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National Grid Upstate New York

300 Erie Boulevard West, C-3
Syracuse, NY 13202
P: +1 315-428-6798

Why Upstate New York??

If your business is powered by people, technology, resources and market access, you will find that Upstate New York can deliver what you need. Upstate New York has a vibrant and diverse economy with everything a company needs to succeed. With major urban centers like Buffalo, Syracuse, Utica/Rome, and Albany, hundreds of charming villages and towns, and beautiful tracts of farmland and forest - Upstate New York is worth digging into.

Top & Targeted Industries

  • Manufacturing
    Most people that have observed the economy of the northeast United States are familiar with the decline of manufacturing jobs in New York State. Of course, New York State had more manufacturing jobs to lose than most other states, being the leader in industrial employment beginning with the Industrial Revolution in the mid-1800s. By the early 1900s, more than 1 million New Yorkers worked in manufacturing when the population of New York State was 7,268,894. By World War II the population of NYS had doubled and so did manufacturing employment. There were ups and downs in the 1960s and 1970s, but the steady decline in the 1980s became a massive exodus in the early 1990s. Between 1989 and 1994, New York State lost an average of 42,820 industrial jobs per year. Despite this, the state ranks seventh in the nation in manufacturing, with over 550,000 employees. Manufacturing accounts for 10.5% of all jobs in New York State and contributes $61 billion annually to New York State’s GDP. It is especially important to the upstate New York economy. The state has a diverse manufacturing base, but principal industries are printing and publishing, industrial machinery and equipment, electronic equipment and instruments. Recently there has been growth in pharmaceuticals, food processing, energy, imaging and nano-electronics.

Our People

Attracting a high-caliber workforce is a critical factor in encouraging the growth of any business. In Upstate New York you will have access to a pipeline of trained and experienced people. With more than 300 public and private research universities and institutions of higher learning, Upstate NY graduates are well-prepared with curriculums designed for today’s competitive business environment.

New York State ranked among the top 5 states in the nation in the key economic category of labor productivity according to the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) and Prof. Mark Perry.

With respect to education, NYS ranked 5th in advanced degrees among all states, according to 2000 Census data. New York also invests heavily in its workforce, improving workplace skills through on-the job training, formal schooling and vocational or technical training.
Economy At A Glance:
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY
Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY
Glens Falls, NY
Syracuse, NY
Utica-Rome, NY
Upstate New York also boast one of of the most productive workforces in the nation. In manufacturing our workers generate a value of more than $6 for every dollar earned. Professional and managerial workers produce 39 percent more than the national average. Manufacturing workers produce close to 16 percent more than the national average. Our labor costs are also low. Our average manufacturing wage is $13.86 per hour - 27th among the 50 states. Yet our workforce standards are higher, and our training and educational resources far greater.
Selected Economic Indicators
Albany, NY metropolitan area (PDF)
Buffalo, NY metropolitan area (PDF)
Rochester, NY metropolitan area (PDF)
Syracuse, NY metropolitan area (PDF)
You'll find skilled and semi-skilled workers, seasoned and up-and-coming talent, high-tech and non-tech specialists, workers with educational degrees and professional experience of every kind -- all in New York State. New York ranks first in degrees awarded in materials sciences, computer sciences and medical sciences, ranks second for degrees awarded in electrical engineering, mathematics, and biological sciences, and ranks third in civil and mechanical engineering. Search educational institutions.
Occupational Employment and Wages
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY (PDF)
Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY (PDF)
New York State offers assistance to small and large businesses attempting to meet the challenges of creating new products, entering new markets and improving production. New York State can also assist with training newly hired employees, linking your company with job seekers who possess the required skills and partnering with various organizations to promote.
Training Assistance
  • Funding available for up to 50 percent of any training project
  • Training in new technologies, skills or work processes
  • Training in a classroom setting and/or On-the-Job (OJT)
  • Funding for consortia projects
  • Funding for small business training projects

