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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Wednesday, October 6, 2021 - 1:06pm
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Public Notice

Wednesday, October 6, 2021 - 10:00am
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Press Release

Tuesday, October 5, 2021 - 4:55pm
Medical Device Manufacturer Will Add Production Lines and Create 45 Jobs Empire State Development (ESD) today announced that medical device and medical disposables manufacturer Polymer Conversions has started construction on the expansion of its operations in the Town of Orchard Park. The $14.25 million project will accommodate the recent dramatic growth the company has experienced due to the coronavirus pandemic and demand for U.S. sourced medical supplies. ESD is supporting the expansion of cleanroom manufacturing and warehouse operations with up to $550,000 through the Excelsior Tax Credit program in exchange for the creation of 45 jobs and the retention of 125 existing jobs. Empire State Development Chief Operating Officer and Executive Deputy Commissioner Kevin Younis said, “Polymer Conversions’ commitment to WNY is yet another example of high-tech companies choosing to grow and invest there.  Investing in in-demand medical device manufacturing is an example of how WNY and New York State continue to build our economy back.” In 2020, Polymer Conversions was acquired by MedBio, an outsourced manufacturing company that focuses on cleanroom injection molding and assembly for medical, life sciences and biotechnology devices. Polymer Conversions is a full-service medical device contract manufacturer that specializes in complex thermoplastic injection molding and value-add assembly-making customized “tight-tolerance” medical and biometric devices, among other products. Recent increases in customer orders is prompting the advanced manufacturer to undertake an expansion that will significantly increase the size of its plant at 5732 Big Tree Road and increase its workforce by 36%. To accommodate this growth, the company is constructing a pair of additions totaling 34,200 square feet of space. A 28,000-square-foot northern addition will allow the company to enhance its cleanroom operation and make it more efficient. The western expansion of 6,200 square feet will add to the company's engineering offices and meeting space. The work is expected to be completed by April 2022. Benjamin Harp, Polymer Conversions President said, “Empire State Development and Invest Buffalo’s support and leadership was critical to Medbio’s decision to build our expansion here in Orchard Park.  We are excited to expand our facility by 34,000 square feet and add new jobs in the Buffalo community. This expansion is an investment in our customers, employees, and community. We are excited about our growth in the coming years.” Thomas Kucharski, President & CEO, Invest Buffalo Niagara said, “Polymer Conversions is an incredible local employer, and we were thrilled to help them double-down on their commitment to Buffalo Niagara. Advanced manufacturing remains critical to our economy’s success and Polymer Conversions’ high-tech products and processes are a significant part of that future.   Senator Sean Ryan said, "The expansion of Polymer Conversions is a significant boost for the Western New York economy as we continue to recover from the pandemic and chart a new path forward for our region. With support from New York State, Polymer Conversions is creating the type of good-paying jobs our economy needs and expanding their presence in Orchard Park. This a big win for the future of high-tech manufacturing in Upstate New York."   Assembly Member Patrick Burke said, “I am pleased to see Polymer Conversions/MedBio, a full-service medical contract manufacturer, growing its operation in Orchard Park. The continued expansion of MedBio since its development in 2004 emphasizes the importance of U.S. based medical device manufacturers. The value of this company was only validated by the events of this past year, and the struggles we faced in trying to acquire additional medical supplies during a public health crisis. Partnering with this company brings great opportunity to the region by creating stable jobs while simultaneously making WNY a hotspot for continued growth in the field of high-technology. We are thrilled to assist them in their expansion and commitment to WNY, and wait in excitement to watch the company grow and impact the area in a handful of positive ways.” County Executive Mark Poloncarz said, “As Polymer Conversions grows, so too does Erie County’s reputation as a place where business can succeed and good careers can take root. This $14 million investment brings much-needed space to better suit increased customer orders, retains jobs while creating more, and demonstrates the vitality of our advanced manufacturing sector.” For additional information about Polymer Conversions, visit https://medbioinc.com/ 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 Kathy Hochul’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: Pamm Lent | [email protected] | (716) 846-8309 Laura Magee | [email protected] | (716) 846-8239
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Press Release

