Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today continued a statewide Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) Progress tour in Utica and Rome, where he toured Mohawk Valley projects to see, firsthand, their progress and their economic impact in the region.
This is the seventh visit in the Governors REDC Progress Tour that is part of a review of last years strategic economic development plans and job-creating projects.
Following these tours, the Mohawk Valley REDC provided a formal presentation outlining the progress they have made in advancing last years strategic plans and projects, as well as their endorsed projects for the coming year to the Strategic Implementation Assessment Team at SUNYIT.
Last year, New York State changed the way state government approaches economic development by empowering individual regions to tailor plans that fit their own needs and assets and it is producing results, Governor Cuomo said. Over the past year, we have seen the Mohawk Valley Regional Council turn their plan into real jobs and growth in their local economy.
Under the leadership of Governor Cuomo and Lieutenant Governor Duffy, the MVREDC is working together to ensure our five year plan has a significant economic impact on the Mohawk Valley and creates a more prosperous future for our communities, said Lawrence T. Gilroy, President of Gilroy, Kernan & Gilroy, Inc. and Co-Chair of the MVREDC. Working with stakeholders from across the region and with diverse backgrounds, we are making smart decisions with State resources to bring businesses and much-needed jobs to the region. This year we have identified myriad strong projects that will continue to build on our efforts to grow our economy and revitalize the villages, towns and cities we call home.
The Regional Council is extremely proud of the progress that has been made over the past year to create jobs and grow the Mohawk Valleys regional economy, said Bjong Wolf Yeigh, President of SUNYIT and MVREDC Co-chair. Governor Cuomos vision for economic development provided us with the tools to attract new businesses, grow existing industries and transform our communities. The MVREDC has worked tirelessly to implement our strategic plan in order to build a stronger regional economy that will help drive New York State forward.
The Governor visited the following MVREDC project sites:
Griffiss InstituteThe Griffss Institute was awarded $397,500 for upgrades to its facility to expand its business/technology transfer model, which seeks to stimulate unique and innovative technical solutions for national security and public safety challenges by developing new businesses and jobs in the Mohawk Valley. The interest in joint R&D and demonstration initiatives is growing significantly, with the potential to attract local, state and national businesses to join a major IT-internet center in Rome. The project will provide the technology for wideband research capabilities, New York State Education and Research Network (NYSERNET), access and technical program management support.
Griffiss Utilities Services Corporation BioEnergy PlantGriffiss Utilities Services Corporation (GUSC) was awarded $1.5 million for the BioEnergy Project, which is a combined heat power plant that will use biomass resources as fuel to create thermal and electric energy for the benefit of the tenants of the Griffiss Business and Technology Park in Rome. More specifically, the project supports 70 employers within the Park, with nearly 6,000 employees and with approximately $300 million of payroll. The project directly strengthens remaining military and federal employment at Griffiss, which represents approximately 2,400 jobs.
Marcy NanoCenter Infrastructure UpgradesMohawk Valley Economic Development Growth Enterprises Corporation (MVEDGE) was awarded two $5 million grants to assist in the Marcy Interceptor Sewer Upgrade and Marcy NanoCenter Loop Road projects. Located in the heart of Upstate New York's Mohawk Valley, Marcy Nanocenter is a 420-acre parcel adjacent to the SUNY IT campus in Utica. It is the largest remaining shovel-ready, greenfield site in New York States Tech Valley. The Marcy Interceptor Sewer Upgrade project will establish sufficient wastewater capacity for future tenants of the NanoCenter site, as well as the Computer Chip Commercialization Center (Quad C) to be constructed on the SUNY IT campus. The Marcy NanoCenter Loop Road will create 8,800 feet of two lane, heavy duty industrial access road, which will also include a bikeway, storm-water swales, a utility corridor and lighting to provide loop access to all future tenants of the Marcy NanoCenter site.
Marcy Technology Complex at SUNY IT (Quad-C)Fort Schuyler Management Corporation (FSMC) was awarded $15 million, which will leverage over $35 million of private investment, to build a 165,000-square-foot facility containing clean rooms, offices and laboratories to be owned and operated by FSMC on behalf of SUNYIT. The facility will become the focal point for the assembly and integration of system-on-a-chip (SOC) devices now being developed at the College of Nano-scale Science and Engineering (CNSE) in Albany. Quad-C will enable the attraction of high tech partners seeking to integrate and commercialize SOC devices and products, in partnership with global computer chip equipment, material, and chemical suppliers and contractors. The Quad-C project will create 300 well-paying technology manufacturing jobs over three years and serve as a magnet for the attraction and location of global computer chip equipment, material, and chemical suppliers and contractors in Upstate New York.
Additionally, the Governor reviewed presentations on the progress being made on the following projects:
Milford COREThe Mildford School District was awarded $125,000 to support the Career Opportunities in Rural Education (CORE) Initiative, which is establishing a community-centered physical and virtual network of adult education courses and career advancement through interactive partnerships. Regional businesses, institutions of higher learning, civic organizations, and communities are collaborating to promote a culture of continuous learning. This will translate into greater economic and occupational growth opportunities for the citizens of rural New York State, and also help to build the capacity of local school districts, BOCES, community colleges and other institutions to provide basic workforce readiness skills to help all students find and hold jobs.
Embassy Millworks Embassy Millworks, maker of ProZone Lockers, was awarded $1.3 million to support the expansion of it wood-milling operations. The company specializes in the construction of customized lockers used by professional, collegiate and high school teams. The company will retain 22 jobs and add six new full-time permanent positions. Embassy Millworks is looking to market a new line of lockers through large home centers.
Oneonta Microenterprise Assistance ProgramThe City of Oneonta was awarded $200,000 to advance the Oneonta Microenterprise Assistance Program (OMA). The program is creating and retaining low- to moderate-income jobs through assistance to new and existing businesses with five or fewer employees for start-up costs, expansion of inventory, advertising and other eligible business expenses. Preference is given to new and existing businesses with a record of sound business practices looking to expand, businesses locating or currently located within the Downtown Business District, and those committing to meet or exceed job creation goals. As of July 2012, 14 projects, including seven new businesses, have been approved for a total of $190,000 committed.
Governor Cuomo created Regional Councils to serve as the new approach our state needs to create new jobs and economic opportunities, said Lieutenant Governor Duffy. Today is an exciting opportunity for an open discussion of the incredible progress Regional Councils are making in the Mohawk Valley and across the state, as well the steps we are taking to build on that success for the coming year.
Governor Cuomos Regional Council initiative is taking New York from a state known as a frustrater of business growth to a facilitator of new business and private sector job development, said Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Kenneth Adams. Through its first year, we have seen job-creating projects in the Mohawk Valley and across the state start to take shape and pay dividends in new jobs and economic activity to boost our local economies.
In the first round of the Regional Council initiative, the Mohawk Valley region was awarded $60.2 million in state resources through the Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) process to support 59 projects. Currently, 98 percent of these projects have executed contracts with State funding agencies and are now underway as a result of funding they received. Once completed, the projects awarded funding in the Mohawk Valley region through the 2011 CFA will significantly boost the local economy by creating and retaining over 1,800 permanent, non-construction jobs and leveraging more than $364 million in additional private sector and other investment.
The Councils progress report and full list of endorsed priority projects for 2012 can be found at http://regionalcouncils.ny.gov/content/mohawk-valley.
To learn more about each Regional Council and their economic development plans, visit www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov.