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 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 ESD's Database of Economic Incentives, which provides a dynamic, user-friendly, searchable database of economic development projects that receive ESD support, or the 100+ economic development-related datasets available at data.ny.gov

Additional information is provided through reports published by our 10 Regional Economic Development Councils at regionalcouncils.ny.gov, as well as in the comprehensive archive of public meeting videos and materials published in the ESD Media Center.

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Press Release

Friday, September 2, 2022 - 2:32pm
Winning Plan Will Grow Advanced Manufacturing Workforce, Innovation and Infrastructure Throughout the Regional Ecosystem Governor Kathy Hochul today announced that New York State's Empire State Development Western New York Regional Office has been awarded $25 million from the federal Build Back Better Challenge, the U.S. Economic Development Administration's marquee program under the American Rescue Plan. The Build Back Better Regional Challenge provides transformative investments to develop and strengthen regional industry clusters across the country, all while embracing economic equity, creating good-paying jobs, and enhancing U.S. competitiveness globally. New York State's winning application will develop or scale advanced manufacturing, develop and train the workforce of today, and build resilient economies for the future. "Buffalo is a big winner in President Biden's Build Back Better Challenge, which will provide investments that will jump start specific sectors targeted in the winning regions," Governor Hochul said. "This $25 million award will fund businesses throughout Buffalo, spurring higher-paying jobs and economic growth, and innovative entrepreneurship for Buffalonians. Congratulations to the winning communities and I look forward to seeing them take their projects to the next level." Empire State Development's Western New York Regional Office & Western New York Regional Economic Development Council (WNY REDC) in partnership with University at Buffalo Regional Institute (UBRI) will implement this winning proposal which includes projects that will scale up existing advanced manufacturing strategies through projects that will spark innovation, advance inclusive workforce development, and develop needed infrastructure. Partners that were awarded by EDA include Buffalo Urban Development Corporation; Buffalo Manufacturing Works; and Goodwill of WNY. Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Hope Knight said, "Western New York will benefit from transformational investments that will develop and strengthen vital industry clusters. Combined with State matching funds, we will be able to train the workforce of today and strengthen the economies of the winning regions." Read the full press release here.
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Press Release

Wednesday, August 31, 2022 - 4:30pm
Artisan Cracker Company Moving into 34,000-Square-Foot Production Facility in City of Buffalo 43North Startup Competition Winner is Scaling Up and Automating Production in Response to Increased Demand for its Unique Products Empire State Development (ESD) today announced the expansion of Top Seedz, an artisan cracker manufacturer, to a larger production facility at 101 Oak Street in downtown Buffalo.  Presently working out of a 6,500-square-foot facility in Cheektowaga, Top Seedz will relocate to the 34,379-square-foot Buffalo location, where it will produce and ship its healthy crackers while retaining 28 existing jobs and hiring an additional 20 to support its growth. This expansion builds on Western New York’s food processing sector, an important segment of the region’s overall strategy for economic development. “Western New York is well known for producing a wide variety of food products and we're happy to congratulate Top Seedz as this sector's latest success story,” said Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Hope Knight. “The ongoing growth of the 43North competition winner is proof that well-placed investments in quality startups can pay off with new job creation, innovative products and widespread industry recognition. Top Seedz is a great addition to Western New York, where it will contribute to the overall strength of the regional economy.”  Founded in 2017, Top Seedz hand-makes seed crackers, roasted seeds and seed cracker mix. Currently, the Top Seedz workers—most of whom are refugees who settled in the Buffalo area—are producing approximately one million individual containers of crackers per year.  All its products are organic, gluten-free, and vegan.  