Regeneron: a global leader in biotech innovation

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Regeneron: a global leader in biotech innovation

How does a biotechnology firm become a global leader, with multiple medications on the market and a solid reputation for innovative solutions that help it break through...

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Public Notice

Thursday, December 9, 2021 - 2:00pm
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Press Release

Friday, November 26, 2021 - 2:55pm
Governor Kathy Hochul today extended an invitation to New Yorkers and visitors alike to explore all the new experiences available in New York State this winter. Spectacularly colorful light displays and magical ice castles invite and engage travelers in unique seasonal offerings. There are ski mountains offering all levels of skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing to indulge any outdoor adventurer, while museums, arts and cultural events, and vibrant music venues provide warmer, indoor options.    "It's the most wonderful time of the year to visit the State of New York," Governor Hochul said. "From beautiful snow-covered landscapes to world-class food and drink, New York State has something for everyone this winter. We're ready to welcome back tourists from across the country and across the globe to experience the fun and make new memories."     Empire State Development Vice President and Executive Director of Tourism Ross D. Levi said, "New York State is home to more ski areas than any state in the nation, over 10,000 miles of snowmobile trails, the longest multi-use trail in the country and thousands of museums, cultural institutions, performance venues and special events like winter carnivals. The cold weather turns New York into a winter wonderland, making it the perfect destination for a quick getaway or an extended break from hibernation."   Read the full press release here.
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Press Release

Friday, November 26, 2021 - 12:22pm
Watch the New York State Department of Labor Small Business Saturday Video Here  Governor Kathy Hochul today along with Empire State Development, Department of Labor, Taxation and Finance, and Agriculture and Markets encouraged all New Yorkers to shop safely while supporting their local small businesses on Small Business Saturday, tomorrow, November 27, 2021. New York's small businesses generate millions of jobs throughout the state and by choosing to shop locally this Saturday, and every day, New Yorkers are investing in their neighborhoods, strengthening their communities, and keeping tax dollars within New York State.  "I helped my mom start a flower shop and know just how much hard work it takes to get a small business off the ground. As small businesses recover from the economic toll of the pandemic, many are counting on sales generated during the holiday season to make their profits and stay afloat," Governor Hochul said. "So let's all lend a hand by shopping locally at small businesses in our communities on Small Business Saturday and throughout the holiday season."   Empire State Development Acting Commissioner and President & CEO-designate Hope Knight said, "Every time you head to your neighborhood coffee shop or restaurant or visit that corner store and pick up something that catches your eye, you are supporting a local small business.  Small businesses are the fabric of our communities and when they thrive, we all thrive. ESD has continued to offer support to our small and micro businesses during the pandemic through many programs, but we cannot do it alone—the support of everyday customers is integral, and we encourage New Yorkers to shop your local small businesses this Saturday, and every day."  State Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon said, "Small businesses are the heartbeat of New York's economy. By supporting them this Small Business Saturday, we are supporting jobs, strengthening communities, and maintaining economic vitality across New York State, which is critical now more than ever as we continue to navigate our way through the COVID-19 pandemic. I encourage New Yorkers to join me in showing love to our local small businesses year-round."  Department of Taxation and Finance Acting Commissioner Amanda Hiller said, "Small businesses were hit especially hard at the onset of the pandemic. To help them recover and thrive, we encourage all New Yorkers to shop small, not only this weekend but throughout the year.  We also urge small businesses to explore the tax credits and incentives New York offers to businesses in local communities across the state."  State Agriculture and Markets Commissioner Richard A. Ball said, "We are proud to support our agricultural industry through our various marketing, promotion, and grant programs.  New York has an incredible farming and small food business community that work hard to bring food to the tables of New Yorkers year-round, and to craft unique and special items that make perfect holiday gifts.  I encourage everyone to support their local farmer and food and beverage producer and shop local this year."   Read the full press release here.
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Press Release

