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Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - 12:45pm
Netflix, the world’s leading internet entertainment service with more than 139 million paid subscribers in over 190 countries, has been a near constant presence in New York, filming everything from hit shows like Orange Is the New Black and Russian Doll to biographical films like The Irishman in our state. In fact, Netflix’s five Marvel Defenders series – Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and Defenders – represent the largest television production project in New York State history, engaging 500 local vendors and more than 14,000 production hires. That’s why the announcement in April that the company would significantly expand its presence in New York with a major production hub was such important news – and added validation for New York’s Film Tax Credit program. Over the next five years, Netflix will create 127 executive content, marketing and production jobs and build out six soundstages in Brooklyn. By 2024, the soundstages are expected to have the capacity to host thousands of production jobs. The project is expected to bring up to $100 million in investment to the city and support thousands of production jobs within five years. Popular Netflix series like Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and films like Someone Great have added millions of dollars and thousands of hires to the New York State economy, and with this announcement, Netflix is demonstrating its commitment to New York as a premier media production center. Governor Cuomo praised the announcement, saying that New Yorkers were “proud Netflix chose New York to grow its business.” He added that the state “look[s] forward to the jobs, economic activity and world-class productions this project will bring.” Jason Hariton, Netflix’s Director of Worldwide Studio Operations & Real Estate said the decision to bring the production hub to New York was influenced by the state’s “film-friendly environment” which is “home to some of the best creative and executive talent in the world.” Since 2011, approximately 2,066 films and television series have participated in the New York State Film Tax Credit Program, bringing an estimated $25.2 billion in spending and 1.5 million hires to the Empire State.
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Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - 12:34pm
Eight years ago, I received an unexpected invitation to co-chair the Western New York REDC under a new Governor, Andrew Cuomo. Four years later, he extended another unexpected invitation and asked me to head Empire State Development. Serving as President, CEO and Commissioner of ESD and as Governor Cuomo’s head of economic development has been the honor of a lifetime. Working with the ESD team has been the best part of my job. I’m indescribably proud of what we’ve accomplished and of my association with everyone at ESD. As reported by various news outlets earlier this month, I am planning to step back from my role as  President, CEO & Commissioner of Empire State Development. In the meantime, I will continue to serve in this capacity and will take an active role in the search for a replacement. I know that when a new President, CEO & Commissioner comes on board, we will make a smooth transition – and I expect to remain involved as Chair of the ESD Board. New York has been the beating heart of business for a very long time, and ESD is at the center of that success. Ours is often the go-to agency for so many of the Governor’s key initiatives and we have a very bright future ahead. I look forward to continuing that work. Howard Zemsky President, CEO & Commissioner Empire State Development
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Press Release

Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - 12:15pm
$32 Million Investment Will Match Students, Faculty, Clinicians and Researchers with Resources to Commercialize Innovations Partners Include Top Industry Leaders, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Institute, Jacobs Institute, Hauptmann-Woodward Institute and Kaleida Health Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the official launch of the University at Buffalo's Innovation Hub, a new initiative designed to help connect ideas to action and move research from the lab to the marketplace. The Innovation Hub is funded through a $32 million Empire State Development grant commitment from New York State, and supports innovation at UB and its leading research partners, including Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, The Jacobs Institute, Hauptmann-Woodward Medical Research Institute and Kaleida Health. "Western New York's world-class academic institutions, like the University at Buffalo, are proven catalysts in the development of dynamic life science and technology hubs across the state," Governor Cuomo said. "Through strategic investments and local partnerships, this Innovation Hub will bring together the very best and brightest in the tech industry, growing the region's innovation economy for generations to come." "From our historic grain elevators, to the invention of electric cars and air conditioning, Buffalo is well known as a robust center of innovation," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, who spoke at the event. "The new University at Buffalo Innovation Hub will build upon this legacy as part of our continuing efforts to grow the tech economy and create good-paying jobs in Buffalo and across Western New York. The Innovation Hub will support emerging partnerships and foster collaboration with the brightest minds at UB and throughout the entrepreneurial community to ensure even greater success for our region." Read the complete press release here. 
