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NY Statewide Economic Development Agencies

Empire State Development (ESD)
Marisa Lago
President & CEO
633 3rd Avenue, 37th Floor
New York, NY USA 10017
212-803-3700
mlago@empire.state.ny.us
www.empire.state.ny.us
New York State Economic Development Council
Brian T. McMahon
Executive Director
111 Washington Avenue, 6th Floor
Albany, NY USA 12210-1350
518-426-4058
mcmahon@nysedc.org
www.nysedc.org
USA Niagara Development Corporation
Christopher Schoepflin
President
222 1st Street, 7th Floor
Niagara Falls, NY USA 14303
716-284-2556
usaniagara@empire.state.ny.us
www.usaniagara.com
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NY Utilities

National Grid
Art Hamlin

Director, Upstate NY Economic Development
300 Erie Boulevard West
Syracuse, NY USA 13202
315-428-6543
arthur.hamlin@us.ngrid.com
www.nationalgridus.com
New York State Electric & Gas
Paul Huonker
Regional Manager, Econ. Development
18 Link Drive, Kirkwood Industrial Park
Binghamton, NY USA 13902
607-762-4022
pjhuonker@nyseg.com
www.nyseg.com
NYSEG/RG&E
Clyde Forbes
Director, Economic Development
89 East Avenue
Rochester, NY USA 14649
585-724-8110
clyde_forbes@rge.com
www.rge.com

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NY Regional Economic Development Agencies

Buffalo Niagara Enterprise
Thomas Kucharski
President & CEO
665 Main Street, Suite 200
Buffalo, NY USA 14203
716-842-1357
info@buffaloniagara.org
www.buffaloniagara.org
Development Authority of the North Country
James Wright
Executive Director
317 Washington Street, Dulles State Office Building
Watertown, NY USA 13601-3744
315-785-2593
jwright@danc.org
www.danc.org
ESD, Capital Region
Peter D. Wohl
Regional Director
Hedley Park Place, 433 River Street
Troy, NY USA 12180-7603
518-270-1130
pwohl@empire.state.ny.us
www.empire.state.ny.us
ESD, Central New York Region
Linda Hartsock
Regional Director
620 Erie Boulevard West, Suite 112
Syracuse, NY USA 13204
315-425-9110
lhartsock@empire.state.ny.us
www.empire.state.ny.us
ESD, Finger Lakes Region
Robert McNary
Regional Director
400 Andrews Street, Suite 710
Rochester, NY USA 14604
585-325-1944
rmcnary@empire.state.ny.us
www.empire.state.ny.us
ESD, Long Island Region
Andrea Lohneiss
Director
150 Motor Parkway, Suite 311
Hauppauge, NY USA 11788
631-435-0717
alohneiss@empire.state.ny.us
www.empire.state.ny.us
ESD, Mid-Hudson Region
Michael Torelli
Regional Director
33 Airport Center Drive, Suite 201
New Windsor, NY USA 12553
845-567-4882
mtorelli@empire.state.ny.us
www.empire.state.ny.us
ESD, Western New York Region
Christina Orsi
Regional Director
420 Main Street, Suite 717
Buffalo, NY USA 14202
716-856-8111
corsi@empire.state.ny.us
www.empire.state.ny.us
Greater Rochester Enterprise
Staci Henning
Marketing Director
100 Chestnut Street, Suite 1910
Rochester, NY USA 14604
585-530-6200
staci@rochesterbiz.com
www.rochesterbiz.com
Mohawk Valley EDGE
Steve DiMeo
President
153 Brooks Road
Rome, NY USA 13441
315-338-0393
sjdimeo@mvedge.org
www.mvedge.org
New York State Department of Economic Development
Kevin McLaughlin
Regional Director
Binghamton Office, State Office Building, 44 Hawley Street, Room 1508
Binghamton, NY USA 13901
607-721-8605
kmclaughlin@empire.state.ny.us
www.empire.state.ny.us
Southern Tier Economic Growth, Inc., Elmira Office
George Miner
President
400 East Church Street
Elmira, NY USA 14901
607-733-6513
gminer@steg.com
www.steg.com

NY County Economic Development Agencies

Broome County IDA
Richard D’Attilio
Executive Director
P.O. Box 1510
Binghamton, NY USA 13902
607-584-9000
rda@bcida.com
www.bcida.com
We invite you to consider Greater Binghamton for your next project.Please contact us to hear more about the advantages of doing business in Binghamton, New York.

Commerce Chenango
Jennifer Tavares
Economic Development Specialist
19 Eaton Avenue
Norwich, NY USA 13815
607-334-5532
jtavares@chenangony.org
www.chenangony.org
Providing economic development and business expansion services, including site selection assistance, low-cost financing, access to IDA incentives and assistance navigating state incentive programs. Business park acreage available.