Our Region

PERFECT MIX OF BUSINESS AND LIFE 
Whether your business is powered by people, technology, resources, and market access you will find that Upstate New York can deliver. Upstate New York has a vibrant and diverse economy with everything a company needs to succeed. With major urban centers like Buffalo, Syracuse, Utica/Rome, and Albany, hundreds of charming villages and towns, and beautiful tracts of farmland and forest - Upstate New York is worth digging in to.
  • Affordable Cost of Living
  • Accessible to Markets
  • Favorable Tax Benefits
  • High-Quality Workforce
  • Deep Infrastructure
  • Training Support
  • Incentives & Programs
  • High-Tech Environment
  • Available Real Estate
Upstate NY Regional Links

Join Our Community

National Grid's upstate New York service area has an abundance of the resources essential for sustainable, long-term growth. It is where innovation and creativity create the future and where people are dedicated to their careers, their families and their community. It is home to the best small, medium and large companies to work for in America. It's unlike anywhere else, and it's a model to which other regions aspire.

See more at www.ShovelReady.com

Programs and Incentives

NEW YORK STATE INCENTIVES

START-UP NY
START-UP NY is Governor Cuomo’s initiative to create tax free communities for new and expanding businesses on SUNY and other university campuses across the state. Businesses will be able to locate in these zones and operate 100% tax-free for 10 years.
  • No income tax.
  • No business or corporate state or local taxes.
  • No sales tax.
  • No property tax.
  • No franchise fees
  • For more information, click here
Below are more important STARTUP-NY links:

OTHER STATE INCENTIVES
Empire State Development provides a variety of assistance aimed at helping businesses; whether you are an international company looking to make a move or a small business owner wanting to access capital – ESD is here to help.We offer loans, grants and tax credits, as well as other financing and technical assistance, to support businesses and encourage their growth within New York State.Through the New York State Consolidated Funding Application (CFA), a single application for multiple sources of state funding, New York State is soliciting grant applications for funding to advance the priorities of the Regional Economic Development Councils (REDC).The following programs are available through the CFA:
  • Empire State Development Grant Funds
  • Excelsior Jobs Tax Credits
  • Market New York
  • Business Incubator and Innovation Hot Spot
  • Economic Development Purposes Fund
  • Strategic Planning and Feasibility Studies
  • Environmental Investment Program
  • Industrial Development Bond Cap
Please refer to www.governor.ny.gov for announcements and updates on future funding opportunities through the CFA Contact/Additional Program Information.

For more information, eligible applicants should visit http://regionalcouncils.ny.gov/, which includes contact information for the appropriate ESD Regional Office covering the project area.

State Small Business Credit Initiative
On June 28, 2011, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed legislation that established the use of State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) funds for three economic development programs. These programs will enable small businesses to leverage new capital and credit to help them create private sector jobs.
The SSBCI is part of President Obama’s Small Business Jobs Act of 2010, which supports state-level small business credit programs. New York’s access to $55.4 million in SSBCI funds is expected to generate over $554 million in new private capital for small businesses.
Grant, Loan and Tax Credit Programs:
Taxes & Incentives
New York State now has one of the lowest corporate income tax rates in the Northeast. In addition to lower corporate taxes, New York offers a variety of incentives to companies expanding or relocating in the Empire State. These include:Cash Incentives. New York State offers low-cost loans and grants to companies that invest significant capital in the State and commit to the creation and retention of private sector jobs. Terms can be customized to each project; other criteria apply.Emerging Technologies. New York State has enacted tax incentives for: investors in Qualified Emerging Technology Companies (QETCs); job creation by QETCs; and R&D investment, R&D expenses and qualified high technology training costs incurred by QETCs.Investment Tax Credit (ITC). Businesses that create new jobs and make new investments in production property and equipment may qualify for tax credits of up to 10% of their eligible investment. New businesses may elect to receive a refund of certain credits and all unused credits can be carried forward for 15 years.Lower Corporate Tax. 6.5% rate for Qualified New York State Manufacturers.No Personal Property Tax. Unlike many other states, which tax both real property and personal property, property taxes in New York State are imposed on real property only. Personal property, whether tangible or intangible, is exempt from state and local taxes.Real Property Tax Abatement. To encourage development, expansion and improvement of commercial property, a 10-year property tax abatement is available to offset increased assessments due to improvements to business and commercial property.Research and Development (R&D) Tax Credit. Investments in R&D facilities are eligible for a 9% corporate tax credit. Additional credits are available to encourage the creation and expansion of emerging technology businesses, including a three-year job creation credit of $1,000 per employee and a capital credit for investments in emerging technologies.Sales Tax Exemptions. New York State offers exemptions for purchases of production machinery and equipment, research and development property, and fuels utilities used in manufacturing and R&D. Other exemptions may be available through local Industrial Development Agencies (IDAs). Visit your local regional office page for a list of IDA contacts in your area.Single Sales Factor Apportionment. Formula for Taxable Income.
Contact your ESD Regional Office or call the Main Program Administrator at (518) 292-5300.Additional Resources
Other Financing and Technical Assistance:Business Mentor NY

