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Press Release

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 12:11pm
Proposal Will Repurpose Former Correctional Facility to Create Jobs and Bring Economic Growth to Communities Empire State Development (ESD) today announced the redevelopment of the former Beacon Correctional Facility in Dutchess County. The winning proposal, submitted by Urban Green Food, will create a campus focused on food, farming, sports, education, hospitality and recreation on the 39-acre, 22-building site, located one mile from downtown Beacon. The project will foster an estimated $62 million in investment and create 295 direct construction jobs and 150 to 250 permanent jobs, while meeting the regional demand for more hotel rooms, recreational facilities and expansion opportunities for local businesses. The project furthers New York’s commitment to sustainable real estate projects that foster economic growth and job creation throughout the state. Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, “Throughout New York State, surplus facilities are being transformed in exciting ways that support regional economies. This project is a great example of how a former prison can be reimagined to create new jobs and foster local and regional economies and community growth.” To make the project a reality, developer Urban Green Builders partnered with two local businesses that will provide services on the site--Common Ground Farm and All You Knead Bakery--to form the Urban Green Food team.  Key elements of the winning proposal are: Commercial kitchen 103-key hotel, restaurant and event space Landscape design and nursery business Community gardens and small-scale agriculture Athletic facilities Classrooms for youth and adult job training Maker space for local artisans Urban Green Builders Principal Eric Anderson said, "Urban Green Food is thrilled to get to work on this project that uniquely combines some of our greatest passions---hospitality, agriculture, sports and recreation--in a town and in a valley we've long loved and admired.”  Empire State Development (ESD) issued an RFP on September 20, 2018 with proposals due by December 20, 2018. The goal of the RFP was to maximize economic benefit to the City of Beacon, the Town of Fishkill and the State, and to create new jobs, provide job training opportunities, stimulate the local economy and integrate the site into the Beacon and Fishkill communities. The RFP also asked respondents to present financially feasible proposals that incorporate well-considered design and planning principles, sustainable building practices and meaningful participation of Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprises (MWBEs) and New York State Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Businesses (SDVOBs). ESD’s selection committee was complemented by an Advisory Committee of members from the offices of Senator Sue Serino, Assemblyman Jonathan Jacobson, Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro, Beacon Mayor Randy Casale, Fishkill Supervisor Bob LaColla and Beacon School District Superintendent Matt Landahl, which helped ensure that local goals were met.  The Beacon Correctional Facility was closed in 2013 after serving as a minimum-security correctional facility for women, as part of New York’s ongoing initiative to decommission and consolidate a number of underutilized correctional facilities across the state. Senator Sue Serino said, “This project will be an incredible addition to our local community and we are thrilled to join Empire State Development in announcing an initiative that will bring such a great influx of economic activity and jobs here to our local area. This is another great example of all that can be accomplished when committed partners at every level come together to move our community forward and we look forward to seeing this impressive project get underway.” Assemblyman Jonathan Jacobson said, "I was pleased to learn that this project was awarded the opportunity to develop its innovative, mixed-use project on the grounds that formerly housed the Beacon Correctional Facility. The project includes long-established and well-regarded organizations in the area, and its unique mix of sports, hospitality, food production, and education is just the kind of creative, forward-thinking development we need. I applaud the collaborative effort between the City of Beacon, the Town of Fishkill, Dutchess County, and New York State that is making this project a reality. I look forward to seeing the jobs and economic opportunities the project promises to bring to 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 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 | [email protected] | (212) 803-3744 ESD Press Office | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313
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Press Release

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 12:00pm
$7.3 Million in Upstate Revitalization Initiative Funds Will Support Construction of CDTA Bus Rapid Transit Line Along Hudson River Task Force of State and Local Economic Development and Transportation Stakeholders to Study Development of Intermodal Center Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced more than $22 million in state funding to support two transformational projects in Downtown Albany. Empire State Development will provide up to $15 million to Capitalize Albany to create a mixed-use neighborhood in Liberty Park, a site formerly selected as the location for Albany's convention center. ESD will also provide up to $7.3 million to Capital District Transit Authority to support construction of its Bus Rapid Transit Line. Additionally, Governor Cuomo announced a new task force of state and local economic development and transportation stakeholders to study the potential for a new intermodal center on the property adjacent to Liberty Park that would support both projects. "Growing our downtown communities requires investments that support the creation of vibrant, walkable cities and invite people and businesses to establish roots and flourish," Governor Cuomo said. "These projects will further that goal by encouraging the redevelopment of an underused property in a prime Downtown Albany location, while also advancing the region's mass transit opportunities, spurring economic growth for the entire region." "This funding will support projects to redevelop areas of downtown and continue economic development efforts in Albany," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "These projects build on our investments in the city as part of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative to reinvigorate neighborhoods, enhance quality of life, and improve transportation for residents." Read the full press release here. 
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Press Release

