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Board Meeting

Tuesday, March 23, 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 Monday, March 22, 2021.
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Press Release

Tuesday, March 23, 2021 - 10:42am
Electronic Contract Manufacturer Constructing 55,000 Square-Foot Production Facility: Growth Will Create and Retain More Than 40 Jobs Investment Complements “Finger Lakes Forward” – The Region’s Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy Empire State Development (ESD) today announced electronics contract manufacturer Pace Electronics, having outgrown its current space, will expand its operations in the Town of Williamson, Wayne County and construct a new 55,000 square-foot facility. The expansion will allow the company to create 15 new jobs; 28 jobs will be retained. ESD is assisting the project with up to $250,000 in Excelsior Tax Credits. The total project cost was placed $4 million. Pace has teamed with regional commercial General Contractor, Taylor – The Builders, for design and construction of the expansion. Estimated completion of the project is slated for the 4th Quarter of 2021. The Wayne County Industrial Development Agency and Greater Rochester Enterprise are also assisting with the project. Empire State Development Acting Commissioner and President & CEO-designate Eric Gertler said, “While Pace Electronics has a global reach, this successful company decided to expand in the Finger Lakes based on the region’s top-tier tech and manufacturing talent. The Wayne County project will create new, high-quality jobs that further support New York State’s commitment to growing both the regional and state economy.”  Founded in 1969, Pace Electronics works with clients in the medical, industrial controls, automotive, and emergency lighting and safety product industries worldwide. In addition to the Wayne County location, the company, which sources electronic components from the pacific rim, maintains manufacturing facilities in China and Malaysia, a liaison office in Hong Kong and an additional warehouse facility located in San Diego, California.  Pace Electronics has been named to the Fortune 500 list of the100 Best Workplaces for Women. Women in fact represent half of the company’s workforce, while 67% percent of company executives are women. Dawn Smith has served as Pace Electronics’ Chief Executive Officer since 2012. Pace Electronics CEO Dawn Smith said, “While we searched several areas to relocate, the decision to stay in Wayne County was driven by our dedicated long-term employees and the local work force talent. Year over year growth from adding new capabilities and product offerings and most recently the acquisition of Peter Parts Electronics, we have outgrown our current facility and had to lease additional warehousing space. The new constructed headquarters will allow us the ability to advance our state-side manufacturing capabilities, warehouse all our products in one facility and give us the space required to increase our workforce.” State Senator Pamela Helming said, “Pace Electronics is a leading high-tech manufacturer in the Finger Lakes region whose growth highlights the incredible innovation and talent we have in the 54th District. My congratulations and thanks to CEO Dawn Smith and the entire Pace Electronics team for their continued investment in Wayne County. Thank you to Empire State Development, the Wayne County IDA and all those who have assisted with this project. We must do all we can to support the growth and success of our small business job creators.” State Assemblyman Brian Manktelow said, “It is encouraging to see a business such as Pace Electronics choosing to expand in our community. I thank Empire State Development for making the investment into Pace Electronics and will continue our mission to move the Finger Lakes forward into tomorrow. The mere fact that they are a growing business, and choosing to build and expand in our community, retaining their workforce and adding an additional 15 jobs is truly exciting. This news could not come at a better time. As we move into warm days, and our State is reopening amidst the pandemic, Pace Electronics helps shine a beacon of light and hope for the days to come.” Williamson Town Supervisor Anthony Verno said, “The town is grateful that Pace has decided to expand in Williamson. I want to thank Pace Electronics and all the employees that were instrumental in making this happen.” Wayne County Industrial Development Agency Director Brian Pincelli said, “Pace Electronics dedication to their employees and continued growth in Wayne County is a testament to their leadership and the quality of workforce we have in the County. We’re proud to be the home of their corporate headquarters and we were happy to be able to support their continued growth and success.” Matt Hurlbutt, president and CEO, Greater Rochester Enterprise said, “Pace Electronics chose to invest in Rochester, NY’s Wayne County, to capitalize on our region’s exceptional talent in the electronic contract manufacturing industry and the perfect facility to support their expansion plans.” For additional information about Pace Electronics, visit https://www.paceelectronics.com/ Accelerating Finger Lakes Forward  Today’s announcement complements “Finger Lakes Forward,” the region’s comprehensive blueprint to generate robust economic growth and community development. The State has already invested more than $8.07 billion in the region since 2012 to lay the groundwork for the plan – investing in key industries including photonics, agriculture‎ and food production, and advanced manufacturing. Now, the region is accelerating Finger Lakes Forward with a $500 million State investment through the Upstate Revitalization Initiative, announced by Governor Cuomo in December 2015. The State’s $500 million investment will incentivize private business to invest well over $2.5 billion – and the region’s plan, as submitted, projects up to 8,200 new jobs. More information is available here. ​ Contact: Shari Voorhees-Vincent | [email protected] | (585) 399-7055 Press Office | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313
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Press Release

