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Friday, June 11, 2021 - 5:22pm
The Excelsior Jobs Program provides job creation and investment incentives to firms in targeted industries in order to encourage businesses to expand in and relocate to New York while maintaining strict accountability standards to guarantee that businesses deliver on job and investment commitments. Below please find the quarterly program report for the first quarter of 2021, ending 3/31/2021. 3/31/2021: EXCELSIOR JOBS PROGRAM - Quarterly Report CHART A - EXCELSIOR JOBS PROGRAM QUARTERLY REPORT - Businesses Admitted To Program CHART B - EXCELSIOR JOBS PROGRAM QUARTERLY REPORT - Businesses Issued Credits- Tax Year 2012  CHART C - EXCELSIOR JOBS PROGRAM QUARTERLY REPORT - Businesses Issued Credits- Tax Year 2013 CHART D - EXCELSIOR JOBS PROGRAM QUARTERLY REPORT - Businesses Issued Credits- Tax Year 2014  CHART E - EXCELSIOR JOBS PROGRAM QUARTERLY REPORT - Businesses Issued Credits- Tax Year 2015 CHART F - EXCELSIOR JOBS PROGRAM QUARTERLY REPORT - Businesses Issued Credits- Tax Year 2016 CHART G - EXCELSIOR JOBS PROGRAM QUARTERLY REPORT - Businesses Issued Credits- Tax Year 2017 CHART H - EXCELSIOR JOBS PROGRAM QUARTERLY REPORT - Businesses Issued Credits- Tax Year 2018 CHART I - EXCELSIOR JOBS PROGRAM QUARTERLY REPORT - Businesses Issued Credits- Tax Year 2019 CHART J - EXCELSIOR JOBS PROGRAM QUARTERLY REPORT - Businesses Issued Credits- Tax Year 2020
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Board Meeting

Friday, June 11, 2021 - 2:00pm
Due to public health concerns and as authorized by Executive Order of the Governor, 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 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 10, 2021.
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Thursday, June 10, 2021 - 12:49pm
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Press Release

Sunday, June 6, 2021 - 3:45pm
Location to Become a Premier Winery and Concert Venue in the Mid-Hudson Region Empire State Development today announced the completion of City Winery’s newest wine production facility and concert venue in the Village of Montgomery, Orange County at the former historic 22-acre Worsted Mills, located along the Wallkill River. This new facility includes a restaurant and bar, as well as a multipurpose event space which can host events such as tastings, weddings, corporate galas, and local trade events. The Concerts in the Vineyard Series kicks off at the property’s outdoor amphitheater on June 6th with an exciting lineup of musicians in the weeks to follow. Empire State Development Acting Commissioner and President & CEO-designate Eric Gertler said, “The Mid-Hudson Region, long known for its natural beauty, historical significance and artistic and cultural legacy, continues to attract interest and investment from beyond the area.  City Winery’s newest venue embodies the best of the Mid-Hudson:  creating a one-of-kind venue whose appeal combines a piece of the past with a commitment toward the region's future. The Worsted Mills site, which was an important part of the local economy generations ago, has been reclaimed as an exciting, environmentally friendly performance and modern-day production space showcasing what makes this thriving region so special."  Michael Dorf, Founder and CEO of City Winery said, “Admittedly, social distancing circles and masks didn’t figure into my original dream of hosting outdoor shows on this expansive and beautiful lawn surrounded by vineyards, but these safety measures are part of our company’s hospitality practices, and we all embrace them. I am excited to have this opportunity to finally bring live music to the Hudson Valley and have fans fully experience our food and wine options. We are also very proud to be generating our own electricity from the Hydro Electricity from the old mill on the Wallkill River, making our facility and this concert series a fully net zero user of energy. It feels good to emerge from this pandemic with an eye on being environmentally conscious moving forward.” Founded in New York City in 2008 by Michael Dorf, City Winery combines a fully functioning winery with intimate concerts, tastings and private events in several locations across the country. City Winery’s $10 million rehabilitation and expansion pays homage to Worsted Mills history and many parts of the Mills have been repurposed, keeping the original character of the building which helped establish the Village of Montgomery. Originally built as a grist mill in 1813, the current Worsted Mills facility was built in 1892 after a fire destroyed the original structure the prior year. In the years before the acquisition of the building, the Mills were mostly empty, abandoned and falling into disrepair. The creation of the new wine production facility allows City Winery to centralize their national wine manufacturing operations which will lead to a 50% increase in winemaking capacity. It also allows the company to easily distribute wine from the Hudson Valley across the country, showcasing New York’s contribution to the wine industry on a national scale. City Winery plans to create its own electricity from the Mill’s generators, supported by supplementary solar power. A new on-premises event space, suitable for up to 500 people, will welcome visitors for