Tuesday, October 5, 2021 - 4:07pm
New Distillery a Welcome Addition to the Growing Craft Beverage and Hospitality Economy in the Mid-Hudson Region Empire State Development today announced the completion of the first phase of The Star Estate Development Group DBA Hudson House & Distillery (Hudson House and Distillery), a small-batch distillery and event venue located at the former 27-acre Christian Brothers monastery in West Park, in the Town of Esopus, Ulster County. The first phase of the project involved significant site improvements and infrastructure upgrades to establish a craft distillery, tasting room, event space and catering kitchen with a 4,500 square foot outdoor deck to allow for more social distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The company invested $1.8 million to purchase and rehabilitate two existing buildings on site. This project will allow Hudson House & Distillery to source its ingredients from local farms and businesses which will greatly reduce its carbon footprint and transportation costs. The Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council supported this project by recommending an Empire State Development Capital Grant of $212,400. This project will also create eight new jobs. Empire State Development Chief Operating Officer and Executive Deputy Commissioner Kevin Younis said, “The Mid-Hudson Region is known for its abundance of natural resources, its beauty and its history.  The Hudson House & Distillery capitalizes on these assets and has created an exceptional destination spot for both Mid-Hudson residents and visitors.” Charles Ferri, Chief Executive Officer at The Hudson House & Distillery said, “This project is a true testament of public, private and environmental sectors working together to achieve something incredible; a waterfront destination distillery. Without the tireless assistance from Empire State Development, Ulster County and the Town of Esopus, this one of a kind project would not have been possible. We are incredibly thankful to all that have supported this project and will do our utmost to make the region proud by producing high quality spirits and products for all to enjoy!” SUNY New Paltz President and Mid-Hudson REDC Co-Chair Donald P. Christian said, “The investment in Hudson House & Distillery has transformed this historic property into a vibrant and unique destination that the community will benefit from and attract visitors and residents alike. With the company’s expectations to serve an estimated 30,000-40,000 visitors per year, the MHREDC is pleased to support this regionally impactful economic development project.’ Senator Michelle Hinchey, Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee said, “New York proudly maintains its position as the second-largest craft distillery stakeholder in the country. Continuing this growth trajectory means bolstering state support for truly unique businesses like Hudson House that are not only paving the way for farm distilleries but driving local job creation, forging strong partnerships with upstate farmers and food producers, preserving our historic architecture, and raising the profile of our rural communities in the process. I want to congratulate Hudson House & Distillery on completing phase one of its renovation project and thank ESD for awarding this Ulster County business with a generous state grant.”  Assemblyman Kevin Cahill said, “Hudson House Distillery connects the ingredients that make the Hudson Valley special.  Utilizing our local farms as a resource, employing members of our community and renovating an historic property into something everyone can enjoy is an achievement that should be celebrated.  I am proud to join Ulster County Tourism and Empire State Development in our support in our Hudson Valley small businesses.” Ulster County Executive Patrick K. Ryan said, “I am proud to welcome Hudson House and Distillery to Ulster County. This new venue will be a draw to the region which will bring new visitors to the area, helping local farms and businesses in the process.  It is businesses like Hudson House and Distillery that truly make the Mid-Hudson Region a great place to visit, live and work.” Town of Esopus Supervisor Jared Geuss said, “The Town of Esopus is excited to be the home of Hudson House & Craft Distillery. This important establishment helps fulfill our Comprehensive Plan community vision. It is a welcome addition to the 9W corridor where visitors and residents alike can now enjoy world-class spirits, farm-to-table foods and seasonal attractions alongside the natural beauty of the Hudson River. We appreciate Ulster County and the Regional Economic Development Council for prioritizing and supporting this economic boost to the benefit of our residents and local businesses.” 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 Hochul’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: Kristin Devoe | [email protected] | (518) 414-1087  Press Office | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313  
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Board Meeting

Monday, October 4, 2021 - 11:00am
In accordance with recently passed Legislation, 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 Friday, October 1, 2021.
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Report

Friday, October 1, 2021 - 5:27pm
Empire State Development (ESD) oversees administration of the Empire State Commercial Production Tax Credit Program. The Program is designed to increase the production of commercial filming in New York State. Read the 2018 annual Commercial Production Tax Credit Program Report below: Commercial Production Tax Credit Program Annual Report: 2018
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Report

Thursday, September 30, 2021 - 3:24pm
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Press Release

