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Press Release

Friday, May 14, 2021 - 2:01pm
Center Will Improve Access to a Full Continuum of Care for Clients in Surrounding High-Need Communities Empire State Development (ESD today announced the completion of Family Service League’s (FSL) Fay J. Lindner Health and Wellness Center on the Judith & Thomas Iovino Campus located in Bay Shore, Suffolk County. This 14,000 square foot state of the art building located on Fifth Avenue will offer services to support the full integration of mental health care, addiction treatment, pharmacy needs, and primary care medicine in the surrounding communities.  ESD Acting Commissioner and President & CEO-designate Eric Gertler said, “This past year has shown us how vital good health and overall wellness are to New Yorkers and to our collective path forward. The Family League’s state-of-the-art Fay J. Lindner Health and Wellness Center will ensure that clients in high-need communities along Long Island’s South Shore will have access to the health care services necessary for recovery and growth.” "Family Service League’s Fay J. Lindner Health & Wellness Center is an innovative model of care offering a high level of integrated health services for those most vulnerable," said Karen Boorshtein, President and CEO of Family Service League. "Our thanks to Empire State Development, the Fay J. Linder Foundation, the Iovino Family, and all of the generous donors who joined our efforts and worked with us to help make this vision of care into a reality for Long Island’s South Shore residents.  The new facility will include teams of psychiatrists, and social workers, as well as South Shore University Hospital Northwell Health medical personnel as part of the Community Health Care Collaborative.  This unique center is another facet of FSL’s broad base of over 60 programs.  All of which support and empower people, and their families, on their path to better, healthier lives." FSL invested more $5.6 million to purchase the lot adjacent to its Bay Shore Family Center and construct the new facility. This project was supported by a $500,000 capital grant from Empire State Development, recommended by the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council. FSL committed to create 22 new full-time jobs and retain 40 existing jobs at this location. LIREDC Co-Chairs Kevin Law, Partner/Executive Vice President, Tritec Real Estate Co., Inc. and Stuart Rabinowitz, President of Hofstra University said, “The COVID-19 crisis has highlighted that the vulnerable populations in our communities need our help more than ever before.  The LIREDC is proud to support the Family Service League as they celebrate this milestone that will ensure that there are quality providers providing mental health and substance abuse services to those who need it most.” State Senator Phil Boyle said, “I applaud Empire State Development for the completion of the much-needed Health & Wellness Center at the Family Service League in Bay Shore. The services that the Center will provide are especially critical during our pandemic recovery, and I am so glad that our community will now have more opportunities for mental health care, addiction treatment, pharmacy needs, and primary care medicine!” Assemblymember Phil Ramos said, “I am so proud of this much needed Health and Wellness center, which will serve our community by offering vital treatment and mental health services. This $500,000 investment of state funds will also address substance abuse and housing issues faced by our homeless population.” “Now more than ever, as our residents are still reeling from the impacts of COVID-19, we need to provide easy, convenient access to care,” said Suffolk County Executive Bellone. “This new facility will provide a number of critical services, all under one roof, creating a safer, healthier Suffolk County.” Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter said, “The COVID-19 pandemic has taken an enormous toll on mental health, particularly in those individuals who were already struggling. The opening of the Fay J. Lindner Health and Wellness Center couldn’t come at a more fitting time, as the CDC eases its guidance, and we approach the return to a sense of normalcy. On behalf of the Islip Town Board, we welcome this new facility and the essential care it offers to the community.” Contact: Kristin Devoe | [email protected] | (518) 414-1087ESD Press Office | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313
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Press Release

Friday, May 14, 2021 - 1:53pm
CUNY Chancellor Matos Rodríguez Will Replace Cheryl A. Moore The New York City Regional Economic Development Council (NYCREDC) today announced that Félix V. Matos Rodríguez, Chancellor, City University of New York has been appointed as Co-Chair of the Council, effective immediately. Chancellor Matos Rodríguez succeeds Cheryl A. Moore, who served as Co-Chair from 2017 and recently moved to London to oversee the research programs of the Wellcome Trust, an international charity and leader in basic research. Chancellor Matos Rodríguez joins Co-Chair Winston Fisher as the NYCREDC continues working to grow the economy in the five boroughs of New York City. “Félix V. Matos Rodríguez has shown exceptional leadership through his career in public education and recently as Chancellor of the City University of New York,” said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, Chair of the Regional Economic Development Councils. “I’m confident Félix will bring the same energy and commitment to inclusive economic development to this new role, overseeing the allocation of millions of dollars to boost the Downstate economy. New York City will be well-served as Félix joins Winston Fisher to co-chair the economic future of the region.” Félix V. Matos Rodríguez, Chancellor, City University of New York said, “I am honored to be appointed co-chair and look forward to joining my colleagues on the Council in the critical work of moving New York City forward from this horrific pandemic and the devastating human and economic toll it has exacted. Inclusive, equitable economic development will be essential to building back better and stronger.” NYCREDC Co-Chair Winston Fisher, Partner, Fisher Brothers said, “As we focus our efforts on moving forward from the economic hardships of the pandemic, I am especially glad to welcome Chancellor Matos Rodríguez to the NYCREDC.  