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

Friday, May 15, 2020 - 4:30pm
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 12:00 pm on Friday, May 15, 2020.
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Press Release

Friday, May 15, 2020 - 4:07pm
From New Technology Improving N95 Masks, to Ventilators and Vital COVID-19 Testing Supplies, these Products will be Produced in New York State Empire State Development (ESD) today announced support for eight New York State businesses to produce needed testing supplies and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) related to the COVID-19 pandemic. More than $4 million has been awarded to help these innovative companies retool their business lines and pivot to manufacturing vital supplies for ongoing response and recovery efforts. ESD Acting Commissioner and President & CEO-designate Eric Gertler said, "Many of the world's premier and most innovative companies are in New York State. ESD's support for these businesses not only answers Governor Cuomo's call for homegrown industries to assist with the state's efforts to combat the coronavirus but reflects the investment is being made to ensure that the State continues its record of smart growth as we recover and grow statewide."  In March, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo asked companies with New York-based operations to retool production lines in order to manufacture approved COVID-19 critical supplies, such as ventilators, COVID-19 test kits, and PPE, including N95 respirators, surgical masks, disposable surgical gloves, gowns, face shields, and biohazard bags.  Those businesses were to contact ESD. The first eight companies awarded assistance to develop COVID-19-related products are:  Chembio Diagnostic Systems, Inc. – $1,000,000 – Suffolk County, Long Island Chembio Diagnostic Systems is a leader in the development, manufacture and commercialization of diagnostic tests for infectious diseases. The investment will support company's efforts to refocus efforts on production of COVID-19 tests, hiring and training employees, purchasing of materials and expansion of injection molding tooling capacity. Over time, including payroll, capital expenditures, and working capital, Chembio is expected to invest a significant portion of its capital toward the production of COVID-19 tests. New Lab – $1,000,000 – Kings County, New York City New Lab, LLC., an engine for inventors, engineers and entrepreneurs, in partnership with Boyce Technologies and 10x Beta, has formed a new company named Spiro Devices, LLC., to research and develop a ventilator alternative device called the “Spiro Wave” that will automate a manual resuscitator, giving patients the oxygen they need while freeing up clinicians and conventional ventilators to meet the critical needs of the COVID-19 crisis. To address the unreliability of purchasing parts from China, this initiative is using a company called Teknic out of Victor, Ontario County, as a vendor to address global supply chain constraints. Spiro Devices will be supplying 3,000 Spiro Wave devices to New York City and is scaling production, product development and clinical trainings to meet market demands. Spiro Devices will invest more than $13 million in this project and create 90 jobs. Strong Manufacturers – $600,000 – Erie County, Western NY Strong Manufacturers has 40 years of experience in the medical supply chain and the manufacturing and distribution of PPE and sanitation products. The company will build out a clean manufacturing space in its existing Buffalo facility and will acquire and install automated, mask-manufacturing machines, implement production systems, and establish distribution protocols. The project will require a $2.7 million investment and at full ramp up Strong Manufacturers will produce 6.75 million masks per week, and 324 million masks per year, hiring an additional 18 to 24 employees to reach full capacity. Bodi Energy – $560,000 – Tompkins County, Southern Tier Bodi Energy will re-tool its Ithaca facility in order to initially produce N95 respirator masks. Bodi's masks will employ a patented Cornell technology expected to deliver a superior particle capture efficiency at lower pressure drop than conventional meltblown fibers and set a new standard of novel air filtration that allows for N99 and N100 ratings with significantly better breathability and comfort. Ramp up will include the purchase of machinery and equipment, training of employees, and setup and configuration of the manufacturing line. The masks are being fast tracked for NIOSH Certification over the next few months. The project will entail a $3 million investment which supports a team of 14 full-time employees and a manufacturing capacity of 60,000 masks per day or 15 million masks per year. Garment District for Gowns – $472,000 – New York City Garment District for Gowns (GDFG) was launched in response to the critical need of medical gowns in New York State. GDFG has developed, manufactured and began the distribution of reusable, water repellent, non-woven medical gowns for doctors and nurses. To date GDFG has already provided gowns to over 31 health institutions including hospitals, nursing homes, EMT stations, & fire departments. Factories are located in Manhattan and Brooklyn.  GDFG will invest more than $1.1 million, employ an additional 152 employees to reach full ramp up and will produce over 30,000 gowns per week. Made in Midtown, Inc. – $250,000 – New York City Made in Midtown is a boot, shoe and accessories manufacturer. The company will retool its 7,000 square foot factory to produce reusable and washable personal protection masks for adults and children. The project will entail an investment of $992,800 and a commitment to producing 70,000 masks total. Initially, the company will produce 1,800 masks per week, will hire nine more employees and producing 3,600 masks per week at full capacity. LMD Power of Light Corp. – $175,768 – Monroe County, Finger Lakes With 30-years of experience as a contract manufacturer, LMD Power of Light will use support from New York State to make Oxygen Treatment Helmets at its facility in Rochester. These non-invasive ventilation (NIV) devices are currently being used across Europe to improve the respiratory function in patients experiencing respiratory distress, who otherwise might be put on a mechanical ventilator. They are virtually non-existent here in the United States. LMD will start with a limited production of 125 Oxygen Treatment Helmets by July, and another 125 by mid-August, that will be quickly dispatched to hospitals that have already indicated interest in starting trials. Autronic Plastics, Inc. d/b/a Clear-Vu Medical – $80,000 – Suffolk County, Long Island Clear-Vu normally produces plastic components and LED fixtures for transit and healthcare. This company has designed and is building a cleanroom space to begin manufacturing face shields at a scale and is procuring and setting up automation, glue lines and conveyor assembly systems. Clear-Vu will invest over $200,000 for production and is already in contract to produce 6 million face shields per year with capacity to more than double that. This new business line will create 28 new jobs at full capacity. Their face shields have already been provided to over a dozen healthcare organizations, first responders, and medical distributors. 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, visit www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov and www.esd.ny.gov.     Contact:  ESD Press Office | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313  
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Press Release

