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Monday, September 14, 2020 - 5:00pm
SunDensity Awarded Top Honors and $1 Million in Investment Four Additional Visionary Optics, Photonics, and Imaging Companies Secure Follow-on Funding Investment Applications Now Being Accepted for Round 4 Through January 7, 2021 NYS Investment Complements "Finger Lakes Forward" - the Region's Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced SunDensity is the winner of Round 3 of the innovative Luminate NY competition. SunDensity received the "Company of the Year" award at Luminate's Finals 2020 competition, held at The Optical Society's international Frontiers in Optics + Laser Science APS/DLS conference. The company will receive $1 million in investment from New York State through the Finger Lakes Forward Upstate Revitalization Initiative. As required by the award, all winners of the competition will commit to establishing operations in Rochester for at least the next 18 months. SunDensity—which originated from MIT—will be locating its operations and manufacturing in Rochester. Luminate NY, which is administered by NextCorps, is the world's largest business accelerator for startup firms that have optics, photonics and imaging enabled technologies. "Luminate NY's strategic investments in these emerging companies have upheld New York as a worldwide leader in optics, photonics, and imaging," Governor Cuomo said. "I congratulate SunDensity on winning Round 3 of the innovative Luminate NY competition and look forward to the company contributing to the growth of our region's OPI industry, which will continue to help move the Finger Lakes economy forward." Read the full press release here.
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Press Release

Monday, September 14, 2020 - 12:06pm
See renderings here Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC) met today and took several actions, including exterior signage design approval for the Buffalo Heritage Carousel (BHC) and Longshed at Canalside.  See renderings of the signage here. “These actions further advance the Buffalo Heritage Carousel and Longshed projects, which are key elements of the Canalside site as it is built out,” said ECHDC Chairman Robert Gioia.  “The new signage is consistent with Canalside’s design guidelines and will complement other signage on the site.” The Buffalo Heritage Carousel has proposed a full-color sign displaying the carousel name, KeyBank (BHC funding sponsor), and Canalside logos.  Located on the southeast corner facing Main Street, the 5-by-7-foot sign will be framed in wood that matches the carousel gazebo’s exterior.  An additional metal sign, displaying a description of the carousel and its operating hours, will also be placed on a wood totem near the carousel that matches the current sign installation at Canalside. The Longshed building will host the Buffalo Maritime Center during the construction of a replica packet boat set to be launched in time for the Erie Canal Bicentennial in 2025.  During its temporary tenancy, the Buffalo Maritime Center’s signage will be limited.  A wood-framed, color sign, measuring 10 feet by almost 7 feet, will depict the packet boat under construction within the Longshed building, as well as brief descriptions and logos for Canalside, Buffalo Waterfront, and the Buffalo Maritime Center.  This sign will be mounted on the Longshed in line with the building’s large overhead door.  The Buffalo Maritime Center has also commissioned an approximately 11-by-4-foot bronze sculpture relief to be displayed below the Buffalo Maritime Center sign at the Longshed.   It is anticipated the sculpture will remain at the Longshed building. Both signage projects were formally reviewed by the Canalside Design Review Committee (DRC) to determine their consistency with the Canalside Design Guidelines.  After their technical review, the DRC recommended ECHDC approve the exterior signs as they were presented.  The Carousel and Longshed’s exterior signage was referred to the City of Buffalo Director of Planning for review and consideration in July in in order to adhere to Canalside’s Design Guidelines approval process and the city had “no comments” on the sign design.  Other actions taken by the board today include: Authorization to enter into an amendment with Verizon for Donovan Block utility relocations.  The amendment is not to exceed $64,432. Cost increases were due to escalation from the two-year lag from estimate to project completion, and minor adjustments in scope. Approval of ECHDC’s adjusted operating and capital budgets for Fiscal Year 2020-21.  The adjustment is due to increased insurance premium allocations. About Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation The 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 nonvoting, 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. For more information on ECHDC, visit here.  Contact: Pamm Lent (Governor’s Office) | [email protected] | (716) 846-8309 Laura Magee (ECHDC) | [email protected] | (716) 846-8239
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Press Release

Monday, September 14, 2020 - 11:23am
The Sustainable Technology Company Will Further Grow its U.S. Operations at Eastman Business Park; Commits to Creating Over 100 New Jobs NYS Investment Complements "Finger Lakes Forward" - The Region's Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that Li-Cycle Incorporated, a North America based lithium-ion battery resource recovery company, will further grow its operations in New York State. The company will invest over $175 million dollars in a lithium-ion battery recycling 'Hub' on a 15.4-acre parcel of land at Eastman Business Park (EBP). This is in addition to its Li-Cycle's first US 'Spoke' operation already located at the park in Monroe County. The company has committed to creating at least 100 new jobs at the Hub, in addition to the 23 who will be working at the Spoke facility. In January of 2020, Empire State Development announced that Li-Cycle would establish its first US-based facility in New York State in an effort to tap into the robust lithium-ion battery supply chain and ecosystem in Rochester, New York and the USA. Li-Cycle plans to begin construction on the Hub facility in 2021. "This international partnership with Li-Cycle will foster the supply chain of lithium-ion batteries, which are in high demand, and will further expand the thriving energy storage industry in the region," Governor Cuomo said. "By investing in New York's cleantech economy we are creating quality jobs and supporting our state's clean energy businesses as we build back stronger from the COVID crisis and continue to move the Finger Lakes forward." Li-Cycle's "Spoke" and "Hub" operations will complement each other. There will be several US-based Spokes that aggregate and refine spent, lithium-ion batteries so that the materials are separated and can be made into products. Rochester's Li-Cycle Spoke, due to open this Fall, will be capable of shredding up to 5,000 t/yr of spent lithium-ion batteries. Ultimately, the Hub operation in Rochester will receive battery materials from the Rochester Spoke and similar operations across the US, and process them further for use as raw materials in future manufacturing, including for new batteries. ESD is assisting Li-Cycle with up to $5 million through the Excelsior Jobs Tax Credit Program once the business starts meeting new employment commitments. Monroe County and Greater Rochester Enterprise are also assisting with the project. Read the full press release here.
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Board Meeting

Monday, September 14, 2020 - 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 5:00 pm on Friday, September 11, 2020.
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Public Notice

Tuesday, September 8, 2020 - 5:30pm
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Tuesday, September 8, 2020 - 5:30pm
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Tuesday, September 8, 2020 - 5:30pm
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Tuesday, September 8, 2020 - 5:30pm
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