weddings, large group functions and corporate events. City Winery has committed to creating 30 new jobs and will support the surrounding community by facilitating activities to support local initiatives. To encourage the acquisition, design, and rehabilitation of Worsted Mills into a wine production facility and visitor destination, City Winery was awarded an $832,000 capital grant, recommended by the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council (MHREDC) during Round 8 of the Regional Council initiative. Additionally, the project was awarded a $240,000 Market New York grant through I LOVE NY, New York State's Division of Tourism, to promote the winery's events. NYSERDA also awarded City Winery more than $805,000 as the winery will achieve net zero energy performance through efficiency improvements to existing buildings and use of an existing hydroelectric turbine on the Wallkill River. MHREDC Chair Dr. Donald P. Christian, President, SUNY New Paltz said, “City Winery is a welcome addition to the Mid-Hudson Region's flourishing arts, culture and entertainment scene, and will be a draw for residents and visitors alike looking for unique opportunities. On behalf of the Regional Council, I am excited to see this project come to fruition while breathing new life into one of the area's historic buildings.” Doreen M. Harris, President and CEO of NYSERDA said, “Congratulations to City Winery on this milestone which showcases a commitment to reducing their carbon footprint through carbon neutral technologies while providing a beautiful venue and business in the Mid-Hudson region. This project successfully merges New York’s history with its clean energy future and demonstrates that renovating historic spaces in a way that helps us combat climate change and support economic development can deliver a number of benefits for communities across the state.” New York State Executive Director of Tourism Ross D. Levi said, "I LOVE NY is excited to welcome City Winery to the Hudson Valley as one of the region's newest craft beverage producers and entertainment venues. Through the support of our Market New York program, we look forward to working together with the winery to promote their events that will encourage visitors to explore the region as part of their next New York State vacation. Senator James Skoufis said, "I am thrilled to see City Winery Hudson Valley now in full swing. This is a phenomenal example of the kinds of adaptive reuse projects we should pursue for retired industrial settings throughout the Hudson Valley and it will no doubt enhance our cultural and culinary landscape. I commend the City Winery team for persevering in the face of pandemic-related shutdowns and the many challenges rehabilitation of a historic property of this size poses, and I am excited to see the fruits of their labor in full force this summer." Assemblymember Brian D. Miller said, “I am extremely happy to see the completion of the City Winery’s newest production facility and concert venue in the Village of Montgomery. This is a great way to help boost the local economy and strengthen our community. I am sure this is the beginning of many great things for the winery, the Village of Montgomery and the whole Hudson Valley. I hope people come out and enjoy themselves here as summer approaches.” Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus said, “City Winery has already become a popular attraction in Orange County, and I know that it will continue to thrive as a restaurant and destination. I appreciate the investment that City Winery has made in our community and congratulate Michael Dorf and his enterprising team on the completion of this transformative 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 NY,” the State’s iconic tourism brand.  For more information on Regional Councils and Empire State Development, please visit www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov and www.esd.ny.gov. Contact: Kristin Devoe | [email protected] | (518) 414-1087 ESD Press Office | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313
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Press Release

Friday, June 4, 2021 - 11:19am
New Outdoor Destination Offers Visitors Unique Getaway Opportunities Investment Complements "Southern Tier Soaring" – The Region’s Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy Empire State Development (ESD) today announced the completion of the $1.9 million Naturluxe & Stars, an outdoor experience resort in Watkins Glen, Schuyler County. A ceremonial ribbon cutting was held on the grounds of the new outdoor retreat with Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul in attendance. Located on 48 acres of land adjacent to Watkins Glen International Speedway, Naturluxe & Stars is designed to provide guests with an opportunity to relax, disconnect and embrace the natural surroundings without sacrificing the amenities and comforts of everyday life. "In what has been a tremendously difficult time, the great outdoors has served as an invaluable resource to get out of the house, stay active and enjoy New York's natural gems," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. “Naturluxe & Stars' new camping site in Watkins Glen makes it even more convenient to enjoy all that New York has to offer and further represents New York State's