Operation Oswego County
L. Michael Treadwell, CEcD
Executive Director
44 West Bridge Street
Oswego, NY USA 13126
315-343-1545
ooc@oswegocounty.org
www.oswegocounty.org
Operation Oswego County provides comprehensive assistance to businesses including: site selection assistance, financial packaging, planning and coordination, industry and government liaison, retention/expansion outreach programs and specialized research and technical assistance.

Albany County Department of Economic Development, Conservation & Planning
Mark Fitzsimmons
Director
112 State Street, Room 720
Albany, NY USA 12207-2005
518-447-5665
mfitzsimmons@albanycounty.com
www.albanycounty.com
Cattaraugus County Industrial Development Authority
Corey R. Wiktor
Executive Director
3 East Washington Street, P.O. Box 1749
Ellicottville, NY USA 14731-9787
716-699-2005
info@cattcoida.com
www.cattcoida.com
Cayuga County Planning & Development
Stephen Lynch
Director
160 Genesee Street
Auburn, NY USA 13021
315-253-1276
slynch@co.cayuga.ny.us
www.cayugacounty.us/planning
County of Sullivan Industrial Development Authority
Allan Scott
CEO
One Cablevision Center
Ferndale, NY USA 12734
845-791-9400
scida@hvc.rr.com
www.sullivanida.com
Economic Development Corporation, Warren County
Leonard A. Fosbrook
President
234 Glen Street
Glens Falls, NY USA 12801-3505
518-761-6007 305
lfosbrook@edcwc.org
www.edcwc.org
Erie County Industrial Development Agency (ECIDA)
Alfred Culliton
Chief Operating Officer
143 Genesee Street
Buffalo, NY USA 14203
716-856-6525 126
acullito@ecidany.com
www.ecidany.com
Greene County Industrial Development Agency
Alexander Mathes
Executive Director
270 Mansion Street
Coxsackie, NY USA 12051
518-731-5500
mathes@greeneida.com
www.greeneida.com
Jefferson County Job Development Corporation
Donald C. Alexander
CEO
800 Starbuck Avenue
Watertown, NY USA 13601
315-782-5865 222
dcalexander@jcjdc.net
www.jcjdc.net
Livingston County Development Group
Patrick Rountree
Executive Director
6 Court Street, Room 306
Geneseo, NY USA 14454
585-243-7124
prountree@build-here.com
www.build-here.com
Madison County Industrial Development Agency
Kipp Hicks
Director
3215 Seneca Turnpike
Canastota, NY USA 13032
315-697-9817
director@madisoncountyida.com
www.madisoncountyida.com
Montgomery County Business Development Center
Kenneth F. Rose
CEO
9 Park Street, P.O. Box 1500
Fonda, NY USA 12068
518-853-8334
krose@co.montgomery.ny.us
www.mcbdc.org
Orange County Industrial Development Agency
James O’Donnell
Acting Director, Office of Business Assistance
County Government Center, 255-275 Main Street
Goshen, NY USA 10924
845-291-2700
ida@orangecountygov.com
www.orangecountygov.com/ida
Saratoga Economic Development Corporation
Dennis A. Brobston
President
28 Clinton Street
Saratoga Springs, NY USA 12866-2143
518-587-0945
dbrobston@saratogaedc.com
www.saratogaedc.com
Seneca County Industrial Development Agency
Robert Aronson
Executive Director
1 Dipronio Drive
Waterloo, NY USA 13165-1680
315-539-1725
raronson@co.seneca.ny.us
www.senecacountyida.org
Suffolk County Department of Economic Development & Workforce Housing
Patrick A. Heaney
Commissioner
H. Lee Dennison Building, 100 Veterans Highway, 2nd Floor, P.O. Box 6100
Hauppauge, NY USA 11788
631-853-4800
patrick.heaney@suffolkcountyny.gov
www.suffolkcountyny.gov
Syracuse Economic Growth Council
Mary Beth Primo
Business Development Manager
421 Montgomery Street, 14F
Syracuse, NY USA 13202
315-435-3770
ghitchin@ongov.net
www.syracusecentral.com
Tioga County Department of Economic Development & Planning
Douglas Barton
Director
County Office Building, 56 Main Street
Owego, NY USA 13827
607-687-8254
bartond@co.tioga.ny.us
www.developtioga.com
Westchester County Industrial Development Agency
Theresa G. Waivada
Executive Director
148 Martine Avenue, Room 903
White Plains, NY USA 10601-3311
914-995-2936
tgw1@westchestergov.com
www.economic.westchestergov.com