NATIONAL GRID INCENTIVES
Emission Reduction Credits (Nitrogen Oxide - NOx)National Grid owns NOx emission reduction credits and can sell these ERCs at below market rates, when they can be appropriately applied to site location or expansion opportunities. Benefits from this service are measured in the form of jobs and investment to a community/region served by National Grid.
National Grid Excelsior Jobs Program (“EJP”) - Electric
  • Sponsored by the New York State Department of Economic Development
  • Incentive program commencing with tax years beginning in 2011
  • For non-residential customers who add additional load
    • Existing customers must increase demand by the lesser of twenty-five (25) percent or 100 kW
    • New customers adding new, permanent load will have a zero baseline
  • Must be qualified for discounted rates by the NYS Department of Economic Development
  • Qualified customers are eligible for discounted rates for up to a ten-year term
  • EJP Load will be subject to all surcharges and adjustments
  • EJP customers will not be subject to Rule 57- Revenue Decoupling Mechanism on the EJP portion of their load
Qualifying EJP Load Delivery Rates - Per kW
SC2 $0.00325
SC2D $4.67
SC3 - Secondary $3.74
SC-3 Primary $2.16
SC-3 Transmission $2.00
SC-3A Secondary $4.08
SC-3A Primary $4.08
SC-3A Sub Transmission $2.51
SC-3A Transmission $1.70
*SC7 customers will be subject to the rates of their Parent Service Classification above.
** All EJP Customers pay full standard tariff charges on their non-EJP load.
The EJP replaces the Empire Zone ("EZR") Program which is closed to new subscribers. Customers who qualify for the EJP by the NYS Department of Economic Development will receive discounted rates on their additional load, based on the current EZR rates, which are equal to the Company's incremental cost of providing service.
The filing may be found on the NYSPSC Electric Rates and Pricing web page at: http://us1infonet/sites/rates_energysupply_ne/Pages/Recent_Filings_NewYork.aspx
National Grid Excelsior Jobs Program (“EJP”) – Natural Gas
Sponsored by the New York State Department of Economic Development Commencing with tax years beginning in 2011 Eligible customers are those whose end use is non-residential in nature; and Who qualify for service under and in accordance with the provisions of customers served under Service Classification Nos. 2, 3, 5, 7, or 8; and, Are certified by NYS Department of Economic Development as being eligible to receive the benefits; and, Who permanently increases their annual base load gas consumption by twenty-five percent (25%) or more Determined by a monthly base usage pattern at the premises, based upon the historical consumption for the twelve month period immediately preceding the customer's receipt of its initial EJP certificate
Delivery rates below shall apply to any gas consumption above the stated monthly base load:
Qualifying EJP Load Delivery Rates
Service Classification No. 2 Commercial $.0832 per therm
Service Classification No. 2 Industrial $.0618 per therm
Service Classification No. 3 $.0024 per therm
Service Classification No. 5 $.0184 per therm
Service Classification No. 7 $.0049 per therm
Service Classification No. 8 $.0223 per therm
Where actual gas usage increases over such base by twenty-five percent in each month, then applicant will be eligible for the benefits of this Rider for that month. All monthly gas consumption not meeting the discount qualifications of this Rider shall be billed at the applicable Service Classification rates and charges.

GRANT PROGRAMS

Site Development Programs 

Industrial Building Redevelopment
The Industrial Building Redevelopment Program provides grants of up to $250,000 (based on the amount of capital investment) to property owners who are upgrading electric and/or natural gas infrastructure to return these properties to active industrial use. Program eligibility requirements are in the Program Description.


