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Public Notice

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 11:00am
Public Notice: Franklin Street Lighting DRI Capital Project
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Public Notice

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 9:00am
Public Notice: JBF Stainless Capital Project
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Press Release

Monday, May 6, 2019 - 12:03pm
Empire State Development (ESD) and the Departments of Labor, Agriculture and Markets, and Taxation and Finance today encouraged New Yorkers to support local small businesses during National Small Business Week from May 5 to May 11. A cornerstone of the state’s economy, the more than 530,000 small business proprietors across New York account for 98 percent of all businesses and employ more than 3 million people, which is 40 percent of the state's private sector workforce. ESD President, CEO and Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, "New York’s economy is built on small businesses that help families and communities thrive, employ millions and generate economic growth throughout the state, and I encourage New Yorkers to support their local small businesses this week and throughout the year.” ESD and its Small Business Division assist companies of all stages, whether they are just starting or looking to expand. Various programs and initiatives have been designed to encourage small business growth and help entrepreneurs maximize their opportunities for success. ESD offers loans, venture financing, tax credits and incentives to qualifying businesses of all stages, including those designated as Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprises (MWBEs). For more information, visit ESD’s website at www.esd.ny.gov or https://esd.ny.gov/doing-business-ny/small-business-hub. Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon said, “Small businesses are the backbone of New York’s economy and a treasured part of our thriving communities. The Department of Labor is proud to support small businesses all year long with anything from applying for tax credits and incentives to assisting with staff recruitments and training.” The New York State Department of Labor offers a multitude of free services for businesses of all sizes, including job postings on Governor Cuomo’s Jobs Express website, access to thousands of qualified candidates in our talent pool, career fairs and customized recruitments, and even Human Resources consultation services. These services are available to help businesses list their jobs, find the right candidates, access hiring and training incentives, obtain business tax credits and incentives, access HR service and technical assistance, and find layoff aversion resources. For more information, visit: https://www.labor.ny.gov/businessservices/landing.shtm. State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball said, “The Department of Agriculture and Markets proudly supports small business owners throughout New York State, and there are countless venues and goods for consumers to choose from. Our farmers’ markets, Taste NY stores and other retailers offer an amazing array of New York grown and produced foods, craft beverages and other goods made by our neighbors. Whether we choose locally-sourced food and drinks for our dinner tables, or support partners in the forestry industry by purchasing quality wood products, like lumber and furniture, I encourage all New Yorkers to invest in our communities by spending locally and supporting small businesses.” The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets supports New York’s more than 33,000 farms, 650 farmers markets and thousands of agribusinesses across the State through its divisions that provide technical assistance and its marketing programs, including New York State Grown & Certified and Taste NY. The NYS Grown & Certified program markets local growers participating in safe food handling and environmental sustainability programs, helping them better compete in the marketplace. The Taste NY program promotes New York food and beverage industries of all sizes and encourages consumers across the globe to buy local products. The program has created opportunities for local producers to showcase their goods at large public events, and at welcome centers, Taste NY stores, displays and concession opportunities located at more than 70 locations in New York.    Executive Deputy Commissioner of Taxation and Finance Andrew Morris said, “The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in New York State. Small businesses are the backbone of this state’s economy, and we’re committed to helping these visionaries benefit from the wide range of incentive programs across multiple industries.” New York State believes starting or growing a business should be easy and affordable. More than a dozen credits are available to businesses to hire, employ, and train local workers. They may qualify for location-based credits too, and exemptions for improving properties. Visit the Tax Department’s new Business incentives webpage to learn more about what’s available in specific industries, such as farming and agriculture, research and development, and manufacturing. Additionally, an Online Services account is a must for small business tax administration. Key among the dozens of services is Sales Tax Web File. This online tool facilitates on-time filing and allows a business to schedule payments in advance, save bank account information for future payments, view filing and payment history, and more.   Contacts: ESD Press Office | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313 Labor Press Office | [email protected] | (518) 457-5519
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Public Notice

Friday, May 3, 2019 - 2:00pm
Crescent Commons Main Street Capital Project
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Press Release

Friday, May 3, 2019 - 1:00pm
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the launch of the Workforce Development Initiative, which invests $175 million statewide for workforce development to support strategic regional efforts that meet businesses' short-term workforce needs, improve regional talent pipelines, enhance the flexibility and adaptability of local workforce entities, expand apprenticeships and address the long-term needs of growing industries. These funds will also support efforts to improve the economic security of women, youth and other groups facing significant barriers to career advancement. "We must ensure the workforce of today is not only prepared for the jobs we have now, but also ready for the jobs of tomorrow," said Governor Cuomo. "The Workforce Development Initiative is another significant step to ensure future growth in the state and help New Yorkers succeed in the 21st Century economy." "Investing in workforce development is essential to provide individuals with the skills they need for jobs in industries across the state," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, Chair of the statewide Regional Economic Development Councils. "In order to keep up with the needs of the labor market, New York must lead the way to train workers in advanced manufacturing, health care, and energy to close the skills gap and create a pipeline of talent for employers. The Workforce Development Initiative will target resources to ensure training is available in our communities for good paying jobs that will continue to move our economy forward." Read the complete press release here. 
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Press Release

Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 10:00pm
Overall preferred vision here and renderings available here Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC) today held its third and final Buffalo Outer Harbor Access and Activation Project Open House where the preferred vision for the Outer Harbor was presented to the public. The plan emphasizes passive recreation in three unique waterfront zones: First Buffalo River Marina; the 166 acres that include Wilkeson Pointe to Bell Slip; and Terminal B.  The overall goals of the project include improving use and enjoyment of the Outer Harbor, enhancing bicycle and pedestrian access and minimizing adverse impacts on communities and the environment. The overall preferred vision is available here and renderings are available here. “Great efforts were made to ensure our vision for the Outer Harbor reflects the wants and needs of the public and I believe we were successful,” said ECHDC Chairman Robert Gioia.  “This vision, which is also complementary to Canalside and the plans to transform LaSalle Park into Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Centennial Park, continues the momentum on Buffalo’s waterfront.” From previous open houses and online surveys, ECHDC confirmed that the public wanted to empathize industrial heritage, ecology, access, recreation, amenities and access to the water’s edge. These attributes are reflected in the preferred vision for the Outer Harbor.  For example, to optimize ecological diversity, the plan includes shoreline habitat enhancements at First Buffalo River Marina and aquatic habitat improvements, pollinator corridor plantings, pavement removal and native plantings throughout the 166 acres.  To maximize access to the water’s edge, the plan calls for: a pedestrian bridge over Slip 3; improved fishing access; a scenic overlook at the Bell Slip; Tall Ships mooring and transient boat docking at Slip 2; and a waterfront promenade and scenic overlook at Terminal B. The plan also features: improved connections, including for walking and biking, throughout the Outer Harbor; a natural play area; skating/court sports at Terminal B; a high ropes course; and additional restrooms.  The preferred vision also builds upon and complements recent State investments in Buffalo Harbor State Park and the Queen City Bike Ferry, as well as the cycling and pedestrian trails, overlooks and the events lawn now under construction on the Outer Harbor. ECHDC gained additional feedback and stakeholder input at the open house.  Additional information and a survey for interested individuals will be available at Buffalowaterfront.com/accessandactivation on May 3.  ECHDC will refine the preferred plan before recommending it to the ECHDC Board of Directors in the coming months.  If it is approved, a State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) will be conducted, followed by General Project Plan (GPP) with a groundbreaking expected in 2020.  Buffalo Billion II has committed $15 million for this project. Last year, ECHDC held two open houses in July and November for the public to comment on various options, provide feedback and respond to surveys. The gathering of comments and input from the public helped establish the community’s vision for a successful project. Under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, New York is making a historic commitment to improving and expanding access to outdoor recreation.  In 2013, almost 400 acres of land on the Outer Harbor was transferred from the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority to ECHDC. As part of that transfer, Buffalo Harbor State Park was designated as the 180th state park in New York's system and the first in the City of Buffalo.  Buffalo Billion I committed $10 million for improvements to transform Buffalo Harbor State Park into a new visitor destination that continues the revitalization of the city's waterfront. Buffalo Billion I also committed $5 million for a project, now under construction, that will enhance access and facilitate greater public use and enjoyment of 20 acres at the southern end of the Outer Harbor. The project includes: a completed multi-use greenway trail, including pedestrian and bicycle amenities; two overlook locations; an urban bike park with skills features and off-road trails; an events lawn for passive and active recreational purposes; and three habitat restoration areas. That project is slated to be completed later this month.   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 are 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.     Contact: 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 2, 2019 - 2:55pm
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the completion of construction and dedication of the new $29 million Explore & More - The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Children's Museum at Canalside on the Buffalo waterfront. The 43,000 square foot stand-alone building houses seven educational play zones, each offering hands-on activities and exhibits that tell the stories of Buffalo for children and families. In addition to creating 40 jobs during the construction phase and adding another 36 full-time equivalent jobs upon opening, Explore & More is expected to bring 250,000 new visitors annually to Buffalo's waterfront.  "This museum is a totally different way to communicate, to educate, to involve and stimulate young people, and to have them experience learning in a way they can actually process," Governor Cuomo said. "It is a fantastic service and a great tourism and development magnet for the region. This museum also demonstrates once again that we are on the other side of the old cynicism about Buffalo and that there is a new optimism that is breeding success for the area's resurgence." "Today is another monumental day in the history of Buffalo's thriving waterfront," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "The new children's museum will be a significant driver of tourism and growth at Canalside, while at the same time providing a world-class educational experience for visitors and residents. Additionally, as a point of pride for our City, the new museum is dedicated in honor of Ralph C. Wilson, Jr., a pillar of the Buffalo community whose philanthropy and generosity continue to live on in signature projects across Western New York." Read the complete press release here.
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Press Release

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 3:04pm
Investment Complements “CNY Rising” – The Region’s Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy Empire State Development (ESD) officials today joined Northeast Information Discovery (NEID) and Centerstate CEO representatives to commemorate the completion of the company’s expansion project at its facility located at 3197 Seneca Turnpike in the Village of Canastota, Madison County. The project represents a significant milestone for the innovative tech company. Founded in 2011 with just three employees, the company began work on the new facility in the summer of 2018, which will now be home to more than 40 employees. Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, “By supporting top-quality UAS firms Like Northeast Information Discovery, we are attracting entrepreneurial energy to the Central New York region, home to the assets and infrastructure necessary to drive UAS industry growth and innovation." The software company is a woman-owned business focused on the research and development of advanced computer network operations and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capabilities for the Intelligence and Defense communities. Kristin Meyer, President & CEO, Northeast Information Discovery Inc. said, “We cannot be more excited to grow our business right here in Canastota, within Madison County and wish to thank all those who have helped us.  Still, there is much to do. The mission of NEID is to grow a community friendly and successful business, where professionals not only advance their careers, but enjoy the rewards of their personal and professional accomplishments.” “As an engineer looking to make an impact in my profession and my community, NEID was a great choice for me,” said Anna Vanderhoof, a recent hire at NEID and Canastota native. “NEID goes out of their way to be great neighbors on top of providing an enriching and creative place to work.” NEID plans to continue growing and contributing to the community in Canastota and the broader Central New York region. Just last week, CenterState CEO also recognized NEID as a 2019 Business of the Year recipient in the Less Than 50 Employees category at its Annual Meeting. The company was one of five recipients recognized for its commitment to growth, improving the community and creating tangible impacts on the economy. Robert Simpson, President of CenterState CEO said, “We are excited to recognize the exceptional growth of Northeast Information Discovery. In addition to its expansion news, its hiring plans represent a more than 150 percent increase in staff for the company. Its focus on solving challenges related to cybersecurity for unmanned systems and its continued success, strengthens the region’s leadership role in the unmanned services sector.” In September of 2018, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced New York State’s further investment in the burgeoning Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Industry which included $974,000 for NEID; $200,000 in Regional Council Capital Fund funding, $90,000 in Excelsior Benefits, and $684,000 from an ESD funded program UAS Central Job Fund. The company invested nearly a half a million dollars in the new, 6,000 square-foot facility. New York's ongoing investment in the growing UAS industry in both Central New York and the Mohawk Valley is expected to create at least 200 local jobs and $39.5 million in private investments. Since 2015, New York State has established itself as the nation's premiere destination for drones and businesses at the forefront of innovation. The state has positioned itself to become the nation's drone capital. Those efforts include $30 million in funding for the creation of a 50-mile "drone highway" in the region and support for the GENIUS NY accelerator competition that focuses on the UAS industry. These significant investments have pioneered the development of New York's drone industry. Central New York Regional Economic Development Council Co-Chairs Randy Wolken, President & CEO of the Manufacturers Association of Central New York (MACNY) and Deborah Stanley, President of the State University of New York at Oswego said, “The CNYREDC is proud to continue our support for the burgeoning UAS industry in the region. As an integral part of the regionally designed CNY Rising plan, we are working to reinforce our dedication to these innovative UAS companies there by ensuring that New York remains at the forefront of this industry, creating new opportunities and jobs in the region for decades to come." For more information about Northeast Discovery Information, click here. State Senator Rachel May said, “I congratulate Northeast Information Discovery on its expansion in Canastota and on being recognized as a 2019 Business of the Year in the Less than 50 Employees category by Centerstate CEO. As a women-owned research and development software company it is exciting to see it grow, thrive, and receive support from Empire State Development as part of the CNY Rising initiative. The energy and innovation they represent is vital to continuing to build a thriving entrepreneurship economy in Central New York. By funding businesses and nourishing the best talent in our region, we are building a platform from which our local economy can prosper and we retain the talent we need to make our region stronger.” State Assemblyman John Salka said, “Whenever we can celebrate the expansion of any business in the upstate community, it is truly considered an accomplishment many should be proud of. We congratulate NEID on their ability to be able to provide not only quality jobs and the vital part those jobs play in our region, but by producing an important product in today’s competitive marketplace. Job well done!” Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon said, "The continued momentum in the designated drone corridor in Central New York is great news. Governor Cuomo's commitment to the burgeoning Unmanned Aerial Systems industry in our region has been transformative. As a key part of the CNY Rising economic development plan, our region is continuing to grow as we establish ourselves as the global hub for this innovative industry." Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente said, “This expansion of our region’s unmanned aircraft systems industry is a testament to what is being accomplished at our UAS Test facility at Griffiss International Airport in Rome. Oneida County is serving as the epicenter for UAS research, innovation and development, and together with our partners, we will continue to foster economic growth and establish the Mohawk Valley and Central New York as the global industry leader of this crucial technology.” Canastota Mayor Carla DeShaw said, “The Village of Canastota is very proud of the growth and expansion of Northeast Information Discovery Inc. (NEID).  Having high-tech, high paying engineering jobs in our village offers our working professionals the opportunity to stay local.  From the incubator to our business park, the Village is very excited to celebrate the expansion of NEID and we look forward to its future growth.”    Accelerating CNY Rising  Today's announcement complements “Central NY Rising,” the region’s comprehensive blueprint to generate robust economic growth and community development. The State has already invested more than $5.6 billion in the region since 2012 to lay the groundwork for the plan – capitalizing on global market opportunities, strengthening entrepreneurship and creating an inclusive economy. 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 Syracuse, Oswego and Auburn as a destination to grow and invest in. Now, the region is accelerating Central NY Rising 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 5,900 new jobs. More information is available here.     Contact: Shari Vincent | [email protected]| (585)399-7055 | (800) 260-7313 Stephanie Shattuck [email protected] (315)-875-5467 X#31 Press Office | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313
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Press Release