NY City Economic Development Agencies

City of Auburn, Planning & Economic Development
Jennifer Haines
Director
Memorial City Hall, 24 South Street
Auburn, NY USA 13021
315-255-4115
jhaines@ci.auburn.ny.us
www.ci.auburn.ny.us
City of Hornell Industrial Development Agency
James W. Griffin, CEcD, HLM, FM
CEO
40 Main Street
Hornell, NY USA 14843
607-324-0310
griff@hornellny.com
www.hornellny.com
City of Kingston Economic Development
Stephen M. Finkle, CEcD
Director
Kingston City Hall, 420 Broadway
Kingston, NY USA 12401
845-334-3960
sfinkle@kingston-ny.gov
www.kingston-ny.gov
City of Ogdensburg Economic Development
J. Justin Woods
Director of Planning & Development
330 Ford Street, City Hall, Room 11
Ogdensburg, NY USA 13669
315-393-7150
jwoods@ogdensburg.org
www.ogdensburg.org/econ.html
City of Poughkeepsie Economic Development
Laura E. Wojtowicz
Director
City Hall, 62 Civic Center Plaza, 2nd Floor
Poughkeepsie, NY USA 12601
845-451-4046
lwojtowicz@cityofpoughkeepsie.com
www.cityofpoughkeepsie.com
Town of Colonie Industrial Development Agency
Joe LaCivita
Executive Director
Public Operations Center, 347 Old Niskayuna Road
Latham, NY USA 12110
518-783-2741
lacivitaj@colonie.org
www.colonieida.org
Town of Islip Economic Development Agency
William G. Mannix
Director of Economic Development
40 Nassau Avenue
Islip, NY USA 11751
631-224-5512
w.mannix@townofislip-ny.gov
www.islipida.com
Troy Economic Development
Vic Christopher

Coordinator
One Monument Square
Troy, NY USA 12180
518-279-7166
vic.christopher@troyny.gov
www.troyny.gov
Village of Fairport Industrial Development Agency
Kal Wysokowski
Executive Director
31 South Main Street
Fairport, NY USA 14450
585-421-3240
kal@fairportoced.org
www.fairportny.com
Yonkers Industrial Development Agency
Ellen Lynch
President & CEO
470 Nepperhan Avenue, Suite 200
Yonkers, NY USA 10701
914-509-8651
info@yonkersida.com
www.yonkersida.com

New York State Incentives

REGIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCILS: Governor Cuomo’s new Regional Councils represent a fundamental shift in New York State’s approach to economic development, from a top-down development model to a community-based approach that empowers regions to set their own development priorities. Each Regional Council, chaired by Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy and made up of local industry, academic, and community leaders, will create a plan for the development of their region. Through a new Consolidated Funding Application that combines resources from dozens of existing programs, the Councils will apply for $1 billion in state funding for projects they determine to be part of their regional strategies. To learn more about the Regional Councils, please visit www.nyopenforbusiness.com.

EXCELSIOR JOBS PROGRAM: Governor Cuomo’s 2011-2012 Executive Budget revised the Excelsior Jobs Program to produce better results for New York’s strategic industries through enhanced tax credits, an extended tax benefit period, discounted gas or electric rates from utilities, and increased responsiveness and transparency. The Program provides job creation and investment incentives to firms in such targeted industries as biotechnology, pharmaceutical, high-tech, clean-technology, green technology, financial services, agriculture and manufacturing. Firms in these industries that create and maintain new jobs or make significant financial investment are eligible to apply for up to four new tax credits. Excelsior encourages businesses to expand in and relocate to New York while maintaining strict accountability standards to guarantee that businesses deliver on job and investment commitments. Program costs are capped at $500 million annually to maintain fiscal affordability and ensure that New Yorkers realize a positive return on their investment. To learn more about the Excelsior Jobs Program, please visit www.esd.ny.gov/BusinessPrograms.html.

COMMERCIAL DISTRICT REVOLVING LOAN TRUST FUNDS: ESD has capitalized over $600,000, making funds available to five community-based corporations to administer and make loans to small retail and service businesses in their service areas. The two primary forms of assistance are:

  • Working capital loans of up to $15,000 for up to 5 years. Loans may be used for, but not limited to: upgrading display lighting; advertising and promotion; payroll for additional staff and training; purchase of computers to enhance inventory control; and the purchase of display cabinets, furniture and fixtures.
  • Fixed asset loans of up to $20,000 for terms not to exceed 7 years. Loans may be used for, but not limited to: acquisition or improvement of real property, including interior improvements and remodeling, building façade improvements and signage.

