practices and physician offices to provide sterile compounded pharmaceuticals. The firm also benefits from a 136-kilowatt low-cost power allocation from the New York Power Authority's ReCharge NY program as part of its commitment to retain jobs and invest capital. ReCharge NY, launched by the Governor in 2011, offers up to seven-year power contracts. Half of the power—455 megawatts—is from NYPA's Niagara and St. Lawrence-Franklin D. Roosevelt hydroelectric power plants, which provide some of the greenest, cleanest and lowest-cost electricity in the state. The remaining 455 megawatts is lower-cost power bought by NYPA on the wholesale market. Read the full press release here.
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Public Notice

Monday, January 25, 2021 - 5:30pm
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Public Notice

Monday, January 25, 2021 - 5:30pm
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