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Tuesday, July 16, 2019 - 1:21pm
State Investment Complements “Southern Tier Soaring” - The Region’s Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy Empire State Development (ESD) today announced that athletic construction equipment manufacturer Sportsfield Specialties will expand operations in the Town of Delhi, Delaware County. The successful company will construct a 57,000 square-foot addition on to its current facility located on State Highway 10. As a result, Sportsfield Specialties will hire up to 20 additional employees over the next three years; 103 jobs will be retained at the plant thanks to New York State’s investment. Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, "Sportsfield Specialties is an industry leader and the company’s decision to expand in Delaware County will create new jobs and opportunity, reflecting New York State’s commitment to supporting and growing the economy in the Southern Tier.” Founded in 1998, Sportsfield Specialties is an industry leader in the manufacture and sale of sports construction equipment for the high school, college and professional levels of competition across the United States. The company’s featured products include Ultra Cross® Baseball Netting, WeatherScape™ Team Shelters, AdjustRight® Football Goal Posts, among other available equipment for a wide variety of sports. Sean Clark, President of Sportsfield Specialties said, “We greatly appreciate ESD’s support and are excited to have our latest expansion project underway. As a company we have long been committed to this area and frankly there is no place that we would rather be.” ESD is providing the company support for the expansion with a $500,000 Capital Grant; up to $300,000 is available through the Excelsior Jobs Program in exchange for job creation commitments. The total project cost has been placed at $8 million. Senator Jen Metzger said, "Back in December, I met with the owner of Sportsfield Specialties, Scott Clark, who grew up in Delhi and built his family's business into what it is today – a model of the type of corporate commitment to the community that we would like to see throughout the state. During my visit, I had the pleasure of touring the manufacturing facility, where more than 150 local people are employed to make high-quality, industry-leading sports equipment of all kinds and for all levels. A top innovator in the field, Sportsfield’s goal posts are used in 24 NFL stadiums across the country. With the help of this Capital Grant, provided by Empire State Development, Sportsfield Specialties will have the capacity to scale up their operations and bring more good-paying manufacturing and marketing jobs to the Delhi area. This is just the kind of economic development that we want to support and encourage in our rural communities." Assemblyman Brian Miller said, “This expansion is exciting news for Delhi and all of Delaware County. For more than 20 years, Sportsfield Specialties has demonstrated a commitment to these communities by creating good jobs, while also bringing national prominence to the area. The retention of more than 100 jobs and the creation of 20 more here in Delhi is just another example of the commitment and dedication demonstrated by Wayne Oliver and the team at Sportsfield Specialties. Congratulations, good luck and thank you for all you do for our community.” Delhi Village Mayor Richard Maxey said, “Sportsfield Specialties is a locally owned company that has grown tremendously employing individuals benefiting not only Delhi but all of Delaware County and beyond.  The Village of Delhi is very fortunate having the support of the Clark family.” For more information about Sportsfield Specialties, 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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Public Notice

Tuesday, July 16, 2019 - 11:00am
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Public Notice

Tuesday, July 16, 2019 - 10:00am
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Press Release

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 5:52pm
Campaign Aims to Bring Even More Visitors to the Region and Includes New I LOVE NY Ads for TV and Digital Platforms, a New Tourism Website and App, and Print Brochures - View the Ads Here and Here Campaign Programs Include the "Catskills Fire Tower Five Challenge" and "Hike with Us • Catskills" to Bring New and Seasoned Hikers to the Region Over $40 Million Invested since 2011 to Bring More Visitors to the Catskills Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a new three-pronged summer tourism campaign to bring even more visitors to the Catskills this season, following the successful 2016 Catskill Challenge and tourism campaign. The new "See the Catskills Like Never Before" campaign, announced at this year's 2019 Catskill Challenge, will include a new TV and online ad and other targeted marketing materials promoting the world-class tourism destinations and recreational opportunities in the Mid-Hudson region. The campaign's signature programs include the new Catskills Fire Tower Five Challenge, which will encourage experienced hikers to visit the region's five remaining fire towers, and Hike with Us • Catskills, which will be targeted to new hikers who want some guidance. Elected officials and community members, including Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, participated in this year's Catskill Challenge to showcase the many outdoor activities visitors can enjoy. Since taking office in 2011, Governor Cuomo has invested more than $40 million to increase tourism in the Catskills. "The Catskills have a very important role in the history of the State of New York and we want to expose more people to it," Governor Cuomo said. "One of the top economic engines in this state is tourism and we want to make it even stronger and we want to get the Catskills at the top of that list of places you have to visit to really understand the beauty of the State of New York. That's what the Catskill Challenge and this new tourism campaign and hiking program are all about, and we are going to continue investing to bring more visitors to this area than ever before." "The Catskills attracts visitors year-round, providing a significant boost for local businesses," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, who participated in this year's challenge. "Our new tourism campaign and programs will promote the Mid-Hudson region and encourage more individuals and families to visit and enjoy the Catskills. We know this is a surefire way to grow the tourism industry and the economy of Sullivan County and surrounding areas." Read the full press release here. 
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Press Release