commitment to creating new and fun ways to promote healthy outdoor recreation as well as boost local tourism." Empire State Development Acting Commissioner and President and CEO-designate Eric Gertler said, “Traveling again—taking full advantage of the wonderful attractions that New York State has to offer—is an important step in getting back to a new normal. The Naturluxe & Stars resort, with its state-of-the-art conveniences, takes the fun of camping to a new level, for visitors to the beautiful Village of Watkins Glen. Our strategic community investments in smart projects like this are fueling regional momentum by developing spaces and places where people want to visit, play and work.” Naturluxe & Stars offers guests three different sized tent-style accommodations, including bell tents, platform tents, and safari-style platform tents with in-tent bathrooms, each lavishly furnished with its own unique character and décor. The resort offers a modern bathhouse conveniently located near tent groupings, equipped with seven individual bathrooms with private showers and an outdoor shower for the under the stars experience. Concierge-style services are available on-site to assist with all facets of the visitor experience, including luggage, reservations, and building campfires at any of the campfire pits located throughout the resort. Guests are provided complimentary individually-packaged breakfast baskets and campfire s’mores. Recognizing the different accessibility needs of travelers, Naturluxe & Stars offers an accessible parking lot and ADA-compliant bathroom facilities. Entertainment and relaxation are paramount to the Naturluxe & Stars guest experience. Guests can relax in modern lounge seating under the community gathering space tent or sit back in Adirondack chairs around campfire pits. Outdoor games like Bocce and horseshoes are available, along with more than 42 acres of private woods for on-site hiking and exploration. Working in tandem with local tourism partners to capitalize on the region's attractions, guided hiking tours, boating excursions and fishing charters are part of bundled packages available for visitors. Dawn Aprile, Naturluxe & Stars owner, said, "Naturluxe & Stars allows our guests the ability to experience that magical moment of calm that occurs when you suddenly connect with nature. Our completely furnished outdoor accommodations and luxurious bathhouse on 48 acres of beautiful woods allow busy individuals to get away from the hustle and bustle and relax. I’m grateful to New York State, the Regional Council, Schuyler County, our local government leaders, and I LOVE NY, as partners that helped bring this vision for an effortless outdoor resort to fruition." This project was supported by a $385,000 Market New York capital grant from Empire State Development through I LOVE NY, New York State's Division of Tourism. The grant was recommended by the Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council as part of the Regional Council initiative. New York State Executive Director of Tourism Ross D. Levi said, "I LOVE NY is proud to have supported the creation of the Naturluxe & Stars resort through our Market New York program. There is an increased demand for unique outdoor experiences, and this exciting new destination will encourage more visitors to explore the area, while serving as a perfect complement to other nearby attractions like Watkins Glen State Park and Watkins Glen International speedway. We look forward to including this in our efforts to promote all the great ways residents and visitors can enjoy a New York State vacation." Senator Tom O'Mara said, "The Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions already offer some of the most well-known and exciting outdoor attractions and experiences anywhere in New York State.  The new Naturluxe & Stars Resort in Watkins Glen is an outstanding addition to this network of outdoor destinations and will uniquely strengthen the foundation of our leading tourism industry." Assemblyman Phil Palmesano, "We take great pride in maintaining, protecting, and enhancing one of New York State's most exciting regions for outdoor recreation and adventure.  Watkins Glen and Schuyler County are already home to some of our greatest attractions and the addition of the Naturluxe & Stars Resort offers a modern and exciting alternative for visitors to experience everything that the region has to offer." STREDC Co-Chairs Judy McKinney Cherry, Executive Director of Schuyler County Partnership for Economic Development, and Broome Community College President Dr. Kevin Drumm said, “This new facility is an exceptional jewel in the Southern Tier and adds to the incredible tourism experience our region offers. Naturluxe & Stars Resort completes the diversity of accommodations that today’s adventuring tourists seek. The Governor’s efforts to expand the vibrancy of tourism experiences in New York is paying off in multiple ways." For additional information about Naturluxe & Stars, visit: https://naturluxeandstars.com/. Accelerating Southern Tier Soaring  Today's announcement complements "Southern Tier Soaring," the region's comprehensive blueprint to generate robust economic growth and community development. The State has already invested more than $7.4 billion in the region since 2012 to lay for groundwork for the