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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced that Gap Inc., a specialty retailer recognized around the globe, plans to expand its distribution center in Fishkill, Dutchess County, creating up to 1,200 new jobs over the next five years. Gap, which built a 2.3 million square foot, $162 million distribution center in Fishkill more than a decade ago, plans to invest $96 million in the renovation and expansion of this center, including the purchase of new machinery and equipment to support the growth of the company.

Gap considered other locations across the United States for its expansion project, but ultimately chose to invest and grow in New York State.

“Gap Inc.’s decision to invest in their Fishkill facility – and bring as many as 1,200 jobs there over the next five years – is another sign that New York’s economy is on the move,” Governor Cuomo said. “By partnering with the private sector, our administration is attracting renewed interest from companies that are looking to expand, and as a result New York is among the top states in the nation for job growth since the recession.”

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“We are proud of our fourteen year history as an employer in Fishkill, New York,” said Senior Vice President of Global Logistics for Gap Inc., Shawn Curran. “As Gap Inc. continues to grow we are expanding our Northeast distribution capacity through infrastructure investment. With $96 million in capital investment and the addition of 1,200 new jobs by June of 2019, Fishkill will continue to be a priority for us.”

To secure this major investment and job creation project, Empire State Development provided the company with up to $12 million in performance-based Excelsior Jobs Tax Credits, which are tied directly to job creation and investment commitments. Additionally, the Dutchess County Industrial Development Agency extended its existing Payment in Lieu of Tax agreement, which will also be performance-based under the new agreement, and Gap will be eligible for a sales tax exemption as well as employee training assistance.

 “Gap Inc. is a world leader in the retail industry and its commitment to grow its distribution center here in New York State underscores the improved business climate under the governor’s leadership,” ESD President, CEO & Commissioner Kenneth Adams said. “The creation of 1,200 new jobs will provide a tremendous boost to Dutchess County’s economy and will further solidify Gap’s presence and partnership in the community.”

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced recently that New York State will receive one of 24 awards being made to states to support activities that increase exporting by small businesses.  The State of New York will be receiving over $311,000 to support small businesses with the STEP (State Trade and Export Promotion) Global NY Exports initiative.   

The award will be managed through Empire State Development’s International Division and matched with over $167,000 from the state, for a total investment topping $479,000. 

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This public-private partnership is designed to increase job creation and retention by providing New York small businesses with the tools and assistance that they need to export their products in the global marketplace.  The goal is to increase the number of small businesses that begin to export and increase the value of exports for small businesses that currently export. 

Approved funds under the STEP Global NY Exports initiative will assist New York small businesses in:

  • foreign trade mission participation;
  • foreign market sales trips;
  • subscription services provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce;
  • website and/or marketing material translation services;
  • export trade show exhibits; and
  •  international trade workshops that align with the program objectives.

For additional information on the STEP Global NY Exports program, please contact ESD’s International Division at (212) 803-2300 or globalny@esd.ny.gov.

Television’s biggest night took place on August 25th when the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences presented its 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. Governor Cuomo congratulated the 29 New York State-based Emmy Award winners, including 23 winning shows that participated in the NY State Film Production program, like The Blacklist, Boardwalk Empire, Orange Is The New Black, The Good Wife, Louie, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and Saturday Night Live, HBO’s The Normal Heart, and The Sound Of Music Live.

“The Primetime Emmy awards represent the very best in television today, and it is my pleasure to congratulate New York’s nominees and winners on this extraordinary achievement,” Governor Cuomo said. “The film tax credit program has been a huge success – having attracted 576 shows to film and produce in New York since 2011, ultimately creating thousands of new jobs and generating billions of dollars in economic activity. In addition to supporting tonight’s award-winners, the program has cemented New York’s reputation as a leader in film and entertainment, and I look forward to seeing the industry continue to grow and thrive in the Empire State.”

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The Good Wife’s Julianna Margulies wins Emmy for Lead Actress - Drama Series

The following 2014 Primetime Emmy Award winners participated in the New York State Film Production or Post Production Tax Credit Program:

Outstanding Art Direction for a Period Series, Miniseries or a Movie (Single-Camera):

Boardwalk Empire • Erlkönig • The Old Ship Of Zion • Farewell Daddy Blues • HBO

Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series:

Orange Is The New Black • Netflix

Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series:

True Detective • HBO (NY Post-Production Program)

Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series:

True Detective • Who Goes There • HBO (NY Post-Production Program)

Outstanding Costumes for a Variety Program or a Special:

Saturday Night Live • Host: Jimmy Fallon • NBC

Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series:

True Detective • Who Goes There • HBO (NY Post-Production Program)

Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series:

Saturday Night Live • Host: Jimmy Fallon • NBC

Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series:

Orange Is The New Black • *** Punch • Netflix

Outstanding Hairstyling for a Multi-Camera Series or Special:

Saturday Night Live • Host: Anna Kendrick • NBC

Outstanding Interactive Program:

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Digital Experience • NBC

Outstanding Main Title Design:

