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Tuesday, August 9, 2022 - 10:54am
All Selected Finalists Are International Teams Highlighting the Global Reach of the Program and Region’s UAS Ecosystem GENIUS NY is Supported by “CNY Rising” – The Region’s Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy Empire State Development (ESD) today announced the five GENIUS NY companies selected to participate in round six of the world’s largest business accelerator focused on uncrewed systems. The companies, which are developing innovations in the uncrewed aircraft systems (UAS), internet of things (IoT) and robotics industries, were selected from a highly competitive pool of more than 200 submissions from over 50 countries. The five finalists are all international teams, representing Canada, the Netherlands, Israel, Poland and the United Kingdom. GENIUS NY participants are required to operate their business in Central New York for at least one year. The program is funded through the CNY Rising Upstate Revitalization Initiative (URI), the region’s award-winning strategic plan to generate robust economic growth and community development. Empire State Development Acting President, CEO & Commissioner Hope Knight, said, “These selected GENIUS NY Round Six finalists are ready to take flight, adding to the cohort of forward-thinking innovators that have been drawn to this unique business accelerator competition which is elevating Central New York's unmatched UAS assets and infrastructure." The selected finalists are: Archangel Imaging, Ltd. (United Kingdom) deploys smart machines alongside people to protect valuable assets and at-risk staff in remote or challenging places. Whether its cables being stolen, oil being tapped or elephants poached for ivory, Archangel provides the ability for the security team to know before these incidents are about to happen and immediately intervene or follow up. AVSS - Aerial Vehicle Safety Solutions, Inc. (Canada) produces a parachute recovery system and flight termination system that is commercializing drone technology for Urban Air Mobility (UAM). AVSS’s products are distributed worldwide through their more than 50 authorized dealers’ network and sold directly to drone manufacturers across the world. Dronehub (Poland) develops autonomous charging docks for drones that help companies with large infrastructure to reduce monitoring costs, get real-time aerial data, and exclude the human factor. Dronehub helps industries to collect real-time precise aerial data, process it and automate operations. Fusion Engineering (Netherlands) are working to create the most reliable, flexible and easy-to-use flight controller for any type of multirotor drone. Fusion Engineering builds innovative flight control algorithms to ensure more accurate positioning, disturbance rejection and fault tolerance. Wonder Robotics (Israel) is a leading provider of intelligent and robust autonomous solutions for commercial drone and unmanned platform applications, focusing on the drone delivery and Urban Advance Mobility (UAM/AAM) markets by utilizing highly advanced vision-based capabilities for mission enable and safety. The selected teams will begin the in-residence accelerator at The Tech Garden, CenterState CEO’s regional business incubator, in the coming weeks, and will be immersed in the incubator's business workshops, events, resource pool and mentoring. The GENIUS NY Pitch Finals will be held Nov. 3, and teams will compete for $3 million in investments, including a $1 million grand prize. Throughout the program, companies will also receive stipends, resources, programming, investor demo days and networking opportunities. “We are excited to welcome these teams to Central New York and get to work advancing their business plans and technologies,” said Kara Jones, director of GENIUS NY. “Over the coming year, they will be connected to local businesses for strategic guidance and operational support and be immersed in the tech startup and UAS ecosystems. In addition to high-impact programmatic and business support provided by GENIUS NY, participants will also become more connected to our local community through events and social engagements.” “The fact that each of these GENIUS NY finalists are international teams highlights the strength of the program and the industry’s recognition that Central New York is the single best place to grow your UAS company,” said Robert Simpson, president of CenterState CEO. “In addition to the resources provided by the program these teams will also become part of Central New York’s robust tech ecosystem. We proudly welcome this new cohort to our community and are excited to work with these companies to ensure their companies evolve and grow here.” The GENIUS NY competition has been renewed through round 10 by ESD. The program has attracted more than 26 startups to Central New York since its inception in 2017. To date, the innovative teams have gone on to raise more than $90 million in venture capital and have created more than 60 upstate New York jobs. Senator Rachel May said, “It’s an exciting time for CNY as our technology and innovation sector booms. We must continue to grow, bringing more tech businesses and high-paying jobs to the area. GENIUS NY is doing just that by welcoming innovative companies that are at the forefront of uncrewed systems technology and will no doubt benefit our local community in many ways.”  