plan – attracting a talented workforce, growing business and driving innovation. Now, the region is accelerating Southern Tier Soaring 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 10,200 new jobs. More information is available here. About New York State New York State is a premier vacation destination with world-class attractions, picturesque natural beauty, locally sourced cuisine and a booming craft beverage scene, an array of accommodations, and iconic, year-round festivals and events. Its 11 diverse vacation regions feature some of the world’s top ranked beaches; two out of America’s top three favorite state parks; breathtaking Niagara Falls; more ski areas than any other state; one of the nation’s longest foliage seasons; multiple Halls of Fame; North America’s longest, fastest and highest zipline; the largest publicly protected area in the contiguous United States; and soon, the country’s longest multi-use trail. Add in the state’s unique museums, historic landmarks, cultural sites, charming small towns and urban playgrounds, and it’s no wonder New York has been consistently chosen as a top getaway by travel publications and experts. For more information, or to begin planning your next New York State vacation, please visit iloveny.com. Contact: Shari Voorhees-Vincent | [email protected] | (585)399-7055 ESD Press Office | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313  
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Press Release

Thursday, June 3, 2021 - 11:25am
Industrial Cutter Manufacturer to Add and Retain More Than 60 Jobs at its U.S. Headquarters in the Town of Savannah Investment Complements “Finger Lakes Forward” – The Region’s Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy Empire State Development (ESD) today announced that industrial cutter manufacturer Pearl Technologies is ready to grow its operations in the Town of Savannah, Wayne County.  Pearl Technologies will renovate and upgrade its Seneca Street headquarters and manufacturing facilities, moving a portion of its operations to a second building already located on the company’s industrial campus. The project will facilitate the production of industrial knives replacing manufacturing that is currently being outsourced overseas. Empire State Development Acting Commissioner and President & CEO-designate Eric Gertler said, “New York is committed to a supporting the statewide growth and success of innovative, high-tech manufacturers. Pearl Technologies’ decision to expand its Wayne County operations will allow the plastics industry leader to service more global clients, while creating top-quality, 21st century jobs that will fuel the Finger Lakes regional economy for years to come.” Founded in 1985, Pearl Technologies, a subsidiary of EDGE Industrial Technologies, originally focused on the manufacturing of consumable parts for machinery and equipment, producing a product line of plastic punches for the manufacturing of flexible film bags. Today, the company additionally designs and builds standard and custom high-speed machine attachments for punching holes, perforating and slitting for the converting industry among other services. Pearl Technologies is recognized as a leader in the plastics industry, securing over two-dozen patents and offering a lineup of over 3,000 solution-driven products, servicing thousands of customers in every continent of the world. Pearl Technologies President Jane Coyne said, “This investment reflects both the strength of our existing business and our commitment to Savannah, NY.  I’d like to thank the state of New York for their supporting in enabling us to grow.” ESD is assisting the company with the expansion project with up to $200,000 in Excelsior Tax Credits in exchange for job creation commitments. The company plans to add up to 20 new jobs; over 40 jobs will be retained. The total project cost is nearly $2 million. Now underway, the company expects the facility renovations to to be completed in the first quarter of 2022. The Wayne County Industrial Development Agency is also working with the company. State Senator Pam Helming said, “Pearl Technologies is a leading innovator in the plastics industry and a valued local employer. Thank you to President Jane Coyne and the entire company for its increased investment and commitment to creating additional job opportunities in Savannah and Wayne County. Thank you to Empire State Development, Wayne County and Brian Pincelli, and all those supporting this project and our small business job creators.” State Assemblyman Brian Manktelow said, “This is a great win for Wayne County and our community. Not only do we have a world class leader in the plastics industry, but we have a business choosing to invest and develop in our region. With this growth, Pearl Technologies will be able to serve their already robust clientele in 35 countries and continue to develop patents on the hard work of Wayne County residents. I want to thank you Jane Coyne and the all the Pearl Technologies family for your dedication to our community.” Wayne County Industrial Development Agency Director Brian Pincelli said, “We are very happy to see growth at Pearl Technologies in the Town of Savannah and appreciate the support of ESD and our utility partners. Pearl’s history of innovation with over two-dozen patents is a testament to their continued attention to market changes and adoption of technology.” For additional information about Pearl Technologies, visit https://www.pearltechinc.com/. 