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Empire State Development Corporation

Build Back Better Regional Challenge Winner

Coalition Lead Applicant: Empire State Development Corporation

Project Title: Western New York's Advanced Manufacturing Cluster

Region (applicant-defined): Western New York (five counties)

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Phase 2 Federal Award: Approximately $25 million

Project Description:
Western New York Advanced Manufacturing, led by the Empire State Development Corporation, will receive approximately $25 million to invest in the distressed eastern side of Buffalo, NY and accelerate the growth of advanced manufacturing in the region. Today, the manufacturing industry is threatened by hard-to-fill jobs, a looming retirement cliff, and an inability to attract and employ a diverse workforce. EDA funding will further accelerate the development of the Northland Corridor in Buffalo’s predominantly Black East Side, by renovating two industrial buildings and creating a clean energy microgrid to power the campus. Funding will also expand a small- and mid-sized manufacturer training program at the Buffalo Manufacturing Works and build out a career readiness program to expand on-ramps into an advanced manufacturing career. This investment leverages New York State’s ongoing commitment to bringing prosperity to Buffalo and will help ensure the cluster achieves long-term sustainability.

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