Senator John W. Mannion said, “GENIUS NY is strategically building on Central New York’s strength as a hub for UAS technology and is attracting upstart companies from around the world to join our established research, design, and innovation ecosystem. I warmly welcome these companies to the region and will work with my colleagues across government and the private sector to ensure they have the support and resources they need to succeed.” Assemblymember William B. Magnarelli said, “Congratulations to the finalists. The GENIUS NY Competition continues to help Central New York maintain its status as a hub for innovative companies exploring uses for unmanned aerial systems and other leading-edge technologies. The partnerships and opportunities created locally during the entrepreneurial stage create a catalyst for grown in our Central New York region.” Assemblyman Al Stirpe said, "After the challenges of the past two-plus years, we must make Central New York's recovery a top priority and work diligently to boost the regional economy, create good-paying jobs and better support hardworking families. The sixth round of the GENIUS NY accelerator helps further our revitalization and strengthens our region's position as a leader in the uncrewed aircraft systems (UAS) industry and other high-tech manufacturing fields. Representing a wide range of nations, the five finalists demonstrate the program's international reach and promise good things to come for Central New York." Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon said, “Round six of the exciting GENIUS NY competition will continue to build on the success we've experienced as people come from across the world to Central New York. This innovative competition provides these entrepreneurs with the available tools and resources they need to ensure their long-term success in the region." City of Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh said, “The GENIUS NY competition has aided in expanding our entrepreneurial and tech cultures and brought energy and excitement to the Syracuse Surge -- our strategy for inclusive growth in the New Economy. I look forward to the innovative ideas that the five teams bring to round six of GENIUS NY, and thank Governor Hochul, Empire State Development and CenterState CEO for continued investments in this important economic development initiative." Central New York Regional Economic Development Council Co-chairs Randy Wolken, president and CEO of the Manufacturers Association of Central New York (MACNY), and, Le Moyne College President Linda M. LeMura said, "We are incredibly excited to see what the selected teams will bring to the table for round six. Through our continued support for the GENIUS NY competition, we are ensuring that New York state remains at the forefront of the uncrewed systems industry in Central New York, creating new opportunities and jobs for residents in the region for decades to come." To learn more about GENIUS NY visit, www.geniusny.com. To learn more about CenterState CEO, visit: www.centerstateceo.com. Accelerating CNY Rising Today's announcement complements “CNY Rising,” the region’s comprehensive blueprint to generate robust economic growth and community development. The regionally designed plan focuses on capitalizing on global market opportunities, strengthening entrepreneurship and creating an inclusive economy. The region is accelerating CNY Rising with a $500 million state investment through the Upstate Revitalization Initiative. The state’s $500 million investment is helping incentivize private business to invest well over $2.5 billion – and the region’s plan, as submitted, projects up to 5,900 new jobs. More information is available here. 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 the 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: Shari Vincent | [email protected] | (585)399-7055 | (800) 260-7313 Press Office | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313
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Thursday, August 4, 2022 - 11:57am
NYSTAR 2022 Annual Report
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Report

Wednesday, August 3, 2022 - 1:12pm
As required by statute, these reports contain the status of economic development programs administered by Empire State Development. Funding for the projects listed herein was approved by ESD during Fiscal Year 2022-23. Quarterly Status Report - First Quarter of Fiscal Year 2022-2023
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Press Release

Saturday, July 30, 2022 - 6:00pm
