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Press Release

Monday, June 4, 2018 - 2:28pm
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the State University of New York is now accepting 2018 applications for the Carey Gabay Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship, now in its third year, is in honor of Carey Gabay, an attorney and public servant who was tragically killed as an innocent victim of gun violence in 2015. This program provides full scholarships to five incoming SUNY students who exemplify Carey's commitment to social justice, leadership, and mentoring, as well as his personal story of succeeding academically despite having an economically disadvantaged background. "Carey exemplified what it truly means to be a public servant, putting others before himself and striving to make a difference in his community and beyond," Governor Cuomo said. "Through this scholarship, his legacy will live on by empowering young, talented individuals just like Carey to achieve their goals and create a better New York for all." Carey grew up living in public housing and attending public school in the Bronx. After a successful high school career, he went on to graduate from Harvard University and Harvard Law School. He had a longstanding commitment to public service and giving back to those around him, and while at Harvard University, he ran to become the president of his undergraduate student body. In recent years, he worked tirelessly in public service, first as an Assistant Counsel to Governor Cuomo and later as First Deputy Counsel for the Empire State Development Corporation. Read the full press release here.
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Blog Post

Monday, June 4, 2018 - 11:05am
Cybersecurity has become a priority for many companies, government entities and consumers—and for good reason. In a hyper-connected world where computers, mobile devices, wearables, vehicles and even household appliances are connected to the internet, there are more ways than ever for private information to fall into the wrong hands. And with data breaches grabbing headlines on a regular basis, anyone who conducts online transactions should be aware of the risks around the safety and privacy of their information. Those issues have fueled a growing industry in New York State, now ranked the #3 U.S. market for cybersecurity jobs, with New York City in second place, according to LinkedIn data. And 26 of the top 500 cybersecurity companies in the world are located in New York State. New York’s leadership in cybersecurity, reflected in Governor Cuomo’s ongoing   initiatives to establish secure systems and practices, is also highlighted in this month’s 21st Annual New York State Cyber Security Conference and 13th Annual Symposium on Information Assurance (ASIA), set for June 5-6 in Albany.
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Report

Friday, June 1, 2018 - 3:45pm
This annual report highlights the Entrepreneurial Assistance Program's efforts and progress for the 2016 EAP contract year, from June 1, 2016 to May 31, 2017. Entrepreneurial Assistance Program Annual Report: 2016-17 
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Press Release

