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Press Release

Wednesday, May 5, 2021 - 4:14pm
Expos Provide Information and Resources to Help Minority- and Women-Owned Businesses Compete for State Contracts Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that New York State will host five events as part of the 2021 Regional Minority- and Women-owned Business Enterprises Online Opportunities Expo Series. The Expos, which will connect MWBEs with New York State agencies, expert resources, information on state projects, and tools to access state contracting opportunities, will run from June to August. As New York State is building back better, this series of Expos will highlight opportunities and resources in each region throughout the state. The 2021 Regional MWBE Online Opportunities Expos Series comes months after Governor Cuomo announced the statewide MWBE utilization rate reached 29.51 percent in Fiscal Year 2019-2020.  "New York State's entrepreneurs are finding ways to build back our economy as we continue to recover from the COVID-19 crisis and we must continue to ensure that every New Yorker has the same opportunity to succeed, and that starts with making sure that businesses owned by women and New Yorkers of color have the same opportunities to compete for state contracts," Governor Cuomo said. "In New York, we are ensuring MWBEs have the all the resources they need to continue on the path to success."   The 2021 NYS Regional MWBE Online Opportunities Expo Series, sponsored by Empire State Development's Division of Minority and Women's Business Development, will feature an online experience with panel discussions, information on regional projects, workshops on special topics and other business development resources. The Expos will also include information about State-sponsored financial and technical assistance programs, including the New York Forward Loan Fund the Bridge to Success Loan Program, and the New York State Surety Bond Assistance Program.    Read the full press release here.
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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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Press Release

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 - 5:10pm
Empire State Development (ESD) today announced the Niagara Falls Strategic Economic Development Fund, a fund dedicated to the revitalization of Niagara Falls through capital investments in targeted areas along Niagara Street, Main Street, Portage Road, and Pine Avenue.  Projects funded through the program will enhance mixed-use, walkable commercial corridors; support and grow new businesses and entrepreneurship; connect to the waterfront and existing state investments; and attract tourists from downtown into adjoining neighborhoods. The new fund, which seeks to award at least $10 million in projects, is part of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion initiative. “The Niagara Falls Strategic Economic Development Fund will leverage recent investments in the city’s waterfront and downtown to create better connections to nearby neighborhoods,” said Empire State Development Acting Commissioner and President & CEO-designate Eric Gertler.  “The fund aims to re-envision and reinvigorate this broader, interconnected area as a destination for residents, businesses and tourists.” ESD, USA Niagara, and the City of Niagara Falls will be hosting a virtual information session tonight at 6 p.m. for stakeholders in the project target areas to learn about project origins, goals, outcomes and process. Participants will also learn about how they can participate in the process through digital project idea submissions. Register for the Stakeholder Information Meeting here. Through the establishment of program goals, an analysis of economic and land use data, review of past investments, and in-depth stakeholder engagement, ESD and its subsidiary USA Niagara Development Corporation (USAN), in partnership with the City of Niagara Falls and University at Buffalo Regional Institute (UBRI), are developing a portfolio of catalytic projects aimed at improving economic conditions in the City of Niagara Falls.  The fund will support these projects. Since 2011, New York State has invested more than $315 million in the City of Niagara Falls in a concerted effort to realize and expand the economic benefits of its nearly 9 million annual visitors. Investments in downtown Niagara Falls have included: upgrades to Niagara Falls State Park; revitalization efforts including eight new hotels and the restoration of Old Falls Street; and the strategic acquisition of a number of key underutilized properties for new mixed-use development. In addition, the state has completed the transformational removal of the Robert Moses Parkway, creating a 140-acre unbroken, fully accessible ribbon of green space that maximizes uses along the city’s 10-mile waterfront on the Upper Niagara River and Niagara Gorge and reconnects the city to the waterfront. North Main Street was also named a NYS Downtown Revitalization Initiative winner, and is leveraging the removal of the Parkway and investments in the Underground Railroad Heritage Center and Niagara Falls Train Station to recreate a strong business district reconnected to the Niagara Gorge. City of Niagara Falls Mayor Robert Restaino said, “The areas for capital investment envisioned by this fund will expand the opportunities in critical neighborhoods adjacent to or within walking distance of our downtown tourist sector.  This will continue the momentum that is driving investment interest in Niagara Falls. Our City appreciates the continued interest and investment in Niagara Falls by the Governor and State officials recognizing the importance of our community to the entire region.” 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: Pamm Lent | [email protected] | (716) 846-8309 Laura Magee | [email protected] | (716) 846-8239  
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Press Release