By relocating to a larger facility, the company will be able to automate some of its labor-intensive, by-hand production and packaging. Automation will save time, increase efficiency and increase output to six million packages per year, and help provide a consistently delicious product. Rebecca Brady, Top Seedz President and CEO, said, “We’re excited about our next big move and grateful to Empire State Development for supporting our continued expansion in Buffalo. Yet again we are impressed by the support provided to small businesses in Western New York by Empire State, 43North, Invest Buffalo-Niagara, and the entire start-up eco-system. We are especially pleased to be able to move our HQ and primary production facility to a suitable location in downtown Buffalo, continuing the rejuvenation of the downtown area in partnership with Iskalo Development. Finding a location to suit our expansion plans was challenging, but we were fortunate to have been expertly advised on this project by Ed McGinn of Newmark Ciminelli and Danielle Eisen Shainbrown of Bellwether Advisors. Top Seedz has ambitious plans for growth, and with the support of the business community in Western New York we feel confident and excited about the future.” ESD is supporting the company’s growth with up to $315,000 through the performance-based Excelsior Jobs Tax Credit Program in exchange for promised job commitments. The company also has the distinction of being the $1 million, 2021 winner of the state supported 43North startup competition. Judges of the competition were captivated by the company’s potential when Top Seedz won the top prize in last year’s competition, making it one of the Buffalo Niagara region’s most promising homegrown startups. Colleen E. Heidinger. 43North President, said, “43North is thrilled for Top Seedz to reach this major milestone in their growth trajectory. Top Seedz embodies the impact that entrepreneurship can have on whole communities, and this move is sure to create even more ripple effects for years to come.”  Senator Tim Kennedy said, “Top Seedz continues to grow its fanbase here in Western New York and across the country, and now it will grow its innovative operation to meet the increasing demand nationwide. We’re thrilled to see the 43North winner expand its footprint here in the City of Buffalo, and truly appreciate the ways in which they have enriched our local economy with a commitment to a strong and diverse workforce.”  Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes said, “The growth of Top Speedz is an example of another successful business start-up that began and has now expanded its roots in Western New York. I applaud Empire State Development for its strategic investment of New York State resources to strengthen the economic development of this region.” Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said, “Growing small businesses strengthens Erie County’s economy many times over and the expansion of Top Seedz is a good example of that. Not only does this expansion retain existing jobs locally, it creates new ones while increasing production by a factor of six. Projects like this are how our economy grows, diversifies and succeeds.” City of Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said “I’m thrilled Top Seedz has picked the Oak Street corridor for its major manufacturing expansion, bringing 28 current workers and at least 20 new positions, to downtown Buffalo. This location is ideal for East Buffalo residents seeking work close to where they live, as well as those who rely on public transportation. Top Seedz is another example of a 43 North winner deciding to stay and grow here in Buffalo. I thank Empire State Development for supporting Top Seedz’s Buffalo expansion through its Excelsior Tax Credit Program.”  For additional information about Top Seedz, visit https://topseedz.com 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: Pamm Lent | [email protected] | (716) 846-8309 | (716) 560-8815 Laura Magee | [email protected] | (716) 846-8239 | (716) 374-4246 
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Press Release

Wednesday, August 31, 2022 - 10:14am
20 Startups from Across the Globe will Compete to Win a Combined Total of $3 Million in Prize Money at Upcoming Summit Nov. 15-16 Competition is Funded Through Upstate Revitalization Initiatives - Finger Lakes Forward, CNY Rising and Southern Tier Soaring - Regional Comprehensive Strategies to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy Empire State Development (ESD) and Cornell University’s Center for Regional Economic Advancement (CREA) today announced the 20 finalists selected to take part in year four of Grow-NY, a food and agriculture business competition focused on enhancing the emerging food, beverage, and agriculture innovation cluster in Central New York, the Finger Lakes, and the Southern Tier. CREA administers the competition which is funded through New York state’s Upstate Revitalization Initiative. The winner will be required to make a positive economic impact in the Grow-NY region, which is comprised of 22 counties located in Central NY, the Finger Lakes, and in the Southern Tier where there are vibrant farmlands, and urban centers, including Rochester, Syracuse, and Binghamton. Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Hope Knight, said, "Round four of the Grow-NY business competition has once again attracted a group of exceptional startups and entrepreneurial talent from around the world. Through this agri-business focused competition, New York State continues its dedicated, focused efforts to support agriculture innovation that will create jobs and grow the Central New York, Finger Lakes, and Southern Tier economies." State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball, said, “Congratulations to the Grow-NY Round 4 finalists.  