Empire State Development Encourages Travel During Columbus Day Path Through History Weekend

Hundreds of Columbus Day Weekend Events Planned to Showcase State's History; Program Encourages Heritage Travel and Tourism Across the State

October 4, 2018

Empire State Development (ESD) and I LOVE NY, New York State's Division of Tourism, are encouraging residents and visitors to experience hundreds of events scheduled for the upcoming Path Through History Weekend, scheduled for October 6-8. I LOVE NY will continue to highlight Path Through History Weekend events on its website, social media platforms, and the award-winning I LOVE NY app.

ESD President, CEO and Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, "With hundreds of years of rich history, New York State has been instrumental in many of the events and ideals that helped to shape America. I would encourage everyone to plan a trip to experience the culture of our Path Through History attractions."

Introduced by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo in 2012, the Path Through History initiative uses 13 themes to organize more than 700 heritage sites across the state, including an unparalleled network of museums, historic sites and cultural institutions. Path Through History Weekend showcases the state's rich heritage and will feature hundreds of events at historic and cultural destinations statewide. The first 2018 Path Through History Weekend was held in June to coincide with Father's Day and featured more than 500 events statewide.

New York State Executive Director of Tourism Ross D. Levi said, "Fall is already an amazing time to explore New York, and the opportunity to experience hundreds of events at historical sites across the state is icing on the cake. Whether your interest is the American Revolution, colonial history, civil rights or one of our other Path Through History themes, there is an event to form the cornerstone of a great holiday weekend New York getaway for you and your family."

Notable Columbus Day Path Through History Weekend events from New York’s eleven vacation regions include:

The Adirondacks
Fort Ticonderoga (Ticonderoga) is commemorating the Campaign of 1781, when the Royal Navy and British soldiers pushed south from Canada. They anchored and encamped at Ticonderoga, holding this strategic strait as raids continued southward. Fort Ticonderoga will focus on the sailors of the Royal Navy and the soldiers of the 29th Foot who worked closely together to propagate British power and politics.

Capital–Saratoga
At Johnson Hall State Historic Site (Johnstown), visitors will travel back in time to the 18th century and learn what it took to hunt, harvest and preserve enough food to last through the cold, harsh winters. Period-specific hunting and harvesting equipment will be on display, with interpreters providing demonstrations.

The Catskills
Bethel Woods Center for the Arts (Bethel) is hosting Legends in the Sky, a stargazing party. At this family friendly event, attendees can hear stories about the stars, learn astronomy facts, and create their own constellations from family myths and hopes for the future.

Central New York
The Northeast Classic Car Museum (Norwich) features more than 170 vehicles, featuring New York State-made cars like the Chenango Camper from Norwich, and Franklin Automobiles, made in Syracuse from 1906-1934. On October 7, the museum will host a LEGO car building contest for kids ages 3-18. Participating children will receive FREE admission to the museum when they bring in their assembled LEGO cars for display.

Chautauqua–Allegheny
Johnson Estate Vineyards (Westfield) invites visitors to experience New York's picturesque fall foliage and learn about winemaking. The walking tour explores the history of wine in New York State against the backdrop of the hillsides in their colorful autumn foliage.

Finger Lakes
Phelps Mansion (Binghamton) was built during America's Gilded Age as part of the city's "Mansion Row." The home, once part of a neighborhood full of beautiful homes, is the last of its neighbors and open for tours. It was designed by Isaac G. Perry, one of the state’s most famous 19th century architects, known for his work on the New York State Capitol.

Greater Niagara
Cobblestone Museum (Albion) will host its second annual Ghost Walk. Tour guides will lead you on a walking tour of 10 different National Historic Landmarks on the Museum's campus, including the oldest cobblestone church in North America. Along the way, guests will "meet" apparitions of notables like Horace Greeley, George Pullman and Grace Bedell.

Hudson Valley
The FASNY Museum of Firefighting (Hudson) is hosting Dalmatian Day. The annual Bob McKinney Memorial Fire Prevention Event will feature live Dalmatians as part of the day's activities to teach children about fire safety.

Long Island
Rise of the Jack O'Lanterns (Old Westbury) will feature thousands of illuminated jack o'lanterns at Historic Old Westbury Gardens. Organizers are doubling the number of carved pumpkins over 100 pounds, each one requiring more than 10 hours to carve to perfection. Multi-pumpkin structures, consisting of dozens of illuminated jack o’lanterns, are assembled into life-sized pieces of art include dinosaurs, dragons and animals.