His knowledge and expertise will be crucial to the development of our recovery strategy as we build back better and move New York City forward.” ESD Acting Commissioner and President & CEO-designate Eric Gertler said, “I am excited to welcome Chancellor Matos Rodríguez to the NYCREDC. As we focus on reimagining the economy of the New York City region, Chancellor Matos Rodríguez has the expertise, and diverse and extensive skills to power us into the next decade of the Regional Economic Development Councils. Congratulations on your appointment and thank you to Winston Fisher for his continued service. I look forward working with this leadership and the Council to build a better and brighter future for New York City and the New York State.” Félix V. Matos Rodríguez became the eighth Chancellor of the City University of New York (CUNY) in May 2019, making him the first educator of color, and the first Latino to lead the nation’s largest urban university. CUNY’s sprawling system comprises 25 campuses with an enrollment of over 275,000 degree-seeking students, over 225,000 adult and continuing education students, and an operating budget of over $3.6 billion. Matos Rodríguez, is a scholar, teacher, administrator and former Cabinet secretary for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Prior to his appointment as Chancellor, Dr. Matos Rodríguez was president of CUNY’s Queens College from 2014 to 2019 and of CUNY’s Eugenio María de Hostos Community College in the Bronx from 2009 to 2014, making him one of a select few U.S. educators who has led both a baccalaureate and a community college. For more about Chancellor Félix V. Matos Rodríguez, click here. The REDC process continues to improve the State's approach to economic development, creating regional strategies for bottom-up, economic growth and streamlining the State funding application process. To date, through the REDC competition, more than $6.9 billion has been awarded to more than 8,300 job creation and community development projects consistent with each region's strategic plans, which project to create and retain more than 240,000 jobs statewide. To date, through the REDC competition, the NYC Region has been awarded $615.9 million for 819 projects. For more information on the Regional Councils, visit www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov. To learn more about the NYCREDC, visit https://regionalcouncils.ny.gov/new-york-city. Contact: Kristin Devoe | [email protected] | (518) 414-1087 Press Office | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313
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Board Meeting

Friday, May 14, 2021 - 9:30am
This meeting has been canceled.
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Press Release

Friday, May 7, 2021 - 3:10pm
Multi-Modal Roadway in Nassau County Provides Connectivity, Supports Community Restoration and Improves Waterfront Access  Empire State Development (ESD) today announced the completion of the $18.7 million Garvies Point Road Waterfront Connector in Glen Cove, Nassau County. The new waterfront connector, also known as Herb Hill/Garvies Point Road, has transformed a degraded and inadequate one-mile roadway into a “complete street” with new pedestrian sidewalks, sewer, water and electrical utilities, and storm management infrastructure. This is part of the city's long-term efforts toward transforming the Glen Cove Waterfront by removing blight and contamination and to create a vibrant new mixed-use redevelopment.  ESD Acting Commissioner and President & CEO-designate Eric Gertler said, “Ensuring that our cities are walkable and bikeable, with access to the amenities that make them unique and inviting, are vital to our placemaking efforts. The strategic investment in Herb Hill/Garvies Point Road will help to revitalize and enhance an area of Glen Cove, allowing the community to better showcase part of the North Shore and generate new interest from residents, visitors and businesses.”  As part of the project, the roadway’s grade was elevated, with all utilities being relocated underground to provide better resiliency against future storm events. The transformed roadway provides the residents of Garvies Point and Glen Cove the ability to utilize public amenities such as parks, marinas, playgrounds, and the public walk that have been built for the new Glen Cove Garvies Point mixed-use waterfront project. The City will also have a commuter ferry service operating from the waterfront, which will bring additional users to the area. This project was supported by a $2.5 million ESD capital grant, recommended by the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council.    ESD has provided previous support to the City of Glen Cove to help with their revitalization efforts to create vibrant, walkable and livable communities. Glen Cove received a RESTORE NY Communities Initiative grant for $695,000 towards the construction of a $4.26 million project to redevelop 214 acres as part of their waterfront revitalization efforts and to construct a new ferry terminal building on a vacant remediated Brownfield site.    