New York State "Bridge to Success" Loan Program for Minority and Women ContractorsWednesday, 29 April 2015
Empire State Development (ESD) will expand access to short-term Loans for New York State Certified Minority and Women-Owned firms doing business with New York State. The "Bridge To Success" Loan Program will invest at least $20 million to expand access to short-term bridge loans for Minority- and Women-owned Business Enterprises (MWBEs) The program will provide qualified MWBEs with the short-term resources they need to participate in the up to $1 billion in contracting opportunities with New York State. Under the terms of the "Bridge to Success" program, ESD will provide up to $2.73 million in loan loss reserves to support the $20 million in short term loans provided by participating lenders. Loans will typically be under $200,000 with terms under two years and would support $100 million in state contracts.Read more...
Sign Up To Volunteer for the Fourth Annual I Love My Park DayWednesday, 29 April 2015
Registration is now open for the fourth annual I Love My Park Day on Saturday, May 2, 2015! Ninety-five New York State Parks and Historic Sites are hosting events this year. Last year more than 6,000 volunteers pitched in on cleanup, beautification and improvement projects at events across the state, from Montauk Point to Niagara Falls. Join us for this exciting event and give back to parks.
Parks & Trails New York organizes I Love My Park Day, in partnership with the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, to celebrate, improve and enhance state parks and historic sites; boost volunteerism; and raise the visibility of the entire state parks system and its needs.Read more...
Empire State Development Announces Request for Qualifications for Marketing AgencyWednesday, 15 April 2015
Empire State Development (ESD) announced it has issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) in order to select a group of qualified firms ahead of a competitive bid for the agency’s $50 to $75 million economic development and I LOVE NY marketing programs.
Services required include advertising, digital marketing, events, media planning and buying services for business attraction, retention and expansion, and tourism promotion campaigns. The current contract with BBDO expires on November 30, 2015. Application deadline is 12:00 noon on April 27, 2015.Read more...
NYS Fair OpportunitiesTuesday, 31 March 2015
New York State Fair officials are recruiting to fill an open space in a permanent indoor restaurant with a qualified company offering vegetarian and vegan foods and beverages. The space is a 20' by 20' restaurant in the southeast corner of the International Building, one of the Fair's prime destinations for food. Information spelling out the requirements and the process for applying can be found here.
The first-ever Taste NY Food Truck Competition will premiere on Sunday, September 6 at the Great New York State Fair in Syracuse, Commissioner of Agriculture Richard A. Ball announced today. This first-of-its-kind competition will see as many as 20 chefs from across the state surrounding Chevy Court with their trucks and offering samples of their most creative and tastiest offerings for fairgoers and judges. For more information or to sign up, click here.Read more...
AT&T Tech Valley Civic App Challenge Check-In and Open Day of Hacking Event at Tech Valley Center of GravityMonday, 13 April 2015
Ben Roberts, AT&T
716-262-5883 Mobile / Ben.Roberts@att.com
April 18th event designed to answer questions, provide mentoring, discuss project progress and offer technical support Kishor Bagul, New York State’s Chief Technology Officer, heads up an impressive list of attending mentors
TECH VALLEY, N.Y. – AT&T, in partnership with the University at Albany, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, TechConnex (an affiliate for Center for Economic Growth), Tech Valley Center of Gravity, Saratoga TechOUT, Hudson Valley Tech Meetup, New York BizLab, Beahive,Tech Valley Mobile Developers Network, Accelerate 518 and Hack Upstate, last month launched the AT&T Tech Valley Civic App Challenge, a two-month “virtual hackathon” challenging the region’s most innovative computer scientists, entrepreneurs, software developers, designers, makers and hardware engineers to build and deliver mobile apps and services that serve community needs, connect and engage citizens with their governments and demonstrate how mobile technologies can lead to the next generation of tech jobs and investment. Examples of themes for civic mobile apps include public transportation, education, social services, public safety, tourism, volunteerism, workforce development, to list just a few. Top winners will receive prizes totaling $18,000 in cash, which will be announced in May.Read more...
Capital Region Creative EconomyMonday, 23 February 2015
Capital Region Creative Economy
Next Capital Region Creative Economy Event
Dan Pallotta: If We Changed the Way We Think About Charity, Charity
Could Change the World
As part of the Community Foundation's commitment to strengthening our community through philanthropy and helping build capacity at local nonprofit organizations, the Foundation has partnered with the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce and the Regional Alliance for a Creative Economy (co-convened by the Community Foundation and the Center for Economic Growth) to present a galvanizing discussion with Dan Pallotta, one of today's most prominent advocates for nonprofit organizations. Dan will share the ways in which our society can change its thinking on nonprofit organizations to encourage true innovation and drive community impact.Tuesday, April 21, 2015
$20 per person | Open to the public1:30 p.m. Registration | 2:00 p.m. Dan Pallotta3:00 p.m. Panel DiscussionSaratoga Springs City Center
More on the Creative Economy: Ranked a priority project by the Capital Region Economic Development Council in 2013, CEG was awarded Empire State Development funds to study and leverage the region’s creative assets as economic drivers. CEG and the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region have contracted with Mt. Auburn Associates to undertake the study, which was presented in November, 2014 with Keynote Speaker SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher at Proctors' GE Theatre. This project is the culmination of several years of CEG-initiated conversations and partnerships to advance arts, culture and tourism as a critical component of our region’s economy. Join the conversation online using the hashtags: #CAPtivate #UpNYCreative
For more information on The Creative Economy:
Click here for the full study in PDF form.