ShovelReady Infrastructure
The Shovel Ready Infrastructure program provides grants of up to $125,000 for engineering and planning to advance a site in the ShovelReady certification process. When the site is certified ShovelReady by Empire State Development, a $250,000 matching grant is made available for the installation of electric and natural gas infrastructure. Already designated BuildNow NY and ShovelReady Certified sites may also apply for matching grant for electric and gas infrastructure. All sites must be served by National Grid to be eligible for the program.


Brownfield Redevelopment
The Brownfield Redevelopment Assistance Program provides matching grants to fund utility related infrastructure improvements, demolition, and other costs that are necessary to progress the redevelopment of a brownfield site or abandoned building, including Phase I and Phase II environmental site assessments, demolition that results in the clean-up and re-use of a contaminated site or building and costs associated with the local match for NYS DEC Environmental Restoration Program (ERP) and the Brownfield Opportunity Area Program (BOA).


Main Street/Commercial District Revitalization
The Main Street Revitalization program provides matching grants aimed at the revitalization of critical Main Streets and commercial corridors in villages, towns and cities in National Grid’s service territory. Application requests include the renovation and rehabilitation of commercial, industrial or mixed-use buildings under 100,000 square feet and development of pre-construction documents that advance an existing, community-accepted design plan, site preparation and construction of commercial or industrial adaptive re-use projects.


CleanTech Incubation
The CleanTech Incubation Program provides grants up to $250,000 to support entrepreneurial ventures, connect new companies to key resources, address their critical problems and assist them in capitalizing on emerging opportunities. Application requests may include the costs associated with market research, commercialization efforts and consulting support that includes entrepreneurs-in-residence (EIR’s), training and costs related to performance tracking, including documentation of lessons learned (for replication purposes). Program eligibility requirements are in the Program Description.


Urban Center/Commercial District Revitalization
The Urban Center/Commercial District Revitalization program provides matching grants of up to $250,000 to local municipalities, development corporations, universities and medical complexes undertaking major neighborhood revitalization projects. Eligible projects must be endorsed by appropriate municipal authorities and tied to specific investments in vacant/underutilized structures, neighborhoods and sites within the urban core. Projects that capitalize on the distinctive character of historic city neighborhoods and focus on energy efficiency strategies will be considered favorably in the application process, as will those that demonstrate an aggressive approach toward attracting retail pioneers and reclaiming vacant structures. Program eligibility requirements are in the Program Description.


Energy Infrastructure Programs 

Electric Capital Investment Incentive
The Capital Investment Incentive Program provides funds to help offset the customer costs associated with upgrading utility infrastructure to accommodate a business expansion or new construction project. Specifically, this program supports business attraction or expansion projects located in National Grid’s upstate New York service territory. The applicant must demonstrate that they are unable to secure sufficient funding for the project through federal, state, or local economic development programs. Program eligibility requirements are in the Program Description.


Natural Gas Capital Investment Incentive
The Natural Gas Capital Investment Incentive Program provides funds to help offset customer costs associated with upgrading natural gas infrastructure to accommodate a business expansion or new construction project. Applicants must demonstrate that they are unable to secure sufficient funding for the project through federal, state, or local economic development programs. Program eligibility requirements are in the Program Description.


Three Phase Power Incentive
The 3-Phase Power Incentive program provides grants of to $100,000 to help fund the extension of 3-phase electric service to eligible National Grid customers. Grant amounts depend on the project capital investment and length of the 3-phase extension. Program eligibility requirements are in the Program Description.


Power Quality Enhancements Program
This program offers financial incentives to qualified customers for the installation of power quality mitigation equipment and controls. Qualifying applicants must demonstrate their facility has a power quality problem that results in production, operational, or quality constraints, including but not limited to downtime and outage costs. Program eligibility requirements are in the Program Description.


Energy Efficiency & Productivity 

Energy Efficiency in Empire Zones 
The Energy Efficiency in Empire Zones program provides assistance to Empire Zone customers served by National Grid in upstate NY. The program provides incentives to eligible customers for installation of energy-efficient lighting, controls, HVAC equipment, motors/electronic speed controls and other systems that reduce energy use and/or enhance productivity. Program eligibility requirements are in the Program Description. 