LIREDC Co-Chairs Kevin Law and Stuart Rabinowitz, President of Hofstra University said, "The completion of this project is a notable milestone that showcases the importance of infrastructure projects to our regional economy and quality of life. This revitalized roadway now acts as a connector that makes it easier for Garvies Point Road area residents and visitors to access and experience the transformation of the Glen Cove Waterfront."   Assemblymember Charles D. Lavine said, "The completion of this project, which contributes to the ongoing evolution of the waterfront, provides vastly improved access to the area and is also vital to the future economic prosperity of the city of Glen Cove."  “The Garvies Point Road Connector will transform the waterfront in Glen Cove by hardening critical infrastructure and connecting many of the City’s hidden gems to residents for the first time,” said Nassau County Executive Laura Curran. “I have long advocated for redevelopment of our downtowns to make Nassau the best place to live, work and play. I want to thank Empire State Development and New York State for funding this important public works project.”  Glen Cove Mayor Tim Tenke said, “The ten-year reconstruction of Herb Hill/Garvies Point Road was made possible by the partnership between RXR, the City, the LIREDC, the CDA, designers, engineers, contractors, our elected delegation and most importantly, our funders. Without the generous support of the federal, State and County government, none of this would have been possible.”  Contact:  Kristin Devoe | [email protected] | (518) 414-1087 Press Office | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313   
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Press Release

Thursday, May 6, 2021 - 2:28pm
Housed on the State’s Award-Winning Open NY platform, the Database Complements ESD's Library of Public Data  Provides the Public with a Dynamic, User Friendly, and Searchable Database of ESD’s Economic Development Projects  Empire State Development (ESD) today announced that the Database of Economic Incentives is now live on Open NY, New York State’s award-winning public data platform. The Database is an accessible, searchable catalogue of Empire State Development’s economic development projects. This dynamic platform further increases transparency into projects that receive ESD support.  Empire State Development Acting Commissioner and President and CEO-designate Eric Gertler said, “The Database of Economic Incentives provides the public with the most comprehensive index of economic development projects undertaken by ESD to move New York’s economy forward. The full-service platform, in a centralized portal, contains thousands of datapoints enabling New Yorkers to know more about the work of our agency and our commitment to public transparency.” The Database of Economic Incentives provides the public with comprehensive information on ESD loan, grant, and tax credit incentive projects that support infrastructure, innovation, place-making and revitalization, tradable sectors, and workforce development. The Database, containing over 1,000 projects, will be updated quarterly and includes instructional materials to help users navigate the platform and analyze the data.   Each project in the Database includes information such as the project’s location, the recipient of the assistance, the type and amount of assistance awarded, and, where applicable, progress and compliance status of any job or investment commitments associated with ESD’s assistance. The projects in the Database highlight a total public/private investment of $18.4 billion, of which 82 percent of invested funds are leveraged private sector and non-ESD investment, and 18 percent are ESD awarded dollars.  The Database of Economic Incentives is hosted on Open NY as part of Governor Cuomo's Open NY initiative. The award-winning website is a hub for one-stop access to information that helps the public better understand what is happening in government. There are more than 645 million records available published by 58 state agencies and authorities on the Open NY platform.  The Database of Economic Incentives is another example of ESD’s commitment to sharing information about its work on behalf of New Yorkers. The ESD Reports Page contains updates on program activities and includes more than 50 quarterly and annual reports that ESD issues each year, detailing key New York State economic development projects and initiatives. In addition, ESD maintains a comprehensive archive of public meeting videos and materials in the ESD Media Center.  Based on the number of records and data fields available, New York’s Database of Economic Incentives is among the largest and most comprehensive State-level datasets of economic incentives in the nation.  The Database is accompanied by additional resources to help a user navigate ESD project-level information:  Database Overview: Provides a summary of the Database, and its contents  Data Dictionary: Provides a list and definition of all data fields in the Database.   Data Snapshot:  Includes summary statistics for all projects featured in the Database.  FAQ: Answers frequently asked questions on the Database  Webinar:  Provides additional context on the projects in the Database in the form of an Introduction and User Orientation Webinar.    Contact: Kristin Devoe | [email protected] | (518) 414-1087 Matt Gorton | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313 Press Office | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313  
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Report

Wednesday, May 5, 2021 - 4:47pm
This comprehensive annual economic development report highlights ESD’s activities, projects, investments and initiatives throughout 2020. Empire State Development: Annual Report 2020
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Board Meeting

Friday, April 30, 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 the Agenda items in writing to [email protected] by 5:30 pm on Thursday April, 29, 2021.  
