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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Press Release

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - 11:31am
The Multi-Million Dollar Corridor Creates Unparalleled Drone Testing Capability Home of UAS Industry Competition GENIUS NY, the Tech Garden Also Set to Expand in Downtown Syracuse UAS Investment is Supported by CNY Rising - The Region's Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy Link to Renderings of Tech Garden Expansion Available Here Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the completion of the state supported 50-mile unmanned traffic management drone corridor, which runs from Central New York to the Mohawk Valley. The first-in-the-nation corridor is the most advanced drone testing corridor in the nation. With the needed infrastructure now in place, companies will be able to test both unmanned aerial systems platforms and UTM technologies in real world settings, generating data that will inform the industry and regulators and taking us one step closer towards the routine commercial use of drones. The completion of the corridor advances the regions' collective strategy to accelerate and support emerging uses of UAS in key industries, including agriculture and forest management, transportation and logistics, media and film development, utilities and infrastructure and public safety. At the Syracuse International Airport, the Governor today also announced that the home of the innovative GENIUS NY UAS competition, the Tech Garden in Downtown Syracuse, will undergo a major expansion project to include the addition of two floors to the existing facility. The increased visibility and street-scape will serve as the anchor of the Syracuse's City Center Innovation Hub, a core component of the Syracuse Surge strategy, and will serve as the gateway to the "Innovation Alley" on Warren Street in Syracuse. Empire State Development is assisting the expansion project with up to $12.5 million made available through the regionally designed CNY Rising Upstate Revitalization Initiative plan. "The completion of the 50-mile drone corridor is a groundbreaking achievement that caps a key strategy laid out in our CNY Rising plan to make Central New York and the Mohawk Valley a global center for UAS testing and innovation," Governor Cuomo said. "Additionally, the Tech Garden expansion in Syracuse will further our efforts to draw forward-thinking industry entrepreneurs, including within the UAS industry, to the area ensuring the region continues to rise for decades to come." "As Chair of the Regional Economic Development Councils, I have seen firsthand the evolution of our work to grow the UAS and UTM industry in Central New York," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "This 50-mile drone corridor is another milestone in our efforts to create the most advanced drone testing corridor in the nation. The multi-million-dollar effort will grow the number of high-tech jobs in the region, strengthen the economy, and advance our Central NY Rising strategy." Read the full press release here. 
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Friday, November 8, 2019 - 5:00pm
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the opening of the Materials Engineering Technology Accelerator, or META Center, which is located on the SUNY Polytechnic Institute campus in Albany. The META Center, led by Applied Materials, Inc., is a first-of-its-kind facility aimed at speeding customer prototyping of new materials, process technologies and devices. At the META Center, engineers can evaluate novel chip materials, structures and devices, testing them in a robust pilot manufacturing environment and accelerating their readiness for customer high-volume manufacturing facilities. "With the opening of the META Center, New York State continues to lead the way by attracting industry leading companies like Applied Materials that will grow our high-tech economy," Governor Cuomo said. "This milestone will lead to many new advancements in research and development, attract new businesses to the state, and bring us closer to the technology of tomorrow, today." Read the full press release here.
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Friday, November 8, 2019 - 1:42pm
Industry Leaders Join Aspiring Filmmakers, Producers and Writers for Two Days of Learning and Networking at Legendary 30 Rockefeller Plaza Photos are Available Here Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the fourth installment of PITCHNY, a two-day workshop to provide aspiring young filmmakers, producers and writers from across New York State with resources and in-person mentorship from entertainment industry leaders to advance their careers. The event, hosted by the Governor's Office of Motion Picture & Television Development and NBCUniversal in collaboration with Tribeca Film Institute, is the most recent state initiative to promote the inclusion of diverse voices across the entertainment industry. "New York's greatest strength is our diversity, and we want to break down barriers to help ensure people from different backgrounds have a seat at the table in the film and television industry," Governor Cuomo said. "This event connects a diverse set of aspiring young content creators with the mentors, exposure and resources they need to gain access to the industry, paving the way for new talent and generations of diverse writers, directors, producers and studio executives." Secretary to the Governor Melissa DeRosa, who spoke at the PITCHNY event, said, "Under Governor Cuomo's leadership, New York State is setting a nation-leading example creating equal opportunity for all, and PITCHNY perfectly encapsulates those efforts. This is an exciting and inspiring event that's opening doors for diverse young filmmakers, producers and writers from across the Empire State to make their unique voices and stories heard through screenplays, scripts and the silver screen." Read the full press release here. 
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Friday, November 8, 2019 - 10:20am
$25 Million Luminate NY Initiative is the World's Largest Accelerator Program for Startups with Optics, Photonics and Imaging Technologies OPI Innovation is a Key Part of “Finger Lakes Forward”—the Region’s Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy Empire State Development (ESD) today announced the 10 companies selected to take part in the Round III of New York State’s Luminate NY accelerator competition in Rochester. The finalists selected include optics, photonics and imaging startups which were selected after pitching their innovative ideas to an advisory panel comprised of industry experts during the Lightning Awards at the Strong National Museum of Play. Each company will receive an initial investment of $100,000 and will be a part of Luminate’s third cohort, which will begin in January 2020 at the Sibley Building in downtown Rochester. The six-month program will help the selected companies speed the commercialization of their technologies and business. In June, the teams will compete during Demo Day for $2 million in follow-on funding. Funding for the $25 million program is being provided through the Finger Lakes Forward Upstate Revitalization Initiative award and is being administered by NextCorps. Empire State Development Acting Commissioner and President & CEO-designate Eric Gertler said, “Congratulations to the 10 entrepreneurial companies selected as finalists for Luminate NY’s third cohort. These optics, photonics and imaging startups will continue to drive innovation and opportunity in the Finger Lakes region and throughout New York State.” Luminate NY supports innovators as they grow their ideas in Rochester with help from industry experts, businesses and local universities. The program aims to assist entrepreneurs who are interested in solving challenging industry problems, including, but not limited to: machine vision, inspection, biophotonics, security, surveillance, augmented and virtual reality, and autonomous vehicles. The 10 selected startups include: The 10 selected startups include: Akknatek   Lens Reviewer, optical imaging system ExPrimary: High-performance, low-cost bioanalytical instruments and assay-kit consumables Haqean: On-demand quantum entropy Kilo Medical Solutions: Brise-Solette, light regulation for premature infants in the neonatal ICU PixelDisplay: Nanoparticles, thin-films, LED and Micro-LED designs, and digital controller ICs Rubitection: Rubitect Assessment System (RAS), early bedsore detection and management tools Sanoor: Smart lighting, LiFi, IoT, and underwater optical communications Simulated Inanimate Models: SIM ARTS™, hands-free educational experiences SunDensity: Photonic Smart Coating (PSC) technology Think Outside: SKNOW, digital avalanche safety Luminate received interest for Round III from 101 applicants from 25 different countries, including:  India, Canada, Australia, Israel, Russia, Singapore, and Spain.  