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This year marks a defining moment in the history of the Mohawk Valley.

Steven J. DiMeo EDGE President


Laura M. Casamento Board Chair

Mohawk Valley EDGE—together with Governor Cuomo, state and local elected officials, SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE), and SUNY Institute of Technology (SUNYIT)—has helped solidify the region’s position in the expanding semiconductor and nanotechnology hub that is transforming New York’s economy. Specifically, our region received great news with two back-to-back announcements, including: • CNSE, on September 12, announced it will lead development of a full-scale 450mm-enabled

semiconductor manufacturing facility at the Marcy Nanocenter site, an expansion from the

Global 450 Consortium (G450C) at NanoFab Xtension (NFX) in Albany. This has signaled to the

industry that New York State is committed to supporting this publicly financed project.

• Governor Cuomo, on October 10, announced that six leading global technology companies, along

with New York State, will invest $1.5 billion to create “Nano Utica,” the state’s second major hub

of nanotechnology R&D. This public-private partnership will be spearheaded by CNSE and SUNYIT,

and is expected to create more than 1,000 new high-tech jobs on the SUNYIT Marcy campus.

These announcements bring new opportunities to the Mohawk Valley, forging a stronger partnership between both SUNY campuses. This will enhance SUNYIT’s academic curriculum and degree offerings, and establish a research focus essential for expanding and sustaining a technology and innovation economy. In addition to these major developments, EDGE continues to work closely with its regional partners to further economic growth. This includes partnerships with CenterState Corporation for Economic Opportunity (CenterState CEO) on the Metropolitan Business Plan that proposes a major regional initiative in “Data to Decisions,” which builds on the region’s cybersecurity sector and the Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) Information Directorate. EDGE also has been a key contributor in working with the Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council (MVREDC) with the 2013 Action Plan. Additionally, EDGE worked with over 25 local businesses on various projects, with several of them highlighted in this Annual Report. This is further testimony to the breadth and scope of EDGE’s economic development mission. “Dream, Develop, Deliver” was the theme for the inaugural TEDxUtica. This talk brought action-oriented individuals together for an evening of inspiration and collaboration. EDGE was a proud sponsor of this event alongside our Leadership Alliance for a Vital Community Partners: The United Way and The Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties. Their theme embodied the spirit and mission of EDGE—to strengthen and grow the economy of the Mohawk Valley. We think that Governor Cuomo said it best when he concluded the Nano Utica announcement with the remark, “You ain’t seen nothing yet!” We believe this region is about to see possibilities not evident in over a half century.

Steven J. DiMeo

Laura M. Casamento

EDGE President

Board Chair



Local business is key to the Mohawk Valley’s success.

Lfocus Borin Keith and Mark He • Nortek Powder Coating, LLC


Businesses surveyed by EDGE


Businesses visited by EDGE




Project leads

7 1 Bioscience

2 Distribution

1 Mixed Use

3 Manufacturing

2 Aviation

3 Advanced Manufacturing

4 Agribusiness

4 Insurance/Finance

EDGE-assisted projects 13 Agriculture Related 2 Insurance/Finance 1 Technology 8 Manufacturing (non-agriculture) 2 Professional Services (non-retail) 1 Aviation

EDGE loans $125,000 Premier Aviation $100,000 Austin Mohawk (Title IX Funds)

Oneida County Industrial Development Agency (OCIDA) projects MetLife Vernon Downs, Phase II Affordable Senior Housing Nortek Powder Coating, LLC MSP, LLC UTC AF Property Transfer

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Buildings sold Rome Industrial Devel-

Sales calls

5 Trade shows

opment Corporation (RIDC) sold the 52,000 sq. ft. facility located



Semiconductor industry conferences

Marcy Nanocenter event sponsorships

at 5780 Success Drive, and EDGE sold 5900 Success Drive to Nortek Powder Coating, LLC.

Data to Decisions is a Lead Initiative of the Metropolitan Business Plan. EDGE helped fund Brookings Institution’s regional work plan, which focuses on strengthening and expanding the R&D network and capabilities of AFRL in Rome.

Borin Keith has citizenship in the United States; Canada; and his native country, Cambodia. His experience working for a Canadian company setting up facilities across Canada and the United States gave him the idea and confidence to do it for himself. Keith, the president of Nortek Powder Coating, LLC, decided in 1986 that all of his time and energy would be focused on polymer chemistry and starting his own company. Powder coating is a dry polymer material applied to metal surfaces and baked to apply color and a protective finish. Creating formulas for powder coating requires an advanced degree in chemistry and an affinity for math and science. Being an entrepreneur requires perseverance, integrity and lots of hard work. With his lofty goal, Borin Keith made his way to Rome, New York, in 2003. He met with EDGE, the Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Rome’s mayor and RIDC to understand opportunities and resources that were available to him. In 2005, Nortek leased space at 5900 Success Drive in the West Rome Industrial Park. This building was acquired by EDGE in 2003 when its former occupant relocated to a larger facility. “I am grateful to EDGE for all of their assistance,” said Keith. “Not only was EDGE my landlord for the past nine years, but MORECO and EDGE provided gap loans during my start-up in 2005. EDGE introduced me to many business services including the Workforce Investment Board and MVATC.” After another year of double-digit growth, Keith made a substantial capital investment in June 2013— purchasing the building he had been leasing from EDGE. “Nortek fulfills a niche in the powder coating industry. We offer over 8,000 custom colors, and can work in small or large batches to suit the customer’s needs,“ explained Keith. “We have a happy home in Rome. Our product is environmentally friendly, our 15 employees are like our family and our high-quality product is recognized by the industry.” The OCIDA granted Nortek a 10-year industrial payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) on its new building and mortgage recording and sales tax relief. “Our plan is continued growth. More warehouse space and equipment will lead to a second and third shift,” explains Keith. There is more EDGE can do to help, as Keith predicts: “I think we will be out of space in this building within the year.”