New York City
The Flushing Friends' Meetinghouse (Queens), the oldest house of worship in New York which dates back more than 300 years, is hosting tours and an open house. It is associated with the 1657 Flushing Remonstrance, a protest movement to resist persecution of religious minorities by Dutch Governor, Peter Stuyvesant. It eventually led to the precedent for the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.

Thousand Islands–Seaway
Starr Clark Tin Shop (Mexico) was once owned by Starr Clark and his wife, Harriet Loomis Clark, who were abolitionists and Underground Railroad activists. Visitors can tour the home and learn more about the couple who, from late 1832 until the Civil War, welcomed freedom seekers by offering housing for them and providing transportation to the next station.

Since 2011, New York State has made unprecedented investments in the tourism industry statewide, leading to historic levels of visitors and direct spending. Last year, New York welcomed a record 243.8 million visitors who spent $67.6 billion, generating a total economic impact of more than $100 billion for the fourth straight year. Tourism is now the state's third largest employer, supporting 938,800 jobs annually.

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 New York State
New York State features 11 beautiful vacation regions. New York’s attractions feature landmarks such as Niagara Falls, the largest park in the continental U.S. in the Adirondacks and treasures such as the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown and the Corning Museum of Glass. New York State offers diverse activities for all: outdoor fun - snowmobiling, skiing and snowboarding, fishing, hiking and boating, year-round festivals and exploring the rich history and culture of one of the 13 original colonies. Visitors also enjoy the fine cuisine, beverage trails and farm-to-table fresh foods. For more information, visit iloveny.com.

Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council Submits 2018 Progress Report

Council Endorses 21 Priority Projects for Round VIII of Governor Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council Initiative

October 2, 2018

The Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council (MHREDC) today announced it recently submitted its 2018 Progress Report – entitled Growing Tomorrow, Building Today – to New York State to meet the October 1 deadline. The progress report details the council’s achievements in implementing its strategic plan and reflects the region's progress on efforts to ensure sustainable and long-term growth in the seven-county region and to leverage the region’s advantages in key industry sectors, including advanced manufacturing, food and beverage, biotechnology and life sciences.

In furtherance of these goals, strategies and initiatives, the report recommends 21 priority projects to advance the region’s growth objectives. These projects have the potential to generate over $164 million in economic activity and leverage private dollars at a ratio of 8 to 1. Collectively, these priority projects are projected to support the creation of 622 new permanent jobs, 1,085 indirect jobs, and the retention of 677 existing jobs.

Detailed information about the MHREDC’s 2018 endorsed priority projects is available in the progress report at https://regionalcouncils.ny.gov/mid-hudson.

Donald P. Christian, SUNY New Paltz President and MHREDC Co-Chair, said, "The Mid-Hudson region continues to be well-served by dedicated Council members from a variety of fields who are keenly focused on sustaining and enhancing the Hudson Valley’s economic potential. This year’s priority projects help meet this goal. They align well with the region’s strengths, support job retention and creation, and are projected to generate significant economic activity across multiple counties. We are pleased that the Governor’s regional approach to economic development is represented well in this report."

Round VIII of the REDC initiative will award more than $750 million in state funding and tax incentives, including up to $150 million in capital grants and up to $75 million in Excelsior Tax Credits for projects and activities identified by the Councils as regional priorities in their communities. Additionally, over $525 million from state agency programs will be awarded through the CFA process.  Funding awards will be announced by the end of the year.

The REDC process has transformed New York State government’s approach economic development, creating a statewide framework for bottom-up, regional economic growth and streamlining the state funding application process. Since 2011, the first year of the initiative, over $5.4 billion has been awarded to more than 6,300 projects that are projected to create and retain more than 220,000 jobs statewide.

2018 REDC Competition
In 2018, all 10 REDCs will be competing for a designation as a Top Performer. Five Top Performers will be selected and will receive up to $20 million in Empire State Development Capital Grant funding, with the remaining five regions receiving up to $10 million in Empire State Development Capital Grant funding. Each region will also receive $10 million to implement projects identified through the Downtown Revitalization Initiative, and projects from all 10 regions submitted through the CFA will be eligible for over $525 million in other state agency funds.