Agribusiness Productivity Program
Agribusiness industry is a critical component of the upstate New York economy, both as a direct employer and wealth generator. It is also a key input to a large number of “downstream” manufacturing industries. The Agribusiness Productivity Program provides rebates to fund energy efficiency, renewable energy delivery and/or productivity improvements undertaken by dairy businesses, dairy farms and controlled environment agricultural facilities located within the service territory of National Grid in upstate New York. Program eligibility requirements are in the Program Description.


Manufacturing Productivity Program
The Manufacturing Productivity Program (MPP) provides matching grants, based on costs incurred by eligible applicants, whose top management commits the time and resources to “lean manufacturing” projects or manufacturing assistance projects that result in eliminating waste and increasing productivity on the “shop floor” and/or in the office. Further, the program provides matching grants for growth-targeted activities that result in greater utilization of manufacturing capacity and increased matching grants for projects that combine and coordinate the productivity and growth activities described above. The Manufacturing Productivity Program was developed in partnership with the Regional Technology Development Centers (RTDCs) from Western New York, Finger Lakes, Central New York, Mohawk Valley, North Country, and Capital Region and is delivered in conjunction with these RTDCs. RTDC contact information is provided at the end of this program description. Program eligibility requirements are in the Program Description.


Renewable Energy Programs 

Renewable Energy and Economic Development
This program funds a limited number of projects in the National Grid upstate NY service territory that demonstrate innovative, alternative generation technologies while producing significant economic development benefits for the region. Program eligibility requirements are in the Program Description.


Sustainable Gas And Economic Development
The program provides matching grants of up to $250,000 for collaborative projects that involve an upstate research institution, one or more sustainable gas or gas transportation technologies and a regional economic development sponsor. Program eligibility requirements are in the Program Description.

