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Press Release

Wednesday, February 16, 2022 - 10:02am
New York Fashion Week Highlights Safe Economic Reopening and Recovery of America's Fashion Capital  Governor Kathy Hochul today announced a partnership with IMG to implement a $500,000 grant program to assist small, independent fashion designers with grants of $50,000 each to offset certain costs of their New York Fashion Week show productions for the September 2022 season. IMG will implement and manage an application process for a selection of ten grant recipients based on a set of criteria developed by IMG in partnership with Empire State Development.   "Fashion Week is a celebration of New York's role as the fashion capital of the world, drawing and inspiring an unparalleled array of creative talent," Governor Hochul said. "As we make our comeback from the pandemic, it is essential that we prioritize the recovery of one of New York's most exciting and dynamic industries. By partnering with New York's best small and independent designers we are strengthening our economy and supporting vibrant development in this crucial industry."     The grant program will help support the vibrant return of the New York fashion industry post-COVID-19, attract and retain New York's fashion talent, and enable more small and independent New York-based designers to participate in recovery efforts. The opportunity to debut new collections to buyer, media, industry and consumer audiences powers the continued success of fashion designers' businesses in America's fashion capital. The public and private sectors are working together to support small businesses impacted while restoring and creating new jobs for New Yorkers. The fashion, retail and creative industries together represent a key economic engine for New York State that has been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic New York City's fashion industry employed 4.6 percent of the city's workforce, generating approximately $11 billion in total wages. The Governor attended the Proenza Schouler show on Friday, February 11 to highlight the industry's contributions to the state economy.      Empire State Development Commissioner, President & CEO Hope Knight said, "New York City is the creative soul, and economic engine, of the fashion industry. Governor Hochul's partnership with IMG to implement this grant program will give a group of small, independent designers access to the runway during Fashion Week, that in turn will support an entire network of creators and businesses, from tailors to support staff, who are at the vital heart of New York's signature style."  Read the full press release here.
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Public Notice

Tuesday, February 15, 2022 - 2:00pm
View all grants to be presented at the batch virtual public hearing
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Board Meeting

Friday, February 11, 2022 - 11:00am
In accordance with recently passed Legislation, this meeting will be conducted by 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 5:30 pm on Thursday, February 10, 2022.
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Press Release

Thursday, February 10, 2022 - 10:35am
State-of-the-Art Custom Food and Beverage Manufacturer Will Upgrade Its Macedon and Williamson Facilities: Will Create and Maintain More Than 420 Jobs Investment Complements "Finger Lakes Forward" - The Region's Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy Governor Kathy Hochul today announced that custom ingredient maker Baldwin Richardson Foods is investing $50 million to expand its state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in Wayne County. The company plans to make necessary equipment, technology and construction investments at the facilities located in the Towns of Macedon and Williamson in an effort to meet the changing requirements for food manufacturing and labeling that consumers are demanding. The company will install new machinery and equipment, supporting the creation of up to 60 new jobs and the retention of 364 positions. Additionally, this two-phase, major investment will allow the company to expand product lines and enhance sustainability practices at each facility. The project will also position Baldwin Richardson Foods to achieve World Economic Forum Lighthouse status, a commitment of efficiency and productivity and environmental stewardship. Now underway, the company expects the major expansion project to be completed in late 2024. "New York is incredibly proud to continue our support for Baldwin Richardson Foods as it creates new, top-quality jobs for the hard-working men and women in the Finger Lakes region, strengthening the local economy," Governor Hochul said. "The company's continued investment in Wayne County is further proof that the food industry in the region is robust and vibrant, and this project will further fuel this momentum." Headquartered and founded in Illinois more than a century ago, Baldwin Richardson Foods develops and manufactures custom ingredients, marketing branded products such as Mrs. Richardson's Toppings and Nance's Mustards and Condiments. It also custom develops sauces, syrups, condiments, flavored beverage syrups and flavor bases offering a standardized line of products for distributors. A registered MBE with the National Supplier Development Council, the company is also one of the largest African-American family-owned and-operated businesses in the food industry. Erin Tolefree, President of Baldwin Richardson Foods said, "Baldwin Richardson Foods pairs a legacy of customer commitment with state-of-the-art technology to stay at the forefront of innovation. This significant investment will enable us to strengthen not only that commitment but also the economy of Wayne County and the Finger Lakes Region as we provide new jobs and the environmental stewardship necessary for a sustainable future. We look forward to continued partnership to revitalize the communities of this region." To encourage Baldwin Richardson Foods to proceed with its expansion in New York State, Empire State Development has offered up to $2.5 million in Excelsior Jobs Tax Program credits in exchange for job creation committments and a $2 million Capital Grant. Wayne County, RG&E and Greater Rochester Enterprise are also assisting the transformative project.  Empire State Development Commissioner, President & CEO Hope Knight said, "Our investment in Baldwin Richardson Foods reflects Governor Hochul's commitment to regional economic development strategies that are growing the economy. ESD is proud to support this company's forward-looking expansion, with its plans to incorporate innovative tech, promote sustainability, meet consumer demand and create next-generation jobs for the Finger Lakes region." Read the full press release here.
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Press Release