These entrepreneurs are innovating the exciting new foods and agricultural products of tomorrow, which will not only grow the industry and address consumer demand in these areas, but that will also enhance environmental sustainability, a major goal for New York State as we work towards our aggressive agenda in tackling climate change. I look forward to the final awards being made this fall and seeing these cutting-edge products reach our marketplace.” In all, 385 startups applied from 52 countries, including Singapore, Australia, and Sri Lanka. This year’s competition garnered vast global interest, and for the first time in competition history, international applications (225) exceeded the number of U.S.-based applications (160). Domestic teams showed strong interest as well, with 25 different states represented in the applicant pool, including 92 entries from New York, a number that accounts for 55% of U.S. applicants. Of the applications from New York state, 34% were from the Grow-NY region. 38% of applicants included a female founder and a record 75% included a founder from an underrepresented minority group. A panel of 30 judges, reflecting a depth and breadth of agriculture, food production, and entrepreneurial expertise, reviewed all the applications to determine the top 20 finalists that will pitch their business plans at the Grow-NY Food and Ag Summit this November. Grow-NY will award a total of $3 million in prize money to seven winners. This includes a $1 million top prize, two $500,000 prizes and four $250,000 prizes. The 20 selected finalists include: Botaniline, Buffalo, N.Y. – Botaniline creates ground proteins that are lower in salt, saturated fat, and calories by utilizing plant-based ingredients to replace some of the meat, producing flavorful, more sustainable meat products. Craft Cannery, Bergen, N.Y. – Craft Cannery takes cherished recipes from your kitchen to the shelves of grocery stores, restaurants, farmers markets and beyond, specializing in the contract manufacturing of sauces, dressings, marinades, and more. Dynamic Air Cooling (DAC), Elbląg, Poland – Dynamic Air Cooling (DAC) is an environmentally-friendly air conditioning and refrigeration technology that uses no synthetic HFC coolants and features no thermal emissions, bringing a breakthrough cooling technology to fight climate change. Edenesque, Kingston, N.Y. – Edenesque curates clean, simple, and delicious artisanal plant-based milks that foster health and nutrition, made with whole ingredients that support and strengthen bodies without any fillers or additives. Forte Protein, Ithaca, N.Y. – Forte Protein uses a plant-based technology to produce a broad spectrum of meat, fish, and dairy proteins without the need for animals, eliminating the carbon footprint involved in animal agriculture. Hago Energetics Benefit Corporation, Camarillo, Calif. – Hago Energetics traps methane from farm waste, converts it into hydrogen gas, and creates direct carbon dioxide emissions, resulting in not one, but two, sellable products. Hempitecture, Sun Valley, Idaho – Hempitecture is on a mission to create healthy, energy-efficient building materials that positively impact people and the planet by capturing carbon dioxide and replenishing farmland. Its biobased insulation makes construction projects more sustainable, healthier, and higher performing. Humatico, Warsaw, Poland – Humatico technology creates high quality organic fertilizer from any available organic raw materials, including agricultural waste, algae, sapropel, peat, and brown coal. KEHO, New York, N.Y. – KEHO makes complex science deliciously digestible, curating savory snack bars that are keto-friendly and 100% plant-based. With no sugars, sweeteners, or artificial flavors or colors, KEHO packs up real food for real lives. Labby, Cambridge, Mass. – Labby’s technology provides rapid, accurate, and affordable solutions for dairy farms, leveraging AI-enabled optical sensing for raw milk testing that delivers instant insights to your fingertips. Mi Terro, Los Angeles, Calif. – Mi Terro is helping to protect the environment by upcycling agricultural waste and engineering it to replace plastic in the food, packaging, and fashion industries. Norwhey Brewing, Ithaca, N.Y. – Norwhey transforms New York state’s yogurt byproducts into a delicious, Nordic twist on hard seltzer by responsibly capturing and fermenting excess whey from the production of strained yogurt and turning it into sustainability you can taste. ProAgni, Lavington, Australia – ProAgni ProTect is a revolutionary range of supplements and feeds for livestock that lowers methane emissions from sheep and cattle without the use of antibiotics, decreasing a producer’s environmental footprint without increasing costs. Seneca Farms Biochar, Odessa, N.Y. – Seneca Farms Biochar’s technology produces biochar, pyroligneous acid (wood vinegar), and activated carbon at scale, sequestering carbon, reducing dependency on chemical pesticides and fertilizers, and optimizing financial outcomes. Sweet Pea Plant-Based Kitchen, Rochester, N.Y. – Sweet Pea is a plant-powered kitchen creating transformative paths to