Second Round of East Side Commercial Districts Program in Buffalo Includes $4 Million in Additional Funding and Expanded Building Renovation Program Applications for $20 Million Buffalo East Homeowner Assistance Fund Program, $10 Million Buffalo East Home Improvement Program, $4.5 Million East Buffalo Down Payment Assistance Plus Program to Open on August 9 Part of Governor's Historic $50 Million Targeted Investments in East Buffalo Starting August 3, Residents Can Call 211 to Learn More About Programs Governor Kathy Hochul today announced that applications are open for comprehensive programs supporting residents of East Buffalo as part of the state's historic $50 million targeted investments. The Governor announced applications WILL BE available MONDAY for THE second round of the $4 million East Side Commercial Districts Program, which is creating an expanded building renovation program in four investment areas—Jefferson Avenue Commercial District, MLK Park Business District, Broadway Fillmore, and Kensington Bailey—to improve the business climate, combat commercial vacancies, and contribute to the corridors' overall revitalization. Additionally, Governor Hochul announced that applications for the $20 million Buffalo East Homeowner Assistance Fund, $10 million Buffalo East Home Improvement Program, and $4.5 million East Buffalo Down Payment Assistance Plus Program will open on Tuesday, August 9. Starting Wednesday, August 3, residents can call 211 to learn about our housing programs and small business grants and how to apply.   "As members of the East Buffalo community continue to heal from this terrible tragedy, we remain committed to taking on systemic challenges to help recover and build back stronger," Governor Kathy Hochul said. "On this Day of Hope and Healing, I am proud to announce these vital resources available to East Buffalo residents in collaboration with the City, the County, community members and other partners." Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Hope Knight said, "With the launch of applications for the second round of the East Side Commercial Districts Program, we will begin to see capital investments that will transform these commercial districts, developing and enhancing businesses and increasing mixed-use opportunities that better serve and revitalize these Buffalo neighborhoods."  Read the full press release here.
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Thursday, July 28, 2022 - 5:25pm
Global Leader in Wireless Technology Officially Opens Factory of the Future and Only U.S.-Owned 5G Campus in the United States; Commits to Creating More Than 200 New Jobs New York State Investment in Transformative Project Complements "CNY Rising" - The Region's Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy Governor Kathy Hochul today visited 5G-wireless technology leader JMA Wireless to help officially open its new headquarters in Central New York. JMA relocated its operations to Syracuse's southeast gateway adjacent to the city center on Cortland Avenue. The global innovator of software-based 5G technology will invest $100 million in this multi-phase project. The sprawling campus, spanning a city block, currently houses JMA's headquarters and factory of the future. JMA manufactures its most advanced 5G equipment at the site, including radios, embedded antennas, and millimeter wave products. "JMA's expansion into Syracuse will unlock hundreds of new jobs and further establish Central New York as a hub for innovation," Governor Hochul said. "This multi-million dollar investment is a testament to our transformative, regionally focused economic development strategy. By initiating policies that attract growing businesses to our communities, we are building economic momentum across Upstate New York and upholding our commitment to creating the jobs and technologies of the future." the critical first step to restoring American leadership in global wireless technology, as we establish Syracuse as a national 5G hub. We appreciate Governor Hochul's partnership as we add more than 200 jobs and invest over $100 million in Central New York." This New York State-supported project complements efforts by the City and County to develop a strong tech corridor from downtown into the South Side, making Central New York a center for 5G and smart city development. The project is expected to create more than 200 jobs in a distressed neighborhood adjacent to downtown. These jobs will range from entry level to advanced engineering. Empire State Development is providing a $5 million Upstate Revitalization Initiative grant to assist with this project. Additionally, in 2017, JMA invested $34 million to relocate its out-of-state operations to Liverpool. There, the company exceeded their hiring commitment of 145 jobs, creating more than 200 new jobs at that location as well as meeting the investment commitment in half the expected time. Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Hope Knight, said, "Under Governor Hochul's leadership, we are continuing to attract global innovators like JMA Wireless that understand New York State offers a unique tech talent pool to support their growth. The wireless technology leader's decision to locate its new global HQ in Syracuse - and to open the country's only U.S.- owned 5G campus here - reflects New York State's focus on growing an innovation economy to create the jobs of tomorrow." Read the full press release here.
