Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that Datto, one of the first businesses to join the START-UP NY program, has opened its new office space in downtown Rochester. Datto is the premier global provider of backup, disaster recovery and Intelligent Business Community solutions. The companys new offices are located in the historic Rochester Savings Bank site at 40 Franklin Street, which is owned by the Rochester Institute of Technology. In conjunction with START-UP NY, Datto is committed to creating more than 70 jobs in Rochester over the next few years.
Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony today with RIT President William Destler, Datto Founder and CEO Austin McChord who is also a graduate of RIT and other state and local officials to officially open the 12,180 square-foot facility.
Dattos decision to invest in Rochester is the perfect example of how START-UP NY is providing a jolt to the local economy by bringing jobs and new businesses to Upstate, Governor Cuomo said. By partnering with RIT to open this new facility, Datto is helping to cement the Finger Lakes as a hub for groundbreaking technologies. I am proud that the state was able to play a role in bringing this company to downtown Rochester, and I look forward to seeing it drive the local economy for years to come.
Datto Founder and CEO Austin McChord said, It feels great to not only expand Datto to new areas, but also to give back to my college town. Its a dream come true to bring jobs to Rochester. RIT has been instrumental in helping support and guide us through the START-UP NY process and were thrilled to be here. Our goal is to be the best employer in the Rochester area. There is an unlimited, untapped technical talent in the area and I hope we start a wave of other companies moving to Rochester, driving the economy and taking advantage of the vast talent pool in the region.
Since its inception in 2007, Datto has experienced rapid growth with multiple high double-digit growth years while achieving nearly $50 million in revenue in 2013. The company has more than 300 employees worldwide spread across six offices, including at its headquarters in Norwalk, Connecticut, offices in Toronto, London, Sydney and Rochester, along with a build facility in Monroe, Connecticut. Most recently Datto was named to the prestigious Inc. 500 list for the third consecutive year, ranking #314 overall, #5 in security and #1 fastest-growing privately owned company in the State of Connecticut.
RIT President Bill Destler said, Datto is the kind of success story that makes RIT very proud, and it is especially gratifying that Greater Rochester will now be part of that success. I want to thank Datto CEO and RIT alumnus Austin McChord for deciding to establish this significant presence in downtown Rochester, and for providing outstanding career opportunities for our graduates. And, of course, thanks to Governor Cuomo and his START-UP NY initiative for enabling us to bring this highly successful technology company to our city. This is a textbook win-win-win: for the state, the community and for RIT's students and graduates. And its a win were striving to replicate in future collaborations with other successful alumni, our Venture Creations incubator graduates and other industry partners.
Lieutenant Governor Robert J. Duffy said, Dattos new expansion in the Rochester Institute of Technologys downtown campus is a big victory, not just for the city, but for the entire Upstate region. This is an example of how START-UP NY is growing the economy and bringing jobs to communities across our state, and it is one that will solidify Rochester as a hub for groundbreaking new industries. I want to thank RIT, Datto and everyone else involved in making this exciting announcement possible.
Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Kenneth Adams said, Governor Cuomos game-changing initiative, START-UP NY, is delivering results for Rochester. As we welcome Datto to New York State, more employment opportunities are opening up and investments are being made in our communities.
Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle said, As the regions first START-UP New York participants Datto, Inc. and RITs exciting new partnership represents a significant step forward for Rochester. The Datto-RIT partnership will continue to build on the economic momentum we have worked so hard to create by further positioning our region as a global leader in advanced technology research and development. I applaud Governor Andrew Cuomo, RIT, and my colleagues on the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council for coming together behind a unified vision for our community that paved the way for Dattos expansion into Rochester.
Senator Joseph Robach said, Every job is critically important for the Rochester region and our economy. The fact that START-UP NY was directly cited for bringing Datto, Inc. and the jobs created with this project to New York, rather than its home state of Connecticut, is reason for celebration. The partnership formed between Datto, Inc. and RIT will not only bring beneficial economic development to downtown Rochester, it will also provide jobs and careers for hardworking men and women in our community.
Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren said, I am honored to welcome Datto Inc. to downtown Rochester and I look forward to watching this company grow even faster by tapping into the resources of Rochester, RIT and New York State. I applaud RIT for leveraging the opportunities presented by Governor Cuomos START-UP NY Program to advance our citys position in the knowledge economy. The arrival of Datto in downtown Rochester is yet another example of RITs commitment to our community.
Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks said, We are proud to welcome Datto Inc. to Monroe County as they build upon their already exceptional reputation as a leading provider of backup, disaster recovery, and business continuity solutions. As a community that thrives on innovation, we need jobs for the next generations of innovators that are being educated at our local colleges and universities like RIT. We thank Datto for their investment in our local economy and for creating new jobs that will help retain our young talent and preserve our communitys world-class quality of life.
Assemblyman David Gantt said, I am very happy to welcome Datto to the Rochester community. Their presence will add diversity to our economy and much needed job opportunities.
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan said, I applaud Datto Inc. for recognizing the tremendous opportunities that RIT, Rochester and upstate New York have to offer under the START-UP NY program. Their commitment will create the jobs necessary to retain our highly talented and skilled workforce, especially college graduates who too often in the past had to leave New York to find jobs in their field. I congratulate Datto Inc. for being among the first companies to participate in the START-UP NY program, and I wish them well.
Senator Ted OBrien said, The opening of Datto Inc.s Rochester office is great news for our region, which continues to position itself as a leader in the innovation economy. In the Rochester and Finger Lakes area, START-UP NY is fulfilling its mission of attracting businesses that are breaking new ground in emerging industries and spurring the job creation we need to revitalize the Upstate economy. I congratulate Datto and RIT on this exciting partnership, and applaud their commitment to creating good new jobs for Rochester-area residents.
Rochester Institute of Technology is internationally recognized for academic leadership in business, computing, engineering, imaging science, liberal arts, sustainability, and fine and applied arts. In addition, the university offers unparalleled support services for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. RIT enrolls 18,000 full- and part-time students in more than 200 career-oriented and professional programs, and its cooperative education program is one of the oldest and largest in the nation. To see RITs rankings and recognition, go to www.rit.edu/overview/rankings-and-recognition.
Datto Inc. is the preferred provider of hybrid cloud-based backup, disaster recovery (BDR) and Business Continuity (IBC) solutions for the Channel. Datto provides best-in-class technology, including many proprietary, and 24/7/365 Tech Support to its 8,000 partners worldwide. Unique feature sets include instant local and off-site virtualization, Screenshot Backup Verification, Inverse Chain Technology, and End-to-End Encryption.
Datto is actively fielding employment inquiries for all offices, including the Rochester site. For more information on Datto and job openings, visit www.dattobackup.com and careers.dattobackup.com, respectively.
About START-UP NY
START-UP NY seeks to accelerate entrepreneurialism and job creation across the state on a large scale, with a particular focus on Upstate New York. The State University of New York campus system, City University of New York, and private university and college communities serve as the framework of the START-UP NY program to attract high-tech and other start-ups, venture capital, new business and investments from across the globe. Under the program, businesses have the opportunity to operate tax-free for 10 years on eligible land and space. Businesses partner with the higher education institutions and are able to access industry experts and advanced research laboratories.
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. Public colleges and universities, including SUNY, provide their plans to community stakeholders for a 30-day comment period before submitting the plans to ESD, which, in consultation with the SUNY Chancellor, reviews the plans for final approval and designation of tax-free areas. CUNY plans, after a 30-day comment period, also are reviewed and approved by ESD. Plans submitted by private schools are reviewed by ESD and presented to the START-UP NY Approval Board for final approval and tax-free designation.
Once a school is admitted to START-UP NY, interested businesses may begin to apply to the program through the sponsoring college or university. After a thorough and comprehensive review of an application by the sponsoring college or university and ESD, approved businesses that create net new jobs will operate 100 percent 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, 26 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 campus. Each schools approved START-UP NY plan is available at www.startup.ny.gov.
START-UP NY includes strong provisions to protect against fraud. Businesses are required to submit certification to ESD, and falsifying certifications is a felony. The program also includes strict provisions to guard against abuses such as shifting jobs among related entities or shirtchanging, when a company simply reincorporates under a new name and claims its existing employees are now new jobs. In addition, START-UP NY includes measures to prevent self-dealing and conflicts of interest. In cases of fraud, the State is empowered to claw-back benefits granted to the business. Companies that do not meet the terms of the program including meeting their job creation targets may have their benefits reduced, suspended or terminated. ESD has the authority to review company data to ensure that jobs have been created and maintained, and to end participation by companies that have not created net new jobs. ESD is required to publish a comprehensive annual report to enable the public to evaluate the programs impact.