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Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 2:51pm
New York State’s commitment to bolster its life science ecosystem to encourage the creation of regional clusters continues to move forward, with several significant milestones in the past four months. Three of New York’s top academic research and clinical institutions are collaborating on a groundbreaking partnership – the Empire Discovery Institute (EDI) – to expedite the pathway to licensing and commercialization for early-stage life science research. The not-for-profit drug discovery and development collaborative, announced in May, includes the University of Rochester, University at Buffalo, and Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. Leveraging the robust research pipelines of these three institutions, EDI will improve the efficiency of early-stage discovery research by focusing effort and funding on discovery candidates that are most likely to succeed, reducing time and risk in early-stage development, as well as cost. Over the next five years, this collaboration, supported by New York State’s Life Science Initiative and in-kind contributions from EDI’s three partners, is expected to generate new patents, new jobs, new companies, and new revenue, while stimulating the Upstate economy. JLABS @ NYC, a life sciences incubator for innovative biotech, consumer health, pharmaceutical and medical device companies, held its grand opening in June. The 30,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art Manhattan facility, operated by Johnson & Johnson Innovation, is located at the New York Genome Center, a not-for-profit research organization that works to translate genomic research into clinical solutions for disease. JLABS is a global network of innovation ecosystems, helping to accelerate and create health and wellness solutions around the world. At any one time, JLABS @ NYC will provide up to 30 life science startups with lab space, equipment and technology needed to move their research closer to commercialization. New York was chosen by JLABS over other potential locations in the U.S. and abroad as the site for this incubator.    To ensure that scientists at the helm of start-up companies have the tools and resources needed to successfully commercialize their discoveries, New York has partnered with IndieBio, the world’s leading bio-accelerator, which is expected to open in New York City next year. Empire State Development chose the highly regarded accelerator, run by venture firm SOSV—one of the world’s most active venture capital firms—following a competitive Request for Proposals, to serve early-stage life science companies in New York. IndieBio will provide bio-entrepreneurs with access to training, expertise, mentor networks and venture capital needed to enable their companies to reach their market and job-generating potential faster -- and further build the state’s vibrant Life Sciences ecosystem. The Governor made the announcement in July.   An innovative public-private research collaboration between the New York State Department of Health Wadsworth Center Laboratory and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals—to advance the diagnosis and treatment of tick-borne diseases—was announced in June. The collaboration will focus on developing improved diagnostics, prophylactics and therapeutics for the diagnosis of tick-borne diseases, with an initial focus on Lyme disease, one of the fastest growing infectious diseases in the United States. The Wadsworth-Regeneron collaboration builds on Governor Cuomo’s commitment to support construction of a new, state-of-the-art public health laboratory in the Capital region that will serve as a magnet for private sector investments and partnerships.
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Blog Post

Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 2:44pm
Global NY’s foreign office representatives– from Canada, Mexico, Europe (U.K.), South Africa, Israel and China—will travel around the state on a trade promotion tour in October to meet with businesses either already in the export market or looking to enter the global marketplace. Together with ESD’s Global NY team, they’ll offer information and one-on-one advice on the resources and opportunities available to New York State businesses interesting in taking their products and services elsewhere in the world. The tour, from Oct. 18 to Oct. 25, will make stops in multiple regions and cities, from Long Island to Western New York. Each stop will feature presentations, with insights into foreign markets, as well as Q&A sessions. The foreign office reps will also be available for individual consultations.  Global NY is a one-stop resource for foreign businesses looking to invest in New York and for New York State businesses that want to export globally.  The Export Experts tour supports New York State's mission to promote the competitiveness, economic impact and activity that come from attracting foreign direct investment (FDI) and introducing NYS businesses to exporting. Click here for the full schedule and to register for one of the sessions.
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Blog Post

Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 2:42pm
New York State's successful tourism industry continues to shine with news of record visitation and economic impact, a full slate of I LOVE NY events and experiences, and growing recognition of all that New York State has to offer visitors—especially the cities of Syracuse and Buffalo. The Numbers:  New York tourism is on a record-breaking run, according to 2017 statistics announced in July during the Governor’s sixth annual Adirondack Challenge. Last year, New York State welcomed a record-high 243.8 million visitors who generated $67.6 billion in direct spending, an all-time high. The total economic impact of tourism reached $108.7 billion, exceeding $100 billion for the fourth straight year. Tourism is now New York State’s third-largest private sector employer. Comedy’s NYS Home: The National Comedy Center, a $50 million state-of-the-art museum dedicated to telling the story of comedy in America, opened Aug. 1 in Jamestown, Chautauqua County, the Western New York hometown of legendary comedian Lucille Ball. The center features exclusive collections and immersive exhibits, an interactive visitor journey through comedy history utilizing cutting-edge personalization technology that creates a customized humor profile for each visitor.   
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Press Release

Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 11:47am
Part of Governor's Comprehensive Approach to Transform Communities into Vibrant Neighborhoods and Boost Local Economies Downtown Revitalization Investments Are Crucial Part of Southern Tier Soaring -The Region's Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the Village of Owego will receive $10 million in funding as the Southern Tier winner of the third round of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative. As in the first two rounds of the DRI, one municipality from each of the state's 10 regional economic development regions is selected as a $10 million winner, marking another overall state goal to target $100 million in funding and investments to help communities boost their economies by transforming downtowns into vibrant neighborhoods where the next generation of New Yorkers will want to live, work and raise a family. "Owego's easily accessible, pedestrian-friendly downtown community makes it the ideal neighborhood for revitalization through this transformative initiative," Governor Cuomo said. "With retail, businesses and restaurants right on the waterfront, this investment will unlock Owego's true potential, making it a destination for all New Yorkers and help the Southern Tier continue to soar." Read the full press release here.
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Press Release

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 - 3:49pm
Expo Center and Orange Parking Lot Renovation Lot Marks Completion of Phase 2 of Fairgrounds Revitalization Investments Complement "Central New York Rising" - The Region's Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today officially marked the opening the brand-new Exposition Center at the New York State Fairgrounds with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The 136,000-square-foot Expo Center, the largest indoor events space north of New York City between Boston and Cleveland, was unveiled during the kick-off of the 2018 Great New York State Fair. The new facility, and the recently completed renovation of the Fair's Orange parking lot, complete the second phase of the Governor's plan to revitalize the State Fairgrounds. The improvements complement Central NY Rising, the region's strategy to boost the local economy.  "The new Exposition Center is a welcome addition to the Fairgrounds that will not only help bolster State Fair attendance, but provide an event space capable of hosting a record number of visitors year-round," Governor Cuomo said. "By boosting tourism and attracting businesses from across the country, the uniquely situated Expo Center will deliver lasting economic benefits to keep Central New York rising for generations to come." "The new Expo Center continues the revitalization of the fairgrounds, improving the fair experience and attracting more visitors to our Great New York State Fair," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "The Expo Center's opening today creates a new space to host events and shows capable of holding a record number of people. The new center will continue to build local communities and grow the economy of Central New York." Read the full press release here.
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Blog Post

Monday, August 20, 2018 - 2:38pm
There’s no doubt the robots are coming. In fact, for many businesses, communities and even homes, they’re already here in a variety of forms – and it’s a good thing. For U.S. manufacturers, industrial robotics has become a key, strategic component that helps them design and produce products more efficiently and more safely than ever. More importantly, the integration of collaborative robotics – where machines work with people in a variety of production processes – is actually helping humans do their job better and faster. But integrating these automated machines into existing work environments and enabling them to collaborate operationally with people presents some unique challenges.   Enter the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute. Last year, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) provided $80 million in federal funding to launch the ARM Institute to stimulate robotics technology development in manufacturing environments. ARM, a Manufacturing USA® institute, is dedicated to advancing the manufacturing renaissance by creating an ecosystem that drives innovation through robotics while working to accelerate the growth of U.S.-based manufacturing. In Jan. 2017, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) – the Troy-based educational institution – became a founding member of ARM upon its creation. A key player in the robotics industry, RPI co-leads the Mid-Atlantic Regional Robotics Innovation Collaborative (RRIC) with FuzeHub, the New York Manufacturing Extension Partnership center funded by Empire State Development’s Division of Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR). Together, RPI and FuzeHub represent the instrumental role New York State is playing in this important national effort. Through their work, they help small and medium-sized businesses foster the adoption of robotics and address shortcomings in cost and access. The collaboration also helps manufacturers obtain local help and resources, including funding, solution databases and workforce development offerings. Beyond infrastructure and networking support – New York is also taking real-time steps to impact businesses through active projects supported by ARM. In establishing the ARM Institute, the team from New York identified a critical, unmet manufacturing challenge: precision assembly of large composite structures. “These structures are long, wide and flexible, but need to be assembled into even larger structures with very high precision,” explained Glenn Saunders, senior research engineer at RPI, who is working on the project. “The traditional methods used to execute this assembly in the past are too slow, labor intensive and imprecise to be economically viable.”
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Press Release

