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Press Release

Monday, August 12, 2019 - 5:42pm
Pier Reopens with Enhancements for Pedestrians to Pier and Waterfront Trails and Improved Recreational Amenities See Pictures Here Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the completion of improvements at Dunkirk Pier and harbor front in the City of Dunkirk. The project - supported by funding from the Smart Growth Community Fund - provides improved pedestrian access to Lake Erie, better connections to Dunkirk's waterfront trails, increased seating and green space, improved fishing and water recreation opportunities, new lighting, and new wayfinding and signage. "Establishing accessible, vibrant and sustainable communities is central to our regionally-focused economic development strategy," Governor Cuomo said. "These improvements will create beautiful new greenspace and a more pedestrian-friendly area for recreation and events, driving even more tourism and private investment to Dunkirk." "The investments made at the Dunkirk Pier and Harbor will help to boost the area as a waterfront destination," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, who made today's announcement. "Our Smart Growth fund is a recognition of the importance of pedestrian access and growing downtowns across Western New York. These improvements will ensure local residents and visitors have a world-class experience during their visit to Chautauqua County and strengthen the local economy." Read the full press release here. 
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Public Notice

Monday, August 12, 2019 - 3:00pm
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Press Release

Monday, August 12, 2019 - 12:12pm
The Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC) Board of Directors met today and approved three contracts that will move projects forward on Buffalo’s Outer Harbor. The contracts will provide for the architectural and engineering design for projects emphasizing recreation in three unique waterfront zones: First Buffalo River Marina; the vast acreage between Wilkeson Pointe and Bell Slip; and Terminal B. The overall goals of the Outer Harbor project include improving use and enjoyment of the Outer Harbor, enhancing bicycle and pedestrian access and minimizing adverse impacts on communities and the environment. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, through the Buffalo Billion II, has committed $15 million for these projects. “Buffalo’s Outer Harbor holds so much potential,” said ECHDC Board Chair Robert Gioia. “The area is popular with visitors who are enjoying the waterfront thanks to the projects the state has completed at Wilkeson Pointe, Buffalo Harbor State Park and Lakeside Complex, and these additional plans will outline the next steps for Outer Harbor investment, creating even more recreational opportunities and access.” The three board approvals will move forward the initial master planning work already completed for the three waterfront zones on the Outer Harbor.  The Outer Harbor Preferred Plan was approved by the ECHDC Board in June 2019 (Read more here).  The consultant teams will now continue with a scope of work that includes design, construction document development and signature submittals. The first approval is for a contract with Olin Partnership, Ltd dba OLIN for architectural and engineering and design services for a portion of the First Buffalo River Marina Capital Improvements Project. The project will open this space to the public, while retaining boat docking and storage. To allow for increased access, use and sustainability at the First Buffalo River Marina, ECHDC is planning for the following programmatic improvements: Vehicular entrance, circulation, loading and limited parking for marina users Boardwalks and pathways for pedestrian and bicycle circulation Soil remediation, site grading, stormwater management, landscape, water feature and habitat restoration Marine structures and shoreline improvements Relocation of Queen City Bike Ferry landing and related circulation Site access, safety and security for various areas and types of users Connecting Terminal Grain Elevator activation, asbestos remediation and interpretive elements Outdoor winter boat storage areas Free standing kiosk to include concessions, shaded seating and restrooms Site and architectural utilities infrastructure Lighting, signage and wayfinding OLIN is a women-owned full-service design business with more than 40 years of experience in successful placemaking, including the design of multi-functional public landscapes and vibrant urban waterfronts. The next approval is for a contract with Bergmann for architectural and engineering design services related to the Terminal B Capital Improvements Project. The generally good condition and proximity of Terminal B to the recently-opened Lakeside Bike Park makes an investment in this building a logical next step for Outer Harbor activation. To allow for increased access, use and sustainability at the Terminal B and surrounding site, ECHDC is planning for programmatic improvements, including: Expansion of ecological restoration area Extension of multi-use and single-track bike trails Exploration of ropes course development Sloped lawn amphitheater Flexed paved outdoor event/recreation space Extension of utilities to Terminal B Demolition of the exterior envelope of the existing Terminal B building to create a multi-use events space Design of a new structure within the exposed existing Terminal B structure to house concessions, restrooms and ECHDC storage area incorporating wind protection strategies, green roof, elevated waterfront overlook and catwalk Improvements along the quay wall to provide life safety for users of the area. Vehicular circulation and parking Site utilities to Terminal B from Fuhrmann Boulevard, lighting and signage Bergmann is a New York State full-service design firm with an office in Buffalo.  The final approval is for a contract with Trowbridge Wolf Michaels Landscape Architects LLP for architectural and engineering design services for the Buffalo Outer Harbor Access & Activation Civic Improvements Project, Phase 2 for the area between Wilkeson Pointe and Bell Slip.  The project will consist of several capital improvements and investments that allow for increased public access and activation of the Outer Harbor. The final improvements will include: environmental remediation, active and passive open space, habitat restoration, food and beverage opportunities, comfort stations, signage and wayfinding, and better water access around Bell Slip. The improvements will occur throughout acreage that remains largely vacant and underutilized.  TWMLA is a NYS-certified WBE. 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