Friday, April 23, 2021 - 2:26pm
Nearly $2.3 Million in Incentives Awarded to Manufacturers Across the State Will Provide Faster and More Secure Access to Life-Saving Medical Products Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that six additional Empire State companies have received nearly $2.3 million in funding from New York State to produce needed supplies to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic. These grant funds will help alleviate product shortages due to supply chain issues that could lead to unfair pricing practices and delays. These companies will also increase the State's manufacturing capacity while creating new jobs and market opportunities. To date, New York State has awarded nearly $22 million in grants to 39 qualifying New York-based companies to retool their business lines and pivot to manufacturing vital supplies for ongoing response and recovery efforts.    "Part of building back better is building back smarter," Governor Cuomo said. "Making sure we are investing in New York companies that manufacture needed supplies is crucial to avoid supply-chain delays and relying on other states and countries during times of need. Not only do these investments support our needs as we strive to reach the light at the end of the COVID tunnel, but they also help ensure our future preparedness, while strengthening our economy." In March of last year, Governor Cuomo asked companies with New York-based operations to retool production lines in order to manufacture approved COVID-19 critical supplies, such as ventilators, test kits and PPE, including N95 respirators, surgical masks, gowns and face shields.    "Our country was ill-prepared for a global pandemic when it arrived early last year, and our state was left to scour the earth in search of personal protective equipment," Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul said. "We've learned from the lessons of the past. Supporting New York-based companies to pivot to manufacturing medical supplies will not only save lives, but also reduce our dependency on overseas products and retain local jobs." Empire State Development Acting Commissioner and President & CEO-designate Eric Gertler said, "Ensuring that future supplies of vital equipment and PPE are at the ready is an important lesson learned during the COVID-19 crisis. Not only are we investing in New York State companies and creating jobs, we are making sure we are prepared for the future."  Read the full press relese here.
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Press Release

Thursday, April 22, 2021 - 3:12pm
Upgrades will Continue to Protect Natural Resources while Maximizing the Facility's Energy Production and Increasing Revenue   $12.3 Million Project Supported by New York State Makes the Upgraded Facility One of the Most Environmentally Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plants in the State  Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the completion of the upgraded wastewater collection and treatment facility located at the Great Neck Water Pollution Control District in Great Neck, Nassau County. This $12.3 million project included the construction of a first-in-the-state receiving station that uses cooking grease to power facility operations. That, plus the construction of a third microturbine and upgrades to its anaerobic digesters, makes this facility one of the most environmentally advanced wastewater treatment plants in the state. The Great Neck Water Pollution Control District serves more than 25,000 residents in Nassau County.  "New York is leading the way in creating green solutions to infrastructure issues that are vital to the health and livelihood of Long Islanders and all New Yorkers," Governor Cuomo said. "This project is a standout example in that effort and will further our efforts to protect Long Island's natural resources while innovatively repurposing waste products to help power what is one of the most environmentally advanced wastewater treatment plants in the State."  Empire State Development Acting Commissioner and President & CEO Eric Gertler said, "We are always looking for opportunities to incentivize growth while also ensuring the well-being of our communities. Empire State Development is proud to support this project that does both, with first-in-the-state technology and upgraded equipment to maximize productivity while also safeguarding the environment."  Read the full press release here. 
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Board Meeting

Thursday, April 22, 2021 - 9:30am
Due to public health concerns and as authorized by Executive Order of the Governor, this meeting will be conducted via video conference and teleconference. The public may view and 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 4:30 pm on Wednesday, April 21, 2021.
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Press Release