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 11:59am
Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC) today unveiled a new website and brand for the Buffalo Waterfront: BuffaloWaterfront.com. The website serves as a single online stop that will better inform the public of Canalside and Outer Harbor events and activities, with a goal of drawing more tourism and awareness to Buffalo’s waterfront. The user-friendly design was developed as a way for both locals and tourists to find Canalside and Outer Harbor events, activities and information, as well as drive an overall awareness of other destinations and points of interest along the downtown waterfront. “BuffaloWaterfront.com is engaging and offers faster, more efficient access to the content that visitors to the waterfront want,” said ECHDC Chairman Robert Gioia. “As key locales on Buffalo’s waterfront continue to develop, it is important that we offer the public an easy way to find the information they need to plan their next visit to Buffalo’s burgeoning waterfront.” The new website, which opens with a striking hero video that showcases the beauty of Canalside and the Outer Harbor, highlights events, daily activities, and features interactive waterfront maps. Upcoming events are easily identified, and users can filter events by categories such as health and wellness, concerts and music, and family and kid friendly. The website even features itineraries for exercise enthusiasts, history buffs, date nights and family fun days. A ‘Get Involved’ section allows visitors to explore options including: holding their own event, small business opportunities, job opportunities, and becoming a sponsor. For those that want to dig a little deeper, there is also a timeline of waterfront development and information on current projects. The site was built with mobile screens in mind, as research has shown that is how most people view websites today. Also revealed today was a new parent brand for Canalside and the Outer Harbor: Buffalo Waterfront. The new parent brand serves to join Canalside and the Outer Harbor under one family to coincide with the combined online presence. The logo invokes an image of waves in the water while also forming the letters ‘b’ and ‘w.’ The individual Canalside and Outer Harbor brand logos and identities will remain predominant. “We are honored to have partnered with Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation to mark this exciting milestone for Canalside and Outer Harbor,” said Lauren Dixon, CEO of Dixon Schwabl. “Our team was thrilled to have designed the new Buffalo Waterfront brand and website. With the launch, we look forward to helping Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation elevate awareness and increase tourism to Buffalo’s beautiful waterfront.” “Buffalo’s waterfront has become an integral part of our visitor experience and its redevelopment has been central to the story of our destination’s transformation,” said Visit Buffalo Niagara President and CEO Patrick Kaler. “ECHDC’s new website will make it easier than ever before for our visitors to explore all our waterfront has to offer.” Dixon Schwabl, a full-service, women-owned marketing firm with more than 30 years of experience in branding, advertising, design, strategy, research, PR and digital services, created and developed the new website and brand over the last 11 months. “Here in Erie County we are very familiar with the Buffalo Waterfront and are excited at the new growth and energy that are happening there now,” said Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz. “From today forward, people worldwide will have all the latest information in one spot on where to find recreation, food and restrooms, biking and birding paths, amenities, entertainment, and anything else going on at the Buffalo Waterfront, accompanied by easy to follow directions to better understand how to get where they want to go. Everything old is new again, and if the name ‘the Buffalo Waterfront’ was good enough for Mayors Samuel Wilkeson and Ebenezer Walden in Buffalo’s early years it should do very well for us now.” 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.   Contact: 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