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 10:13am
First-in-the-Nation Fund to Allocate Percentage of Film Tax Credits for Job Training and Workforce Development Fund to Provide More Than $1 Million Per Year to Foster Diversity and Workforce Readiness Across the Entertainment Industry Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the first-in-the-nation Empire State Entertainment Diversity Job Training Development Fund. Productions participating in the New York State Film Production and Post-Production Tax Credit Programs will see a small reduction in their tax credits that will be diverted into a fund for job training and workforce development across the entertainment industry. The fund was passed as part of an end-of-session comprehensive capital spending bill and will initially provide $1.05 million per year. "New York's strength is in its diversity, and we are always looking for ways to enhance it," Governor Cuomo said. "This first-in-the-nation program will provide new resources to propel us toward becoming the most inclusive entertainment industry in the country, while continuing to produce amazing film and TV productions." "Investing in workforce development is essential to provide individuals with the skills they need for jobs in industries across the state," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "This job training fund will provide workforce development opportunities in the entertainment fields to fill jobs in the growing industry. We are targeting resources to ensure training is available for jobs and to keep moving our economy forward." Read the full press release here. 
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Press Release

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - 1:10pm
Empire State Development (ESD) today announced that A Quiet Place Part II, the sequel to the original hit thriller directed by John Krasinski, has started production in Western New York. The film, which is produced by Paramount Pictures, is expected to hire over 400 people in the area and invest more than $10 million into the regional economy. Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, “Film productions stimulate economic growth and job creation in Upstate New York, and A Quiet Place Part II will continue the trend by creating 400 hires and investing over $10 million.” The production will shoot the film in Upstate New York, with approximately 35 days in Erie County, 10 days in Chautauqua County, two days in Dutchess County, and one day in Ulster County, booking over 10,000 hotel nights in the process. Approximately 300 background actors will work a total of 1,335 shoot days. Paramount Pictures President of Physical Production Lee Rosenthal said, “Paramount is thrilled to be returning to Buffalo, a city with ideal backdrops for this film as well as access to fantastic local partners and talented crew.” The film will be released by Paramount Pictures on March 20, 2020. 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 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. About Paramount Pictures Corporation Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment, is a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), a leading content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands. Paramount controls a collection of some of the most powerful brands in filmed entertainment, including Paramount Pictures, Paramount Animation, Paramount Television, and Paramount Players. PPC operations also include Paramount Home Media Distribution, Paramount Pictures International, Paramount Licensing Inc., and Paramount Studio Group. Contact: Adam Kilduff | [email protected] | (212) 803-3744 ESD Press Office | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313
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Press Release

