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.

In addition to the reports published below, you may also wish to explore the 100+ economic development-related datasets available at data.ny.gov, access the detailed progress reports published annually by our 10 Regional Economic Development Councils at regionalcouncils.ny.gov, or view the comprehensive archive of public meeting videos and materials published in the ESD Media Center.

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Board Meeting

Monday, November 16, 2020 - 10:00am
Due to public health concerns and as authorized by Executive Order of the Governor, this meeting will be conducted via web conference. The public may listen to the meeting by clicking the link below. Public comments may be sent to [email protected] by 2:00 p.m. Friday, November 13.
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Board Meeting

Thursday, November 12, 2020 - 10:30am
Due to public health concerns and as authorized by Executive Order of the Governor, this meeting will be conducted via 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 4:30 pm on Wednesday, November 11, 2020.
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Board Meeting

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 - 11:30am
Due to public health concerns and as authorized by Executive Order of the Governor, this meeting will be conducted via 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 5:00 p.m. on Monday, November 9, 2020.
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Press Release

Monday, November 9, 2020 - 11:16am
Work will be completed in phases, see renderings here The Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC) Board of Directors met today and adopted the Buffalo Outer Harbor’s General Project Plan (GPP). The Outer Harbor GPP outlines future improvements that will be made to the city’s Lake Erie waterfront to build on improvements that have been recently completed by EHCDC.  The development plan includes recreational facilities to improve what is currently vacant, substandard or underutilized property along a nearly one-and-a-half mile stretch of Lake Erie waterfront. The GPP also outlines site- wide elements, features and amenities, as well as specific improvements along certain areas within ECHDC’s Outer Harbor property.  This adoption of the GPP is a critical legal step that establishes the budget, scope and objectives of the project and will allow ECHDC to move the project into its construction phase.  Read GPP here and see renderings here. “This tremendous step forward for the Outer Harbor lays out our plans for this unique piece of land and how we will accomplish them,” said ECHDC Chairman Robert Gioia. “The Outer Harbor has so much potential and ECHDC is excited to adopt its GPP and advance the creation of recreational opportunities and access on our waterfront.” The GPP officially adopts the projects outlined in ECHDC’s community-driven capital planning process, referred to as the Outer Harbor Preferred Plan (filed by the ECHDC Board in June 2019). It is expected the project will be done in phases, with completion over a 20-year span, or as funding becomes available.  Phase 1, estimated to cost $45 million, will be funded by the Buffalo Billion, ECHDC—via the New York Power Authority (NYPA) through relicensing agreements tied to the operation of the Niagara Power Project—and federal sources.  This initial phase, which could begin as soon as 2021, includes the creation of new and enhanced open spaces, increased land and water access, the addition of comfort stations, and passive and active recreational amenities.  Improvements on over 50 acres of upland and watered property, including the creation of an aquatic habitat in Slip No. 3, rehabilitation of Terminal B, and upgrades at Bell Slip and Wilkeson Pointe would occur during this first phase. The total GPP project budget is estimated to be $150 million. Later phases will be implemented when funding is secured. The ECHDC Board also authorized ECHDC to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.  ECHDC will reimburse Parks an amount not to exceed $992,000 over a four-year period for operations and maintenance of ECHDC-owned property on Buffalo’s Outer Harbor.  Parks has provided general maintenance and lawn care services since 2015 at this property.  The funding source is the New York Power Authority relicensing agreement. Under Governor Andrew Cuomo’s leadership, New York is making a historic commitment to improving and expanding access to outdoor recreation.  In 2013, almost 400 acres of land on the Outer Harbor was transferred from the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority to ECHDC. As part of that transfer, Buffalo Harbor State Park was designated as the 180th state park in New York’s system and the first in the City of Buffalo.  The remaining approximately 247 acres of land north of Buffalo Harbor State Park is now operated by the ECHDC, which completed several capital improvements to increase public access to and use of this property, and conducted several community-driven planning studies that have informed the current and future disposition of the project site.  About Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation The Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (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 non-voting, 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. Contact: Pamm Lent (Governor’s Office) | [email protected] | (716) 846-8309 Laura Magee (ECHDC) | [email protected] | (716) 846-8239
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Board Meeting