True Detective • HBO (NY Post-Production Program)

Outstanding Makeup for a Single-Camera Series (Non-Prosthetic):

True Detective • The Secret Fate Of All Life • HBO (NY Post-Production Program)

Outstanding Makeup for a Multi-Camera Series or Special (Non-Prosthetic):

Saturday Night Live • Host: Jimmy Fallon • NBC

Outstanding Makeup for a Miniseries or a Movie (Non-Prosthetic):

The Normal Heart • HBO

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series:

The Good Wife • CBS

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series:

Saturday Night Live • Host: Jimmy Fallon • NBC

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series:

Orange Is The New Black • Uzo Aduba as Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren • Netflix

Outstanding Television Movie:

The Normal Heart • HBO

Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Miniseries or a Movie:

Treme • Sunset On Louisianne • HBO (NY Post-Production Program)

Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (Half-Hour) and Animation:

Nurse Jackie • The Lady With The Lamp • Showtime

Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Drama Series, Miniseries or Movie:

The Blacklist • NBC

Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special:

The Sound Of Music Live! • NBC

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series:

Louie • So Did The Fat Lady • FX Networks

 

The following Emmys were awarded to New York-based productions which did not participate in the New York State Film Tax Credit Program:

Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special:

67th Annual Tony Awards • CBS

Outstanding Picture Editing for Short-Form Segments and Variety Specials:

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart • McConnelling (Segment) • Comedy Central

Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics:

67th Annual Tony Awards • Song Title: Bigger! • CBS

Outstanding Variety Series:

The Colbert Report • Comedy Central

Outstanding Special Class Program:

67th Annual Tony Awards • CBS

Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series:

The Colbert Report • Comedy Central 

ESD related happenings around New York State that you can be a part of

Events:

  • Attention NYS manufacturers: On October 3, FuzeHub will hold a Farm to Fork Solutions Forum in Rochester, NY, a free, half-day event providing in-person meeting opportunities for NYS manufacturing companies with a select group of business and technical experts to analyze, problem solve and identify solutions to meet specific company needs. Register here.
  • Learn how to negotiate a commercial lease at Harlem Community Development Corporation’s free seminar on Tuesday, October 7 at the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Building in Harlem, NY, where a panel of expert real estate lawyers will discuss tenant rights, lease terms, and common pitfalls.
  • Members of the electronic industry, check out the 2014 Electronics Packaging Symposium at Binghamton University in Binghamton, NY on October 8 & 9 to learn about technology advances in small scale systems and microelectronics packaging.
  • ESD and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) both offer direct small business lending programs to start and grow your small business.  Check out our free Grow Your Business via Mentorship and Financing program on October 9 to learn more about starting or expanding your business.
  • It takes daring vision and fearless determination to build an exceptional company that breaks the boundaries of what is thought possible.  At the third annual Cornell Entrepreneurship Summit on November 7, speakers will share their experiences and expert advice.  Visit ESD’s table at the event and register here today.

Make the most of autumn by joining I LOVE NY and the Division of Tourism at the following events across New York State:

  • Enjoy seasonal food favorites, and a variety of music and performances at Locktoberfest on October 4, 2014 in Lockport.
  • At the World’s Largest Garage Sale in Warrensburg on October 4 & 5, find anything and everything, from antiques and hard-to-find items to hardware and vintage clothing.
  • Seafood lovers, check out the Oyster Festival, the East Coast’s largest waterfront festival, for live entertainment, unique seafood dishes and an iconic oyster eating and shucking contest. Visit I Love NY’s booth from October 18-19.

Be sure to visit http://www.iloveny.com/fall for more of the season’s statewide festivals and events

Resources:

  • ESD provides a variety of Business Programs aimed at helping businesses.  Whether you are an international company looking to make a move or a small business owner wanting to access capital, ESD is here to help.
  • Learn about Business Mentor NY, a free, innovative initiative that supports and grows small businesses by connecting owners to other successful professionals throughout the State. Visit the newly launched Business Mentor NY website.
  • FuzeHub connects small to mid-sized New York State manufacturers to the resources, programs and expertise they need to take technologies to market, and forms the center of a powerful network of resources that can help businesses find equipment, scale-up production and overcome business and technical challenges.
  • ESD’s NYS Beverage Biz Events & News page is a One Stop Shop website that provides everything a winery, brewery, cidery or distillery needs to get permitted, access incentives or get information on starting and growing your business in New York.
  • CitizenConnects empowers New Yorkers with the information they need to actively participate in state government. In the spirit of the old town green, CitizenConnects provides a way for New Yorkers to participate in state government and share thoughts, opinions and ideas for New York’s future. Get involved in your community by coming out to participate!

Make sure to check out ESD’s Facebook Page and LinkedIn Company Page , and follow us on Twitter (@EmpireStateDev) for the most up to date events.