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Wednesday, July 27, 2022 - 5:00pm
Critical Milestone Advances Governor's Proposal to Renovate and Potentially Expand Penn and Fund Public Realm and Transit Improvements Without Raising Taxes or Fares on New Yorkers Project Components Include Station Reconstruction and Potential Expansion; Up to 708 Units of Affordable and Supportive Housing; Vibrant Open Space; and Enhancements to Streets, Sidewalks, and Transit Infrastructure Vote Follows ESD Board Approval of Penn Station General Project Plan Information on Project Financing, Costs, and Cost-Sharing Available Here Governor Kathy Hochul today applauded the Public Authorities Control Board's vote to approve a financial framework supporting her proposal to rebuild and potentially expand Penn Station and reactivate the surrounding area. The unanimous vote marks a major step toward actualizing the Governor's plan, which includes the construction of a new, modern train station; up to 1,800 units of housing - including hundreds of affordable and supportive housing units - brand-new, state-of-the-art office space; 8 acres of open space; and enhancements to the streets, sidewalks, and local transit infrastructure. It also affirms the State's commitment to delivering the project without raising taxes on New Yorkers or fares on transit riders. Last week, Empire State Development's Board of Directors voted to approve the Pennsylvania Station Area Civic and Land Use Improvement Project's General Project Plan, Governor Hochul's vision to reimagine Penn Station and the surrounding area. "For far too long, Penn Station has been an overcrowded, cramped, and neglected mess. This vote is a major milestone in our plan to fix Penn Station and transform the surrounding neighborhood," Governor Hochul said. "New Yorkers deserve a station they can be proud of, quality affordable housing to call home, walkable streets and sidewalks, and easy access to transit. This plan will provide all of that and more. I thank the Public Authorities Control Board for their approval, and I look forward to continued engagement with elected partners, community leaders, and other stakeholders as we move this project forward and deliver a station worthy of New York." "For decades there has been talk of building a new Penn Station, but now we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to deliver a station worthy of the greatest city in the world," said New York City Eric Adams. "Future generations of New Yorkers will see the new Penn Station as proof that New York City can achieve big things, even during challenging times. I applaud the PACB for this historic vote, which will bring a world-class transit hub, quality jobs, and much-needed affordable housing to our city. I also want to thank Governor Hochul, as well as Governor Murphy and our partners at the MTA, Amtrak, and NJ Transit, for demonstrating that government can work quickly and collaboratively to 'Get Stuff Done.'" Empire State Development President, CEO, and Commissioner Hope Knight said, "Governor Hochul's vision for a world-class Penn Station and revitalized surrounding neighborhood is the positive, long overdue transformation that New Yorkers deserve. Not only is the plan a win-win for riders, residents, and commuters, it is also a forceful catalyst for New York's long-term economic development. Transit-oriented development is a model of sustainable growth, and we are proud of the open, public process this project has gone through over the last two years, strengthened by the input of civic groups and community members who made their voices heard and helped improve the plan." Read the full press release here.
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Wednesday, July 27, 2022 - 4:18pm
Seeks to Procure at Least 2,000 Megawatts of Renewable Energy, Enough to Power 1.5 Million Homes  Implements Nation-Leading $500 Million Offshore Wind Infrastructure Investment, New Commitments to Support U.S. Iron and Steel, Stakeholder Engagement, Jobs, and Workforce Development  Flagship Transmission Design Enhances Grid Resiliency and Promotes Regional Offshore Wind Transmission Designs  Supports the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act Goal to Develop 9,000 Megawatts of Offshore Wind by 2035  Governor Kathy Hochul today announced the release of New York's third competitive offshore wind solicitation, seeking enough clean, renewable energy to power at least 1.5 million New York homes. The procurement, administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, includes the first phase of the nation-leading $500 million investment in offshore wind ports, manufacturing, and supply chain infrastructure as announced in the Governor's 2022 State of the State. Today's announcement builds on a series of significant offshore wind developments for the State in 2022, including the groundbreaking of New York's first offshore wind project, and is a critical next step toward achieving New York's Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (Climate Act) goal to develop 9,000 megawatts of offshore wind by 2035.  "New York is proud to continue leading the way in offshore wind development while establishing a blueprint for building a locally-based green economy," Governor Hochul said. "Today we are putting words into action and making it clear that New York State is the national hub of the offshore wind industry. The clean energy transition is driving significant private investment and family-sustaining jobs in communities across the state, and we are setting ourselves up for success with a brighter and more sustainable future."  New York State Energy Research and Development President and CEO Doreen M. Harris said, "Releasing our third offshore wind solicitation provides a further opportunity to revolutionize our economy and continue to build a thriving offshore wind industry right here in New York as we continue to grow our nation-leading renewable energy project pipeline. We continue to prioritize a transition that is cost-effective, environmentally responsible, and benefits all New Yorkers - and we look forward to partnering with project developers who share those same goals."  New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos said, "Building a cleaner, more sustainable, and resilient New York, requires bold action that will help us achieve our ambitious climate goals.  A critical piece of that effort is offshore wind energy and New York's nation-leading work to ensure that industry continues to grow in our communities, creating jobs and providing clean, renewable energy for years to come."   Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Hope Knight said, "New York is the country's leading offshore wind hub, and today's announcement further advances our ambitious clean energy goals. We are committed to clean energy and public-private partnerships that will fuel economic development and growth while moving New Yorkers toward a green future."  Read the full press release here.