Monday, November 9, 2020 - 10:30am
Due to public health concerns and as authorized by Executive Order of the Governor, this meeting will be conducted via video conference and teleconference. The public may view and 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 4:30 pm on Friday, November 6, 2020.
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Press Release

Friday, November 6, 2020 - 11:05am
Manufacturer Commits to Adding 15 New Jobs at New Woodstock Facility, Poised for Future Industry Growth  Photos Here Empire State Development (ESD) today announced that Ametek Rotron has completed its $2 million expansion in Woodstock, Ulster County. As part of this project, the company has committed to creating 15 new full-time jobs. Ametek Rotron specializes in high-performance fans for the defense and commercial aviation industries, working with companies like Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, and Northrop Grumman, and other high-end electronic users.  Empire State Development Acting Commissioner and President & CEO-designate Eric Gertler said, “The success of New York based advanced manufacturing companies like Ametek Rotron is exactly what we want to see in New York State.  Ametek Rotron’s decision to expand their growing business while leveraging local talent demonstrates their commitment to the region and will build a bright economic future in the Mid-Hudson Region.” Dr. Nildeep Patel, Divisional Vice President and Business Unit Manager of Ametek Rotron said, “Ametek Rotron is proud to continue to support the state and local economy.  With the increased capacity this expansion affords Rotron, we look forward to continuing to be a strong part of the Mid-Hudson region’s growth and culture.  We dedicate this building to all the Rotron employees, past and present, who have done so much to preserve the Rotron spirit and help to carry forward Rotron to a very successful future.”  Ametek Rotron invested over $2 million to make capital improvements to its Woodstock facility, increasing capacity and modernizing aging electrical infrastructure. The company also built a new 15,000 square foot facility, allowing it to consolidate two of it's current – but separate – manufacturing centers together into one cohesive, efficient and state-of-the-art manufacturing center. The project will increase the manufacturing capability of the current facility by 30% and will allow the company to expand into advanced and additive manufacturing arena.  This planned expansion will result in the retention of 250 full time jobs and the creation of 15 net new full-time jobs due to rapid incoming growth. The company has a strong commitment to hiring a local workforce especially veterans and has partnerships with Hudson Valley Council of Industry and local schools, including the Pathways Academy, a BOCES program.  Recognizing the importance of this industry and the company's role as a regional employer, the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council (MHREDC) identified this as a Round VIII priority project in the Regional Council initiative. The expansion is supported by an ESD capital grant of $424,000, and $180,000 in performance-based Excelsior Jobs Program tax credits.     MHREDC Chair Dr. Donald P. Christian, President of SUNY New Paltz said, “Investing in advanced manufacturing is vital to expanding the 21st century economy in the Mid-Hudson Region. We are thrilled for the success of Ametek Rotron and even happier with their commitment to the community where they got their start nearly 75 years ago and have chosen to remain and grow.”  Senator George Amedore said, “This is an exciting project and I’m grateful to Ametek Rotron for making the investment to retain and create new good-paying jobs right here in Ulster County, as well as to Empire State Development and the Mid-Hudson REDC for their support and investment. This new, modernized facility will allow them to increase their capabilities and expand into new manufacturing arenas that will greatly benefit the local and regional economy.” Assemblymember Kevin A. Cahill said, “The completion of the Ametek Rotron site expansion is a welcome sign for all of us in the Hudson Valley.  During this time of uncertainty and unemployment arising from the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, this moment is more embraced than ever.  This project signifies hope for the future - committing 15 new full-time positions while retaining 250 existing jobs right here in our community.  Ametek Rotron has illustrated time and time again their commitment to investing in our local economy.  From their participation in the Pathways Academy, preparing the next generation of workforce for success, to their pledge to employ our Nation’s veterans.  Along with the Empire State Development Corporation, I am proud to have supported the funding that led to this much-anticipated project coming to fruition.”  Ulster County Executive Patrick K. Ryan said, "We are proud to have Ametek Rotron as an important part of the Ulster County community and are thrilled to celebrate their growth and additional job creation, especially as we recover from the devastating impacts of the COVID-19 crisis." Woodstock Supervisor Bill McKenna said, “I am glad to see this addition to Ametek Rotron. They are key employer in the Town, providing good paying jobs and their employees cover the ambulance service during the day shift.” Rotron was started in a small barn on its current Woodstock campus in 1947 and was acquired by Ametek in 1998. The company also has a facility in El Cajon, California, just outside San Diego, and more than 60 district sales offices globally.  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 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 visitwww.regionalcouncils.ny.govandwww.esd.ny.gov.  Contact: Kristin Devoe | [email protected] | (518) 414-1087 ESD Press Office | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313
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Board Meeting