Friday, June 1, 2018 - 2:54pm
Empire State Development (ESD) today announced that Drumlin Field Ventures will establish a field-to-glass brandy distillery and tasting room on 182-acres of property in Claverack, Columbia County. The company plans to produce apple and grape brandies using fruit from trees and vines planted on the property. The project is expected to create 25 new jobs. ESD President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, "Drumlin Field's new distillery and tasting room is a great example of the investments being made by New York State's craft beverage producers that are creating jobs, supporting our farms, welcoming tourists and growing our regional economies." Drumlin Field will establish a brandy distillery on the property that uses traditional French methods complemented by American technology and innovation. Grapes and apples grown on the premises will be crushed, fermented into wine and cider, then distilled and aged to produce an ultra-premium New York State brandy. The company plans to offer direct spirits sales at the distillery and regional farmers markets, as well as through distributors outside the immediate region. Drumlin Field President John Frishkopf said, "We chose a site which falls within an agricultural district and qualifies as a start-up farm, and we were happy to find so much support for agribusiness and craft spirits production in New York State. The local climate and conditions are ideal for growing fruit for brandy production, and the Claverack property provides a stunning location for the tasting room. We thank the team at Empire State Development for their assistance, and we are excited to bring new jobs to the region." The company has committed to invest more than $6.3 million in property, construction, equipment and design costs. ESD has agreed to provide up to $400,000 in performance-based Excelsior Jobs Program Tax Credits for the creation of 25 jobs. The company believes most of the jobs can be filled locally within Columbia County. The project was recently approved by the Town of Claverack Planning Board, and construction is expected to begin this summer. Initial orchard and vine planting is scheduled for 2019. Drumlin Field plans to contract local and regional growers to provide the fruit for the initial distilling operations while the company’s orchards and vineyards mature. They will also supplement future fruit-growing operations. Drumlin Field is currently evaluating apple cultivars for the orchard, with interest in American heirloom apples, as well as traditional English and French cider varieties State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball said, "Drumlin Field's commitment to source its ingredients from local growers and invest in its own orchards and vineyards will provide a marked boost to the region's agricultural and tourism economies. Since the Governor's initial support of the craft beverage industry at the very first summit, there's been no sign that the growing demand for farm-based craft beverages is slowing down.  With more consumers looking for unique, local products than ever before, Drumlin Field is a great addition to New York's award-winning craft distilling community." State Liquor Authority Chairman Vincent Bradley said, "Thanks to the policies implemented under Governor Cuomo, it has become easier and less expensive for startup craft manufacturing businesses to open and thrive in New York State. Drumlin Field Ventures exemplifies the State’s booming craft industry, where manufacturers are using locally grown products, creating jobs and spurring economic development." Since Governor Andrew M. Cuomo hosted the state's first Beer, Wine, Spirits and Cider Summit in 2012, New York State has experienced unprecedented growth in craft distilling. New York is now home to 156 craft distilleries, with more than 100 new distilleries opening since 2012. Additionally, there are 128 farm distilleries in the State, a more than 350 percent increase from 28 in 2012. Drumlin Field Ventures is a Boston-based private firm established to invest in value-add agribusiness, initially focused on this field-to-glass fruit brandy farm distillery. Longer-term, the company plans to be active in related sectors such as heirloom apple production and in the application of precision agriculture. Assemblymember Didi Barrett said, "This exciting announcement of Drumlin Field Ventures' brandy distillery coming to Columbia County is great news on many fronts, from creating jobs to increased tourism to using locally sourced apples and grapes. The premier spirits Drumlin Field will be making adds a new element to our region’s booming cider and craft beverage industry. Drumlin Field is sure to be a sought-after destination on the growing Hudson Valley beverage trail." Columbia County Board of Supervisors Chair Matt Murrell said, "Drumlin Field's decision to establish their distillery in Columbia County is great news for our residents. This project will create jobs while supporting our local farmers and fruit producers. Our thanks to ESD for helping to bring this project to our community." Claverack Town Supervisor Clifford "Kippy" Weigelt said, "This is a great project for our area, furthering the growing craft beverage industry. We are happy to provide support for any businesses establishing, growing and expanding in Claverack, and we look forward to the world-class products from Drumlin Field." About Empire State Development         Empire State Development 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, please visit www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov and www.esd.ny.gov.   Contacts: Adam Ostrowski (ESD) | adam.ostrowski@esd.ny.gov | (518) 292-5148 ESD Press Office | pressoffice@esd.ny.gov | (800) 260-7313
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Report

Thursday, May 31, 2018 - 12:33pm
The Excelsior Jobs Program provides job creation and investment incentives to firms in targeted industries in order to encourage businesses to expand in and relocate to New York while maintaining strict accountability standards to guarantee that businesses deliver on job and investment commitments. Below please find the quarterly program report for 3/31/2018. 3/31/2018: EXCELSIOR JOBS PROGRAM - Quarterly Report CHART A - EXCELSIOR JOBS PROGRAM QUARTERLY REPORT - Businesses Admitted To Program CHART B - EXCELSIOR JOBS PROGRAM QUARTERLY REPORT - Businesses Issued Credits- Tax Year 2012  CHART C - EXCELSIOR JOBS PROGRAM QUARTERLY REPORT - Businesses Issued Credits- Tax Year 2013 CHART D - EXCELSIOR JOBS PROGRAM QUARTERLY REPORT - Businesses Issued Credits- Tax Year 2014  CHART E - EXCELSIOR JOBS PROGRAM QUARTERLY REPORT - Businesses Issued Credits- Tax Year 2015 CHART F - EXCELSIOR JOBS PROGRAM QUARTERLY REPORT - Businesses Issued Credits- Tax Year 2016
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Press Release

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 - 5:07pm
Announces Record-Breaking Statewide Tourism Visitation and Direct Visitor Spending Figures for 2017  Project Complements "Finger Lakes Forward" - The Region's Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the official grand opening of the new Finger Lakes Welcome Center on the shore of Seneca Lake in Geneva, Ontario County. As part of today's announcement, Governor Cuomo also announced in 2017 New York welcomed 243.8 million visitors, who generated $67.7 billion in direct spending, breaking previous tourism records. The Finger Lakes Welcome Center furthers the Governor's commitment to statewide tourism by promoting local attractions and regional food and beverage producers, including the Finger Lakes' award-winning wines. New York Kitchen, formerly the New York Wine and Culinary Center, will operate the Welcome Center. "The Finger Lakes are one of New York's greatest treasures, and the new welcome center in Geneva celebrates the region's rich culture and heritage and encourages visitors to explore the world-class attractions," Governor Cuomo said. "Tourism is vital to regional economies across the state, and our new visitor and spending records are proof positive of the success of our investments." Read the full press release here. 
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Press Release