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 $8.07 billion in the region since 2012 to lay the groundwork for the plan – investing in key industries including photonics, agriculture‎ and food production, and advanced manufacturing. Today, unemployment is down to the lowest levels since before the Great Recession; personal and corporate income taxes are down; and businesses are choosing places like Rochester, Batavia and Canandaigua as a destination to grow and invest in. Now, the region is accelerating Finger Lakes Forward with a $500 million State investment through the Upstate Revitalization Initiative, announced by Governor Cuomo in December 2015. The State’s $500 million investment will incentivize private business to invest well over $2.5 billion – and the region’s plan, as submitted, projects up to 8,200 new jobs. More information is available here. Contact: Shari Voorhees-Vincent | [email protected] | (585) 399-7055 Press Office | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313
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Press Release

Friday, May 28, 2021 - 5:00pm
Buffalo Heritage Carousel Provides New Attraction to the City’s Revitalized Waterfront State Funding and Private Donations Complete Landmark $5.8 Million Project Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC) today announced the completion of the Buffalo Heritage Carousel at Canalside, a $5.8 million project completed with a mix of state funding and private donations. Now open to the public, the historic carousel at KeyBank Roadhouse provides both family-oriented recreation on Buffalo’s waterfront and celebrates Western New York’s rich industrial heritage “Buffalo is ready to welcome back families and visitors of all ages to Canalside and the solar-powered Buffalo Heritage Carousel is the new star attraction,” Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul said. “I am proud to finally welcome home the De Angelis Carousel with its stunning craftsmanship that will provide countless memories and fun for all. Canalside has become a must-see destination and the carousel adds another unique attraction to bring in visitors and provide a boost for local businesses.” Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation Chairman Robert Gioia said, “Just when you think Canalside can’t get any better, we add a spectacular carousel that will dazzle children and adults alike. The carousel fits in perfectly for a day of family fun that includes hiking, biking, boating, plenty of food options and the Explore & More Children’s Museum. It’s time to put the pandemic behind us and make this a summer to remember.” Open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., with tickets costing $1 per ride, the carousel is also collaborating with Explore & More Children’s Museum and provides yet another attraction for the city’s revitalized waterfront. View the completed carousel. Located in the timber-framed KeyBank Roundhouse and with spectacular views of the waterfront, each of the carousel pieces were meticulously restored by the Buffalo Heritage Carousel artists. The unique #153 Wurlitzer Band organ –one of the most popular models ever manufactured by the company –plays music scrolls that are integrated with the carousel through computer technology. The overall project cost $5.8 million and relied on $1.2 million from the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation, which is administered by the Empire State Development. The New York Power Authority committed this funding to the region following the federal relicensing of the Niagara Power Project in 2007. The project also received $465,000 through the Buffalo and Erie County Greenway Committee, which is funded by New York Power Authority, and $1.2 million from KeyBank and the First Niagara Foundation. State Senator Sean Ryan secured a grant of $600,000 for the carousel’s restoration, while state Senator Chris Jacobs landed a $500,000 grant for the building. Additionally, the Margaret L Wendt Foundation donated $250,000 to acquire the carousel in 2016 and awarded another $250,000 to match a $250,000 grant from the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation. The Russell J. Salvatore Foundation and Wegmans are among the donors that adopted one of the menagerie animals or contributed to the project. The attraction sits on a custom-made steel structure manufactured by Carousel and Carvings, out of Marion, Ohio. The steel components are welded and bolted in place to support a vintage menagerie, park-style carousel was manufactured in 1924 by Spillman Engineering in North Tonawanda for Dominick De Angelis, the original operator, whose family put the attraction in storage during the 1950s. Buffalo Heritage Carousel, Inc. Board President Laurie A. Hauer-LaDuca said, "Today, we celebrate, the long-awaited moment for the grand opening of our fully restored, antique, extraordinary wood carousel. The Buffalo Heritage Carousel's journey from inception in 2014 to this exciting moment has spanned seven years and is the result of our hard work, dedication, perseverance and the tremendous support of our community both public and private as well