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Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 12:06pm
Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation, New York State Parks and Be Our Guest Inc. today announced their exciting schedule for the Fourth of July on Buffalo’s waterfront. The free Independence Day events will culminate with the Official City of Buffalo Fireworks display lighting the sky at 10 p.m. with prime viewing from Canalside, Wilkeson Pointe, Lakeside Complex and Buffalo Harbor State Park.  The holiday will be especially exciting this year with the Basil Port of Call Buffalo’s majestic parade of 12 historic tall ships, which will start at the Outer Harbor. The ships will be docked in the Buffalo River along Canalside and Erie Basin Marina. “Buffalo’s waterfront is the best place to gather with family and friends and celebrate the Independence Day holiday,” said Erie Canal Harbor Development Chairman Robert Gioia.  “Whether you’re coming down for the Basil Port of Call Buffalo, to see fireworks, hear some music or to relax by the water, it’s a great day to be patriotic and have fun.” “The City of Buffalo’s waterfront is definitely the place to be this Fourth of July. This is a great opportunity for residents of Buffalo and Western New York, and our Canadian neighbors to experience the many great new spaces and activities on our world-class Inner and Outer Harbors,” said Mayor Byron W. Brown.  “We expect the combined draw of the historic tall ships, Explore & More - The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Children’s Museum, entertainment at Canalside, and the City of Buffalo’s official fireworks, with prime views from both the Inner and Outer Harbors, will result in the largest, single-day visitor count our waterfront has ever experienced.” Starting at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Canalside will host a family-friendly event featuring the arrival of the Basil Port of Call Buffalo Parade of Sail, a dance party with DJ Milk and DJ Yes and a variety of local food trucks. Visitors are welcome to bring folding chairs and blankets; however, no outside food, beverage or pets will be allowed. The Outer Harbor will provide the best unobstructed viewing point to see not only the firework display, but also the Basil Port of Call Buffalo Parade of Sail, which will begin between 2 and 3 p.m. At Buffalo Harbor State Park and Safe Harbor Marina, boaters should expect access restrictions and launch delays before and after the Tall Ships procession.  Park Police and the U.S. Coast Guard will create one lane for boat traffic to launch and then float in the Gallagher Beach area.  It is recommended that slip holders launch their boats earlier in the day or stay in their slips during the parade to minimize congestion. Visitors to BHSP should plan to arrive early, as the Park will close to additional patrons once it reaches capacity. The Consumers Beer Garden at Wilkeson Pointe will be open throughout the day serving cold beverages and snacks. Attendees at Canalside will be subject to security restrictions and screenings. Security screenings at Canalside will begin at 2 p.m. on Marine Drive. All bags and eventgoers are subject to security inspection.  Check here for information designed to assist in expediting the entry process, including prohibited items.  Please note that Canalside will be closed to public access from 1:30 to 2 p.m. while the security perimeter is established. Recommended parking for Canalside is on Perry Street by the KeyBank Center and additional lots and ramps on the east side of Main Street.  As the event concludes, the NFTA-Metro will have two buses parked along Washington Street as well as three trains ready at the Erie Canal Harbor Station to expedite moving guests out of the area.  For anyone planning to use the Queen City Bike Ferry to get back and forth between the Outer Harbor and Canalside, it will be run 45 minutes past the end of the fireworks show. Check out the full schedule of events for the Fourth of July and find detailed parking information at www.buffalowaterfront.com. Contacts: Pamm Lent | [email protected] | 716-846-8309 | (800) 260-7313 Laura Magee | [email protected] | 716-846-8239 | (800) 260-7313
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Tuesday, July 2, 2019 - 3:54pm
Submissions Under Review by ESD; Up to 20 Part 1 Respondents Will be Invited to Proceed to Part 2 Winning Design Proposal to be Awarded $100,000, Second Place to be Awarded $50,000 and Third Place to be Awarded $25,000 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the Part 1 submission period for the Buffalo Skyway Corridor Competition closed on Friday, and Empire State Development received over 100 submissions from various areas of New York and across the United States, and even some international entries from Canada, Italy, India and China. The competition challenges individuals or teams representing the nation's top urban designers, economists, planners and architects to reimagine the corridor, helping to define a clear vision for the City of Buffalo's waterfront, inform the direction for investment in placemaking and economic development opportunities.  "We've received responses from across the country and beyond for creative ideas that re-imagine the Skyway corridor and propose innovative ways to benefit the Buffalo community," Governor Cuomo said.  "A new vision for the Skyway corridor will be the latest step forward in the continued revitalization and resurgence of Buffalo, and we're looking forward to reviewing the proposals that can make it a reality." "Our innovative Skyway design competition will help to build upon the remarkable transformation of Buffalo's waterfront," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "With more visitors making their way to our waterfront, we need to reimagine the future and harness new ideas for the transportation needs of today and tomorrow. These initial submissions are a great start for this important initiative." Read the full press release here. 