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Tuesday, July 26, 2022 - 10:28am
Today, the New York Daily News published commentary by Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Hope Knight, on New York State’s partnership with New York City to fix Penn Station and transform the surrounding neighborhood. Text of the commentary is available below and can be viewed online here. NEW YORK DAILY NEWS July 26, 2022 The Penn revitalization plan is good for New York It’s no secret that Albany and City Hall often have different priorities. Yet one area of complete agreement is the need to fix Penn Station and revitalize the area surrounding it. Penn Station’s importance goes beyond Midtown or even the five boroughs; it’s the most trafficked transit hub in the Western Hemisphere. It’s how millions get to work. It’s the beating heart of the Eastern Seaboard’s rail system. While Penn is reconstructed on the inside, we’re equally committed to fixing the failing conditions outside, and the agreement reached by Gov. Hochul and Mayor Adams last week does exactly that. Neglected for decades, the neighborhood’s residents and the hundreds of thousands of commuters passing through the area deserve safer streets, less congestion and adequate open space. As the former president and CEO of the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation, I have seen how transformational a transit hub can be to a community. The intersection of the MTA with the LIRR in Jamaica helped drive the growth of the neighborhood, providing commuters with access to jobs, businesses with access to customers, and New Yorkers at large with access to opportunity. Transportation connected Jamaica residents to opportunities across the region and brought customers, workers and investment to Jamaica, adding to its vibrancy. The governor’s plan to rebuild Penn Station has the power to do the same in the heart of Midtown. From Jamaica to Jersey, revitalizing Penn will help the entire New York region. A small yet vocal group of people who aren’t satisfied with the governor’s plan and were critical that it lacked an agreement with the city are now upset we have one — and a fair, forward-looking one at that. But don’t take my word for it. As Mayor Adams said, “This partnership underscores the commitment by leadership at the city and state level to work together and ‘Get Stuff Done’ for New Yorkers. A state-of-the-art transportation system is at the heart of our ability to have a prosperous life and a prosperous city, and the key to an equitable recovery. [It is] a win-win for New Yorkers ± helping to deliver improved transit access, affordable housing, and quality jobs while also safeguarding future revenue and protecting against financial risk.” The state’s partnership with the city guarantees benefits to New Yorkers beyond a new Penn Station: City government will not lose tax revenue. In fact, the city will receive annual increases and when construction is complete, will have more valuable development commanding a higher tax rate. At the same time, the city and state will be reinvesting money from private development specifically to improve the area for residents and commuters alike. The dollars raised are the dollars reinvested right back into the neighborhood, without forcing fare hikes, tax increases, or services cuts on New Yorkers. Development will not be ‘as-of-right.’ The agreement with the city doesn’t mean developers can do whatever they please. Whoever develops each one of the eight sites within the state’s plan must meet the required public realm and transportation improvements decided for that site. Those decisions are part of a formal state review, which includes a public hearing and additional opportunity for community input. It’s the first major upgrade to the neighborhood in 50 years. The community and commuters have suffered from a half-century of disinvestment. It’s not fair to them, nor is it smart urban planning strategy. Under the governor’s plan, the state is guaranteeing hundreds of units of affordable and supportive housing; tens of millions of dollars in direct public realm and transit improvements within the area including wider sidewalks and new public plazas; pledges on historic preservation; and a commitment to enhance neighborhood social services. Like Lower Manhattan’s recovery since Sept. 11, 2001, this plan imagines a dynamic live/work community supporting a vibrant street life, with shops, acres of open space and long-overdue public amenities. The plan helps make New York competitive for federal funding. The federal government is investing nearly a trillion dollars into public infrastructure across the country. Much of the funding is secured through a competitive application process that requires a local financial commitment. New York — competing against dozens of other states, cities, and regions — would have been ignored if the state and city didn’t show we were jointly invested in this project. Now, New York State and City are together declaring to federal funders that we have a sustainable local funding stream to support the reconstruction of Penn Station — and we are ready to get to work. We can’t afford to wait to begin the long-overdue process of fixing Penn Station. With an election coming in November, New York State must act now to make its case for federal funding and secure this vital piece of our transit future. Knight is president and CEO of Empire State Development. Contact: ESD Press Office | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313
