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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Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 5:39pm
Deloitte Consulting LLP (Deloitte) has been engaged to evaluate Wadsworth’s potential to promote life sciences industry cluster growth in the Capital Region, and specifically to identify key opportunities for Wadsworth to build academic and commercial partnerships. This report analyzes the potential for such partnerships, and provides the high-level economic case for investing in the Life Sciences Laboratory Initiative in the Capital Region. Life Sciences Laboratory Initiative: Wadsworth Future State Report Life Sciences Laboratory Initiative: Wadsworth Future State Report - Appendices  
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Press Release

Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 1:42pm
State officials today announced that OFD Foods, a leading supplier of freeze-dried food for the United States Military, has broken ground on a $25 million, state-of -the-art, nearly 50,000-square-foot facility in the Town of Henrietta, Monroe County. The facility, which will be operating by the end of the year, will focus on providing contract freeze-drying services in bulk industrial packaging for the company’s Midwest and East Coast customer base. The project is expected to result in the creation of up to 30 full-time jobs. Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul made the announcement at a groundbreaking event at the Henrietta site today. "Businesses like OFD Foods, a global leader in freeze-dried technology, are recognizing that the Finger Lakes region is ideal for growth and expansion," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, who participated in today's groundbreaking. “Our state’s commitment to economic development in Monroe County continues to deliver results. The strategy we have put forward is resulting in the creation of good-paying jobs, like the 30 full-time positions at this new facility in Henrietta. More and more companies are investing in New York and demonstrating their confidence in the future of the Finger Lakes region.” In order to encourage OFD Foods to construct its new manufacturing facility in New York, Empire State Development is providing up to $400,000 in Finger Lakes Forward Upstate Revitalization Initiative grant funds and the New York Power Authority (NYPA) is providing 1.75 megawatts (MW) of low-cost power under the Governor’s ReCharge NY program. Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, “The OFD expansion will provide a great economic opportunity for the Greater Rochester region and further illustrates the success of the Finger Lakes Forward plan which has made supporting the growth of successful area businesses a top priority.” Gil C. Quiniones, NYPA president and CEO, said, “The Governor’s ReCharge NY program has been a significant economic development catalyst throughout New York State, providing low-cost power to firms in exchange for commitments to create and retain hundreds of thousands of jobs. It is great news that OFD Foods will be creating 30 new jobs in the Finger Lakes and NYPA is proud that its RNY power incentive could be a difference-maker.” As the world's largest custom processor of freeze-dried products, OFD Foods, LLC, produces its own food brands, including Mountain House and Easy Meal for the Emergency Preparedness, Adventure Meal™, and Disaster Recovery markets. OFD Foods is also the leading supplier of freeze-dried food to the United States Military, consumer packaged goods, private food labels, pharmaceuticals, and provides services and ingredients to major food manufacturers. The shelf life of its products ranges from three to 30 years, depending on packaging and customer needs. OFD Foods Senior Vice President of Manufacturing, Engineering and Supply Chain John Damon said, “The State of New York, Monroe County and the Town of Henrietta have been great to work with, providing invaluable resources for OFD Foods through economic development entities such as Empire State Development and COMIDA. We're looking forward to becoming part of the community, investing in our employees as we start up our Henrietta facility later this year.” OFD Foods CEO and President, Jim Merryman said, OFD Foods appreciates the warm welcome we have received in the Greater Rochester area. We anticipate building a fantastic manufacturing facility, filling it with talented employees who are trained there, and having an overall positive impact in the community. If our current partnerships in the area are any indication, I think our future there holds much promise for all.” Headquartered in Albany, Oregon, OFD Foods, LLC is a leader in the breadth of uses for adapting freeze-drying technology. In addition to its Oregon facility, the company also has a commercial office in Japan. Support for the project was also provided by Monroe County, RG&E and Greater Rochester Enterprise. FLREDC Co-Chairs, Monroe Community College President Anne Kress and