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Board Meeting

Tuesday, July 19, 2022 - 3:30pm
In accordance with current Legislation, this meeting will be conducted via teleconference. The public may listen to the meeting via webcast (audio) by clicking the link below on (or after) July 19, 2022 at 3:30 pm. Board Meeting Audio Members of the public may submit comments on the Agenda items in writing by by 4:00 pm on Monday, July 18, 2022 to: [email protected]​ All comments received by the deadline will be distributed to the Directors prior to the meeting and will posted online. The Agenda and the materials are posted on LMDC’s website www.renewnyc.com.
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Public Notice

Tuesday, July 19, 2022 - 2:00pm
View all grants to be presented at the batch virtual public hearing.
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Press Release

Thursday, July 14, 2022 - 5:09pm
Skydome Brings Total State & County Investment Over $100 Million, Firmly Establishing New York's Position as a Global Leader in Unmanned Aircraft Systems Governor Kathy Hochul today announced the completion of the Skydome facility in the Griffiss Business and Technology Park in Rome, Oneida County. Located in a former airplane hangar, this cutting-edge, indoor facility is the largest indoor drone test facility in the nation and a transformational investment in New York's Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site at Oneida County. "New York State has made bold investments to create a competitive environment to attract high tech companies from around the world," Governor Hochul said. "Skydome joins a growing number of technology companies in calling New York their home and cements Mohawk Valley's status as a global center for innovation. We will remain laser-focused on continuing our landmark investments throughout the state, and forge strong partnerships between all levels of government partner and the public sector." "The completion of the Skydome UAS Testing Center is a huge win for New York State, making it the largest facility of its kind in the nation," said Lieutenant Governor Antonio Delgado. "Revitalization initiatives like this one are proof that New York is on the right track. This new cutting-edge facility places New York at the forefront of unmanned aerial vehicle development." Read the full press release here.
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Press Release

Wednesday, July 13, 2022 - 3:48pm
New Facility Will Allow the YMCA to Expand Programming and Services to Better Support Residents in the Community Rendering Available Here Empire State Development today announced the groundbreaking for the new $27.5 million Watertown Family YMCA in Watertown, Jefferson County. The new facility will repurpose a vacant, 89,000 square foot building in the heart of Downtown Watertown into a new family wellness, aquatics and fitness center that will benefit residents as well as adjacent communities.  Empire State Development provided a Capital Grant for $3.6 million to assist with construction and rehabilitation costs for the new facility. Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Hope Knight said, “When completed, the new Watertown Family YMCA will be a centerpiece downtown, giving residents a fun, family focused gathering space that will bring new life to the heart of Watertown. Just as the current YMCA has been a part of the fabric of the city for over a century, the new Y will continue to bring countless benefits to a new generation of families well into the future.” YMCA CEO Denise Young said, “We are so grateful for the support we have received to make this project a reality for our community.  This is not about a building, but about what will happen inside it, improving lives for the next five generations.” The Watertown Family YMCA has provided valuable benefits such as swimming, exercise classes and a variety of after school, educational programs for the City of Watertown and surrounding communities for over a century. The 109-year-old pool, located on the second floor of the facility was recently closed and drained for structural and safely issues.  This new and modern facility will expand on its traditional programming to meet the diverse needs of the community and will include features such as lap and recreational pools, an indoor track, multi-sport courts, exercise studios and a wellness center as well as community rooms, a childcare facility, art space and a space for teens. Parking will be expanded from the current 12 spaces to 350 and the facility will have multiple entry and exit points in the modern and spacious building. Additionally, the new YMCA Community Center will enhance the City of Watertown’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative, ensuring the Y’s legacy as an anchor in downtown that will continue to benefit the entire community. Environmental Abatement of the facility was completed by the Jefferson County IDA in preparation for this project. The project has also been awarded a $9 million U.S. Department of Defense grant from the Defense Communities Infrastructure Pilot program to support military families at Fort Drum. State Senator Pattie Ritchie said, “Across our state and country, YMCA facilities help to keep people healthy and active, as well as strengthen communities. With a new facility, the Watertown Family YMCA will be able to provide enhanced services and in turn, will make a difference in the lives of many more people throughout our region. I applaud New York State’s investment in this important effort and wish the Watertown Family YMCA the best as ground is broken and this project moves forward.” Assemblymember Mark Walczyk said, "We're so excited to welcome the Y's Aquatics Center to downtown Watertown. This type of investment is exactly what the community needs to add to the momentum we've seen." Jefferson County Administrator Robert F. Hagemann, III said, “On behalf of the Board of Legislators, I would like to congratulate the YMCA on their vision & tenacity in reaching this important groundbreaking milestone.  Jefferson County is pleased to have partnered with the JCIDA, NYS ESD, US DOD, numerous local businesses and area residents to help transform a vacant building into a much-needed health & recreation facility that will help anchor the westerly end of downtown Watertown.  We, along with the entire community, now look forward to the day that the door to this beautiful new facility opens to the public.” 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 the 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 (ESD): [email protected] | (518) 414-1087 ESD Press Office: [email protected] | (800) 260-7313
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Press Release

