Empire State Development Corporation (ESD)

New York State’s Economic Development Agency offers a full menu of business assistance, including financial resources and technical expertise for facility expansions, machinery and equipment purchases, site and infrastructure development, manufacturing productivity analysis, workforce training, global export market development, and recycling business investments. It has the ability to act as primary point of contact for all business and planning inquiries and needs.


The mission of Empire State Development (“ESD”) is to promote a vigorous and growing state economy, encourage business investment and job creation, and support diverse, prosperous local economies across New York State through the efficient use of loans, grants, tax credits, real estate development, marketing and other forms of assistance.

To support our economic development mission, ESD:

  • Invests strategically in infrastructure, innovation, place-making and revitalization, tradable sectors and workforce development; 
  • Is transparent and responsive to the needs of diverse communities across the state through the active participation of the Regional Councils; 
  • Supports the retention and health of existing businesses, the retention of populations, and the development of new businesses and industries that will contribute to the development of the 21st century economy; 
  • Promotes equality of economic opportunities for minority- and women-owned businesses (“MWBEs”); 
  • Provides early-stage support for new ventures, including the research and development of new technologies; and 
  • Strengthens New York State’s innovation-based economy through partnerships with our acclaimed universities, promoting entrepreneurialism through the development of incubators and next-generation manufacturing and technology hubs across the state.

Services Provided

Economic and Site Development

  • Economic Development (Specialty)

Business Planning

  • Business Succession Planning (Specialty)

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Government Funding
  • Grant Funding

Manufacturing, High Tech, Life Sciences Development

  • High Tech Development
  • Manufacturing Development

Regulatory Compliance

  • Government Requirements

Selling to the Government and Large Corporations

  • Subcontracting Opportunities
Contact Information
Lorrie Abounader
95 Perry Street
Suite 500
Buffalo, NY 14203