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Press Release

Thursday, April 29, 2021 - 2:36pm
Empire State Development today announced the grand opening and expansion of the Nicholas Center and Spectrum Designs, partner organizations specializing in supporting individuals on the Autism Spectrum, including vocational training to make screen printed and promotional products in Pleasantville, Westchester County. The Long Island-based Nicholas Center and its partner organization, Spectrum Designs Foundation, have expanded to Westchester County and will employ individuals on the Autism Spectrum who receive personalized, extensive pre- and on-the-job training to be successful and gain valuable skills in the workforce. "As we focus on our economic recovery, we want to make sure that critical job training opportunities are available to all New Yorkers," Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul said. "New York State is proud to support the grand opening and expansion of the Nicholas Center and Spectrum Designs, which will employ and provide personalized, extensive pre- and on-the-job training to individuals on the Autism Spectrum. This is how we make success accessible for the post-pandemic future."​  Empire State Development Acting Commissioner and President & CEO-designate Eric Gertler said, “Investing in our workforce is vitally important across the state, especially as we recover and rebuild our economy in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. We are very fortunate to have partners such as The Nicholas Center and Spectrum Designs Foundation who are providing training and support for those with disabilities, so they have an opportunity for meaningful employment and more importantly, a sense of accomplishment and well-being that truly benefits the entire community.” New York State Department of Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon said, “This partnership is the perfect example of how we can work together to support all members of our workforce, including those with disabilities, by providing them with training and connecting them with jobs they love. I applaud The Nicholas Center and Spectrum Designs for their dedication to supporting their communities, and more importantly for helping all employees thrive.”   Co-Founder & CEO of Spectrum Designs Foundation, Patrick Bardsley said, “Our end goal is always to provide more paying jobs to this very talented, yet under-served, population. We are so fortunate to have found a home in Pleasantville and look forward to hiring and retaining even more accomplished individuals who will excel in the various production and administrative roles that we have to offer.” Co-Founder and Executive Director of The Nicholas Center, Nicole Sugrue said, “We are proud to have expanded our services to Westchester County and to partner with many organizations, businesses and neighbors in the region to further our mission. Thank you to the Mid-Hudson REDC and the Governor's Workforce Development Initiative for their unwavering support. For 10 years, working with our partner Spectrum Designs Foundation, we have addressed some of the most pressing issues facing the Autism community and developed innovative solutions to drive transformational change, even during the greatest health crisis of our time. We have worked to advance inclusion, bridge gaps in service disparities, and support the needs of people with Autism across Long Island, and now in Westchester.” Spectrum Designs Foundation has invested over $2.2 million to purchase and equip an 8,400 square foot commercial property in Pleasantville to expand their custom apparel and promotional products business, allowing them to produce twice as many goods while enriching the Westchester community. To assist with this project, the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council awarded Spectrum Designs Foundation a Round IX Capital Grant of $240,000 through Empire State Development for this project which will create 18 new jobs in the next three years. Additionally, both Spectrum Designs Foundation and the Nicholas Center have been awarded $300,000 through the Governor’s $175 million Workforce Development Initiative. Since 2019, when Governor Cuomo announced $175 million State investment for job training projects, nearly $32 million dollars in awards have been announced to 278 projects benefitting more than 18,000 New York workers to support strategic regional efforts that meet businesses’ short-term workforce needs, long-term industry needs, improve regional talent pipelines, enhance the flexibility and adaptability of local workforce entities, and expand workplace learning opportunities.   