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Press Release

Friday, May 24, 2019 - 11:47am
Photos of the Lakeside Complex are Available Here Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the opening of the new Lakeside Complex on Buffalo's Outer Harbor. The 20-acre site includes a new bike park, event lawn, trail for walking or cycling and beautiful landscaping to attract more visitors and residents to the city's waterfront. "This latest investment in Buffalo's waterfront adds to the year-round experience that is already attracting more than a million visitors annually to enjoy this flourishing area," Governor Cuomo said. "The new Lakeside Complex highlights Buffalo's natural beauty while expanding recreational opportunities for residents and visitors on the shores of Lake Erie." "Thanks to a continued focus on transforming Buffalo's waterfront, the Outer Harbor has become accessible to the public for the first time in generations," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "Buffalo Harbor State Park, Wilkeson Point, and the new Lakeside Complex offer an amazing outdoor experience for everyone who makes their way to the shores of Buffalo. These investments are improving the quality of life and bolstering our reputation as a world-class travel destination."  Read the full press release here. 
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Friday, May 24, 2019 - 7:00am
Empire State Development oversees administration of the film production and postproduction tax credits. These reports reflect program activity during the first, second, third and fourth quarters of 2018. The information presented includes projected spending, hires, and estimated credits for film and post-production projects deemed eligible to participate in the program, and, pursuant to new reporting requirements, actual spending, hires and credits issued to projects that have been completed and audited. 03/31/2018: Film Tax Credit - Quarterly Report, Calendar Year 2018: 1st Quarter 06/30/2018: Film Tax Credit - Quarterly Report, Calendar Year 2018: 2nd Quarter 09/30/2018: Film Tax Credit - Quarterly Report, Calendar Year 2018: 3rd Quarter 12/31/2018: Film Tax Credit - Quarterly Report, Calendar Year 2018: 4th Quarter
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Press Release

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - 3:45pm
Empire State Development (ESD) today announced that officials have broken ground on the Salina 1st mixed-use development project. The new build, located at 1081 South Salina Street, is situated near the heart of downtown Syracuse. The property where the facility will be located is a brownfield area which will be mitigated to make way for the transformative project. The venture will include the development of close to 52,000 square-feet of manufacturing, retail, office, and residential space. The total project cost is close to $6.8 million. The new build is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2021. ESD President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, "Utilizing strategic investments to transform this vacant downtown property into a mixed-use destination supports our regionally-focused approach to economic development that is fueling the Syracuse surge and revitalizing city centers across Upstate New York." The development team is made up of Emanuel Henderson, owner of JHP Industrial Supply (MWBE), Eli Smith, owner of E Smith Contracting (MWBE) and Gail Montplaisir, majority owner of Taurus Development Group (WOSB). In addition to the developers who will occupy some of the leasable space, a new dental laboratory and incubator space will also be a part of the project. Gail Montplaisir, majority owner of Taurus Development Group, said, “We are very grateful to Governor Cuomo and his team for this very generous grant that allows us to create Salina 1st. This project shows the commitment of our team to invest in our community and supports our vision is to help build prosperity for all community members.  Our children deserve to grow up in beautiful, livable and healthy neighborhoods. We are confident that this project will breathe new life into the Southside community.” ESD is assisting the project through a $1.3 million Capital Grant recommended by the Central New York Regional Economic Development Council (CNYREDC), which has focused its attention on the rehabilitation of Downtown, including the revitalization of the historic Hotel Syracuse, now known as the Marriott Syracuse Downtown. The hotel is part of this region's rich history and serves as an attraction for major events, big business and tourism in the region. Other state supported projects that are changing the face of Downtown Syracuse include: Acropolis Center: The project features the rebirth of the former Jefferson Center also on South Salina Street. The mixed-use development will be home to Acropolis Realty Group currently located in Armory Square. Phase one of the two-phase project will include the rehabilitation of the property and another nearby and will feature façade work and the conversion of the basement to needed parking for the development. ESD is assisting the project with an $800,000 Capital Grant. The company plans to invest close to $6 million for phase one of the development. Ephesus Lighting, Inc., 125 E. Jefferson & Warren Street: Project moved Ephesus Lighting, Inc. from The Tech Garden in Syracuse to its new headquarters in Onondaga Towers, adding 27 new jobs to a workforce of 10.  