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Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council Submits One-Year Progress Report

MVREDC Endorses 32 Priority Projects for 2012 Round of the Regional Council Competition
(September 17, 2012)

Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council Submits One-Year Progress Report

The Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council submitted its one-year progress report to the State on September 14, 2012, which provides detail on the Council’s achievements in implementing its five year strategic plan. The report includes a description of how the Council established a framework to advance the plan, revisions to some of its strategies, an implementation agenda and a tracking of the advancement of priority job-creating projects awarded in 2011. Additionally, the MVREDC provided the state with its list of the 32 priority projects the Council has endorsed for the second round of the Regional Council competition.

The progress report can be found at http://regionalcouncils.ny.gov/content/mohawk-valley.

“We’ve been given a tremendous opportunity to attract significant State support that will help create much-needed jobs and spur economic growth across our region. Our work over the past year has highlighted and capitalized on our region’s many assets and strengths in a truly regionalized effort to improve our economy and the quality of life in the Mohawk Valley,” said Regional Council Co-chairs Lawrence T. Gilroy III, President of Gilroy, Kernan & Gilroy Inc and Bjong Wolf Yeigh, President of SUNYIT. “We structured our efforts this year to build deeper and stronger partnerships in each of our counties that also helped us bring forward an impressive number of promising projects that we believe can help us to drive our Strategic Plan forward. The Council received a tremendous amount of input and feedback from businesses and individuals throughout the region, and we look forward to making the Regional Council process work even better for our Mohawk Valley communities.”

According to its 2012 Action Plan – the Progress Report authored by the Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council – the Strategic Plan and the Regional Council process have created a sense of energy, focus and momentum across the Mohawk Valley Region. The outcomes of the process have transcended the original intent of creating a plan with priority projects and produced a regional agenda that is more aligned and focused on strategic collaboration. The 2012 Action Plan reflects the MVREDC’s goals and advances its Regional priorities through strategically aligned projects that have the potential to create 1,190 jobs, while retaining more than 3,000 existing positions. The Action Plan also identifies a “project pipeline” that outlines the Region’s plans for continuing growth.

Meanwhile, nearly 60 projects that received awards in the first round of Consolidated Funding Application process are already injecting tens of millions of dollars of new investments into the Mohawk Valley’s regional economy. The $60.2 million of assistance awarded by New York State is strengthening key regional concentrations and demonstrating a commitment to attracting, retaining and growing businesses in the Mohawk Valley.

The following 32 projects were endorsed by the Council and submitted to the State as regional priorities for the second round of the Regional Council initiative’s competitive grant funding process:

  • Cyber Shield: SUNYIT and Assured Information Security propose a malware laboratory that links the academic learning environment with the real world threats found only in a secure business environment.
  • 307 Upgrades – Rome Strip Steel Co. Inc.: The project entails installation of a Stressometer Flatness Measurement and Control System to an existing steel rolling mill located in Rome. The proposed upgrades will make the mill more productive, allowing for increased output and quality levels while decreasing scrap.
  • Acoustic Treatment – Foothills Performing Arts Center: Purchase of acoustic treatment to complete Foothills Performing Arts Center. Includes specially designed acoustic shell for the main stage, low-noise carpeting, performance quality stage curtains.
  • Bad Ponder 2012 – Mohawk Fabrics: The Company now plans on purchasing two knitting machines at a cost of $200,000 a piece, installing a 50-70 Kw solar energy system on the building for an additional $350,000, and the purchasing of new warping equipment at an additional cost of $300,000.
  • Baseball Hall of Fame Digitization Project: The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum plans a comprehensive digitization project that will allow users to access the entire Hall of Fame collection online, with images and curatorial comments.
  • C2IE: To identify critical cyber security challenges and to train a workforce that is prepared to quickly resolve cyber challenges, C2IE will provide the best training curriculum and will rotate in educators and researchers providing the latest in information assurance and cyber technologies as related to emerging virtualized computing environments.
  • City Center Sewer – City of Utica: Under this project, an existing 54-inch storm sewer in Route 5S (Oriskany Street) would be extended by 1,360 LF and connected to an existing storm sewer at the corner of Oriskany Street East and John Street.
  • Cold Point 2012: The Company will purchase and install an automatic cut-and-feed copper tube processor optimized for Air Conditioning manufacturing at its Rome facility. The facility will require plant layout design, electrical upgrades and personnel training.
  • Downtown Utica Streetscape: The project focuses on Genesee Street, from Oriskany Boulevard south to Oneida Square and in the city blocks immediately surrounding the State and County office buildings and includes two elements: streetscape improvements along Genesee Street as part of a conversion of the public right-of-way to a boulevard-style design and creation of additional parking opportunities on surface lots in the area around the State and County office buildings.
  • East Herkimer Sewer Project: The project calls for the tie-in and extension of a sanitary sewer line for a 46-acre commercially zoned campus with a 430,000 square foot of existing warehouse, distribution, manufacturing facility. The line could also provide services to Herkimer County BOCES and the Herkimer Central School District's elementary School with a combined population of over 1,200 students and teachers.
  • Gehring Tricot Expansion: The Gehring Tricot Corporation expansion project includes three facilities located in Herkimer and Montgomery Counties. It will allow the company to move its Massachussets weaving operation to New York, to expand, and to enable research and development efforts to continue.
  • Gloversville-Johnstown Wastewater Treatment: The project is designed to expand the wastewater treatment capacity needed to accommodate Greek-style yogurt maker Fage's USA's $150 million expansion.
  • Griffiss Federal Inspection Services – Customs: The proposed project includes the design and construction of a 3,500 square foot Customs and Border Patrol facility at Griffiss International Airport in Rome for the clearance of aircraft crews both civil and military arriving from international locations.
  • Griffiss Institute Project: The project would add 20,000 square feet to the Griffiss Institute for additional commercial space for tech companies, and for the expansion of classrooms, computer labs and meeting space.
  • Harden Furniture Inc. Plant Modernization: Harden Furniture is North America's oldest furniture maker. The project will modernize the company's manufacturing facility and implement a lean manufacturing process.
  • Investing for Our Next Century – Burrows Paper Corp.: The company is undertaking a three-year capital investment program to replace outdated machinery and equipment that will also improve safety, efficiency and quality.
  • Living Learning Health Science Center: The project will develop a new Living/Learning Community in collaboration with Herkimer County Community College. The project will result in construction of supportive housing for seniors, while establishing a new healthcare education and training program at the college.
  • Manufacturing Upgrades A – Bonide Products Inc.: Bonide plans to invest $1,200,000 over a two-year period on cutting edge manufacturing equipment and upgrades, including energy efficient, ergonomically designed cappers, dust collectors, label machines, sealers, printers, conveyors, additional silo capacity and software upgrades.
  • Masonic MRL Organ Bio-Engineering Program: The project goal is to create a new Organ Bioengineering Program at the Cardiac Research Institute of the Masonic Medical Research Laboratory. The division will explore alternative therapies for end-stage heart failure using an innovative approach designed to grow new hearts using the patient's own skin cells (fibroblasts) in order to avoid immune rejection.
  • Northeast Cyber Forensics: Utica College, in partnership with WetStone Technologies (Cortland) and AMRIC Associates, Ltd. (Syracuse) will create the Northeast Cyber Forensics Center at Utica College. This multi-region higher education/private business partnership will provide the high-technology crime-fighting tools and services needed to combat the exponential growth of cybercrime in both the public and private sectors.
  • OFB Biomass Heating – Old Forge Properties: Old Forge Properties, including Enchanted Forest/Water Safari and Water's Edge Inn and Conference Center is pursuing a biomass district heating system that would annually utilize 879 green tons of regionally sourced wood products to offset 5,960 mm Btu/year of No. 2 fuel oil.
  • Ommegang 2013 – Brewery Ommegang: The Cooperstown-area brewery producer of Belgium-style beer is approaching the fourth year of a 6-year, $17 million expansion project, involving the overall expansion of brewing and packaging operations, as well as construct a new water treatment facility.
  • Power Distribution – Custom Electronics Inc.: For the establishment of a new business in power distribution and energy storage.
  • Project Cardinal Phase II: The project involves the build-out of approximately 10,765+- square feet of unfinished first floor space located at 153 brooks Rd., Rome, to accommodate exceptional growth of cybersecurity firm Assured Information Security.
  • Rome Cable Complex 4: Project include the remediation, demolition and clearance of Building Complex 4, at the former Rome Cable in Rome, on a site that is currently participating in the State Environmental Restoration Program pursuant to a standing State Assistance Contract.
  • Rome Capitol Theater Expansion: The Capitol will be expanding its operations into three adjacent buildings and restoring the historic main auditorium, adding jobs, additional performance spaces, and encouraging activity in Rome's Central Business District.
  • Small Business Improvement – Village of Frankfort: The proposed Frankfort Small Business Assistance Program provides much needed support to the businesses located on or immediately adjacent to Main Street. The Program seeks to provide Main Street businesses with a ‘face lift’ in compliance with design standards developed as part of a Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan.
  • St Mary's Healthcare Outpatient Pavilion: St. Mary's Healthcare in Amsterdam plans to build an Outpatient Pavilion on the St. Mary's Healthcare Memorial Campus to improve operations and provide convenient and accessible outpatient care, especially for seniors.
  • TechMar NY LLC: A state of the art, indoor sustainable green/high tech aquaculture facility to be constructed on approximately 130 acres in the Glen Canal View Business Park located in Montgomery County, New York.
  • Turbo Machined Products: This project is to expand and purchase state-of-the-art Computer Numerical Control manufacturing equipment for the manufacturing of jet Engine parts for the third largest manufacturer of jet engines in the world.
  • Utica Memorial Auditorium: The Utica Memorial Auditorium Facade Replacement Project provides for the stabilizing and/or removal of existing structurally deficient masonry façade materials and replacement or cladding with new materials.
  • Verona Sewer District: The project generally includes the installation of a “core” gravity collection system within dense commercial areas within the hamlet and low-pressure mains in the surrounding residential areas.