as the thousands of volunteer hours graciously given on the many aspects of this project. We look forward to officially opening the carousel today to share this wonderful treasure with our community and furthermore express our sincere appreciation of our project's donors, supporters and tremendous efforts of our volunteers. Our project would not have been realized without all of you." KeyBank Director of Corporate Philanthropy and Executive Director of the First Niagara Foundation Elizabeth Gurney said, “The opening of the Buffalo Heritage Carousel at KeyBank Roundhouse marks yet another milestone in the exciting transformation and evolution of our great city’s waterfront We are so delighted to support this unique attraction which will bring enjoyment to people of all ages and further cement the Buffalo Waterfront as a first-class, all season destination for family fun and excitement.”    NYPA Chairman and Buffalo resident John R. Koelmel said, “NYPA's significant support toward the restoration of this historic carousel demonstrates the Power Authority's commitment to Western New York and the development of Canalside. This project is now another wonderful attraction for local families and tourists to the region alike.” The state has committed more than $90 million to transform Buffalo’s Inner Harbor into what is now known as Canalside, a mixed-use urban entertainment destination that has received national and international attention as one of the key drivers of the remarkable resurgence of Western New York. Open to the public since May 2008, Canalside features several fully restored facets of the original Erie Canal, including the commercial slip, boardwalk, and the historic replica canals. A year-round attraction that normally hosts nearly 1.5 million visitors annually, Canalside provides an assortment of events, family activities, attractions, historical and cultural programming, art, and food that showcases the diverse resources of the Western New York region. In addition, the historic replica canals are frozen during the winter months to become New York State’s largest outdoor ice-skating rink. Congressman Brian Higgins said, “The carousel builds on Buffalo’s waterfront progress with yet another family-friendly destination at Canalside. While enjoying the carousel visitors are immersed in a visual representation of Western New York’s history and landscape with features depicting Niagara Falls, the Pan Am Exposition, Olmsted Parks, the Erie Canal and other places and events unique to Western New York. Community-driven projects often yield the best results.  Congratulations to the community members who believed in this project and worked to make it happen.” Senator Tim Kennedy said, "The completion of the Buffalo Heritage Carousel is a big win for our community that's been years in the making. Thanks to the tireless efforts of so many, Buffalo's waterfront can boast yet another year-round attraction for families to enjoy. My sincere thanks to all whose hard work made this a reality." Senator Sean Ryan said, “The journey to bring the Buffalo Heritage Carousel to Canalside has been long, and it has been a labor of love for everyone involved. Years of planning and hard work have culminated with the restoration of the De Angelis Carousel and its placement at a new permanent home along Buffalo’s waterfront. The history of this attraction is truly remarkable. The carousel was built right here in Western New York, and now 100 years later, it has returned home to delight and entertain a new generation. I am honored to have played a part in this process and take pride in the fact that the people of the state of New York played an integral role in the restoration of the historic Buffalo Heritage Carousel. As the latest in a series of fun, affordable, family-friendly attractions, the carousel will strengthen Canalside’s role as a year-round tourism destination. I encourage everyone to visit this great attraction to make memories that will last for a lifetime.” Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes said, “I would like to congratulate everyone on the grand opening of the Buffalo Heritage Carousel. This colorful, musical piece of history is sure to attract even more visitors to our vibrant waterfront. Everyone who worked hard to restore this magnificent ride should be proud, knowing their masterpiece will be enjoyed by families for years to come.” Assemblyman Jon Rivera said, “The completion of the Buffalo Heritage Carousel represents the latest chapter in Canalside’s storied development and revitalization through the last decade. Through its exhibits, the Explore & More Children’s Museum ignites the imaginations of adolescent Western New Yorkers. The new carousel will now do the same for residents of all ages across our region, as this family-friendly attraction will stimulate nostalgia for our city’s past and inspiration for its future.” City of Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown said, “The year-round, family-friendly De Angelis Carousel is a fantastic addition to the Buffalo waterfront. It will build on the popularity of the Explore & More Children's Museum and many outdoor activities for visitors of all ages, including carousel enthusiasts from across the country and around the world. This is yet another major investment made possible by Governor Andrew Cuomo and the Empire State Development Corporation to assist the city of Buffalo in making its waterfront a world-class destination.”  About Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation The 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 nonvoting, 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. For more information on ECHDC, visit here.  Contact: Pamm Lent (Governor’s Office) | [email protected] | (716) 846-8309 Laura Magee (ECHDC) | [email protected] | (716) 846-8239
