January 19, 2022

News From Governor Hochul

Highlights of FY 2023 Executive Budget

Governor Hochul Announces $7 Million Awarded in Round Two of New York’s Workforce Development Initiative

  • 42 Organizations to Receive Funding for Workforce Development Awards
  • Will Fund In-Demand Skills Training for More Than 2,550 New Yorkers
  • Additional Applications Accepted on Rolling Basis with Training Organizations Strongly Encouraged to Apply at: workforcedevelopment.ny.gov

Governor Hochul Announces Plan to Address Truck and Bus Driver Shortage

  • Proposal Will Enable Third Parties to Conduct Commercial Driver License Road Tests
  • Public Hearing on January 26 to Allow Public Input on the Proposal
  • Builds on State’s Efforts to Eliminate Barriers and Create Pathways for New CDL Holders

Governor Hochul, with Interior Secretary Haaland and Governor Murphy, Announces Historic Wind Energy Auction Off New York and New Jersey Coast

  • New York Bight Lease Sale Has Potential to Generate Up to Seven Gigawatts of Clean Energy, Power Nearly Two Million Homes


Upcoming Events

NEW: Mid-Hudson Workforce Solutions Webinar Series: The Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council (MHREDC) has put together a webinar series for organizations to learn about workforce best practices and resources to help retain and attract talent. Register to attend any of the webinars below!

NEW: NYSERDA webinar on PON 4600 (2 million in funding)

Global NY CARICOM-Caribbean Trade Webinar Thursday, January 20, 2022 9:00-10:00 AM EST

  • Considered part of the “Third Border” of the United States with 20 countries and 16 million consumers, the CARICOM-Caribbean region has strong trade ties with the U.S. and there is growing demand for American products.  In 2019, New York State exported approximately $1.5 Billion in goods and services to Caribbean markets.
  • Register Here

New York State Innovation Summit October 25 – 26, 2022

NYSTAR and FuzeHub invite you to join us for the New York State Innovation Summit on October 25-26, 2022 at the Buffalo Convention Center in Buffalo, NY.

  • This multi-day event is for New York State-based organizations that want to showcase and discover new and emerging technologies that support innovation and drive business growth.
  • Whether you’re a startup, an economic developer, or an established manufacturer, the NYS Innovation Summit is for you.
  • Learn more about the Summit and watch the recap from 2021 below to see what you’ll get to experience next year.
  • Learn More Here

Project Highlights

Governor Hochul Announces 130 Acres Added to Sterling Forest State Park in Orange County

  • Parcel Once Part of Greenwood Forest Farm Resort Community for Black Families
  • View of Greenwood Lake Immortalized in Noted Hudson River School Painting

Economic Development Opportunity Highlights

NEW: Governor Hochul Announces 17 Projects Eligible to Compete Through $85 Million New York Clean Transportation Prizes Program

  • $3 Million in Grants and Services Awarded to Teams to Advance Solutions that Reduce Air Pollution, Enhance Electrification, and Grow Mobility in Underserved Communities
  • Supports the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act’s Nation-Leading Goal for an 85 Percent Reduction in Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 2050

NEW: 2022 Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Victim and Witness Assistance Request for Applications

  • New York State Office of Victim Services (OVS) is announcing a funding opportunity available to any nonprofit organization, hospital, law enforcement agency, coalition, or other entity that meets the application requirements. The goal of this Request for Applications (RFA) is to outline how to apply for funding to support direct services that meet the immediate and long-term needs of victims of crime under the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Victim and Witness Assistance Grant Program.
  • Proposals for this opportunity are due Thursday, March 24th, no later than 2:00 PM (EST) PM.

Reminder: FuzeHub 2022 Manufacturing Grants – Round 1 – Awards up to $50K Each | Deadline is February 4, 2022

  • Eligible Applicants: New York State not-for-profit organizations that partner with at least one New York State small to medium-sized manufacturer
  • Eligible Partner Manufacturers: Each manufacturer (industry partner) identified in the application will need to evidence:
  • At least one physical establishment in New York State, and no more than 500 employees across the entire firm or enterprise worldwide;
  • Registration with Dun & Bradstreet evidenced by a D&B account number. The D&B profile must include a manufacturing North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code. See guidelines for list of eligible NAICS codes.
  • At least 4 awards will be granted to projects in which the industry partner is a startup manufacturer who does not request funds toward the cost of purchasing equipment. For the purposes of this grant, a startup is a company that has:
  • Less than $2M in revenue to date; and
  • Been in business for 5 years or less (7 for life science, biomedical, or medical device companies).
  • Apply Here


ReminderPandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Program still available

$800 million in funding for small businesses – including for-profit arts and cultural institutions that were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.


Take the Broadband Service Survey!