Monday, May 13, 2019 - 5:13pm
The Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council (MHREDC) today announced a series of workshops and information sessions for people, businesses and organizations interested in applying for 2019 REDC funding through the Consolidated Funding Application (CFA). Workshops include an overview of the application and the CFA process followed by informational breakout Q&A sessions with representatives from agencies with funding opportunities available through this year’s CFA. Information sessions are hosted by ESD staff members who take questions on the CFA process. “The Mid-Hudson has been highly successful year after year in securing economic development funding for projects in our 7-county region,” said Donald Christian, co-chair of the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council and president of SUNY New Paltz. “The CFA workshops and information sessions held by ESD staff have been instrumental in helping applicants develop strong, competitive proposals for the Council to consider.” Last month 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. The CFA application deadline is July 26, 2019 at 4 p.m. To learn more, visit regionalcouncils.ny.gov/mid-hudson. Mid-Hudson CFA Workshops May 14, 2019 9:00AM - 11:30AMMount Saint Mary College, Aquinas Hall (Orange County) 330 Powell Ave, Newburgh, NY 12550Click here to RSVP June 5, 2019 9:00AM – 11:30AMWestchester Community College, Gateway Center (Westchester County) 75 Grasslands Rd, Valhalla, NY 10595Click here to RSVP Mid-Hudson CFA Information Sessions **Please note, all RSVPs should be submitted through the website** May 16, 2019 4:00pm-5:30pmCVI Complex (Sullivan County) 165 Sullivan Ave, Ferndale, NY 12734Click here to RSVP May 17, 2019 9:00am-10:30amCommunity Center (Rockland County) 31 Zukor Road, New City, NY 10956Click here to RSVP May 22, 2019 10:00am-11:30amPutnam County Training & Operations Center, Auditorium (Putnam County) 112 Old Route 6, Carmel, NY 10512Click here to RSVP May 23, 2019 10:00am-11:30amSUNY Ulster (Ulster County) 94 Mary’s Avenue, Room 104, Kingston, NY 12401Click here to RSVP June 12, 2019 10:00am-11:30amMarist College Boathouse (Dutchess County) 3399 North Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601Click here to RSVP 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: Adam Kilduff | [email protected] | (212) 803-3744 ESD Press Office | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313
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Press Release

Monday, May 13, 2019 - 1:56pm
Participants Can Submit Their Ideas Through June 28 at 3 p.m. Here Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the submission period for the Buffalo Skyway Corridor Competition is now open. The competition challenges individuals or teams representing the nation's top urban designers, economists, planners, and architects to reimagine the corridor, help define a clear vision for the City of Buffalo's waterfront, inform the direction for investment in placemaking and deliver economic development opportunities. After reviewing the Request for Submissions, participants can submit ideas here. "Buffalo is one of the great urban success stories in this country, and it's been a remarkable turnaround," Governor Cuomo said. "We want to continue that momentum, and the Buffalo waterfront has always been one of the great assets as the potential for growth opportunities. We have realized it through Canalside and we want to do more. So we are asking the best minds in the country - planners, designers, community groups - to give us ideas to revitalize the Skyway. The request for submissions will go out today and I think it will elicit a number of proposals, and there will be a community participation process, and then we will pick a winner." "Like so many who grew up in Western New York, I've seen the remarkable transformation of Buffalo's waterfront which for so long seemed like an impossible achievement," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "With more visitors making their way to Canalside and the Outer Harbor, Buffalo needs to reimagine the skyway for the future. This competition will harness new ideas for the transportation needs of today and tomorrow. I look forward to seeing bold and creative possibilities for a new vision for our waterfront." Participants will be challenged to share solutions that could be implemented with a degree of affordability, feasibility and technical achievability, particularly with regard to accommodating anticipated traffic. The winning design proposal will be awarded a $100,000 prize, second place will be awarded $50,000 and third place will be awarded $25,000. Read the complete press release here.
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Press Release