Monday, August 12, 2019 - 12:04pm
  Empire State Development (ESD) today announced the authorization of more than $55.4 million in federal broadband support across two waves of funding from the FCC’s Connect America Fund (CAF).  This funding, which matches previously announced New NY Broadband Program Round III awards to eight providers, will support the deployment of fiber-based broadband access to over 23,000 unserved homes and businesses across all eight Upstate Regions. Today’s FCC authorization – approximately $16.2 million in federal funding addressing 8,088 locations – represents the second wave of CAF funding pursuant to the FCC’s landmark partnership with New York State, which was the result of efforts by Governor Cuomo, Empire State Development, and New York State’s Congressional representatives.  It follows the FCC’s July 15th authorization of over $39.2 million addressing 15,442 locations.  Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, “This vital federal funding will bring the benefits of high-speed Internet to small businesses, schools and families throughout underserved areas of Upstate New York.” “Our partnership with New York is continuing to connect unserved rural areas of Upstate New York,” said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. “Closing the digital divide is the FCC’s top priority, and I’m proud that this partnership will help bring the opportunities that high-speed Internet offers Upstate.” “The Broadband Program Office’s partnership with the FCC for the innovative joint CAF auction represents a first of its kind federal and state collaboration to expand broadband access.  Today’s announcement is an important milestone for the effort, and we thank the FCC for their partnership on this recent authorization, which will bring both federal and state funding to deploy broadband to over 23,000 previously announced locations across the State.” said Jeffrey Nordhaus, Empire State Development, Executive Vice President of Innovation and Broadband. The New York federal funding applications authorized are as follows: Armstrong Telecommunications Inc. will receive $12.8 million over the next decade to expand broadband to 6,709 rural homes and businesses at downstream speeds of at least 100 Megabits per second and upstream speeds of 20 Mbps DTC Cable Inc. will receive $2.1 million over the next decade to expand broadband to 712 rural homes and businesses at downstream speeds of at least 100 Mbps and upstream speeds of 20 Mbps GTEL Teleconnections will receive $854,652 over the next decade to expand broadband to 260 rural homes and businesses at downstream speeds of at least 100 Megabits per second and upstream speeds of 20 Mbps  Haefele TV Inc. will receive nearly $1.3 million over the next decade to expand broadband to 667 rural homes and businesses at downstream speeds of at least 100 Mbps and upstream speeds of 20 Mbps MTC Cable will receive nearly $4.3 million over the next decade to expand broadband to 1,659 rural homes and businesses at downstream speeds of at least 100 Mbps and upstream speeds of 20 Mbps Otsego Electric Cooperative will receive nearly $4.3 million over the next decade to expand broadband to 1,146 rural homes and businesses at downstream speeds of at least 100 Mbps and upstream speeds of 20 Mbps SLIC Network Solutions will receive nearly $11.3 million over the next decade to expand broadband to 4,610 rural homes and businesses at downstream speeds of at least 100 Mbps and upstream speeds of 20 Mbps Verizon Communications will receive $18.5 million over the next decade to expand broadband to 7,767 rural homes and businesses at downstream speeds of at least 100 Megabits per second and upstream speeds of 20 Mbps Below is deployment by county, provider, and number of homes and businesses served (locations): County   Company Locations Allegany   Armstrong Telecommunications 3,005 Cattaraugus   Armstrong Telecommunications 2,883 Cayuga   Verizon 1,536 Chemung   Haefele TV 162 Chenango   DTC Cable 1 Clinton   SLIC 245 Clinton   Verizon 278 Columbia   GTEL 260 Cortland   Haefele TV 4 Cortland   Verizon 296 Delaware   DTC Cable 519 Delaware   MTC 386 Erie   Armstrong Telecommunications 26 Essex   SLIC 410 Franklin   SLIC 499 Fulton   Verizon 438 Greene   MTC 537 Herkimer   Otsego 131 Herkimer   Verizon 840 Jefferson Verizon 693 Lewis   Verizon 57 Livingston   Armstrong Telecommunications 42 Madison   Verizon 7 Montgomery   Verizon 222 Oneida   Verizon 689 Onondaga   Verizon 11 Oswego   Verizon 372 Otsego   DTC Cable 192 Otsego   Otsego 1,015 Otsego   Verizon 91 Rensselaer   SLIC 3 Rensselaer   Verizon 190 Schenectady   Verizon 173 Schoharie   MTC 586 Schoharie   Verizon 81 Schuyler   Haefele TV 36 St. Lawrence   SLIC 625 St. Lawrence   Verizon 1,088 Steuben   Armstrong Telecommunications 693 Steuben   Haefele TV 164 Tioga   Haefele TV 285 Sullivan   MTC 24 Tompkins   Haefele TV 16 Thompkins   Verizon 16 Ulster   MTC 126 Washington   SLIC 2,828 Washington   Verizon 689 Wyoming   Armstrong Telecommunications 60 TOTAL     23,470 More information about the Connect America Fund is available at https://www.fcc.gov/general/connect-america-fund-caf.   More information about the New NY Broadband Program and the Program’s Round III awards is available at nysbroadband.ny.gov and https://nysbroadband.ny.gov/new-ny-broadband-program/phase-3-awards.   Contact: Adam Kilduff | [email protected] | (212) 803-3744 ESD Press Office | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313
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Board Meeting