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Monday, July 25, 2022 - 10:21am
Family Owned, Michigan Based, Hard Cider Producer Building Facility in the Town of Wolcott, Wayne County; Commits to Creating Almost 70 New Jobs Investment Complements “Finger Lakes Forward” – The Region’s Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy Empire State Development (ESD) today announced that Michigan based hard cider manufacturer Blake Farms has committed to expanding its operations into New York state. Citing an increased demand for its products, the company will establish operations at a site located on Lummisville Road in the Town of Wolcott in Wayne County, pledging to create up to 69 new jobs in the Finger Lakes region. Blake Farms had considered expanding elsewhere but selected Wayne County for this project due to its renowned reputation as the top apple-producing county in all of New York state. Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Hope Knight said, “Cheers to Blake Farms for choosing to expand its hard cider production in the Finger Lakes – New York’s other “Big Apple.” Construction of the state-of-the-art facility in the Empire State’s highest apple-producing county will add great-paying local jobs, boost the regional economy and reinforce the state’s craft beverage and agribusiness industry leadership." Blake Farms’ cider operation has experienced rapid growth, producing over 875,000 cases of cider or 2,000,000 gallons of cider in the last year alone, making it one of the largest hard cider producers in the nation. Founded as a family run apple farm in 1946, the company began manufacturing hard cider in 2013, and now distributes its products to 21 states. Blake Farms Co-Owner & President Andrew Blake said, “As Blake’s continues its pursuit of being the stewards of all things apples, we felt compelled to invest in regions with robust apple growing and processing traditions. We intend to be a sustainable grower, processor and fermenter of all things apples and we couldn’t be more excited about engaging with the rich apple growing tradition found in upstate New York. We are excited at the opportunity to become a member of the Finger Lakes community and we feel this is the first step of our commitment to sustainable agriculture in the state and region. “ ESD is supporting the company’s expansion in New York state with up to $600,000 in performance-based Excelsior Tax Credits in exchange for the company's job creation commitments. Wayne County and Cornell AgriTech are also assisting Blake Farms with the project. The total project cost has been placed at $9 million. The project is already underway, and the company expects to be operational at the site in the 4th quarter of 2022. This project additionally supports the locally designed strategy of the Finer Lakes Regional Economic Development Council (FLREDC) which is laser focused on supporting next generation manufacturing and technology in the agriculture and food production industries in an effort to move the region forward. State Senator Pam Helming said, “There is no better place to grow a cider business than Wayne County – the apple capital of New York State! From the amazing apples grown by our local farmers to the critical business development support provided by Cornell AgriTech, the Finger Lakes is a vital hub for food, beverage and agribusiness. I am thrilled to welcome Blake Farms to Wayne County and the 54th District. Thank you to Andrew Blake and everyone at Blake Farms for their investment in our community.” State Assemblyman Brian Manktelow said, “Locally, we have known that our climate is great for beer, wine and cider, and now the rest of the country is starting to catch wind. Thank you, Blake Farms, for expanding your operations in Wayne County. This is a testament to their superb products as well as our fantastic apple production. We have fabulous seasons for growing, great people to work the fields, and production lines and a community ready to further embrace the Blake Farms culture. Cheers to many more years of growing good times here in Wayne County.” Wayne County Industrial Development Agency CEO and Executive Director, Brian Pincelli said, “Apples are big business in Wayne County and we are very proud of our Ag-economy and all it has to offer. The addition of Blake Farms as a Hard Cider producer and the new jobs they are bringing is exciting and we look forward to assisting them now and in the future.”  