The project cost $585,203 with an incentive of $150,000 from ESD. Icon Tower, 344 S. Warren Street: Project saw the renovation of the former Excellus Building into a mixed-use facility with 73 apartments, 45,000 square feet of commercial space and 43 on-site parking spaces. The project cost $20 million with an incentive of $2.3 million from ESD. Merchants Commons, 214-220 South Warren Street: Project aided in the redevelopment of the former Merchants Bank and Snow Buildings into a mixed-use facility including 66 apartments and a 65-car garage. The project cost $12,500,000 with an incentive of $837,500 from ESD. Post-Standard Building, 101 North Salina Street: Project will redevelop the former Post-Standard Building into a mixed-use development. The new facility will house VIP Structures, the Post-Standard printing operations, and three new stories with 60-75 rental apartments. The project will cost $38.9 million with an incentive of $1.5 million proposed. State Tower Building, 109 S. Warren Street: URI project that is helping with the redevelopment of the 21-story State Tower Building into a mixed-use facility.  The project will cost $9.9 million with an incentive of $3 million from ESD. TCGplayer on South Warren Street: The online marketplace and software business, is establishing its new headquarters in downtown Syracuse renovating 44,000 square-feet of space inside of The Galleries of Syracuse building on South Warren Street. The headquarters feature a unique, interactive design that engages the community through a street-level view of its space and pop culture-themed work areas. The company has committed to providing more than 300 new and retained jobs in the region over the next five years. Senator Rachel May said, “The long-term revitalization of Syracuse requires investing in all of our neighborhoods and creating spaces where people want to work, live, learn, and play. The Salina 1st project, on the Southside of Syracuse, is a mixed-use space where a company involved in constructing the building will occupy one of the offices. This creates a better connection between the developers and the community and allows for the growth of some of our great local businesses. I am looking forward to seeing more mixed-use, mixed-income, inclusive development across the city.” Assemblyman William B. Magnarelli said, "The economic development efforts on Salina Street properties are wonderful examples of how revitalization of brownfield areas can be a catalyst the transformation of our neighborhoods. Investing in projects such as Salina 1st is a wonderful way of ensuring that the area is reinvigorated." Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon said, “The repurposing of this property along South Salina Street in downtown Syracuse is welcome news for Central New York. This exciting project will support the continued momentum and economic development success our community and region are experiencing. By leveraging our unique resources and making strategic investments, Onondaga County and Central New York are positioned to continue growing for generations to come. Thank you to Governor Cuomo for your strong commitment to Central New York." Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh said, “The repurposing of these properties along South Salina Street in downtown Syracuse is welcome news for Central New York. This exciting project will support the continued momentum and economic development success our community and region are experiencing. By leveraging our unique resources and making strategic investments, Onondaga County and Central New York are positioned to continue growing for generations to come. Thank you to Governor Cuomo for his strong commitment to Central New York." CNYREDC Co-Chairs Randy Wolken, President & CEO of the Manufacturers Association of Central New York (MACNY) and Deborah Stanley, President of the State University of New York at Oswego said, "The regional council is fully committed to the future of Downtown Syracuse. By supporting this transformative, mixed-use development project, we are furthering our efforts to reinvigorate the area, creating a welcoming place for millennials, families and others looking to experience all that the area has to offer." Accelerating CNY Rising Today's announcement complements “Central NY Rising,” the region’s comprehensive blueprint to generate robust economic growth and community development. The State has already invested more than $5.6 billion in the region since 2012 to lay the groundwork for the plan – capitalizing on global market opportunities, strengthening entrepreneurship and creating an inclusive economy. Today, unemployment is down to the lowest levels since before the Great Recession; personal and corporate income taxes are down; and businesses are choosing places like Syracuse, Oswego and Auburn as a destination to grow and invest in. Now, the region is accelerating Central NY Rising 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 5,900 new jobs. More information is available here.   