On August 23, Governor Cuomo hosted the 2014 BASSMASTER Governor’s Challenge on Owasco Lake in Cayuga County.  First announced in August 2013 and detailed in his 2014 State of the State Address, the event was a chance for elected officials, tourism industry professionals, business leaders and the press to join the governor for a friendly fishing competition in New York’s beautiful Finger Lakes.  

Professional anglers from the BASSMASTER Elite Series Tournament, which took place that same week on Cayuga Lake, joined community members, including Congressman Dan Maffei, Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney, and former NBA and Syracuse Basketball Player Derrick Coleman as they cast their lines in an effort to make the biggest catch.

Fishing is a key industry in New York. It generates $1.8 billion for our economy and employs 17,000 people. The Finger Lakes are one of New York – and the northeast’s - top fishing destinations, with an estimated 128 species of fish altogether in the Finger Lakes.

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Governor Cuomo at the 2014 BASSMASTER Governor’s Challenge on Owasco Lake in Cayuga County

At a luncheon following the fishing challenge, Governor Cuomo unveiled a new tourism television advertisement aimed at luring visitors to experience some of New York State’s 7,500 lakes and ponds and 50,000 miles of rivers and streams.  The ad is narrated by native-New Yorker Ed Burns.

In addition, the governor announced $75,000 in state funding to enable the completion of several access projects at Emerson Park, the centerpiece of the community on the North Shore of Owasco Lake, enabling the park to better serve anglers, swimmers, boaters, and others who visit the park.

“From the shores of Long Island, to the expansive Thousand Islands, to the beautiful Finger Lakes region, New York State is home to some of the most enjoyable and scenic fishing locations in the entire world,” Governor Cuomo said. “Fishing is more than just an exciting recreational sport; it is a major driver of tourism, jobs and economic activity in communities all across New York State. We look forward to building on our partnership with the BASSMASTER Elite Series to continue to bring attention and more visitors to our state’s unparalleled tourism attractions, and display what we can offer anglers and all those who visit the Empire State.”

Over the past four years, New York State has taken action to support the fishing industry:

  • The NY Open for Hunting and Fishing initiative, launched two years ago, has streamlined the licensing process and reduced fees for outdoor enthusiasts.
  • This year’s state budget included funding to open up more than 50 new access points, making nearly 400,000 acres of state land available for New Yorkers to enjoy.
  • This year’s state budget also included $4 million to improve fish hatcheries, which play a critical role in stocking lakes across the state.
  • To ‘hook’ new anglers, the state is offering more free fishing clinics and sponsoring more free fishing days so more and more New Yorkers can enjoy the sport.
  • This August, Governor Cuomo launched the IFISHNY competition, a statewide fishing contest that calls upon anglers to show off their prize largemouth and striped bass catches by using the New York Fishing, Hunting & Wildlife app.

In early 2013, location scouts began appearing in the quaint Village of Tupper Lake in the Adirondacks. By late March, a major motion picture production rolled into town, bringing hundreds of people into the upstate community, including directors, actors, and crew, to shoot scenes for this summer’s latest blockbuster – Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies’ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The production resulted in more than $1 million spent at area businesses that included restaurants, hardware stores, lumber yards, and hotels, along with services such as fuel supplies, catering, and real estate rental.

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Gigi Semone, Executive Director, Governor’s Office for Motion Picture & Television Development (second from right, in red) and local officials attend a community screening of TMNT at the State Theater in Tupper Lake on August 7, 2014.

“The production had a great impact on the area when the community needed it most – giving it a $1 million local economic boost during the most challenging time of the year,” said Jim LaValley, owner of LaValley Real Estate and chairman of ARISE, a local economic development organization. “They embraced the community who was sad to see them go when the filming ended. There are so many great location options in Tupper Lake and Paramount had such a great experience; they hope to come back again. We welcome filmmakers to the area.”

Lemieux Contracting of Tupper Lake was one of several area contractors who worked with the production over the six weeks of prep, filming, and wrap in March and April. Owner Mark Lemieux said, “The experience of having Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles filming in Tupper Lake was amazing, interesting, fun, as well as extremely economically beneficial. We would definitely welcome more filmmakers to the area.”

According to the Motion Picture Association for America (MPAA), the late-summer blockbuster shot for over 70 days in New York State and spent a total of more than $55 million, including $30 million in salaries for New York labor and $3.2 million in taxes paid to the State. The production took full advantage of New York’s diverse geography while filming – from downtown cityscapes to the panoramic Adirondacks.

As impressive as the numbers from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are, the figures illustrate the benefits from only one production filming in New York State. The MPAA’s most recent State Economic Profile of New York shows that the film and television industry as a whole supports over 94,000 jobs throughout the State, paying over $9.4 billion in direct wages. New York’s competitive tax incentive is the driving force behind the State’s rise as a first-rate location for shooting films and television shows. The tax incentive creates opportunity for the State’s high-quality crew, vendors, and unique landscapes to play key roles in the production of major film and television productions.