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The Mohawk Valley has a rich history of turning ideas into economic engin projects, whether large or small. Utilizing a variety of tools and resources

EDGEucation Series

EDGE relies on the generous financial support of our

EDGE supported small, emerging businesses from Oneida and Herkimer Counties by partner-

sponsors—they truly foster

ing with Mohawk Valley Community College (MVCC) to create the EDGEucation Series. From

the entrepreneur ecosystem

June through August, the multi-session curriculum focused on strengthening the skill sets of

of the Mohawk Valley.

entrepreneurs, and provided mentoring and a support network. The program sponsors, National Grid and The Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties, allowed 14 attendees to work with John Liddy, Entrepreneur-in-Residence at MVCC, to create business models and plans so that they could assess, strengthen and grow their companies.

EDGEccelerator Business Competition EDGEccelerator Business Competition targeted small and emerging businesses from Oneida and Herkimer Counties. The prizes—a $20,000 cash grant and prequalification for a $50,000 loan—provided the winner, Adirondack Barrel Cooperage, funding for their start-up. EDGE relies on the generous financial support of the competition sponsors to sustain this annual event. National Grid; NBT Bank; The Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties, Inc.; D’Arcangelo & Co., LLP; MVATC; New York Business Development Corporation (NYBDC); NYS SBDC at SUNYIT; Utica Industrial Development Corp. (UIDC); and MORECO are truly fostering the entrepreneur ecosystem of the Mohawk Valley. The finalists were: Adirondack Barrel Cooperage 2013 EDGEccelerator Business Competition Winner Adirondack Barrel Cooperage is a start-up enterprise producing high-quality, watertight barrels from the finest American white oak. White oak barrels are a key element in the aging of craft beer, distilled spirits and premium wine. Currently, the market of distilleries and craft breweries is rising, and there are no barrel coopers in New York State. Psaros Fish Farm Psaros Fish Farm is a start-up enterprise that will create an aquaculture facility specializing in the harvest of Largemouth Bass for the food service industry. Psaros’ facility will be completely enclosed and use the latest technology for sustainability. They would be one of only a few facilities in the Northeast that specialize in growing this popular delicacy. Villa Verona Vineyard Villa Verona Vineyard is a start-up enterprise and will be the first winery in Oneida County. By repurposing a property on Route 365 in Verona, the site will be transformed into a winery, a tasting room and a bistro. With an initial production of seven varieties of wine, they will offer tastings and serve a menu of local fare in the bistro. This agribusiness will capitalize on the high tourism rate of the region and introduce grape farming to Oneida County.


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nes. EDGE recognizes this and works with companies on their s, EDGE customizes its services to the needs of each company.

“EDGE has been a critical partner guiding us in the formation of our start-up business, Adirondack Barrel Cooperage, since we identified the gap and need for American white oak barrel production to serve New York State’s growing distilled spirits, wine and brewery industries. The EDGEucation Series sponsored by EDGE, MVCC, National Grid and The Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties provided technical and practical skills to utilize from start up through implementation and operations. The instruction and opportunity to network with local entrepreneurs proved to be valuable time and experience, which greatly helped us formulate a strong business plan. Participating in the EDGEccelerator Business Competition was an exceptional exercise and tool to refine and strengthen our business plan. Since winning the business competition, EDGE has continued to provide planning and technical assistance as we coordinate communications with lending institutions, the Small Business Development Center, Empire State Development and numerous other organizations. Their professional guidance has further strengthened our confidence and ability to navigate our way to the best package to fund our project and make Adirondack Barrel Cooperage a successful part of the region’s strategy to grow business.”

- Joe and Kelly Blazosky, Adirondack Barrel Cooperage



Urban Development

Redevelopment has historically referred to a process by which local an by private investment. Given the current economic condition, Utica has private sector investment, and neighborhood planning and developmen

Harbor Point Redevelopment Under the leadership of Mayor Robert Palmieri, the City of Utica’s Harbor Point Redevelopment includes creation and integration of waterfront, recreational, cultural and commercial uses for this site. EDGE President Steve DiMeo is an ex-officio member of the Harbor Point Local Development Corporation Board of Directors, which recognizes that Harbor Point’s location along the river, its proximity to downtown Utica and the regional transportation network present a unique opportunity to introduce activities and distinctive land uses. Considerable investments by National Grid; private investments from commercial developers tied to national retail and hotel chains; and local retail, commercial and speculative development investments have changed the face of Harbor Point. With plans for additional private sector investments currently being negotiated, as well as a request for funds to New York State in order to complete the public improvements required for future development, Harbor Point is re-energizing a once dormant urban waterfront.

The Utica Memorial Auditorium (THE AUD)

“The Aud” provides a regional venue for numerous commercial and community events, and attracts over 100,000 visitors per year (which could double with the introduction of the Utica Comets). Its success in attracting key events has an economic multiplier effect for the local services and is a catalyst for  revitalizing downtown. The Aud helps enhance the overall quality of life in the Mohawk Valley, and is an example of how private investment by the Comets leveraged state and local funds. Improvements at The Aud include new lighting, seating, audio/video systems and a complete renovation of lower-level locker rooms and facilities. The next phase of improvements includes a facade and canopy replacement, major mechanical and electrical upgrades, a lower concourse roof replacement, a 300-car parking lot and construction of an addition on the north side to house up to eight suites.



nd state governments invest in neighborhoods that are overlooked s developed a new model for revitalization—one driven by partnerships, nt.

THE CLARK CITY CENTER Harold “Tom” Clark, Jr., is one of the area’s best known businessmen. In addition to 16 McDonald’s restaurants around the region, he has investments in downtown Utica. One of his more recent acquisitions is the former Harza Building. On December 13, 2012, Utica College signed a 10-year lease for the fourth and fifth floors, moving their Online Division to the Clark City Center.

Private Sector Investment - BAGG’S SQUARE Retail and commercial establishments have emerged consistently over the last three years. The 2000 census reported a vacancy rate of over 90% in Bagg’s Square, but the neighborhood has recently become home to some of the region’s trendiest destination restaurants and loft housing opportunities, as well as the region’s premiere open air market—the Oneida County Public Market. It took a combination of fresh, private sector investment; the strength and resiliency of existing Bagg’s Square businesses and organizations; and leadership on the part of county government to make the concept of comprehensive neighborhood revitalization a reality. Without any one of those entities working in concert with another towards the execution of a unified vision, much of this investment would have moved or never occurred. But like Moses Bagg before them, each business, individual, nonprofit and government agency decided that Utica was a great investment; and the people of this region are proving them right.