Eligible applicants include for-profit retail, professional or commercial service businesses with 50 or fewer full-time equivalent employees, located within the specific service delivery area served by the administering corporation.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT FINANCIAL INSTITUTION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (CDFI): Provides micro-loans to businesses who often do not qualify for bank loans, as well as one-on-one counseling and business development assistance to facilitate credit-readiness.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FUND (EDF): Offers financial assistance for projects that promote the economic health of New York State by facilitating the creation and or retention of jobs or the increase of business activity in the State. EDF funds assist with construction, expansion and rehabilitation of facilities; acquisition of machinery and equipment; working capital; and the training of full-time permanent employees.

ENTREPRENEURIAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (EAP): Establishes Entrepreneurial Assistance Centers in local communities to provide instruction, training, technical assistance and support services to individuals who have recently started their own business or are interested in starting a business.

INDUSTRIAL EFFECTIVENESS PROGRAM (IEP): To provide technical and financial assistance to help New York State manufacturing firms address competitiveness issues that increase productivity, efficiency and market share. The award evaluation will be based on demonstrated need, company size, willingness to share costs of technical expertise and contribute resources, involvement of employees and commitment to self-improvement. The maximum award is a $50,000 grant.

JOB DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY (JDA) DIRECT LOAN PROGRAM: Provides Direct Loans for the growth of manufacturing and other eligible businesses within New York State by assisting in financing a portion of the cost of acquiring and renovating existing buildings or constructing new buildings (“Real Estate” projects) or for purchasing machinery and equipment (“M&E” projects). Funds to make Loans are derived from the sale of State-guaranteed bonds.

In most cases, JDA Loans can be for up to 40 percent of the total project cost of Real Estate projects or M&E projects. Loans may be up to 60 percent for projects located in Empire Zones or economically distressed area.

The combination of a bank loan and a JDA Loan allows up to 90 percent financing of a project.

JOBS NOW: Offers financial assistance for major business expansion and attraction efforts that will create or attract significant numbers of permanent, full time private sector jobs in New York State. It is primarily directed toward large projects that create a minimum of 300 new full-time jobs. ESD may provide assistance for projects that create fewer than 300, but at least 100 new, permanent, full-time, private sector jobs, within the State.

Funding assists businesses with construction and expansion of facilities; acquisition of machinery and equipment; to offset a portion of state and local taxes incurred by the expansion; and the recruitment, hiring and training of full-time permanent employees.

MINORITY AND WOMEN-OWNED BUSINESS (MWBE) DEVELOPMENT & LENDING PROGRAM: Provides financial assistance to Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (MWBE) in the State, as well as to projects and programs that assist the development of entrepreneurship among minority persons and women in New York State. Assistance is offered through:

  • Lending in conjunction with local, community and regionally-based entities
  • Lending for certified government contractors and eligible government contractors
  • Direct financial assistance
  • Incubator assistance
  • Technical assistance

TRANSPORTATION CAPITAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM: ESD administers this loan program for the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT). It provides government contractor working capital loans to small business enterprises and NYS-certified minority and women-owned business enterprises (MWBEs) that have transportation-related construction contracts with NYSDOT or who are subcontractors of contractors having transportation-related contracts with NYSDOT. The program offers loans from $20,000 to $500,000, with a prime interest rate fixed at closing. Contractors that have been awarded a contract but have not yet begun work on the contract are eligible. Applications are accepted continuously.

WORLD TRADE CENTER JOB CREATION & RETENTION PROGRAM (JCRP): Encourages companies to commit to creating a minimum of 75 new jobs, or retaining at least 200 jobs, in Lower Manhattan.

NEW MARKETS TAX CREDIT: Program that subsidizes long-term capital investment in order to foster job creation and community development in Low-Income Communities throughout New York State. Empire State Development (ESD) has available interest-only loans at below-market rates, a portion of which may be forgiven upon maturity.

NEW YORK STATE FILM PRODUCTION CREDIT PROGRAM: Established to attract and grow the film and television production industries throughout New York State (NYS). It offers a fully refundable 30 percent tax credit on qualified production costs incurred in NYS and is funded at $420 million per year for each of the calendar years 2010-2014. Eligible productions include:

  • Feature films
  • Episodic television series
  • Television pilots and presentations
  • Television movies and miniseries

NEW YORK STATE FILM POST PRODUCTION CREDIT PROGRAM: Created to support and grow the post production industry in New York State. Many projects, whose location shooting was done elsewhere, will take advantage of New York’s abundant post-houses and bring the project to NYS for their post production work. Up to $7 million per year for calendar years 2010-2014 inclusive will be available.

This program is entirely separate from the New York State Film Production Credit program, and applicants to that program may NOT apply to both programs for the same project.

The NYS Post Production credit is a fully refundable 10 percent tax credit on qualified post production costs paid in the production of a qualified film at a qualified post production facility in New York State. There are no per-project caps, and there is rollover in the annual $7 million allocation going forward until 2014.


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