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Board Meeting

Monday, February 24, 2020 - 2:00pm
With videoconferencing to: Empire State Development – Buffalo Office 95 Perry Street – Suite 500 Buffalo, NY 14203
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Blog Post

Friday, February 21, 2020 - 11:05am
** The March GDC has been postponed. Please visit the GDC conference website for details and updates: https://www.gdconf.com/ ** New York State’s got game. So much so, that at the digital game development industry’s premier industry event in San Francisco from March 16-20, New York will be the first state in the country to lead a statewide pavilion at the 2020 Game Developers Conference (GDC). The pavilion showcases the growth of game development across New York State--home to top companies and iconic games—and to top-ranked university game development programs that are creating a pipeline of industry talent.  Visitors to the New York State pavilion are in for more than a few surprises and some hands-on experiences that highlight all that’s happening in the state’s thriving game development scene. Here are five fantastic things to check out at Booth #N2417:   Get in the game: New York State is home to 10% of the top 50 digital game development undergraduate programs in the U.S.  and some of those top schools will be at the GDC. New York University (NYU), the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)—the state’s university-based Digital Game Development Centers—along with Marist College and SUNY Polytechnic Institute, will showcase their top-ranked game development programs with live demos of games they’ve developed, featuring everything from cats and catacombs to oceans and dungeons—for pavilion visitors to watch and play.   Get ahead of the curve: New York State is home to the nation’s fourth-largest number of video game companies. And the state’s GDC program will be packed with industry programming at the New York pavilion’s presentation space, where visitors can take a seat to hear about the industry in New York State—from representatives of companies, schools, accelerators and regional economic development organizations fueling game development’s growth—and experience game development in action. Get a lay of the land: New York State isn’t just New York City – and while many games are being developed in New York City, pavilion partner EDOs the Center for Economic Growth and Greater Rochester Enterprise, along with many of the top game development schools, will also be on hand to represent and detail the thriving Upstate game culture and industry which stretches to the Mid-Hudson, Capital Region and Finger Lakes regions and beyond.   Get down to business: Representatives of digital gaming companies will also be available throughout the conference to meet one-on-one with pavilion visitors to talk about opportunities for doing business, and finding success, in New York State.   Representatives from Empire State Development, the state’s chief economic development agency, will be on hand to discuss how to help relocate or expand your business in New York State. Get some bragging rights: Visitors will see lots of familiar faces on display at the New York State Pavilion – images from iconic games from Grand Theft Auto to Crash Bandicoot. That’s because these games, along with many others, are among the many that were created in New York State. Come see if you can name them all!  Want to learn more about how New York State can help your digital gaming company succeed? Contact our industry experts at [email protected]
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Board Meeting

Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 11:30am
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Board Meeting

Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 9:30am
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Press Release

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 1:30pm
Governor Cuomo Announces Groundbreaking of $44 Million Nexus Center in Downtown Utica World-Class Recreation and Sporting Complex Will Serve as a Premier Tournament-Based Facility for Ice Hockey, Box Lacrosse, Soccer and Other Field Sports New Complex Will Draw Sports Teams from Throughout the Northeast to the Mohawk Valley Region and is Projected to Attract More Than 320,000 Annual Visitors Who Will Spend More Than $26 Million Project is Key Component of Mohawk Valley's Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy Outdoor Winter Festival Will Be Held at Griffiss Business and Technology Park in December 2020 to Coincide with Grand Opening of the Nexus Center Renderings of the New Nexus Center are Available Here Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the groundbreaking of the $44 million Nexus Center in downtown Utica. The 169,440-square-foot tournament-based recreation and sporting complex will be utilized primarily for ice hockey, box lacrosse, soccer and other field sports, and will draw competitive youth teams from across the U.S. and Canada. The Nexus Center is projected to host 24 hockey and 24 lacrosse tournaments each year and is projected to see more than 320,000 annual visitors who will spend more than $26 million a year during their stay in the Mohawk Valley Region. The project is expected to be completed by December 2020. "The Nexus Center is a key component of our bold vision to generate economic growth in Utica and the entire Mohawk Valley by boosting tourism and creating more opportunities for New Yorkers," Governor Cuomo said. "This exciting milestone puts us one step closer to transforming downtown Utica into a world-class destination for visitors from all over the country and the globe." The Governor also announced an outdoor winter festival will be held at Griffiss Business and Technology Park in December 2020 to support state and regional tourism marketing initiatives. The Winter Festival, which commemorates the Park's 25th anniversary, will coincide with the grand opening of the Nexus Center and will host the first ever Major Arena Soccer League outdoor game featuring Utica City FC. Mohawk Valley Garden will also erect a portable, state-of-the-art ice rink at Building 100 at Griffiss Park that will the first ever outdoor American Hockey League game between the Utica Comets and the Syracuse Crunch on February 13, 2021. Read the full press release here.
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Press Release