Workforce Development

Our economy relies heavily on our ability to produce and attract a skill employers. EDGE serves as a catalyst between industry and academia needs while simultaneously strengthening, growing and delivering prog

STEM HUB (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) The Mohawk Valley region is building a sustainable STEM Hub to help build a pipeline of skilled workers for current and future businesses. Students in grades K-12 and at all of our local colleges need high-quality programs and experiences focused on these critical core skills. Phase one integrates the resources of the five BOCES in our region with 65 school districts to broaden and share STEM curriculum and outreach.

Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research Alliance (NUAIR) NUAIR is a regional alliance of private industry, academic institutions, and military assets and operations. NUAIR partners are working together to establish a Federal Aviation Administrationdesignated test site for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in the Northeast. The site at Griffiss International Airport will conduct testing and research in preparation for safe integration of unmanned vehicles and systems into the National Airspace System. EDGE is one of the many partners working to attract the UAS industry and create new jobs in this emerging technology. Capitalizing on the vast R&D of AFRL, the large runway and open air space of Griffiss International Airport, capabilities of our local universities, and the abundance of cyber technology and information security companies, the Mohawk Valley is a natural home for NUAIR.

CYBER NEW YORK ALLIANCE The Central New York Defense Alliance, a.k.a. CYBER New York Alliance, is a proactive organization which promotes, strengthens and expands New York State’s existing information and cyber technology business base. Its cornerstone asset is AFRL. Its R&D focus areas include cyber, command and control, intelligence and communications. Partners New York State, EDGE, the Griffiss Institute and the Cyber New York Alliance formed the Cyber Research Institute (CRI). CRI provides the venue for developing solutions to challenging problems that jeopardize the safety, security and stability of the infrastructure and assets of New York State and our country. Vulnerabilities in our national finance and banking, emergency communication, energy and transportation systems are a particular focus.



led workforce to meet the needs of our existing and prospective to ensure training programs and curriculum align with current grams to prepare for jobs on our horizon.

Semi High Tech U (SEMI HTU) SEMI HTU provided new and creative ways to incorporate high-tech industry-relevant activities into the teaching process while maintaining curriculum and standards required by New York State. This unique collaboration brought together industry volunteers with HTU presenters to demonstrate hands-on activities with educators. The intensive two-day agenda included a tour of CNSE for the 53 teachers from 19 school districts in Herkimer and Oneida Counties. The Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties, National Grid, Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES, Oneida County Executive Picente, Oneida County and Workforce Investment Board partnered with EDGE to cover all of the expenses associated with providing training of this scope and caliber.

MANUFACTURING DAY National Manufacturing Day is celebrated on October 4. In the Mohawk Valley, SUNYIT hosted a conference and expo celebrating the tradition and heritage of this hallmark industry. The audience—composed of nearly 500 high school and college students, along with local manufacturing employers and employees—participated in an agenda including EDGE’s overview of Marcy Nanocenter at SUNYIT and the type of skills a workforce will need in this type of advanced manufacturing. The expo showcased 13 local manufacturers and colleges including Indium Corporation, Advanced Tool, Eversan, CTM Corp., ConMed, Herkimer County Community College and Mohawk Valley Community College.

GRIFFISS INSTITUTE (GI) Partnering with private industry, government and academia, the GI was founded by EDGE and Griffiss Local Development Corporation (GLDC) to develop solutions to critical cyber security problems and grow the technology base of the region. The GI facilitates technology transfer from AFRL, and provides education and training to the information technology/ assurance industry. In 2013, the GI: • Hired 26 paid summer interns and 28 paid fellowships

• Hosted a Challenge Competition for eight local high schools and March Math Madness where 500 • Offered five summer camps students competed for prizes where 200 students learned • Held 150 technical confer- about robotics and cyber security ences, training sessions,

technology exchange meetings, and classes for professional development and continued education

• Provided education/training to over 5,500 individuals 2013 ANNUAL REPORT 15


Griffiss Business and Technology Park Hotel Construction GLDC and Griffiss Utility Services Corporation (GUSC) completed sewer and electrical relocation as part of the land sale on the corner of Route 825 and Floyd Avenue to hotel developer Rome Hospitality, LLC.

Honoring 18 Years of Service Col. Fred Tillman (retired) is a founding member of GLDC Board of Directors. Col. Tillman was assigned by the Pentagon to serve as the Griffiss Wing Commander from 1980 until his retirement in 1983. He remained in Rome with his wife and family following his retirement, and pursued an 18-year career with Tucker Anthony financial services company. Having led the functions for the Air Force Base during the height of the Cold War, Col. Tillman felt obligated to join the reuse planning. He served as Board Chairman of GLDC from 2004 until 2012, and was a founding member and officer of the GUSC from its inception in 2004.

Raymond P. Urtz Center Dedication

A flight simulator facility was at 725 Daedalian Drive when Griffiss was an Air Force Base. Today, this center of training and knowledge has undergone extensive renovations and an expansion to house the GI. On October 29, GLDC and the GI dedicated the building the Raymond P. Urtz Center to honor an avid regional supporter and officer for both organizations. Mr. Urtz was the Director of AFRL from 1997 until his retirement in 2005. Under his leadership, the site successfully transformed from a tenant organization on the former Griffiss Air Force Base to a stand-alone, campus-like centerpiece of Griffiss Business and Technology Park. As a founding member of the GI, Mr. Urtz recognized the need for this organization to advocate and facilitate the cooperation of private industry, academia and government in developing solutions to critical information technology and cyber security problems.


rowth High-Speed Research Network Utilizing a $397,500 grant from New York State, the GI installed a high-speed network at the Raymond P. Urtz Center, allowing for cutting-edge connectivity. This $838,800 upgraded network allows sophisticated projects and complex computing. This state-of-the-art capability will provide the needed connectivity to support the IT and cyber security industry in the region.