wellness, combining the benefits of its plant-centric food meal service and nutrition coaching to help people sustain a healthy life. Tomgrow, Tel Aviv, Israel – Tomgrow provides a programmable growth medium that can be customized for specific crops and plants, enabling plants to access water and nutrients on demand and combatting the wastefulness and environmental impact of traditional growing. UNNICO FOOD, Mamaroneck, N.Y. – UNNICO offers plant-based yogurts and creams that taste and feel like a yogurt, but are jam-packed with probiotics and fortified with fiber, creating a vegan, dairy-free treat that tastes as good as it is for you. Vivid Machines, Toronto, Canada – Vivid X-Vision system captures the visible and chemical details of every plant across an entire crop from bud to harvest to manage growth, predict yield, and provide means for early diagnosis of pests, diseases, and nutrient deficiencies. We Are The New Farmers, Brooklyn, N.Y. – We Are The New Farmers brings the benefits of microalgae straight into smoothies with its fresh, frozen, farm-grown spirulina cubes that are packed with dense micronutrients and loaded with antioxidants. Zalliant, Amsterdam, N.Y. – Zalliant’s loT and artificial intelligence technologies provide value and efficiency to farmers through improved decision making and management. The accelerator program consists of a 10-week business development phase during which the 20 finalists receive: Dedicated mentorship from a hand-selected business advisor Introduction to the region’s leaders and resources Networking introductions, business tours, and valuable appointments for finalist team representatives Business development support and workshops to connect them to potential partners and opportunities Additional pitch training to hone their live pitches for the judges “For the fourth-consecutive year, Grow-NY broke its own record for applications, but what is most energizing is the composition of startups that applied to make their mark in the thriving entrepreneurship ecosystem in Upstate NY. The strength of our region’s agrifood system continues to grow, and this year’s finalists are pushing traditional boundaries, introducing technologies that increase growing efficiency, create novel foods, and address an array of pressing issues,” said Jenn Smith, Program Director, Grow-NY. “We are delighted to have several international finalists and are just as excited to watch the multiple home-grown teams compete. The support the startups will receive from our Grow-NY Partner Group is incredible, and we are thankful to work with such dedicated experts from the ag community, industry, state agencies, and academia.” The accelerator culminates with a live pitch at the Grow-NY Food and Ag Summit, scheduled for Nov. 15 and 16, at the OnCenter in Syracuse. The Summit will once again be held in two formats simultaneously, in-person and virtually, with finalists pitching their business ideas live in front of an audience and answering questions from a judging panel. This year’s winners will be revealed via a virtual award ceremony on the morning of Nov. 17. “The Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences community is inspired by the food and agriculture technology innovations that Grow-NY has drawn into upstate New York’s innovation ecosystem,” said Benjamin Z. Houlton, Ronald P. Lynch Dean. “Cornell CALS is ready to leverage our strengths in research and development to help this year’s cohort of startups fulfill their potential to improve the health, food, economy, and environment of our interconnected world, by developing their businesses right here in our region.” “We are grateful for the vision Governor Hochul and Empire State Development have demonstrated through their ongoing support of the Grow-NY program,” said Mary Opperman, Cornell VP and Chief Human Resources Officer. “As this year’s group of competition finalists demonstrates, innovations in and around agriculture create meaningful opportunities to advance food systems, right here in our region and across the state. The advancements these companies offer have worldwide implications and help us continue to grow the economy in New York.” To learn more about the finalists and mentors, and to learn more and register for the Summit, visit grow-ny.com. To learn more about Cornell Center for Regional Economic Advancement (CREA) visit https://crea.cornell.edu. 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. ​ Accelerating CNY Rising  Today's announcement complements “CNY Rising,” the region’s comprehensive blueprint to generate robust economic growth and community development. The regionally designed plan focuses on capitalizing on global market opportunities, strengthening entrepreneurship and creating an inclusive economy. Now, the region is accelerating CNY Rising 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 5,900 new jobs. More information is available here. 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. 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 state’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: Shari Voorhees-Vincent | [email protected] | (585) 399-7055 Press Office | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313 Irene Kannyo | [email protected] | 585-261-1577