Monday, March 22, 2021 - 6:04pm
Project with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will improve Slip 3 See renderings here The Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC) Board of Directors met today and authorized ECHDC to enter into a project partnership with the U.S. Department of the Army/U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) for architectural and engineering design services at Slip No. 3 on Buffalo’s Outer Harbor.  The project will help to renew elements of the harbor’s aquatic ecosystem crucial to plant and animal life that have been lost or degraded in the region and help protect the area from future storm damage. Slip 3, located between Wilkeson Pointe and the Michigan Pier, was originally constructed to facilitate commercial shipping related to industrial manufacturing, although it is no longer used for that purpose. “As a city on the water, it is imperative that we restore and protect a healthy aquatic ecosystem,” said ECHDC Chairman Robert Gioia.  “On Buffalo’s Outer Harbor, we are proud to partner with the Army Corps of Engineers on a project that will provide for a more productive, self-sustaining wetland and aquatic community for water-dependent wildlife.” The project will include: Construction of an angled rubble mound breakwater structure with a weir opening at the mouth of Slip No. 3 to contain placed dredged material and reduce the impact of waves from the adjacent Buffalo Outer Harbor. Placement of approximately 285,000 cubic yards of dredged material within Slip No. 3 to raise the existing bottom contours to a range of -2 feet Low Water Datum (LWD) to +3.5 feet LWD.  Dredge cycles of the Buffalo River occur every two years, with the first scheduled in 2023. Installation of habitat features to include gravel beds, rock piles, root wads, logs, and the preservation of existing used dock piles to provide maximum habitat complexity and structure to encourage the use of Slip No. 3 as spawning/nursing habitat by multiple fish species. Planting of native species of submerged and emergent aquatic vegetation that have the ability to compete with invasive species and provide high quality aquatic habitat for both aquatic species and migratory/resident bird species. As a non-federal sponsor, ECHDC is required to provide not less than 35% of the total project budget.  The ECHDC Board action today approved ECHDC’s portion of the project’s design costs in an amount not to exceed $451,150.  Further action will be needed by the ECHDC Board to approve ECHDC’s portion of the construction costs once a final design and a construction budget are determined.  Based on the current USACE construction budget, the ECHDC total commitment over the course of the Project will be $4,972,000 over a 12-year period.  The funding is from the New York Power Authority, through relicensing agreements tied to the operation of the Niagara Power Project. The ECHDC Board also approved the corporation’s $1,297,489 operating and $64,999,606 capital budgets for fiscal year 2021-2022.  The capital budget includes but is not limited to: acquisition costs; design costs of several Canalside and Outer Harbor capital projects; legal costs; property management and maintenance costs; certain construction costs, including Outer Harbor Phase 1 projects; and ECHDC’s funding contribution to Heritage Point and the North Aud Block.  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 here.  Contact: Pamm Lent (Governor’s Office) | [email protected] | (716) 846-8309 Laura Magee (ECHDC) | [email protected] | (716) 846-8239
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Press Release