Governor Cuomo created the Regional Councils and Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) to fundamentally change New York’s operating model for economic development and job creation. The Regional Councils have transformed the way the State invests in economic development, shifting from a top-down approach to a community-based, performance-driven model which empowers individual regions to develop, invest in, and advance regional solutions and job-creating projects to spur economic growth.

Last year, $785 million was awarded for job-creating economic and community development projects consistent with each region’s strategic plans. To build on the success of the first round, a second round of up to $762 million in State resources was launched in 2012. Funding for the second round includes $220 million in competitive grant funding ($150 million in capital and $70 million in tax credits) to implement regional strategic plans and continue to advance priority job-creating projects, and up to $542 million from State agency programs through the CFA to support regionally-significant economic development projects.

Five awards of $25 million will be made, and the competition will have two parts:

  • First, the four regions with the 2011 Best Plans will compete for two awards of up to $25 million each in capital funds. Awards will be made based on the progress the Regional Councils have made implementing their strategies and evolution of their strategic plans
  • Second, the remaining six regions will compete for three awards of up to $25 million each in capital funds. Awards will be made based on the regions’ revised and updated strategic plans and progress made implementing their strategies

The balance of the $25 million in capital will be available for priority projects in the remaining five regions. In addition, each region will also be eligible for up to $10 million in Excelsior Tax Credits to help attract and grow business in the region.

Following the submission of each region’s one-year progress reports, beginning in mid-September, the Strategic Implementation Assessment Team will visit each of the 10 regions, to hear oral presentations and participate in a tour of the Councils’ implementation activity and priority projects. These tours will make New York’s economic development process more transparent, open and publicly-accessible. Funding awards for the second round of the CFA process are expected to be announced this fall.

As part of "The New New York Works for Business" campaign, the State has launched a new website – www.thenewNY.com – which provides quick access to information for all areas of business assistance available from New York State. From starting a business, to accessing tax credits and funding incentives, to international trade, to regional assistance, this is a one-stop shop for all businesses to successfully thrive in New York.

To learn more about each Regional Council and their economic development plans, visit www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov.

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