  • New York State Department of Public Service (DPS) and ECC Technologies are conducting a survey of consumers on the status of broadband services availability and use at homes and businesses.
  • Please help distribute this survey to your contacts!
  • The survey can be accessed here: https://www.empirestatebroadband.com/

List of Economic Development Resources

Funding Opportunities:

o    Funding is still available through the open enrollment programs, including the ESD Capital Grant Fund.

o    Learn more about the funding programs at www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov/mid-hudson

o    Second Round of Funding Makes $48 Million Available to Help New Yorkers Find Quality, Well-Paid Jobs and to Meet the Short and Long-Term Workforce Needs of Businesses

o    Find the 2021 Guidebook, Program Guidelines and Webinars HERE

o    The $35 million Restaurant Return-to-Work Tax Credit Program provides an incentive to COVID-impacted restaurants to bring restaurant staff back-to-work, and to increase hiring at NYS restaurants.

o    Qualifying businesses are eligible for a tax credit of $5,000 per new worker hired, up-to $50,000 per business.

o    The Program is open to eligible restaurants located in New York City, or in an area outside of New York City that was designated an Orange or Red Zone for at least thirty consecutive days.

o    CDBG-CV (Coronavirus) Funds are available to help businesses and communities prepare, prevent, and respond to the Coronavirus. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis from units of local government and qualified non-profits.

o    CDBG-CV Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) can be found here

o    CDBG-CV Request for Application can be found here

o    Global NY helps New York businesses enter or expand their presence in the global marketplace.

o    Programs connect companies with sales agents and distributors abroad and offset the costs of exporting with grants and loans.

o    By participating in our trade missions, New York businesses can create and reinforce global connections and partnerships.

o    Regional Clean Energy Hubs

o    Just Transition Site Reuse Planning

  • The purpose of the Just Transition Site Reuse Planning Program is to mitigate the negative impacts of fossil fuel power plant site closures.
  • This program provides technical assistance in communities that require site evaluation and a sustainable economic path forward for municipalities.
  • Interested communities should complete and submit the program application to the online portal.

o    Clean Energy Communities

o    Energy Programs and Incentives

  • Utility Economic Development Programs

o    Central Hudson

o    Con Edison

o    NYSEG

o    Orange & Rockland

o    Federal Economic Development Funding – EDA American Rescue Plan Programs

  • Good Jobs Challenge$500 million for Industry-led training programs, designed to provide skills for and connect unemployed or underemployed workers to existing and emerging job opportunities. Three project types: System Development, Program Design and Program Implementation.
  • Deadline: February 10, 2022
  • Eligibility: State & local governments, higher education institutions, not-for-profit organizations
  • Economic Adjustment Assistance$500 million available through EDA’s most flexible program. Wide range of technical, planning, workforce development, entrepreneurship, and public works and infrastructure projects are eligible for funding under this program.
  • Deadline: March 15, 2022 (suggested; applications reviewed on a rolling basis)
  • Eligibility: State & local governments, higher education institutions, not-for-profit organizations
  • See all the EDA American Rescue Plan Programs HERE

Technical Assistance for Businesses:

o    Empire State Development’s Division of Small Business

o    New York State Small Business Development Center

o    Women’s Enterprise Development Center

  • New York State Certified Business Incubators and Innovation Hot Spots: New York State has designated 10 Innovation Hot Spots—one for each of New York’s economic development regions—and 20 Certified Business Incubators, which receive funding to reach a greater number of early-stage companies. Support may vary by location but generally includes: physical space; shared administrative staff; access to capital; coaching; mentoring; networking connections; prototype development; and access to other technical services. Innovation Hot Spots also coordinate regional entrepreneurial ecosystems, and can offer tax benefits to client businesses. In the Mid-Hudson we have:

o    BioInc@New York Medical College: The region’s only biotechnology incubator offers shared resources, turnkey wet lab space and sponsored professional services to promising, high-potential entrepreneurs and start-ups. BioInc@NYMC helps members achieve development and funding milestones.

o    Hudson Valley Center for Innovation | Accel7: Accel7 is the oldest, continuously operating business and tech accelerator serving the Hudson Valley between Westchester and Albany, focusing on building and launching Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) solutions with early-stage entrepreneurs.

  • Business Mentor NY (BMNY): Business Mentor NY is the State’s first large scale, hands-on small business mentoring program that helps NYS entrepreneurs and established small businesses overcome challenges to grow their business. Business Mentor NY is a free resource that allows entrepreneurs and volunteer mentors to easily connect so they can solve problems and build businesses together.
  • SBA’s Ascent: Free learning platform for women entrepreneurs
  • Business Express: Your Guide to Doing Business in New York State
  • ESD Global New York: Export Assistance for NYS Businesses