Mid-Hudson REDC Chair Donald P. Christian, President of SUNY New Paltz said, “As we emerge from the COVID-19 crisis, continuing the focus on workforce development is integral to the recovery of the regional economy. We are proud to support The Nicholas Center and Spectrum Designs Foundation, which will offer access to job coaches and training for individuals on the Autism Spectrum as well as community programs at Spectrum Designs, further promoting opportunities and inclusivity in the workforce.” State Senator Peter B. Harckham said, “The presence of the Nicholas Center and its partner Spectrum Designs here in Pleasantville represents a strong and broad commitment to meeting the needs of unique individuals in the Autism arena, while also confirming the idea that diversity and inclusion enrich all of us. In creating commercial operations that offers Autistic people opportunities to learn, grow and interact meaningfully with other residents, the Nicholas Center is helping to reboot New York’s post-pandemic economy as well. This wholehearted effort, combined with investments from Empire State Development’s Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council and Governor Cuomo’s Workforce Development Initiative, is another step toward a more equitable future for our society.” Assemblyman Thomas J. Abinanti said, “I applaud the Spectrum Design and Nicholas Center’s innovative model, which gives people with disabilities real employment while meeting the community’s needs for various products. Their model proves again that we should look not at people’s disabilities, but their abilities. And that everyone, if given the chance, can make a contribution to our community.” Westchester County Executive George Latimer said, “I would like to thank Empire State Development for their leadership on this very important project, which at the end of the day fills an important need for people with Autism and other disabilities. The Nicholas Center creates an opportunity for individuals on the Autism Spectrum to access the training they need to become fully integrated into the workforce and provides an opportunity for them to lead productive lives through their careers.” Pleasantville Mayor Peter Scherer said, “We are delighted to welcome the Nicholas Center and Spectrum Designs to Pleasantville. The opportunities they offer people with autism — and the products and services that their team will produce — make Pleasantville stronger, better, and more inclusive.” About The Nicholas Center   A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, supporting individuals with Autism and related disabilities in leading full and productive lives in the community and through the world of work. TNC promotes inclusion and offers opportunity via community engagement, vocational training and peer connection.   About Spectrum Designs  Spectrum Designs is a full-service custom apparel and promotional items business with a social mission: to help individuals on the Autism Spectrum lead full and productive lives through the world of work. The Spectrum Enterprises family includes sister organizations Spectrum Bakes, which specializes in homemade granola and other snacks, and Spectrum Suds, a boutique Laundromat. As a nonprofit, 100% of proceeds go to furthering the mission. Both are located in Port Washington, NY.    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  Press Office | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313   
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Press Release

Thursday, April 29, 2021 - 2:34pm
Empire State Development today announced the grand opening and expansion of the Nicholas Center and Spectrum Designs, partner organizations specializing in supporting individuals on the Autism Spectrum, including vocational training to make screen printed and promotional products in Pleasantville, Westchester County. The Long Island-based Nicholas Center and its partner organization, Spectrum Designs Foundation, have expanded to Westchester County and will employ individuals on the Autism Spectrum who receive personalized, extensive pre- and on-the-job training to be successful and gain valuable skills in the workforce. "As we focus on our economic recovery, we want to make sure that critical job training opportunities are available to all New Yorkers," Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul said. "New York State is proud to support the grand opening and expansion of the Nicholas Center and Spectrum Designs, which will employ and provide personalized, extensive pre- and on-the-job training to individuals on the Autism Spectrum. This is how we make success accessible for the post-pandemic future."​  Empire State Development Acting Commissioner and President & CEO-designate Eric Gertler said, “Investing in our workforce is vitally important across the state, especially as we recover and rebuild our economy in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. We are very fortunate to have partners such as The Nicholas Center and Spectrum Designs Foundation who are providing training and support for those with disabilities, so they have an opportunity for meaningful employment and more importantly, a sense of accomplishment and well-being that truly benefits the entire community.” New York State Department of Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon said, “This partnership is the perfect example of how we can work together to support all members of our workforce, including those with disabilities, by providing them with training and connecting them with jobs they love. I applaud The Nicholas Center and Spectrum Designs for their dedication to supporting their communities, and more importantly for helping all employees thrive.”   