Data Name Value Percent
Total Population 4,089,140  
Median Age
County Name Years %
Albany County, NY 37.9  
Cattaraugus County, NY 41.4  
Chautauqua County, NY 41.7  
Columbia County, NY 46.6  
Cortland County, NY 36.1  
Erie County, NY 40.4  
Essex County, NY 45.9  
Franklin County, NY 39.8  
Fulton County, NY 42.8  
Genesee County, NY 42.7  
Hamilton County, NY 51.9  
Herkimer County, NY 42.9  
Jefferson County, NY 31.8  
Lewis County, NY 41.4  
Livingston County, NY 40.1  
Madison County, NY 40.8  
Montgomery County, NY 41.0  
Niagara County, NY 42.6  
Oneida County, NY 41.2  
Onondaga County, NY 38.8  
Orleans County, NY 42.2  
Oswego County, NY 39.2  
Rensselaer County, NY 39.8  
Saratoga County, NY 41.8  
Schenectady County, NY 39.9  
Schoharie County, NY 43.3  
St. Lawrence County, NY 37.8  
Warren County, NY 45.2  
Washington County, NY 42.9  
Wyoming County, NY 41.1  
Bachelor's Degree or Higher, Age 25+ 782,053 28.04%
High School Degree or Higher, Age 25+ 2,507,509 89.89%
Civilian Labor Force 2,060,801 61.83%
Median Household Income
County Name $ %
Albany County, NY $59,887  
Cattaraugus County, NY $42,601  
Chautauqua County, NY $42,993  
Columbia County, NY $59,105  
Cortland County, NY $49,514  
Erie County, NY $51,247  
Essex County, NY $52,758  
Franklin County, NY $47,923  
Fulton County, NY $46,969  
Genesee County, NY $50,880  
Hamilton County, NY $48,243  
Herkimer County, NY $46,229  
Jefferson County, NY $49,505  
Lewis County, NY $49,819  
Livingston County, NY $51,734  
Madison County, NY $54,145  
Montgomery County, NY $43,764  
Niagara County, NY $49,449  
Oneida County, NY $48,246  
Onondaga County, NY $55,092  
Orleans County, NY $46,359  
Oswego County, NY $47,860  
Rensselaer County, NY $60,709  
Saratoga County, NY $71,496  
Schenectady County, NY $58,114  
Schoharie County, NY $51,195  
St. Lawrence County, NY $44,705  
Warren County, NY $56,798  
Washington County, NY $51,143  
Wyoming County, NY $52,564  
Median Earnings for Workers
County Name $ %
Albany County, NY $49,607  
Cattaraugus County, NY $36,989  
Chautauqua County, NY $38,680  
Columbia County, NY $46,790  
Cortland County, NY $39,533  
Erie County, NY $46,011  
Essex County, NY $39,343  
Franklin County, NY $40,666  
Fulton County, NY $37,474  
Genesee County, NY $40,976  
Hamilton County, NY $41,319  
Herkimer County, NY $37,440  
Jefferson County, NY $39,657  
Lewis County, NY $41,420  
Livingston County, NY $42,954  
Madison County, NY $42,414  
Montgomery County, NY $40,384  
Niagara County, NY $43,058  
Oneida County, NY $40,885  
Onondaga County, NY $47,352  
Orleans County, NY $40,313  
Oswego County, NY $40,953  
Rensselaer County, NY $48,971  
Saratoga County, NY $53,504  
Schenectady County, NY $46,099  
Schoharie County, NY $41,531  
St. Lawrence County, NY $41,061  
Warren County, NY $43,603  
Washington County, NY $39,910  
Wyoming County, NY $40,052  
Major airports within area + 100 mile radius
Airport Name
Albany Intl
Bradford Rgnl
Bradley Intl
Buffalo Niagara Intl
Burlington Intl
Elmira/Corning Rgnl
Erie Intl/Tom Ridge Field
Greater Binghamton/Edwin A Link Field
Greater Rochester Intl
Ithaca Tompkins Rgnl
Niagara Falls Intl
Ogdensburg Intl
Plattsburgh Intl
Stewart Intl
Syracuse Hancock Intl
Watertown Intl
Westover Arb/Metropolitan
Regional airports within area + 100 mile radius
Airport Name
Adirondack Rgnl
Chautauqua County/Jamestown
Dubois Rgnl
Floyd Bennett Memorial
Griffiss Intl
Hudson Valley Rgnl
Massena Intl-Richards Field
Rutland - Southern Vermont Rgnl
Sullivan County Intl
Venango Rgnl
Westfield-Barnes Rgnl
General aviation airports within area + 50 mile radius
Airport Name
Airhaven
Airlane Enterprises
Akron
Arcade Tri-County
Argyle
Basin Harbor
Becks Grove
Blue Heron
Brokenstraw
Buffalo Airfield
Buffalo-Lancaster Rgnl
Burrello-Mechanicville
Canandaigua
Cattaraugus County-Olean
Chapin Fld
Chautauqua County/Dunkirk
Clarence Aerodrome
Columbia County
Cooperstown-Westville
Corry-Lawrence
Cortland County-Chase Field
Dansville Muni
Dart
Dolgeville
Duanesburg
Finger Lakes Rgnl
Frankfort-Highland
Freehold
Fulton County
Garnseys
Genesee County
Geneseo
Giermek Executive
Gowanda
Great Valley
Green Acres
Greene
Greenville-Rainbow
Hamburg Inc
Hamilton Muni
Harriman-And-West
Harris
Heber Airpark
Hollands Intl Field
Hornell Muni
Kingston-Ulster
Kline Kill
Lake Placid
Le Roy
Ledgedale Airpark
Lt Warren Eaton
Malone-Dufort
Marcy Field
Middlebury State
Middlesex Valley
Midlakes
Moores
North Buffalo Suburban
Oneonta Muni
Oswego County
Ovid
Perry-Warsaw
Pine Hill
Piseco
Pittsfield Muni
Plateau Sky Ranch
Potsdam Muni/Damon Fld/
Pratt's Eastern Divide
R & R Aero
Rensselaer County
Round Lake
Royalton
Saratoga County
Schenectady County
Schroon Lake
Sharon
Shelburne
Skaneateles Aero Drome
Sky Park
South Albany
Spencerport Airpark
Ticonderoga Muni
Tri-Cities
Walter J Koladza
Wellsville Muni Arpt,Tarantine Fld
Whitfords
William H Morse State