About the Consolidated Funding Application
As part of Governor Cuomo’s efforts to improve the state’s economic development model, a NYS Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) was created to streamline and expedite the grant application process. The CFA process marks a fundamental shift in the way state resources are allocated, ensuring less bureaucracy and greater efficiency to fulfill local economic development needs. The CFA serves as the single entry point for access to economic development funding, ensuring applicants no longer have to slowly navigate multiple agencies and sources without any mechanism for coordination. Now, economic development projects use the CFA as a support mechanism to access multiple state funding sources through one application, making the process quicker, easier, and more productive. To access the CFA, please visit https://apps.cio.ny.gov/apps/cfa/.

About the Regional Economic Development Councils
The Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) initiative is a key component of Governor Cuomo's approach to State investment and economic development. In 2011, Governor Cuomo established 10 Regional Councils to develop long-term strategic plans for economic growth for their regions. The Councils are public-private partnerships made up of local experts and stakeholders from business, academia, local government, and non-governmental organizations. The Regional Councils have redefined the way New York invests in jobs and economic growth by putting in place a community-based, bottom up approach and establishing a competitive process for State resources.  After seven rounds of the REDC process, over $5.4 billion has been awarded to job creation and community development projects consistent with each region’s strategic plans, projecting to create and retain more than 220,000 jobs. For more information on the Regional Councils, visit www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov.

 

Contact:
ESD Press Office | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313

Empire State Development Announces RFP for 39 Acres at Former Beacon Correctional Facility Site

Proposals Due on December 20, 2018

September 20, 2018

Empire State Development (ESD) today announced a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the purchase and redevelopment of the former Beacon Correctional Facility in Beacon, NY. Located one mile from vibrant downtown Beacon and sixty miles from New York City, the nearly 40-acre site presents a unique opportunity for development in the Hudson Valley region.

“Redeveloping Beacon Correctional Facility is a tremendous opportunity for economic growth and smart development in the Hudson Valley,” said ESD President, CEO, and Commissioner Howard Zemsky. “The prime location offers easy access to rich cultural, transportation and tourism resources, and we encourage respondents to submit creative proposals that maximize the potential of the site for the surrounding community.”

The site currently contains 22 vacant buildings, at least two of which may be ideal candidates for adaptive reuse. The Beacon Correctional Facility was closed in 2013 as part of the State’s ongoing initiative to decommission and consolidate a number of underutilized correctional facilities across New York State. The site presents an exciting development opportunity in light of its prime location, proximate resources, and available funding from New York State. The area surrounding the site is a popular artistic and cultural hub and major tourist destination, offering strong transit infrastructure (rail, ferry, air and vehicular) and an economic environment friendly to a wide variety of industries. It is also located in a federal Opportunity Zone, providing tax incentives for long-term investment in the area.

The primary development objectives for this RFP are to maximize economic benefit to the City of Beacon, the Town of Fishkill and the State through reuse and redevelopment of the Site in ways that advance the creation of new jobs, provide job training opportunities, stimulate the local economy, and integrate the site into the local community. 

Proposals should strive to address the following development objectives:

  • Enhance the site as an economic engine for the surrounding municipalities, the Hudson Valley region and New York State
  • Provide new job opportunities for local residents
  • Provide youth and/or adult job training and workforce development opportunities
  • Present a financially feasible project that demonstrates realistic financing and revenue sources to support operations and scheduled payments
  • Exhibit well-considered planning and design principles
  • Incorporate sustainable and green building practices
  • Ensure meaningful participation of Minority Owned Business Enterprises (“MBE”), Women Owned Business Enterprises (“WBE”) and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned-Businesses (“SDVOB”)

ESD invites respondents to submit proposals for a high-quality commercial or mixed-use development that will generate jobs and stimulate economic activity in the region.  ESD will consider proposals that include a residential component as part of a mixed-use development, but preference will be given to proposals in which residential development is not the majority use of the site. 