Monday, August 20, 2018 - 1:20pm
See site plan and renderings here The Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC) Board of Directors met today and designated a developer to undertake the South Aud Block redevelopment in Buffalo.  Sinatra & Company Real Estate LLC will invest $21 million to build Heritage Point, two mixed-use buildings consisting of ground-floor retail and restaurants with Class “A” office space and residential units on the upper floors.  The Prime Slip and sections of the historic Canal Street and Lloyd Street will also be completed by the developer.   The South Aud Block redevelopment will open by May 2020. “Sinatra & Company’s planned buildings will further activate the site and diversify the neighborhood offerings, attractions and opportunities at Canalside, while retaining historic touches,” said ECHDC Chairman Robert Gioia.  “Heritage Point will serve as a catalyst for additional investment in Canalside and fuel further economic growth in the City of Buffalo.” “The vibrancy at Canalside is palpable,” said Sinatra & Company Real Estate LLC President and Founder Nick Sinatra.  “The leadership at Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation has been instrumental in creating a vibrant destination to date, and we feel incredibly excited to make our mark to Canalside with the integration of additional hospitality, office and now residential options.” With more than 71,000 gross square feet of space, the mixed-use buildings include up to five floors with an active ground-floor plan that includes several restaurants.  The remaining floors include a total of 41 mixed-income residential units.  The Prime Slip will be evoked through a pedestrian pathway over its former alignment, where it historically linked the Erie Canal with Lake Erie.  The pathway will allow visitors to explore the area while simultaneously educating the public on the significance of the Prime Slip.  The developer will also activate the towpath, sidewalks and Prime Slip with outdoor seating.  The primarily vacant parcels are part of a former superblock that once contained War Memorial Auditorium, a sports and events arena that was demolished by ECHDC in 2009.  Sinatra & Company Real Estate will receive $2 million from ECHDC for capital construction costs related to the Prime Slip and sections of Lloyd Street and Canal Street rights-of-way and canal lighting.  Sinatra will also receive a $2 million loan from the Better Buffalo Fund (BBF).  A key initiative of Governor Cuomo’s revitalization efforts in Western New York, the Better Buffalo Fund aims to create vibrant, mixed-use, high-density neighborhoods, while improving access to the major employment hubs by creating stronger transit and transportation linkages between neighborhoods, employment centers, job training and services. Sinatra & Company Real Estate is a land development and real estate firm founded in Buffalo in 2009 and led by Nick Sinatra.  The company initially invested in the multi-family sector and then diversified into retail, office and mixed-use properties.  Today, the firm is comprised of 70 professionals working on over $425 million in real estate assets and services, including development, reuse, professional brokerage, advisory and property management.  Recent development projects include 945 Kenmore, a ground-up, mixed-use project that employed Brownfield cleanup methods and the Phoenix Brewery Apartments, an adaptive reuse historic project on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.  Nearing completion is Mid-City Apartments, a workforce housing project.  Sinatra & Company is also working on the adaptive reuse of the former Women’s & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo with partner Ellicott Development. 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 www.eriecanalharbor.com.     Contact: Pamm Lent | pamm.lent@esd.ny.gov | 716-846-8309 | (800) 260-7313 Laura Magee | laura.magee@esd.ny.gov | 716-846-8239 | (800) 260-7313
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Board Meeting

Monday, August 20, 2018 - 10:30am
With videoconferencing to:   Empire State Development 633 Third Avenue – 37th Floor Conference Room New York, NY 10017  
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Report

Friday, August 17, 2018 - 10:34am
Small businesses form a substantial portion of the New York State economy. This report is issued in response to section 134 of the Economic Development Law that Empire State Development compile an annual report on the state of small businesses.This annual report highlights the state of small businesses in New York State during 2018.  2018 Annual Report on the State of Small Businesses
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Press Release

Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 2:01pm
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that Plug Power, a leading provider of alternative energy technology, is expanding in the Capital Region. The company is opening a new manufacturing facility in Clifton Park, Saratoga County, where they will create 97 new jobs. The new location will support increased hydrogen and fuel cell production to meet industry demands while supporting New York's commitment to cleaner and more efficient energy sources. "Clean and renewable energy producers are critical in our efforts to combat climate change and ensure the sustainability of this planet," Governor Cuomo said. "Plug Power has been developing and manufacturing clean energy solutions in the Capital Region for more than 20 years, and their decision to expand in New York is a testament to the state's strong business climate." "Plug Power's investment in the clean energy industry is helping to grow the innovative economy of the Tech Valley and create high-tech job opportunities for local residents," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "This new manufacturing facility in Saratoga County will generate nearly 100 new jobs and continue to advance electric vehicle technology in New York State. The Capital Region is continuing to grow with tech companies like Plug Power choosing to invest and expand in the area." Read the full press release here. 
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