Monday, November 22, 2021 - 5:30pm
First Batch of Approved Awards Include 97 Shovel- Ready Projects to Stimulate New York's Post-Pandemic Recovery Full List of Awardees Thus Far Can be Found Here Governor Kathy Hochul today announced that over $81 million has been awarded to support 97 priority projects across New York State through the Regional Economic Development Council initiative. This year, $150 million in grant funds from Empire State Development was made available on a continuous and competitive basis to support the immediate needs of applicants. Additionally, projects within each region are eligible for a share of $75 million in Excelsior Jobs Program Tax Credits to help attract and grow business in their region. "The pandemic toll touched every corner of the state and every sector of New York's economy, and as a result we must ensure that our recovery does the same," Governor Hochul said. "As we move forward from the pandemic we are using the rolling grant process to build New York State back better by supporting shovel-ready projects with the potential to accelerate new investments and catalyze economic growth in every community." "Through a collaborative, bottom up, and regional approach to economic development, these projects were chosen for their innovation, impact on their communities and potential for positive change coming out of the pandemic," said Lieutenant Governor Benjamin. "Whether it is workforce development, tourism, green investments or domestic manufacturing, we are moving forward to foster a strong and prosperous economy in New York State." The application for ESD Grant funds remains open, and applications are being reviewed on an on-going basis until funds are exhausted.  Applicants with strong, shovel-ready projects that align with the state and region's economic development priorities can apply through the Consolidated Funding Application. Empire State Development Acting Commissioner and President & CEO-designate Hope Knight said, "The COVID pandemic has had a devastating impact on our state, and this is especially true for the businesses and organizations that are the foundation of our economy.  The Regional Economic Development Councils, made up of people who know their own communities best, have recommended innovative projects that will help their regions rebuild, and reemerge stronger and smarter for the future." Read the full press release here.
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Press Release

Monday, November 22, 2021 - 4:21pm
2021 AIA Buffalo/WNY Design Awards recognize positive impact of Longshed Building Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC) today announced that the Longshed Building was awarded the Community Award at the 2021 American Institute of Architects (AIA) Buffalo/WNY Design Awards.  HHL Architects nominated the building for the local AIA award.  The Longshed Building, located on the northern end of the Central Wharf at Canalside in Buffalo, is a two-story, gabled-roof wooden structure that reflects the Central Wharf site’s history. The building incorporates elements from the Joy and Webster Storehouse, located on the site in the early 1800s.  The award, presented at a Nov. 11 ceremony, was selected by the AIA Buffalo/WNY Awards Committee, and recognizes a single project that represents both superior design and positive regional impact. See picture of the Longshed Building here. “I congratulate HHL Architects and the entire team that worked on the Longshed project for receiving the local chapter of AIA’s Community Award,” said ECHDC Chairman Robert Gioia.  “The Longshed Building brings us closer to our heritage and instills a sense of pride as our community comes together to watch history come alive.  I encourage everyone to visit Canalside to watch the replica of the historic Erie Canal Boat that’s being built at the site—and even volunteer to join the construction crew.” The new, two-story, 4,500 gross square feet, multi-purpose building is a homage to the former canal loading/unloading buildings and activities and today serves as shade and shelter for visitors of Canalside. This LEED certified building has a wood structural insulated panel (SIP) envelope and cedar exterior wood horizontal Dutch lap & clapboard siding. The interior has vertical cedar wood planking on the walls with an exposed heavy-timber structure.  “This project is highly visible to the community and adds to the value of Canalside as a public space,” said the jury, composed of the AIA Buffalo/WNY Awards Committee, in written comments.  “The uncomplicated plan of the building allows for its contents, such as the construction of a historic Erie Canal packet boat to be highlighted and elevated.” “It was a privilege and an honor to have the HHL Architects team lead the design of one of the first new buildings at the new Canalside boardwalk, particularly one with an homage to the former industrial history of the area, and also with a purposeful community-centric intended use,” said Matthew W. Meier, HHL Architects Partner.  “The fact that constructing a replica Erie Canal vessel will be the first use of the Longshed building is a testament to telling the unique story of the Erie Canal, this terminus site, and that of the rise of Buffalo.  I’m so proud of the HHL design staff, our talented consultants: Tredo Engineers, M/E Engineering, HLB Lighting Design, Ravi Engineering, and EDR Engineers, to design such a handsome building and for The Liro Group, Savarino Construction Services, their subcontractors, and particularly Timberbuilt for building a beautiful and great new asset to Buffalo’s waterfront.” The Longshed Building is currently being used by staff and volunteers from the Buffalo Maritime Center to construct a replica of the 1825 Erie Canal Boat, Seneca Chief, that transported Governor DeWitt Clinton from Buffalo to New York City to mark the official opening of the Erie Canal.  Through 2024, the public will be able to watch the boat being built and  also volunteer to join the construction crew. Those wishing to volunteer should visit the Buffalo Maritime Center's website at https://buffalomaritimecenter.org/.  “It’s been an incredible experience building the Erie Canal Boat, Seneca Chief, in the Longshed at Canalside along with our staff, community members, and volunteers,” said Brian Trzeciak, Executive Director of the Buffalo Maritime Center.  “The craftsmanship and design of the Longshed is inspiring to those working in this beautiful building and those who are visiting to learn about the Erie Canal and our project. The Buffalo Maritime Center is fortunate to be the first community organization to utilize such a proud icon of Buffalo’s waterfront.” Once completed, the Erie Canal Boat will be relocated to the Commercial Slip, where the Buffalo Maritime Center will make it available to tourists interested in learning more about the region’s past. The boat will also tour other sections of the Erie Canal system to promote Buffalo and its history. When the Erie Canal Boat Project is completed, the Longshed will become a year-round hall that can be used as a flexible multipurpose space for educational and historical programming by cultural organizations or to host large public gatherings. The building will also be an important part of the 200th anniversary celebration of the Erie Canal's opening in 2025.  About American Institute of Architects  The American Institute of Architects has been the leading professional membership association for licensed architects, emerging professionals, and allied partners since 1857.  The AIA serves as the voice of the architecture profession and a resource for our members in service to society.  The organization carries out its goal through advocacy, information, and community.  Each year the AIA sponsors hundreds of continuing education experiences to help architects maintain their licensure.  It also sets the industry standard in contract documents with more than 100 forms and contracts used in the design and construction industry.  In many ways, the AIA serves as an advocate of the architectural profession and promoting design excellence and outstanding professional achievement through various awards programs and promotional efforts at National, State, and Local levels.  The American Institute of Architects provides a community in which architects can thrive.  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.  Contact: Pamm Lent (Governor’s Office) | [email protected] | (716) 846-8309 Laura Magee (ECHDC) | [email protected] | (716) 846-8239
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Report