Thursday, November 5, 2020 - 2:00pm
Due to public health concerns and as authorized by Executive Order of the Governor, this meeting will be conducted via 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 4:30 pm on Wednesday, November 4, 2020.
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Press Release

Thursday, November 5, 2020 - 12:59pm
Buffalo Billion-funded Museum Celebrates Key Events and Movement Milestones in African-American History in Buffalo and the United States  See Photos and Rendering Here  Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the ribbon cutting for the Buffalo Black Achievers Museum. Located on Jefferson Avenue on the city's East Side, the museum will provide a permanent home for exhibitions and archival resources designed to enlighten, educate, motivate and inspire visitors with its focus on notable African Americans —both past and present—who built Buffalo and are planning the city's future. The museum was granted $200,000 as part of Governor Cuomo's $50 million East Side Corridor Economic Development Fund, a Buffalo Billion initiative. "In New York, we know diversity is our greatest strength and we celebrate the significant contributions that members of the African-American community have made in giving our state its multi-cultural, one-of-a-kind identity," Governor Cuomo said. "The Buffalo Black Achievers Museum will spotlight the imprint of this community on the past and future of Western New York, so residents and tourists alike can fully appreciate it."        "Buffalo Black Achievers has recognized Black individuals in the community for their achievements and contributions over the last 45 years," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "The completion of the Buffalo Black Achievers Museum will finally provide a home for the history and stories of more than 2,500 individuals to help educate and inspire others. We must continue to highlight the contributions and successes of the Black community in New York and across the country as we continue our fight for true equality and justice for all." Read the full press release here.
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Board Meeting

Thursday, October 29, 2020 - 10:30am
This meeting has been postponed and will be rescheduled.
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Press Release