Co-Founder & CEO of Spectrum Designs Foundation, Patrick Bardsley said, “Our end goal is always to provide more paying jobs to this very talented, yet under-served, population. We are so fortunate to have found a home in Pleasantville and look forward to hiring and retaining even more accomplished individuals who will excel in the various production and administrative roles that we have to offer.” Co-Founder and Executive Director of The Nicholas Center, Nicole Sugrue said, “We are proud to have expanded our services to Westchester County and to partner with many organizations, businesses and neighbors in the region to further our mission. Thank you to the Mid-Hudson REDC and the Governor's Workforce Development Initiative for their unwavering support. For 10 years, working with our partner Spectrum Designs Foundation, we have addressed some of the most pressing issues facing the Autism community and developed innovative solutions to drive transformational change, even during the greatest health crisis of our time. We have worked to advance inclusion, bridge gaps in service disparities, and support the needs of people with Autism across Long Island, and now in Westchester.” Spectrum Designs Foundation has invested over $2.2 million to purchase and equip an 8,400 square foot commercial property in Pleasantville to expand their custom apparel and promotional products business, allowing them to produce twice as many goods while enriching the Westchester community. To assist with this project, the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council awarded Spectrum Designs Foundation a Round IX Capital Grant of $240,000 through Empire State Development for this project which will create 18 new jobs in the next three years. Additionally, both Spectrum Designs Foundation and the Nicholas Center have been awarded $300,000 through the Governor’s $175 million Workforce Development Initiative. Since 2019, when Governor Cuomo announced $175 million State investment for job training projects, nearly $32 million dollars in awards have been announced to 278 projects benefitting more than 18,000 New York workers to support strategic regional efforts that meet businesses’ short-term workforce needs, long-term industry needs, improve regional talent pipelines, enhance the flexibility and adaptability of local workforce entities, and expand workplace learning opportunities.   Mid-Hudson REDC Chair Donald P. Christian, President of SUNY New Paltz said, “As we emerge from the COVID-19 crisis, continuing the focus on workforce development is integral to the recovery of the regional economy. We are proud to support The Nicholas Center and Spectrum Designs Foundation, which will offer access to job coaches and training for individuals on the Autism Spectrum as well as community programs at Spectrum Designs, further promoting opportunities and inclusivity in the workforce.” State Senator Peter B. Harckham said, “The presence of the Nicholas Center and its partner Spectrum Designs here in Pleasantville represents a strong and broad commitment to meeting the needs of unique individuals in the Autism arena, while also confirming the idea that diversity and inclusion enrich all of us. In creating commercial operations that offers Autistic people opportunities to learn, grow and interact meaningfully with other residents, the Nicholas Center is helping to reboot New York’s post-pandemic economy as well. This wholehearted effort, combined with investments from Empire State Development’s Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council and Governor Cuomo’s Workforce Development Initiative, is another step toward a more equitable future for our society.” Assemblyman Thomas J. Abinanti said, “I applaud the Spectrum Design and Nicholas Center’s innovative model, which gives people with disabilities real employment while meeting the community’s needs for various products. Their model proves again that we should look not at people’s disabilities, but their abilities. And that everyone, if given the chance, can make a contribution to our community.” Westchester County Executive George Latimer said, “I would like to thank Empire State Development for their leadership on this very important project, which at the end of the day fills an important need for people with Autism and other disabilities. The Nicholas Center creates an opportunity for individuals on the Autism Spectrum to access the training they need to become fully integrated into the workforce and provides an opportunity for them to lead productive lives through their careers.” Pleasantville Mayor Peter Scherer said, “We are delighted to welcome the Nicholas Center and Spectrum Designs to Pleasantville. The opportunities they offer people with autism — and the products and services that their team will produce — make Pleasantville stronger, better, and more inclusive.” About The Nicholas Center   A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, supporting individuals with Autism and related disabilities in leading full and productive lives in the community and through the world of work. TNC promotes inclusion and offers opportunity via community engagement, vocational training and peer connection.   About Spectrum Designs  Spectrum Designs is a full-service custom apparel and promotional items business with a social mission: to help individuals on the Autism Spectrum lead full and productive lives through the world of work. The Spectrum Enterprises family includes sister organizations Spectrum Bakes, which specializes in homemade granola and other snacks, and Spectrum Suds, a boutique Laundromat. As a nonprofit, 100% of proceeds go to furthering the mission. Both are located in Port Washington, NY.    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  Press Office | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313   
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