Get Listed! Comes To Syracuse With Economic Development Event For NY Businesses To Find Wind Power Developers, June 24

Connie M. Cullen, NYPA,

June 15, 2010


WHITE PLAINS—New York Power Authority (NYPA) President and Chief Executive Officer Richard M. Kessel announced this week that Syracuse will be the site for the next Get Listed! business-to-business conference, to help support and grow New York State's clean energy economy through development of the wind power industry.  Get Listed! is being held, in collaboration with the CenterState Corporation for Economic Opportunity and the New York’s Creative Core on June 24 from 1 to 3pm at the Syracuse Center of Excellence.  This follows successful Get Listed! events, which took place in Buffalo in February and Rochester in April, each with close to 200 business representatives in attendance.

Five proposals were received on June 1 resulting from a request for proposals (RFP) issued by NYPA last December for what could be the nation’s first fresh water wind project, the Great Lakes Offshore Wind Project (GLOW). GLOW aims to help increase the use of renewable energy and spur economic development opportunities.

“Syracuse and all of Central New York offer unique advantages for businesses looking for opportunities in the development of the wind power industry,” said Richard M. Kessel, president and chief executive officer, NYPA.  “With the region’s rich history of manufacturing, access to transportation and central geographic location, it makes a logical location for the next Get Listed!”

“By attending Get Listed!, businesses will become aware of the many and varied types of industries needed by the wind power industry especially for the Power Authority’s Great Lakes Offshore Wind Project,” said Michael Townsend, chairman, NYPA Board of Trustees and a Rochester attorney. “The GLOW Business Registry serves as a showcase for New York business assets to demonstrate to the wind power industry there are resources right here ready to take on the opportunities involved.”

“Central New York has long been a hot-bed for talented and intelligent business people leading the way in innovative enterprises," said Mayor Stephanie A. Miner, City of Syracuse. "The Get Listed! Conference represents an opportunity for business leaders in the clean, renewable energy field to network, exchange ideas and push Central New York’s green economy into the future.”

Get Listed! is free but reservations are requested.  Businesses can reserve a seat online via a link on the home page of NYPA’s Web site www.nypa.gov or by contacting Megan Rasbeck, Buffalo Niagara Enterprise, at 716-842-1357, ext. 110 or mrasbeck@buffaloniagara.org.  While attending Get Listed! is helpful, businesses can sign up to be listed on the GLOW Business Registry, without attending the conference, at www.nypa.gov/glowbusinessregistry.

The program for Get Listed! includes presentations about the Great Lakes Offshore Wind Project; resources needed for development, construction, maintenance and operation of offshore wind projects; and a panel discussion on getting your business involved with an introduction to economic development incentives in the state.  

Syracuse Mayor Miner and NYPA Chairman Townsend will deliver opening remarks to Get Listed! participants. NYPA President Kessel will give a briefing on NYPA’s goals in long term offshore wind development, renewable energy and economic development. Get Listed! panelists will include Jim Fayle, director, Central region, Empire State Development Corporation; Jill Anderson, director, Supply Acquisition & Renewable Energy, NYPA; and Kelly Tyler, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. The event will be moderated by Sharon Laudisi, Senior Business Development & Community Affairs Specialist, NYPA.

Get Listed! and the GLOW Business Registry are an opportunity for New York State manufacturers and service providers, especially in upstate New York regions, to make themselves known to wind power developers and take part in this growth industry. In addition, NYPA is interested in attracting new and innovative companies to New York for offshore wind development. 

Another aim of Get Listed! and the GLOW Business Registry is to help build a domestic wind industry in New York and keep job-creating dollars from going overseas. A report by the Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University (http://investigativereportingworkshop.org/investigations/wind-energy-funds-going-overseas/story/renewable-energy-money-still-going-abroad/) reported last October that, “money from the 2009 (US federal) stimulus bill to help support the renewable energy industry continues to flow overseas” and “more than 80 percent of the first $1 billion in grants to wind energy companies went to foreign firms.”

"As an organization, and as a region, we are committed to the growth of renewable energy resources," said Tom Blanchard, Senior Vice President, CenterState Corporation for Economic Opportunity.  "A diverse base of environmentally sustainable energy production is an important component of the region's future economic vitality.  However, when any new energy production is deployed, it is essential that there is active local communication and involvement in the process; this is why events such as Get Listed! are so important for business

"Governor Paterson's plan to rebuild New York recognizes the benefits of emerging technology industries like clean tech," said Dennis M. Mullen, chairman and chief executive officer designate, Empire State Development. "New York State has all the requirements for innovation—strong public and private institutions, a quality talent pool and widespread infrastructure. I applaud Richie Kessel and NYPA for hosting Get Listed! This event will highlight the wealth of state resources available to businesses looking to sustain their economic standing and position themselves for growth and success. It was a tremendous effort and a great example of what we can accomplish when working together." 

Businesses that should consider participating in Get Listed! include but are not limited to:

Get Listed! Syracuse on June 24 is a NYPA initiative in association with CenterState Corporation for Economic Opportunity, New York’s Creative Core, Buffalo Niagara Enterprise, New York State Energy and Research Development Authority, and Empire State Development.

The NYPA RFP to develop the Great Lakes Offshore Wind Project calls for between 120 and up to a maximum of 500 megawatts to be located in the New York State waters of Lake Erie and/or Lake Ontario.  The proposals received in response to the RFP on June 1, presently under and extensive review process with a preferred bidder or bidders expected to be announced in late 2010/early 2011.  Developers who commit to utilizing New York labor, materials and to development of wind manufacturing in New York State will receive preference during the RFP review and selection process. 

About CenterState Corporation for Economic Opportunity:
CenterState Corporation for Economic Opportunity is a non-profit regional growth organization serving individuals, businesses, and communities across twelve counties in the heart of New York State. CenterState CEO works to achieve economic growth and prosperity through partnerships, planning, and problem-solving. It identifies key issues of importance to its members, focuses on their collective vision; sets the regional economic development agenda; communicates business priorities to community leaders; pursues strategic investments; and responds to meaningful opportunities for the benefit of the region.

About New York’s Creative Core:
NY's Creative Core encompasses 12 Central Upstate counties and more than 250 partners who proactively advance regional development efforts by working together to promote the region’s strengths in leading-edge technologies, academic excellence, and vibrant communities through a unified brand. Through a strong regional image, Creative Core partners are shaping Central Upstate New York’s growth and success. The 12 County Region consists of St. Lawrence, Jefferson, Oneida, Herkimer, Madison, Tompkins, Seneca, Cayuga, Onondaga, Oswego, Lewis and Cortland. http://www.creativecoreny.com/

About NYPA:

■ The New York Power Authority uses no tax money or state credit. It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of electricity. ■ NYPA is a leader in promoting energy efficiency, new energy technologies and electric transportation initiatives. ■ It is the nation's largest state public power organization, with 17 generating facilities in various parts of New York State and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. ■ Approximately 80 percent of the electricity it produces is clean renewable hydropower.  Its lower-cost power production and electricity purchases support hundreds of thousands of jobs throughout the state. ■For more information, www.nypa.gov.


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