Monday, August 12, 2019 - 10:30am
With videoconferencing to: Empire State Development – NYC Office 37th Floor Conference Room 633 Third Avenue New York, NY 10017
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Public Notice

Monday, August 12, 2019 - 10:00am
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Press Release

Friday, August 9, 2019 - 5:32pm
High-Tech Metal Fabrication Plant Utilizing State-of-the-Art Processes will Build and Supply Metal Shelving for Convenience Stores and Supermarkets Company Commits to Creating 35 New Jobs in the Region Empire State Development (ESD) today announced the grand opening of Sullivan County Fabrication, a 25,000 square foot, steel shelving manufacturing and refabricating facility in the Village of Woodridge, located in Sullivan County in the Mid-Hudson Region.  Sullivan County Fabrication, along with its affiliates, Resnick Supermarket Equipment, and Supermarket Parts Warehouse will build affordable replacement shelving for supermarkets and convenience stores to supply the growing number of food service operators and food retailers as well as the growth of the average amount of floor space occupied by food retail outlets.  As a result, annual demand for supermarket steel shelving is projected to exceed $8 billion by 2025, most of which will be comprised by repair and replacement of equipment already in use. Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, “This new venture reflects New York’s support of smart growth in manufacturing companies, helping them to create and retain jobs that benefit regional economies.” Daniel “Butch” Resnick, President of Sullivan County Fabrication, Inc. and the Resnick Group family of Companies said, “Building this factory was crucial for us to keep our businesses sustainable. With the ability to build our own shelving, we are able to grow our businesses and create jobs and opportunity for our friends and neighbors, rather than purchasing them from outside our country.  With the help of New York State we are able to create jobs and remain competitive in our market place and grow our 40 year core businesses.  We are grateful to NYS ESD for all that was done to make sure this factory became a reality” Sullivan County Fabrication has committed to investing more than $3 million in this project, while creating 35 new jobs and retaining 95 positions. ESD has agreed to support this project by providing up to $563,000 in performance-based Economic Development Fund grants and Excelsior Jobs Program tax credits. Additionally, Sullivan County Fabrication will receive a $1.8 million Jobs Development Authority Direct Loan for machinery and equipment costs. Senator Jen Metzger said, “This is a welcome addition to the economy of the Mid-Hudson Region and Sullivan County. State and local investment and partnership continue to make a difference for long-term, regional revitalization.” Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther said, “This project is outstanding for Sullivan County and the region. It ensures that the county’s manufacturing base will keep growing with new jobs and increased opportunities for the entire area.” Luis Alvarez, Chairman of the Sullivan County Legislature Sullivan said, “We are proud to be the home of Sullivan County Fabrication and welcome the commitment to the community. I am very grateful for the partnership of Empire State Development, to help encourage this kind of private-sector growth that will have a positive impact for years to come." Town of Fallsburg Supervisor Steven Vegliante said, "As Supervisor of the Town of Fallsburg and General Counsel to the Resnick Group, I am proud to be part of this exciting project. Sullivan County Fabrication, Inc. and the Resnick Group of companies are creating jobs, opportunities and investment in our Town and in our region.  This project is proof that New York State can compete with other places in manufacturing, and the support of New York State and our local IDA was crucial in this effort.  As Supervisor, and as General Counsel, I am grateful for the assistance and support in this endeavor, which will surely benefit our Town and County for years to come." About Empire State Development Empire State Development (ESD) is New York's chief economic development agency. 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)292-5107 | (800) 260-7313 Press Office | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313
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Press Release