Thursday, May 14, 2020 - 11:55am
"Earlier this week, both lawsuits against the Belmont Park Redevelopment Project were wholly dismissed, representing a decisive victory for smart economic development and validating ESD's vigorous environmental review and robust public engagement process. We look forward to continuing this project, which will deliver thousands of jobs and billions in economic activity to the downstate region -- which are needed now more than ever."   Contact:  ESD Press Office | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313
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Board Meeting

Tuesday, May 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 5:30 pm on Monday, May 11, 2020.
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Board Meeting

Thursday, April 30, 2020 - 3:51pm
This meeting has been postponed and will be rescheduled.
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Report

Monday, April 27, 2020 - 5:11pm
The Empire State Jobs Retention Program was created to provide financial incentives to retain strategic businesses and jobs that are at risk of leaving the state due to the impact on business operations from a natural disaster. Below please find charts A & B of the quarterly program report detailing businesses admitted to the program and credits issued for the second quarter, ending 6/30/2019. Empire State Jobs Retention Program Quarterly Report - Chart A: Businesses Admitted To Program Empire State Jobs Retention Program Quarterly Report- Chart B: Credits Issued
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Report

Monday, April 27, 2020 - 3:39pm
The Excelsior Jobs Program provides job creation and investment incentives to firms in targeted industries in order to encourage businesses to expand in and relocate to New York while maintaining strict accountability standards to guarantee that businesses deliver on job and investment commitments. Below please find the quarterly program report for the second quarter of 2019, ending 6/30/2019. 6/30/2019: EXCELSIOR JOBS PROGRAM - Quarterly Report CHART A - EXCELSIOR JOBS PROGRAM QUARTERLY REPORT - Businesses Admitted To Program CHART B - EXCELSIOR JOBS PROGRAM QUARTERLY REPORT - Businesses Issued Credits- Tax Year 2012  CHART C - EXCELSIOR JOBS PROGRAM QUARTERLY REPORT - Businesses Issued Credits- Tax Year 2013 CHART D - EXCELSIOR JOBS PROGRAM QUARTERLY REPORT - Businesses Issued Credits- Tax Year 2014  CHART E - EXCELSIOR JOBS PROGRAM QUARTERLY REPORT - Businesses Issued Credits- Tax Year 2015 CHART F - EXCELSIOR JOBS PROGRAM QUARTERLY REPORT - Businesses Issued Credits- Tax Year 2016 CHART G - EXCELSIOR JOBS PROGRAM QUARTERLY REPORT - Businesses Issued Credits- Tax Year 2017 CHART H - EXCELSIOR JOBS PROGRAM QUARTERLY REPORT - Businesses Issued Credits- Tax Year 2018
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Press Release

