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Public Notice

Monday, May 14, 2018 - 10:00am
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Press Release

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 4:46pm
Investment Complements "Central NY Rising" - Region's Successful Economic Development Blueprint to Grow the Economy and Create New Opportunities Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that global medical technology company Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc. has officially opened the facility expansion at its subsidiary, Welch Allyn in Skaneateles Falls, Onondaga County. The company announced in September 2016 its commitment to bring more than 100 new jobs to Skaneateles Falls, while retaining nearly 900 existing positions in Central New York, where Welch Allyn has maintained a significant presence for more than 100 years. "For more than 100 years, Welch Allyn has been a key economic driver for Central New York," Governor Cuomo said. "The company's commitment to this region has helped generate business momentum and growth, and by investing in their continued success and the creation of new jobs, New York is supporting the overall CNY Rising strategic plan that is helping bolster the Upstate economy." Read the full press release here. 
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Public Notice

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 2:00pm
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Press Release

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 10:24am
View renderings of the “Aliens of the Sea” exhibit here Empire State Development today announced the beginning of construction for a $440,700 project to create a new jellyfish exhibit at the Aquarium of Niagara in Western New York. It will be the first time in the 53-year history of the Aquarium of Niagara that it will permanently house such animals among its collection. This exhibit will include the addition of five displays in the brand-new gallery on the second floor of the Aquarium. The “Aliens of the Sea” exhibit will build on the visitor excitement created by the new $3.5 million “Penguin Coast” exhibit, which opened to rave reviews this spring. The aquarium currently attracts 270,000 visitors annually with the new exhibits projected to attract an additional 30,000 visitors each year. “I often visited the Aquarium of Niagara as a child and later brought my children to experience penguins and marine life from around the world,” said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. “Thanks to REDC investments and our state’s ongoing commitment to transforming the economy of Niagara Falls, projects like this one are rebuilding hope throughout the city. Tourism is essential to the Niagara Falls community as a significant driver of jobs and economic development. The jellyfish exhibit will continue our momentum and create a beautiful new space for all ages to enjoy.” ​​​ Funding for the “Aliens of the Sea” exhibit includes a WNY Regional Economic Development Council (WNYREDC) Capital Grant of $68,000 for construction costs, which will be dispersed when the project is complete. Additional funding for this exciting addition to the Aquarium is being provided through a generous grant of $150,000 from the First Niagara Foundation in partnership with KeyBank.  Its support of this project is enhancing the vitality of the Niagara region by helping to make the Aquarium a notable destination for families everywhere.  “This incredible new exhibit at the Aquarium of Niagara will provide an interactive experience for visitors to learn about jellyfish by exploring a uniquely created habitat that is the first of its kind in our region,” said Elizabeth Gurney, Executive Director of the First Niagara Foundation.  “We are very proud to provide the resources needed to enhance this treasured cultural attraction in Western New York.  The renovations taking place at the Aquarium will have a tremendous impact on our community, and reflect the redevelopment and resurgence taking place across Niagara Falls.” Jellyfish are new to the Aquarium’s collection and are part of the revised master plan launched in 2017. The jellyfish “Aliens of the Sea” will include 5 new exhibits on the second-floor level, featuring 4 species of jellyfish and approximately 100 individual animals. The total volume of water in the tanks will exceed 2,000 gallons. Dramatic lighting in the darkened exhibit space will allow for optimal viewing of the transparent jellies, whose bodies capture and fracture the colored light as they propel gracefully through the water. Specialized exhibit design techniques are required to maintain this species. A constant delicate water flow is needed to keep the jellyfish in suspension. Each exhibit requires rounded corners that prevent jellyfish from getting stuck, while water circulates around the perimeter to prevent settling at the bottom. When the project is completed in early 2019, visitors will explore the intriguing world of jellyfish, and discover the fascinating truth about these beautiful yet mysterious animals. The interpretative experience will guide an inspired audience through a dynamic gallery, themed around the importance of jellyfish to our ocean planet. “It’s an exciting part of the new direction that we are taking the Aquarium,” said Executive Director Gary Siddall. “We’re focused on embracing dynamic change and looking for innovative opportunities to bring in new animals to the collection. With the support of Governor Cuomo, the First Niagara Foundation in partnership with KeyBank, and the community we are seeing our forward-moving direction pay off and the jellyfish exhibit will keep that momentum going strong.” Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, “The Aquarium of Niagara Falls first-ever jellyfish exhibit is a welcome addition – just like the penguins have been- and will no doubt add to the record number of visitors who are boosting New York State’s tourism industry, one that is vital to our economic growth.” Jeff Belt, WNYREDC Co-Chair and SolEpoxy Inc. President said, “People, especially children, have a fascination with what’s under the sea. The REDC was pleased to provide funding for the jellyfish exhibit because it is a sure hit that will draw more visitors to Niagara Falls and entice them to stay longer.” Dr. Virginia Horvath, WNYREDC Co- Chair and President of the State University of New York at Fredonia said, “The “Aliens of the Sea” exhibit is an exciting addition to an already premier tourist destination which will attract even more families to come enjoy the beauty of Niagara Falls and this region. The REDC looks forward to seeing the visitor numbers grow thanks to the work being done at the Aquarium.” John Percy, President & CEO of Destination Niagara USA said, “We are thrilled with the significant effort recently put forth by the Aquarium of Niagara to improve the overall quality of their visitor experience.  The new Aliens of the Sea exhibit will join the recent opening of Penguin Coast in giving visitors and residents year-round access to fun, interactive and modern attractions.  Congratulations to the Aquarium of Niagara on this extremely exciting transformation.” City of Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster said, “Today is another exciting day for the Aquarium of Niagara with the construction announcement for yet another family-friendly exhibit to expand and extend visitation to Western New York’s only aquarium and our region. I look forward to the completion of the Aliens of the Sea exhibit and thank Governor Cuomo and our partners in state government for their continued investment in one of our premiere tourist attractions.” State Senator Rob Ortt said, “I am thrilled to see yet another investment made into the Aquarium of Niagara, adding on to the recently constructed ‘Penguin Coast’ exhibit. Not only will this new jellyfish display help bring back those residents and tourists who have already visited our aquarium, but the exotic nature of these ‘Aliens of the Sea’ is sure to capture the attention and imagination of parents and children alike. These colorful invertebrates of the deep will certainly add to the wonderful collection of sea creatures that currently call the Aquarium of Niagara home, creating a new and exciting experience for all families.” Assemblyman Angelo Morinello said, “I want to congratulate the Aquarium of Niagara for this groundbreaking announcement regarding the new Jellyfish Exhibit. The Aquarium has been making great progress with the recent opening of the new penguin exhibit. I am proud to be representing the district hosting this fantastic attraction. I want to thank the Aquarium for continuing to invest in our great city of Niagara Falls, and I wish Gary Siddall and his team the best of luck with this new project.” Congressman Brian Higgins said, “The Aquarium continues to be one of the feature family and tourist attractions in Niagara Falls.  Continued investment expands opportunities for learning, regional economic growth and adds to the visitor experience.” For more information about the Aquarium of Niagara, visit this link: http://www.aquariumofniagara.org. 
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Board Meeting