Friday, August 9, 2019 - 5:10pm
Water Safari Resort Will Grow, Add New Attractions at its Enchanted Forest Water Safari Water Theme Park with $500,000 from Upstate Revitalization Initiative Funds The Park is Ranked 4th in the U.S. and 17th in the World in TripAdvisor’s 2019 “Traveler’s Choice” for Best Water Parks Empire State Development today announced that Water Safari Resort, located in Old Forge in Herkimer County, will expand and enhance its globally ranked Enchanted Forest Water Safari water theme park by adding three new water slides and replacing two older slides, Killermanjaro and Serengeti Surf Hill, among other improvements. Empire State Development has awarded $500,000 in funding from the Upstate Revitalization Initiative towards this project that, when completed, is expected to increase traffic significantly in the region.  Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, “Tourism stimulates economic growth and job creation, and the expansion of Enchanted Forest Water Safari will help boost tourism at attractions throughout the Mohawk Valley.”  Enchanted Forest Water Safari Vice President and Director of Marketing Katie Wojdyla said, “We are thrilled to have the support of New York’s Empire State Development for this exciting new expansion project. It’s a win-win for everyone, most of all for our guests and for the region. Killermanjaro and Serengeti Surf Hill have provided millions of rides and memories to guests since 1988, and we look forward to continuing that tradition with our new rides.” Construction is slated to begin in September and to be completed for the start of the 2020 summer season next June. The three new state-of-the-art water slides will include: a four-lane, 300-foot mat slide with loops to replace the current mat slide; Serengeti Surf Hill, a 200-foot speed slide, with a drop launch pad to replace the current Killermanjaro, and a brand new 295-foot speed slide with loops and a drop launchpad The expansion project includes demolition of the current slides, re-engineering and construction of the new slides, as well as the re-engineering of the water pumps and filtration equipment.  Enchanted Forest Water Safari is also inviting guests to visit before the end of the summer for a last chance to ride Killermanjaro and Serengeti Surf Hill. “Senator James Tedisco said, “Enchanted Forest Water Safari is a true gem in the 49th Senate District and throughout the region and I am glad that the state could support their expansion and continued positive growth for generations to come.” Assemblymember Robert J. Smullen said, “Enchanted Forest Water Safari is a regional draw that enhances the economy of the area and the state. I am proud to support this project that provides jobs and tourism dollars to the Town of Webb in Herkimer County and I look forward to the park’s completion.” Bernard Peplinski, Sr., Chairman of the Herkimer County Legislature said, “We are thrilled to have such a world-renowned tourist destination right in our back yard and are equally thrilled by their success. I would like to thank Governor Cuomo and Empire State Development for supporting the attractions that truly make Herkimer County unique and great.” Enchanted Forest Water Safari, located in Old Forge, in the Mohawk Valley, is New York's largest water theme park with more than 50 rides and attractions, including 32 water rides. The park also features classic amusement rides for all ages, fun food, exciting games storybook characters, a family circus show and more. The Water Park is part of Water Safari Resort, which includes Water’s Edge Inn, Old Forge Camping Resort and Calypso’s Cove Family Fun Park.  