Wednesday, July 13, 2022 - 12:11pm
New $100 Million NY Forward Program to Invigorate and Enliven Smaller and Rural Downtowns Launches Round 6 of $100 Million Downtown Revitalization Initiative to Continue Supporting Downtown Areas in Metropolitan Centers Greater Jamaica Development Corporation's Opens New $11 Million Coworking Space with Support of Jamaica's Downtown Revitalization Initiative Award Governor Kathy Hochul today announced $200 million in funding for two major downtown revitalization initiatives: NY Forward, a new program aimed at rejuvenating smaller and rural communities, and Round 6 of the state's successful Downtown Revitalization Initiative. An educational brochure on both programs was also released today. Governor Hochul announced the funding in Jamaica, Queens at the ribbon-cutting for Greater Nexus, a brand-new $11 million coworking space funded through Jamaica's previous DRI award and operated by Greater Jamaica Development Corporation in partnership with York College. "New York's downtowns are the heart and soul of our communities and regions, and today we're taking comprehensive action to support them," Governor Hochul said. "The Downtown Revitalization Initiative has ignited a renaissance in these spaces, which are critical to the continued growth of businesses and local economies, and I am proud to support this vital program. As we grow our downtowns, we are proud to launch a new program — NY Forward — that will provide crucial support to New York's smaller and rural communities to help bring them back to the bustling towns and villages they once were."    "The DRI program has been successfully revitalizing downtown communities across New York State and with our new NY Forward program, we're extending that same spirit to our smaller and sometimes forgotten communities to help rejuvenate them," said Lieutenant Governor Antonio Delgado. "New investments in these critical initiatives will bring back New York's walkable downtown areas and restore the charm to our smaller villages and hamlets, all with sights set on rebuilding our economy." DRI was launched in 2016 to accelerate and bolster the revitalization of downtowns and neighborhoods in all ten regions of the state to serve as centers of activity and catalysts for increased local investments. Led by the Department of State (DOS) with assistance from the Department of Housing and Community Renewal (HCR), Empire State Development (ESD) and the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA), DRI represents an unprecedented and innovative "plan-then-act" strategy that couples strategic planning with immediate implementation. The Governor added a new component to DRI this year that allows two or three communities to apply jointly for one award. To date, DRI has awarded a total of $600 million to 59 communities in its first five rounds. Read the full press release here.
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Press Release

