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GET LISTED! COMES TO DUNKIRK WITH ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT EVENT FOR NY BUSINESSES TO FIND WIND POWER DEVELOPERS, JULY 27

Contact: Kristine Morabito
County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency
200 Harrison Street
Jamestown, NY 14701
(716) 450-9917

For Further Information:
Connie M. Cullen, NYPA,
914-390-8196
connie.cullen@nypa.gov

July 13, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DUNKIRK, NY—County of  Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency Administrative Director and Chief Executive Officer William J. Daly and New York Power Authority (NYPA) President and Chief Executive Officer Richard M. Kessel today announced that Dunkirk 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! will be held on Tuesday, July 27 from 1-3pm at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center, 30 Lake Shore Drive East in Dunkirk. This follows successful Get Listed! events, which took place in Buffalo in February, Rochester in April and last month in Syracuse.

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.

“Businesses and local officials in Dunkirk have shown remarkable foresight by inviting the Power Authority to present Get Listed! in their community to highlight the economic development opportunities in the wind power industry that could accompany NYPA’s offshore wind power project,” said Richard M. Kessel, president and chief executive officer, NYPA.  “With its formidable presence in the metals manufacturing industry and access to Lake Erie, among other strengths, Chautauqua County has a unique combination of features to showcase in the GLOW Business Registry demonstrating there are resources right here in Western New York ready to take on the job of developing the wind power industry.”

"New York State, as owner of the Great Lakes and sponsor of the GLOW project, will ultimately decide where the turbines are sited.  My role, as County Executive, is to present available opportunities to our local businesses and labor force for work related to the project, and to that end we are pleased to present a forum where the community can become educated about the project and where local businesses can sign up to 'Get Listed!' as a source provider for the project," said Gregory J. Edwards, county executive, County of Chautauqua.

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.  

"Turbines can have around 8,000 parts from generators, gear boxes, bearings and towers to controllers, bolts, screws, lighting and coatings.  With Chautauqua County's heavy concentration of metal and specialty manufacturers, and our highly motivated and skilled workforce, we see a lot of opportunity for Chautauqua County businesses in connection with the GLOW project.  We encourage businesses to register and attend," said William J. Daly, administrative director/chief executive officer, County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency.

"As citizens of Chautauqua County we must keep an open mind to wind power.  Wind provides a means of diversifying our energy portfolio. Wind presents an opportunity to increase the income for landowners, expand the tax base and create economic growth.  New jobs can be created that directly support the wind industry.  Secondly, jobs can be created within the supply chain of industries that provide the components for windmill manufacturing,” said Todd J. Tranum, president/chief executive officer, Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce and Manufacturer's Association of the Southern Tier.

Chautauqua County Executive Edwards will deliver opening remarks to Get Listed! participants. NYPA President Kessel will then give a briefing on NYPA’s goals in long term offshore wind development, renewable energy and economic development. Get Listed! panelists will include Christina Orsi, regional director, Empire State Development Corporation; William J. Daly, administrative director/chief executive officer, County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency, Jill Anderson, director, Supply Acquisition & Renewable Energy, NYPA; and Linda Hardie, project manager, economic development, 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.”

"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! Dunkirk on July 27 is a NYPA initiative in association with the County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency, Buffalo Niagara Partnership, 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 County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency (CCIDA):

Since its inception more than 36 years ago, the primary objective of the CCIDA has been to position the county as an outstanding environment for both large and small businesses to locate or expand.  An excellent educated workforce coupled with an exceptional quality-of-life experience makes Chautauqua County an attractive location.  Working closely with the Chautauqua County Department of Planning & Economic Development, various local and regional economic development entities, and New York State's Empire State Development, the CCIDA is the principal force attracting new business and industry to the area.  From financial incentives and low interest loans to infrastructure and industrial park development, the CCIDA helps new and existing businesses create and retain jobs. These efforts enhance the county's economic picture resulting in increased employment, a greater infusion of capital into the local economy, and an increased tax base. Information about CCIDA programs and assistance is available at www.ccida.com or (716) 661-8900.

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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