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Monday, July 1, 2019 - 3:59pm
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that nearly 30 farms across New York have been awarded funding through the New Farmers Grant Fund, which assists new and early-stage farmers. Since its launch in 2014, the New Farmers Grant Fund has now awarded $4.2 million to 114 farms across the state. "Farms are vital to our economy and quality of life by preserving open space and producing fresh, wholesome products," Governor Cuomo said. "New York farmers are recognized nationally for their great land stewardship, while producing world-class foods, beverages and specialty products. These awards will help new farmers further our state's longstanding agricultural traditions." "Our agricultural economy is an important part of the New York identity, delivering local products to kitchen tables across our state and around the world," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "We know supporting start-up businesses is a great way to ensure long-term success. This new grant program will invest in job creation and the future of farming across New York." Read the full press release here. 
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Monday, July 1, 2019 - 3:07pm
As a Result of Solidarity Trip Last Week, Partnerships to Focus on UAV/Drones, Transportation, Energy, Cybersecurity, Financial Technology and Health Care Technology and Research 17 Israeli Entities Will Work with Six New York State Agencies and Other Partners to Bolster Innovation and Economic Ties Between the Two States Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a wide ranging series of economic development partnerships between New York State and Israel that are the result of the Governor's recent trip to Israel. The administration and several major New York health care institutions have signed a series of agreements with Israeli entities in the UAV/drones, transportation, energy, cybersecurity, financial technology and health care industries. "Our economy is stronger than it's ever been and our message during this trip was simple: New York is open for business," Governor Cuomo said. "On our solidarity trip, we focused on key areas that present real opportunities for collaboration with Israeli companies because when Israeli startups choose New York, there is tremendous potential for growth for both economies. I am confident the initiatives announced today will build on the current partnerships that exist between businesses in New York and Israel, and bring our people even closer together." "We have worked to ensure New York maintains a strong relationship with Israel, and these latest initiatives will further our shared economic progress," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "The collaboration between our agencies will foster innovative ideas to grow key segments of our economy, ensuring an even brighter future for the people of New York and Israel." Read the full press release here.   
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Monday, July 1, 2019 - 12:44pm
This is the first report summarizing the operations and accomplishments of New York State’s Life Science Initiative. The report provides background on the Initiative, summarizes the $520 million in planned State investment, describes life science projects that have already been initiated and lists other information with respect to the operations and accomplishments of the Life Science Initiative. Life Science Initiative Annual Report - 2018
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Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 4:31pm
Three Additional Visionary Optics, Photonics, and Imaging Companies Secure Follow-on Funding Investment  New York State Investment Complements "Finger Lakes Forward" - the Region's Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy  Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced Ovitz is the winner of Round II of the groundbreaking Luminate NY competition. The Rochester, New York-based company received top honors at Luminate NY's "Light Tomorrow with Today" Demo Day competition, held in the main tent at the CGI International Jazz Festival in downtown Rochester. The company will receive $1 million in follow-on funding from New York State through the Finger Lakes Forward Upstate Revitalization Initiative. As required by the award, all winners of the competition will commit to establishing operations in Rochester for at least the next 18 months. "Strategic investments in OPI-enabled technologies continue to bolster the Finger Lakes region's reputation as the imaging capital of the world," Governor Cuomo said. "The innovations and commitments demonstrated through the Luminate NY competition further prove the vast potential of this industry and its ability to move the regional economy forward for years to come." Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul was on hand to celebrate the cohort's accomplishments and to congratulate the winners. Read the complete press release here. 