Catharine Young, Executive Director of the New York State Center of Excellence for Food and Agriculture at Cornell AgriTech, said, “Cornell AgriTech is recognized globally for excellence in food and agriculture research and technology and has been an invaluable resource to apple growers and processors to strengthen the industry.  The Center of Excellence (CoE) links Cornell’s innovation with the private sector to grow businesses, jobs and opportunities, and is working with companies such as Blake Farms by connecting them with the various resources they need to succeed.  It is exciting that Blake Farms is growing its operations in New York and the CoE will continue to provide business and technical expertise as they build out their Wayne County plant and begin production.  The CoE’s colleagues at the Cornell Craft Beverage Institute also have worked with Blake Farms and there are many synergistic opportunities for product testing, research and development in the future.  We are grateful for the company’s investment in our apple industry and the local economy and the state’s strong support of this project and look forward to assisting the company develop a vibrant future.” For additional information about Blake Farms, visit: https://blakefarms.com/. 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 regionally designed plan focuses on investing in key industries including photonics, agriculture‎ and food production, and advanced manufacturing. Now, the region is accelerating Finger Lakes Forward with a $500 million State investment through the Upstate Revitalization Initiative. 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. ​ 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 the 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: Shari Voorhees-Vincent | [email protected] | (585) 399-7055 Press Office | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313
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Friday, July 22, 2022 - 4:42pm
When Completed, the Research Institute for Brain and Body Health will Advance New Treatments, Medicines and Technologies while Saving Millions in Medicaid Dollars Related to Complex Care Empire State Development (ESD) today announced the completion of the first phase of The Center for Discovery’s Research Institute for Brain and Body Health in Rock Hill, New York – located in Sullivan County. The Innovation Labs, a branch of its Clinical Services’ Assistive Technology Department, are a technological hub where seasoned clinical experts and researchers collaborate with various teams to create, design, and build innovative solutions that enhance the quality of life for individuals with complex needs. When fully completed, The Center’s new Rock Hill site will be a state-of-the-art bio-behavioral and healthcare facility, including the Research Institute, and the soon-to-open Children’s Specialty Hospital for complex disabilities. ESD President, CEO and Commissioner Hope Knight said, “New York State is a leader in life science innovation, and The Center for Discovery’s Research Institute for Brain and Body Health will be home to cutting-edge technological advances and treatments that will improve the quality of life for people with complex health challenges. This center shows how our strategic investments can ultimately help to change lives for the better.”       Patrick H. Dollard, CEO of The Center for Discovery said, “The Center for Discovery has always championed new ideas and new technology. With the completion of our Innovation Labs – the first labs within our Research Institute for Brain and Body Health – we are leveraging more than thirty years of leadership in assistive technology to better study and develop innovative solutions that can transform the lives of individuals with complex disabilities. We have a shared vision with Empire State Development to make the Mid-Hudson Region a premier destination for innovative healthcare and research, and we are grateful for their support of this project. Together, with the extraordinary team we have assembled, we can change the way the world thinks about complexity and improve quality of life for everyone.” Commissioner for the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities Kerri Neifeld said, “OPWDD is proud to support people with developmental and intellectual disabilities with new technologies that can assist them in their everyday lives and make it possible for them to participate fully in their communities. I am grateful to Governor Hochul and Empire State Development for seizing this growth opportunity to develop creative solutions for behavioral health initiatives while enhancing the possibilities already available on the Center for Discovery’s current campus.”   Several new integrated laboratories for brain and body health will conduct pioneering studies to advance the care and treatment of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders, medical frailties, and other complex conditions. The labs will be particularly focused on common co-occurring biomedical conditions that can significantly affect quality of life, such as sleep disorders, gastrointestinal disorders, seizure disorders, obesity and Type 2 diabetes, immune and metabolic problems, and anxiety disorders. Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council co-chairs Marsha Gordon, President & CEO of The Business Council of Westchester, and SUNY Orange President Dr. Kristine Young said, “The Mid-Hudson is a hub for life science R&D and innovation, and we congratulate The Center for Discovery’s Research Institute for Brain and Body Health on Phase One completion of its new Rock Hill site. The Center further confirms this region’s depth of talent and its leadership in next-gen health care solutions.”  The Center for Discovery purchased the 164,000 square foot vacant Frontier Building on Lake Louise Marie Road and converted the second floor into the Research Institute for Brain & Body Health as part of a broader adaptive reuse project. With the first 10,000 square feet of the second floor labs complete and occupied, researchers are now on the path to pioneer studies for interventions, techniques, and tools for individuals with a range of complex conditions. Support for this project was provided through a $1 million ESD grant, recommended by the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council, to further the creation of a medical research corridor that advances the region as a premier biomedical and research destination. The Center for Discovery seeks to broadly share learnings and best practices through lectures, conferences, and publications, and will establish an integrated research environment where no boundaries exist between science, medicine, and application of clinical practice. State Senator Mike Martucci said, “I congratulate The Center for Discovery on the completion of Phase One of this important project. Fostering world-class and innovative healthcare in our communities is vital, and the new Research Institute for Brain and Body Health will help continue TCFD's excellence in serving vulnerable populations through cutting-edge methods and one-of-a-kind care. The investment made in this project by ESD should be recognized for its forethought that is exactly in line with TCFD's mission, and I thank them for helping to transform the standard of care for those with complex conditions.”  Assemblymember Aileen Gunther said, “I am proud to see the completion of The Center for Discovery’s groundbreaking new Research Institute for Brain and Body Health. The Center for Discovery has long been a leader in advancing our understanding and care for people with disabilities, and this facility will help create cutting edge new treatments. As a nurse and Chair of the Assembly Mental Health Committee, I have always advocated for proactive and innovative approaches to health care. I look forward to working with the Center to ensure it has the resources it needs to thrive.” Sullivan County Chairman Robert A. Doherty said, “Sullivan County is privileged to be home to The Center for Discovery, whose amazing legacy of research, compassion and innovation have made them a global leader in helping people reach their highest potential. I am proud to call them neighbors, and I look forward to the incredible, life-changing services they will introduce to the world through this one-of-a-kind facility.” Town Supervisor William J. Rieber Jr. said, “The Town of Thompson congratulates The Center for Discovery for achieving this milestone.  This project will advance treatment for our most vulnerable children suffering from Autism Spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities such as complex seizure disorders and more.  Without financial partners such as Empire State Development and the USDA, this project most certainly would not have gone forward.  We are pleased to have contributed in whatever way we could and are proud to consider TCFD part of the Thompson community.” About Center for Discovery   The Center for Discovery (TCFD) is a leading provider of healthcare and education services for more than 1,200 children and adults with complex conditions, medical frailties and Autism Spectrum Disorders, located 90 miles northwest of New York City. Named a Center of Excellence in 2016, TCFD has long been a leader in developing new models of care for individuals with complex conditions. Located on 1,500 acres of land in Sullivan County, TCFD houses school campuses, residences, medical and research facilities, organic and biodynamic farmland, and leased private businesses offering meaningful employment opportunities. Deeply focused on an individual’s personal potential and possibilities, rather than a disability, TCFD strives to create better care and unique and challenging opportunities for the most vulnerable populations. For more information about TCFD, please visit www.tcfd.org. 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 the New York State 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: Kristin Devoe (ESD): [email protected] | (518) 414-1087 ESD Press Office: [email protected] | (800) 260-7313
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