In addition, the State has allocated $6 million in grant funding through the State and Municipal Facilities Program (“SAM”) to support the redevelopment of the site.  While SAM requires a separate application process, respondents may include in their proposals ideas for using up to $6 million of this funding for eligible capital purposes on the site.  Eligible capital purposes include:

  • Capital costs of construction, improvement, rehabilitation or reconstruction of facilities
  • Acquisition of capital facilities and assets
  • Acquisition of capital assets with at least a 10-year useful life for the sole purpose of preserving and protecting infrastructure
  • Economic development projects sponsored by the State or municipal corporations that create or retain jobs (this will require certification by the Department of Economic Development)
  • Environmental projects sponsored by the State or municipal corporations

Responses are due by Thursday, December 20, 2018 at 12:00 PM EST. An optional site visit is scheduled for Thursday, October 11, 2018. Respondents are not required to attend; however, if they wish to participate, they must RSVP to [email protected]

The RFP and additional information is available on the Empire State Development website here. A video showing the site and surrounding area is available here.

 

 

Contact:
Amy Varghese | [email protected] | 212-803-3740
ESD Press Office | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313

Empire State Development Announces RFP for 320 Acres at Former Wassaic Developmental Center Site

Proposals Due on September 28, 2018

July 9, 2018

Empire State Development (ESD) today issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the purchase and redevelopment of the remaining portion of the former Wassaic Developmental Center (also known as the Wassaic Campus of the Taconic Developmental Disabilities Services Office), located in the rolling hills of the Harlem Valley. This RFP presents a unique opportunity to redevelop a beautiful site in the desirable Town of Amenia.

"The Wassaic Campus presents a tremendous development opportunity in the Harlem Valley," said ESD President, CEO and Commissioner Howard Zemsky. "The site's proximity to thriving tech and cultural resources, strong transit networks, and the Harlem Valley's natural scenic beauty present exciting potential. We encourage respondents to submit creative responses that stimulate vibrant community and economic growth in the region.” 

As part of the State’s ongoing initiative to support individuals with developmental disabilities within their community, the residential campus was closed in 2014. Four buildings onsite are currently used for administrative functions of the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, but the campus will be vacated by OPWDD upon its sale. In March 2017, ESD issued a Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) to generate ideas to inform this RFP.

The site that is the subject of this RFP is located at 26 Center Circle, in the Town of Amenia. Situated on a hill above the Tenmile River and adjacent to the Tenmile River Metro-North station, the site consists of approximately 320 acres, including nine acres of ground floor area constituting approximately 740,000 built square feet. Although there is no requirement to preserve the existing buildings, a number are architecturally interesting and offer adaptive reuse possibilities. The site’s vast size, bucolic location and accessibility to New York City, the Hudson Valley and Connecticut make it an exciting opportunity for creative, well-planned development.

The goal of this RFP is to maximize economic opportunities for the surrounding community by creating a premier destination in the scenic Harlem Valley that meets the policy goals of ESD and New York State. Respondents are invited to propose well-integrated, mixed-use development proposals that may include, but are not limited to, lodging and event space; residential, commercial and cultural uses; and agricultural or other seasonal land uses.

 Specifically, ESD’s development objectives seek to: 

  • Utilize the site as an economic engine for the Harlem Valley region and New York State;
  • Enhance and complement the area’s existing resources and amenities;
  • Capitalize on the proximity of rail transit at the site by creating new workforce housing opportunities and/or jobs for New Yorkers;
  • Maximize green building and sustainable design practices;
  • Maximize economic benefit to the State while minimizing the State’s economic and environmental risk; and
  • Incorporate meaningful participation by Minority-Owned Business Enterprises (“MBE”), Women-Owned Business Enterprises (“WBE”), and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned-Businesses (“SDVOB”), per Articles 15-A and 17-B of the New York State Executive Law.

Responses are due by Friday, September 28, 2018 at 2:00 PM. An optional site visit is scheduled for Monday, July 30, 2018. Respondents are not required to attend; however, if they wish to participate, they must RSVP to [email protected].

The RFP and additional information is available on the Empire State Development website here.

Contact:
Amy Varghese | [email protected] | (212) 803-3740
ESD Press Office | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313

ESD Announces SUNY New Paltz President Donald P. Christian to be Appointed Co-Chair of MHREDC

April 26, 2018

Empire State Development (ESD) today announced that Dr. Donald P. Christian, President of the State University of New York at New Paltz, will be appointed co-chair of the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council (MHREDC) starting in April 2018. Dr. Christian will replace Dr. Dennis J. Murray, Marist College President Emeritus, who has served as MHREDC co-chair since the Council’s inception in 2011. The Mid-Hudson Region includes Sullivan, Ulster, Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Westchester and Rockland Counties.