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Press Release

Friday, May 28, 2021 - 1:22pm
2021 New Attractions Include: Historic Carousel, Air Show, New and Expanded Beer Gardens, Interactive Art Installation, the Return of Shark Girl and Additional Food Options Full event and programming details available at www.buffalowaterfront.com Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC) and Be Our Guest (BRG) today announced an exciting 2021 season at the Buffalo Waterfront, with activities from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.  Summer on the waterfront will see some exciting new attractions, including the Buffalo Heritage Carousel, new and expanded beer gardens, international touring light exhibit and a wide variety of food options. “Western New Yorkers want to get outside and enjoy this summer, especially after more than a year of living under COVID restrictions,” said ECHDC Chairman Robert Gioia.  “ECHDC and Be Our Guest have been busy constructing and planning new attractions and activities for people of all ages to enjoy. The summer schedule will give families safe and affordable options to spend a day on the Buffalo waterfront.” “It’s going to be an exciting summer at the Buffalo Waterfront. We are thrilled to welcome visitors back to Canalside and Outer Harbor in a safe manner,” said Kevin Parkinson, Vice President of Operations and Finance for Be Our Guest. “We have a full line-up of unique events and experiences, along with the return of longstanding programming with our community partners.” New and returning offerings at the waterfront in 2021 are plentiful with the team at Be Our Guest and other partners working to make this summer unforgettable.  New activities and events for 2021 include: At Canalside: Buffalo Heritage Carousel Expanded beer garden at Clinton’s Dish Free tours of Packet Boat building in the Longshed Shark Girl returns Free Explore & More Children’s Museum outdoor programming Kayaks, water bikes and paddle boats Free Fitness at Canalside presented by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of WNY Creators on the Boardwalk markets Historical programming, including a new partnership with Young Audiences of WNY At the Outer Harbor: Thunder on the Buffalo Waterfront Air Show New beer garden at Wilkeson Pointe featuring a double decker bar and Nosh and Nibble food truck Impulse art installation at Wilkeson Pointe New food and beverage area at the Lakeside Bike Park Fitness in the Parks presented by Independent Health The Buffalo Heritage Carousel at Canalside is installed and running inside the new roundhouse at Canalside.  The historic De Angelis Carousel features a menagerie of meticulously restored antique pieces. Hop aboard for $1.00 per ride. The biggest event on this year’s Buffalo Waterfront calendar will be the Thunder on the Buffalo Waterfront Air Show at the Outer Harbor on June 19 and 20.  The outdoor ticketed event features a range of military and civilian aerial performers, including the famous U.S. Navy Blue Angels aerobatic team. Back on the ground, kids and adults can relive their best days on the playground on 15 giant seesaws that light up and play musical notes. The installation, Impulse, seen in major cities around the world will brighten Wilkeson Pointe with teeter totters ranging from 16 feet to 24 feet in length.  The musical elements and lights intensify as people go up and down. Impulse is the creation of Lateral Office and CS Design with production by Quartier des Spectacles Partnership. The new beer garden at Wilkeson Pointe features a shipping container bar with an up top lounge area offering perfect shoreline views and the new Nosh and Nibble food truck serving up lazy day fare. The volleyball courts, horseshoe pits, and kickball fields will host some summertime fun with league play and impromptu games for the novice to the expert player. Shark Girl, the immensely popular public art piece, is back on her perch next to the historic canals at Canalside after undergoing some repair and maintenance on her fiberglass body so she can better handle interactions with all her fans, as well as to stand up to harsh Buffalo winters, for years to come. “We are delighted that Shark Girl has made it back in time for a busy summer season at Canalside,” said Aaron Ott, Curator of Public Art at the Albright-Knox. “We truly appreciate the wonderful partnership with ECHDC that allowed us to get this important work done, and we’re excited to see fans interact with Shark Girl for a very long time.” Fitness at Canalside, presented by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New York, will kick off a robust line up of in person fitness classes on Tuesday June 1 with Zumba at Canalside, celebrating its tenth year at Canalside. Blue Bike rentals will also be available at Canalside. “We