Tuesday, July 12, 2022 - 2:23pm
Global Building Products Manufacturer Building Facility on 75 acres in the Town of Bath: Will Create More Than 60 New Jobs Investment Complements “Southern Tier Soaring” - The Region’s Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy Empire State Development (ESD) today announced that leading engineered wood building products manufacturer LP Building Solutions (LP) broke ground today on a new, engineered wood siding prefinishing facility located on 75 acres in the Town of Bath, Steuben County. The company will produce its LP® SmartSide® ExpertFinish® product at the state-of-the-art facility located at the Steuben County Industrial Development Agency’s Business Park site off of State Route 54. The company will receive its exterior home siding product at the new facility via rail from its production mills. The material will then be painted, packaged, and distributed via LP’s existing network throughout the Northeast and beyond. As a result of the project, LP plans to create approximately 60 new jobs in the Southern Tier region. The company expects to be operational at the site in the third quarter of 2023. Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Hope Knight, said, “LP is yet another company choosing to expand in the Southern Tier, thanks to regional talent strengths that support success. This project also reflects how our strategic incentives for forward-thinking companies help strengthen the economy and create good-paying jobs, both in Steuben County and across New York State.”  ESD is assisting this project with up to $1 million through the performance-based Excelsior Jobs Tax Credit Program in exchange for job creation commitments. New York State Electric and Gas (NYSEG), the Steuben County IDA, and B&H Railroad are also providing assistance for the project. The initial project cost has been placed at close to $24 million. LP Executive Vice President, Siding General Manager Jason Ringblom said, “LP SmartSide ExpertFinish has seen phenomenal growth since the product was released in 2020. We are excited to build a prefinishing facility in the Town of Bath to help us meet strong customer demand for our product. Strategically located near our customers in the Northeastern U.S., we were thrilled to find Steuben County and its highly skilled workforce. LP is grateful to Steuben County IDA, Empire State Development, the Town of Bath, New York State Electric and Gas, and B&H Railroad for their partnership and warm welcome to the community.” Founded in 1972, LP Building Solutions (LPX) is headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee. As a leader in high-performance building solutions, the company manufactures engineered wood building products that meet the needs of builders, remodelers, and homeowners worldwide. The company operates 25 manufacturing facilities across the U.S., Canada, Chile, and Brazil and employees approximately 4,800 people. Senator Thomas F. O’Mara said,” The arrival of LP Building Solutions to Steuben County marks another important and exciting addition to the regional economy and good new jobs for local workers.  Ongoing state investments and the outstanding work of local economic development leaders continue to strengthen area communities and develop future opportunities.  We look forward to the contributions of LP Building Solutions to diversity and strengthen manufacturing and industry across the Southern Tier."    Assemblyman Philip A. Palmesano said, "It's great news that LP Building Solutions is breaking ground on a new manufacturing facility in Bath and bringing important new jobs to Steuben County.  We are grateful for the dedication and hard work of our local leaders to developing these opportunities for area communities and workers.  We also appreciate the state's ongoing commitment to economic growth across the Southern Tier region." Town of Bath Supervisor Ronald Smith said, “We welcome LP Building Solutions to our community.  The high caliber of jobs that this brings is a welcome addition to our workforce.  The Town of Bath is pleased to be a part in this growth.  We look forward to continued cooperation with LP Building Solutions, Empire State Development and the Steuben County IDA.” Patricia Nilsen, President and CEO of NYSEG and RG&E said, “We congratulate LP Building Solutions on their continued growth and their exciting new facility in the Southern Tier. We are deeply committed to the communities we serve and are proud to support this project and the job creation it brings to our region.” Jeff Bauman, Vice President of B&H Rail Corporation, said, “This is an exciting time for Steuben County and New York State. We are honored to be part of the team welcoming LP to the county and look forward to supporting the company’s supply chain needs as it grows in Bath, NY.”  Steuben County IDA Executive Director James C. Johnson said, “The Steuben County IDA is thrilled to welcome LP Building Solutions to Bath NY.  The efforts of the community and our partners in economic development have helped make this project  possible through investments into infrastructure that will support LP’s growth.   We look forward to working with LP on this and future opportunities in our community.” For additional Information about LP, visit: https://lpcorp.com/. 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 regionally designed plan focuses on attracting a talented workforce, growing business and driving innovation. Now, the region is accelerating Southern Tier Soaring with a $500 million State investment through the Upstate Revitalization Initiative. 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. 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 the 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: Shari Voorhees-Vincent | [email protected] | (585)399-7055 ESD Press Office | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313
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Press Release