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 10:00am
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Public Notice

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 10:00am
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Public Notice

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 9:00am
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Public Notice

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 8:40am
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Press Release

Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 2:34pm
Empire State Development (ESD) today announced the grand opening of The Argyle Theatre, the transformative renovation of the historic Babylon Village Movie Theater into a 480-seat live theatrical venue. The $3 million project by Main Street Theatre Partners LLC  will establish a cultural anchor and destination point for Babylon Village. The new state-of-the-art venue at 34 West Main Street is supported by the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council (LIREDC). “The renovation of the Babylon Village Movie Theater infused new life into a historic community space and will catalyze new economic and cultural growth in the region,” said ESD President, CEO, and Commissioner Howard Zemsky. “Empire State Development is proud to support this LIREDC-endorsed project with a $150,000 grant and looks forward to the exciting programming ahead.” The $3 million renovation transformed the historic Babylon Village Movie Theater into a cultural anchor and destination point for Babylon Village. Enhancements include construction of a full Broadway stage, including the installation of new lighting, sound and rigging equipment. The venue will produce professional Equity theatre, concerts, comedy, touring acts and a Performing Arts Education Initiative through a year-round academy and summer camp program. The renovation of the Babylon Village Movie Theater was awarded $150,000 through Round VI of the Regional Economic Development Council initiative. Mark and Dylan Perlman, Co-Owners of the Argyle Theatre, said: "We are so excited to see our vision finally become reality after years of work. We appreciate New York State’s validation and financial infusion into the project. The grant will aid us in our mission to provide a top notch state-of-the-art facility with an old time Broadway feel for our patrons enjoyment, hopefully for many years to come!” LIREDC Co-Chairs, Hofstra University President Stuart Rabinowitz and Long Island Association President Kevin Law, said:  “The new, state-of-the-art Argyle Theatre in Babylon will be an attraction for residents and visitors alike. The LIREDC was proud to endorse this project and help bring a piece of Broadway to Long Island.” About the Regional Economic Development Councils The Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) initiative is a key component of Governor Cuomo's approach to State investment and economic development. In 2011, Governor Cuomo established 10 Regional Councils to develop long-term strategic plans for economic growth for their regions. The Councils are public-private partnerships made up of local experts and stakeholders from business, academia, local government, and non-governmental organizations. The Regional Councils have redefined the way New York invests in jobs and economic growth by putting in place a community-based, bottom up approach and establishing a competitive process for State resources. After seven rounds of the REDC process, more than $5.4 billion has been awarded to more than 6,300 job creation and community development projects consistent with each regions strategic plans, projecting to create and retain more than 220,000 jobs. For more information on the Regional Councils, visit www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov. About Empire State Development Empire State Development 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: Amy Varghese | amy.varghese@esd.ny.gov | 212-803-3740 ESD Press Office | pressoffice@esd.ny.gov | (800) 260-7313
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