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Archived NEWS & Updates from 2009

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Rotterdam Corporate Park Lands First Two Tenants at New Small Business Center

January 5, 2009

Schenectady, NY, January 5, 2009 - BBX Transportation and Cutting Edge Wood Flooring will occupy space at the Rotterdam Corporate Park located on Route 7 in Schenectady County bringing more than 30 new jobs to a specially designed small business center. The two firms are the first to locate at the small business center which was launched by the Galesi Group, owners of the Corporate Park, in cooperation with Empire State Development, Schenectady County and the Town of Rotterdam.

Demolition/Development Projects Move Forward in Schenectady County

January 6, 2009

Schenectady, N.Y., January 6, 2009 -- Schenectady County's Metroplex Development Authority today announced that it is moving forward with demolition projects that will help support additional redevelopment in the County.

Marcella's to Build New $2.4 million, 16,750 Square Foot Facility on Broadway in Downtown Schenectady

January 20, 2009

Schenectady, N.Y., January 20, 2009 -- Schenectady County's Metroplex Development Authority today announced that John D. Marcella & Sons Appliances, Inc. will construct a new retail showroom and distribution center on Broadway in downtown Schenectady. The $2.4 million investment represents the largest new retail investment in downtown in many years.

Towns/Villages in Schenectady County Receive Record Funding from Metroplex

January 30, 2009

January 29, 2009 - Schenectady County officials today announced that the towns and villages in the County received a record $3.3 million in payments in 2008 from the portion of the sales tax each municipality receives from Metroplex. This brings to almost $29 million the total amount paid to towns and villages since Metroplex was started in 1999.

Schenectady County, General Electric, and The Chamber of Schenectady Partner to Create "Schenectady County: Life in Upstate New York", A Guide to Living and Working in Schenectady County

February 4, 2009

(Schenectady, NY) Schenectady County, The Chamber of Schenectady County, and General Electric have partnered to create Schenectady County: Life in Upstate New York, a multi-media guide to living and working in Schenectady County. The guide was developed through this unique public/private partnership to highlight all that Schenectady County has to offer to individuals and families considering working and residing in Schenectady County.

More Meetings and Conferences Heading to Schenectady County

February 6, 2009

February 6, 2009 - Schenectady, N.Y. - Metroplex today joined with the Chamber of Schenectady County to announce that an effort to recruit more meetings and conferences to downtown Schenectady is working as 14 events will be held here during the next few months.

Ocean State Job Lot to Expand in Schenectady County

February 20, 2009

February 19, 2009 - Schenectady, N.Y. - Schenectady County officials today announced that Ocean State Job Lot, a leading retail chain with more than 80 stores in New England, will expand its store at the Crosstown Plaza on Route 7 in Schenectady County. The City of Schenectady Planning Commission approved the project at its meeting last night.

Advanced Energy Conversion Expands to Schenectady County

February 23, 2009

Schenectady, N.Y., February 23, 2009 - Schenectady County's Metroplex Development Authority today announced that Advanced Energy Conversion, LLC will move to the City of Schenectady after considering locations throughout the Capital Region.

Fortitech Inc, Opens 48,000 sq/ft Facility in Glenville

May 19, 2009

Schenectady, NY, May 19, 2009 - Fortitech, Inc., the world leader in the development and manufacture of custom nutrient premixes for the food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries, has completed construction of its new 48,000 square foot distribution center in Glenville, NY. The facility is located on 23 acres of land and is part of Schenectady County's new Airport Business Park. The distribution center is part of Fortitech's $40 million global expansion to strengthen customer service, client relations, and manufacturing/testing capabilities.

Empire Zone Boundary Amendments Will Help Schenectady County Continue Smart Growth Economic Development Efforts

June 8, 2009

Schenectady, N.Y., June 8, 2009 -- Schenectady County officials today announced that the Schenectady Glenville Empire Zone is applying to New York State for a boundary amendment to include new buildings and parcels in the Empire Zone.

Metroplex Takes Action on Former Foster Hotel

June 11, 2009

June 10, 2009 - Schenectady, N.Y., -- The Metroplex Board of Directors voted to take action today on a key historic building located in downtown Schenectady. The former Foster Hotel at 508 State Street is a six story building that is more than 100 years old and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The building features a very attractive façade that makes it one of the most unique and historic structures in the Capital Region.

Twelve More Buildings in Downtown Schenectady Will See Façade Improvements

June 17, 2009

June 17, 2009, Schenectady, N.Y. - Metroplex today announced that twelve buildings in downtown Schenectady will have their facades improved this summer and fall. The downtown façade program is operated by the Downtown Schenectady Improvement Corporation (DSIC) utilizing funding provided by Metroplex.

Schenectady County Receives $75,000 New York State Recreation Trails Grant

June 17, 2009

(Schenectady, NY) Susan Savage, Chairwoman of the Schenectady County Legislature, today announced that Schenectady County has received a $75,000 Recreation Trails Program grant from the State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation to expand Schenectady County's parks and trails system.

One Broadway Center Reaches 100% Occupancy

Major Office Building in Downtown Schenectady Fully Leased - Metroplex Parking Permits Up 476% since 2004

June 18, 2009

Schenectady, N.Y., June 18, 2009 -- Metroplex today joined with Omni Development Company, Inc. to announce that three new tenants have signed leases for more than 19,000 square feet of office space at One Broadway Center in downtown Schenectady. The 130,500 square foot Broadway Center Office Building, located directly behind Proctors, is now 100% leased. The new leases increase the number of monthly parking permits sold by Metroplex to an all-time high since the Authority assumed control of the downtown parking system in 2004.