Tuesday, July 9, 2019 - 12:51pm
Veteran-Owned Lodge-Style Hotel Adds Townhouse Rental Units to Complement Existing Lodging, Camping and Dining Options Photos Available Here Empire State Development (ESD) today announced the grand opening of the new Carriage House at the Woods Inn, a veteran-owned and operated hotel and campground located on the shores of Fourth Lake in the Town of Inlet, Hamilton County. The Carriage House offers four townhouse rental units, a handicapped-accessible unit and a wellness center in a renovated turn-of-the-century barn. The project was recommended for funding during Round VI of the Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) initiative, and furthers the North Country REDC's goal of increasing and improving lodging across the North Country to support tourism. ESD President, CEO and Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, "The Woods Inn has been welcoming visitors to the Adirondacks for more than a century, and the new accommodations will encourage even more families to come and experience the North Country's beauty and history." In developing the Carriage House Suites, The Woods Inn converted a former barn into one handicapped-accessible suite, complete with a kitchenette and two queen-sized beds, and four, two-story, two-bedroom townhouse rental units. The townhouse units, ranging from 900 square feet to 1,200 square feet, include kitchens and dining areas. The units feature traditional Adirondack furnishings and light pine woodwork, in a modern setting with amenities including high-speed Internet and propane fireplaces. A first-floor wellness center and adjoining lounge provide space for clinical and spa treatments, or can offer temporary overflow accommodations. The Woods Inn owners Charlie and Nancy Frey said, "Our decision to invest in the Carriage House Suites goes far beyond adding more accommodations to The Woods Inn boutique real estate portfolio. We firmly believe in something much simpler: the businesses, towns, counties, and Empire State Development’s vision for the future of tourism in the greater Adirondack region. We believe the family vacation is ever-evolving and wish to continue providing a beautiful Adirondack resort where families can dine in the Overlook Restaurant, listen to live music in the Laughing Loon Tavern, and sleep in one of our diverse accommodation options which now include the Carriage House Suites." The Woods Inn invested $870,000 to renovate, outfit and equip the townhouses. As part of this expansion, they have committed to creating three new jobs and retaining 16 full-time positions at the Inn. ESD has committed to providing a performance-based capital grant of up to $174,000. This funding was recommended as a priority project by the North Country Regional Economic Development Council (NCREDC) during Round VI of the Regional Council initiative. The project was also supported by a loan provided through the Development Authority of the North Country. NCREDC Co-Chairs James McKenna, Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism CEO, and Dr. Ty Stone, Jefferson Community College President, said, "We’re excited to celebrate the grand opening of the Carriage House Suites at The Woods Inn. Increasing lodging options in the North Country has been a Council priority, and the new units provide accessible and townhouse-style options for visitors looking to plan a trip and experience the beauty of the Adirondacks." The Woods Inn is also in the process of establishing a retail center on the adjacent property as part of this project. Once completed, The Inlet Outlet will serve as a marketplace and community trading post for residents from the town and neighboring communities with a special focus on regional foods, crafts and artisans. Senator Jim Tedisco said, "The new Carriage House Suites at Woods Inn in Inlet will offer visitors to the Adirondacks a new option, so they can stay overnight in beautiful Hamilton County and help grow tourism in the 49th Senate District. I want to thank the Governor and Empire State Development for approving a state grant to make this important economic development project possible which will create and retain 19 jobs in Hamilton County." Assembly Member Robert Smullen said, "By transforming a storage barn into the Carriage House Suites, the Freys are creating another unique lodging opportunity at The Woods Inn, located in the heart of the Adirondacks. I wish them continued success as they celebrate the opening of the Suites and thank Empire State Development for supporting this investment in the North Country." Hamilton County Board of Supervisors Chairman William Farber said, "The Woods Inn has been a vital partner to Hamilton County in our efforts to enhance lodging capacity within the area. Today’s announcement is great news, as the Carriage House Suites complement our efforts to pursue lodging opportunities in the North Country. I thank ESD and the North Country REDC for supporting this project." Inlet Town Supervisor John Frey said, "The Woods Inn has played a very important role in the history and heritage of Inlet, and the addition of the Carriage House Suites will ensure that more families have a place to stay and enjoy all our community has to offer for generations to come." The Woods Inn began as Hess Camp, built in 1894 by Fred Hess, who owned several other successful hotels in the area. Philo Wood, who managed two of the hotels, purchased Hess Camp around 1900 and renamed it The Wood Hotel. Wood tripled the number of rooms while adding cottages and platforms for tents. The Wood Hotel closed in the 1980s, but the property was purchased in the early 2000s, renovated and in 2004 reopened as The Woods Inn. Since current owners Charlie and Nancy Frey purchased the property in 2014, they have performed several upgrades and additions, including a new Lakeside cafe platform tent similar to the Inn’s popular Guide tents, a rebuilt Lakeview cottage that had been damaged by fire, and the addition of a permanent event pavilion. The Carriage House, built to 1914, was originally a storage barn and has played various roles in its more than 100-year history. When it was first constructed, the first floor operated as a fast food and ice cream stand, with a repair shop in the back. In the 1920s, the second floor served as a casino and dance hall with a bar, table games, a dance floor and bandstand, plus five rustic, finished rooms that provided accommodations for the music acts it hosted. 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:  Adam Ostrowski (ESD) | [email protected] | (518) 292-5148 | (800) 260-7313 Andy Frey (The Woods Inn) | [email protected] | (315) 375-WOOD (9663)
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Press Release

Monday, July 8, 2019 - 1:44pm
Station Renderings Available Here Releases New Analysis Showing Belmont Redevelopment Will Generate $725 Million in Annual Economic Output and Nearly $50 Million in New Public Revenue Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the transformational $1.26 billion Belmont Park Redevelopment Project will benefit from a full-time Long Island Rail Road train station, the first full-time LIRR station in nearly 50 years, helping mitigate traffic concerns and providing a new amenity to the Elmont community. In addition, Governor Cuomo released an analysis of the project's economic impact, which found the new arena, hotel and retail village will generate nearly $50 million in new public revenue per year and produce $725 million in annual economic output. "The Belmont project will help drive the region's economy forward while building the Islanders a state-of-the-art facility at home on Long Island, creating thousands of jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars in economic output along the way," Governor Cuomo said. "Now with the addition of the first full-time LIRR train station in almost 50 years, we will provide millions of visitors and fans a fast and affordable way to get there and continue New York's nation-leading investments in 21st century transportation infrastructure." "This new Long Island Rail Road train station in Elmont will transform the area, make commuting easier, and help to reduce traffic," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "The Belmont Redevelopment project, buoyed by a new full-time LIRR station, is expected to have a significant economic impact and projected to generate nearly $50 million in annual public revenue. This station will enhance quality of life for New Yorkers and revitalize the community, strengthening the overall economy of Long Island." Islanders Co-Owner Jon Ledecky said, "Today we celebrate with our loyal fans and we thank Governor Cuomo, the elected officials, and the community for their ongoing support. Next Stop: Belmont!" Read the full press release here. 
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