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October 9, 2020 Newsletter


Don Alexander, longtime Chief Executive Officer of the Jefferson County IDA and board member of the NYSEDC, has announced his retirement at the end of the year. Don, thank you for all of your years of service.


The Office of the New York State Comptroller has released a new report on the restaurant industry in NYC.

Member News

The restoration of the iconic palm dome at the New York Botanical Garden has been completed with help from Empire State Development, making the building more energy efficient and increasing its longevity while respecting its landmark status.

Worthy Pharmacy, an independent pharmacy, will open on on Main Street in Olean thanks to help from the Cattaraugus County IDA, creating 3-5 jobs and assisting in the downtown revitalization of Olean.

Residents of the Town of Dannemora on Chazy Lake will have broadband internet by the end of November thanks to a grant from the Broadband Program Office of Empire State Development.

With help from the Cayuga County Industrial Development Agency, the Spa at the Inns of Aurora, a 15,000-square-foot spa will open in spring 2021.

Working with Empire State Development, Blue White Robotics plans to establish a command center in the Technology Garden business accelerator in downtown Syracuse, creating up to 30 jobs over the next five years.

Communities and Projects in the News

Working with the New York Power Authority, Premium PPE plans to invest $4.5 million into opening a personal protective equipment facility in Amherst, creating 25 jobs.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the groundbreaking of the intermodal ground transportation facility at Long Island MacArthur Airport in Islip, Suffolk County, which will improve traveler access to the airport

A new initiative launched to help NYC’s 230,000 small businesses stay afloat amid the coronavirus pandemic. It aims to serve owners in the hardest-hit communities, with a focus on minority-, women-, & immigrant-owned businesses.

A team of consultants, from the Central Terminal Restoration Corp., will create a master plan in 2021 to bring the Central Terminal complex into operation again in Buffalo. 

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced $1,454,072 million in funding from the second round of the Western New York Workforce Development Challenge was awarded to four non-profit projects including the Trocaire College Technology Institute Career Reboot Program, the New Hope Innovative Career Center, the Beginning Farmer Training Program, and the Advancement Training for Healthcare Occupations (ATHOS): A Rural Innovative Training Opportunity.

More New Yorkers plan to buy a house in the next six months than at any time in the past 20 years as city dwellers seek safety in less populated areas from the coronavirus and street protests, according to a poll from the Siena College Research Institute.

The NYS Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) recently established guidance for the assessment of historic and cultural resources associated with the development of ground-mounted solar facility projects in New York State. The guidance categorizes solar facilities, referred to as solar arrays, by size and requires establishment of zones of visual impact (ZVI). 

Job Openings 

The Rochester Institute of Technology is searching for its next Vice President for Government and Community Relations. This member of the President's Leadership team will provide strategic vision & operational leadership for all aspects of the university's government relations. Click here to learn more.


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the Career Pathway Training Partnerships program in high efficiency heating, ventilation and air conditioning, and electric heat pump technologies. The partnerships will target training over 1,000 workers and prioritize the state's most underserved populations.


FuzeHub: Manufacturing Day 2020
October 16
8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Virtual Event

NYSERDA Webinar: NYSERDA Funding Program for Community Heat Pump Systems
October 20
3 - 4 p.m.
Virtual Event

NYTAP and NYSEDC 2020 Workforce Development Conference
October 27-28
Virtual Event

NYSERDA: LIFE 2020 Virtual Event
October 27-30
Virtual Event