GUSC Cogeneration Biofuel Facility GUSC was established in 2000 as a nonprofit utility corporation formed to provide heat and power to tenants of Griffiss Business and Technology Park. The new cogeneration facility will displace nearly all of the fossil energy used by the Park for heat, while simultaneously using renewable energy sources to provide electricity for Park tenants. Their renewable energy project established an energy cost stabilization plan in which existing infrastructure was retrofitted to provide heat and electricity derived from locally grown and harvested wood chips. This will increase the cost efficiency of the system and provide an adaptable energy system capable of using wood chips, natural gas or oil. The project also injects $750,000 per year into the economy through purchases of locally sourced wood fuel.

Griffiss International Airport Since relocating to Griffiss Business and Technology Park in 2007, this Oneida County asset is the anchor to the burgeoning aviation cluster in our region with two maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) companies and dozens of aviation-related businesses located at Griffiss. Building 101 is undergoing a $385,000 project to renovate the space to meet the expanding needs of Midair USA. To keep the nearly 12,000 ft. runway in proper working condition, Griffiss International Airport completed a $5.6 million first phase of a three-phase project to rehab the taxiways.

Griffiss PARK LANDOWNERS ASSOCIATION Griffiss Business and Technology Park landowners invested in new signage at all entrances to the Park, and are partnering with Sculpture Space and New York Council on the Arts to commission another piece for the Griffiss International Sculpture Garden.



Six counties are working together to strengthen Upstate NY.

ONALreach John Ryan and Greg Harden • Harden Furniture

6 Counties: Fulton, Herkimer, Montgomery, Oneida, Otsego and Schoharie

�Each of the six counties in the Mohawk Valley are unique and each, by itself, can point with pride to remarkable assets: talented workforce, natural resources, rich history, diverse culture and more. Together as a region, we are immeasurably stronger and more capable than the mere sum of our parts.� - Excerpt from the 2013 MVREDC Action Plan

OVER THE PAST 2 YEARS (2011 & 2012) 152





Jobs created

Jobs retained


$579,697,910 Total investment

2013 PRIORITY PROJECTS 36 Projects

$265,419,596 Total proposed investment

“The role EDGE has played throughout the regional council process is impossible to overstate.  The organization has provided staff and resources to gather and synthesize relevant data that capture the varied elements of our region; project tracking and pipeline monitoring assistance; and creative, engaging and professional marketing expertise culminating in the development and execution of our strategic and annual action plans. It is impossible to imagine how the Mohawk Valley would have proceeded without the tireless work from EDGE.  However, beyond the crunching of numbers and development of story, EDGE has been a leader for growth and an advocate of the entire Mohawk Valley region. EDGE’s economic development accomplishments provide energy to a region that often struggles with synergy. With this success, EDGE has generously shared its resources of time and talent in order to provide  each participant in the process a way to connect with the shared vision of our region.” - Carolyn Lewis, Otsego County


Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Cou

Strategy one of the MVREDC is to GROW business. The projects summ 58 local companies in completing their Consolidated Funding Applicatio to apply for state capital grant funds.

Harden furniture, Oneida County Harden Furniture is North America’s oldest furniture maker, employing 252 local craftspeople. The company recently conducted an assessment of the marketplace, distribution channels and operations to identify opportunities for improvement. Modifications underway include modernization of their facility and implementation of a lean manufacturing process. Harden received 2012 CFA funding for equipment modernization to address current manufacturing weaknesses. Once complete, this project will create 10 new jobs at the facility. In the long term, this project will help to grow sales, increase employment levels and ensure Harden’s vitality long into the future.

Feldmeier EQUIPMENT, Herkimer County Feldmeier Equipment is a family-owned operation that began in 1952 when Robert H. Feldmeier developed the world’s first triple tube heat exchanger. The company is a leader in producing specialized stainless steel processing equipment used in the production of many consumer products. Key sectors served by Feldmeier include food, dairy, craft brewing and wine. Feldmeier recently announced that it will invest $8 million in the construction of a 50,000 sq. ft. facility in Little Falls. The new facility and investment in production equipment will lead to the creation of 80 jobs. The project has received assistance from New York State with a capital grant and Excelsior refundable tax credits.

Gehring-Tricot Corp., Herkimer and Montgomery Counties Gehring -Tricot Corp. is known for its intricate fabrics and the ability to knit the most challenging of hightech fibers, composites and personal protection fabrics like Nomex® and Kevlar®. This family business has secured a niche in the textile industry creating fabrics used by military, police, athletic teams and companies who require custom blends of fabric. In 2012, the company invested $271,000 to purchase new burners and equipment critical to production at their Dolgeville facility. Their 2013 $3 million project includes an expansion at three facilities in Herkimer and Montgomery Counties. These expansions will increase their manufacturing and R&D capacity.




marized here show the connectivity of our region. EDGE assisted ons (CFAs) in 2013. The CFA is the tool provided by New York State

Fage yogurt, Fulton County In 2008, FAGE yogurt established a U.S. presence in the Johnstown Industrial Park. FAGE is the largest yogurt company in Greece and is the fourth largest U.S. yogurt producer. In the past year, FAGE’s sales increased 27% with a volume increase of 32%. In 2011, FAGE received state funding to support the expansion of its Johnstown facility. The company currently employs 250 people and produces 85,000 tons of Greek-style yogurts annually, with plans to expand yogurt output to 160,000 tons once its $120 million expansion is complete in 2014. FAGE’s investments have not only added direct employment in Fulton County but have also created indirect job growth on dairy farms and other suppliers to FAGE.

Blenheim Hill Farm, Schoharie County Utilizing our region’s strength in agriculture and strategic location, Blenheim Hill Farm in Schoharie County is helping to solve one of New York City’s biggest food problems—fresh produce availability. Blenheim Hill Farm recently underwent a $1.5 million expansion and renovation of its 150-acre property. Owned by Smorgas Chef, a Scandinavian restaurant group, the farm is supplying up to 400 pounds of produce per month to the owners of Manhattan restaurants. This 2011 CFA project is revolutionizing the way that New York City restaurants obtain fresh produce and supports small-scale sustainable local farming.

Ioxus, Otsego County Ioxus is a manufacturer of premium performance ultracapacitors. Founded in 2007, Ioxus provides energy storage products for the hybrid car, hybrid bus, wind turbine and industrial markets. In 2012, it expanded the capacity of its Oneonta location by incorporating equipment from an overseas facility, as well as the purchase of new equipment and increased floor space. These investments are part of a long-term commitment by the company to grow and increase production in Otsego County.