Enchanted Forest Water Safari attracts over 200,000 visitors annually from all over the United States and Canada, as well as other countries. About Empire State Development Empire State Development (ESD) is New York’s chief economic development agency. The mission of ESD is to promote a vigorous and growing economy, encourage the creation of new job and economic opportunities, increase revenues to the State and its municipalities, and achieve stable and diversified local economies. Through the use of loans, grants, tax credits and other forms of financial assistance, ESD strives to enhance private business investment and growth to spur job creation and support prosperous communities across New York State. ESD is also the primary administrative agency overseeing Governor Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Councils and the marketing of “I LOVE NY” the State’s iconic tourism brand. For more information on Regional Councils and Empire State Development, visit www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov and www.esd.ny.gov. Contact: Kristin Devoe| [email protected] | (518)292-5107 | (800) 260-7313
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Press Release

Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 4:00pm
 Investment Complements "Southern Tier Soaring" - The Region's Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced 17 transformational projects for Owego as part of the $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative award. The strategic investments in downtown Owego will build upon the community's assets, including a historic core with crucial civic and cultural uses, a strong and growing arts and business community, access to local and regional tourist attractions, and well-established and historic residential neighborhoods surrounding the downtown core. The investments are part of the Governor's ongoing efforts to revitalize the upstate economy and create more opportunities for the Southern Tier. "These projects will transform Owego's downtown by enabling the community to enhance its public spaces, create employment opportunities and further diversify the local economy," Governor Cuomo said. "This Southern Tier city's historic neighborhoods and cultural spaces are ripe for a revitalization, and the Downtown Revitalization Initiative will be instrumental in bringing economic growth and improved quality of life to the area."  "The Village of Owego is full of history and charm with a walkable downtown and amenities along the riverfront," Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul said. "This funding for 17 projects as part of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative will enhance cultural and recreational offerings, add affordable and resilient housing, and increase employment opportunities in the area. The investment is part of our overall efforts to accelerate growth in the Southern Tier with the creation of new jobs to strengthen the local economy now and in the future." Owego was named a DRI Round 3 winner in August 2018. The Village of Owego is a charming riverfront community that serves as a gateway to acclaimed institutions, attractions, and employers of the Finger Lakes and Southern Tier. The village's compact and walkable downtown contains year-round amenities that contribute to a high quality of life, including parks, cultural attractions, a historic commercial district, and walking paths that connect to the river. The Village will leverage DRI funds to build upon recent public and private investment in downtown buildings and infrastructure, growing employment opportunities and a strong tourist economy. The DRI effort will boost the local economy by attracting new and strengthening existing business and skilled labor, enhancing cultural and recreational amenities, and addressing the demand for affordable and resilient housing for residents of all ages and income levels. Read the full release here.  
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