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Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 11:56am
Empire State Development (ESD) today announced that its Division of Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR) has awarded a Center for Advanced Technology designation to The City University of New York (CUNY). The university’s new state-of-the-art Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC), part of The Graduate Center and located in Harlem, will host the Center for Advanced Technologies in Sensors for Exploration of Natural Systems and Environments (CAT-SENSE) to assist with job creation through the development and commercialization of technologies in New York State. NYSTAR will provide the center with nearly $8.8 million in funding over the course of the ten-year designation. Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky said: "The City University of New York is one of the most prestigious, diverse public university systems in the United States — and it is at the forefront of academic achievement and scientific discovery. This designation recognizes CUNY's work to develop and commercialize new sensor technology and will help develop our economy, create jobs and generate opportunity."  “We are excited about the opportunities that CAT-SENSE will bring for STEM entrepreneurship, industry partnership and workforce development across New York State and all 25 CUNY campuses,” said CUNY Chancellor Félix V. Matos Rodríguez. “Our faculty and students contribute significant intellectual capital to New York, and this new partnership will provide resources and infrastructure for developing these contributions in an intentional way that drives economic development across New York.” The CAT-SENSE will facilitate academic-industrial partnerships to develop next-generation sensor systems and applications, tap into the growing global sensor technologies market, and help New York State accelerate its role as an applied research and business leader. The center will also play a vital role in connecting intellectual and research resources by supporting entrepreneurial partnerships between researchers and the state's business innovators and leaders. The CAT-SENSE will encompass all aspects of sensor design, development and prototyping. Specifically, it will focus on biomedical and environmental sensors, and the development of new approaches to high-sensitivity sensing by incorporating New York’s advanced research and expertise in photonics, materials and nanoscience. Application areas for these sensors run the gamut from fundamental laboratory research to prototype sensors for food, cosmetics and biomedical industries; including wearable sensors, ultrasensitive biosensors and biodegradable sensors. Annette Gray, Associate Dean for the Sciences at The Graduate Center, CUNY and Executive Director of the ASRC said: “We are excited about the opportunities that CAT-SENSE will bring for STEM entrepreneurship, industry partnership and workforce development across New York State and all 25 CUNY campuses. The ASRC is a hub for advanced technology and interdisciplinary research, and it is well positioned to seed development of next-generation sensors for wireless technology and medical, personal-health and environmental monitoring. Under the leadership of Dr. Rein Ulijn, CAT-SENSE will help develop the talent and intellectual property that will attract industry, create jobs and make New York a leader in this multibillion-dollar industry.”  The CAT designation funding will be used to directly support economic impact in New York State through applied research, development and technology transfer. The funds are focused on budget items benefitting industry through support for CAT infrastructure, staffing, and direct research support to New York State companies. 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. About the Advanced Science Research Center The Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC) at The Graduate Center, CUNY is a world-leading center of scientific excellence, which elevates scientific research and education at CUNY and beyond through initiatives in five distinctive, but broadly interconnected disciplines: nanoscience, photonics, neuroscience, structural biology, and environmental sciences. The ASRC promotes a collaborative, interdisciplinary research culture where renowned scientists advance their discoveries using state-of-the-art equipment and cutting-edge core facilities. Contact: Jack Sterne | [email protected] | (212) 803-3764 ESD Press Office | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313
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Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 10:27am
Smart Cities Innovation Partnership Will Share Innovative Technologies, Research, Talent and Business Resources Between Cities in New York and Israel Hot Spot and Incubator Program Will Focus on Supporting Israeli Investments in New York Including in the Areas of Cybersecurity, UAS/Drones, Bio Technology, Life Sciences and Clean Energy Announcement Made at Today's Economic Development Roundtable to Identify Opportunities for Israeli Businesses to Partner with New York - See Photos Here Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a $2 million partnership agreement with the Israel Innovation Authority for two new programs that will further strengthen economic development ties between New York State and Israel. Empire State Development will sign a Declaration of Intent with the Israel Innovation Authority to cooperate on the co-development and commercialization of innovative solutions in the fields of cybersecurity, supply chain, smart cities, energy, unmanned aerial vehicles, life sciences and other areas. As part of the agreement, New York State and Israel will establish a Smart Cities Innovation Partnership, a new initiative that will share innovative technologies, research, talent and business resources between cities in New York and Israel. The Governor also announced that New York State's Hot Spot and Incubator programs will now implement a new focus on Israeli companies who want to invest in the Empire State. "The New York-Israel economic relationship is unique and it is strong, but we want to make it even better. The future of New York is going to be growth in the tech sector, and this joint venture between New York and Israel will develop new opportunities that allow both economies to thrive even further," Governor Cuomo said. "With the rise in anti-Semitic attacks in our State and across the nation, we are here to say how sad, embarrassed and disgusted we are with these incidents, and that we will not let it stand. We will get over this ugly period of division and hatred, and one of the ways to do that is by continuing to develop this deep cultural, political and economic relationship." Dr. Ami Appelbaum, Chairman of the Israel Innovation Authority and Chief Scientist, Ministry of Economy and Industry said, "As technology advances and touches every facet of our daily lives, the future of Smart Cities is just around the corner and highly depends to new and innovative technologies. This collaboration between the ESD (Empire State Development of New York State) and the Israel Innovation Authority, facilitated by our Americas Operations desk and the Ministry of Economy, Foreign Trade Administration (FTA), headed by Mr. Inon Elroy, Economic Minister to North America, will provide startups an opportunity for pilot validation sites to address the strategic concerns of both States such as cybersecurity, supply chain, energy, health, transportation, wastewater, water, civic engagement, parks, public works, and safety." Read the full press release here. 