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The Mohawk Valley is on its way to becoming a global force.

ALimpact Governor Andrew Cuomo at the October 10 announcement of Nano Utica


SITE ADVANTAGES The Mohawk Valley Water Authority’s excess of 28 million gallons of water per day

Power: Redundant feed 115kV; 99.9999% reliability

Background noise, electromagnetic frequency and vibration free

Logistics: Close proximity to major highways

Shovel ready: Short timeframe from decision to groundbreaking due to completed infrastructure






By 2015


billion Five-year economic impact to the local economy from just one fabrication facility


“My Advanced Nano colleagues and I are working to create breakthrough technology, and we couldn’t find a better place to bring this investment and these jobs. We looked across this country and around the world, and this is where we found the talent, the mindset and the leadership to help us revolutionize nanoscale technology, through semiconductors and everything they power.” - Hector Ruiz, Chairman of Advanced Nanotechnology Solutions, Inc. In support of the leadership and vision of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, and in partnership with CNSE, the $125 million Computer Chip Commercialization Center (Quad-C) at SUNYIT is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2014. The 253,000 sq. ft. Quad-C facility, which will include 56,000 sq. ft. of Class 1 capable cleanroom space, will host public-private partnerships through Governor Cuomo’s $1.5 billion Nano Utica initiative, a consortium spearheaded by CNSE and SUNYIT that includes leading technology companies such as Advanced Nanotechnology Solutions, Inc. (ANS), SEMATECH and Atotech, along with SEMATECH and CNSE partners IBM, Lam Research and Tokyo Electron. With an annual operating budget to exceed $500 million, Quad-C will result in the creation of 1,500 high-tech jobs, groundbreaking academic programs and cutting-edge workforce training opportunities. As part of the state’s work to promote innovation-driven economic development, Nano Utica will provide new momentum for development of the adjacent Marcy Nanocenter manufacturing site. CNSE is working with EDGE to lead development of the site, which has the capacity to support construction of three 450mm computer chip fabrication facilities.

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Marcy Nanocenter at SUNY

Marcy Nanocenter at SUNYIT is a 420+ acre greenfield site on the campus of SUNYIT. It is among the largest shovel-ready sites in New York State’s Tech Valley. With CNSE leading the site development and EDGE spearheading the marketing effort, it competes on a global scale to recruit this industry.




Improvement Description Status

Marcy SUNYIT Parkway

Four-lane thoroughfare


Water Main Extension (24”pipe)

9 MGD capacity


Sewer Main Extension (24”pipe)

9.7 MGP capacity


County Interceptor Upgrade

Engineering, design and permitting

(42” pipe)

complete; OC bids let October 2013;

$11.5 million capital project

construction completion 2015

National Grid, Porter

Site continuity requires the

Engineering and permitting complete;

Terminal #6 Relocation

re-siting of this transmission line

construction and decommissioning of

old line scheduled for 2014

Tree Clearing and

Removal of trees for Ring Road


and Porter Terminal relocation

$5.675 million project creates

Ring Road

a road around the perimeter

of the development site

Preliminary Development

EDGE application to the Town

Plan Application

of Marcy for revised, preliminary

Site Plan approval

Final Development Plan

EDGE application containing


Grading Plan and SWPPP

Filed with USACE in September

2013 based on a site plan naming

USACE public notice issued

Clean Water Act

CNSE as end user which disturbs

November 2013; approval

Section 404 Application

14.4+/- acres of federally

expected January 2014

regulated wetlands

Site Development, Storm

Proposed construction in

Drainage and On-site

2014 pending approval of


Section 404 Permit


Preliminary engineering commenced

Approval expected by Town of Marcy in 2013

Application to be filed early 2014

CFA filed for engineering design

EDGE was asked by Oneida County to manage the Marcy Interceptor

Tax Sharing Agreement

project. This $11.6 million project upgrades the Main County Interceptor

The tax sharing agreement for Marcy

sewer upgrade from the Town of Marcy to the Oneida County Sewage

Nanocenter at SUNYIT establishes how

Treatment Plant. The project replaces an aged sewer collection pipe

semiconductor facilities on this site will be

with a new, larger pipe, increasing capacity within the system. This is

assessed and taxed via a PILOT agree-

necessary to accommodate growth on the SUNYIT campus, as well as

ment. It allocates a portion of the PILOT

further prepare the Marcy Nanocenter at SUNYIT site for semiconduc-

payments to the taxing jurisdictions, host

tor manufacturing. This project alleviates stress on the Oneida County

town, STEM education and a revenue stream

Sewage Treatment Plant, providing an additional benefit to the City of

to support the overall needs of the project.

Oneida County Interceptor

Utica, as well as other systems connected to the plant. This project was funded through a $5 million grant from Empire State Development and a $6.6 million Oneida County bond.



CNSE and Quad-C

CNSE’s Albany NanoTech Complex

SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) CNSE is the first college in the world dedicated to education, research, development and deployment in the emerging disciplines of nanoscience, nanoengineering, nanobioscience and nanoeconomics.

CNSE facts

• 1.3 million sq. ft. megaplex with the only publicly owned, fully integrated 300mm

and 450mm wafer computer chip pilot prototyping and demonstration lines within

135,000 sq. ft. of Class 1 capable cleanrooms

• More than 300 industry partnerships, including the G450C

• More than $17 billion in public and private high-tech investment

• More than $250 million in annual university-sponsored R&D, projected to increase to

$500 million by 2015

• More than 3,100 on-site scientists, researchers, engineers, students and faculty, with current expansion to enable over 1,000 new employees

• Growing statewide presence with the following facilities:

- Quad-C and Marcy Nanocenter at SUNYIT in Marcy

- Smart System Technology and Commercialization Center, and also the


Photovoltaic Manufacturing and Technology Development Center in Rochester

- CNSE-AMRI-BNMC Medical Innovation and Commercialization Hub in Buffalo

- Solar Energy Development Center in Halfmoon

- Smart Cities Technology Innovation Center in downtown Albany

rtnering Rendering and site layout for Quad-C

NANO UTICA R&D to be conducted includes computer chip packaging, lithography development and commercialization. These system-on-a-chip innovations will drive a host of new technologies and products in the consumer and business marketplace, including smartphones, tablets and laptops; 3D systems for gaming; ultrafast and secure computer servers and IT systems; and sensor technology for emerging health care, clean energy and environmental applications.