Rochester Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Bob Duffy said, "Supporting projects like this is aligned with the regional council's strategy. We applaud OFD Foods decision to build its new facility in Monroe County as it will serve to further strengthen the local economy as we continue the work of moving the Finger Lakes Forward." State Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle said, "Today's groundbreaking on OFD Food's new facility will mean the creation of new jobs with good wages that will strengthen working families and support our community's continued economic resurgence. I am grateful to Governor Cuomo and all of our community partners for their continued commitment to building a brighter future for our region." State Senator Patrick Gallivan said, “OFD’s decision to build its new facility in Henrietta is a huge victory for the Finger Lakes region.  The company’s investment will bring new job opportunities to residents and add to the continued economic development of upstate New York.  I welcome OFD to the community and look forward its grand opening later this year.” State Assembly Member Harry Bronson said, “I applaud Jim Merryman and the team at OFD Foods for their commitment to our region,” said Assembly member Harry Bronson. “Today’s announcement by the company and Governor Cuomo shows that the Rochester area has a strong, diverse, and skilled workforce and is in an economic position to create jobs for the future. I look forward to OFD Foods growth and the addition of new jobs at their new Henrietta campus.” Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo said, “Monroe County was thrilled to work with OFD Foods to help this industry-leading employer grow jobs and expand their investment right here in our community. I thank the OFD team for their commitment to doing business and supporting jobs in Monroe County, and I appreciate our state and local partners for collaborating with us on this exciting project.” Henrietta Town Supervisor Steven Schultz said, “We are very excited about the jobs and manufacturing that OFD Foods will be bringing to this area. Our team has enjoyed working with the OFD Foods team to help move this multi-million-dollar facility forward while minimizing the impact on their neighbors. We are very glad they chose Henrietta as the site for their east coast operations. They are a very welcome addition to the business community in our Town.” Joseph M. Rizzo, Manager, Economic Development, NYSEG and RG&E, said, “OFD Foods' decision to locate in the Finger Lakes region is a significant win for the community and the state. RG&E is pleased to participate in a collaborative effort with our community partners, National Grid, and OFD Foods to help make this job creation project a reality. For more than a decade, our economic development programs have been helping communities retain and attract businesses, and grow employment to further strengthen the state's economy.  We want to congratulate OFD Foods and wish the company continued success." Greater Rochester Enterprise President & CEO Matt Hurlbutt said, “Our strategic location near OFD Foods’ East Coast clients, coupled with an affordable cost of doing business, made the Greater Rochester, NY region a smart choice for this expansion. This groundbreaking brings OFD Foods one step closer to establishing its multi-million-dollar manufacturing facility in our community.” For more about OFD Foods, LLC 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 $5.2 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. ReCharge NY ReCharge NY offers up to seven-year power contracts. Half of the power is 455 MW from NYPA's Niagara and St. Lawrence-Franklin D. Roosevelt hydroelectric power plants, which provide some of the greenest, cleanest and lowest-cost electricity in the state. The remaining 455 MW is power bought by NYPA on the wholesale market. RNY allocations support more than 17,000 jobs in the Finger Lakes and more than $1 billion in capital investments. The Governor's ReCharge NY program is currently reducing electricity costs for more than 750 New York businesses and not-for-profit organizations, and has positively impacted the New York State economy by retaining and creating jobs, and sparking capital investment in regions throughout the state. Learn more about Recharge NY on NYPA’s website. About NYPA NYPA is the largest state public power organization in the nation, operating 16 generating facilities and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. More than 70 percent of the electricity NYPA produces is clean renewable hydropower. NYPA uses no tax money or state credit. It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of electricity. For more information visit www.nypa.gov and follow us on Twitter @NYPAenergy, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr and LinkedIn.     Contact: Shari Voorhees-Vincent (ESD) | Shari.Voorhees-Vincent@esd.ny.gov | (585)399-7055 | (800) 260-7313 Paul DeMichele (NYPA) | paul.demichele@nypa.gov | 914-390-8186
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Press Release

Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 10:56am
Empire State Development (ESD) today announced that BelGioioso Cheese, one of the nation’s largest specialty cheese producers, plans to build a new 100,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Glenville, Schenectady County, and create 46 new jobs and retain 31 local employees. In addition, BelGioioso Cheese will be using milk from New York dairy farms, providing a boost to the State’s agricultural industry. To help secure this new investment for New York State, ESD has agreed to provide up to $850,000 in performance-based Excelsior Jobs Program tax credits. ESD President, CEO and Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, "Across the Capital Region, companies are investing in projects that establish and expand their footprint, and create new jobs in our communities. This project underscores BelGioioso's commitment to Schenectady County, and highlights New York State's economic development efforts in Glenville." Errico Auricchio, BelGioioso Cheese founder and owner, said, "We plan to build a 100,000-square foot production facility at the Glenville Business and Technology Park that will manufacture fresh mozzarella and other cheese products. The plant represents a $25 million investment by the company and we plan to add nearly 50 new jobs as we increase production capacity. We have been working closely with Schenectady County Metroplex and with Empire State Development to bring this new facility to New York State." Founded in 1979, BelGioioso is a specialty producer of all-natural, award-winning Italian cheeses. The cheeses are manufactured, aged, finished, packaged and shipped from the company’s facilities, allowing them to oversee and provide quality control from start to finish. For nearly 40 years, BelGioioso cheeses have set a standard of excellence in the industry, winning several national and international awards for taste and quality. The Green Bay, Wisconsin-based company owns and operates nine manufacturing plants, including the former Cappiello’s plant in Schenectady, that support the production of nearly 30 different cheese varieties. BelGioioso Cheese has signed a contract with Schenectady County Metroplex Development Authority to purchase 40 acres at the Glenville Business and Technology Park, where it will build a state-of-the-art manufacturing plant. The land purchase was recently approved by the United States General Services Administration, and plans for the new facility will be reviewed by the Town of Glenville Planning and Zoning Commission. State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball said, "This is great news for New York’s dairy industry at a time when our farmers are facing many challenges. Once the BelGioioso Cheese plant comes online, a number of our New York producers will have another home for their milk. I thank the Governor and Empire State Development, along with its partners, in helping to bring this new facility to New York State." Anthony Jasenski, Chairman of the Schenectady County, said, "We thank Governor Cuomo and Commissioner Zemsky and his team at Empire State Development for working closely with us to bring this new investment to Schenectady County. This project will result in a new production facility being built here by a national company that could have selected a site anywhere in the United States." Ray Gillen, Schenectady County Metroplex Development Authority Chairman, said, "BelGioioso is known around the world for quality cheese products. We have the skilled workforce, high quality water and a great site that won the day and the deal.  We are very thankful for BelGioioso’s decision to build here and we thank the State for their partnership is pursuing these new jobs and this major new investment for Schenectady County."  Glenville Town Supervisor Chris Koetzle said, "This is a huge win for Glenville and a great team effort by the state, Metroplex, and the town.  This is another example of the tremendous growth and progress we are experiencing in Glenville and, specifically, at the Business Park." 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 Governor Cuomo’s 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.     Contacts: Adam Ostrowski | adam.ostrowski@esd.ny.gov | (518) 292-5148 ESD Press Office | pressoffice@esd.ny.gov | (800) 260-7313
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Board Meeting

Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 9:30am
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Board Meeting

Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 9:00am
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Press Release

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 4:59pm
MASSENA—State officials today announced the opening of the North Country Children’s Museum in Potsdam, St. Lawrence County. The permanent establishment of the museum—which offers science, technology, engineering, arts and math oriented educational programming to children aged 12 and under and their families—was directly supported by New York State with $260,000 in funding. Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul attended a ribbon-cutting event at the museum with Judge Eugene L. Nicandri, New York Power Authority vice chairman and resident of Massena, Stephen Hunt, Empire State Development regional director, and local elected officials. “I have spoken about the importance of STEM education, especially for girls, in communities across New York,” said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. “The new North Country Children's Museum will offer a fun and interactive STEAM learning experience for all children, demonstrating to them the exciting careers they can be a part of when they grow up. Thanks to a significant investment from New York State, this museum will be a world-class attraction for both tourists and North Country residents.” The North Country Children’s Museum is a non-profit organization formed in 2012 by a group of educators. Their collective vision was to create a cultural and educational center for families in the region. They developed a Museums Without Walls program that made weekly stops at the Clarkson University Bookstore during the school year, and festival appearances throughout the region during the summer. The pop-up workshops offered engaging, interactive and creative programs for children, encouraging STEAM learning. Rea the full press release here. 
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Press Release

