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Friday, June 7, 2019 - 11:00am
Liberty Park Mixed Use Development Capital and Working Capital Project
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Board Meeting

Monday, May 20, 2019 - 11:00am
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Press Release

Friday, May 17, 2019 - 12:46pm
At Least 45 Series Including Streaming Services and Premium Cable Have Committed to Filming in New York State as of May 17 Empire State Development (ESD) today announced that 20 major network series will film in New York State this year, including four new series. The announcements were made this week at the 2019 network upfronts, the presentations given by major networks to promote new and renewed series that will be part of their fall schedules. As of today, an additional 25 series distributed by streaming services, premium cable services or other broadcast companies have started filming or are confirmed to film in New York State. All series are participating in the New York State Film Tax Credit Program. Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, “The film and TV production and post-production industry supports tens of thousands of jobs in the Empire State every year, and the series that film in the state in 2019 will bring an economic boost to local businesses and communities across New York.” In 2018, through the May upfront week, 20 major network series had committed to film in New York State. These 20 series generated $1.35 billion in New York State spending and 81,000 hires. In total, 203 film and television projects applied for the New York State Film Tax Credit Program last year, estimated to generate more than 211,300 new hires and $3.9 billion in new spending for New York State. For each dollar of production incentive credit ESD issued in 2017, productions spent an average of $4.50 in New York State. The film and TV industry has grown every year since the incentive program was created in 2004. Theatrical Teamsters Local 817 President Thomas J. O’Donnell said, “The Upfront announcements reinforce that New York is the go to destination for television and episodic content. It assures the continued growth of good paying jobs with good benefits that this industry provides.” Silvercup Studios CEO Alan Suna said, “Silvercup Studios is excited that there will be so many new and continuing shows in New York. Getting the extension to the New York State Film/TV Tax Credit Program made all the difference. We are thrilled by all of the jobs this creates for New Yorkers and we are looking forward to a great future for New York’s booming film and television production industry.” “I don’t know where else in the world you could find the wealth of talent and craft that The Good Fight depends upon as we enter into our fourth season,” said Brooke Kennedy, Executive Producer of The Good Fight for CBS.  “Completely made in NY!” A list of the series is available here: Evil (Produced by and distributed on CBS)* Tommy (Produced by and distributed on CBS)* FBI (Produced by and distributed on CBS)   FBI: Most Wanted (Produced by and distributed on CBS)* Madam Secretary (Produced by and distributed on CBS)   Blue Bloods (Produced by and distributed on CBS) Bull (Produced by and distributed on CBS)   God Friended Me (Produced by Warner Bros, distributed on CBS) The Good Fight (Produced by CBS, distributed on CBS All Access) Tell Me A Story (Produced by CBS, distributed on CBS All Access)   New Amsterdam (Produced by NBCU, distributed on NBC)   Law & Order SVU (Produced by NBCU, distributed on NBC) The Sinner (Produced by NBCU, distributed on USA) Mr. Robot (Produced by NBCU, distributed on USA) Manifest (Produced by Warner Bros, distributed on NBC) Blacklist (Produced by Sony, distributed on NBC) Blindspot (Produced by Warner Bros, distributed on NBC) Prodigal Son (Produced by Warner Bros, distributed on Fox)   For Life (Produced by Sony, distributed on ABC)* Pose (Produced by Fox 21/Disney, distributed on FX) * indicates new series. About the Governor's Office of Motion Picture & Television Development The New York State Governor's Office of Motion Picture & Television Development, a division of Empire State Development, offers film, television and commercial productions and post production tax credits for qualified expenditures in New York State. The office also serves as a liaison between production companies and city and local governments, state agencies, a network of statewide contacts, local film offices and professional location scouts and managers. For more information on filming in New York State or the Film Production and Post Production Tax Credit Programs, please visit www.NYSFilm.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 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. Contact: Adam Kilduff | [email protected] | (212) 803-3744 ESD Press Office | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313
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Press Release

Friday, May 17, 2019 - 12:11pm
Empire State Development today announced that Booz Allen Hamilton, a Fortune 500 firm that employs more than 25,000 people worldwide, intends to grow its footprint in Rome, N.Y., expanding its operations in the Mohawk Valley. Booz Allen is a global technology and management consulting firm with expertise in analytics, digital solutions, engineering and cybersecurity. The company has existing operations in the City of Rome that support the aerospace market with a strong emphasis on cyber technologies, testing and evaluation, and system and software engineering. ESD President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, “Booz Allen Hamilton’s expansion will continue to grow the Mohawk Valley’s cybersecurity and technology ecosystem, bringing jobs and opportunity to Rome and to the region.” Booz Allen Hamilton plans to invest approximately $1.6 million to build, equip and outfit a new 14,000-square-foot facility being constructed through a real estate partnership between Griffiss Local Development Corporation and New