Monday, May 13, 2019 - 1:28pm
Investment Complements “Finger Lakes Forward” – The Region’s Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy Empire State Development (ESD) today announced that REDCOM Laboratories Inc., will grow its operations in the Town of Victor, Ontario County. The company, which specializes in the design, manufacturing, and assembly of circuit boards for secure communication solutions for commercial, military and government applications, is updating its facility to meet customer demand. As a result of the company’s growth, REDCOM Laboratories Inc. is planning to create up to 21 new jobs at the Victor facility over the next five years; 140 jobs will be retained. ESD will facilitate that growth with up to $300,000 through the Excelsior Jobs Tax Credit Program in exchange for promised job creation. Also providing assistance for the project are the Ontario County Economic Development Corporation (OCEDC) and Greater Rochester Enterprise. Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, “New York State’s strategic investments in workforce and innovation are reflected in REDCOM Laboratories’ plans to expand in the Finger Lakes where this family-owned communications company will continue to produce innovative products and bring new opportunities to Ontario County.” REDCOM Laboratories, Inc. is a woman-owned, small business. Since 1978, REDCOM has been developing and manufacturing the world’s most reliable communications systems for all branches of the U.S. military, our NATO allies, government agencies, emergency responders, service providers, and enterprises. As part of the company’s modernization project, it will purchase new surface mount technology equipment that has higher capacity circuit board printing and component assembly capabilities so that it can better meet client demands. The total project cost is almost $2 million. REDCOM Laboratories CEO, Dinah Gueldenpfennig Weisberg said, “REDCOM is still going strong after more than 40 years in business in the Greater Rochester area. We are excited about the growth we see for our business, and we look forward to contributing to the upstate NY economy as we expand our local electronics manufacturing capabilities and the development of our workforce. Our commitment to quality is embodied in our ISO 9001:2015 certification and will be strengthened this year with the addition of AS9100D and ISO 13485 certifications. The future for REDCOM and upstate New York is very bright.” For more information about REDCOM Laboratories, click here. State Senator Rich Funke said, “Victor is a great place to do business and raise a family and this investment by REDCOM Laboratories is a great sign that this positive trend will continue. Future economic growth in our area is clearly tied to the advanced manufacturing and technology sectors and REDCOM is well positioned to continue to be a leader in that movement. This is a great example of the good things that can happen when the state works with business hand in hand and local government succeeds in keeping the cost of doing business competitive.” State Assemblyman Brian Kolb said, “Congratulations to REDCOM Laboratories for their upcoming expansion and continued growth in Ontario County. Today’s announcement is a testament to their long track record of success and strong commitment to this community. This is wonderful news for the Finger Lakes region, and an wise investment of state resources in a proven, home-grown small business.” Ontario County Board of Supervisor Chairman and Victor Town Supervisor Jack Marren said, “Redcom Laboratories has been a part of the Victor business community for 34 years and we are pleased to hear of the investment being made to update the facility here.  The collaboration between Empire State Development, Ontario County IDA and Greater Rochester Enterprise emphasizes the efforts of these agencies to retain and grow business in this region.  The retention of 140 jobs and anticipated growth of 21 new jobs is a win for Victor, Ontario County and the Finger Lakes region. “ Ontario County Economic Development Corporation and Industrial Development Agency CEO Mike Manikowski said, “On behalf of the OCEDC I want to thank ESD for providing this state assistance to REDCOM Laboratories. As one of our County’s foremost electronic manufacturers, REDCOM Laboratories provides high quality secure communications products to a worldwide market.  The ESD assistance will help REDCOM  upgrade its manufacturing capability and retain and grow the high quality jobs at its Victor facility.” Matt Hurlbutt, president and CEO, Greater Rochester Enterprise said, “REDCOM senior leaders are expanding at their local facility in Rochester, NY’s Ontario County to capitalize on the highly skilled workforce available here along with Finger Lakes Community College’s tailor-made workforce development programs. Combine the available talent with a low cost of doing business and REDCOM had the business case they needed to invest 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

Monday, May 13, 2019 - 1:15pm
The Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC) Board of Directors met today and authorized ECHDC to enter into a $5.53 million contract with Savarino Companies, LLC, for construction of the Longshed Building at Canalside. The approximately 4,400- square-foot wood-frame structure will reflect the Central Wharf site’s history by incorporating elements from the Joy and Webster Storehouse located on the site in the early 1800s. Staff and volunteers with the Buffalo Maritime Center will work out of the building during its first three years while building a replica of an 1825 packet boat. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the state’s investment supporting the Longshed construction in August 2018. See renderings of the building here. To further facilitate this development, the board today also authorized ECHDC to acquire 0.23 acres from the City of Buffalo for $150,000.  “Our goal at Canalside has been to promote and incorporate architectural elements that celebrate and interpret the historical significance of the Erie Canal and its terminus,” said ECHDC Chairman Robert Gioia. “The Longshed will help facilitate that vision. I look forward to a ribbon cutting in the coming months.” The wood-frame building, located at the northern end of the Central Wharf, will have vertical battens and a metal roof. It is expected to be completed in 2020.   For more than 15 years, Savarino Companies has been in the business of providing Western New York with service in the construction industry. It is currently working with ECHDC on the interior fit-out for the Explore & More – The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Children’s Museum, also located at Canalside.  The Board also today approved a contract amendment with Hamilton Houston Lownie Architects, LLC for construction administration, architectural and engineering services related to the Longshed. The amendment will add $170,000 to the original contract and extend the term of the contract through July 1, 2020.  The New York Power Authority is the funding source for the contract, contract amendment and for the purchase of property for the Longshed. 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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Board Meeting

Monday, May 13, 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

Monday, May 13, 2019 - 10:00am
Public Notice: Village of Endicott – Main Street Corridor Rehab RESTORE V Capital Project
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