Monday, July 11, 2022 - 1:00pm
16,000-Square-Foot Museum Offers Engaging Exhibits and Interactive Programming for Children of All Ages Museum Breathes New Life into Historic Landmark with Modern Facility That Expands Options for Young Families in 'Park of the Arts' Governor Kathy Hochul today announced the grand opening of the Children's Museum at Saratoga following a $3.1 million renovation project to relocate the Museum to the historic Lincoln Bathhouse on Broadway in Saratoga Spa State Park. The fully accessible 16,000-square-foot facility is the first major public facing operation in the Lincoln Bathhouse since the 1990s. The project, which is supported by a $600,000 Empire State Development grant, as well as other public grants and private donations, joins a growing list of public-private partnerships in the park that make up the Park of the Arts initiative. "The opening of the Children's Museum adds another major attraction to our growing list of partners in the beautiful, natural setting of Saratoga Spa State Park," Governor Hochul said. " The Park of the Arts initiative will continue to define Saratoga Springs as a year-round destination for world class arts programming, and this project marks a major milestone in our efforts to restore and reactivate the National Historic Landmark structures throughout the park." Occupying three of the original bathing wings, the Children's Museum features rebuilt and refurbished exhibits, plus a new slate of STEM exhibits where visitors can experiment and learn with hands-on activities. A mock grocery store includes a register with a fully functional scanner, while the fire station's interactive screen lets guests extinguish a virtual fire. Children can pick vegetables at the farm exhibit, record a news segment at the museum's news station, or scoop ice cream and learn how it's made at the ice cream parlor. Built with universal accessibility in mind, the museum also features a calming room that provides quiet space to decompress with soothing tactile elements. Read the full press release here.
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Press Release

Friday, July 8, 2022 - 2:00pm
Expansion of Operations to Create More Than 270 New Jobs in the Village of Fairport and Town of Gates, Addressing Growing Demand in the Semiconductor Market $5 Million New York State Investment Complements "Finger Lakes Forward" - The Region's Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy Governor Kathy Hochul today announced support for Corning Incorporated's investment to grow its operations in the Finger Lakes region. The company will expand operations at two Monroe County locations, aimed at meeting demand in the rapidly growing semiconductor market and supporting increasing stability in this vital supply chain. Corning's expansion efforts will create over 270 new jobs at its Village of Fairport location, which is scheduled to be completed in 2024. This will include the expansion of its administrative and manufacturing facilities, as well as the establishment of a Development and Engineering Center of Excellence nearby. Additionally, the company will equip a new Laser Optics production facility at Jetview Drive in the Town of Gates, which is targeted for completion in 2023. "Corning has been an important part of the fabric of New York State manufacturing for nearly 170 years as a global leader in specialty glass and ceramics," Governor Hochul said. "I am proud to support the company's investments in Monroe County as we demonstrate New York's continued commitment to fostering the growth of innovative businesses that will move our communities forward and further cement New York as the national hub for semiconductor manufacturing." Read the full press release here.
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Press Release