“As a current member of the Mid-Hudson REDC, Dr. Donald Christian has already been a true partner in our mission to catalyze vibrant economic growth in the Mid-Hudson Valley and strengthen communities where New Yorkers can live, work, and play,” said ESD President, CEO, and Commissioner Howard Zemsky. “I thank Dr. Dennis Murray for his committed service and leadership over seven rounds of the REDC initiative in the Mid-Hudson region and am confident he leaves the MHREDC in very capable hands. Dr. Donald P. Christian is an excellent choice to build on this region’s successful efforts to create jobs, support local business and spur major infrastructure.”

Incoming MHREDC Co-Chair and SUNY New Paltz President Donald P. Christian said, "As the leader of SUNY New Paltz, the Hudson Valley’s largest public university, I have found my participation in this collaborative effort to build a stronger economy in the region and the state to be extremely rewarding. A strong economy is the foundation of our region’s quality of life. I am humbled and honored by this opportunity, and look forward to working with my Council colleagues, ESD leadership and staff, and other partners to continue this great trajectory.”

MHREDC Co-Chair and Marist College President Emeritus Dennis Murray said, "It has been an honor to serve as the co-chair of the Mid-Hudson REDC for the last seven years. The Governor’s bottom-up approach to economic development has served the region well, and the Council has been successful in achieving positive results for the Mid-Hudson. I have no doubt that this success will continue under Dr. Christian’s leadership."

During his tenure as Co-Chair, Dr. Murray led the MHREDC through seven rounds of the Regional Council initiative, with the Mid-Hudson Region being named a top performer in four of those rounds. Since 2011, the Mid-Hudson Region has received $560.7 million in state resources to support 687 projects across the region.

Dr. Donald P. Christian was appointed the eighth President at the State University of New York at New Paltz in June 2011 after serving as Interim President from 2010-11. Previously, Dr. Christian served as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at the College from 2009-2010. Working in collaboration with internal and external constituencies, the president provides overall leadership and guidance for the College and represents the campus’ interests within the SUNY System, with local, state, and federal-elected officials and surrounding communities, and leads or supports many aspects of the College’s role in SUNY and New York State economic development initiatives.

Prior to his appointment to SUNY New Paltz, Dr. Christian was dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, associate dean for the Biological Sciences at the University of Montana and has held several positions at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, including Chair of Biology and Director of Graduate studies in the Biology Graduate Program.

About the Regional Economic Development Councils
The Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) initiative is a key component of Governor Cuomo's approach to State investment and economic development. In 2011, Governor Cuomo established 10 Regional Councils to develop long-term strategic plans for economic growth for their regions. The Councils are public-private partnerships made up of local experts and stakeholders from business, academia, local government, and non-governmental organizations. The Regional Councils have redefined the way New York invests in jobs and economic growth by putting in place a community-based, bottom up approach and establishing a competitive process for State resources.

After seven rounds of the REDC process, more than $5.4 billion has been awarded to more than 6,300 job creation and community development projects consistent with each regions strategic plans, projecting to create and retain more than 220,000 jobs. For more information on the Regional Councils, visit www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov.

About Empire State Development
Empire State Development (ESD) is New York’s chief economic development agency (www.esd.ny.gov). The mission of ESD is to promote a vigorous and growing economy, encourage the creation of new job and economic opportunities, increase revenues to the State and its municipalities, and achieve stable and diversified local economies. Through the use of loans, grants, tax credits and other forms of financial assistance, ESD strives to enhance private business investment and growth to spur job creation and support prosperous communities across New York State. ESD is also the primary administrative agency overseeing Governor Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Councils and the marketing of “I LOVE NEW YORK,” the State’s iconic tourism brand. For more information on Regional Councils and Empire State Development, visit www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov and www.esd.ny.gov.