are all looking forward to this summer and are thrilled to welcome our community back to get healthy with us on Buffalo’s beautiful waterfront as we kick off our 7th season of Fitness at Canalside,” said Julie R. Snyder, Vice President, Community Affairs, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New York. “This is an important part of our mission - offering free fitness classes, Blue Bikes and all of the other offerings at what we like to refer to as ‘Buffalo’s beloved front-lawn’. We know that after a year of social-distancing, it will be a summer to remember.” Additionally, fitness fans can head to the Outer Harbor where Independent Health Presents Fitness in the Parks at Wilkeson Pointe along with a line up of rotating classes on the weekends. The Lakeside Bike Park, which has riding tracks and trails for riders of all skill levels, will be an even bigger hit this year with the addition of food trucks, offering a variety of menu items to enjoy while taking in the views of beautiful Lake Erie. “As we all look forward to another beautiful summer season in Western New York, many will go to the waterfront to get active and be healthy at the Outer Harbor,” said Michelle Carbery, senior corporate wellness specialist at Independent Health.  “Whether it’s kayak and bike rentals or the peaceful scene of possibly our most popular Fitness in the Parks location at Wilkeson Point, Independent Health is proud to help bring the many summer activities at Outer Harbor to everyone throughout our community to enjoy.” Children’s programming with Explore & More Children’s Museum will include Free Play Fridays from July 2 through August 27 and Trucking Through Summer, which will bring a rotating line up of vehicles for children to interact with directly outside of the museum’s entrance. Michelle Urbanczyk, Explore & More CEO said, “We are very excited to be a part of Canalside programming offering in-person, safe and fun summer activities for children.  We are thrilled to be able to offer Trucking Through the Summer A-Z,  where every Wednesday and Friday from 11-2 we will feature various trucks outside- ending in our family favorite Touch a Truck event on August 28, 2021, in addition to a Bike Rodeo and other family friendly programming to the Buffalo Waterfront.” Young Audiences of Western New York will bring some history to Canalside this summer with the installation of a living artwork depicting the history of the Underground Railroad as told through story quilting. This programming will be held in the Pavilion at the Replica Canals. Those who enjoy seeing history in the making can head to the Longshed where staff and volunteers from the Buffalo Maritime Center are building a replica of the 1825 Seneca Chief packet boat, which transported Governor DeWitt Clinton from Buffalo to New York City to mark the official opening of the Erie Canal. The packet boat project is expected to take about three years to complete. During that time, the public will be able to watch the boat being built and even volunteer to join the construction crew. Those wishing to volunteer should visit the Buffalo Maritime Center's website at https://buffalomaritimecenter.org/. Amenities, such as table games/game rentals, BFLO Kayak tours/rentals, water bike rentals, Spirit of Buffalo rides, History Tour Boat rides, biking and walking tours, and Buffalo Sunset Chairs, will also be available throughout the summer beginning Memorial Day Weekend. All these fresh air activities are sure to work up people’s appetites. Along Canalside’s Boardwalk, you will find Clinton’s Dish is open from 11a.m. until sunset daily or cool off with an ice cream cone from the Ice Cream Kiosk along the Boardwalk.  For all of the latest updates to the summer schedule keep checking www.buffalowaterfront.com. About Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation A nine-member board consisting of seven voting directors and two non-voting, ex-officio directors governs the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. 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 Erie County executive and the City of Buffalo mayor hold the two non-voting, ex-officio director positions. For more information on ECHDC, visit https://esd.ny.gov/erie-canal-harbor-development-corporation-0. Contact: Pamm Lent (Governor’s Office) | [email protected] | (716) 560-8815 Laura Magee (ECHDC) | [email protected] | (716) 846-8239 Lauren Moloney Ford (Be Our Guest) | [email protected]  (716) 430-9072
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Board Meeting

Monday, May 24, 2021 - 11:00am
Due to public health concerns and as authorized by Executive Order of the Governor, 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 agenda items in writing to [email protected] by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 21.
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Board Meeting

Friday, May 21, 2021 - 11:30am
Due to public health concerns and as authorized by Executive Order of the Governor, this meeting will be conducted via teleconference. The public may listen to the meeting via webcast by clicking here. Members of the public may submit comments on the Agenda items in writing to [email protected] by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 20, 2021.  
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