Empire State Development (ESD)

Empire State Development (ESD) is the State of New York’s chief economic development agency, dedicated to making New York a compelling place to live, work and do business.  ESD promotes a vigorous and growing state economy, encourages business investment and job creation, and supports diverse, prosperous local economies across New York State. The agency mission includes efficient use of loans, grants, tax credits, real estate development, marketing and other forms of assistance.

With co-headquarters in Albany, Buffalo and New York City, the ESD is supported by a network of additional locations throughout the state.

ESD works in partnership with the public and private sectors to create an environment that spurs innovation and economic development while enhancing New York State’s competitive advantage as the world capital for many industries, ranging from finance and media to technology and agriculture.

ESD services include:

  • Conducting targeted corporate outreach to companies in key industries while providing retention, expansion and attraction services to the State’s largest and most important employers.
  • Providing technical assistance to help businesses, big and small, meet their goals.
  • Helping companies identify the financial assistance to benefit their business, including direct loans, loan guarantees and grants.

The ESD International Division provides export counseling and education to improve insight and expertise about global market opportunities to New York State manufacturers and services firms seeking to start export activity.

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Empire State Development (ESD) Western New York Regional Office

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Buffalo Niagara Partnership

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