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 3:48pm
Theater Photos Available Here Empire State Development today announced the grand opening of the renovated historic Park Theater in downtown Glens Falls, Warren County. The newly restored 220-seat theater will host live performances and includes flexible event space and Doc's Restaurant, named after Dr. Harold Kirkpatrick, the theater's former owner. The project supports the economic development efforts underway in Glens Falls, complementing the City’s selection as the winner of the $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative for the Capital Region. Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, "The newly renovated Park Theater is a great example of the way we’re supporting community-driven projects and leveraging private investment and publicly available funding to revitalize downtowns all around the state." The Park Theater project began in 2015 with plans to restore the interior and exterior, and install a new commercial kitchen and restaurant. The theater now contains state-of-the-art audio and lighting systems, modern acoustics, new staging and curtains, and a handmade stage proscenium. Special attention to detail was dedicated to design aspects of the theater, like the blue-domed lobby featuring a sparkling chandelier and granite floors, a spiral staircase with a glass circular elevator, mahogany woodwork and the sapphire blue velvet curtain. Elizabeth Miller, Park Theater owner, said, "I just noticed a building that needed a little TLC to make it the best for our community. Thankfully, with the help of Ed Bartholomew and the EDC, support from New York State, and wonderful local trades people that worked on the building for almost two full years, it has become something beautiful for our downtown." More than $3 million was invested to renovate and rehabilitate the property. The project was supported by a $600,000 capital grant, as recommended by the Capital Region Economic Development Council during Round VI of the regional council initiative. Additional support was provided by the Warren County Economic Development Corporation. CREDC Co-Chairs Dr. Havidán Rodríguez, University at Albany President, and Ruth Mahoney, KeyBank Market President, said, "The newly restored Park Theater will offer a variety of performing arts experiences inside a classic venue that will encourage residents and visitors alike to plan a return visit. This project supports the Council's efforts to revitalize downtowns, create jobs and generate economic growth across the region." Warren County Economic Development Corporation President Edward Bartholomew said, "I congratulate Elizabeth Miller for her continued vision, energy, enthusiasm, and redevelopment efforts in downtown Glens Falls. This project will not only create another entertainment destination venue for the region, but also demonstrates the collaborative efforts between Elizabeth, the Capital Region Economic Development Council, and local economic development agencies, aligning with Governor Cuomo’s Upstate urban policies." The Park Theater originally opened in December 1911 as the first movie theater in Glens Falls, featuring silent films and vaudeville shows. It closed in 1935 and was converted to a newspaper printing plant. Dr. Kirkpatrick purchased the property in 1984 and spent more than 20 years working to restore it to back to a theater. It reopened in 2006 and began showing movies in 2010, but closed again in 2014. Senator Betty Little said, "Historic buildings have an unmatched charm. The Park Theater, renovated, rehabilitated and looking nothing less than incredible now, will attract more people and events downtown, creating new jobs and growing new revenue that will benefit the entire community. Arriving at this day is the result of a strong public and private collaboration, but I especially commend Elizabeth Miller for her vision and persistence." Assemblyman Dan Stec said, "The restoration of the Park Theater is a win for Glens Falls and Warren County. The theater, with the addition of Doc’s Restaurant, pay homage to the venue’s history and will encourage more people to visit our region and support our businesses." Ronald F. Conover, Warren County Board of Supervisors Chair, said, "The grand reopening of the Park Theater is symbolic of the great work being done in downtown Glens Falls and across Warren County. My congratulations to Elizabeth Miller for her vision, and thanks to New York State for supporting this project." 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 Governor Cuomo’s 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.     Contacts: Adam Ostrowski | adam.ostrowski@esd.ny.gov | (518) 292-5148 ESD Press Office | pressoffice@esd.ny.gov | (800) 260-7313
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Public Notice

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 3:00pm
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Public Notice

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 10:00am
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Public Notice

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 10:00am
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