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Press Release

Tuesday, November 19, 2019 - 10:04am
Embedded Product Development Company is Expanding Operations; will Create Up to 50 New Jobs at New Location in the Town of Henrietta Investment Complements “Finger Lakes Forward” – The Region’s Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy Empire State Development (ESD) today announced embedded product development company D3 Engineering is planning to expand its operations in Monroe County. The company has grown significantly over the past several years and is moving into a new larger facility on Lucius Gordon Drive in the Town of Henrietta. The move will allow the company, that specializes in the development of vision, sensing, autonomous, and power systems, to create up to 50 new jobs over the next five years; 65 jobs are being retained. D3 Engineering expects to be fully operational at the new location during the spring of 2020. Empire State Development Acting Commissioner and President & CEO-designate Eric Gertler said, “D3 Engineering’s plans to expand in Monroe County will create new jobs and boost the region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, reflecting the success of our strategic support for growing and revitalizing the Upstate economy.” For nearly 20 years, D3 Engineering has been designing electronics, developing software, and creating products globally for companies in transportation, industrial, defense and medical markets.  Their systems are used in many applications including industrial machines, robotics, autonomous vehicles, high performance cameras and medical devices. D3 not only designs systems for customers, but they can also perform validation testing, transition it to production, and supply the final product for its clients. D3 Engineering CEO, Scott Reardon said, “Almost 20 years ago, D3 existed in a lab of one of our customers in this building.  We are excited to return to our roots and plan to continue the incubator feel of the building which will inspire other innovators and entrepreneurs to work on cutting-edge technology. To support the successful embedded system design firm with its expansion, ESD is offering up to $250,000 through the Excelsior Jobs Tax Credit Program in exchange for the company’s job creation commitments. The total cost of the consolidation project has been placed at $877,000. State Senator Patrick Gallivan said, “The decision by D3 Engineering to expand operations in the Town of Henrietta is the latest example of the ongoing effort to revitalize Monroe County and the upstate economy.  The retention of existing jobs and the creation of new positions will provide opportunities for residents who want to live and raise a family in our region.  The company’s investment also sends a positive message to other businesses and entrepreneurs looking to take advantage of the region’s skilled workforce and high-tech manufacturing environment.” State Assemblymember Harry Bronson said, “I applaud, Scott Reardon, and the team at D3 Engineering for their commitment to our region. Today’s announcement 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 to D3 Engineering growth and the addition of new jobs at their new Henrietta campus.” Henrietta Town Supervisor Steve Schultz said, “We are very excited for D3’s expansion in Henrietta. It is great to see the area south of RIT becoming a hub for new and growing companies in a broad range of fields and D3’s 65 existing and 50 new jobs are a big addition to that. As the area continues to grow there will be a multiplicative effect for the area and the economy that will help drive the economy of the entire region. This is exciting for D3, Henrietta, Monroe County, and New York State.” For more information about D3 Engineering, 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

Monday, November 18, 2019 - 4:00pm
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Press Release

Monday, November 18, 2019 - 2:20pm
Advanced Manufacturing Facility to Create 54 New Jobs Peekskill Received $10 Million Downtown Revitalization Initiative Investment in August Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the completion of Bantam Tools' new advanced manufacturing facility in Peekskill, Westchester County. The company, which makes desktop-sized milling machines that can be used to create printed circuit boards, will create 54 new jobs and invest more than $5.3 million in the new, 8,700 square foot facility. Bantam Tools moved to Peekskill from Berkeley, California. The company's choice of Peekskill is evidence of the city's continuing revitalization. In August, Governor Cuomo announced that Peekskill won $10 million in state investment as part of the fourth-round Downtown Revitalization Initiative.  "Peekskill's wide ranging assets, from niche markets in arts and entertainment to an award-winning waterfront and parks system, leave no doubt that it's a city on the rise," Governor Cuomo said. "Bantam Tools' expansion will add a new facility and advanced manufacturing jobs to the growing roster of new businesses in Peekskill and further revitalize the Mid-Hudson region." "Peekskill continues to grow as a thriving art community with a range of businesses and a walkable downtown," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "The decision for Bantam Tools to move to Peekskill from California underscores the momentum of growth in the area and the business-friendly climate in New York State. This new advanced manufacturing facility will create 54 good jobs and strengthen the high-tech industry in the region. We want to make sure young people are inspired and trained for jobs in manufacturing to close the skills gap and ensure businesses have the workforce needed to grow in the Hudson Valley and across the state." Read the full press release here. 
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Board Meeting