"Under the leadership of Governor Cuomo, New York State has quickly turned into the country’s premier location to film a movie or television show and the impact of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is the latest example of how the state’s Film Production Tax Credit program is attracting major motion pictures – along with major spending and employment opportunities – to the Empire State,” said Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Kenneth Adams. “We look forward to attracting more blockbuster productions like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as we work to grow the entertainment industry and strengthen New York’s economy.” 

“Major motion pictures require locations that are as diverse and imaginative as the content of the stories themselves. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles displays New York’s top qualities and the local economies reaped the benefits,” said Senator Chris Dodd, Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America. “Governor Cuomo and New York’s lawmakers’ leadership in offering a competitive production tax incentive continues to enable high-yielding results.”

ESD-related happenings around New York State that you can be a part of!

Events:

  • Attention NYS manufacturers: On October 3, 2014 FuzeHub will hold a Farm to Fork Solutions Forum in Rochester, NY, a free, half-day event providing in-person meeting opportunities for NYS manufacturing companies with a select group of business and technical experts to analyze, problem solve and identify solutions to meet specific company needs. Register here.

Before summer ends, make a getaway to join I LOVE NY and the Division of Tourism at the following events across New York State:

  • Golfers, head to the Wegmans LPGA Championship in Pittsford, New York from Aug 11-17. The Wegmans LPGA event features the top 150 players from 25 countries and attracts over 80,000 spectators, contributing an estimated $20 million to the Rochester economy on an annual basis.
  • Bethel Woods Center for the Performing Arts, home of the Woodstock music festival, is celebrating the 45th anniversary of that iconic event.  Special events throughout the season include a screening of Woodstock: The Director’s Cut on the original festival field on August 15.
  • For 12 days and nights, from August 21 - September 1, The Great New York State Fair brings together the best food, music, rides, games, exhibits, animals, agriculture and so much more of all the things that make New York State special.
  • The Bassmaster Elite Series, the nation’s premier bass tournament circuit, comes to Cayuga Lake and the Finger Lakes communities of Union Springs and Auburn, from August 21st to 24th.  In addition to championship fishing, the event also features free on-the-water boat demos, lure seminars, contests and giveaways and more.
  • Check out the Adirondack Balloon Festival from September 18-21 at Crandall Park in Glens Falls, NY. Enjoy the oldest and largest balloon event on the East Coast, set against the backdrop of the beautiful Adirondack Mountains.

Resources:

  • ESD provides a variety of Business Programs aimed at helping businesses; whether you are an international company looking to make a move or a small business owner wanting to access capital, ESD is here to help.
  • Learn about Business Mentor NY, a free, innovative initiative that supports and grows small businesses by connecting owners to other successful professionals throughout the State. Visit the newly launched Business Mentor NY website.
  • FuzeHubconnects small to mid-sized New York State manufacturers to the resources, programs and expertise they need to take technologies to market, and forms the center of a powerful network of resources that can help businesses find equipment, scale-up production and overcome business and technical challenges.
  • ESD’s NYS Beverage Biz Events & News page is a One Stop Shop website that provides everything a winery, brewery, cidery or distillery needs to get permitted, access incentives or get information on starting and growing your business in New York.
  • CitizenConnects empowers New Yorkers with the information they need to actively participate in state government. In the spirit of the old town green, CitizenConnects provides a way for New Yorkers to participate in state government and share thoughts, opinions and ideas for New York’s future. Get involved in your community by coming out to participate!

 

Make sure to check out ESD’s Facebook Page and LinkedIn Company Page , and follow us on Twitter (@EmpireStateDev) for the most up to date events.

I LOVE NY campaign activates at high-profile events all across the State

As visitors across New York have been attending countless special events being held this summer, the NYS Division of Tourism has been encouraging extended stays and new visits to destinations throughout the Empire State.  Governor Cuomo also has hosted events for opinion makers, travel industry professionals, and the media to get the word out about all the unique things there are to see and do in New York.

The Governor kicked off the summer tourism season in Watkins Glen, unveiling a new commercial with New Yorker Robert DeNiro that encourages New Yorkers and visitors to have the “Ultimate Road Trip” in New York State. The commercial highlights new tools to make travel across the State easier and more exciting than ever, including increased road signage and a social media campaign allowing travelers to share video messages about why they love New York. 

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Governor Cuomo kicks off the summer tourism season in Watkins Glen.

Governor Cuomo also hosted the second annual Adirondack Challenge to bring attention to outdoor adventure activities in the Empire State. Guests joined the Governor for whitewater rafting on the Indian River, and participated in other outdoor activities like fishing, boating, hiking, motorcycling, and golf that highlighted the region.

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Whitewater rafting at the second annual Adirondack Challenge.

This month, the Governor will invite guests to discover some of New York’s beautiful wineries, distilleries, and craft breweries as part of the Governor’s Wine Cup Tours of the Finger Lakes and Long Island.