York State Technology Enterprise Corporation (NYSTEC), located at 99 Otis Street within the Griffiss Business & Technology Park. NYSTEC is expanding its Rome Headquarters location and will occupy the second floor for this new building that is located next to the Air Force Research Laboratory and directly across from The UAS Operations Center at Griffiss International Airport. Booz Allen Hamilton has committed to the creation of 60 new jobs and the retention of 158 existing jobs. Empire State Development is supporting these high-tech jobs with a performance-based, capital grant totaling $300,000. “We’re proud of the workforce we’ve built in Rome, and Mohawk Valley offers a diverse talent pool that we are eager to tap,” said Brian Gunderson, Vice President at Booz Allen. “We look forward to further drawing on the region’s highly skilled residents as we expand our capacity to serve clients with innovative, transformational technology solutions to meet their mission-critical needs.” Mohawk Valley EDGE President Steven J. DiMeo said, “Currently, we are seeing unprecedented growth due to increases in AFRL’s technology portfolio with emerging opportunities in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Quantum computing. Booz Allen Hamilton is a critical part of the C4I technology cluster at Griffiss and we applaud the company’s decision to expand its presence at Griffiss.” Booze Allen’s investment is another proof point that Griffiss Business and Technology Park is the center of Mohawk Valley’s growing high-tech ecosystem,” said NYSTEC President and CEO Mike Walsh. “This latest workforce expansion is a welcome addition to Rome’s vibrant technology hub, home to highly skilled, cutting-edge global organizations and engaged local community leaders.” “The Booz Allen Hamilton project will bring an enormous benefit to Rome and to the cybersecurity/tech ecosystem in the Mohawk Valley, adding to the critical mass of industry entering into this part of the market,” said Elis DeLia, Griffiss Local Development Corporation Chair. “We are seeing an exponential increase in growth both from the Air Force Research Lab and the high technology companies that surround it. Having the space at 99 Otis Street next to the Air Force Research Lab available for lease came at the perfect time for Booz Allen Hamilton to grow their operation.” State Senator Joseph Griffo said, “I appreciate the efforts of Empire State Development and am looking forward to the new opportunities that this project will bring with it. This expansion will build upon the important work that is already taking place at the Griffiss Business and Technology Park and will help to grow the Mohawk Valley’s reputation as a leader in innovation, technology and development.” Assemblymember Marianne Buttenschon said, “Booz Allen’s expansion within the Mohawk Valley is an exciting new page for our region,” said Assemblywoman Marianne Buttenschon. “The technology sector is already a pivotal part of our regional economy, and this expansion will mean more good-paying jobs and innovative opportunities.” Oneida County Executive Anthony J Picente, Jr. said, “Booz Allen Hamilton: “To have a Fortune 500 company like Booz Allen Hamilton invest in its operations in the City of Rome to this extent speaks volumes to what Oneida County has to offer. The technology, UAS and cybersecurity assets we possess at the Griffiss Business and Technology Park continue to pay dividends and foster economic growth throughout the region. This joint venture between Booz Allen Hamilton, Griffiss Local Development Corporation and the New York State Technology Enterprise Corporation is further evidence of this success story. I thank Gov. Cuomo for the funding that has led to the creation of 60 new jobs in this community.” Rome Mayor Jacqueline M. Izzo said, “Booz Allen Hamilton has long been a long-time contractor associated with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). We are thrilled that this international company will add to their business presence here in the City of Rome. The new NYSTEC facility provides the perfect mix of new, modern office space with convenient access to AFRL, Griffiss International Airport and the Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) test site. Already employing 158 people here in Rome, Booz Allen Hamilton will grow their job base by another 60 professional positions supporting the important mission of cyber technologies at the Griffiss Park. Our thanks to the Governor and Empire State Development for their continued partnership to enhance business growth at the Griffiss Business and Technology 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 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 (ESD)| [email protected] | (518) 292-5107
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Press Release

Friday, May 17, 2019 - 10:34am
Read the Letter Here The New York State Regional Economic Development Council today announced that Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul sent a letter to the co-chairs of the 10 REDCs across New York State, calling on them to use their leadership roles to address child care and community needs as part of their overall plan for economic development and growth. As chair of the statewide REDCs, the Lieutenant Governor asked the co-chairs to encourage project applicants to consider solutions to child care, such as providing on-site child care, child care co-ops with other businesses, and flexible scheduling and remote work options. “As a mother, I know how important it is to have access to quality child care to help balance responsibilities at work and at home,” said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. “We want to ensure that working families are provided with the resources for safe, accessible and affordable child care. By promoting and investing in child care, we know it can improve women’s participation in the workforce and narrow the gender wage gap.” The Lieutenant Governor was named co-chair of Governor Cuomo’s Child Care Availability Task Force in December. The task force was established as part of the Women’s Agenda to assemble a group of experts to develop innovative solutions that will improve access to quality, affordable child care in New York. The task force is expected to share its initial recommendations with the administration later this year and finalize its report by the end of 2020. Child care is a $4.3 billion industry in New York, generating an economic impact of nearly $8.6 billion and supporting 172,000 jobs. More than 60% of New Yorkers live in a child care desert, and insufficient child care options cost U.S. businesses more than $3 billion annually and negatively impacts the New York State economy. 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 eight rounds of the REDC process, more than $6.1 billion has been awarded to more than 7,300 job creation and community development projects consistent with each region’s strategic plans, projecting to create and retain more than 230,000 jobs. For more information on the Regional Councils, visit https://regionalcouncils.ny.gov/. Contact: Haley Viccaro (LG’s Office) l (518) 474-6807 l [email protected]
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Press Release

Friday, May 17, 2019 - 9:37am
Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC) today announced that it will hold a public meeting and workshop on Tuesday, June 18, to discuss the design for street and parking facilities on the northern part of the former Memorial Auditorium Block, more commonly known as the North Aud Block, at Canalside. In August 2018, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced $10 million in funding to transform the North Aud Block. This project aims to reintroduce portions of the block’s historic street grid, including walkable areas. It will also create parking and other underground infrastructure. These publicly-funded improvements will ultimately support future private development. “We are looking to reintroduce elements of the historic street pattern that once traversed the Erie Canal at what we now call the North Aud Block,” said Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation Chairman Robert Gioia.  “We welcome the public’s input as we begin the planning and design stage of this important project.” The North Aud Block is bounded by Lower Terrace to the north, Main Street to the east, the canals to the south, and Commercial and Pearl streets to the west. See a map of property here. The public meeting and workshop will be held at the Pavilion at Canalside (on the canals, across from the new Explore & More Children’s Museum) on Tuesday, June 18, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.  There will be a short presentation at 6 p.m.  The purpose of the meeting is to share information about the project and seek feedback from members of the public. Throughout the project, the ECHDC will continue to seek feedback from stakeholders and members of the public through interviews, small group meetings, a design workshop, an online survey and a public open house. TY Lin International, a multi-discipline engineering firm with more than 60 years of experience in successful infrastructure development—including the design of multi-functional public landscapes and urban buildings—was selected by ECHDC to design, bid and provide construction management services for the development of infrastructure on the North Aud Block.   ECHDC previously completed construction in 2014 of a series of “canals” on the South Aud Block based on the historical Erie and Hamburg canals. These canals are shallow, and support ice skating in the winter and other activities including paddle and pedal boats in the summer. Construction also included the creation of public spaces and bridges. These added canal features have grown in popularity and attendance each year and are attracting private investment, such as the newly opened Explore & More Children’s Museum and Heritage Point, which will break ground soon. About Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation The Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC) is governed by a nine-member board consisting of seven voting directors and two non-voting, ex-officio directors. The seven voting directors are recommended by the New York State Governor and are appointed by the New York State Urban Development Corporation d/b/a Empire State Development as sole shareholder of ECHDC. The two non-voting, ex-officio director positions are held by the Erie County Executive and the City of Buffalo Mayor. As a subsidiary of Empire State Development, the state’s chief economic development agency, the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation supports and promotes the creation of infrastructure and public activities at Canalside, the Ohio Street corridor and the Outer Harbor that is attracting critical mass, private investment and enhance the enjoyment of the waterfront for residents and tourists in Western New York. Its vision is to revitalize Western New York’s waterfront and restore economic growth to Buffalo based on the region’s legacy of pride, urban significance and natural beauty. Contacts: Pamm Lent | [email protected] | 716-846-8309 | (800) 260-7313 Laura Magee | [email protected] | 716-846-8239 | (800) 260-7313
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Press Release

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 3:51pm
Empire State Development (ESD) today announced that the Moynihan Train Hall project received the inaugural “Building the Future” Award from the New York Building Congress at their 98th Anniversary Leadership Awards Luncheon. The project – which will transform the James A. Farley Post Office Building into a state-of-the-art 255,000-square-foot train hall – was recognized for its aspirational spirit, setting a new bar for what is expected in transit centers and public spaces, while proving an innovative model can effectively deliver major public infrastructure projects. Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Howard Zemsky accepted the award on behalf of the project team. “Transportation is a critical part of economic development, and the Moynihan Train Hall illustrates Governor Cuomo’s continued commitment to building New York’s economy and infrastructure,” ESD President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky said. “This is one of many examples that proves we can build great projects if we put our mind to it, and I’d like to congratulate the Moynihan team on their hard work.” Carlo A. Scissura, Esq., President & CEO, New York Building Congress said: “The Building the Future Award was created to celebrate incredible projects that are changing the landscape of our city, state and region, and we cannot think of a more worthy inaugural recipient than the Moynihan Train Hall. Thanks to Governor Cuomo’s leadership, this project will create thousands of jobs, provide a vibrant neighborhood amenity, and vastly improve the commutes of hundreds of thousands of people. Congratulations to the Governor, Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Howard Zemsky and the team at ESD, Moynihan Station Development Corporation President Michael Evans, and everyone involved with this transformative project.” The Farley Building – home to the new Train Hall – was designed by McKim, Mead and White as a sister to the original Penn Station. Five decades after the loss of the original structure, the Moynihan Train Hall will once again provide New Yorkers and visitors alike with a grand, architectural marvel. The train hall will bear the name of one of its great champions – the late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan – and will include two massive skylights that will allow natural light into the station. The $1.6 billion project is expected to create over 12,000 construction jobs and 2,500 permanent jobs. When the train hall is complete, the Penn Station-Moynihan complex will provide New Yorkers with 80% more concourse space, 37% more stairs and escalators to train platforms, and 52% more platform elevators than currently available in Penn Station. Moynihan will also house 700,000 square feet of world-class commercial, retail space and dining space. Port Authority Executive Director Rick Cotton said: “We are pleased that Moynihan Station is being honored for what it is – an iconic project that will create a world-class transit hall serving LIRR and Amtrak. The transit hall will also enable passengers to board a rail mass transit link to a unified, 21st century LaGuardia Airport via LIRR and AirTrain LGA – giving travelers a predictable, reliable way of getting to the airport – as part of Governor Cuomo’s historic investment to transform the region’s infrastructure.” Stephen Gardner, Amtrak Senior Executive Vice President said: “The Moynihan Train Hall signals the bright future ahead for train travel in America by creating, once again, a station befitting the nation’s largest city and the heart of Amtrak’s network. Winning this prestigious award is an honor and tremendous accomplishment for New York State and the whole Moynihan team.” MTA Chief Development Officer Janno Lieber said: “The Moynihan Train Hall will deliver the light, space and amenities LIRR customers deserve. And together with this transformative project, the Cuomo Administration is completely remaking the existing Penn Station. With the new iconic 7th Avenue entrance being unveiled today, along with dramatically widened corridors, higher ceilings and new retail, we are determined to improve the experience for the 600,000 plus people who use this facility daily.”  Michael Viggiano, Executive Vice President – Skanska Civil said: "The new Moynihan Train Hall will soon join the storied list of landmarks in New York City. Skanska is proud to lead the construction of this iconic transit center that will improve the visitor experience for countless New Yorkers and tourists for decades to come. We thank and congratulate Governor Cuomo and Empire State Development for their leadership and the New York Building Congress for this honor." 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.   Contact: Jack Sterne | [email protected] | (212) 803-3764 ESD Press Office | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313
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Press Release

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 3:42pm
The Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council (MVREDC) today announced a series of workshops and information sessions for people and businesses interested in applying for 2019 REDC funding through the Consolidated Funding Application (CFA). Workshops include an overview of the application and the CFA process followed by informational breakout Q&A sessions with representatives from agencies with funding opportunities available through this year’s CFA. Information sessions are hosted by ESD staff members who take questions on the CFA process. Last month Governor Cuomo announced Round 9 of the REDC initiative, which will award over $750 million across all 10 regions. The Consolidated Funding Application opened to applicants on May 1, enabling businesses, municipalities, not-for-profits and the public to begin applying for assistance from dozens of state programs, through a single application, for job-creation and community development projects. The CFA application deadline is July 26, 2019 at 4 p.m. To learn more, visit https://regionalcouncils.ny.gov/mohawk-valley Mohawk Valley CFA Workshops May 17, 2019 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. SUNY Polytechnic Institute 100 Seymour Road Utica, NY 13502 Click here to RSVP June 17, 2019 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Herkimer County Community College 100 Reservoir Rd Herkimer, NY 13350 Click here to RSVP Mohawk Valley CFA Information Sessions **Please note, all RSVPs should be submitted through the website** May 21, 2019 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Rome Area Chamber of Commerce 139 W Dominick St  Rome, NY 13440 Click here to RSVP May 29, 2019 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Greater