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 - 11:11am
High-Speed Internet Company Commits to Creating and Retaining more than 150 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 high speed internet service provider Greenlight Networks has opened its new corporate headquarters located in the Town of Henrietta in Monroe County. The state-of-the-art, 20,000 square-foot facility located on East Henrietta Road, houses company leadership, administration, customer support and engineering teams along with its recently formed joint venture, Greenlight LeChase Construction. The total project cost has been placed at $46 million. Thanks to support from New York state, Greenlight Networks has also committed to creating up to 93 new jobs. The company currently has 78 employees, up from 53 a year ago.     “We are committed to continuing the economic turnaround we’ve seen in upstate New York working to attract businesses, jobs and strengthen the economy," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "The opening of Greenlight Networks’ new headquarters in Henrietta complements our efforts to create new opportunities by adding up to 93 new jobs and providing ultra-high-speed internet and broadband services to residents and businesses in the area. Investments like these are helping New York continue to lead the way and build back better for a more inclusive, innovative and stronger future.” Empire State Development Acting Commissioner and President & CEO-designate Eric Gertler said, “Greenlight Networks’ decision to further grow its state-of-the-art business in Upstate New York is a great example of how our economy can build back better and stronger than before. Through the Governor’s focused efforts to fuel the revitalization of the regional economy, tech companies are leveraging local talent and resources to create the jobs and market opportunities of tomorrow.”  Founded in 2011, Greenlight Networks is an ultra-high-speed, broadband service provider, offering residential and small business customers Internet speeds up to a 2 Gigabit per second (2,000 Mbps). The company builds, owns and operates its fiber-optic networks to provide high speed Internet connections to its customers. Greenlight Networks currently serves many areas throughout Monroe County. Last December, the company also announced a $100 million incremental investment by controlling equity partner Tom Golisano to expand its high-speed fiber Internet network in the Buffalo Niagara Region and plans to have services available there in the second quarter of 2021. Mark Murphy, President and CEO of Greenlight Networks said, “Our company was founded in Rochester and continues to grow our headquarters and our network footprint here thanks to the breadth of experienced telecom and internet professionals in the region and the available talent pool being cultivated at area colleges and universities including the Rochester Institute of Technology, SUNY Geneseo, Monroe Community College and the University of Rochester. Contributing to our growth in this area is also the overwhelming support of our customers and increasing demand from prospective customers who need access to high speed internet now more than ever.” In August of 2020 Inc. magazine announced that Greenlight Networks had been placed at number 1355 on its’ annual 5000 list which ranks the nations’ most prestigious, fastest-growing private companies. Empire State Development is assisting Greenlight Networks with its continued growth with up to $1.4 million through the Excelsior Tax Credit Program. Greater Rochester Enterprise also assisted with the project. State Senator Patrick Gallivan said, "I congratulate Greenlight Networks for its continued growth in Monroe County.  The company's investment in its new Henrietta headquarters is an example of its commitment to our region and sends a positive message about the strength of the local economy and the quality of our workforce.  The jobs being retained and those being created will benefit our entire region."  State Senator Joe Robach said, "The addition of Greenight Networks to our community is a win-win for this region. I applaud their commitment to our community for deciding to locate their corporate headquarters in Rochester, a decision that will not only provide additional jobs, but also options in service to those who live and work in the Rochester area. I want to be one of the first to welcome this innovate, industry leading company to Monroe County." State Senator Tim Kennedy said, "As Greenlight Networks expands its footprint here in our region, it will be bringing both full-time jobs and much needed high-speed internet access to underserved communities. Greenlight has expressed a strong commitment to serve all residents throughout Western New York, and this investment will impact not only our local workforce, but the communities that make our region strong." State Assembly Member Harry Bronson said, “I applaud Mark Murphy and the team at Greenlight Networks for their commitment to our region. Today’s announcement by the company and Governor Cuomo 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 Greenlight Network’s growth and the addition of new jobs at their new Henrietta campus.” Monroe County Executive Adam Bello said, “Monroe County is well-positioned to become a top technology-rich economic hub of the future. The addition of the Greenlight Networks headquarters in Henrietta shows the company’s commitment to our region and highlights the strength of our local economy and rich pool of talented workers. I am grateful to Mark Murphy and his team for their investment and recognizing the potential within this county. I thank Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Empire State Development and Greater Rochester Enterprise for their commitment to helping us build back better. And I look forward to the important expansion of our local high-speed networks and the addition of nearly 100 new, good-paying jobs. Henrietta Town Supervisor Stephen Schultz said, “We are very excited about Greenlight Networks moving to Henrietta. I’ve already toured their new facilities and was excited to learn they are already discussing potential expansion plans. I know our residents have been very excited for the possibility of very high speed internet in Town. Their location in a revitalized building in Henrietta is a great plus. The site work and building work by DDS and Donahoe Management has made for a new hub of industry in Henrietta as evidenced by the companies moving into the building, such as Greenlight Networks.” Matt Hurlbutt, president and CEO, Greater Rochester Enterprise said, “Greenlight Networks continues to expand in the Greater Rochester, NY region to capitalize on the depth of talent and telecommunications expertise available in our community.” To learn more about Greenlight Networks, visit https://www.greenlightnetworks.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 State has already invested more than $8.07 billion in the region since 2012 to lay the groundwork for the plan – investing in key industries including photonics, agriculture‎ and food production, and advanced manufacturing. Now, the region is accelerating Finger Lakes Forward with a $500 million State investment through the Upstate Revitalization Initiative, announced by Governor Cuomo in December 2015. The State’s $500 million investment will incentivize private business to invest well over $2.5 billion – and the region’s plan, as submitted, projects up to 8,200 new jobs. More information is available here. ​ Contact: Shari Voorhees-Vincent | [email protected] | (585) 399-7055 Press Office | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313
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