Contact: Shari Vincent | [email protected] | (585) 399-7055 | (800) 260-7313 |Press Office | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313  
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Press Release

Monday, May 20, 2019 - 12:21pm
Investment Complements “Southern Tier Soaring” - The Region’s Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy Empire State Development (ESD) today announced that Manufacturing Automation Systems (MAS) will grow its operations in the Town of Lindley, Steuben County. The company will invest more than $5.5 million and expand its existing facility by 25,000 square-feet. The project includes the purchase of manufacturing and fabrication equipment which will allow the company to produce the automated equipment it currently designs. MAS services customers in the automotive, telecommunications, life sciences, advance display, defense and semiconductor industries.  In 2017, the company purchased and repurposed the formerly vacant Lindley Presho Elementary School, which had been empty for six years, to use as its headquarters, engineering, and manufacturing facility. The company plans to begin the project in 2019. Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, “The continued success of Manufacturing Automation Systems in Steuben County serves as yet another great example of the regional commitment to community revitalization efforts which are working to create jobs and opportunity in the Southern Tier.” Founded in 2003, MAS is a nationally recognized automation and robotics company which specializes in the custom design and build of automation systems and robotic work cells for manufacturing. MAS provides customers with specialized engineering, software development, test and measurement, and design and build automation services. Manufacturing Automation Systems’ owner, Matta Rizkallah said, “MAS is honored and grateful to receive the award from NYS and looks forward to the opportunity to continue to live out our values and advancing our vision to ‘Innovate, Impact, and Inspire.’ right here in the Southern Tier.” ESD is assisting the company with the expansion project through a $600,000 Capital Grant and up to $210,000 through the Excelsior Jobs Tax Credit Program in exchange for job creation commitments. State Senator Tom O’Mara said, “The continued expansion of Manufacturing Automation Systems in Steuben County is great economic news for local workers and the entire region. A foundation of manufacturing remains critical to every local economy.  These state investments and the ongoing work of our local economic development leaders remain key to future job growth and sustainability.” Assemblyman Phil Palmesano said, “We appreciate New York State’s ongoing investments in Southern Tier manufacturing, and we are grateful for the hard work of our local agencies to strengthen the local economy.  Manufacturing Automation Systems has become a cornerstone of Steuben County and Southern Tier manufacturing.  The company’s expansion and commitment to job growth is critical to the long-term strength of the Lindley community, Steuben County, and our entire region.” Joseph J. Hauryski, Chairman Steuben County Legislature said, “The Steuben County Legislature is pleased to see the expansion of the manufacturing facility in our county. We look forward to working with the company as they grow their business.” Jamie Johnson, President Steuben County IDA said, “The Steuben County IDA is pleased to be a partner with the State of New York to assist in the further expansion of MAS in our community.  Through the company’s vision, the once vacant Lindley Presho Elementary School has been repurposed into a vibrant manufacturing center for this technology company.  The assistance through ESD will allow for the further expansion of the company in Steuben County and the continued growth and revitalization of the Lindley area.” For more information about Manufacturing Automation Systems, Inc., click here. Accelerating Southern Tier Soaring  Today's announcement complements “Southern Tier Soaring” the region’s comprehensive blueprint to generate robust economic growth and community development. The State has already invested more than $6.2 billion in the region since 2012 to lay for groundwork for the plan – attracting a talented workforce, growing business and driving innovation. Today, unemployment is down to the lowest levels since before the Great Recession; personal and corporate income taxes are down; and businesses are choosing places like Binghamton, Johnson City and Corning as a destination in which to grow and invest. Now, the region is accelerating Southern Tier Soaring 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 10,200 new jobs. More information is available here.     Contact: Shari Voorhees-Vincent | [email protected] | (585)399-7055 ESD Press Office | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313
