Empire State Development reports

ESD is dedicated to sharing information about its work with the public. In this Reports section, you can find many of the more than 50 quarterly and annual reports that we provide each year, detailing key New York State economic development projects and initiatives.

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Public Notice

Friday, June 16, 2017 - 3:00pm
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Public Notice

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 3:00pm
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Press Release

Friday, May 26, 2017 - 2:21pm
Request for Proposals Available Here Empire State Development (ESD) this week issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to redevelop a nearly 300 acre, former outdoor recreation facility in North Hudson, Essex County. The RFP follows Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Master Plan to establish a “Gateway to the Adirondacks” at the site of the former Frontier Town theme park. ESD President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, “The redevelopment of Frontier Town will be a major step forward in making Governor Cuomo’s ‘Gateway to the Adirondacks’ Master Plan a reality. The site has already generated interest and we will be looking to select the proposal that will successfully achieve the goals of increasing tourism, promoting job creation, and strengthening the North Country regional economy.” Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos said, “With thousands of miles of trails, pristine lakes, forests and breathtaking views, the Adirondack Park is a world-class destination like no other. DEC looks forward to helping to create a dynamic new recreation hub, ‘the Gateway to the Adirondacks,’ that links local and regional resources to peerless and remote forest lands, including the Boreas Ponds Tract.” The “Gateway to the Adirondacks” Master Plan will transform the site of the former Frontier Town into a world-class tourism destination, attracting new visitors to the six million acre Adirondack Park. Boosting the local tourism industry will generate economic growth in the North Country, particularly in the surrounding communities of North Hudson, Newcomb, Indian Lake, Long Lake and Minerva. In March, ESD released a Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) to solicit ideas for the Site, linking the concepts and principles proposed in the Master Plan with viable models for the development, operation and management of an outdoor recreational facility and supporting uses. ESD has utilized responses and recommendations generated by the RFEI to create the RFP. When submitting proposals, respondents should strive to address the following development objectives: Enhance the Site as an economic engine for the North Country and the State; Serve as a “Gateway to the Adirondacks” and launching off point for the Adirondack Park; Provide a world-class recreational destination in keeping with the principles outlined in the Master Plan; Create a family-oriented complex that provides multi-generational amenities; Enhance and complement the State’s proposed development to provide recreational access; Preserve and complement the Site’s natural beauty and resources; and Feature meaningful participation of Minority Business Enterprises, Women Business Enterprises and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned-Businesses, per Article 15A of the New York State Executive Law. New York State’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) plans to construct a campground, equestrian center and public day-use areas in the southern portion of the site, but operation of those facilities could be incorporated into a larger development plan. The RFP and additional information is available on Empire State Development’s website: https://esd.ny.gov/doing-business-ny/requests-proposals/frontier-town-site-rfp. Questions or requests for clarification regarding the RFP should be submitted via email to frontiertownRFP@esd.ny.gov. Responses are due by 12 p.m. on Friday, July 28, 2017. An optional site visit is scheduled for Wednesday, June 7, 2017. Respondents are not required to attend; however, anyone who wishes to participate must RSVP on or before June 5 at 5 p.m. to frontiertownRFP@esd.ny.gov. 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 Governor Cuomo’s 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:   Adam Ostrowski (ESD) | Adam.Ostrowski@esd.ny.gov | (518) 292-5148 | (800) 260-7313 Press Office | PressOffice@esd.ny.gov | (800) 260-7313
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Press Release

Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 3:51pm
Empire State Development (ESD) today hosted Access to Capital, a free conference and resource forum in Watertown designed to help people in the food and beverage, and agricultural industries access resources and grow their businesses. “New York State’s economic development toolbox has a range of programs and resources that are available to help small businesses grow and create jobs, which strengthens local and regional economies,” ESD President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky. “Access to Capital forums, like today’s in Watertown, provide entrepreneurs and small business owners with the opportunity to learn important information about what is available to help them succeed.” North Country business owners and entrepreneurs participated in the event, held at Jefferson Community College, to learn about how to expand their companies. Financial representatives joined federal, state and local government agencies to give small business owners an inside perspective on alternative funding sources, what lenders look for in potential borrowers, regional resources and technical assistance. The resource forum was a collaborative effort between ESD, the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, in partnership with the Cornell Cooperative Extension. State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball said, “New York is home to an array of eager and innovative small business owners who have tremendous potential to create jobs and drive economic growth across the state.  Through this forum, we have an opportunity to connect our entrepreneurs with the resources that will help take their businesses to the next level and breathe new life into our communities.” New York Fed Vice President for Outreach & Education Anand Marri said, “The New York Fed is committed to supporting communities across the New York state and the broader region. Access to Capital programs play an important role in helping local food and beverage firms connect with capital providers, understand financing options, and take advantage of international opportunities, among other benefits. Through programs like these, we will continue working closely with our partners to bolster the New York agricultural community.” Kevin Jordan, Executive Director of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County, said, “Providing technical assistance and capital resources to support value-added processing in the food, beverage and agriculture industries is important to expanding these industries throughout the North Country. We want to make sure our local agribusiness owners know about the many resources available to help them succeed. Thanks to ESD, Ag & Markets and the Federal Reserve for bringing the Access to Capital forum to Jefferson County.” Access to Capital was first launched in 2014, with the goal of assisting small food, beverage and agriculture business owners who often have difficulty finding industry lenders and expanding into new markets. Realizing that companies need capital and markets to grow, ESD teamed up with the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York to help business owners connect with specialized banks, funds, investors and government programs for their industries. The first Access to Capital forum, held in Albany in 2014, was such a success that it was expanded to four events across the state in 2015 and three events in 2016. 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 Governor Cuomo’s 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.
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Press Release

Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 2:50pm
Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC) and Canalside Management Group (CMG) today announced Canalside’s exciting 2017 season of summer events and programming.  This year, Canalside will host hundreds of programs and daily activities from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, as well as special events, on Buffalo’s waterfront.  The packed calendar includes options just for kids and families, fitness enthusiasts, music lovers, history buffs, festival goers and more. Visit www.canalsidebuffalo.com for the full calendar of events, which is continuously updated as activities and events are booked. “We are absolutely thrilled that another exciting summer season is nearly upon us at Canalside,” said ECHDC Chairman Robert Gioia.  “Our new management team, Canalside Management Group, has been hard at work making sure there is something for everyone, every single day so get out your shades and head on down to our beautiful waterfront.”  “Our mission is to provide world-class entertainment and food and beverage options to the visitors of Canalside all summer long,” said Jon Dandes, President of CMG and Be Our Guest, Ltd.  “With an eye on keeping the integrity of public access to Canalside, our team has put together a comprehensive and diverse entertainment line-up that will keep visitors coming back to the waterfront all year.” New offerings at Canalside in 2017 are plentiful with the team at Canalside Management Group and other partners working to make this summer unforgettable.  New activities and events for 2017 include: Canalside Boardwalk Bazaar presented by Five Star Bank, a new partner of Canalside, is a Canalside signature event on Friday evenings featuring food from local restaurants, live music, eclectic art, a ParKour class, rotating physical activities presented by BlueCross BlueShield of WNY starting with a rock climbing wall and exciting street performers.  Bazaar will start the season on Friday, May 26 and occur on June 9, June 23, July 7, July 21, August 11 and August 25.  Attendance to this event is free and the performances are open to everyone.  Roswell Park Cancer Institute’s Wellness on the Water series is every Wednesday night, starting June 14 inside the VIP tent.  The 10-week series will feature the world’s leading doctors and professionals from Roswell Park educating and encouraging attendees on healthy living.  716 Day at Canalside, July 16 will celebrate Western New York Heritage.   The Beach at Canalside will feature a new attraction with the addition of a themed Dinosaur Play Area highlighted by an 18 foot tall dinosaur. The play area will also have themed programming provided by the Buffalo Museum of Science.  Canalside also announces a brand new children’s programming series called Canalside Kids. This series is composed of three different weekly occurring programs called Get Moving, Discover and Create and will take place at the Beach. The Buffalo History Museum will offer a new History Program every Monday from noon to 4 p.m. starting June 12.  Additionally Canalside has teamed up with Dana Saylor to provide a daily history trunk and Erie Canal era actors telling stories of Buffalo’s storied past along the Erie Canal.  When you work up an appetite, The Dish is expanded this year and features a new menu and beer garden area that doubles the size of its current foot print. Construction is beginning and the work will be done early July.  (New food options incorporate several local options, including Wardynski Hot Dogs, Ru’s Buffalo Chicken Pierogi and BW’s Pulled Pork.  The menu will also feature gluten free options, vegan and vegetarian menu items.   On those hot summer nights, be sure to visit The Dish for soft serve and hard packed ice cream cones.  Check out the entire menu here: THE DISH MENU. Additionally, The Dish will feature entertainment all summer long with live music on Sunday and Monday evenings, Local beverage tastings on Tuesday and Trivia on Wednesday evenings. The Dish is open from 11 a.m. until sunset daily.  New food cart options will also expand service on the boardwalk during Canalside events and on those warm summer days.  The food carts will give people new options for sandwiches, snacks and ice cream; making it easier for visitors enjoy refreshment while at Canalside.     Every day at Canalside will feature something to do starting with Memorial Day Weekend.  We’ll have a variety of programming including culture, kids’ activities, and fitness. Fitness at Canalside, presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York, will feature returning classes such RevFit, Zumba, Barre Centric, Jada Blitz, POUND and Everyone Can Dance, as well as new classes featuring Love in Motion Yoga, Catalyst Fitness Kickboxing, Sow it Now and the Little Gym of Williamsville. “BlueCross BlueShield is excited to kick off another season as the official health plan of Canalside,” said Julie R. Snyder, Vice President, Corporate Relations, BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York. “This summer, there will be an even greater variety of fitness classes and new activities every day, for every age group to join in and get healthy.” Canalside favorites will return including the Music and Dance series on the Board walk every Wednesday night at 7 p.m. where visitors can learn a new dance to the music of a live band every week! New weekly dance classes will also be offered including Belly Dancing, Bollywood, Jazz and Hip Hop Cardio. The Saturday Artisan Market returns for seven dates (beginning Saturday, May 27); children’s programming with Explore and More Children’s Museum, EPIC, Empower Girl’s and WNY Family Magazine; and a revamped Tuesday Night Movie Night featuring a movie every Tuesday night with themed programming around the movie’s title, all return to round out the summer’s schedule. Amenities, such as table games/game rentals, BFLO Kayak tours/rentals, water bike rentals, paddle and pedal boat rentals, Spirit of Buffalo rides, History Tour Boat rides and Buffalo Sunset Chairs, will also be available throughout the summer beginning Memorial Day Weekend. Blue Bike rentals presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York also have a new location on the boardwalk at the new Canalside information kiosk.  The rental of a Blue Bike will include complimentary use of the Queen City Bike Ferry to access the Outer Harbor.   This schedule is in addition to the continuation of the popular Canalside concerts, now dubbed “Canalside Live” that will take place over 10 weeks this summer beginning Thursday, June 15 and ending Thursday, August 17.  In addition to the nine Thursday concerts, a special Friday night show is scheduled for June 30.  Find out more about Canalside Live here.  Additionally, 3rd party concerts will also take place this year at Canalside, including Kerfuffle on Saturday June 17 and Kiss the Summer Hello on June 18th. Canalside is also happy to welcome back The Buffalo Rib Fest as a three day weekend event, July 28, 29 and 30th with each day featuring the best Rib restaurants from around the country and a concert on each day. Canalside will also once again celebrate July 4th with a newly designed Fireworks show presented by Russell Salvatore.  The July 4th celebration will feature live music, kids programming and food and beverage options from the Dish!  Keep checking www.canalsidebuffalo.com for the full schedule of events as new activities and events are being added daily! Mayor Byron W Brown said, “I am so pleased to see another exciting schedule planned for Canalside during the 2017 summer season.  We're going to have a great summer! From concerts, to fitness classes, food choices, and more, there is so much to enjoy at Canalside for residents citywide and visitors. Senator Chris Jacobs said, “Buffalo’s waterfront is one of our greatest natural assets and the 2017 summer season events and programming unveiled today will ensure that Canalside will be a premier destination for families and visitors again this year.  I am proud to have Canalside in my district and I look forward to spending a great deal of time there again this summer.” Assemblywoman Crystal D. Peoples-Stokes said, “With summer around the corner, families will soon be looking for all kinds of affordable and stimulating outdoor activities. Canalside continues to be a major destination, the lineup presented today caters to these needs, healthy lifestyles and more.  Congratulations to Canalside Management Group and Be Our Guest and ECHDC, I look forward to partaking in the programming and events being put forth.” Assemblyman Sean Ryan said, “Visitors to Canalside have another great summer of fun to look forward to. There are many exciting additions to Canalside programming for 2017, and I encourage everyone to visit Buffalo's amazing waterfront this summer. Canalside offers events and attractions for all ages, and is a truly family-friendly destination.” Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said, “Summertime at Canalside is a unique experience that is packed with fun for everyone. No matter what your age or your interests, visitors are sure to find activities, food, music and fun to last all summer long, including a full slate of new offerings for 2017. Bring your family, friends, and guests from out of town to enjoy a day on the waterfront!” A special thanks to the following partners and sponsors: Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation, City of Buffalo, BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York, Five Star Bank and Roswell Park Cancer Institute. About Canalside  Canalside is a growing regional destination and entertainment district, situated on 21 historic acres along downtown Buffalo’s emerging waterfront on the Buffalo River. Canalside earns its name from its storied past, when the Erie Canal Harbor was built in 1825 as the western terminus of the Erie Canal. Until five years ago, the land was barren and inaccessible, but the area has been reclaimed by the state’s Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. and developed with millions of dollars in public and private investment. With more than 1,000 yearly events and nearly 1 million annual visitors, Canalside is fast becoming the go-to place for in- and out-of-towners of all ages to learn, play and relax. About Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation A nine-member board consisting of seven voting directors and two non-voting, ex-officio directors governs the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. 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 Erie County executive and the City of Buffalo mayor hold the two non-voting, ex-officio director positions. For more information on ECHDC, visit www.eriecanalharbor.com. Contact: Erin Marra (Canalside Management Group) | erin@canalsidebufflalo.com | 716-807-8090 Pamm Lent (Governor’s Office) | pamm.lent@esd.ny.gov | (716) 846-8309 | (800) 260-7313 Laura Magee (ESD/ ECHDC) | laura.magee@esd.ny.gov   | (716) 846-8239 | (800) 260-7313
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Press Release

Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 2:44pm
Empire State Development (ESD) today announced AbleTo, a national, technology-enabled provider of behavioral healthcare, will create 94 new jobs and retain 90 jobs as part of an expansion of its New York City headquarters. “May is Mental Health Awareness Month and an ideal time to spotlight innovative companies in New York working to provide accessible care and support,” said ESD President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky. “New York’s life sciences industry is continuously advancing treatment options, and we are proud to support AbleTo in their critical work.” Using analytics and a proprietary communications platform, AbleTo makes behavioral health care personalized and more easily accessible to people suffering from a chronic condition or through a traumatic life event. The company creates a personalized eight-week program during which users receive private, one-on-one therapy and coaching sessions. AbleTo recently expanded its behavioral health technology capabilities by launching the AbleTo Digital Screener, which allows consumers to self-assess their mental health. “One in five U.S. adults struggle with their emotional or mental health each year,” said Rob Rebak, CEO of AbleTo. “We thank the State of New York for supporting a proven growth company like AbleTo, which is focused on serving an enormous unmet need in our society. This recognition reaffirms our commitment to the state we’ve called home since day one. We are experiencing rapid growth given the increasing attention both health plans and employers are giving to behavioral health solutions.” To encourage AbleTo to expand and renovate its headquarters at 320 West 37th Street in New York City, ESD has offered the company up to $2 million in Excelsior Jobs Program tax credits, which are performance-based and tied to the creation of 94 net new jobs in data science, technology development, and product design, as well as the retention of 90 existing full-time employees. AbleTo’s expansion builds on New York’s position at the forefront of the life sciences industry. In the FY 2018 budget, New York State enacted a $620 million initiative to spur the growth of a world-class life science research cluster in New York, as well as expand the state’s ability to commercialize this research and grow the economy. This multi-faceted initiative includes $100 million to expand the Excelsior Jobs Program Tax Credit to the life sciences industry, $100 million for a life sciences research and development refundable tax credit program, and $320 million in other forms of investment including state capital grants to support the development of wet-lab and innovation space, operating support and investment capital for early stage life science companies that leverages an additional match of at least $100 million from private sector. The Life Science sector encompasses the fields of biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, biomedical technologies, life systems technologies, and includes organizations and institutions that devote the majority of their efforts to the various stages of research, development, technology transfer and commercialization. Every day, firms in this sector are developing new medical and pharmaceutical breakthroughs that have the potential to save lives, whether through new therapies or the early detection of diseases like autism and cancer. These firms are also making significant advancements in the realms of agriculture and environmental biotechnologies, helping create a cleaner and more sustainable future. About AbleTo AbleTo is a technology-enabled provider of behavioral health care. AbleTo has been treating patients for over five years, and improves patient outcomes and lowers costs by providing treatment that integrates behavioral and medical health care. AbleTo's structured therapy programs strengthen medical recovery and self-care among members with chronic or complex clinical needs. AbleTo analytics, coupled with our highly-trained engagement team, identify members with unmet, often undiagnosed, behavioral health needs.  A proprietary communications platform connects individuals and their care teams with AbleTo licensed providers who deliver weekly sessions by phone or video. About ESD 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 Governor Cuomo’s 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. Contact: Amy Varghese (ESD) | amy.varghese@esd.ny.gov | (212) 803-3740 ESD Press Office | pressoffice@esd.ny.gov | (800) 260-7313
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Board Meeting

Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 9:30am
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