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 11:53am
State Investment in Company’s Growth Complements “Finger Lakes Forward” – The Region’s Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy Empire State Development (ESD) today announced that holding company CBC Manufacturing will consolidate and grow its operations in the City of Rochester, Monroe County. The company will invest $4.45 million to build out the manufacturing facility at XLI Manufacturing, which is currently located on Vanguard Parkway, to accommodate for the integration of its regional assets. CBC recently purchased XLI Manufacturing, a full-service contract manufacturer. Once completed, the operations of XLI, Golf Products Wire EDM and Solar Raceway will all operate out of the Vanguard facility. This relocation is expected to be completed by the end of 2019. Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, “CBC Manufacturing’s decision to consolidate and expand operations in Monroe County reflects the success of our strategic support for growing and revitalizing the Upstate economy, especially by adding jobs and opportunity.” CBC Manufacturing is a holding company that owns and operates various manufacturing businesses that support a number of industries, including solar, optics, aerospace and the medical services industry.  For more than 30 years, XLI Manufacturing has provided contract manufacturing services for some of the nation’s leading equipment manufacturers, among other things, medical diagnostics, digital medical imaging and hydrogen fuel cells. Golf Products Wire EDM, currently located in Spencerport, specializes in wire edm precision machining for a range of industries. Established in 2014, Solar Raceway, which is currently located on Cairn Street in Rochester, offers wire management systems that are designed to meet the need of any commercial, residential or utility solar installation. Chad Carta, President of CBC Manufacturing said, “CBC is pleased to partner with Empire State Development, Monroe County and the City of Rochester in order to facilitate the growth of our subsidiaries. By partnering with the community, we will be able to consolidate our facilities and create new jobs for the Rochester area. We continue to work closely with our community partners in a long-term effort to drive manufacturing growth.” ESD is facilitating the consolidation with $300,000 through the Excelsior Jobs Tax Credit program in exchange for CBC Manufacturing’s commitment to create up to 44 new jobs over the next five years. A total of 42 jobs will be retained at the consolidated facility. The total project cost for the renovation work and expansion is placed at $4.45 million. Monroe County and Greater Rochester Enterprise also assisted with this project. State Senator Joe Robach said, “Every job is critically important to our local workforce and economy. CBC Manufacturing’s decision to consolidate and grow operations in the City of Rochester is great news for the residents of Monroe County and will create and retain over 80 jobs.  I look forward to working with CBC Manufacturing and appreciate their commitment to Rochester.” State Assembly Member Jamie Romeo said, “Once again I am pleased to see new investment in our area’s precision manufacturing sector and I congratulate Empire State Development for continuing to work diligently to create and maintain jobs in the Finger Lakes Region.  More investment in our community and the creation of good paying jobs has been and will remain one of my top priorities.”  Rochester Mayor Lovely A. Warren said, “I want to congratulate and thank CBC Manufacturing for its investment in Rochester and supporting the growth of our manufacturing base. “I am grateful to Governor Cuomo and Empire State Development for retaining and growing jobs in Rochester through Finger Lakes Forward. Together, we are advancing towards our goals of creating more jobs, safer, more vibrant neighborhoods and better educational opportunities in Rochester.” Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo said, "Monroe County is proud to support CBC Manufacturing in its consolidation of operations, which will create dozens of jobs here in our community. Investing in Monroe County is a no-brainer considering our wealth of human capital, skilled technical workforce and world-class quality of life. We will continue expanding our efforts to create more jobs and build stronger families for generations to come." Matt Hurlbutt, president and CEO, Greater Rochester Enterprise said, “Affordable commercial real estate and available skilled technical talent prompted CBC Manufacturing to expand in the Greater Rochester, NY region.” 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 $6.1 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. ​
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