Utica Chamber of Commerce 520 Seneca Street Utica, NY 13502 Click here to RSVP May 30, 2019 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. SUNY Cobleskill 106 Suffolk Circle  Cobleskill, NY 12043 Click here to RSVP June 06, 2019 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Fulton County Center for Regional Growth 34 West Fulton Street Gloversville, NY 12078 Click here to RSVP June 12, 2019 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Otsego Now 189 Main Street  Oneonta, NY 13820 Click here to RSVP June 20, 2019 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Fulton-Montgomery Community College 2805 State Highway 67  Johnstown, NY 12095 Click here to RSVP 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 eight rounds of the REDC process, more than $6.1 billion has been awarded to more than 7,300 job creation and community development projects consistent with each region’s strategic plans, projecting to create and retain more than 230,000 jobs. For more information on the Regional Councils, visit https://regionalcouncils.ny.gov/.   Contact: Kristin Devoe | [email protected] | 518-292-5107 ESD Press Office | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313
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Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 12:11pm
Proposal Will Repurpose Former Correctional Facility to Create Jobs and Bring Economic Growth to Communities Empire State Development (ESD) today announced the redevelopment of the former Beacon Correctional Facility in Dutchess County. The winning proposal, submitted by Urban Green Food, will create a campus focused on food, farming, sports, education, hospitality and recreation on the 39-acre, 22-building site, located one mile from downtown Beacon. The project will foster an estimated $62 million in investment and create 295 direct construction jobs and 150 to 250 permanent jobs, while meeting the regional demand for more hotel rooms, recreational facilities and expansion opportunities for local businesses. The project furthers New York’s commitment to sustainable real estate projects that foster economic growth and job creation throughout the state. Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, “Throughout New York State, surplus facilities are being transformed in exciting ways that support regional economies. This project is a great example of how a former prison can be reimagined to create new jobs and foster local and regional economies and community growth.” To make the project a reality, developer Urban Green Builders partnered with two local businesses that will provide services on the site--Common Ground Farm and All You Knead Bakery--to form the Urban Green Food team.  Key elements of the winning proposal are: Commercial kitchen 103-key hotel, restaurant and event space Landscape design and nursery business Community gardens and small-scale agriculture Athletic facilities Classrooms for youth and adult job training Maker space for local artisans Urban Green Builders Principal Eric Anderson said, "Urban Green Food is thrilled to get to work on this project that uniquely combines some of our greatest passions---hospitality, agriculture, sports and recreation--in a town and in a valley we've long loved and admired.”  Empire State Development (ESD) issued an RFP on September 20, 2018 with proposals due by December 20, 2018. The goal of the RFP was to maximize economic benefit to the City of Beacon, the Town of Fishkill and the State, and to create new jobs, provide job training opportunities, stimulate the local economy and integrate the site into the Beacon and Fishkill communities. The RFP also asked respondents to present financially feasible proposals that incorporate well-considered design and planning principles, sustainable building practices and meaningful participation of Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprises (MWBEs) and New York State Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Businesses (SDVOBs). ESD’s selection committee was complemented by an Advisory Committee of members from the offices of Senator Sue Serino, Assemblyman Jonathan Jacobson, Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro, Beacon Mayor Randy Casale, Fishkill Supervisor Bob LaColla and Beacon School District Superintendent Matt Landahl, which helped ensure that local goals were met.  The Beacon Correctional Facility was closed in 2013 after serving as a minimum-security correctional facility for women, as part of New York’s ongoing initiative to decommission and consolidate a number of underutilized correctional facilities across the state. Senator Sue Serino said, “This project will be an incredible addition to our local community and we are thrilled to join Empire State Development in announcing an initiative that will bring such a great influx of economic activity and jobs here to our local area. This is another great example of all that can be accomplished when committed partners at every level come together to move our community forward and we look forward to seeing this impressive project get underway.” Assemblyman Jonathan Jacobson said, "I was pleased to learn that this project was awarded the opportunity to develop its innovative, mixed-use project on the grounds that formerly housed the Beacon Correctional Facility. The project includes long-established and well-regarded organizations in the area, and its unique mix of sports, hospitality, food production, and education is just the kind of creative, forward-thinking development we need. I applaud the collaborative effort between the City of Beacon, the Town of Fishkill, Dutchess County, and New York State that is making this project a reality. I look forward to seeing the jobs and economic opportunities the project promises to bring to the region." 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.     Contact: Adam Kilduff | [email protected] | (212) 803-3744 ESD Press Office | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313
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