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 11:30am
ReCharge NY and Empire State Development Support Approximately 240 Jobs at Anchor Glass Facility in Elmira Investment Complements "Southern Tier Soaring," The Region's Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy View Video of the Completed Expansion at Anchor Glass Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that Anchor Glass has completed a $51 million expansion of its facility in Elmira, Chemung County. The expansion was made possible through the support of the Governor's ReCharge NY program, which provides qualifying businesses and nonprofits with lower energy costs in exchange for commitments to retain or create jobs in New York, and the Southern Tier Soaring Upstate Revitalization Initiative. "Our approach to economic development is working for the Southern Tier - jobs are up, unemployment is down, and local companies like Anchor Glass are making major investments that ensure they can continue to compete and succeed in today's global economy," Governor Cuomo said. "This expansion and partnership with the State is the latest example of our improved business climate and I look forward to seeing the company continue to grow and create jobs in Upstate New York." "New York has been a longtime partner to Anchor Glass, with low-cost power through NYPA's ReCharge NY program and grant funding from Empire State Development," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "The success of Anchor Glass is a shining example of the positive results public-private partnerships are having on the state's economy and a demonstration of our commitment to supporting great businesses across New York State." Read the full press release here
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Press Release

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - 2:30pm
New York Nears Goal of 30% Contracting Rate with Minority and Women-Owned Businesses Expos in Western New York, Southern Tier, Mohawk Valley and Long Island Will Provide Information and Resources to Help MWBEs Compete for State Contracts Click Here For More Information Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the 2020 Regional MWBE Opportunities Expo Series to connect Minority and Women-Owned Businesses and Enterprises with State agencies, expert resources and information on State projects, and tools to access State contracting opportunities. The series of four expos will kick off on Long Island on March 20, with Western New York, the Southern Tier and Mohawk Valley regions also hosting informational events. The 2020 Regional MWBE Opportunities Expos Series launches just months after Governor Cuomo announced the statewide MWBE utilization rate reached 29.13% in Fiscal Year 2018-2019. "New York's diversity is our strength and by empowering minority and women-owned businesses, we make the state more innovative, more competitive and more successful," Governor Cuomo said. "This administration's efforts to level the playing field for MWBE firms are unmatched and have resulted in a nation-leading utilization rate that reflects the incredible success we've seen from our programs. I strongly encourage eligible businesses from across the state to attend these expos and learn more about how we can help them succeed." Read the full press release here
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Press Release

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - 1:49pm
Leading Flexible Packaging Manufacturer Will Build 25,000-Square-Foot Addition to Facility in the Town of Ogden; Will Hire up to 40 New Employees Investment Complements “Finger Lakes Forward” – The Region’s Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy Empire State Development (ESD) today announced that leading flexible packaging manufacturer ProAmpac will expand its existing facility to establish an innovation center in the Town of Ogden, Monroe County. The company will build a 25,000- square-foot addition to its facility on Manitou Road in the Town of Ogden. Because of the expansion, ProAmpac plans to hire up to 40 new employees. The innovation center will focus on packaging development and design and will also host regional and global consumer packaged goods companies and vendors for events and training.  ProAmpac had considered building the innovation center out of state but chose to expand at its current location thanks to the support from New York State. "ProAmpac’s decision to expand in Monroe County is proof-positive that we are attracting 21st century companies that are fueling the economic momentum helping to move the Finger Lakes forward," said Empire State Development Acting Commissioner and President & CEO-designate Eric Gertler. “This expansion will boost the local manufacturing sector, provide jobs strengthening the regional economy and support a more sustainable community for years to come." ProAmpac is a leading manufacturer of flexible packaging with 27 locations throughout the U.S. and Canada. The global flexible packaging company brings brand owners and packaging experts together to accelerate advanced technology and increase speed-to-market, package customization and consumer differentiation. The company manufactures innovative and sustainable packing for customers in the food and beverage, health and beauty, lawn and garden, pet, retail and secure packaging industries. ProAmpac CEO Greg Tucker said, “This expansion of our new Collaboration & Innovation Center (CIC) solidifies ProAmpac’s commitment to our customers. The growth of our Design and Sample Lab (DASL), analytical testing lab and additional new equipment offer opportunities for new product innovations and additional sustainability offerings in the future. By solidifying our collaboration with the State of New York, ProAmpac is committed to creating jobs that will further expand our offerings in flexible packaging.” ESD is assisting ProAmpac’s innovation center project with up to $1.35 million through a capital grant and through the Excelsior Jobs Program in exchange for job creation commitments. Monroe County and Greater Rochester Enterprise are also assisting the company. ProAmpac expects the almost $8 million project to be completed by June 2021. State Senator Rob Ortt said, “It is great to see an employer like ProAmpac making this commitment to Monroe County and New York State. This will not only help create new jobs, but it will also create a venue for industry professionals from outside our region to visit and better their craft. By constructing a facility that will double as a training and industry event center, we will increase foot traffic to our area and help stimulate our surrounding economy.”  State Assemblyman Peter Lawrence said, “Today’s announcement is another great example of how we are retaining our workforce and cultivating new growth in a competitive industry. I would like to thank my partners in government for providing the resources and support to ProAmpac in their continued investment to our community.” Monroe County Executive Adam Bello said, “We are thrilled that ProAmpac is choosing to grow its innovative manufacturing facility right here, bringing the kinds of jobs and investment we need to build a brighter future for Monroe County. Greater Rochester Enterprise President & CEO Matt Hurlbut said, “ProAmpac leaders’ decision to establish their corporate innovation center here underscores the depth and breadth of packaging expertise, talent, and connectivity to R&D resources available in the Greater Rochester, N.Y., region.” For additional information regarding ProAmpac, click here. 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. 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 Rochester, Batavia and Canandaigua as a destination to grow and invest in. 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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Public Notice