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 - 10:25am
See site plan and images here (historic photographs are property of University at Buffalo Archives) Empire State Development (ESD) and the Martin House today announced that work has begun to restore the extensive Frank Lloyd Wright-designed landscape on the grounds of the Darwin D. Martin House estate in Buffalo.  Funded primarily by Buffalo Billion Phase 2, this final component is part of the overall restoration effort which has spanned more than two decades and seen a $50 million investment in this National Historic Landmark and New York State Historic Site.  Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul was on hand today with Martin House representatives to ceremonially break ground on the historic landscape restoration project. See site plan and images here (historic photographs are property of University at Buffalo Archives). “This historic landscape restoration project enhances the incredible architecture and distinct character of the Darwin Martin Estate in Buffalo’s Parkside neighborhood,” said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. “The improvements to the grounds and buildings will elevate the experience at one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s greatest engineering achievements. With projects like this, the Buffalo Billion continues to invest in attractions that provide local residents and visitors from around the country an opportunity to explore the treasured landmarks and hidden gems that are truly unique to our city.” “With a fully restored landscape surrounding our National Historic Landmark, the Martin House will take its place at the heart of this heritage of great American architecture that is Buffalo’s trademark,” said Martin House Board President Keith Stolzenburg. “Phase 2 of the Buffalo Billion will allow the final landscaping to complete the restoration of the Darwin Martin House, Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural treasure and a Buffalo landmark that will ensure visitors to the city for decades to come,” said Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky. The historic landscape of the Martin House is a significant example of the intertwined design relationship between architecture and landscape and represents an important contributing feature to the overall significance of the 1.5-acre estate. Wright created homes in harmony with nature.  He developed an integrated design approach unifying buildings, their interior decorative elements and exterior landscape in an organic style deriving inspiration from the natural world.  Coining the term “organic architecture,” Wright’s concepts were a dramatic shift in design from the traditional houses of the day.   Wright envisioned buildings as a bridge to the natural world, blurring the lines between interior and exterior spaces, and creating “rooms” in outdoor settings.  The Martin landscape plan combined formal aspects of the English Garden tradition and informal landscape elements more akin to Frederick Law Olmsted’s naturalistic approach to landscape design; a nod to the site’s context in Olmsted’s planned Parkside community.  Wright arranged the Martin House plan to frame the trees and gardens beyond the walls and windows, each space open to view outside, artfully giving landscape features a presence within.  Gardens took on the character of outdoor rooms, framed and formed by the patterns of the interior plan. Darwin and Isabelle Martin’s fondness for the gardens transcended three decades during which time they nurtured and maintained Wright’s design. Scheduled for completion this fall, landscape elements to be created include: Restoration of the visual and spatial relationships between the site’s architectural and landscape features. Recreation of the floricycle, the most intricately designed element of Wright’s plan which was aided by his apprentice Walter Burley Griffin. Replacement of vegetative screening elements; naturalistic shrub massing’s; selected ornamental flowering shrub focal points; vine trellises; urn, fountain, and box plantings; and perennial gardens. Reinstallation of the English border gardens that flanked the pergola, contrasting the more naturalistic plantings that defined the boundaries of the historic property. Redefinition of the outdoor “rooms” and architectonic garden elements conceived by Wright and Griffin. Preservation of the mature Copper beech tree—one of only two remaining vegetative features from the historic period. Replacement of trees at historic locations on the property, as well as the return of street trees along the borders of Jewett Parkway and Summit Avenue in conjunction with the City of Buffalo. Planned improvements also include site lighting, wayfinding and a courtyard / café area.   The restored landscape will be a new source of education programs and interpretation for tours, community events and dialogues about the importance of nature and design in everyday life. The total estimated cost of this ambitious restoration project is $50 million, which includes design and construction of a visitor center – the Eleanor and Wilson Greatbatch Pavilion – an award-winning building adjacent to the historic site. The restoration effort was supported by $24 million in funding from New York State, beginning in 1993. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo closed the gap on capital funding as part of a recent $5 million commitment included Buffalo Billion II awards. Those final funds will be used primarily to rehabilitate the historic landscape and to preserve the Barton House, a secondary residence on the estate. New York State Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey said, “Completion of the Darwin Martin House landscape will most certainly be the impetus that accentuates this must-see destination.  Thank you, Governor Cuomo, Legislators and our partners for your continuous and unrelenting support of our historic sites that educate and promote New York States’ history.” Bayer Landscape Architecture Principal Mark H. Bayer said, “The landscape rehabilitation project at the Darwin Martin House will bring dramatic changes to the property. For the first time in over 80 years, one will be able to again experience the vision that Frank Lloyd Wright and the Martins shared for this special place – where the house and landscape were conceived as one.” Martin House Executive Director Mary Roberts said, “We are so very grateful to New York State and its’ leadership for their investment in the Martin House and the economic promise it represents.  If you are a citizen of New York, and aware of what we are doing at the Martin House, you should be very proud.”     Martin House Horticulturist Nellie Gardner said, “The installation of the historic landscape will enhance the visitor experience exponentially as the architecture was designed to be integrated with Nature.” Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy Executive Director Stephanie Crockett said, “The Conservancy commends this outstanding effort to restore a historic landscape. We are so proud of the Martin House as a signature feature in Parkside - one of the few Olmsted designed neighborhoods in the country.” Located on a 1.5-acre site in the historic Parkside neighborhood, the 15,000-square foot Martin House has been exquisitely restored to its condition of 1907, with extensive original Wright furnishings as well as elaborate built-in cabinetry and wood trim. Three structures attached to the Martin House, an open-air pergola, a conservatory and carriage house that were demolished in the 1960’s to make way for an apartment complex, were reconstructed in recent years, also funded in part by New York State.  City of Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown said, “I thank Governor Andrew Cuomo for his continued commitment to our City through Phase 2 of his Buffalo Billion initiative.  The Darwin Martin House is a jewel in our community, and the State’s $50 million investment will ensure that our residents and visitors will still be able to tour and enjoy this National Historic Landmark and New York State Historic site for years to come.” Congressman Brian Higgins said, “The Darwin Martin House has undergone an incredible restoration and the new historically designed landscape will serve to further complement this architectural masterpiece in Frank Lloyd Wright’s vision.” Senator Chris Jacobs said, “The Darwin Martin House is one of the jewels of Buffalo and Western New York's rich architectural history.  The completion of the historic landscape work will be an outstanding addition to this important piece of our architectural tourism industry.” Assemblywoman Crystal D. Peoples-Stokes said, “The Darwin Martin House is an iconic regional attraction. With over $50 million already invested in its redevelopment, the landscaping is the last and final touch towards 100% completion. I applaud the Governor, the Martin House Restoration Corporation, local foundations and my colleagues in government for helping to restore this structure to its current state of significance and magnificence.” About Frank Lloyd Wright (American, 1867-1959) Frank Lloyd Wright is internationally recognized as one of the most important figures in 20th century architecture and design.  His genius is marked by his vision to create a new form of American architecture based on the open landscape of the Midwestern Prairie.  Wright redefined traditional concepts of space by physically and spiritually connecting the built environment to the natural world.  He is best known for his “Prairie style” homes, efficient office buildings, and innovative furniture and decorative designs. About the Martin House The Martin House, designed and built from 1903-05, is considered by Wright scholars to be a significant turning point in the evolution of the Prairie house concept.  The original complex consisted of the main Martin House, pergola, conservatory and carriage house, the Barton House and a gardener’s cottage, totaling nearly 32,000 square feet.  Wright called the Martin House his “opus,” and had plans tacked above his drafting board for decades.  Reconstruction of the pergola, conservatory and carriage house was completed in early 2007 in the most ambitious restoration of demolished Wright buildings ever undertaken. The Martin House Restoration Corporation is a New York not-for-profit corporation founded in 1992.  It has a 30-member board of directors and approximately 400 active volunteers.  The historic Martin House site is open for tours year-round.  More information about this Nation Historic Landmark, including tour information, can be found at www.martinhouse.org. Contact: Mary Roberts (Martin House) | mroberts@martinhouse.org | 716-856-3858, ext. 202 Caitlin Deibel (Martin House) | cdeibel@martinhouse.org | (716) 856-3858, ext. 211 Pamm Lent (Governor’s Office) | pamm.lent@esd.ny.gov | (716) 846-8309 Laura Magee (ESD) | laura.magee@esd.ny.gov | (716) 846-8239
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Press Release

Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 4:39pm
Governor Cuomo today announced the formation of the Empire Discovery Institute, EDI, - a groundbreaking partnership of three premier academic, research and clinical institutions that will leverage academic and industry resources and expertise to accelerate life science research through early-phase drug development. EDI will expedite the pathway toward successful licensing and commercialization of early drug discovery research, creating new revenue, new companies and new jobs, while capitalizing on New York's leadership as a vibrant life science cluster and hub for early-stage discovery. "New York is home to world-leading institutions producing cutting-edge research, advancements, and breakthroughs in human health," Governor Cuomo said. "The Empire Discovery Institute will harness New York's wealth of academic capital and provide the resources needed to bring life-changing discoveries out of the lab and into the economy, generating new jobs, new companies and new investments in the growing life sciences sector." The Empire Discovery Institute is a not-for-profit drug discovery and development collaborative formed by the University of Rochester, University at Buffalo, and Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, each located in Upstate New York. Together, these leading institutions boast a diverse and robust scientific development portfolio concentrated in neuroscience, musculoskeletal research, infectious disease, immunology and oncology. EDI will improve the efficiency of early stage discovery research by bringing to this portfolio the tools and expertise necessary to convert the highest potential research to commercial opportunities and patentable products, enhancing their potential to become life-saving medicines.   Read the full press release here.
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Blog Post

Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 12:18pm
Say so long to that impersonal, crumb-filled table at the busy neighborhood coffee shop. Co-working spaces designed for business and collaboration are fueling startup innovation Upstate.   While co-working spaces cater to a range of freelancers and other “solopreneurs,” they also offer startups an advantage, matching like-minded entrepreneurs with technological and community resources unavailable in noisy coffee shops or isolated home offices. In New York State’s Capital Region, co-working spaces are attracting young companies eager to leapfrog the huge overhead costs of leasing traditional office space and gain access to incubator-class experts, shared multimedia conference space and networking on a regular basis. While the ongoing events and business-class digs and services draw members, it’s the rooms full of equally motivated entrepreneurs chasing a similar goal that keeps them there. Here are some of the co-working spaces—and the startups they’ve launched—defining this trend worth watching. Two additional co-working spaces, scheduled to open this year in Albany, will give area startups even more options. Troy Innovation Garage Once a showroom for selling Pierce-Arrow cars in the 1920s and 30s, this 14,000-square-foot loft-like space in downtown Troy currently houses some 80+ members and accounts for more than $4 million of the region’s wages. Celebrating its one-year anniversary in March, the Garage regularly hosts business lectures, networking events, presentations and even product design exhibits. Startup members can tap into a host of on-site amenities at the space, not to mention the Garage’s Spark Exchange incubator and its co-sponsor Innovate 518, one of New York’s designated Innovation Hot Spots that is a joint effort between SUNY Albany, RPI and the Center for Economic Growth. Simplecast, a startup based at the Garage, recently attracted $1 million in venture capital to further develop its subscription-based podcasting and analytics tool. Simplecast’s Recast, an embeddable audio player, lets anyone, not just podcast producers, share custom audiograms of their favorite casts on social media. Capital District Digital, a full-service marketing agency offers enterprise-class Web design priced for small business owners like themselves. After joining the Garage in early 2018, they’ve saved on overhead costs and found a community of like-minded entrepreneurs. BEAHIVE Albany The downtown Albany co-working space was the third “Hive” to open in March 2012. Some 23 members include Dan Fitzgerald, who previously worked at two software startups and helped develop and build a wind farm in northern New York. Fitzgerald saw a growing need to help the state's electric grid respond faster to fluctuations in electricity supply as more renewable sources enter the supply chain. Fitzgerald works with Jeff Bishop’s startup, Key Capture Energy, to regularly identify, prospect, develop and deploy utility-scale battery storage projects, including one that could power as many as 50,000 homes. Member John Doran is using the co-working space to launch PlugIn Stations Online, a startup that is mobilizing the effort to bring ChargePoint electric vehicle charging stations to locations across New York State. Cities, towns, villages, counties, colleges, hotels and major corporations have already used the startup to give their residents, students, employees and guests access to EV charging stations. A map of the startup’s customers throughout the state is a clear indicator that electric vehicle use  is gaining traction.
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