Thursday, July 7, 2022 - 4:01pm
Supports Transformative Projects to Strengthen Long Island's Economy ESD to Administer Fund in Coordination with LIREDC For More Information, Visit the LIIF Webpage Here Empire State Development (ESD) Directors recently approved announced the framework for the $350 million Long Island Investment Fund (LIIF), a new fund that will support transformative projects to strengthen Long Island’s economy. Included as part of Governor Hochul's historic FY 2023 budget, the Long Island Investment Fund will focus on large-scale projects that will support and grow the regional economy, enhance communities, and have lasting impacts across the Long Island region. Empire State Development will administer LIIF and manage the project selection process, application administration, and ongoing reporting by awardees. To assist ESD and to encourage robust public engagement, the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council (LIREDC) will review applications, conduct outreach, and perform initial vetting of LIIF projects. The LIREDC will make recommendations to ESD in line with the project selection criteria.  The Long Island Investment Fund will prioritize the following goals: Positioning Long Island and New York State to lead in cutting edge sectors, including innovation, biotechnology, life sciences, and biomedical investments. Investing in main street revitalization with a clear nexus to economic growth, job creation and/or attraction of private sector investment. Expanding workforce development, training, and career-focused educational opportunities for residents of Long Island from all backgrounds.  Empire State Development Board Chairman Kevin Law said, “Under Governor Hochul’s leadership, we are making investments to support projects and initiatives that will reenergize Long Island’s economy. The Long Island Investment fund will create opportunities to help local development priorities, attract new businesses that will create jobs, and help the region thrive.” Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Hope Knight said, “Through a strategic and collaborative process, the Long Island Investment Fund will catalyze economic growth, create jobs, and prepare the region’s workforce of tomorrow. By investing in Long Island communities, New York is expanding opportunities that will create a brighter future for present and future generations of Long Islanders.” LIREDC Co-Chairs Linda Armyn, Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs at Bethpage Federal Credit Union, and Dr. John Nader, resident of Farmingdale State College said, “The Long Island Investment Fund will have a significant impact on the future of the region, one that will invest in the economy and workforce of our communities. We are grateful to Governor Hochul for her support of Long Island as we work to create a better future for its residents and businesses.” The Long Island Investment Fund will be allocated into three programs: Transformative Projects ($250M) $250 million will be allocated to support transformational projects that will foster future regional development. Of the $250 million, $100 million will support large scale real estate development projects. These catalytic developments may be multi-year, and multi-phased but must be either ready to commence construction within three years of being selected for funding or be completed within seven years. The remaining $150 million will support all other projects that must have the potential to develop or redevelop sites into job creation engines. Business Plan Competition ($50M) $50 million will be allocated for an annual business competition for approximately five years. The Business Plan Competition will also leverage a Business Accelerator entity, which will work collaboratively with Long Island universities and research institutions to select life science start-up businesses that possess the potential for permanent high wage job creation and a high likelihood of successful technology commercialization. The Long Island business competition will be designed to complement other New York State business competitions. The Business Plan Competition will select promising new companies in life sciences, health technology, and medical devices that will be job creation engines in the region’s future. The Business Competition will be operated by an entity selected through a competitive Request for Proposals (RFP) issued by ESD.       Workforce Development ($50M) $50 million will support one or more entities that will build and operate a center to train or re-train Long Island’s workforce to meet the needs and opportunities of regional industry. The goal will be to work cooperatively with high schools, colleges, and universities and local industry to develop curriculum and offer hands on training at a centralized location. ESD will issue an RFP for the development and operation of one or more regional workforce training centers, to be modeled after successful centers throughout the U.S. Senator John E. Brooks said, ““The Long Island Investment Fund is a direct result of collaboration and cooperation and I am proud to have advocated for this funding in the budget. This important funding will be transformational for Long Island communities and I would like to thank Governor Hochul and my fellow Senators for taking action to ensure a better future for Long Island.” Senator James Gaughran said, “I want to thank Governor Hochul for her collaboration with the Legislature in establishing the Long Island Investment Fund.  This money will help transform and revitalize Long Island's economy, attracting new business and supporting our downtowns.  As we emerge from the pandemic, the Investment Fund will put shovels into the ground for many of the projects that have long been on hold.” Senator Anna M. Kaplan said “the Long Island Investment Fund is a big deal for Long Island, and I was proud to fight for it to be included in this year’s state budget. At a time when there is so much uncertainty in our economy, and so many businesses are making decisions about where to put down roots in a post-pandemic world, the Long Island Investment Fund provides a golden opportunity to invest in big projects that will make our region more attractive for private investment, make our communities more vibrant, and support significant job creation. In addition to big investments in transformative projects, the fund will also support small businesses that are innovating in our growing healthcare and life science sectors by spurring competition and leveraging some of our region’s great research institutions. If we’re going to keep our region competitive and grow our economy, its going to take investments in innovation that keep the best and brightest minds right here on Long Island.” State Senator Kevin Thomas said, “I am thrilled that the Long Island Investment Fund is committed to bringing transformative economic growth to our region. Long Islanders know the value our local economies hold, and these funds will further support ongoing efforts to successfully revitalize our communities, expand job opportunities, and attract cutting-edge industries. I look forward to working with our partners in government and community leaders to ensure their specific needs are met to maximize meaningful economic impact.” 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 primaryadministrative agency overseeing the 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: ESD Press Office: [email protected] | (800) 260-7313
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Report

Tuesday, July 5, 2022 - 5:35pm
This report serves as the June 2022 quarterly update to the COVID-19 Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Program Report. COVID-19 Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Program Report - June 2022 Update
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