Additionally, I LOVE NY has had a jam-packed summer promoting New York State tourism at the following events:

  • The Americade Motorcycle Rally in Lake George
  • Fairport Canal Days in the Finger Lakes
  • The Belmont Stakes in Long Island
  • The Clearwater Festival in the Hudson Valley
  • LGBT Pride events across the state
  • The Utica Boilermaker race
  • The Syracuse Nationals Car Show
  • The opening day of Saratoga Race Track
  • The National Baseball Hall of Fame Weekend in Cooperstown
  • The 50th Annual Antique Boat Show & Auction in Clayton
  • The Lucille Ball Comedy Festival in Jamestown
  • The UCI Mountain Bike World Cup at Windham Mountain

This month, I LOVE NY will continue engaging visitors at events like Wegmans LPGA Golf Championship in Pittsford, Aug. 11-17; the Bassmaster Elite tournament on Cayuga Lake, Aug. 21-24; the Great New York State Fair in Syracuse, Aug. 21 – Sept. 1; and the 2014 Hampton Classic in Bridgehampton, Aug. 24-31.  Be sure to stop by the I LOVE NY booth at these great events for help planning your next New York State getaway.

Help is available for entrepreneurs and new and expanding businesses

ESD is supported by a network of ten regional offices that serve as the foundation of New York State’s economic development organization.  The offices function as one-stop centers to assist companies with relocation or expansion projects and often are a business’s first point of contact.  The regional offices are led by the regional directors, who also serve as executive directors for the Regional Economic Development Councils, and are supported by a team of project managers and associates that work on the front lines to increase private sector investment and job creation in their regions.

Most recently, ESD announced the North Country’s new regional director, Stephen M. Hunt II, who previously served as Deputy Chief of Staff for Congressman William Owens.  Steve is managing the North Country regional office, with former regional director Roseanne Murphy, who will be retiring this summer, assisting with the transition.

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As the new North Country Regional Director, Steve works under the leadership of ESD President, CEO & Commissioner Kenneth Adams, running daily operations of both North Country offices—Plattsburgh and Watertown—and promoting economic development practices that both retain and attract businesses and create jobs in the region.  In addition, Steve has taken on the role of Executive Director of the North Country Regional Economic Development Council (NCREDC), where he will help coordinate the council’s activities and implement the region’s Strategic Plan.

“I’m excited to take on this new role as ESD’s North Country Regional Director, helping to grow business and create jobs in the region I call home,” said Hunt. “There is a tremendous amount of momentum building in New York State and the North Country is making great strides under Governor Cuomo’s leadership. I’m proud to be on the ground in the region, working to provide new economic opportunity for the communities of this beautiful and unique seven-county region. I’m especially honored to join the staff at the regional office and work with the co-chairs and members of the North Country Regional Economic Development Council, as we implement our region’s Strategic Plan to generate new investment and jobs.”

You may get in touch with your local ESD regional office by visiting esd.ny.gov/RegionalOverviews.

State investments will result in hundreds of new jobs for Buffalo and Capital region

IBM, GE, and New York State have something in common: innovation. It is the core strategy of these technology companies and also what is driving Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s investment in economic development and commitment to growing jobs across the state. 

Earlier this summer, Governor Cuomo announced that IBM will bring 500 new information technology jobs to Buffalo, a commitment leveraged by a $55 million Buffalo Billion investment by the State in the Buffalo Information Technologies Innovation and Commercialization Hub. IBM will be the first anchor tenant in the Hub, which, in partnership with the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council, New York State Data Center, College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering and University at Buffalo, will train IT professionals, educate new IT staff through State University of New York partnerships, and develop next generation IT software necessary to drive state-of-the-art discoveries in the areas of molecular research, genomics, energy efficiency, and defense.

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Governor Cuomo announces that NYS will partner with over 100 private companies, led by IBM, to launch the New York Power Electronics Manufacturing Consortium.

New York State’s commitment includes $25 million to establish an open innovation facility and $30 million to purchase IT equipment and software to be used at the Hub. The Hub will be owned by the State with IBM as the first anchor tenant and will be available to all IT units at all State agencies. McGuire Development Company will be the lead developer for the Hub, which is expected to open in the KeyCenter Building at Fountain Plaza in downtown Buffalo in 2015.

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Also this summer, Governor Cuomo announced that the State will partner with over 100 private companies, led by GE, to launch the New York Power Electronics Manufacturing Consortium. The Consortium will invest over $500 million and create thousands of high-skilled, high-paying jobs in Upstate New York over the next five years – including at least 500 in the Capital region – focusing on the development and manufacturing of the next generation of materials for semiconductors.  Managed through the newly merged SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering / SUNY Institute of Technology, this public-private partnership will enable power devices to get smaller, faster, and more efficient.

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GE Chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt said, “GE is proud to support New York’s Power Electronics Manufacturing Consortium, which places New York at the forefront of the next revolution in power. By partnering, we are bringing breakthrough reliable technology to market faster and at lower cost so our customers and global industries see major productivity gains and operate at peak efficiency. It is true that New York is open for business, and I commend Governor Cuomo for his successful efforts to make the State a place where companies like GE want to continue to invest and expand.”