Monday, November 18, 2019 - 11:00am
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Press Release

Monday, November 18, 2019 - 9:05am
The Western New York Regional Economic Development Council (WNYREDC) today announced that Dr. Katherine Conway-Turner, president of Buffalo State College, has been appointed co-chair of the council. Conway-Turner succeeds Dr. Virginia Horvath, who served as Co-Chair since 2017 and who recently retired as president of SUNY Fredonia. “Local leaders have been an essential part of our Regional Economic Development Council efforts to fundamentally transform New York,” said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, Chair of the statewide Regional Economic Development Councils. “I am pleased to welcome Dr. Katherine Conway-Turner as one of the new leaders of the Western New York REDC. As we continue with the 9th Round of the REDC initiative, I look forward to working together to build an even brighter future for Buffalo and the entire region.” “I look forward to serving as co-chair of the WNYREDC and continuing the region’s incremental growth,” said WNYREDC Co-Chair and Buffalo State College President Katherine Conway-Turner.  “We will continue to focus on our region’s core strategies that will promote economic growth by developing the right workforce to meet changing industry needs, focusing on innovation, growing employment and focusing on concentrated growth and downtown development.” Dr. Conway-Turner began her tenure as the ninth president of Buffalo State College in August 2014.  As president of SUNY’s largest and only comprehensive college located in an urban setting, Dr. Conway-Turner oversees and manages more than 1,500 faculty, staff, and administrators who provide more than 200 academic degree and certificate programs to 7,500 undergraduate and 1,000 graduate students each year. Dr. Conway-Turner also lends her talent and time to several boards, committees, and programs nationally, statewide, and locally. Dr. Conway-Turner earned her Ph.D. and Master of Arts degrees in social psychology, and her Bachelor of Arts degree in microbiology, all from the University of Kansas. Her scholarship focuses on adult development and aging; the psychological impact of aging on family relations, health, and development; and women and intergenerational relationships. She is the author of numerous articles, chapters, books, and book reviews. The Western New York region’s 2011 strategic plan, “A Strategy for Prosperity,” leverages the region’s strategic advantages in key industry sectors, including advanced manufacturing, agriculture, binational logistics, energy, health and life sciences, higher education, professional services and tourism. The plan focuses on economic enablers that promote smart growth, prepare the workforce and foster a culture of entrepreneurship. Through eight rounds of the REDC initiative, the WNYREDC has delivered $553.2 million for 781 projects across the region. The WNYREDC is composed of Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie and Niagara counties. For more information about the WNYREDC, please visit https://regionalcouncils.ny.gov/western-new-york. 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. For more information on the Regional Councils, visit www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov. Contact: Pamm Lent (Governor’s Office) | [email protected] | (716) 846-8309 Laura Magee (ESD) | [email protected] | (716) 846-8239 | (800) 260-7313
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Public Notice

Friday, November 15, 2019 - 9:30am
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Public Notice

Friday, November 15, 2019 - 7:30am
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Press Release

Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 4:52pm
Investment Complements “Finger Lakes Forward” – The Region’s Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy Empire State Development (ESD) today announced The Commissary Downtown Kitchen Incubator has officially kicked off construction on its food business incubator and shared kitchen facility. Located at Sibley Square, the project will involve the transformation of 6,500 square-feet of space inside the former department store into a commercial grade kitchen facility where food entrepreneurs can launch and grow their businesses. Members will be able to rent time in the kitchen on an hourly basis and gain access to food industry workshops, mentoring, training, and business support services. Commissary officials estimate that more than half of their member businesses will be women owned and more than a third will be minority owned. In fact, more than 150 local food entrepreneurs have already expressed interest in the projects shared kitchen and incubation services. Empire State Development is assisting The Commissary project through a $213,500 Capital Grant. The total project cost is a little more than $2 million. The Commissary is expected to open in the Spring of 2020. "The Commissary food business incubator adds to the entrepreneurial energy of  Rochester’s Downtown Innovation Zone, which is already home to many talented tech companies that are creating good-paying jobs and further building the Finger Lakes economy,” said Empire State Development Acting Commissioner and President & CEO-designate Eric Gertler. The Commissary expects to spur the creation of startups including packaged food and beverage manufacturers, restaurants, bakeries, caterers, food trucks, virtual restaurants and help legitimize underground food businesses by reducing the otherwise high cost of creating a licensed commercial kitchen. It will also house a Performance Kitchen where startups can promote and sell their products to the public, hold food events, and host cooking classes. Rochester Downtown Development Corporation (RDDC) President Heidi Zimmer-Meyer said, “You don’t need a PhD to start a food business, and this project will provide incubation services and lower business costs for food-oriented entrepreneurs.  Designed to de-risk a relatively underserved slice of the economy, The Commissary will create a powerful safety net where food businesses can be tested and successfully launched.  Filling a gap in our urban entrepreneurial ecosystem, this project strengthens a viable pathway to prosperity and helps build street level businesses – all good for downtown, city neighborhoods, and Rochester’s growing foodie culture.” The Commissary is part of the rebirth of the in the refurbished Sibley Square building in Rochester's Downtown Innovation Zone (DIZ). The former department store and historic landmark is home to commercial, office and residential space and to several companies including  Catalant Technologies- and  to business incubator NextCorps which is serving as the administrator for the Luminate NY competition. Now in its third round, Luminate NY is the world's largest startup accelerator program for optics, photonics and imaging technologies.  According to the RDDC, the DIZ is home to 195 businesses that are working to support the city’s evolving, vibrant downtown area. Sibley Square is also home to the Rochester Institute of Technology's City Art Space gallery and to its video game development hub, Roc Game Dev. Downtown  Rochester’s continued momentum is also complemented by the comprehensive "ROC the Riverway" initiative announced by Governor Cuomo in February of 2018. The 13 selected phase one projects, funded by a $50 million Finger Lakes Forward Upstate Revitalization Initiative grant, aims to revolutionize the area surrounding the Genesee River and unlock the potential of Rochester's waterfront. In addition to the assistance from ESD, The Commissary project is also receiving support  from a federal grant, WinnCompaines, and from the City of Rochester among others. Finger Lakes REDC Co-Chairs, Monroe Community College President Anne Kress and Rochester Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Bob Duffy said, “The Commissary and initiatives like “ROC the Riverway” and Luminate NY  are truly working to transform Downtown Rochester. The regional council is committed to building on the magnificent transformation that is happening Downtown and to creating an exciting environment where people, young and old, want to live, work and play." Senator Joe Robach said, “The Commissary Downtown Kitchen Incubator is going to be a great addition to the hub of activity that is taking place at Sibley Square. It is exciting to see a variety of innovation and creativity contributing to the rebirth of downtown Rochester, which is helping to grow jobs and foster ideas for future business growth.” Assembly Member Harry Bronson said, “This investment will put job opportunities on the menu for so many across our community. Building a business is never an easy task, but with the right kind of help and encouragement, like the Commissary Downtown Kitchen Incubator offers, our local entrepreneurs will have a chance to show the world what they can do. I applaud Empire State Development Acting Commissioner and President & CEO-designate Eric Gertler for his commitment to this project and the families of Rochester. Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren said, “The Rochester Commissary will be an excellent addition to Downtown Rochester. Not only will this facility help us create jobs all across our region and add to the growing vibrancy of the Sibley Building and our city, it will give our residents an opportunity to fulfill their dreams to start businesses in the food industry,” said Mayor Warren. “I want to thank the many partners at the federal, state and local levels who made this project possible. Together, we are creating more jobs, safer and more vibrant neighborhoods and better educational opportunities for our citizens.” Gilbert Winn, CEO, WinnCompanies said, "WinnCompanies is thrilled to welcome the Commissary Kitchen Incubator to Sibley Square. Strong partnerships with the business community and state and city officials continue to advance the revitalization of downtown Rochester.” For more information about the Commissary Downtown Kitchen Incubator, 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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Press Release

Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 11:22am
United Aircraft Technologies Will Receive $200,000 in Seed Funding to Create and Grow an Innovative Commercial Business in the Mohawk Valley Region  $100,000 Awarded to PreVision Corp. for Second Place Empire State Development (ESD) today announced the winners of the IDEA NY business accelerator competition, held last night at Griffiss Institute in Rome. Six teams from the current Air Force Research Laboratory Information Directorate Commercialization Academy, a national leader for facilitating the transfer of military technologies into the commercial marketplace, pitched their startup ideas in cyber security, big data, information systems and Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) for $300,000 in prize seed funding provided by IDEA NY. The grand prize of $200,000 was awarded to United Aircraft Technologies (UAT), from Albany as the overall winner and $100,000 was awarded to PreVision Corp. from Syracuse as the runner up. The two winning teams will then participate in the yearlong IDEA NY accelerator program, which provides technical assistance to help grow their businesses. The teams will be hosted at the Griffiss Institute and will be required to reside in the Mohawk Valley for at least one year. The four remaining teams were awarded up to $8,000 in "consolation" prize money to reimburse expenses incurred during the incubation process. Empire State Development Acting Commissioner and President & CEO-designate Eric Gertler said, "Some of the world’s most pioneering and successful companies began as a conversation over a cup of coffee or in a garage—IDEA NY could be the launching pad for a brilliant idea that creates something great and grows the regional economy."  Bill Wolf, Griffiss Institute President, said, "The Griffiss Institute is extremely excited to announce the winners of the IDEA NY Business Accelerator Competition. Today's event marks the culmination of the latest cohort of the Commercialization Academy and the start of the second IDEA NY Business Accelerator Program. Thanks to a New York State Grant, the IDEA NY business accelerator program is providing the funds and opportunity that will enable UAT and PreVision Corp to grow their business in the Mohawk Valley in ways that were never before possible. IDEA NY is enabling the Griffiss Institute to accelerate its mission in providing education, technical development and economic opportunities to new startup businesses in the Mohawk Valley." The Innovation & Development Entrepreneurial Accelerator, known as IDEA NY Mohawk Valley, is a business accelerator competition and 12-month program that incentivizes promising entrepreneurs to create and grow viable commercial businesses in the Mohawk Valley Region. IDEA NY Mohawk Valley will focus on the Cyber Security, Big Data, Information Systems and UAS industries. It also builds on the successful Air Force Research Laboratory Commercialization Academy. This accelerator program was made possible by a $2 million Upstate Revitalization Initiative grant from New York State which was recommended by the Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council (MVREDC). The grant allows the Griffiss Institute to provide seed money to entrepreneurs and businesses over three years, with two cohorts of up to 10 teams per year competing for IDEA NY funding. The six startups that competed for the grand prize were: AIMLExchange™ – Rome, NY – AIMLExchange™ creates the Digital Future™ by enabling Hi-Tech CEO-CxO Teams Peak Performance. Inferenx Labs Inc. – Buffalo, NY – Inferenx Labs is preventing automotive collisions with wildlife and reducing insurance claims. On the Curb, Inc. – Utica, NY – On the Curb exists to change the world of data. PreVision Corp. – Syracuse, NY – PreVision Corp. are global leaders of real-time aerial 3D imaging technology. Seven Sundays – Syracuse, NY – Seven Sundays is developing systems for the future of hospitality. United Aircraft Technologies – Albany, NY – United Aircraft Technologies is modernizing the way aircraft wire maintenance is done through Augmented Reality and Artificial Intelligence. Senator Joseph Griffo said, "The IDEA NY program helps to nurture, develop and foster new and exciting ideas in a variety of tech-related industries in the Mohawk Valley and beyond. I commend all of the teams that took part in the competition and am appreciative of the Griffiss Institute, the Air Force Research Lab in Rome and New York State for supporting entrepreneurs in the state." Assemblywoman Marianne Buttenschon said, "I’m thrilled to celebrate the winners of the IDEA NY Business Accelerator Competition: United Aircraft Technologies and PreVision Corp. The pitches made during last night’s competition were innovative and exciting and truly showcased that the Mohawk Valley is the place to grow a business. I’d like to thank Empire State Development for providing these burgeoning entrepreneurs with the necessary funding to kick-start ventures that will thrive here, and I’m so grateful for its investment in these talented young businessmen and businesswomen. I want to congratulate all of the teams who submitted their business models – your ambition makes our communities stronger, helps our local economy grow and paves the way for more entrepreneurs to follow in your footsteps." Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr. said, "I was happy to welcome the competitors for this year’s IDEA NY Demo Day at the Griffiss Institute in Rome. All of the teams from the Air Force Research Lab’s Commercialization Academy presented excellent ideas what will push forward the boundaries of cyber security, big data, information systems and Unmanned Aircraft Systems. I congratulate the winners and look forward to the impact their visions will have here on the Mohawk Valley over the course of the next year. Thank you to Governor Cuomo and the Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council for the Upstate Revitalization Initiative grant that made this possible." Rome Mayor Jacqueline M. Izzo said, "The Griffiss Institute hosted another successful cohort of the IDEA NY Business Accelerator program with six teams competing. This unique program is growing new business ideas in the core market areas of cybersecurity, Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), data mining and other burgeoning industries central to the Mohawk Valley’s emerging technology-based economy. Not only will these new commercial business ideas germinate through the IDEA NY program but the winning teams will remain in the Mohawk Valley for 12 months, which will hopefully lead to new business tenants in the region. The influence of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) cannot be stressed enough as it allows our region to shine in the commercialization of military intellectual property." MVREDC Co-Chairs Lawrence T. Gilroy III, President of Gilroy, Kernan & Gilroy, Inc. and Dr. Marion Terenzio, SUNY Cobleskill President said, "The MVREDC recommended IDEA NY funding for the Air Force Research Laboratory Commercialization Academy because it is well positioned to take companies that are fueling innovation in the Mohawk Valley Region and provide them with the tools they need to succeed. We are pleased to welcome these new start-ups to the region and can’t wait to see how they will be a part of the ecosystem that helps continue to move the Mohawk Valley economy forward." The MVREDC has guided nearly $5 million in investment to Griffiss International Airport, cybertechnology and UAS related projects, leveraging more than $22 million in total investment since 2011. By recommending the award for IDEA NY, which is part of the Upstate Revitalization Initiative, the MVREDC furthers its commitment to support the growth and success of cyber tech and Unmanned Aerial Systems entrepreneurs who work in the region. 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 | [email protected] | (518) 292-5107 ESD Press Office | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313
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Press Release

Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 11:18am
Initiative Aims to Transform Food and Agriculture Industry in Upstate New York Funding for Competition Comes Through Upstate Revitalization Initiatives: CNY Rising, Finger Lakes Forward and Southern Tier Soaring- Regional Comprehensive Strategies Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that RealEats America is the $1 million winner of the first year of the ground-breaking New York food and agriculture challenge known as Grow-NY.  Based out of Geneva, New York, RealEats was chosen following a two-day summit in Rochester during which the 17 selected finalists pitched their businesses to a live audience and panel of experienced judges for their share the prize money. The Grow-NY competition is focused on growing an enduring food and agriculture innovation cluster in Central New York, the Finger Lakes, and the Southern Tier regions of New York State. The competition, which will run for three rounds, offers a total of $3 million in funding to innovative, high-growth startups from across the globe focused on the food and agriculture industry. Funding for the Grow-NY competition is being provided through the Upstate Revitalization Initiatives connected with the three regions— CNY Rising, Finger Lakes Forward, and Southern Tier Soaring. Cornell University is administering the competition through its Center for Regional Economic Advancement. Grow-NY winners must commit to operating in the Central New York, Finger Lakes, or Southern Tier regions for at least one year.  "I want to congratulate RealEats as the first recipient of the Grow-NY Competition," Governor Cuomo said. "This targeted investment not only helps these dynamic companies establish themselves in New York State, but supports New York's regional agricultural economy. RealEats represents the initiatives that will create a lasting economic impact on New York's agribusiness." "The agricultural economy in New York continues to grow with increased investment in our farms and local products," Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul said. "The first round of the Grow-NY Competition has been a success, and we are excited about the potential that these entrepreneurs have to make the industry even stronger. These companies are developing ideas and plans to revolutionize the industry by transforming sustainability and improving the health and well-being of New Yorkers. I congratulate all of the finalists and winners of the competition, and we look forward to helping these innovative companies grow and thrive in New York." Read the full press release here.
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