Wednesday, February 9, 2022 - 5:44pm
Dr. Marsha Gordon, President & CEO of The Business Council of Westchester and Dr. Kristine Young, President of SUNY Orange Succeed SUNY New Paltz President Dr. Donald P. Christian The Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council (MHREDC) today announced that Dr. Marsha Gordon, President & CEO of The Business Council of Westchester (BCW) and Dr. Kristine Young, President of SUNY Orange have been appointed as Co-Chairs of the Council, effective immediately. Dr. Gordon and Dr. Young succeed Dr. Donald P. Christian, President of SUNY New Paltz who has served on the Council since 2016 and as Co-Chair since 2018 and will be retiring this year. The MHREDC works together to grow the economy in the Mid-Hudson region which includes Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester counties. “The Regional Economic Development Councils positioned throughout the state have played an invaluable role in convening local stakeholders who have the knowledge and expertise to effectively spur economic development in their communities. Despite the challenges of the pandemic, these local champions have moved our state forward through their leadership,” said Lieutenant Governor Brian Benjamin. “In particular, the Mid-Hudson REDC has worked tirelessly to transform the region with increased tourism opportunities, new and expanded businesses, and good paying jobs for New Yorkers. As chair of the Regional Councils, I congratulate both Dr. Marsha Gordon and Dr. Kristine Young on their new leadership roles and thank Dr. Christian for his stewardship of the council over the years.” Former MHREDC Co-Chair and SUNY New Paltz President Donald Christian said, "Having worked closely with Drs. Gordon and Young on the MHREDC, I am thrilled that they are stepping into these leadership roles. I know that these two innovative leaders will bring new ideas to the table and continue to grow the success of the Council in advancing the economy and quality of life in the region. I am grateful for my time on the Council and have been rewarded that this work aligns so well with the College’s role and values as a top-tier public university and major economic engine in the Hudson Valley." MHREDC Co-Chair and President & CEO of The Business Council of Westchester, Marsha Gordon said, “I am extremely honored to serve as a co-chair for the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council. As a long-standing member of the business community, I have seen this model of a bottom-up, regional strategy to economic development transform our region and I look forward to serving with Kristine Young and the rest of the council to continue its many successes.  I want to thank Dr. Christian for his leadership and dedication to the council and I wish him health and happiness in his retirement. MHREDC Co-Chair and SUNY Orange President Dr. Kristine Young said, “The seven counties in the MHREDC comprise one of the most vibrant and attractive areas of New York State. I look forward to partnering with Marsha, as well as other MHREDC team members, to showcase the region’s strengths and advance its growth well into the future. As a fellow educator, I have appreciated Dr. Christian’s exemplary leadership within the higher education sector, as well as his stewardship of the MHREDC and his dedication to growing the region’s economy for the benefit of us all.” Dr. Marsha Gordon brings more than 25 years of community, commerce and leadership experience to her role. Under her leadership, the Business Council of Westchester (BCW) has tripled its membership, developed programs to meet the needs of the County’s diverse business community and become a lead advocate for business and economic development in the region and New York State. Dr. Gordon has been President and CEO of the BCW since 2001 and was also President of the Greater Southern Dutchess Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, Dr. Gordon served as President of Build the Bridge Now, which helped to fast track the building of a new Tappan Zee Bridge. Dr. Gordon has served on several boards including on the executive committee of the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Council, the Business Council of New York State and the Westchester-Putnam Workforce Investment Board. Dr. Gordon holds a BA from Brooklyn College, an MBA from Marist College, and a Doctorate in Business Administration from Pace University. SUNY Orange President Dr. Kristine Young is a visionary leader who is focused on delivering a meaningful “SUNY Orange Experience” for students while simultaneously tackling implementation of the College’s new Strategic Plan 2020-2025, the roadmap by which SUNY Orange will reach its 75th anniversary in 2025. The plan is designed for the College to empower student success, strengthen the region’s economic future, and sustain and invigorate its own institutional future. Previously, Dr. Young spent 17 years at Parkland College in Champaign, Ill. Dr. Young earned her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pa., in 1996 and her master’s degree in chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1998. Her doctorate degree is from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Association of Community Colleges, where she shapes the organization’s advocacy for more than 1,200 community colleges nationwide. She served a one-year term on the AACC Executive Committee and was the chair of the AACC Commission on Public Relations Advocacy and Advancement in 2020-21. For 2021-22, she chairs the AACC Commission on Institutional Infrastructure and Transformation. Young is in her fourth year of service on the MHREDC as chair or sitting on several MHREDC committees. She also holds membership on the boards of several