 

Contact:
Amy Varghese (ESD) | [email protected] | (212) 803-3740
ESD Press Office | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313

ESD Welcomes Asahi Shuzo to Hyde Park to Establish Largest Sake Brewery in the Hudson Valley

$28 Million Sake Brewery in Hyde Park to Produce More Than 332,000 Gallons of Sake a Year

April 10, 2018

Partnership with The Culinary Institute of America to Develop Curriculum, Certification Programs, Workshops, Special Events and Tastings

At an event with The Culinary Institute of America, Empire State Development (ESD) President, CEO, & Commissioner Howard Zemsky welcomed premier Japanese sake brewery Asahi Shuzo to the Hudson Valley.  A landmark partnership between Asahi Shuzo and The Culinary Institute of America, the world’s premier culinary college, will establish New York’s largest sake brewery and the first sake brewery in the Hudson Valley. As part of the collaboration, Asahi Shuzo will build its first U.S. brewery in Hyde Park, less than a mile from The CIA campus.  Construction on the new brewery - located at the corner of Route 9 and St. Andrews Road - is anticipated to commence in spring 2018, with a scheduled opening in early 2019. At full capacity, the brewery will produce 332,640 gallons of sake a year.

“New York’s thriving craft beverage community is an engine for job creation, tourism, and regional economic growth,” said ESD President, CEO and Commissioner Howard Zemsky. “Asahi Shuzo’s expansion into the Hudson Valley builds on New York’s national and international leadership in this industry.”

Asahi Shuzo International Co., Ltd., maker of world-renowned DASSAI premium Junmai Daiginjo sake, will collaborate with The CIA to further the education and awareness of sake within the United States. The CIA—with the support of Asahi Shuzo—will develop curriculum, certification programs, workshops, and special events and tastings. 

“Asahi Shuzo International Company is a leader in its field, carefully combining both tradition and cutting-edge technology to craft its premium quality beverage,” said CIA President Dr. Tim Ryan. “We are honored that they chose to build their first U.S. operation in The CIA’s backyard, and look forward to a long and fruitful relationship.”

“When looking for a site to build our first U.S. brewery, we knew we wanted to differentiate ourselves from other sake brewers,” says Asahi Shuzo Chairman Hiroshi Sakurai. “The proximity to The CIA, located in the heart of the Hudson Valley, is an ideal fit. We are excited to cultivate this new relationship.”

To encourage Asahi Shuzo’s growth in New York, Empire State Development offered the Japan-based brewery up to $588,235 in performance-based tax credits through the Excelsior Jobs Program.  Asahi Shuzo will invest more than $28 million in the facility and create 32 new jobs.

The CIA and Asahi Shuzo will also seek research and development opportunities to further identify ways in which sake and the by-product from the sake-making process can be used to expand food flavors and culinary techniques, along with the potential for new lines of sake-based products.

New York State is ranked third in the United States for highest foreign direct investment, with 474,000 New York jobs supported by foreign investments. Japan is the third largest foreign investor into the United States.  

Under Governor Cuomo's leadership, New York State continues to implement legislative and policy changes to capitalize on the soaring consumer demand for locally produced craft beverages and to make it easier to open and run a craft manufacturing business. These improvements include lowering taxes and fees, providing support for research, creating new licenses for farm breweries and cideries, rolling back restrictive regulations, cutting the time it takes to obtain a license in half and overhauling the state's antiquated Alcoholic Beverage Control law. These reforms have led to a 156 percent increase in the number of new farm craft manufacturers since the Governors' first Wine, Beer and Spirits Summit in 2012, growing from 282 licenses in 2012 to 721 today, including 208 farm breweries and 42 farm cideries.

About Empire State Development
Empire State Development (ESD) is New York’s chief economic development agency (www.esd.ny.gov). The mission of ESD is to promote a vigorous and growing economy, encourage the creation of new job and economic opportunities, increase revenues to the State and its municipalities, and achieve stable and diversified local economies. Through the use of loans, grants, tax credits and other forms of financial assistance, ESD strives to enhance private business investment and growth to spur job creation and support prosperous communities across New York State. ESD is also the primary administrative agency overseeing Governor Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Councils and the marketing of “I LOVE NEW YORK,” the State’s iconic tourism brand. For more information on Regional Councils and Empire State Development, visit www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov  and www.esd.ny.gov.

 

 

 

Contact:
Amy Varghese (ESD) | [email protected] | (212) 803-3740
ESD Press Office | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313

ESD Announces 23 Businesses Chose to Grow in Upstate NY and Commit to Creating Nearly 300 Jobs

January 26, 2018

Empire State Development today announced that 23 businesses will startup, expand or locate in seven regions across Upstate New York, partnering with local colleges and universities to spur economic growth across the state. These companies have committed to create nearly 300 new jobs and invest approximately $9.8 million over the next five years.