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 - 2:43pm
State-of-the-Art Facility Manufacturing Corrugated Cardboard Packaging in Wallkill Will Create 50 New Jobs  Empire State Development today announced the groundbreaking of President Container Group’s state-of-the-art 100,000-square-foot expansion in Wallkill, Orange County. President Container Group, a family-owned business in operation for over 70 years, manufactures corrugated packaging such as sheets, boxes, trays, partitions and point-of-sale displays. The $40 million expansion will house President Container Group’s second state-of-the-art corrugator and new converting equipment, which will substantially increase the company’s manufacturing capacity. Empire State Development awarded up to $3 million in Excelsior Jobs Tax Credits in exchange for President Container Group’s investment and a commitment to create 50 new jobs at the facility.   Empire State Development Acting Commissioner and President & CEO-designate Eric Gertler said, “The expansion of President Container Group’s manufacturing facility in Orange County represents a $40 million investment in the region and will ensure that job retention and creation in the region are maintained in the manufacturing sector, which is an integral part of the region’s economic strategy.”  Larry Grossbard, Co-President, President Container Group said, “We are extremely proud to break ground on President Container’s 100,000 square foot expansion at our state-of-the-art super plant in Wallkill, NY. Our theme is “Manufacturing For The Next Generation” and we are proud to be part of this community. We are extremely grateful for all of our essential partners. Our deep thanks to those great teams for being accessible and helpful. We appreciate everyone’s support and expertise every day. It’s great to run a business in this community when you have this level of support.  President Container Group’s expansion will ensure that job retention and creation in the region are maintained in the manufacturing sector, which is an integral part of the region’s economic strategy. Additionally, not only has President Container Group invested in the newest industry technologies, making it the premier and largest corrugated manufacturing facility in North America under one roof, this project will bolster the local supply chain, and employ talent in the Mid-Hudson Region.  Assemblywoman Aileen M. Gunther said, “I want to congratulate President Container Group on their tremendous investment. This expansion will mean dozens of new jobs for our area and shows that Middletown is open for business. President Container’s usage of sustainable materials in their manufacturing process will ensure that they continue to thrive.”  State Senator Mike Martucci said, “Success breeds success, and as President Container deepens its roots in our community, we all will benefit. The company is to be commended on their commitment to excellence in their industry, their leadership in technology and sustainability, and their pivotal role as a business partner. As state Senator and a small business owner, I am pleased to see this investment in local job creation and economic growth by President Container with the generous support of Empire State Development.”  Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus said, “I commend Empire State Development for making this investment into President Container and Orange County. The expansion will create jobs at the facility and increase the innovative company’s manufacturing capacity. This is a win for President Container and the County, and I thank the ESD for awarding President Container these Excelsior Jobs Tax Credits.”  Wallkill Town Supervisor Frank DenDanto III said, “President Container brings good jobs and important tax revenue to our community, and we are very proud this industry leader is expanding in our town.”  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.  About President Container Group  President Container Group is a leading manufacturer of corrugated shipping containers and point-of-purchase displays in North America. It specializes in items for the food and beverage, cosmetic, garment and other commercial industries, and produces more than 2 billion square feet of corrugated products annually. President Container, which uses sustainable materials, also customizes your packaging by printing multicolored graphics of the highest quality directly onto your containers. The company’s philosophy is to ensure complete customer satisfaction. Visit presidentcontainergroup.com.    Contact: Kristin Devoe | [email protected] | (518) 414-1087 Press Office | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313  
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Press Release