• The Quad-C facility will enable leading-edge research in partnership with

private nanotechnology companies to drive advanced development and

commercialization opportunities related to system-on-a-chip technologies

• Construction on the SUNYIT campus began in summer 2013 with expected

completion at the end of 2014

• The Quad-C building will include state-of-the-art cleanroom space, expanded

space for educational and IT workforce training programs, and office space for corporate partners that will locate on-site

• At full build-out, Nano Utica is expected to create more than 1,500 high-tech

jobs on-site

• The existence of this hub for innovation and commercialization, together with

the presence of world-class private industry partners, will open up a new world

of learning and workforce training, as well as internship, scholarship and fellowship

opportunities for SUNYIT students


Leading EDGE Awards

The Leading EDGE Awards are an annual opportunity to celebrate the companies and individuals

making a true difference in the Mohawk Valley. The 2013 honorees are all family-owned businesses, personifying the entrepreneurial spirit of our region. During the luncheon, keynote speaker John Zogby spoke about the assets and opportunities of the region, and “Call Mohawk Valley Home” certificates were presented to the inaugural entrepreneurs of MVCC’s Young Entrepreneur Academy (YEA!). The 2013 Leading EDGE Awards were sponsored by O’Brien & Gere; National Grid; Shumaker Engineering; Workforce Investment Board; Adirondack Bank; Adjusters International; Basloe, Levin & Cuccaro; Berkshire Bank; Cathedral Corporation; Carbone Auto Group; March Associates; M&T Bank; NBT Bank; Oneida Indian Nation; and Oneida Savings Bank.

2013 Leading edge award winners Burrows Paper Corporation Burrows Paper Corporation is the fourth largest paper and packaging producer in the world. Burrows was founded in 1919 and continues to grow as a family-owned company, with an active third-generation owner and a fourth-generation family member serving on its board of directors. A $21 million capital project at its global headquarters in Little Falls is upgrading equipment and improving its facilities.

Matt Brewing Company Matt Brewing Company was founded 125 years ago by F.X. Matt. Today, the company thrives under the leadership of third and fourth generations of the Matt family. They recently completed a $4 million, 50,000 sq. ft. anaerobic digester project. The new space features an operations building, five digester tanks, a water tank and a methane tank. This environmentally friendly anaerobic digester takes wastewater and converts it to methane gas, which allows the brewery to generate 40% of its electricity needs. Also, part of this project is an expanded green park space to create a beer garden for brewery visitors to enjoy.

Meyda Lighting Meyda Lighting has raised the bar for the lighting industry, and inspires the region with their innovation, artistry and creativity. Several years ago, Meyda Tiffany Lighting secured its industry leadership position by acquiring 2nd Ave Lighting, an upscale American brand of decorative lighting. This acquisition enhanced the thousands of lighting styles available for customers, and leverages their design and manufacturing expertise.

Rome Strip Steel COMPANY Rome Strip Steel Company is a family-owned business specializing in the production of custom precision-manufactured, cold-rolled strip steel. Since their inception in 1926, their focus has been on providing exceptional products and service. The company has continuously invested in their physical plant and employees. Recently, they completed a $1 million investment in new equipment. Also under way is a $14 million project to install new energy-efficient furnaces, a lynchpin asset to their production process.


Christopher Destito Award, Symeon Tsoupelis Symeon Tsoupelis is the owner of Symeon’s Greek Restaurant in Yorkville. Symeon is the second-generation owner of the restaurant started by his parents, Symeon and Ann, in 1973. Symeon is known for ensuring that his restaurant consistently provides quality food and ambiance. Beyond that, he is also a promoter and champion of this region and a community supporter. His passion for the region embodies the spirit of Christopher Destito.

Young Entrepreneur Academy (YEA!) During the Leading EDGE Awards luncheon in May, a special certificate of recognition was bestowed upon the inaugural class of MVCC’s YEA! program. YEA! is a groundbreaking and exciting year-long class that transforms middle and high school students into real, confident entrepreneurs. Throughout the class, students develop business ideas; write business plans; conduct market research; pitch their plans to a panel of investors; and actually launch and run their own real, legal, fully formed companies and social movements. Local business leaders led eight students through the 30-week program. The students created the following companies: Balloonies Yasmine Mohamed 6th grade, Oneida A balloon gift company. Toast Tees Michael Marchio 10th grade, New Hartford A product-based company making custom t-shirts and other promotional items. True Motivations Shanequa Lewis 7th grade, Utica A company providing motivational posters for cancer patients and their families.

MOTTO (Matching Outstanding Teens to Organizations) Chris Abbe 12th grade, Clinton High School An online service connecting teens to volunteer opportunities. Stellar Students Shawn Essafi 9th grade, New York Mills A peer-to-peer tutoring business.

Victoria’s Cupcakery Victoria Mironova 7th grade, Utica A unique, upside-down cupcake company. Morreall Electronics Christopher Morreall 12th grade, Utica An electronics company producing encrypted flash drives.

Mahoney’s Woodworks Alex Mahoney 8th grade, Holland Patent A product-based company making handmade wooden trellises.