“From life sciences to advanced manufacturing, software development and green-tech, more and more companies are finding New York State is a great place to start or grow their business,” said Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky. “These businesses have the potential to create hundreds of jobs in throughout Upstate New York in dynamic, innovative industries, while generating millions in revenue for the local economy.”

“As I shared in my inaugural State of the University System address this week, two themes of my vision for the System include innovation and entrepreneurship, and increase and expand partnerships. This is an example of these themes at work,” said SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson. “The partnerships between our campuses and these businesses are producing academic benefits for faculty and students, while simultaneously driving innovation-based economic development in New York State.”

These businesses will create jobs in key industries, including: biotechnology, craft beverage production; computer/information technology; film post-production; high-technology; manufacturing and advanced manufacturing; research and development; software development; and technical and trade school transportation engineering and design.

The 23 companies are sponsored by the following New York State colleges and universities: Adirondack Community College; Binghamton University; Clarkson University; Finger Lakes Community College; Genesee Community College; Hudson Valley Community College; Mount Saint Mary College; Onondaga Community College; Schenectady County Community College; SUNY Cobleskill; SUNY Ulster; and the University at Albany.

The following businesses have joined START-UP NY:

Capital Region
Adirondack Community College:

Brandsight, Inc. is an enterprise domain name registrar company that develops technology solutions to enable the world’s largest brands to manage and optimize their domain name portfolios. Brandsight Inc is developing a new Smart & Intelligent technology that learns which domain names to own and how best to use them based on recurring big data analysis. The company will create 14 new jobs and invest $50,000.

Hudson Valley Community College:

New Ed, Inc. is developing pre-built, but configurable software for educational organizations to help maintain enrollment and growth. New Ed will design and develop innovative user experiences which will be translated into a web application through a Software-as-a Service platform to benefit their clients. New Ed will create 18 new jobs and invest $172,000.

Upstate Concierge Management (UCM) is developing and continues to enhance its unique software technology telecommunications software platform which features: HIPPA compliant messaging services, phone services, secure 2‐way video connections, enrollment and billing, electronic health records and a customizable smart phone application that enables health service providers and medical facilities to operate more efficiently. The company will create 12 new jobs and invest $30,000.

Schenectady County Community College:

KIRSH Helmets, Inc. is a small early stage business expanding to the production phase, and is the only helmet company producing a helmet entirely made in America. KIRSH Helmets uses a patented silicone technology to lessen the impact during crashes and is lighter and smaller than most other helmets. The company will create 13 new jobs and invest $347,000.

University at Albany:

Branch VFX is a new business that provides special effects services to clients and production entities for the television and film industry. Branch VFX is crossing the disciplines of graphic arts and computer science on video to create computer/graphic art work as part of the special effects process of rotoscoping, 3D Tracking and rotomation. The company will create 16 net new jobs and invest $139,000."

SUNY Cobleskill:

454 Fire Training is a technical trade school that provides high quality, experiential education to members of the fire service community. The training program includes extensive live fire-fighting exposure, and classroom instructions for extended learning and continued education. 454 will have live fire demonstration units/buildings that will be constructed for this purpose. 454 Fire Training will create four new jobs and invest $500,000.

Central New York
Onondaga Community College:

454 Fire Training is a technical trade school that provides high quality, experiential education to members of the fire service community. The training program includes extensive live fire-fighting exposure, and classroom instructions for extended learning and continued education. 454 will have live fire demonstration units/buildings that will be constructed for this purpose. 454 Fire Training will create four new jobs and invest $500,000.

Roji Tea Company LLC is a new manufacturing business that will produce bottled teas, baked goods, and tea ware/utensils. Roji Tea takes bulk material of imported and locally sourced herbal teas and hand-mixes them to create new blends. The company will create four new jobs and invest $4,000.

Finger Lakes
Finger Lakes Community College:

Star Cider, LLC is a cider business that sources apples and fresh ingredients solely from New York State. The new production facility will also serve as a research and education center, featuring interactive tours, lecture series and workshops focusing on apple cider production. Star Cider will create five new jobs and invest $295,000.