local organizations. The REDC process has transformed New York State government's approach to economic development, creating a statewide framework for bottom-up, regional economic growth and streamlining the state funding application process. Established in 2011 as a centerpiece of the State’s strategy to jumpstart the economy and create jobs, the Regional Councils replaced the state's old top-down approach with one that is community-based and performance-driven. Through 10 rounds of the REDC competition, the MHREDC has delivered over $815 million for 1,020 projects. About the Regional Economic Development Councils The Regional Economic Development Council initiative (REDC) is a key component of New York State's transformative approach to State investment and economic development. In 2011, the 10 Regional Councils developed 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. Since the establishment of the REDCs in 2011 until the most recent round in 2021, which is still in-progress, over $7.5 billion dollars was awarded to more than 9,100 economic and community development projects consistent with each region’s strategic plans. For more information on the Regional Councils, visit www.regionalcouncils.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, February 9, 2022 - 2:52pm
Part of Governor's Comprehensive $450 Million "Bring Back Tourism, Bring Back Jobs" Economic Recovery Initiative  I LOVE NY Launches First Ever Global Consumer Advertising Effort; Can Be Viewed Here  New Eligibility Screening Tools Available Online for Return to Work Grant Program and Meet in New York Grant Program  Governor Kathy Hochul today announced progress on her commitment to revitalizing New York State's tourism industry, highlighted by the launch of new I LOVE NY advertising as part of her "Bring Back Tourism, Bring Back Jobs" initiative. The new spot will air in domestic television markets and digitally in select global markets, expanding I LOVE NY’s paid tourism advertising to overseas markets for the first time. Additionally, guidelines and eligibility screening tools for two tourism industry relief programs totaling $125 million in support have been published online, encouraging potential applicants to engage with Empire State Development ahead of the open application period next month. "The pandemic changed the economic landscape of New York State, and tourism was one of the hardest hit industries, as residents and visitors alike were encouraged to stay home," Governor Hochul said. "As we continue our economic recovery, we remain committed to revitalizing tourism across New York State, and thanks to falling COVID cases and hospitalizations, coupled with the collective commitment of vaccinated New Yorkers, we can safely extend an invitation to visitors from around the world. We encourage everyone to plan a first-time trip or a return visit to explore, experience and enjoy all New York State has to offer."  In November, as part of her "Bring Back Tourism, Bring Back Jobs" economic recovery initiative, Governor Hochul announced plans for a new I LOVE NY global tourism marketing effort. The new advertising serves to remind domestic and international travelers alike that New York City is open and ready for visitors, and they are invited to come be a part of it. In addition to broadcast advertising in domestic markets, for the first time, I LOVE NY is utilizing a consumer facing international component with digital ads running in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom. Additionally, I LOVE NY has partnered with international tour operators to create and promote New York State and New York City travel packages.  The new 30-second ad features a mix of newer attractions and iconic favorites from across New York City, set to "Take the A Train" composed by Billy Strayhorn and performed by Duke Ellington. The ad opens with the Statue of Liberty and a sun-draped Manhattan skyline, followed by the impressive One World Trade Center tower. Grand Central Terminal and Oculus greet visitors as transportation hubs and architectural marvels. Picturesque views await at recently opened attractions like SUMMIT at One Vanderbilt and Little Island at Pier 55, while perennial landmarks like Central Park, Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art extend a timeless invitation. The new spot can be viewed here.  The governor also announced that eligibility screening tools are available online for two tourism recovery grant programs introduced in November as part of the "Bring Back Tourism, Bring Back Jobs" initiative. The $100 Million Tourism Return-to-Work Grant Program is designed to encourage tourism businesses that suffered pandemic-related job and revenue losses to rehire workers. The $25 Million Meet in New York Grant Program will provide grants to help convention centers and conference spaces bring more events, traveler spending and jobs back to New York State. The websites for both programs offer an eligibility screening tool to help potential applicants determine if they qualify for funding. Applications for these funding programs are expected to be made available in March 2022. More information, including program guidelines and application requirements, can be found here and here.  Empire State Development Acting Commissioner and President and CEO-designate Hope Knight said, "New York isn't 'New York' without tourism, which supports jobs and small businesses throughout the state. By extending an invitation to international travelers and providing targeted relief to the people and places that make New York a premier global destination, we can rebuild our tourism economy stronger and more resilient." Read the full press release here.
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Press Release