The site will act as a global “open-innovation” user-shared facility, which will enable the expansion and growth of major partners, as well as small and medium-sized enterprises (SME’s) with a particular emphasis on MWBE firms and ventures.

Will create nearly 400 new jobs across New York State

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently traveled to Rochester and Buffalo to announce that twelve businesses will expand or locate in New York as a result of START-UP NY, representing the first wave of companies participating in the new initiative that creates tax-free areas associated with colleges and universities across the state. The news comes just months after the official launch of the program and demonstrates New York State’s ability to attract new business with the game-changing START-UP NY initiative.

“START-UP NY takes New York’s number one liability – our tax capital reputation – and turns it on its head by offering companies zero taxes for 10 years, as well as access to all the assets of the Empire State, particularly the talent and research capabilities of our world-class universities,” Governor Cuomo said. “This is just the beginning and we look forward to welcoming more and more businesses and entrepreneurs to the State of New York through this bold initiative.”

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Governor Cuomo announces the first businesses participating in START-UP NY

The first businesses participating in START-UP NY will create jobs in several key industries, including biotechnology, biopharmaceuticals, advanced manufacturing, high-technology research and development, and software development.  The twelve businesses plan to invest $50 million and create nearly 400 new jobs in tax-free areas sponsored by the University at Buffalo, Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), Cornell University and SUNY Downstate Medical Center.

“With the first businesses approved for START-UP NY, Governor Cuomo’s game-changing initiative is already delivering real results for New York State,” said Empire State Development (ESD) President, CEO & Commissioner Kenneth Adams. “New York is now truly open for business due to the vision and leadership of Governor Cuomo, and we welcome these twelve START-UP NY businesses, including seven that are new to New York State.”

Among the first wave of businesses is Datto, Inc., a leading global vendor of award-winning hybrid cloud-based intelligent business continuity, and backup, disaster and recovery solutions, which will open this summer in downtown Rochester and create more than 70 new jobs. It took START-UP NY to bring the fast growing Connecticut-based company to the Empire State.

“As an RIT graduate, I know the community and state have the high-quality workforce needed to support our company’s continued growth.  I am very excited to be part of the START-UP NY initiative, and to open Datto’s New York office in Rochester,” said Datto founder Austin McChord.

Under START-UP NY, interested colleges and universities draft campus plans that identify their goals for the program and the space that they are proposing to designate as tax-free, as well as the types of businesses and industries that they are seeking to attract through the initiative. Once a school is admitted to START-UP NY, interested businesses may begin to apply to the program through the sponsoring school. After a thorough and comprehensive review of an application by the school and ESD, approved businesses that create net new jobs will operate 100% tax-free for 10 years, paying no state income tax, business or corporate state or local taxes, sales tax, property tax or franchise fees. To date, 30 schools have been approved for START-UP NY, establishing more than 130 tax-free areas for new or expanding businesses to operate on or near campuses.

The first wave of approved START-UP NY businesses is as follows:   

University at Buffalo: 204 new jobs

Aesku NY, Inc. is a spin-off of AESKU.DIAGNOSTICS, based in Wendelsheim, Germany, a research-focused supplier of products and services for the earlydetection, diagnosis and prognosis of autoimmune diseasesThe company will be new to New York State and invest approximately $2.8 million.

ClearView Social, Inc. is a development stage software company that is developing social media applications for the legal services community. The company will invest approximately $925,000.

CoachMePlus (Virtuvia, LLC) is a development stage software company that has developed a web-based application aimed at helping coaches and trainers organize data they collect about their athletes.  The company will invest more than $775,000.

Decision Pace, Inc. is a software development company that provides data analytics web software to medium to large businesses that allows for immediate and high-value visualization of company information. The company will invest approximately $370,000.

Heads Up Display, Inc. is an early stage high-technology company that creates products to enhance industrial safety; the company engineers hardware devices and develops software that will provide additional layers of protection for employees that work in dangerous environments. Heads Up is a new business locating in the Z80 Lab at the University of Buffalo’s One News Plaza.

Lineagen, Inc. is a biotechnology company that is focused on commercialization of diagnostic testing methods for identifying genetic variations known to be associated with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental delays. The company will expand its tests to the areas of drug suitability for multiple sclerosis patients and deterioration rates for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The company will invest approximately $55,000.

Nupur Technologies, LLC is a research and development medical device company that is developing a device to clear blockages in the ear. The company will invest more than $862,000.

Sinapis Pharma, Inc. is an emerging pharmaceutical company that is developing a novel drug for the treatment of traumatic brain injuries and strokes. Sinapis is a new business that will invest approximately $600,000.

Rochester Institute of Technology: 77 New Jobs

Datto, Inc. is a high-tech provider of hardware-based, on- and off-site backup, disaster recovery and intelligent business continuity solutions. Datto’s products and services enable businesses of all sizes to mitigate downtime in the event of catastrophic event, including natural disasters, emergencies, technical failures or other negatively impacting circumstances. The company is new to New York State.