Genesee Community College:

Tencar Inc. is a new medical device corporation that developed an innovative ostomy tool called “Choice Cap."" The Choice Cap System is a prosthetic appliance for active-lifestyle colostomy and ileostomy patients. The company will create nine new jobs and invest $345,000.

Mid-Hudson
Mount Saint Mary College:

Osborne Technologies, Inc. designs, develops, and markets educational technology products and services for the corporate, education, government, and healthcare e-learning industries. Osborne Technologies products include front of class touch screen teaching applications, multi-touch software, visitor management, access control, sensory and immersive spaces, scent delivery and wireless infrastructure systems designed for schools to enhance safeguarding. The company will create seven new jobs and invest $50,000.

Vuff, LLC is a new advanced manufacturing company that produces pet products, specifically proprietary collars and leashes, from custom OEM components using a variety of techniques such as ultra-sonic plastic welding, laser and hot knife cutting. The company will create 12 new jobs and invest $118,000.

SUNY Ulster:

340Best, Inc. is a software development company that provides customized software and related technical and analytical support to healthcare organizations part of the 340B program, a federal program designed to help lower the cost of healthcare to needy communities. The company will create six new jobs and invest $25,000.

GenEdge Health, Inc. will develop and customize a proprietary software platform to support prescription benefit management (PBM) companies, unions, and other health related companies with managing their health care eligibility needs, clinical patient medical and prescription data analysis, and formulating strategic plans that will lead to better patient outcomes. The company will create three new jobs and invest $10,000.

Mohawk Valley
SUNY Cobleskill:

Asset eXchange Infrastructure (AXI) Systems, Inc. is a new information technology company that will develop and launch a web-based agricultural map and procurement system through which New York State farm, food and other businesses will be able to construct business profiles, interact, and offer products for sale. AXI System employees will provide account management, troubleshooting and clearinghouse services and will implement promotional and educational strategies to encourage system use. The company will create 15 new jobs and invest $45,000.

Digital Gameday (DG) is a SAAS (software as service) product that serves as an online film analysis and exchange system for high school athletic professionals and coaches. The high-tech company provides coaches a data-driven and cloud based approach to film analysis and performance assessment supported by best-in-class personal service. Players can also use DG tools for creating personalized highlight reels for distribution to college recruiters. Digital Gameday will create five new jobs and invest $23,500.

North Country
Clarkson University:

LC Drives, a New York State incubator graduate, is developing and manufacturing the next generation of electric motors that are smaller, lighter, and higher performing than conventional products. Targeted markets include marine propulsion, traction motors, and wind turbine generators. LC Drives will create 20 new jobs and invest $500,000.

Southern Tier
Binghamton University:

AvantGuard Technologies (AGT) is a new software development company that provides its customers with software solutions including monitoring indexing, storage, scaling, application integration, managing, visualizing, aggregating, storing, retrieving, and analyzing and analytics for IT operations and business processes. The company will create 78 new jobs and invest $5.4 million.

Geoweb3d is a software engineering company that provides 3D mapping and visualization solutions for a variety of users, including U.S. Mission Planning for Special Operations and the U.S. Army. One of its products is a built-in web browser that allows for smooth interoperability with cloud and mapping applications such as Google Maps and Google Earth. Geoweb3d will create six new jobs and invest $62,000.

SwiftATN, LLC is a new R&D transit engineering and design company that is developing products and services for the high-growth automated transportation industry. The design uses an electric powered automated transportation system and custom design software for elevated guideways. The systems can be used on campuses, resorts, airports or built as part of a regional transit network. SwiftATN, LLC will initially create 14 net new jobs and invest $150,000.

Oasis Stone Scapes (OSS) is a new manufacturing masonry business that will produce eco-friendly fiberglass reinforced masonry panels. Each panel is precast with a super strength composite and can be installed on a solid surface without the need of a substrate, concrete footing or any additional supports. Panel molds can be created any shape, size or dimension making this technology extremely versatile. OSS will create six new jobs and invest $1.075 million.

DB Therapeutics, Inc. is a new R&D company that is developing a bandage for skin cancer therapy, optimizing its final product and its manufacturing process and controls. DB Therapeutics will coordinate in vitro and in vivo animal and clinical studies, and will pursue FDA approval. The company will create three new jobs and invest $100,000.

 

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