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September 25, 2020 Newsletter


NYSERDA has issued a Request for Proposals to individuals, organizations, and teams to provide site prospecting services to identify potential sites, assist in the acquisition of the necessary site control agreements, provide GIS mapping services, and provide other real estate-related services to support NYSERDA’s development of large-scale renewable energy projects in New York under the Build-Ready Program. Click here to learn more.

Member News

The Lewis County Economic Development (Naturally Lewis) plans to relocate to downtown Lowville.

The Babylon IDA is offering help to minority entrepreneurs affected by the pandemic.

The Nassau IDA approved tax incentives for 101 Channel LLC to convert a vacant 100,000 square-foot facility into a state-of-the-art film studio at the former Publishers Clearing House, creating more than 400 jobs.

The Syracuse IDA approved 52 grants and a loan to small businesses and non-profits. SIDA will provide $308,000 dollars in assistance to businesses and non-profits located in or doing business in the City of Syracuse.

The Onondaga County IDA approved $314,162 in tax incentives for Tracey Road Equipment Inc.'s expansion in DeWitt.

The Amsterdam IDA voted unanimously to purchase the 3.3-acre site of the former Chalmers Knitting Mill pending the results of a Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment.

Communities and Projects in the News

Cree Inc. has hired 40 workers locally for its silicon carbide semiconductor chip factory under construction in Marcy, with plans for about 400 employees by 2024 and 600 by 2030.

Governor Cuomo announced 20 finalists for round two of the $3 million Grow-NY Global Food and Agriculture Business Competition.

The Center for Businesses in Transition, a partnership of local nonprofits and agencies in the North Country, has announced new tools and virtual events to help address hardships created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

St. Lawrence County organizations have been awarded $100,000 for ongoing projects from the River Valley Redevelopment Authority.

Flexible packaging manufacturer ProAmPac has broken ground on its new innovation center in Ogden. The company is building a 25,000 square foot addition to its facility on Manitou Road in Ogden. 

Li-Cycle is planning a Rochester lithium-ion battery recycling hub. The company has committed to creating at least 100 new jobs at the hub, in addition to the 23 who will work at the current facility.

Milton Cat, a seller of construction machinery and power equipment, plans to build a new branch in Cicero. The move will help retain 109 existing jobs.

Nearly $170 million in private investment has taken place or is planned in Western New York. 

The Franklin County IDA plans to explore possible commercial uses for the county landfill and the surrounding area.


A new Connected Council study shows 71% of NY small businesses increased use of digital tools during COVID-19. 54% say they intend to increase their use of these services post-pandemic.


FuzeHub: Innovation Asset Showcase
September 29 & 30
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
These panel discussions, each focused on a different industry cluster, present many of these innovation assets and the businesses they are collaborating with. Whether you’re a start-up, a technology developer, or an established manufacturer, join us to learn more about how you can leverage the capabilities and expertise supported by Empire State Development’s Division of Science, Technology & Innovation (NYSTAR).

Site Selectors Guild Webinar: Advanced Manufacturing & Site Visits
September 29
2:00 p.m.
Join the Site Selectors Guild for a four-part, live webinar series featuring hot industries and timely topics in corporate location strategy. You’ll hear a variety of perspectives from a diverse group of Guild members and have the opportunity to ask questions during 20 minutes of live, moderated Q&A during each webinar.

FuzeHub: Manufacturing Day 2020
October 16
8:30 AM – 12:30 PM
NYS Manufacturing Day 2020 will benefit companies, community leaders, educators, high school and college students as well as economic development and manufacturing associations from across New York State.

2020 NYATEP & NYSEDC Virtual Fall Conference
October 27 & 28