Cornell University: 58 New Jobs

Incodema3D, LLC, is an existing business in Ithaca that specializes in high precision additive manufacturing (3D printing) in engineering grade plastics and metal.  The company will invest approximately $37.3 million to expand into research and prototype manufacturing.

SUNY Downstate Medical Center: 56 New Jobs

Americord Registry, LLC, is an existing bio-tech business in Brooklyn that collects, processes and stores stem cells for future medical or therapeutic use. Americord Registry is developing a proprietary process to harvest stem cells and will invest more than $402,000.

Modern Meadow, Inc. is a development stage biotechnology company that uses the latest advances in tissue engineering to develop novel biomaterials such as cultured leather and meat products which require no animal slaughter and much lower inputs of land, water, energy and chemicals. The company, with locations in California and Missouri, will be new to New York State and will invest approximately $6.5 million.

Entrepreneurs from around the globe look to relocate to Western New York

43North, Buffalo’s global business idea competition, had an overwhelming response by startups applying for a chance to win $5 million dollars in prize money.  A total of 6,932 applications were received for the competition during the four-month entry period, with 2,603 qualified submissions advancing to the first round of judging.  

The 43North competition—named after the latitudinal line that runs through Western New York—features a top prize of $1 million and is part of Governor Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion initiative, intended to drive new economic opportunities throughout the City of Buffalo and the Western New York region. The applicant pool included business ideas hailing from all 50 U.S. states and 96 countries, representing various sectors such as information technology, software development, web and mobile technology, business services, media and entertainment, e-commerce, healthcare and biotechnology, green and clean technology, advanced manufacturing, sports and fitness, agri-business and others.

“The 43North competition is an important part of our Buffalo Billion initiative, designed to attract talented entrepreneurs and startup ventures from all over the world and bring them here to Western New York,” Governor Cuomo said. “We are proud to announce the first round has gone global in a big way with applications coming in from over 90 countries. This is another sign that Buffalo is on the radar of entrepreneurs worldwide.”

The 43North Steering Committee initially hoped to attract 1,000 applicants for the competition but ended up blowing that number right out of the water. Committee members believe the huge response 43North has received demonstrates the viability of the strategy to build a local entrepreneurial eco-system by offering startups support, talent, mentorship and services, and a low cost environment to help get businesses started.

Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Kenneth Adams said, “43North is one of Governor Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion initiatives that is designed to spark new businesses for Buffalo, but we never dreamed that spark would turn into a fire. This competition is attracting promising start-up ventures from around the world.”

To spread the word about the business idea competition and attract applicants from across the country and around the world, 43North embarked on an aggressive social media, public relations, minority engagement and roadshow outreach campaign. This effort resulted in over 14 million online impressions, roughly 100 earned media placements, thousands of personal conversations and individual meetings, participation in several high-profile national minority and women business enterprise (MWBE) conferences and events, and over 75 outreach presentation stops in two dozen North American cities and other international locations, particularly those with the greatest interest in startups.

A pool of more than 200 judges will now review the qualified submissions with the semi-finalists being announced at the end of June. The semi-finalists will then be asked to present further details on their business plan to 43North’s judging panel resulting in the selection of 11 finalists who will pitch their business in-person to a panel of celebrity judges in Buffalo this October. In addition to the top cash prize of $1 million, 43North will award six $500,000 prizes and four $250,000 prizes. Winners also receive free incubator space for a year, guidance from mentors related to their field and access to other exciting incentive programs, like Start-Up NY.

June features hundreds of events highlighting NYS history attractions across the state

In 2013, Governor Cuomo launched Path Through History, a statewide initiative to link historically and culturally significant sites, locations and events throughout New York State.  The effort saw an additional flurry of activity during June with Path Through History Weekends, a series of special events at historical sites across New York, kicked-off by a day-long history showcase at New York City’s Grand Central Station.

Path Through History (PTH) seeks not only to highlight New York’s rich heritage and historical significance, it also promotes tourism and economic development in communities across the state.The cultural and heritage traveler is one of the most productive travel segments of the travel industry, generating over 90% of the economic benefit of all U.S. leisure travelers. 

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Re-enactor from Fort Ticonderoga engages with a visitor at the Path Through History Weekends kick-off event at Grand Central Terminal

This year, the award-winning PTH program continued with 2014 Path Through History Weekends. Hundreds of museums, historic sites, parks and community groups from New York City to Niagara Falls held over 380 special tours, events, reenactments and community celebrations June 7th & 8th, and June 14th & 15th

Prior to the PTH Weekends, the first Path Through History consumer event took place May 14th in New York City at Grand Central Terminal: “Metro North Getaway Day Featuring Path Through History.”  All of the state’s PTH workgroups – each representing one of the state’s ten Path Through History regions — participated to showcase one of the thirteen Path Through History themes, from the American Revolution to Civil Rights to Sports History. There was a special display of Babe Ruth’s plaque form the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown to promote their new exhibit, Babe Ruth: His Life and Legend.  Re-enactors like Solomon Northrup from Saratoga, Susan B. Anthony from Seneca Falls, Mark Twain from Elmira and Franklin Roosevelt from Hyde Park in the Mid-Hudson engaged the crowd.  The New York State Canal Corporation provided a lock demonstration, and the Museum at Bethel Woods and Cradle of Aviation Museum had special exhibitions for visitors to experience.

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Babe Ruth’s Baseball Hall of Fame plaque making its first road trip outside of Cooperstown at the Path Through History Weekends kick-off event

Path Through History falls under ESD’s I LOVE NY umbrella, adding even more depth to the travel options one can experience in New York State.  The Path Through History program has received a prestigiousAdrian Award from Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International.

ESD related happenings around New York State that you can be a part of

Events:

  • June is LGBT Pride Month, and New York State is home to close to twenty different Pride celebrations, from Buffalo to Long Island, including the mother of all Prides in New York City.  I LOVE NY will be present at many of the Pride festivities across the state.  Find a list of events and tools to plan your Pride getaway at iloveny.com/lgbt.
  • As summer heats up, scores of exciting special events are taking place across New York State, from the Utica Boilermaker 5 + 15K to Saratoga Race Course Opening Day to the Syracuse Nationals Car Show.  Check the calendar for your favorite at iloveny.com/events.

Resources:

  • FuzeHubconnects small to mid-sized New York State manufacturers to the resources, programs and expertise they need to take technologies to market, and forms the center of a powerful network of resources that can help businesses find equipment, scale-up production and overcome business and technical challenges.
  • Learn about Business Mentor NY, a free, innovative initiative that supports and grows small businesses by connecting owners to other successful professionals throughout the State. Visit the newly launched Business Mentor NY website.
  • ESD’s NYS Beverage Biz Events & News page is a One Stop Shop website that provides everything a winery, brewery, cidery or distillery needs to get permitted, access incentives or get information on starting and growing your business in New York.
  • CitizenConnects empowers New Yorkers with the information they need to actively participate in state government. In the spirit of the old town green, CitizenConnects provides a way for New Yorkers to participate in state government and share thoughts, opinions and ideas for New York’s future. Get involved in your community by coming out to participate!

Make sure to check out ESD’s Facebook Page and LinkedIn Company Page , and follow us on Twitter (@EmpireStateDev) for the most up to date events.

Builds on New York State’s commitment to broadband – the largest in the nation

New York State hosted its second annual Broadband Summit on June 6, drawing more than 300 national, state and local broadband leaders, as well as decision makers in the broadband and technology sectors to Albany to discuss the important issues around broadband expansion and access.  The summit highlighted emerging technologies and exciting developments in the industry, and included the state’s first-ever New York State Broadband Champion Awards.

The Champion Awards were presented to state broadband leaders who have performed outstanding work in the industry and have made a significant impact on advancing broadband access and adoption in New York. One winner was awarded with a Champion Award in each of the following categories:

  • Broadband Leadership Award – Phil Wagschal, Slic Network Solutions (North Country Region)
  • Most Innovative Broadband Project – Queens Library (NYC Region)
  • Most Collaborative Broadband Project/Program – Clarity Connect, Inc.; Tompkins County; and Cayuga Counties (Southern Tier Region)
  • Best Broadband Adoption Initiative/Program – The City of New York’s Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (NYC Region)
  • Economic Leadership Award – Southern Tier Network (Southern Tier Region)

The summit is a part of the overall New York State Broadband initiative and the continued effort to increase broadband availability and adoption statewide. It builds on Governor Cuomo’s accomplishments in expanding broadband across New York, including the deployment of more than $68 million for broadband projects—the largest statewide broadband commitment funding in the nation. Through these investments, more than 160,000 households, 8,000 businesses, and 400 community anchor institutions will have access to high-speed broadband services.

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Kenneth Adams, ESD President, CEO & Commissioner, delivers a keynote address at the second annual Broadband Summit

“Access to high-speed internet is crucial to helping businesses compete and communities to remain connected in the 21st century economy,” Governor Cuomo said. “At our second Broadband Summit, state officials came together with industry leaders to identify ways to strengthen broadband services and eliminate barriers to expanding internet coverage in underserved parts of the state. This is another example of how our administration is working to improve vital services, and I look forward to seeing this productive dialogue continue to yield results for New Yorkers.”

The summit included keynote addresses by Kenneth Adams, President, CEO & Commissioner of Empire State Development; Jonathan Adelstein, President and Chief Executive Officer, PCIA - The Wireless Infrastructure Association and former FCC Commissioner; Daniel Kent, U.S. Public Sector Chief Technology Officer, Cisco Systems; and Joe Reardon, Former Kansas City Mayor and Attorney at Law, McAnany, Van Cleave & Phillips, P.A.

It also featured updates on the New York State Broadband Initiative, and included several breakout sessions ranging from developing a regional broadband strategy, broadband for economic development and new research, broadband adoption for older adults, addressing digital access, industry best practices for broadband deployment, using broadband as an attraction tool for innovation sector companies, and more.