Silver Diner Developer Withdraws from Project

June 19, 2009

Schenectady, N.Y., June 19, 2009 -- Metroplex today announced that Prize Construction has withdrawn from the Silver Diner renovation project.

Schenectady County Receives $1.7 Million to Finish Bike/Hike Trail

July 1, 2009

(Schenectady, NY) Susan Savage, Chair of the Schenectady County Legislature, today announced that Governor Paterson has approved $1.7 million in Federal stimulus money to connect the entire County for the first time ever via the Mohawk-Hudson Bike/Hike Trail. Chair Savage thanked the Governor for certifying the project for funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

Metroplex Completes Purchase of Rotterdam Complex

Former State Buildings Now Available for Redevelopment

July 6, 2009

Schenectady, N.Y., July 6, 2009 -- Metroplex announced today that it has purchased the former OGS Bakery and warehouse facilities at the Rotterdam Corporate Park. Metroplex closed on the purchase of the two buildings and adjoining land for $1 million from the NYS Dormitory Authority last week.

Paul Mitchell to Open in Downtown Schenectady

July 9, 2009

Schenectady, N.Y., July 9, 2009 -- Schenectady County officials today announced that Paul Mitchell has signed a lease to occupy almost 20,000 square feet of space at 411 State Street in downtown Schenectady. The company is one of the leading names and brand identities in the fashion industry. They will open both a retail store and training school at the new Schenectady location. The project represents a nearly $2 million investment in Schenectady County. The new location is expected to attract more than 250 staff, students and customers to downtown Schenectady each day.

Downtown Schenectady Grows Again

Anthology Studios Opens on State Street at New Clinton Square

July 15, 2009

Schenectady, N.Y., July 15, 2009 -- Anthology Studio, Inc. marked its grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony held today in downtown Schenectady. Owned by Evan Euripidou, Anthology Studio is the first business to occupy the just-completed Clinton Square complex on State Street.

GE Selects Site for Advanced Battery Manufacturing Center in Schenectady, NY

GE announced today it plans to locate its state-of-the-art battery manufacturing plant on the GE Energy campus in Schenectady.

August 5, 2009

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. - August 5, 2009 - GE announced today it plans to locate its state-of-the-art battery manufacturing plant on the GE Energy campus in Schenectady. The $100 million battery factory will bring 350 jobs to the site and expands the company's clean energy initiatives.

Schenectady Light Opera Company Unveils Plans for New Performing Arts Center and Launches Capital Campaign

August 27, 2009

Schenectady, N.Y., August 27, 2009 -- The Schenectady Light Opera Company (SLOC) today announced that is has signed a contract with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany to purchase the former St. John the Baptist Church in downtown Schenectady. The community theater group also unveiled plans to create a new performing arts center at the former church complex to house SLOC's annual productions as well as other arts and entertainment activity all year round. When fully developed, the new facility is expected to bring thousands of people to downtown Schenectady every year.

Statements by Schenectady County Officials on Restore NY Grant

September 3, 2009

Susan E. Savage, Chair of the Schenectady County Legislature said, "Redevelopment of the Alco property and reconnecting our community to the riverfront has been a top priority of mine. This property represents 60 acres of prime riverfront property in the heart of Schenectady County. I want to thank Governor Paterson for his unprecedented commitment to Schenectady County and to rebuilding the upstate economy."

Metroplex Installs Bike Racks at Downtown Parking Lots

September 9, 2009

Schenectady, N.Y., September 3, 2009 - Schenectady County's Metroplex Development Authority today announced that it has installed bike racks at five downtown parking lots.

Capital District YMCA To Open New Schenectady Branch

September 10, 2009

Schenectady, N.Y., September 10, 2009 - The Capital District YMCA is pleased to announce that construction is now underway for a new Schenectady branch in the Center City complex directly across from Proctors in downtown Schenectady. YMCA officials joined community leaders today for a "hard hat tour" of the facility.

Schenectady County and New York City-based Developer Move Forward with Plans to Re-develop former Kmart Site in Glenville

September 16, 2009

(Schenectady, N.Y.) Schenectady County officials today provided an update on plans to redevelop the former Kmart site in the Town of Glenville at the corner of Saratoga Road (Route 50) and Glenridge Road. The County is working with the owner of the site to recruit a major national retailer to the Town of Glenville.

Schenectady County Receives Donation to Support Growth of SCCC


October 28, 2009

(Schenectady, NY) Officials from Schenectady County and Schenectady County Community College (SCCC), along with members of the Kindl family gathered today to announce the donation of 201 State Street to Schenectady County for use by SCCC. The building will provide the College with much needed office space for programs and services as enrollment at the college continues to increase.

NBT Bank to Open Financial Center and Branch in Downtown Schenectady

October 30, 2009

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (OCTOBER 29, 2009) - NBT Bank and Schenectady County officials announced today that NBT Bank will open a financial center and full-service branch in Center City on State Street in downtown Schenectady, pending regulatory approval. The community bank has more than 25 branches in the Capital Region, including one in Duanesburg in Schenectady County.

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Schenectady, NY 12305
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