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 - 10:23am
Provides Over $1 Million Annually for Job Creation and Training Programs that Support a Diverse and Inclusive Workforce in the Motion Picture and Television Production and Post-Production Industries    Eligible Training Programs May Receive Up to $500,000    Empire State Development today announced the launch of the New York Entertainment Workforce Diversity Grant Program. More than $1 million annually in matching funds will support diversity and inclusivity in job creation and training programs for New York's film and television industries. The grant program is funded through the Empire State Entertainment Diversity Job Training Development Fund which, at the suggestion of industry leaders, is financed by an allocated percentage from New York State’s film tax credit program.    Empire State Development Acting Commissioner, and President & CEO-designate Eric Gertler said, "Through this important initiative, more than $1 million will support the development of a more diverse and inclusive workforce for one of New York's fastest-growing industries. Film and television production has a multiplier effect in both creating jobs and spending with a significant economic impact on our economy, and this program will help ensure the industry reflects the New York's greatest strength -- our diversity."  Matching grants from $25,000 to $500,000 will be awarded for job creation and training programs that support efforts to recruit, hire, promote, retain, develop, and train a diverse and inclusive workforce. These training programs should aim to provide talent to production and post-production companies in the motion picture and television industries within the state of New York. Eligible applicants will be required to provide 2:1 matching funds and can be a not-for-profit organization or corporation, a for-profit corporation, a guild or a labor union.     Eligible programs include the training of individuals involved in the principle creation of or editing of a film or television product. These skills and crafts include but are not limited to:    Grip/Electric    Carpentry    Writing    Editing    Showrunners    Production Assistant    More information, instructions and registration for the virtual information sessions are available here.   This program is part of a larger statewide initiative to increase diversity and inclusion and create equal opportunities in the film and television industry. This includes the New York State Multicultural Summit, an interactive workshop that guides content creators of diverse backgrounds to better understand and advance their careers within the film and television industry, and PITCHNY®, which provides aspiring young filmmakers, producers and writers from across New York with resources and mentorship from entertainment industry leaders.     Additionally, this program builds upon the successful Film Production Training Program, an unprecedented partnership between New York State, Bronx Community College and IATSE Local 52 to train students for work in union trade crafts, such as property, carpentry and electric.      New York State’s Film and TV Production industry continues to be one of the fastest growing industry sectors across the state. A recent report from HR&A Advisors, an economic development consultant and research agency, found that the New York film and television industry grew 4.5 times faster than the overall State economy, translating to a 55 percent increase from 2004 to 2018, and capturing one in three jobs added to the sector nationwide.    Since media production has been permitted to return at the end of summer 2020, more than 80 productions that applied to participate in the New York State Film Tax Credit Program have returned to work. These productions anticipated hiring over 195,000 individuals over the course of their production and directly spending more than $4 billion dollars across New York State. In 2019 and 2020 the film tax incentive program led to over $20 billion in anticipated economic impact and supported 114,200 full time jobs.  Every dollar in tax credit issued through New York State’s Film Tax Credit Program leads to over $9 in economic activity.   New York State has made unprecedented investments in workforce development. 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. Awarded projects under the new WDI Consolidated Funding Application will 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.      Motion Picture Association Chairman & CEO Charles Rivkin said, “We are proud to be part of the development of this important program to create a more diverse production workforce in New York and look forward to working with our companies to facilitate this new pipeline for employment.”    IATSE International Vice President and Local 52 President John Ford said, "Local 52 looks forward to engaging in these programs as they come to fruition. Thanks to the support of the Governor and the Legislature, we anticipate the need for a diverse workforce trained to provide production with the people they need to get the job done.”     Chair, Post New York Alliance President and COO Trevanna Post Yana Collins Lehman said, “The Post New York Alliance looks forward to participating in the NYS workforce development program. We share ESDs strong commitment to extending opportunities to all communities in New York State and to diversifying the film and television post-production industry.”    About the Governor's Office of Motion Picture & Television Development      The New York State Governor's Office of Motion Picture & Television Development, a division of Empire State Development, aims to grow and support the film, television and commercial industry by guiding filmmakers through the many programs and assets New York State has to offer, promoting and publicizing the state’s infrastructure, talent and film production, post-production, and commercial tax incentives for qualified expenditures in New York State. The office also serves as a liaison between production companies and city and local governments, state agencies, a network of statewide contacts, local film offices and professional location scouts and managers. More information on filming in New York State or the Film Production and Post Production Tax Credit Programs can be found here.  About Empire State Development   Empire State Development 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 can be found here and here.  Contact: Kristin Devoe | [email protected] | (518) 414-1087 Press Office | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313  
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