Tuesday, February 8, 2022 - 11:02am
Systems Engineer Manufacturer Repurposed 43,000 Square-Foot Facility in the Town of Henrietta Creating Almost 60 New Jobs Investment Complements “Finger Lakes Forward” – The Region’s Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy Empire State Development (ESD) today announced that systems engineer manufacturer Precision Optical Transceivers (Precision OT) is growing its Monroe County operations, repurposing 43,000 square-feet of existing space at 2245 Brighton-Henrietta Townline Road in the Town of Henrietta. Having outgrown its previous location, the project will see the expansion of the company’s optical transceiver operations to include new engineering, production and office space. As a result of the project, the communications equipment manufacturer has committed to creating up to 59 new jobs;62 jobs will be retained. The company, which is focused on optical transport technologies, is already operational in the new location. "Precision OT’s further expansion in the Finger Lakes only adds to the region’s momentum as a destination for high-tech business and innovation,” said Empire State Development Acting Commissioner and President & CEO-designate Hope Knight. “Most importantly, this expansion will continue to accelerate job growth throughout the region, which remains laser-focused on the industries of tomorrow.” Founded in 2008, Precision OT works with a wide variety of industries, including health care, education, enterprise, government entities, and service providers.  Precision has invested heavily into Silicon and Integrated Photonics, resulting in significant growth in both its technical and manufacturing operations leading to the need for the planned expansion. Precision OT also recently announced that its Advanced Engineering Group acquired nine patents in the areas of optical networking, integrated photonics and photonic radio systems, “The expansion into this state-of-the-art facility marks a continuation of Precision OT’s rapid growth and is a pivotal milestone in taking our production and creation of optical solutions to the next level,” says David Halladay, President and CEO of Precision OT. “Our new location will not only strengthen our new product development and solutions but help build the networks of tomorrow.” ESD is assisting the Precision Optical Transceivers with the project by providing up $750,000 through the Finger Lakes Forward Upstate Revitalization Initiative’s (URI) Photonics Attraction Fund. The company has additionally committed to continuing its relationship as a member of AIM Photonics, enabling them to take advantage of the consortiums’ available resources. Monroe County and Greater Rochester Enterprise are also assisting with the move. The Photonics Attraction Fund is available for companies who are using integrated photonics technologies and are committed to establishing or expanding their manufacturing operations in the the Finger Lakes region. They must additionally demonstrate the adequacy of its resources, experience, and past performance. The region’s award winning $500 Million URI plan is laser-focused on growing the areas renowned reputation as a leader in the optics, photonics and imaging industries. State Senator Patrick M. Gallivan said, "I congratulate Precision Optical Transceivers on their expansion.  The company’s commitment to Henrietta and Monroe County will create new jobs and send a powerful message about the quality and diversity of our local workforce and the innovative spirit of the community. New York’s investment will also help attract other high-tech industries to the Finger Lakes Region in the future." State Assemblymember Harry Bronson said, “I applaud David Halladay, and the team at Precision Optical Transceivers for their commitment to our region. Today’s announcement by the company and Empire State Development shows that the Rochester area has a strong, diverse, and skilled workforce and is in an economic position to create jobs for the future. I look forward to Precision Optical Transceivers’ growth and the addition of new jobs at the Henrietta campus.” Monroe County Executive Adam Bello said, “Precision OT’s expansion of its local operations will create more jobs and is yet another proof point that Monroe County is a hub for technology and innovation. Thank you to Gov. Kathy Hochul, Empire State Development and Precision OT for your investment in our local economy.” Henrietta Town Supervisor Steve Schultz said, “The Town of Henrietta is always happy to welcome leading firms, like Precision Optical Transceivers. With close proximity to two leading universities in the imaging and optics fields, RIT and UR, Henrietta is becoming a hub for photonics and companies like Precision OT and government initiatives like AIM Photonics will only help grow that, providing more high end jobs for the community as well as the additive effect on other local businesses that comes from having these employees in Town.” Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council Co-Chairs said, "We applaud the decision by Precision Optical Transceivers to continue to grow its business in Monroe County. As a result, the innovative company can continue to take advantage of the top-notch optics and imaging talent that is widely available in the region. We have no doubt that the company’s commitment to continue to partner with the AIM Photonics team will also assist with its future growth and success.” Matt Hurlbutt, president and CEO, Greater Rochester Enterprise said, “Rochester, NY, is recognized as the world leader in optics, photonics, and imaging, making it the perfect location for Precision Optical Transceivers to expand and thrive. Precision Optical Transceivers’ leaders are leveraging the world-class R&D assets and highly skilled workforce in the Greater Rochester, NY region to accelerate the company’s growth plans. GRE looks forward to supporting Precision Optical Transceivers growth in the Greater Rochester, NY region.” For additional information about Precision Optical Transceivers, visit: https://www.precisionot.com/. 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 regionally designed plan focuses on investing in key industries including photonics, agriculture‎ and food production, and advanced manufacturing. Now, the region is accelerating Finger Lakes Forward 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 8,200 new jobs. More information is available here. ​ About Empire State Development  Empire State Development (ESD) is New York’s chief economic development agency. 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 New York State 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, please visit www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov and www.esd.ny.gov.
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Report

Tuesday, February 1, 2022 - 4:59pm
Linked Deposit 2021 Annual Report
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Report

Friday, January 28, 2022 - 3:26pm
Empire State Development oversees administration of the Empire State Musical and Theatrical Tax Credit Program, which is designed to encourage music and theatrical production companies to conduct pre-tour activities, technical rehearsals and to perform shows at locations in Upstate New York, home to some of the premier regional venues for musical and theatrical production. This report reflects activity during calendar year 2021. The information presented includes the number of productions that applied and projected spending and estimated credits for qualified production projects deemed eligible to participate in the Program. Musical and Theatrical Tax Credit Program: 2021
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Report

Friday, January 28, 2022 - 3:14pm
Empire State Development (ESD) oversees administration of the Empire State Commercial Production Tax Credit Program. The Program is designed to increase the production of commercial filming in New York State. Commercial Production Tax Credit Program Annual Report: 2019
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