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Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 10:20am
Investment Complements "Southern Tier Soaring" - The Region's Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy Empire State Development (ESD) today announced that its Division of Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR) has awarded a Center for Advanced Technology (CAT) designation to Binghamton University. The school's Center for Flexible Hybrid Medical Device Manufacturing (FlexMed) will assist with job creation through the development and commercialization of technologies in New York State. NYSTAR will provide the center with nearly $8.8 million in funding over the course of the ten-year designation. Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, "Binghamton University is a gem of the SUNY system, consistently ranking as one of the best public universities in the country. We are proud to support Binghamton's place at the center of medical and pharmaceutical device manufacturing – a rapidly emerging industry cluster that will continue to expand and create the foundation for new companies to form and grow."  The FlexMed CAT will serve as the nucleus of a manufacturing industry cluster in the quickly-emerging field of medical and pharmaceutical device manufacturing. It will enable industry partners to scale up flexible-hybrid electronics technologies and present them to the marketplace more quickly, while harnessing wide-ranging academic capabilities for product development and commercialization, workforce development and job creation efforts for New York State. The FlexMed CAT will also develop a comprehensive system to support the state's existing workforce development initiatives. Among its intended goals, the CAT will offer training, workshops and academic classes that support the vision and mission of the FlexMed CAT, provide support to encourage companies of various sizes and stages to locate in New York State, and foster collaboration between FlexMed CAT members including materials suppliers, tool designers, systems integrators, device manufacturers and academic partners. Mark Poliks, Binghamton University Empire Innovation Professor of Engineering/Director Center for Advanced Microelectronics Manufacturing (CAMM) said, “The FlexMed CAT will allow researchers at Binghamton University and our industry partners to build on more than a decade of experience in designing and manufacturing flexible electronics.  We have unique facilities and expertise in partnering with industry that will enable us to make contributions to New York companies' R&D right away. This investment, combined with our ongoing work as the New York node of the NextFlex manufacturing institute, establishes us as a major resource for large and small firms that are interested in flexible, wearable medical and industrial devices.  As an educator, I'm also excited about the workforce development aspect of this center.  Students at Binghamton and at SUNY Polytechnic Institute will have opportunities to learn state-of-the-art techniques and will be prepared for careers in this vital and growing economic sector when they graduate." The CAT designation funding will be used to directly support economic impact in New York State through applied research, development and technology transfer. The funds are focused on budget items benefitting industry through support for CAT infrastructure, staffing, and direct research support to New York State companies. Senator Fred Akshar said, "Advancements in medical technology and manufacturing create enormous potential for new jobs and economic development in the Southern Tier. Time and again, Binghamton University shines brightest in the SUNY system and opportunities like this help light new paths toward prosperity for our community." Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo said, "Binghamton University has been at the cutting edge of this exciting new technology for some time. The FlexMed CAT designation is well deserved and comes at a time when demand for these types of products is on the rise.The ongoing research occurring at BU's Innovative Technologies Complex adds enormous value to our region's economic recovery, providing workforce development opportunities and game changing innovations." Broome County Executive Jason Garnar said, “This is another great, well-deserved, recognition for Binghamton University. The university plays an integral role when it comes to economic development and job-growth in Broome County, and I’m excited to see continued success with the help of this funding over the next decade.” Binghamton Mayor Richard David said, “Binghamton University continues to be a hub for job creation. This investment in high tech manufacturing will support or community’s revitalization and grow Binghamton University’s reputation as a global leader in applied research and innovation. We thank Governor Cuomo and Empire State Development for their recognition of the University’s economic impact on our region.” Contact: ESD Press Office | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313
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