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Press Release

Tuesday, August 30, 2022 - 2:58pm
Small Business Incubator Will Quintuple Its Size, Attract More Customers, and Support Additional Opportunities for Economically Disadvantaged Entrepreneurs Renderings for New West Side Bazaar Available Here Governor Kathy Hochul today announced construction has begun on a $11.5 million project to create a new and significantly expanded West Side Bazaar. Founded by the Westminster Economic Development Initiative in 2011, the West Side Bazaar small business incubator quickly became a popular shopping and dining destination for locals and tourists searching for unique food and retail opportunities.       "For over 10 years, the West Side Bazaar has given disadvantaged entrepreneurs the opportunity to turn their dreams into reality," Governor Hochul said. "I have enjoyed visiting the market, meeting and hearing the stories of the vendors at the Bazaar. The new location of the West Side Bazaar will be a significant economic boon for the community, drawing thousands of visitors and helping the Niagara Street neighborhood and Buffalo thrive."     The Bazaar, which is operated by Westminster Economic Development Initiative, is a one-of-its-kind small business incubator supporting entrepreneurs on their path to becoming successful business owners. It consists of several food and retail vendors which sell quality authentic products from all around the world. The Bazaar serves women, minorities, refugees, immigrants and others who do not qualify for support from traditional banking and financial institutions by providing microloans and technical business assistance. To date, the West Side Bazaar has incubated more than 48 small businesses.  Read the full press release here.
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Report

Monday, August 29, 2022 - 11:02am
Annual Program Report Fiscal Year 2021-2022
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Press Release

Thursday, August 25, 2022 - 2:21pm
New Protein Plant Will Create 40 New Jobs and Retain More Than 500 Jobs in New York State Photo of New Rosina Food Facility and Product Available Here Governor Kathy Hochul today announced that Rosina Food Products, Inc. has completed a $73.2 million expansion, adding a facility in West Seneca, Erie County. The new multi-million-dollar plant will produce a variety of meat products for the fast-growing food manufacturer and will create 40 new jobs and retain 500 jobs. This is the third public-private expansion project New York State has supported to encourage growth and job creation at Rosina. Since 2014, Rosina has invested $95 million into its facilities in New York State, creating 115 new jobs. "Rosina Food Products started as a family-owned storefront operation in Buffalo, expanding into an internationally known business and one of the best-known food manufacturers in Western New York," Governor Hochul said. "New York State is proud to have partnered with Rosina on several expansion projects, and this latest multi-million dollar expansion will continue to fuel Western New York's growing economy. My administration is taking bold action to be the most business-friendly and worker-friendly state in the nation, and I congratulate the Corigliano family and Rosina employees for expanding production, creating new jobs, and excelling in the global economy." "The family-owned Rosina Food Products represents a great New York success story," said Lieutenant Governor Antonio Delgado. "Rosina's new food manufacturing facility in West Seneca more than doubles the production of the old Cheektowaga plant, which comes at a critical time when the demand for pasta products has never been greater." The 105,000 square-foot plant at 3100 Clinton Street in West Seneca will bring the company to three production facilities in Western New York and over 600 employees. The new facility includes a high-speed, state-of-the-art production line for manufacturing a variety of frozen meatballs, sliced sausage, and toppings. At maximum capacity, the new production plant in West Seneca can produce more than 50 million pounds annually and will be supplementing an older processing line currently located at the 75 Industrial Parkway facility in Cheektowaga, which has a current capacity of approximately 20 million pounds annually. New York State supported the expansion project with a $1 million capital grant recommended by the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council (WNYREDC), to assist with construction costs and the purchase of new equipment. Empire State Development is also providing up to $1 million in performance-based Excelsior Jobs Program tax credits to encourage the creation of 40 new jobs at the site, and the retention of 590 jobs statewide. Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Hope Knight said, "Rosina Foods is a recognized industry leader that has been contributing to Western New York's food production economy for generations. Thanks to Governor Hochul's leadership, we are seeing businesses like Rosina flourish and compete, because they recognize the advantages that come with building a legacy in our great state." Read the full press release here.
