A Message from the Western New York Regional Director

Western New York Regional Director Christina OrsiIt is my pleasure to welcome you to Western New York and the numerous assets this region—and New York State—has to offer. It is an exciting time for Western New York and businesses across the country and from around the world are choosing New York to locate and expand their operations. To remain competitive, New York State has implemented progressive economic development strategies and aggressive financial and tax incentives to stimulate growth and job creation.  Additionally, there is particular focus on building industry clusters that will significantly contribute to growing New York’s New Economy.

New York State’s strengths lie within its wealth of academic and research institutions, highly skilled labor force and extensive transportation network.  With regard to Western New York, our region’s strengths lie in our close proximity to Canada (with five international bridge crossings), and a tremendous quality of life, including affordable housing and a high-quality work force.  Top industries in Western New York include manufacturing, agribusiness, life sciences, renewable energy, financial services and back office support.
We are particularly proud that Western New York is home to many outstanding and internationally known employers such as GEICO, Yahoo!, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, University at Buffalo, M&T Bank Corporation, Moog Inc., Rich Products Corporation, Kaleida Health and HSBC Bank.
The staff of the Western New York Regional Office of Empire State Development will work closely with you to identify and help meet your business needs and goals for the future.  Economic development programs are available to assist in building a new facility, relocating a business, expanding operations and workforce and entering new markets and international arenas.  Again, welcome to Western New York and we look forward to working with you.

Christina Orsi
ESD Western New York Regional Director


10/22/14: Empire State Development Awarded Funding through USEPA Grant to Assist with the Western New York Sustainable Business Roundtable

10/22/14: WNYREDC Co-Chair Howard Zemsky Presents on Buffalo Billion to Urban Land Institute

10/21/14: Governor Cuomo Announces 123 New Jobs Coming To Western New York Under START-UP NY

10/17/14: Governor Cuomo Announces Dedication of $60 Million Science Center at Suny Fredonia

10/17/14: Governor Cuomo Announces Opening of New Houston Gymnasium at SUNY Buffalo State College

10/16/14: Governor Cuomo Announces Finalists for World's Largest Business Idea Competition

10/15/14: Empire State Development Announces OneTouch Direct Hiring 150 Positions in Western New York

10/10/14: Governor Cuomo Announces Richardson Olmsted Complex Redevelopment Project Breaks Ground in Buffalo

10/08/14: Governor Cuomo Announces Kaleida Health Breaks Ground on New Children's Hospital on the Buffalo-Niagara Medical Campus

10/03/14: Governor Cuomo Announces Applications Now Available for Better Buffalo Fund

09/23/14: Governor Cuomo Announces New SolarCity GigaFactory Complex at RiverBend

09/22/14: Western New York Regional Economic Development Council Supports New Funding Programs

09/19/14: Governor Cuomo Announces Completion of Shea’s Performing Arts Center Restoration Project

09/18/14: Governor Cuomo Announces First Phase of Major Redevelopment Project on Buffalo's East Side

09/18/14: Governor Cuomo Announces First Phase of Major Redevelopment Project on Buffalo's East Side

09/16/14: Buffalo Harbor State Park Seeks Partner

09/16/14: Western New York Regional Economic Development Council and City of Olean Announce Ground Breaking for North Union Street Redevelopment Project

09/14/14: Governor Cuomo Cuts Ribbon to Open Renovated Ralph Wilson Stadium Ahead of Buffalo Bills Home Opener

09/08/14: Western New York Power Proceeds Allocation Board Recommends $1 Million in Funding for Projects in WNY

09/04/14: Governor Cuomo Announces New Digitized History Center at Forest Lawn Cemetery

08/28/14: Ribbon cutting for Blue Bridge Financial HQ in Buffalo


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