Monday, March 22, 2021 - 5:58pm
See renderings of the Montante project here The USA Niagara Development Corporation (USAN) Board of Directors met today and approved two General Project Plans (GPP) and the transfer of land in support of private development in downtown Niagara Falls, N.Y.  The land transfers, to Montante Group LLC and SJI Main LLC, involve land previously purchased by USAN through the Buffalo Billion Niagara Falls Strategic Land Acquisition Program.  The projects are part of the continued transformation of the Third Street Business District as a pedestrian and tourist friendly neighborhood with commercial, retail and residential development. “With these two projects, USAN is supporting facilitating the growth in the residential market and revitalization of the tourism industry in downtown Niagara Falls,” said USAN Chairwoman Francine Delmonte. “These long-dormant properties will see new life that will add to the character and vibrancy of the Third Street Business District.” “The continued commitment of USAN to the development of the Third Street Business Corridor is critical to improvement of our tourist district,” said City of Niagara Falls Mayor Robert Restaino.  “With these transfers, USAN has placed properties important to the district’s growth into the hand of developers committed to investing in our community.” The Montante Group project will restore/rehabilitate commercial buildings located at 500 and 512 Third Street, as well as an adjacent vacant lot at 518 Third Street (Property I) and an adjacent parking lot at 503 Main Street (Property II).  The project will result in two vibrant, mixed-use commercial developments and are critical for the continued development of the Third Street Business District.  The 500 Third Street site would contain ground floor space suitable for retail/restaurant use as well as commercial space above.  The 512 Third Street site would contain retail/restaurant space and use of adjacent outdoor areas.  The two properties would be connected through a finished outdoor seating area, which could be utilized by onsite tenants or for special events.  Montante Group intends to complete the estimated $4.25 million project in two separate phases: construction of either the 500 Third Street or 512 Third Street property, followed by construction of the remaining property not chosen during Phase 1. The USAN Board of Directors previously named TM Montante Development the preferred developer in January 2020. The GPP approval and land transfer of vacant lots at 554 and 558 Third Street to SJI Main will support the rehabilitation and renovation of three structures (two mixed-use and one commercial), for new retail and residential development.  SJI’s acquisition is vital to the current development of the Third Street Business District, adding value in the creation of new jobs and new residential opportunities.  Phase I of the project will consist of the creation of 36 residential apartments and six commercial spaces.  SJI’s total investment for Phase I is expected be approximately $3.7 million.  The inclusion of the adjacent USAN-owned property will enhance the viability of SJI’s development by allowing for additional parking, while also serving as a buildable site for a potential second phase of SJI’s investment.  The properties being transferred are part of the strategic land acquisition program funded through the second phase of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion Economic Development Initiative.  The program’s goals include purchasing long-dormant properties located near Niagara Falls State Park, removing blight from the downtown area and expanding the density of uses to help establish a year-round, sustainable neighborhood. The USAN Board of Directors also approved two other items: Approval of the USAN Fiscal Year 2021-22 Annual Operating and Capital Budgets.  The FY 2021-22 Operating Budget of $703,655 proposes a total of $580,105 in personal services and a total of $123,550 in non-personal services.  The Corporation’s FY 2021-22 Capital Budget is $24,114,760.  It is anticipated that the proposed funding will cover costs related to the Hotel Niagara restoration; the close-out of the Wyndham Garden Inn Hotel Project; the completion of the Cataract Commons Project; maintenance and site preparation expenses associated with properties secured through USAN’s Downtown Land Acquisition Program; as well as the costs of design support services for the Rainbow Mall Civic Improvement Project.  Individual project expenses will be approved by the Directors under separate actions. Approval of the $991,535 Niagara Falls Convention and Conference Facility and Old Falls Street 2021 operating budget.  About USA Niagara Development Corporation USAN, a subsidiary of Empire State Development Corporation, is solely dedicated to the support and promotion of economic development initiatives in Niagara Falls by leveraging private investment and encouraging growth and renewal of the tourism industry in the City of Niagara Falls.  For more information, visit https://esd.ny.gov/usa-niagara-development-corporation-6. Contact: Pamm Lent | [email protected] | (716) 846-8309 | (800) 260-7313 Laura Magee | [email protected] | (716) 846-8239 | (800) 260-7313
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Board Meeting

Monday, March 22, 2021 - 11:30am
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 4:30 pm on Friday, March 19, 2021.
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Board Meeting

Monday, March 22, 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 Agenda items in writing to [email protected] by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 19.
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Board Meeting

Monday, March 22, 2021 - 10:30am
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 4:30 pm on Friday, March 19, 2021.
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Press Release