Click here to learn more about Capital Region Creative Economy.Read more...
Get in front of nearly 500 regional business leaders at the 115th Annual Dinner!Wednesday, 04 February 2015
We're Celebrating 115 Years!
Thursday, May 7, 2015
Franklin Plaza Ballroom in downtown Troy, New York
5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Stay tuned for a new twist at this year's Annual Dinner.
Gain exposure and get your organization in front of 500 regional business professionals at our all night networking event! Nearly half of available expo booths have already been reserved...contact us to reserve yours today.
Download your expo booth form today! Only 5 expo booths remain and they will sell out.
2015 Chamber Member Expo Booths:
B-Lann Equipment Co., Inc.
Bouchey & Clarke Benefits, Inc.
Bouchey Financial Group, Ltd.
Callanan Industries, Inc.
CAP COM Federal Credit Union
Capital District YMCA
CornerStone Telephone Company
Diamond Rock Terrace Apartments
Flowers by Pesha
Fowler, Doyle, Spain, Spiess & Florsch PLLC
Franklin Hospitality Group
Groff NetWorks, LLC
Health Republic Insurance of New York
Hilton Garden Inn, Troy
John Ray & Sons
Marriott Towne Place Suites Albany Downtown Meidcal Center
Marvin & Company
Matthew John Burnham Attorney & Counsellor
Monolith Solar LLC
New York Independent System Operator
Rensselaer County IDA
Sage Computer Associates
Saratoga Eagle Sales & Service
Tri City Rentals
Unity House of Troy, Inc.
Wellcare Health Plans, Inc.
Whitney Young Health - Troy
New York State Announces Craft Beverage Grant ProgramThursday, 08 January 2015
New York State Craft Beverage Grant Program
On November 13, Governor Andrew Cuomo formally announced the launch of the New York State Craft Beverage Grant Program. The program will be administered by Empire State Development in consultation with the Department of Agriculture & Markets.
Download the guidelines and application to apply for the Craft Beverage Industry Tourism Promotion Grant.
Download the guidelines and application to apply for the Craft Beverage Marketing and Promotion Grant Program.Click here for the official press release from New York State about the grant program.
CREDC Update: January, 2015Monday, 15 December 2014
Capital Region Economic Development Council
Message from the Co-Chairs
James J. Barba, J.D.
President & CEO
Albany Medical Center
Robert J. Jones, Ph.D.
University at Albany
Round IV Results in; 93 Projects Funded for a Total of $60 Million
On December 18, 2014, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the 2014 Regional Economic Development Council Awards. We were pleased to receive $60 million to fund 93 projects, resulting in the Capital Region having more projects funded since the inception of the Governor’s economic development program than any other region in the state.
It has been gratifying to work with so many talented business and community leaders to advance a coordinated strategic plan for the Capital Region, and equally as rewarding to see how Governor Cuomo’s transformative approach to economic development is succeeding across New York State.
Over the last four years in the awards process the Capital Region has landed at both ends of the spectrum. But throughout, our position has remained consistent: Everyone who is part of this process wins, as does every region of the state, regardless of the rankings.
The objective of the Governor’s program is to bring together representatives of various sectors of the economy to develop regional plans to help create jobs and promote economic growth. In that sense, we have succeeded. In fact, the Governor reports that 500,000 private sector jobs have been created since 2010, with the unemployment rate lower in every region of the state since then.
We know we developed a strong plan that will create jobs, and we also know that many, and perhaps most, of the elements of the projects we supported as a Council this year will move ahead. Moreover, by building relationships, we are certain that we will work together to continue to strengthen our economy.
In Rounds I, II and III, our Council impacted more than 20,000 jobs through projects valued at $1.3 billion with $200 million worth of investment. In only one of those rounds were we selected as a leading plan, however, we agree that the progress made each year demonstrates that our region is a winner.
So our sincerest thanks to the Council members and stakeholders who have worked so hard along the way to spur economic growth and job creation and begin dialogues and relationships that probably never would have existed if it weren’t for Governor Cuomo’s game-changing strategy.
We look forward to working with you as we start Round V. Please watch for more information about the Capital Region Council, our 2015 events, meetings and plans in upcoming e-newsletters and on our website.
View the Capital Region Economic Development Council's website here.
Click here for the full January E-News update from CREDC.