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Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 11:43am
Investment Complements “Finger Lakes Forward” – The Region’s Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy Empire State Development (ESD) today announced that photonics manufacturer Sydor Technologies, a global provider of advanced x-ray detectors and diagnostic instrumentation for the energy, research, and defense industries, will establish its new headquarters and manufacturing operations in the Village of Fairport, Monroe County. The relocation will include the purchase and renovation of a 41,000 square-foot building at 78 Schuyler Baldwin Drive. The project will include the installation of manufacturing equipment, research and development labs and clean room space. As a result of the expansion, Sydor Technologies plans to double its workforce. To assist the company, ESD has offered up to $900,000 through the Excelsior Tax Credit Program which is linked to the creation of up 36 new jobs over the next five years; 23 jobs will be retained. Monroe County is also providing incentives for the project. Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, “Sydor Technologies decision to continue to grow its operations in Monroe County speaks to the strength of the local workforce and the area’s reputation as a global photonics industry leader." Founded in 2004, Sydor Technologies provides custom products for high speed imaging and diagnostics. The company is also commercializing new technology developed in partnership with national laboratories and universities including the University of Rochester’s Laboratory for Laser Energetics. Sydor Technologies President and CEO, Michael Pavia said, “This is another big step for our company as we continue to grow and service our global customers with new and innovative products.  Having a world class facility right here in Rochester is critical to our future.  Rochester has always been home to the Optics, Photonics, and Imaging industry and we are happy to be part of that legacy and its continued growth.  I would like to thank Governor Cuomo, the University of Rochester/LLE, NYS Empire State Development and Imagine Monroe for recognizing the importance of this project and providing the necessary support for us to be successful.” “I want to thank Governor Cuomo and New York State for supporting and investing in the future of Sydor Technologies,” said Mike Campbell, Director of the University of Rochester’s Laboratory for Laser Energetics. “Sydor is a key partner in support of our efforts to strengthen national security and spur scientific innovation. This is another great example of public-private partnerships between the University, business and government that is fueling the Finger Lakes region’s optics, photonics and imaging industry.” The regionally designed Finger Lakes Forward plan identified the optics, photonics and imaging industries (OPI) as being a crucial part of the regions economic future. Not only is the region home to the AIM Photonics Testing, Assembly and Production facility, but to the University of Rochester’s Institute of Optics, the Rochester Institute of Technology and to over 100 local OPI companies. State Senator Rich Funke said, “The announcement from Sydor Technologies is most certainly another win for our region, one that will provide additional opportunities for our growing workforce right here in New York State. The tremendous boost in our high-tech industry throughout the Rochester and Finger Lakes region is reflective of the highly skilled individuals who live here.  As the senator who chairs New York State’s Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Committee and also serves as a member of the Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business Committee, I remain committed to listening to the needs of businesses and supporting them in our work to grow our economy.” State Assemblyman Mark Johns said, “I am thrilled to see Sydor Technologies continued investment in the Finger Lakes region. The expansion in Monroe County will bring more high-tech full-time jobs to the area over the next five years, providing more opportunities for area residents.” County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo said, “It was an honor to recognize Sydor Technologies in my recent State of the County Address because the company is a great example of a local employer that chose to grow more jobs right here at home with Monroe County’s help. I thank Sydor for their continued commitment to doing business in Monroe County and I appreciate their latest investment in local jobs and our economy.” 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 $5.2 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 | Shari.Voorhees-Vincent@esd.ny.gov | (585) 399-7055 Press Office | pressoffice@esd.ny.gov | (800) 260-7313
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Press Release

Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 11:15am
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that New York is now home to 1,005 craft beverage manufacturers operating in 60 counties across the state. Since Governor Cuomo hosted the first Beer, Wine Spirits and Cider Summit in 2012, the number of businesses producing craft beverages has more than doubled, while the number of farm-based manufacturers has increased by over 150 percent. New York now ranks in the top five states in the U.S. for its number of craft beverage producers in every category. The state ranks first in U.S. for the number of hard cider producers, second in craft distillers, third in breweries, and fourth in the country for the total number of wineries.  "The growth of New York's craft beverage industry continues to boost local economies throughout the entire state," Governor Cuomo said. "By working to remove barriers to expansion, we have helped foster new opportunities for small businesses and will continue to support breweries, wineries, cideries and distilleries as they develop their brands, create new jobs and drive tourism all over New York." "Thanks to New York's tireless efforts to cut red tape, craft beverage manufacturers are thriving like never before in communities across the State," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "We're committed to growing the industry and attracting manufacturers to New York with new markets for their products, resulting in significant job creation. The craft beverage industry is soaring, creating new opportunities and boosting tourism in every region of the State." Read the full press release here.
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Press Release

Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 11:13am
Investment in Downtown Binghamton Complements “Southern Tier Soaring” - The Region’s Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy Empire State Development (ESD), through the Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council, today announced its support for the transformative, Ansco Camera Factory mixed-use development project in Binghamton, Broome County. Up to  $2 million will be provided for the buildings’ adaptive reuse through the Southern Tier Soaring Upstate Revitalization Initiative.  The project will see the former factory repurposed into 100 market-rate lofts and it will feature 85,000 square-feet of commercial space. The $22 million historic rehabilitation will serve as the anchor development for the First Ward District in the City of Binghamton, connecting the central business district, Westside and Southern Tier Health Sciences and Innovation Park in Johnson City. The project is expected to be completed in late spring 2019. Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, “Turning a former camera factory into a vibrant mixed-use space that will become an anchor for revitalizing and connecting Binghamton’s central business district is an example of New York’s strategic approach to economic development, a lens through which we envision new uses for historic buildings in the Southern Tier and throughout Upstate.” The four-story factory, located on Emma Street, is historically associated with two of Binghamton’s most important industries in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the cigar manufacturing trade and the camera and film industry. The building was originally designed and construction in 1927 for the General Cigar Company but it was the nationally prominent Ansco Camera and Film Company that ran its manufacturing operations in the building from 1937 until the company closed its doors in 1977. The building is a significant landmark in Binghamton with its prominent water tower a long-time feature of the skyline. Matthew Paulus, President of Paulus Development said, “Our vision is to preserve and celebrate the great history of a community landmark in the Southern Tier. We believe the project will build upon the exciting revitalization efforts currently underway in the region.” Paulus Development similarly repurposed the former R.E. Dietz Lantern Factory in Syracuse – a project that features loft style market-rate apartments and commercial space.  In fact, this rehabilitation project was selected to receive the award for “Excellence in Historic Preservation” From the Preservation League of New York State. The company was presented with the award in a ceremony held in New York City last month. Southern Tier REDC Co-Chairs Tom Tranter, President & CEO of Corning Enterprises and Harvey Stenger, President of Binghamton University said, “The Southern Tier Soaring Upstate Revitalization Initiative is truly working to empower community, business, and academic leaders, as well as members of the public to develop strategic plans specifically tailored to the region's unique strengths and resources in order to create jobs, improve quality of life and grow the economy.” Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo said, “The adaptive reuse of historic buildings like the Ansco Camera Factory preserves our local history while rebuilding our neighborhoods. It is also central to the region’s Innovation District plan, connecting the Binghamton and Johnson City iDistricts. We envisioned projects like this when the region applied for and won the Upstate Revitalization Competition. I’d like to thank all of the partners for their commitment to the Southern Tier’s efforts to reimagine older industrial sites as new community anchors.” Broome County Executive Jason Garnar said, “The repurposing of the Ansco Camera Factory supports our efforts to build the Greater Binghamton Innovation Ecosystem through targeted, strategic investments throughout Broome County and within the iDistricts as outlined in the Southern Tier Soaring plan.  We are grateful to Paulus Development for investing in the limitless potential in the region, further strengthening and propelling our region’s growing economy.” Binghamton Mayor Rich David said, “This development will rehabilitate a historic landmark and create a First Ward neighborhood anchor to support existing businesses and attract and retain young professionals. In Binghamton, we’re bringing new jobs and economic development by investing in neighborhoods and creating new housing options. We thank Governor Cuomo, Empire State Development and our state partners for their belief in this transformative project. The City, County and State all worked together to make this plan a reality.” Accelerating Southern Tier Soaring  Today's announcement complements “Southern Tier Soaring the region’s comprehensive blueprint to generate robust economic growth and community development. The State has already invested more than $4.6 billion in the region since 2012 to lay for groundwork for the plan – attracting a talented workforce, growing business and driving innovation. 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 Binghamton, Johnson City and Corning as a destination in which to grow and invest. Now, the region is accelerating Southern Tier Soaring 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 10,200 new jobs. More information is available here.   Contact: Shari Voorhees-Vincent | Shari.Voorhees-Vincent@esd.ny.gov | (585) 399-7055 Press Office | pressoffice@esd.ny.gov | (800) 260-7313
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Public Notice

Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 10:00am
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Public Notice

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 5:00pm
Restoration Center Industrial Project Public Hearing Notice
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Blog Post

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 4:43pm
Located among 80 acres of lush vineyards in the Chautauqua area of Western New York, Five & 20 Spirits & Brewing is a rare find. New York’s first combination winery, brewery and distillery, Five & 20 Spirits & Brewing  represents the latest outpost of Mazza Vineyards, a 45-year old Pennsylvania winery famous for growing grapes and producing wine across state borders  in the Lake Erie region. For the Mazza family, New York’s range of business incentives and support for wineries, farm brewers and distillers make the Empire State fertile ground for expanding – and reinventing – existing operations. The business began 13 years ago in the Mazza Chautauqua Cellars in Mayville, N.Y., where it operated a small batch distillery to make fruit brandy, grappa and other spirits for its fortified wines. In 2013, as the craft beverage boom gained momentum, the Mazza family decided to co-locate its distillery – now called Five & 20 Spirits – with their Mazza Chautauqua Cellars wine operation at a newly constructed facility in Westfield. Set among Mazza’s existing vineyards, the distillery brought its “grain-to-glass” small-batch approach to beer, making it the state’s first “trifecta” distillery, brewery and winery. Chautauqua County occupies a significant portion of the multistate, 50-mile Lake Erie Wine Trail. The county alone produces approximately 65 percent of New York’s annual grape harvest, and now, thanks to passage of the state’s farm brewing bill, hops are being reintroduced to the region. Five & 20 General Manager Mario Mazza buys the majority of the hops for the new facility’s brewery from local farmers: their “purposefully unfiltered” offerings aim to preserve the local flavor of these ingredients. But that’s not all that makes this producer unique. Last fall, Five & 20 collaborated with TimberFish Technologies to create a sustainable fish farm within the facility’s treatment-production system. Part of an effort to slow the impact of rising energy, feed and waste costs in traditional fish farming, the renewable concept transforms some 1,000 gallons of unused brewery wastewater and discarded grain into alternative fish food. It will also save Five & 20 a lot of money: the cost to remove unused brewery wastewater can run upwards of six figures per year. That kind of overhead, says head distiller Joe Nelson, led Five & 20 searching in earnest for a solution.
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Press Release

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 2:38pm
Luminate NY Competition Complements "Finger Lakes Forward" - The Region's Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the world's largest business accelerator for startup firms in the optics, photonics and imaging industries, Luminate NY, is now accepting applications for Round II of the innovative competition. The Luminate NY accelerator, located in Rochester, helps promising optics and photonics companies advance their technologies and businesses through a community of resources, including financial support. Funding for the $10 million Luminate NY program is being provided through the transformative Finger Lakes Forward Upstate Revitalization Initiative. "The Luminate NY accelerator extends the region's reputation as an imaging and optics epicenter and complements New York's strategic investments in photonics and advanced manufacturing to support commercialization capabilities," Governor Cuomo said. "These investments are fostering new business growth, enhancing the region's talent, job opportunities and economy as we continue to move the Finger Lakes forward." The recruitment for new OPI enabled technologies comes just days before Luminate's first cohort of companies competes for $2 million in follow-on funding. The free Light Tomorrow with Today Demo Day event will be held on June 28, 2018 at the Big Tent at the Rochester International Jazz Festival. One company will be awarded $1 million, with three other companies splitting the additional $1 million. Read the full press release here. 
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Public Notice

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 10:00am
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Public Notice

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 9:40am
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