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Press Release

Thursday, August 25, 2022 - 2:00pm
New York-Led Multi-Agency Consortium Now Includes Six States and More Than 60 Hydrogen Ecosystem Partners Partners to Develop Proposal for Federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act Funding, Expected to be Released in September/October with up to $8 Billion in Total Funding Available Supports Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act Goal to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions 85 Percent by 2050 Governor Kathy Hochul today announced Maine and Rhode Island have signed on to a New York-led multi-state agreement, joining with Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Jersey to develop a proposal to become one of at least four regional clean hydrogen hubs designated through the federal Regional Clean Hydrogen Hubs program included in the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The coalition of six states and now more than 60 clean hydrogen ecosystem partners are laying the groundwork for a proposal for the United States Department of Energy funding opportunity anticipated to be announced in September or October with up to $8 billion in total funding available. Today's announcement advances each State's leadership in clean hydrogen infrastructure deployment and supports New York's Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 85 percent by 2050. "New York is pleased to welcome Maine and Rhode Island to this diverse and dynamic group of partners as we continue our work to develop and implement a vision for a regional clean hydrogen hub that advances our shared climate goals," Governor Hochul said. "Building a robust and connected clean hydrogen market across the northeast will provide a game-changing clean energy alternative that will transform our ability to meet our shared climate goals while advancing 21st century innovation and stimulating strong economic growth throughout the region." Since the initial announcement in March, New York has continued to add strategic partners that now include 14 private sector industry leaders, 12 utilities, 20 hydrogen technology original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), 10 universities, seven non-profits, five other states, two transportation companies and three state agencies. New York will continue to engage with states and entities who are interested in joining, so as to further solidify the region as a viable clean hydrogen hub. Read the full press release here.
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Board Meeting

Thursday, August 25, 2022 - 1:30pm
In accordance with current Legislation, this meeting will be conducted via video conference and 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 pm on Wednesday, August 24, 2022. All comments received by the deadline will be distributed to the Directors prior to the meeting and will be posted online.
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Press Release

Wednesday, August 24, 2022 - 4:31pm
New York State Investments in the African American Heritage Corridor Will Continue To Reinvigorate East Buffalo Complements Governor's Historic $50 Million Targeted Investments in East Buffalo Renderings Available Here Governor Kathy Hochul today announced that the Colored Musicians Club has begun an expansion and renovations that will allow for increased tourism and visitation to Buffalo's African American Heritage Corridor. Founded in 1918, the CMC is the only remaining African American musicians' club of its kind in the U.S. It has hosted performances by such notable artists as Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Nat "King" Cole, Miles Davis and Cab Calloway. "This groundbreaking marks the start of a new chapter at the Colored Musicians Club and represents our deep, ongoing commitment to uplifting the East Buffalo community," Governor Hochul said. "By fostering the expansion and preservation of historic assets along the Michigan Street Corridor, we are celebrating the rich histories of Black New Yorkers and honoring their important contributions in Buffalo, our state, and our nation." "This is not just an investment in East Buffalo, but an investment in the Black people and the Black culture that runs so deep in this part of Buffalo," said Lieutenant Governor Antonio Delgado. "The renovation and expansion of the Colored Musicians Club, in addition to other previously announced investments being made in East Buffalo, will increase tourism along Buffalo's historic Michigan Street Corridor, which is rich in African American culture and history." CMC's $2.95 million expansion is the latest example of the Governor's increased efforts to attract visitors to Buffalo's East Side. The not-for-profit club will make critical improvements through the help of a $2 million a grant from Empire State Development's (ESD) $65 million East Side Corridor Economic Development