Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced this week that the State will commit $3 million to the Eastman Business Park Bioscience Manufacturing Center in Rochester which will begin construction later this year. The construction of the $25 million, 60,000 square feet facility, which will improve equipment for converting non-food plant materials into biofuels and biochemicals, is estimated to create hundreds of new jobs. Rochester Senator Joe Robach applauded this plan that will help to create jobs and stimulate the Rochester and State economy. The Eastman Business Park is the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council’s (FLREDC) top priority and is a crucial asset in both job creation and economic development in the region.
Senator Joe Robach said, “As a result of three on-time, fiscally responsible budgets, we have built a strong foundation to continue growing the State’s economy with investments like today’s announcement. This investment in Eastman Business Park is key to improving the area and will help make Rochester a leader in bioscience technology and innovation, while creating much-needed jobs for the community. I greatly appreciate Governor Cuomo’s commitment to Rochester, and look forward to working with him to pass another budget that serves the people of New York.”
Eastman Business Park (EBP), formerly Kodak Park, is a 1,200 acre technology and industrial complex that spans from the City of Rochester into the Town of Greece. It contains more than one million square feet of manufacturing, laboratory and warehouse space with infrastructure systems that put it among the top industrial sites in the eastern United States. Under Governor Cuomo, and with the support of Senator Joe Robach, more than $90 million has been committed and invested by New York State to attract dozens of new companies that are transforming EBP into a diverse hub for research and development and high tech manufacturing. The park now has 48 companies with more than 6,500 employees, most of which are non-Kodak jobs.