Tuesday, September 28, 2021 - 2:00pm
Milestone in Buffalo Blueway Project to Connect Residents with Nature, Increase Opportunities for Recreation $2 Million Project Celebrates Grand Opening After Just Five Months of Construction Empire State Development (ESD), the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper (BNW) today celebrated the grand opening of the $2 million renovated Buffalo Blueway site, DEC’s Buffalo River – Ohio Street Fishing Access Site. The ESD-funded project, completed by BNW, adds to the network of public access points along the city’s waterways as part of the Buffalo Blueway project, a regional effort to improve and enhance waterfront access and opportunities for recreation.  See pictures of the site here. The newly expanded and enhanced DEC-owned site at Ohio Street will enable better access to paddling, car-top boats, fishing and passive recreation along the Buffalo River waterfront. The construction project, which was completed in just five months by BNW and its contractor, Scott Lawn Yard, includes the following enhancements: Car-top Boat Launch: Improved boat launch features carry-in, car-top fishing boat access and paddle craft launching with timber guiderails. Wheelchair Accessible Fishing Pier: Pedestrian promenade/walkway and fixed pier overlook platform provides universal access to the river. North Path: Now provides pedestrian connections to Ohio Street and the Shoreline Trail while evoking the former rail line. Debris Deflection: Two newly installed floating deflectors will help mitigate wave forces and deflect floating debris and flowing ice away from the shoreline and boat launch. Central Dropoff: New vehicular and pedestrian traffic pattern allows for more efficient launching. Parking: Upgrades to parking area pavements and pathways allow for improved public access. “This new Buffalo Blueway site improves equitable access to Western New York’s greatest asset – its waterfront – and I want to thank Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper for their continued leadership and partnership to get these projects completed, as well as the state DEC for its collaboration on this Ohio Street site,” said Empire State Development Chief Operating Officer and Executive Deputy Commissioner Kevin Younis.  “This is just the latest example of how Buffalo Blueway public access projects are increasing recreation and tourism to the area while enhancing the region’s waterfront.” “DEC is excited to reopen the Buffalo River – Ohio Street Fishing Access site today to further enhance the newly revitalized Buffalo River corridor,” said DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos. “Once an abandoned railroad property, this now popular recreational spot now draws anglers and outdoors enthusiasts of all ages. Working with our project partners, DEC is pleased to announce today our latest efforts to improve access to the river for anglers, boaters, and kayakers, and restore shoreline habitat for fish and wildlife.”  “Our vision for the Buffalo Blueway is becoming a reality, with enhanced public access for everyone to enjoy their waterfront and the Buffalo River,” said Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper Executive Director Jill Jedlicka. “For the first three decades of our existence, Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper worked tirelessly to lead the cleanup partnership efforts that resulted in a once-dead Buffalo River becoming a thriving, vibrant ecosystem that is now being activated with recreational activity from locals and tourists alike. Supporting the growth of the region’s sustainable blue economy continues to be a goal of our ongoing environmental restoration work, and by offering universal access to our waterways through the Blueway system, these kinds of projects will continue to accelerate economic activity for our entire waterfront.” Design partners on the project include Anchor QEA, Watts Engineering and Edgewater Resources. In January 2017, New York State announced a $10 million award to Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper in an effort to expand and enhance waterfront access. This investment – the Buffalo Blueway – connects a network of public access points located strategically near existing sites and attractions along Lake Erie, the Niagara River and Buffalo River corridors to increase recreation and tourism and spur private development. In 2019, major site enhancements were implemented at Buffalo RiverWorks, Wilkeson Pointe and Mutual Riverfront Park. The site enhancements include a massive public art mural at Buffalo RiverWorks, along with Blueway-specific metal markers and interpretive and safety signage at the three sites. Now that the Ohio Street site is complete, BNW’s next Buffalo Blueway construction project will be improvements at Red Jacket Riverfront Natural Habitat Park in Erie County. BNW is also in the design phase with another Erie County park, Seneca Bluffs, as a Buffalo Blueway site. Construction will begin at Seneca Bluffs next year. Senator Sean Ryan said, “The Buffalo Blueway project has been a boon to our continuing efforts to make Buffalo’s waterfront more accessible to the residents of Western New York. By improving public access to the Buffalo River, the enhancements at the Ohio Street site will help highlight our area’s exemplary fishing and promote economic growth along the city’s waterfront.” Assemblymember Jon D. Rivera said, “The new and improved Buffalo River access point at Ohio Street — part of the Buffalo Blueway project — will allow residents of all ages greater accessibility and expanded usage of the city’s most treasured asset. Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper has worked relentlessly to restore the natural ecosystems of our waterways, and in doing so, has invaluably added to our region’s eco-tourism sector. As the Blueway system continues to provide increased access to Buffalo’s waterfront, our city’s economy and its environmental sustainability are set to reap the benefits.” Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said, “The Buffalo River waterfront is taking a big step forward with the completion of the Buffalo Blueway Public Access Project on Ohio Street, which improves accessibility for fishing, kayaking, and other types of waterfront recreation. Completed in just five months, this project will add to the area’s vitality for years to come.” City of Buffalo Mayor Byron W Brown said, “Activity on Buffalo’s waterways is now a common sight and I thank Empire State Development, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper for adding to the network of public access points as part of the Buffalo Blueway Project.  This $2 million investment at the DEC-owned site at Ohio Street complements an $11 million investment that transformed this roadway into a riverfront parkway.  It's also great news for paddlers, anglers and others, and another positive example of why investing in our environmental and recreational assets will help spur additional economic development.” Contact: Jennifer Fee (BNW) | [email protected] | (716) 983-3665 Laura Magee (ESD) | [email protected] ) | (716) 846-8239 | (800) 260-7313 TJ Pignataro (DEC) | [email protected] | (716) 851-7091
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Board Meeting

Monday, September 27, 2021 - 11:00am
In accordance with recently passed Legislation, this meeting will be conducted via teleconference. The public may listen to the meeting via webcast link below. Members of the public may submit comments on agenda items in writing to [email protected] by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 24.
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