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Press Release

Monday, January 22, 2018 - 5:30pm
The Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC) Board of Directors met today and approved a contract for construction management services related to the Interpretive Structures Project.  The focus of the project is on interpreting two former buildings located along the Commercial Slip, which will recall the historic 19th-century building massing, while enabling a modern use, architectural, and street scale interpretation, as well as fulfill the public’s request for permanent public restrooms, centralized visitor information and covered programming space.  Groundbreaking is expected by fall 2018.   The $1 million contract approved today was awarded to LiRo Engineers, Inc., a New York State-based multidisciplinary construction management firm, who will team with SLR Contracting & Service Co (M/WBE) and Foit-Albert Associates (MBE) on the project.  LiRo will advise ECHDC during the preconstruction period, and manage the construction procurement and on-site activities related to the project. “While we have been discussing the Canalside Interpretive Structures project for quite some time, today’s board action is a major milestone and signals that we can move forward with construction planning in preparation for a shovel in the ground this fall,” said ECHDC Chairman Robert Gioia.  “The demand for visitor amenities—like permanent public restrooms and centralized visitor information—that will be provided by these structures has been growing at Canalside.  This is all part of Governor Cuomo’s vision for activating Buffalo’s waterfront, while also satisfying visitor needs at Canalside.” The Interpretive Structures Project consists of capital improvements and investments that will facilitate increased public amenities, access and activation of the Canalside area.  The Pavilion and Union Block Building, both located along the Commercial Slip, will lengthen Canalside’s programming season and provide visitor services and public restrooms.  LiRo is well-suited for this project, having completed multiple projects for both ECHDC and Empire State Development (ESD) in the past.  ECHDC issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) in November 2017 for a well-qualified Construction Management firm to provide pre-construction, construction and post construction management services.   Four proposals were received.  The sites included in the project are City of Buffalo-owned but ECHDC operates and maintains the area under its Management Agreement with the City through 2024. About Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation  The ECHDC is governed by a nine-member board consisting of seven voting directors and two non-voting, ex-officio directors. The seven voting directors are recommended by the New York State Governor and are appointed by the New York State Urban Development Corporation d/b/a Empire State Development as sole shareholder of ECHDC. The two nonvoting, ex-officio director positions are held by the Erie County Executive and the City of Buffalo Mayor. As a subsidiary of Empire State Development, the state’s chief economic development agency, the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation supports and promotes the creation of infrastructure and public activities at Canalside, the Ohio Street corridor and the Outer Harbor that is attracting critical mass, private investment and enhance the enjoyment of the waterfront for residents and tourists in Western New York. Its vision is to revitalize Western New York’s waterfront and restore economic growth to Buffalo based on the region’s legacy of pride, urban significance and natural beauty. For more information on ECHDC, visit www.eriecanalharbor.com.
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Press Release

Monday, January 22, 2018 - 4:08pm
Investment Complements "Central NY Rising" - The Region's Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy and the Excelsior Jobs Program Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the country's leading contract plastics rotomolded product manufacturer Dutchland Plastics will expand its operations into a new 50,000 square-foot facility in the Village of Canastota in Madison County from its current location in Oneida County. The expansion will facilitate the creation of at least 42 new full-time jobs over the next two years in addition to the 23 positions which will be retained. Construction on the new facility is expected to be completed by the end of 2019. "The expansion of Dutchland Plastics is a testament our forward-thinking economic strategy that is transforming the regional economy," Governor Cuomo said. "By incentivizing growth, successful companies are choosing to expand their operations, strengthening the economy, creating good-paying jobs and ensuring that Central New York continues to rise." Read the full press release here. 
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Public Notice

Monday, January 22, 2018 - 2:00pm
Public Notice - George Washington Bridge Bus Terminal Renovation Project General Project Plan 
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Board Meeting

Monday, January 22, 2018 - 11:00am
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Board Meeting

Monday, January 22, 2018 - 10:30am
With videoconferencing to:   Empire State Development 633 Third Avenue – 33rd Floor Conference Room  New York, New York 10017  
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Public Notice

Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 11:30am
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Public Notice

Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 10:30am
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Press Release

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 3:34pm
Empire State Development (ESD) today announced that Flatiron Health, a healthcare technology and services company focused on accelerating cancer research and improving patient care, will create 324 new jobs in a major expansion. The company will relocate its headquarters to One SoHo Square in New York City and occupy nearly 108,000 square feet of office space by spring 2018. “Companies like Flatiron Health create quality jobs and spur rapid advancement  in New York’s growing healthcare and technology industries,” said ESD President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky. "Flatiron’s expansion will broaden our understanding of cancer research and patient care and support the state’s cutting-edge life sciences sector.” Founded in 2012, Flatiron is a New York City-based healthcare technology company that enables cancer researchers & providers to learn from the experience of every patient. Flatiron’s interdisciplinary team — nearing 500 employees — includes oncologists, software engineers, quantitative scientists, product managers and designers working together to transform the way cancer is understood and treated. "We are humbled by Flatiron’s growth over the last five years,” said Nat Turner, co-founder and CEO of Flatiron Health. “New York has been our home since launching in 2012 with just a handful of employees in a shared workspace. We’re thankful for New York State’s support as we grow our team working to accelerate cancer research in the months and years to come.” To encourage Flatiron Health’s growth in New York State, ESD offered the company up to $6 million in performance-based tax credits through the Excelsior Jobs Program. Flatiron will create 324 jobs over the next five years, while investing more than $4.6 million to fit out and equip its new headquarters at One Soho Square. Flatiron will also retain 333 jobs in New York. Flatiron Health’s expansion builds on New York State’s position at the forefront of the life sciences industry. In the FY 2018 budget, New York State enacted a $620 million initiative to spur the growth of a world-class life science research cluster in New York, as well as expand the state’s ability to commercialize this research and grow the economy. This multi-faceted initiative includes $100 million to expand the Excelsior Jobs Program Tax Credit to the life sciences industry, $100 million for a life sciences research and development refundable tax credit program, and $320 million in other forms of investment including state capital grants to support the development of wet-lab and innovation space, operating support and investment capital for early stage life science companies that leverages an additional match of at least $100 million from the private sector. About Flatiron Health Flatiron Health is a healthcare technology and services company focused on accelerating cancer research and improving patient care. Our platform enables cancer researchers and care providers to learn from the experience of every patient. Currently, Flatiron partners with over 265 community cancer clinics, five major academic research centers and 13 out of the top 14 therapeutic oncology companies. Flatiron is backed by Google Ventures, First Round Capital, Roche and others. For more information, please visit www.flatiron.com or follow us @FlatironHealth. 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, visit www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov and www.esd.ny.gov.   Contact: Amy Varghese (ESD) |amy.varghese@esd.ny.gov | (212) 803-3740 ESD Press Office |pressoffice@esd.ny.gov | (800) 260-7313
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Board Meeting

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 3:00pm
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