Monday, April 27, 2020 - 12:53pm
Aquarium Has Bred the First New Penguins in the State-of-the-Art Penguin Habitat, a Priority Project of Governor Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council Initiative See photo of the new Humboldt penguin chicks here The Western New York Regional Economic Development Council (WNYREDC) today congratulates the Aquarium of Niagara on successfully breeding Humboldt penguins in the $3.5 million Penguin Coast exhibit. The exhibit, which opened in 2018, allowed the Aquarium to receive accreditation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and restart a breeding program for these threatened species. Two recently hatched chicks join the existing colony of 14 adult Humboldt penguins. This is the first penguin hatching at the Aquarium of Niagara since April 2006. Animal care staff hope to welcome additional chicks over the next several weeks as they continue to monitor the penguin colony. The Aquarium of Niagara is currently closed to the public in response to the COVID-19 virus but a video of new penguin chicks can be seen here. “The Humboldt Penguin Exhibit at the Aquarium of Niagara was an exciting addition to the aquarium expanding exhibits and increasing visitors,” said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. “During this difficult time with the coronavirus pandemic, it’s great to receive some good news that the aquarium has bred its first new penguins achieving a significant and special milestone. The Aquarium of Niagara continues to grow as a premier tourist destination in Western New York with the jellyfish exhibit and future shark-ray touch tank attracting more children and families to enjoy the attractions and beauty of Niagara Falls and the entire region.” ​ “On behalf of the WNYREDC, I want to congratulate the Aquarium of Niagara on the important scientific achievement of successfully breeding penguins in the Penguin Coast exhibit,” said WNYREDC Co-Chair and Buffalo State College President Katherine Conway-Turner.  “The penguin exhibit, the jellyfish exhibit and the future shark-ray touch tank are all part of an overall strategy that will help bring more visitors to Niagara Falls.” “The Aquarium of Niagara is once again adding to its value as a regional tourist attraction,” WNYREDC Co-Chair and Campus Labs Co-Founder and President Eric Reich. “The REDC is proud to support the Aquarium, which is key to increasing tourism and economic activity in the region, and I encourage both residents and visitors to see the penguin chicks in person when the Aquarium reopens." The 3,500-square-foot Penguin Coast exhibit includes a 15,000-gallon pool, nesting areas, programming and interactive features, while providing a state-of-the-art habitat for the colony to grow to more than 20 Humboldt penguins. The Aquarium of Niagara is one of only 20 facilities in the United States and Canada to house the threatened Humboldt penguin species. "The birth of an animal is always cause for celebration, but we are especially pleased to make this announcement during these otherwise uncertain and difficult times." said Gary Siddall, Executive Director of the Aquarium of Niagara. “This is a huge occasion for our organization, and we are thrilled to be able to work with other AZA-accredited aquariums and zoos as we help ensure a bright and successful future for Humboldt penguins.” Humboldt penguins are native to costal Peru and Chile and are threatened by human intrusions, invasive species, climate change as well as mining and quarrying for energy production. There are now fewer than 32,000 mature individuals in the wild.  The AZA administers a Species Survival Plan (SSP) to ensure population sustainability across the accredited institutions currently equipped to care for Humboldt penguins. The incubation of eggs typically takes about 40-46 days; male and female penguins share incubation and chick rearing duties. Parents of the newly hatched chicks are Blanca (female) and PJ (male); sex of the chicks will be determined through a blood test. The New York Power Authority provided $1.75 million to support the penguin project through its Western New York Power Proceeds Allocation Board, which uses earnings from the sale of unused hydropower from the Niagara Power Project to fund economic development projects in the region. Other funding included $300,000 from the WNY Regional Economic Development Council and $100,000 through Market New York in 2016.  The Western New York region has been awarded $620.5 million cumulatively through nine rounds of the Regional Council initiative, in state support for 890 projects across the region. The WNYREDC is composed of Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie and Niagara counties. To learn more about the WNYREDC, visit https://regionalcouncils.ny.gov/western-new-york. For more information about the Aquarium of Niagara, visit this link: www.aquariumofniagara.org.  About the Regional Economic Development Councils The Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) initiative is a key component of Governor Cuomo's approach to State investment and economic development. In 2011, Governor Cuomo established 10 Regional Councils to develop 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. After nine rounds of the REDC process, more than $6.9 billion has been awarded to more than 8,300 job creation and community development projects consistent with each region's strategic plans, projecting to create and retain more than 240,000 jobs. For more information on the Regional Councils   Contact: Pamm Lent | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313 Laura Magee | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313
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Public Notice

Friday, April 17, 2020 - 5:30pm
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