In New York, 15 startups applied, with the remaining coming from U.S. cities including Austin, Berkeley, Boston, Los Angeles and Orlando. A total of 22 startups competed for the 10 available spots. Luminate NY Managing Director Sujatha Ramanujan said, “The caliber of the startups and technologies for Cohort III is very strong. Our OPI ecosystem in the Finger Lakes will provide a distinct advantage for these businesses as they work to speed their innovations to market.”  Round I winner, Double Helix Optics, has actively leveraged the optics infrastructure in the Finger Lakes region. It has partnered with Rochester optics firms to develop and manufacture new products and has collaborated with the Ithaca/Cornell community to advance the fabrication of its proprietary phase mask technology. Ovitz, winner of Round II, has expanded its office and talent in Rochester. The company has developed a system for individualized, vision-enhancing contact lenses to significantly improve people’s vision quality. Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council Co-Chairs, Monroe Community College President Anne Kress and Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Bob Duffy said, “Congratulations to these innovative teams on their selection to take part in the third round of the groundbreaking Luminate NY accelerator program in Rochester. This unique competition is helping the region further establish itself as a global leader in the burgeoning light-based products and services industry, helping to move the Finger Lakes forward for years to come.” State Senator Joe Robach said, “Congratulations to the 10 finalists for Round III of New York’s Luminate NY accelerator competition. The Rochester region has a long and rich history in optics, photonics and imaging and has been a sustained leader in these fields for generations. I am certain that the combination of our local knowledge and the creativity behind these start-ups will lead to success in the future!” Assembly Member Harry Bronson said, “This innovative program provides the funding for the entrepreneurial spirit that is needed for the future creative projects that will provide the future of job and economic growth for our state and nation. I know that this next round of funding will provide for great ideas that will help build a brighter future for our families.” Mayor Lovely A. Warren said, “The City of Rochester has long been the optics and imaging capital of the United States. Next generation optics, imaging and photonics will play a vital role in our economy and in the innovative technologies and tools of our future—including augmented and virtual reality, autonomous vehicles, machine vision and biophotonic devices—with Luminate, the State of New York and the City of Rochester championing and remaining at the forefront of these emerging developments. Congratulations to the 10 companies selected to advance in this completion.” For additional information about the Luminate NY accelerator, click here. 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 $6.1 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. Today, unemployment is down to the lowest levels since before the Great Recession; personal and corporate income taxes are down; and businesses are choosing places like Rochester, Batavia and Canandaigua as a destination to grow and invest in. 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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Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 5:40pm
Partnership to Drive Visitation to New York State During Summer and Visitation to Puerto Rico During Winter Governor Also Announces Puerto Rican Chocolate Manufacturer to Expand in New York State Governor Cuomo Makes Announcements at 2019 Somos Puerto Rico Conference Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and Puerto Rico Governor Wanda Vázquez Garced today announced a new, integrated tourism partnership between New York State and Puerto Rico that will highlight popular attractions in both locations to drive visitation to both. Both Governors will direct state resources to promote reciprocal visitation to each destination over the next year. Governor Cuomo also announced that Chocolate Cortés, the leading chocolate manufacturer in the Caribbean and a longstanding Puerto Rican and Dominican brand, will expand in New York State with its restaurant concept Chocobar Cortés. The Governor made both announcements at the 2019 Somos Puerto Rico Conference in San Juan. "New York maintains robust economic and cultural ties with Puerto Rico, and this new partnership will take advantage of all that the state and the island have to offer while bolstering both tourism industries through an integrated marketing campaign," Governor Cuomo said. "In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, New York stood shoulder to shoulder with our brothers and sisters on the island and this new partnership is the latest example of our ongoing commitment to the people of Puerto Rico." Governor Wanda Vázquez Garced said, "New York State has shown an unwavering commitment with Puerto Rico's recovery for the past two years. Today's announcement marks yet another milestone in the strong partnership between New York and Puerto Rico. We look forward to developing this mutually beneficial tourism marketing initiative, and are extremely grateful for the recovery and relief efforts which New York State has spearheaded in Puerto Rico." Read the full press release here. 
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Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 4:06pm
New Authority Advances Growth of the 50-Mile Unmanned Aircraft Corridor Being Developed Between Syracuse and Rome New York Announcement Furthers the Momentum of "CNY Rising" - the Region's Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the New York Unmanned Aircraft System Test Site at Griffiss International Airport in Rome has received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to fly unmanned aircraft beyond visual line of sight within first segment of New York's 50-Mile Unmanned Aircraft System Corridor being built by Oneida County, NUAIR and New York State. This is the first "true" BVLOS authority granted to the FAA-designated test site, which allows unmanned aircraft testing without the need for ground-based observers. This announcement builds on a $30 million investment announced by Governor Cuomo in November of 2016 to advance the growing Unmanned Aircraft System industry as part of the Governor's CNY Rising initiative. "The drone corridor has transformed Central New York and the Mohawk Valley into a global leader of this next-generation technology, while diversifying New York's economy," Governor Cuomo said. "This Federal designation is an incredible milestone for New York State and will ensure that Central New York and the Mohawk Valley regions remain the global hub for Unmanned Aircraft System advancement and integration for generations to come." Read the full press release here. 
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Public Notice

Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 1:00pm
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Public Notice

Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 10:00am
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Press Release

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 1:12pm
State to Collaborate with Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council to Revitalize Seneca Falls' Downtown Part of Governor's Comprehensive Approach to Transform Communities into Vibrant Neighborhoods and Boost Local Economies Downtown Revitalization Investments Complement "Finger Lakes Forward" - The Region's Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced Seneca Falls will receive $10 million in funding as the Finger Lakes Region winner of the fourth round of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative. As in the first three rounds of the DRI, one municipality from each of the state's 10 regional economic development regions is selected as a $10 million winner, marking another overall state goal to target $100 million in funding and investments to help communities boost their economies by transforming downtowns into vibrant neighborhoods where the next generation of New Yorkers will want to live, work and raise a family. "With this funding Seneca Falls will be able to share its rich history with more people through infrastructure and commercial developments that will encourage economic growth," Governor Cuomo said. "Through DRI, local governments are able to actualize changes they wish to see in their communities with creative solutions to make long-lasting, positive impacts on their economies and their cities."  "With funding from the Downtown Revitalization Initiative, Seneca Falls will continue to flourish as an integral part of state and national history," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "As the birthplace of the women's rights movement and a charming part of the Finger Lakes, Seneca Falls is primed for continued investment that will positively impact downtown growth. With this once in a lifetime opportunity, Seneca Falls will develop a roadmap for the future with innovative projects focused on boosting the local and regional economy." Read the full press release here. 
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Public Notice

Tuesday, November 5, 2019 - 2:00pm
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