Friday, March 19, 2021 - 5:30pm
21 Commercial Landlords in New York City and Upstate New York Have Committed to Facilitate Testing   Expanding Access to COVID-19 Testing Key to Safely Reopening Economy Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the New York Forward COVID-Safe Offices partnership with major commercial real estate partners to expand access to COVID-19 testing for employers. As part of the initiative, 21 participating landlords have committed to provide space and facilitate access to testing services for tenants interested in conducting regular diagnostic testing of their employees.  "From the beginning of the pandemic, New York has always said that our recovery is not a choice between public health and the economy - it has to be both - and with this partnership we are demonstrating just how effectively we can accomplish our goals," Governor Cuomo said. "This new partnership with major commercial real estate companies is the next step in reinvigorating our urban cores and commercial offices, supporting state and regional economies. Improved access to testing will further drive New York State's economic recovery by encouraging employers and employees to safely return to work using science and data to guide their decisions."   First announced as part of the Governor's 2021 State of the State Address, this unique partnership will expand testing, which is critical to controlling the spread of the virus, and provide workers with additional confidence in the safety of their workplaces as New York safely resumes and increases economic activity. In New York City, eight landlords representing more than 100 million square feet of commercial office space have already committed to participate. In Upstate New York, 13 landlords spanning the Capital Region, Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse areas have affirmed their commitment to expanding access to testing for their tenants. Empire State Development continues to work with additional commercial property owners to expand the program.  Empire State Development Acting Commissioner, and President & CEO-designate Eric Gertler said, "New York State remains focused on rebuilding the state's economy in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. This new partnership with commercial real estate stakeholders will help more companies transition employees back into offices, while supporting the ecosystem of small businesses that rely on customers that work in local workplaces."   Read the full press release here.
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Press Release

Friday, March 19, 2021 - 4:30pm
Incubator at the Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics & Life Sciences Will Accelerate Startups from Formation to Market Launch Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the University at Buffalo today announced the grand opening of UB's new business incubator in downtown Buffalo. The Incubator at the Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics & Life Sciences is designed as a collaborative and diverse network that provides entrepreneurs with the support and tools needed to move from concept to formation to profit.  "New York State is working tirelessly to increase commercialization of new technologies that will ultimately grow private investment and jobs where the ideas originated," Governor Cuomo said. "The Incubator @ CBLS brings together the best and brightest in the tech industry and will grow Western New York's innovation economy, helping us build back stronger from the COVID crisis and move the regional economy forward."  "Buffalo has a storied legacy as a robust center of innovation," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "The University at Buffalo's Incubator @ CBLS will further add to this legacy by providing the ecosystem needed to support entrepreneurship, and cultivate and nurture startups. New York remains committed to growing the tech economy, creating good paying jobs in Western New York, and leading the way for a better post-pandemic future."  The Incubator @ CBLS is one component of the larger Innovation Hub, a $32 million initiative funded by New York State through Governor Cuomo's Buffalo Billion initiative that supports startup formation and growth in partnership with UB, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, The Jacobs Institute, Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute (HWI) and Kaleida Health. Read the full press release here.
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Press Release

Thursday, March 18, 2021 - 9:00pm
Governor's Cup Presented to Pindar Vineyards  Paumanok Vineyards Named Winery of the Year Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the top winners of the 35th annual New York Wine Classic, a nationally recognized competition highlighting the best of New York's wine. Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul made the announcement this evening during a special live virtual event hosted by the New York Wine and Grape Foundation.  This year, the Governor's Cup, the most esteemed award given at the Classic, was presented to Pindar Vineyards for its 2019 Dr. Dan's Signature Collection, Gewurztraminer from the Long Island region. In addition, Paumanok Vineyards from Long Island was presented with the 'Winery of the Year' award. "Congratulations to Pindar Vineyards and Paumanok Vineyards for not only the recognition they won in the competition, but also for showcasing why New York State is a premier wine destination" Governor Cuomo said. "Thanks to our strategic investments, New York's wine industry has seen unprecedented growth over these past few years, and as we reopen our state, wine enthusiasts can enjoy this unique part of the New York experience all across the state."     "The pandemic created extraordinary challenges for the wine industry, but New York's wineries and vineyards adapted, innovated and continued to create some of the country's best wines," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "From Long Island to Lake Erie, New York is now home to more than 1,200 wineries, breweries, distilleries and cideries that are finally being recognized for their preeminent products. Congratulations to Pindar Vineyards and PaumanokVineyards for their well-deserved awards."    The Governor's Cup, a large silver chalice, recognizes the "Best of Show" or top prize of all entries in the New York Wine Classic. The "Winery of the Year" award is presented to the winery with the best overall showing based on the level and number of awards in relation to entries. Read the full press release here.
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