Thursday, November 18, 2021 - 3:28pm
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Board Meeting

Thursday, November 18, 2021 - 11:30am
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 Noon on Wednesday, November 17, 2021. All comments received by the deadline will be distributed to the Directors prior to the meeting and will posted online.  
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Board Meeting

Thursday, November 18, 2021 - 9:30am
In accordance with recently passed Legislation, this meeting will be conducted via video conference and teleconference. The public may view and 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 Noon on Wednesday, November 17, 2021. All comments received by the deadline will be distributed to the Directors prior to the meeting and will posted on-line.
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Press Release

Wednesday, November 17, 2021 - 9:00pm
Every Body Eat Awarded $1 Million Grand Prize More Than $3 Million in Prize Money Awarded to Eight Startups After Two-Day In-Person and Virtual Pitch Competition in Syracuse Funding for Competition Comes Through Upstate Revitalization Initiatives: CNY Rising, Finger Lakes Forward and Southern Tier Soaring - Regional Comprehensive Strategies Governor Kathy Hochul today announced that Every Body Eat was named as the $1 million grand prize winner of round three of the Grow-NY food innovation and agriculture technology business competition, which is focused on enhancing the emerging food, beverage and agriculture innovation cluster in Central New York, the Finger Lakes, and the Southern Tier. The innovative competition once again attracted a group of exceptional startups and entrepreneurial talent from around the globe to compete in its two-day pitch competition and highly anticipated symposium. Every Body Eat was one of eight finalists to take home prize money during the Grow-NY Food and Ag Summit's awards ceremony held at the Oncenter in downtown Syracuse. The winning teams must commit to operating in the Central New York, Finger Lakes, or Southern Tier regions for at least one year, while providing Grow-NY with a small equity investment stake in each entity. Funding for the competition, which is administered by Cornell University's Center for Regional Economic Advancement, is provided through the state's Upstate Revitalization Initiative. "I want to congratulate all the companies that took place in the third round of the Grow-NY Competition," Governor Kathy Hochul said. "This competition not only helps these companies continue to innovate but will further support New York State's regional economies by drawing even more worldwide attention to our globally renowned food and agriculture industry." Every Body Eat, from Chicago, IL, makes, markets and sells delicious food that is free from corn, sugar and the most common 14 allergens, so that people can enjoy it, together, regardless of dietary restrictions or preferences.  "We are absolutely honored to be selected—from such an incredible pool of food and agriculture startups—as this year's $1 million top prize winner at Grow-NY," said Nichole Wilson, Co-founder and President of Every Body Eat. "We look forward to leveraging this award and all of the connections we have made in the region to take our company to the next level, expand our market, and hire more talent." For year three of the Grow-NY Food and Ag Summit, over 1200 people registered for the event and audiences had the option to attend either in-person or virtually. The in-person event featured panel discussions on the biggest issues facing the food and agriculture industry, a summit showcase of vendors and organizations supporting the startup community, and a pitch competition where the top 20 finalists presented their business ideas to a live audience. A panel of five independent judges—reflecting a depth and breadth of agriculture, food production, and entrepreneurial expertise—listened to each presentation and presented questions before determining the top winners. Read the full press release.
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