Fund. These upgrades will spark increased tourism and visitation to Buffalo's historic Michigan Street African American Corridor. DASNY also provided $350,000 in funding for the project. The CMC project includes the design and construction of a new building entrance at 145 Broadway Street that will be ADA-compliant and include increased storage space for the CMC; restoration of the building's façade and renovations and expansion of the historic performance space; updated fire safety and code issues; and the completion of related site work and repaving and streetscape improvements. Empire State Development Commissioner and President & CEO Hope Knight said, "Buffalo is rapidly emerging as a top tourism destination. While some locations like the waterfront are booming, we also need to propel the Buffalo's African American community upward by capitalizing on its significant historic assets and incredible potential for growth. Renovations to the African American Heritage Corridor's anchor institutions will help draw new visitors to this emerging neighborhood to celebrate its history, music and cultural diversity. I applaud Governor Hochul for her continued efforts to do more to assist East Buffalo, which has lagged behind the rest of the City during Buffalo's revitalization." Read the full press release here.
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Press Release

Tuesday, August 23, 2022 - 12:44pm
Event's Theme — "Building an Equitable Future" — Focuses on Eliminating Barriers and Redefining Access for MWBEs Panel Discussions will Outline Contracting Opportunities and Assistance Accessing Capital Register Online for October 6-7 Event Here Governor Kathy Hochul today announced that the 2022 Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprise Forum will be held October 6-7 at the Albany Capital Center. The theme for this year's forum is "Building an Equitable Future." The annual New York State Minority-and Women-Owned Business Enterprise Forum provides opportunities across industries to forge new professional connections and become more competitive in an ever-changing market. This year's forum will utilize a hybrid format with virtual sessions and in-person opportunities, with attendees representing small businesses, prime contractors, lenders, elected officials, and members of the Governor's cabinet to discuss state contracting opportunities. "This annual forum has served as an important resource to help make contracting and procurement easier, fairer, and more accessible for New York's minority- and women-owned businesses," Governor Hochul said. "Now in its twelfth year, our MWBE forum will bring together business leaders, state officials, and other industry experts to discuss how we build a more equitable future in New York. I'm proud to host this year's forum, and I urge members of New York's business community to register today and join us." The 2022 Forum will be a multi-day hybrid approach, mixing in-person events and online sessions. Programs will include panels, working sessions, and both live and virtual meetups for networking opportunities. The growing list of programs will address a wide range of topics, from accessing capital to emerging opportunities for MWBEs in the growing cannabis industry. Learn more about the forum and register here. Chief Diversity Officer Julissa Gutierrez said, "Governor Hochul is dedicated to expanding opportunity and fostering economic growth while advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion for all New Yorkers. MWBEs are a vital part of economic development and we continue to strengthen access to contracting opportunities and capital so that MWBEs can truly forge ahead. The annual MWBE forum provides an opportunity to connect talented and entrepreneurial MWBEs with state opportunities that will put them on a path to success." Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Hope Knight said, "New York State has made it an economic development priority to provide MWBEs with the tools they need to get certified and connect to state contracting opportunities. This year's Forum will act as a vibrant hybrid hub, giving businesses the information and networking that is critical to their success." Division of Minority-and Women-Owned Business Enterprise Development Executive Director Jerome DuVal said, "Last year, we reached a historic utilization rate for our MWBE program, but our important work continues. This year's Forum will showcase our mission of building a truly equitable future for New York State's MWBEs and the programs and initiatives that we have introduced and supported to make that future a reality. We are proud to host the nation's largest event connecting MWBEs and the private and public sectors with state contracting opportunities that will give businesses an equitable opportunity for economic growth." Read the full press release here.
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