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - 1:30pm
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Press Release

Friday, February 14, 2020 - 4:19pm
Congers Facility to Create 21 New Jobs 130-year-old New York Company Supported by Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council Empire State Development (ESD) today announced that Star Kay White, a flavor base and extract manufacturing company that has been in business in New York since 1890, has completed a new facility and renovations in Congers, Rockland County. The company will create 21 new jobs in the new facility while retaining 118 existing jobs. This project was supported by the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council (MHREDC). Today is the company’s 130th anniversary. Empire State Development Acting Commissioner and President & CEO-designate Eric Gertler said, “Star Kay White has had a ‘star’-ring role as a business leader and local economic engine throughout its incredible 130-year history in New York State, and we’re proud to be a part of the company’s latest expansion as it continues to add to the Mid-Hudson’s economy and provide advanced manufacturing work for New Yorkers.” To encourage the company to expand in New York, ESD offered up to $350,000 in Excelsior Jobs Program tax credits. Star Kay White also received $2.25 million from the MHREDC for this project in 2016. The project upgraded the company’s infrastructure, technology and equipment, making its manufacturing processes more efficient and better able to meet customer needs. Star Kay White President Benjamin Katzenstein said, “Star Kay White is proud to be a fifth-generation family owned company that has always been in New York. Originally in lower Manhattan, from 1890 to 1928, then in the Bronx from 1929 to 1984, Star Kay White made a new home in Congers in 1984. We’ve grown tenfold since then. We love the community and we love what we do: “Making the Stuff That Makes Ice Cream Taste Great Since 1890.” Star Kay White was founded in Manhattan and later operated a factory in the Bronx before moving to Congers in 1984. The company’s footprint in Congers has since expanded several times. The company has been run by the same family, the Katzensteins, since it was founded. Today, the fifth generation of Katzensteins works at Star Kay White. “Star Kay White has been loyal to New York State for more than a century, and we are happy to see the company continue to innovate, expand and hire more people,” said Donald Christian, co-chair of the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council and president of SUNY New Paltz. “The MHREDC supports homegrown companies that hire New Yorkers, generate economic growth and give back to their communities. Star Kay White’s latest expansion certainly fits the bill and will contribute to the Mid-Hudson region’s continued economic success.” Senator David Carlucci said, “We need to attract companies to the Hudson Valley who create good paying jobs, if we want to help rebuild the middle class. I am proud to support the State’s efforts to invest in Rockland’s Star Kay White manufacturing company. The company will benefit our local economy and attract new economic development.” Assemblyman Kenneth P. Zebrowski said, “Star Kay White has been in New York State for over a century now and has called Rockland home for almost 40 years. This new facility results in the creation of over 20 new jobs and will continue to strengthen our regional and local economic growth. The State’s support of family run businesses like Star Kay White is a testament to generations of success and I am thankful for their investment and continued growth in our community." Rockland County Executive Ed Day said, “Star Kay White has been a fixture of Rockland County for over 30 years, and I am thrilled to see them continue to invest in our community. Fostering expansion and job creation is the proper role of government and I am thankful for the team effort that led to this much needed infrastructure upgrade that will lead their company into the future.” Clarkstown Supervisor George Hoehmann said, "Clarkstown is honored to have Star Kay White, a longtime family owned, worldwide producer of ice cream flavors and other confections located right here in Congers. Star Kay White is a true example of the American Dream with the Katzenstein's having immigrated from Germany, starting a business, and continuing to operate within the family for 5 generations. They are an important part of the economic engine that drives our Town.  We wish Star Kay White many more years of success in the Town of Clarkstown."   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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