In 2012, the total food expenditures in Oneida County exceeded $536 and companies providing value-added agriculture, this industry cluster of the 2013 EDGEccelerator Business Competition finalists were agribu

The Food Policy Advisory Council In May, County Executive Picente announced the creation of the Food Policy Advisory Council for Oneida County. Through Peter Zawko, EDGE is represented. The Council’s role is to identify, develop, promote and support efforts related to a resilient local food system where affordable, nutritious food is accessible to all. The Council focuses on three key areas: healthy people, a healthy environment and a healthy economy. The Food Policy Advisory Council was formed as a result of the efforts of Mohawk Valley Food Action Network under a USDA Hunger Free Communities grant awarded to Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oneida County. The grant provided funding to analyize data related to food security indicators in order to prioritize opportunities for development of stronger localized food systems. A copy of the report can be found at

Brooklyn Initiative Building on the successful co-packaging relationship between Matt Brewing Company and Brooklyn Brewing, Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi and Assemblyman Joseph Lentol, along with the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and EDGE, are looking at creating businessto-business networking opportunities to help match Brooklyn food manufacturers with Mohawk Valley food producers and food manufacturers. Co-packaging has already proven successful in the region due to its strategic location, experienced workforce and low cost of real estate. A large number of businesses are already actively involved in contract manufacturing, including DeIorio’s, Sovena USA and Redco Foods.


million and is expected to increase 28% by 2017. With many local farms r is vibrant and growing, and plays an important role in our region. All three usiness start-ups, with the winner announced during the Locavore Dinner.

LOCAVORE DINNER The second annual fundraiser for EDGE focused on the rich heritage of farming in the Mohawk Valley and exemplifies the economic impact of agribusiness in our region. Thank you to our sponsors: Gold level:

Silver level:

Bond Schoeneck & King


Carbone Automotive Group

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield

Fountainhead Group

Northland Communications

Pacemaker Steel

March Associates

The five-course dinner featured nearly 40 local growers and producers, as well as a different Saranac beer paired with each course. The 140 guests were treated to perfectly paired amuse-bouche, including Casa Imports cheeses and olives, Adirondack Distillery vodka and gin, and cheeses from Three Village Cheese. Insights were shared as each course was served. Commentary was provided by industry insiders: • Tim Hardiman, The Tailor & The Cook • Jim Manning, Cornell Cooperative Extension • Jordan Karp, Adirondack Distillery • Susie Jones, Jones Family Farm • George Jersey, Wild Mountain Apiary


2012 Consolidated Statements Support and Revenue




Federal, State, and Local Government Grants



Local Business Grants



Local Business Contributions



Lease Income



Interest Income



Administration Fee Agreements



Other Income






4% 5%


12% 67%


New York State Grants for Marcy Nanocenter at SUNYIT Revenue Total




Expenses 5% Business Development




Revolving Loan Program


Property Development Program


4% 2% 5% 480,958



847,047 3% 4,738,976


Marcy Nanocenter at SUNYIT Expenses Total


Management and General


2% 10%

12% 69%

69% 100%

Financial Data EDGE 2012 Audited Financial Statements were prepared by D’Arcangelo & Co., LLP, and does not include EDGE subsidiaries.



Adirondack Bank (MacClark)

International Wire

Adjusters International

La Roma Pizzeria & Restaurant

Basloe, Levin & Cuccaro

M&T Bank


Mark Angelucci


March Associates

BAE Systems

Matt Brewing Company

Bank of America

McMahon & Grow

BNY Mellon

McQuade & Bannigan, Inc.

Bank of Utica

Mohawk Valley Water Authority

Berkshire Bank

Mohawk Valley Applied Technology Corporation

Bond Schoeneck & King, PLLC

Mohawk Valley Community College

Burrows Paper Corporation

National Grid

C & S Engineers

NBT Bank

Carbone Autogroup

Northern Safety

Cathedral Corporation

Northland Communications

Computer Connection of CNY


Charles A. Gaetano Construction Corp.

O’Brien & Gere

Community Foundation of Herkimer

Oneida Indian Nation

& Oneida Counties

Oneida Savings Bank

ConMed Corporation

Pacemaker Steel & Piping Company

Couch White, LLP

Paige Group

D’Arcangelo & Co., LLP

Professional Transmission & Converter

ECR International

Revere Copper Products, Inc.

ELG Utica Alloys, Inc.

Richard Alexander & Co.

Empire Fiberglass Products

Rome Memorial Hospital

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield

Rome Sentinel Company

Family Dollar

Rome Strip Steel Company

Faxton-St. Lukes Healthcare

St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center

First Niagara Bank

Saunders Kahler, LLP

First Source Federal Credit Union

Scalzo, Zogby & Wittig

Fountainhead Group

Shumaker Consulting Engineering &

Getnick Livingston Atkinson & Priore, LLP

Land Surveying

Gilberti Stinziano Heintz & Smith, PC

Staffworks, Inc.

Gilroy Kernan & Gilroy

Strategic Investment Advisors

Hamilton College

Stropp Appraisal

Harden Furniture


Hart’s Hill Inn

Thomas J. Nelson & Associates

Herkimer County Community College

Utica College

Holland Farms

Utica National Insurance


Vicks Lithograph & Printing Corporation

Hummel’s Office Plus

Workforce Investment Board

Indium Corporation

























































Boards Meet the people who volunteer to help strengthen and grow the economy of the Mohawk Valley.

MOHAWK VALLEY EDGE 1. Laura Casamento, Board Chair 2. Ronald Cuccaro, Board Chair - Elect 3. Enessa Carbone, Board Vice Chair 4. Eve Van de Wal, Board Vice Chair 5. Luke Pomilio, Treasurer