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Press Release

Friday, May 17, 2019 - 12:46pm
At Least 45 Series Including Streaming Services and Premium Cable Have Committed to Filming in New York State as of May 17 Empire State Development (ESD) today announced that 20 major network series will film in New York State this year, including five new series. The announcements were made this week at the 2019 network upfronts, the presentations given by major networks to promote new and renewed series that will be part of their fall schedules. As of today, an additional 25 series distributed by streaming services, premium cable services or other broadcast companies have started filming or are confirmed to film in New York State. All series are participating in the New York State Film Tax Credit Program. Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, “The film and TV production and post-production industry supports tens of thousands of jobs in the Empire State every year, and the series that film in the state in 2019 will bring an economic boost to local businesses and communities across New York.” In 2018, through the May upfront week, 20 major network series had committed to film in New York State. These 20 series generated $1.35 billion in New York State spending and 81,000 hires. In total, 203 film and television projects applied for the New York State Film Tax Credit Program last year, estimated to generate more than 211,300 new hires and $3.9 billion in new spending for New York State. For each dollar of production incentive credit ESD issued in 2017, productions spent an average of $4.50 in New York State. The film and TV industry has grown every year since the incentive program was created in 2004. Theatrical Teamsters Local 817 President Thomas J. O’Donnell said, “The Upfront announcements reinforce that New York is the go to destination for television and episodic content. It assures the continued growth of good paying jobs with good benefits that this industry provides.” Silvercup Studios CEO Alan Suna said, “Silvercup Studios is excited that there will be so many new and continuing shows in New York. Getting the extension to the New York State Film/TV Tax Credit Program made all the difference. We are thrilled by all of the jobs this creates for New Yorkers and we are looking forward to a great future for New York’s booming film and television production industry.” “I don’t know where else in the world you could find the wealth of talent and craft that The Good Fight depends upon as we enter into our fourth season,” said Brooke Kennedy, Executive Producer of The Good Fight for CBS.  “Completely made in NY!” A list of the series is available here: Evil (Produced by and distributed on CBS)* Tommy (Produced by and distributed on CBS)* FBI (Produced by and distributed on CBS)   FBI: Most Wanted (Produced by and distributed on CBS)* Madam Secretary (Produced by and distributed on CBS)   Blue Bloods (Produced by and distributed on CBS) Bull (Produced by and distributed on CBS)   God Friended Me (Produced by Warner Bros, distributed on CBS) The Good Fight (Produced by CBS, distributed on CBS All Access) Tell Me A Story (Produced by CBS, distributed on CBS All Access)   New Amsterdam (Produced by NBCU, distributed on NBC)   Law & Order SVU (Produced by NBCU, distributed on NBC) The Sinner (Produced by NBCU, distributed on USA) Mr. Robot (Produced by NBCU, distributed on USA) Manifest (Produced by Warner Bros, distributed on NBC) Blacklist (Produced by Sony, distributed on NBC) Blindspot (Produced by Warner Bros, distributed on NBC) Prodigal Son (Produced by Warner Bros, distributed on Fox)*   For Life (Produced by Sony, distributed on ABC)* Pose (Produced by Fox 21/Disney, distributed on FX) * indicates new series. 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, offers film, television and commercial productions and post production tax credits 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. For more information on filming in New York State or the Film Production and Post Production Tax Credit Programs, please visit www.NYSFilm.com.   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 NEW YORK,” 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: Adam Kilduff | [email protected] | (212) 803-3744 ESD Press Office | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313
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