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Board Meeting

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - 2:00pm
With videoconferencing to:   Empire State Development 633 Third Avenue, 37th Floor                         New York, NY 10017  
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Public Notice

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - 10:00am
Public Notice: Efco Products Capital 2018 Project
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Public Notice

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 3:00pm
TCGplayer Facility and Equipment Project
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Public Notice

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 11:00am
Public Notice: Franklin Street Lighting DRI Capital Project
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Public Notice

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 9:00am
Public Notice: JBF Stainless Capital Project
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Press Release

Monday, May 6, 2019 - 12:03pm
Empire State Development (ESD) and the Departments of Labor, Agriculture and Markets, and Taxation and Finance today encouraged New Yorkers to support local small businesses during National Small Business Week from May 5 to May 11. A cornerstone of the state’s economy, the more than 530,000 small business proprietors across New York account for 98 percent of all businesses and employ more than 3 million people, which is 40 percent of the state's private sector workforce. ESD President, CEO and Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, "New York’s economy is built on small businesses that help families and communities thrive, employ millions and generate economic growth throughout the state, and I encourage New Yorkers to support their local small businesses this week and throughout the year.” ESD and its Small Business Division assist companies of all stages, whether they are just starting or looking to expand. Various programs and initiatives have been designed to encourage small business growth and help entrepreneurs maximize their opportunities for success. ESD offers loans, venture financing, tax credits and incentives to qualifying businesses of all stages, including those designated as Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprises (MWBEs). For more information, visit ESD’s website at www.esd.ny.gov or https://esd.ny.gov/doing-business-ny/small-business-hub. Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon said, “Small businesses are the backbone of New York’s economy and a treasured part of our thriving communities. The Department of Labor is proud to support small businesses all year long with anything from applying for tax credits and incentives to assisting with staff recruitments and training.” The New York State Department of Labor offers a multitude of free services for businesses of all sizes, including job postings on Governor Cuomo’s Jobs Express website, access to thousands of qualified candidates in our talent pool, career fairs and customized recruitments, and even Human Resources consultation services. These services are available to help businesses list their jobs, find the right candidates, access hiring and training incentives, obtain business tax credits and incentives, access HR service and technical assistance, and find layoff aversion resources. For more information, visit: https://www.labor.ny.gov/businessservices/landing.shtm. State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball said, “The Department of Agriculture and Markets proudly supports small business owners throughout New York State, and there are countless venues and goods for consumers to choose from. Our farmers’ markets, Taste NY stores and other retailers offer an amazing array of New York grown and produced foods, craft beverages and other goods made by our neighbors. Whether we choose locally-sourced food and drinks for our dinner tables, or support partners in the forestry industry by purchasing quality wood products, like lumber and furniture, I encourage all New Yorkers to invest in our communities by spending locally and supporting small businesses.” The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets supports New York’s more than 33,000 farms, 650 farmers markets and thousands of agribusinesses across the State through its divisions that provide technical assistance and its marketing programs, including New York State Grown & Certified and Taste NY. The NYS Grown & Certified program markets local growers participating in safe food handling and environmental sustainability programs, helping them better compete in the marketplace. The Taste NY program promotes New York food and beverage industries of all sizes and encourages consumers across the globe to buy local products. The program has created opportunities for local producers to showcase their goods at large public events, and at welcome centers, Taste NY stores, displays and concession opportunities located at more than 70 locations in New York.    Executive Deputy Commissioner of Taxation and Finance Andrew Morris said, “The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in New York State. Small businesses are the backbone of this state’s economy, and we’re committed to helping these visionaries benefit from the wide range of incentive programs across multiple industries.” New York State believes starting or growing a business should be easy and affordable. More than a dozen credits are available to businesses to hire, employ, and train local workers. They may qualify for location-based credits too, and exemptions for improving properties. Visit the Tax Department’s new Business incentives webpage to learn more about what’s available in specific industries, such as farming and agriculture, research and development, and manufacturing. Additionally, an Online Services account is a must for small business tax administration. Key among the dozens of services is Sales Tax Web File. This online tool facilitates on-time filing and allows a business to schedule payments in advance, save bank account information for future payments, view filing and payment history, and more.   Contacts: ESD Press Office | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313 Labor Press Office | [email protected] | (518) 457-5519
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Public Notice

Friday, May 3, 2019 - 2:00pm
Crescent Commons Main Street Capital Project
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Press Release

Friday, May 3, 2019 - 1:00pm
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the launch of the Workforce Development Initiative, which invests $175 million statewide for workforce development to support strategic regional efforts that meet businesses' short-term workforce needs, improve regional talent pipelines, enhance the flexibility and adaptability of local workforce entities, expand apprenticeships and address the long-term needs of growing industries. These funds will also support efforts to improve the economic security of women, youth and other groups facing significant barriers to career advancement. "We must ensure the workforce of today is not only prepared for the jobs we have now, but also ready for the jobs of tomorrow," said Governor Cuomo. "The Workforce Development Initiative is another significant step to ensure future growth in the state and help New Yorkers succeed in the 21st Century economy." "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, Chair of the statewide Regional Economic Development Councils. "In order to keep up with the needs of the labor market, New York must lead the way to train workers in advanced manufacturing, health care, and energy to close the skills gap and create a pipeline of talent for employers. The Workforce Development Initiative will target resources to ensure training is available in our communities for good paying jobs that will continue to move our economy forward." Read the complete press release here. 
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Press Release

Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 10:00pm
Overall preferred vision here and renderings available here Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC) today held its third and final Buffalo Outer Harbor Access and Activation Project Open House where the preferred vision for the Outer Harbor was presented to the public. The plan emphasizes passive recreation in three unique waterfront zones: First Buffalo River Marina; the 166 acres that include Wilkeson Pointe to Bell Slip; and Terminal B.  The overall goals of the project include improving use and enjoyment of the Outer Harbor, enhancing bicycle and pedestrian access and minimizing adverse impacts on communities and the environment. The overall preferred vision is available here and renderings are available here. “Great efforts were made to ensure our vision for the Outer Harbor reflects the wants and needs of the public and I believe we were successful,” said ECHDC Chairman Robert Gioia.  “This vision, which is also complementary to Canalside and the plans to transform LaSalle Park into Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Centennial Park, continues the momentum on Buffalo’s waterfront.” From previous open houses and online surveys, ECHDC confirmed that the public wanted to empathize industrial heritage, ecology, access, recreation, amenities and access to the water’s edge. These attributes are reflected in the preferred vision for the Outer Harbor.  For example, to optimize ecological diversity, the plan includes shoreline habitat enhancements at First Buffalo River Marina and aquatic habitat improvements, pollinator corridor plantings, pavement removal and native plantings throughout the 166 acres.  To maximize access to the water’s edge, the plan calls for: a pedestrian bridge over Slip 3; improved fishing access; a scenic overlook at the Bell Slip; Tall Ships mooring and transient boat docking at Slip 2; and a waterfront promenade and scenic overlook at Terminal B. The plan also features: improved connections, including for walking and biking, throughout the Outer Harbor; a natural play area; skating/court sports at Terminal B; a high ropes course; and additional restrooms.  The preferred vision also builds upon and complements recent State investments in Buffalo Harbor State Park and the Queen City Bike Ferry, as well as the cycling and pedestrian trails, overlooks and the events lawn now under construction on the Outer Harbor. ECHDC gained additional feedback and stakeholder input at the open house.  Additional information and a survey for interested individuals will be available at Buffalowaterfront.com/accessandactivation on May 3.  ECHDC will refine the preferred plan before recommending it to the ECHDC Board of Directors in the coming months.  If it is approved, a State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) will be conducted, followed by General Project Plan (GPP) with a groundbreaking expected in 2020.  Buffalo Billion II has committed $15 million for this project. Last year, ECHDC held two open houses in July and November for the public to comment on various options, provide feedback and respond to surveys. The gathering of comments and input from the public helped establish the community’s vision for a successful project. Under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, New York is making a historic commitment to improving and expanding access to outdoor recreation.  In 2013, almost 400 acres of land on the Outer Harbor was transferred from the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority to ECHDC. As part of that transfer, Buffalo Harbor State Park was designated as the 180th state park in New York's system and the first in the City of Buffalo.  Buffalo Billion I committed $10 million for improvements to transform Buffalo Harbor State Park into a new visitor destination that continues the revitalization of the city's waterfront. Buffalo Billion I also committed $5 million for a project, now under construction, that will enhance access and facilitate greater public use and enjoyment of 20 acres at the southern end of the Outer Harbor. The project includes: a completed multi-use greenway trail, including pedestrian and bicycle amenities; two overlook locations; an urban bike park with skills features and off-road trails; an events lawn for passive and active recreational purposes; and three habitat restoration areas. That project is slated to be completed later this month.   About Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation The Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC) is governed by a nine-member board consisting of seven voting directors and two non-voting, ex-officio directors. The seven voting directors are recommended by the New York State Governor and are appointed by the New York State Urban Development Corporation d/b/a Empire State Development as sole shareholder of ECHDC. The two non-voting, ex-officio director positions are held by the Erie County Executive and the City of Buffalo Mayor. As a subsidiary of Empire State Development, the state’s chief economic development agency, the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation supports and promotes the creation of infrastructure and public activities at Canalside, the Ohio Street corridor and the Outer Harbor that are attracting critical mass, private investment and enhance the enjoyment of the waterfront for residents and tourists in Western New York. Its vision is to revitalize Western New York’s waterfront and restore economic growth to Buffalo, based on the region’s legacy of pride, urban significance and natural beauty.     Contact: Pamm Lent | [email protected] | 716-846-8309 | (800) 260-7313 Laura Magee | [email protected] | 716-846-8239 | (800) 260-7313
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Press Release

Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 2:55pm
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the completion of construction and dedication of the new $29 million Explore & More - The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Children's Museum at Canalside on the Buffalo waterfront. The 43,000 square foot stand-alone building houses seven educational play zones, each offering hands-on activities and exhibits that tell the stories of Buffalo for children and families. In addition to creating 40 jobs during the construction phase and adding another 36 full-time equivalent jobs upon opening, Explore & More is expected to bring 250,000 new visitors annually to Buffalo's waterfront.  "This museum is a totally different way to communicate, to educate, to involve and stimulate young people, and to have them experience learning in a way they can actually process," Governor Cuomo said. "It is a fantastic service and a great tourism and development magnet for the region. This museum also demonstrates once again that we are on the other side of the old cynicism about Buffalo and that there is a new optimism that is breeding success for the area's resurgence." "Today is another monumental day in the history of Buffalo's thriving waterfront," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "The new children's museum will be a significant driver of tourism and growth at Canalside, while at the same time providing a world-class educational experience for visitors and residents. Additionally, as a point of pride for our City, the new museum is dedicated in honor of Ralph C. Wilson, Jr., a pillar of the Buffalo community whose philanthropy and generosity continue to live on in signature projects across Western New York." Read the complete press release here.
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