6. Brian Anderson

19. William Gaetano

32. Eric Linder

45. Phillip Paras

7. Mark Angelucci

20. Marianne Gaige

33. John Livingston

46. Michael Parsons

8. Basil Ariglio

21. Robert Geer

34. Salvatore Longo

47. Scott Perra

9. Peter Baildon

22. Lawrence Gilroy

35. Brian Loughlin

48. J. Douglas Robinson

10. Patrick Becher

23. Raymond Halbritter

36. Michael Manuele

49. F. Eugene Romano

11. Francis Behlmer

24. Gregory Harden

37. David Manzelmann

50. Fred Schweizer

12. John Buffa

25. Kirk Hinman

38. Nicholas Matt

51. Richard Tantillo

13. H. Thomas Clark

26. Harrison Hummel

39. Howard Mettelman

52. Paul Totaro

14. Julie Grow Denton

27. Todd Hutton

40. Scott Murray

53. Randall VanWagoner

15. Alicia Dicks

28. Michael Kallet

41. Ann Marie Murray

54. Stephen Waters

16. Ronald Edwards

29. John Kenealy

42. Thomas Nelson

17. Thomas Ellis

30. Richard Ketcham

43. M. Brian O’Shaughnessy

18. Gregory Evans

31. Alan Leist III

44. Chris Papayanakos
































1. William Gaetano, Board Chair 2. Thomas Nelson, Board Vice Chair 3. Joseph Saunders, Secretary 4. Thomas Bashant

10. William Kline

16. William Nicholson

22. Robert Raffle

5. Sam Berardino, III

11. Alfred Kupiec

17. Robert Palmieri

23. Gary Scalzo

6. Al Carbone

12. John Livingston

18. Edward Paparella

24. Stephen Smith

7. Thomas Ellis

13. Brian Loughlin

19. Michael Parsons

25. Wesley Smith

8. Michael Fitzgerald

14. David Manzelmann

20. Morris Pearson

26. John Snyder

9. John Kenealy

15. Pamela Matt

21. Anthony Picente

27. James Stewart 28. Philip Williams









1. David Grow, Board Chair

3. Ferris Betrus

5. Mary Faith Messenger

2. Natalie Brown, Board Vice Chair

4. Michael Fitzgerald

6. Eugene Quadraro


7. Stephen Zogby














1. Elis DeLia, Board Chair

4. James Cusack

7. Anthony Picente

10. Erin Weiman

2. Frederick Tillman, Board Vice Chair

5. Kevin Martin

8. Matthew Sisti

11. Scott Williams

3. Douglas Bartell, Treasurer

6. John Mazzaferro

9. Frank Vetrone

12. Thomas Zalocha

rome industrial development corporation













1. Julie Grow Denton, Board Chair

5. John Benner

2. Ronald Edwards, Board Vice Chair

6. David Bovi

3. Basil Ariglio, Secretary

7. Charles Green

8. William Guglielmo

11. Terry Plizga

9. Michael Manuele

12. Stephen Waters

10. William Nicholson

4. Dennis Surace, Treasurer 2013 ANNUAL REPORT 41

















1. Steve DiMeo, President

7. David Ciccone, Accountant

2. Mark Reynolds, Senior Vice President

8. Tim Fitzgerald, Project Manager

Planning and Development

9. Anthony Gerardo, Accountant

3. Shawna Papale, Senior Vice President

10. Mark Kaucher, Vice President Economic Development

11. Heather Manning, Administrative Assistant

Economic Development and Administration

12. Mary Rizzo Bonney, Vice President Marketing and Communications 4. Frederick Arcuri, Vice President Economic Development

13. Jennifer Waters, Marketing and Communications Associate

5. Nicholas Bruno, Project Manager Planning and Development

14. Peter Zawko, Vice President Economic Development

6. Maureen Carney, Controller

GriffisS local development corporatION







1. Frank Sanzone, Facilities Manager

3. Paul Brodfuehrer

5. Peter Hnelosub

7. Jordan Swalgin

2. Karl Baird

4. Lewis Brood

6. Ted Lojba

8. Elizabeth Washburn

394 Hangar road CORPORATION

1. Howie Matta, Operations Manager 2. Rick Fox, Facilities Manager

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National Grid supports a variety of Mohawk Valley EDGE initiatives. National Grid Strategic Marketing Grants provide dollars to drive projects, including Marcy Nanocenter at SUNYIT, as well as direct marketing and sales calls for renewable energy development. As a vital partner to all EDGE’s efforts, National Grid has been a steadfast supporter and trusted advisor.

Facilitated by Mohawk Valley EDGE, the Call Mohawk Valley Home web portal was the project of a Leadership Mohawk Valley team and set out to accomplish three major goals: assist the economic development of the region by highlighting the assets of the Mohawk Valley, market the region to area youth, and show that the Mohawk Valley is a unified and vibrant community.

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Collaborating with EDGE on workforce development and Call Mohawk Valley Home initiatives.

Collaborating with EDGE on workforce and entrepreneur initiatives.

EDGE is spearheading the Mohawk Valley NYSERDA Economic Development Growth Extension (EDGE) Regional Outreach Coordinator (ROC) effort. This partnership involves outreach to the six-county MVREDC region to identify energy-related projects applicable to the available NYSERDA funding opportunities and other economic development resources.  

Collaborating with EDGE to promote the Marcy Nanocenter at SUNYIT. Collaborating with EDGE on workforce development and mvEDGEucators.

BOCES Consortium of Continuing Education Boilermaker Road Race Boonville Chamber of Commerce Camden Chamber of Commerce Chamber Alliance of the Mohawk Valley Center for Economic Growth CenterState CEO City of Rome City of Utica Clinton Chamber of Commerce Cornell Cooperative Extension NYS Department of Labor Genesis Group Griffiss Local Development Corporation Griffiss Utility Services Corporation Hamilton College

Collaborating with EDGE on project leads.

Herkimer County Herkimer County Chamber of Commerce Herkimer County Community College Herkimer County Empire Zone Herkimer County Industrial Development Agency Kuyahoora Valley Chamber of Commerce Leadership Alliance for a Vital Community Marcy Chamber of Commerce Mohawk Valley Applied Technology Corporation Mohawk Valley Chamber of Commerce Mohawk Valley Community College Mohawk Valley Economic Development District

Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees Mohawk Valley Small Business Development Center Mohawk Valley Water Authority New Hartford Chamber of Commerce New York Family Business Center New York Power Authority New York State Economic Development Corporation Oneida County Oneida County Industrial Development Agency Resource Center for Independent Living Rome Area Chamber of Commerce

Collaborating with EDGE to assist small and start-up businesses.

Rome Community Brownfield Restoration Corporation Rome Industrial Development Corporation Sculpture Space Solid Waste Management Authority SUNYIT Trenton Chamber of Commerce United Way of the Valley and Greater Utica Area Utica College Utica Office of Urban and Economic Development Utica Industrial Development Corporation Utica Industrial Development Agency Utica Music and Arts Festival Utica School of Commerce



Years of service Since 1993, Steve DiMeo and Mark Reynolds have worked to strengthen and grow the economy of the Mohawk Valley. Thank you for your dedication.




584 Phoenix Drive • Rome, NY 13441 ANNUAL REPORT 2013 (315) 338-0393 or 1-800-765-4990 •

Mohawk Valley EDGE 2013 annual report