IDA News and Updates
News and Updates
June 6 Economic Development Marketing and Networking Event
The 5th Annual Town of Bethlehem Economic Development Marketing and Networking event is taking place on June 6 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm. This year’s event will be at The Hamlet at Slingerlands, 5000 Dunhill Court, Slingerlands. The event will highlight Small Business and Microenterprise Grant Program recipients. Each grant recipient will showcase their business and products in a Farmers Market type atmosphere. In addition, information will be available on key commercial and industrial development areas throughout the town, including buildings available for purchase and lease, and vacant land suitable for development.
Please RSVP by May 30 to Elizabeth Staubach, Economic Development Coordinator at 518-439-4955 ext. 1189 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Air Products Expansion Approved
Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. received an enhanced PILOT agreement, mortgage recording and sales tax abatement for the expansion of the Glenmont operations at 461 River Road. The company has manufactured industrial gases at the site for more than 40 years.
The business will install a new Air Separation Unit and expand the liquidation capacity on the site. The Town and the region will benefit by the local production of industrial gases which are necessary components for other manufacturing industries such as computer chip manufacturers, chemical and polymer manufacturers, and for medical research.
The project will result in the retention of 66 jobs in the region and an investment of over $14 million.
NYS OSC Audit
The State of New York Office of the State Comptroller audited six IDAs across New York State of which the Agency was one to determine whether IDA Boards of Directors provide effective oversight of IDA projects. In the audit of the Agency, the OSC interviewed Board members and Agency officials and examined Agency records and project files for the period January 1, 2014 through May 31, 2015 and for selected files expanded the audit period back to April 26, 2001.
The OSC report of examination letter dated September 2017 containing findings specific to the Agency and the OSC audit of six IDAs entitled Industrial Development Agency Board Governance dated September 2017 are posted on the Agency website.
Bethlehem to Host Entrepreneurial Training Classes at Town Hall
As part of the Bethlehem's Microenterprise Grant Program, the Community Loan Fund of the Capital Region will be offering its Entrepreneurial Assistance Training Program at Town Hall, 445 Delaware Avenue. The classes begin on June 29 at 6:00pm and will run for 8 consecutive weeks. A tentative schedule of the topics to be covered are listed below.
Session 1: Introduction/Entrepreneurship/Business Plans
Session 2: Legal Issues
Session 3: Fundamentals of Financial Management
Session 4: Financial Analysis
Session 5: Social Media & Accounting
Session 6: Banking and Credit Issues
Session 7: Real Estate/Insurance Issues
Session 8: Marketing Concepts and Issues
Please contact Elizabeth Staubach at EStaubach@townofbethlehem.org or 518-439-4955 x1189 for tuition information and to reserve a seat.
Microenterprise Funding Available - Informational Session April 6 at 5:30pm
A Microenterprise Grant Information Meeting for new and expanding small businesses in Bethlehem is scheduled Thursday, April 6 at 5:30pm in Room 101 at Town Hall, 445 Delaware Avenue, Delmar.
Bethlehem has been awarded $200,000 additional funding to provide grants to eligible Microenterprises, emerging, and existing businesses that want to locate in or expand within the Town of Bethlehem. Grant awards will range from $5,000 to $35,000 and can be used to purchase inventory, machinery, equipment, furniture, fixtures and to meet working capital needs.
Please see the ME Grant webpage for program requirements and materials.
Bethlehem Welcomes New Businesses
This summer Delmar's Four Corners welcomed two new businesses. Sky Beauty Bar and Twisted Vine Wine & Tap are the newest members to Bethlehem's growing business community.
Twisted Vine Wine & Tap is a wine bar and eatery located at 384 Kenwood Avenue featuring a variety of wine and beer, many of them local, a rotating menu of small plates and shared appetizers as well as coffee based drinks and desserts. Visit their website to learn more about the menu, wine and beer lists.
Sky Beauty Bar, 339 Delaware Avenue, is a full service salon with the first dedicated blow dry bar in Delmar. In addition to offering both men and womens hair cuts and styling the blow dry bar will blow dry and style your hair for any occasion throughout the day. Visit their website to learn more about their services.
Both businesses were recipients of the Town's Microenterprise Grant Program which provides grant funds to new and existing businesses that want to locate in or expand within Bethlehem. Grant awards range from $5,000 to $35,000 and can be used to purchase inventory, machinery, equipment, furniture, fixtures and to meet working capital needs.
Financial Resources for Businesses Roundtable
Join Economic Development and Chamber of Commerce professionals for a Financial Resources for Businesses Panel Discussion to be held at the Bethlehem Public Library on September 29 at 7:00 pm.
The panel will discuss financing resources available for business start-ups and expansions from a variety of sources including conventional banks and non-traditional, alternative lenders. Topics to be discussed include: Credit, Business Planning, Financial Projections, "Do's and Don'ts", Appropriate Uses of Funds and more.
Please contact Elizabeth Staubach, Economic Development Coordinator, at email@example.com or 518-439-4955 extension 1189, with any questions or for more information.
Bethlehem Central School District Named Best in Capital Region
Following their annual study of the 84 school districts in the 11 county Capital Region area, the Albany Business Review has named the Bethlehem Central School District as the top ranking district for a second year in a row.
The rankings are based on the evaluation of the following categories: language and reading; social studies; science; math; as well as graduation rates, percentage of graduates attending college and those students who graduate with advanced Regent diplomas.
For more information on the methodology and rankings Click here for the complete 2015 guide to Capital Region Schools from the Albany Business Review.
Tech Project Approved for Vista
The Bethlehem Industrial Development Agency approved an Enhanced Abatement Incentive package for Monolith Solar at its March Board Meeting. Monolith Solar is currently located in Rensselaer (office) and Albany (warehouse) and will combine these facilities at their headquarters at 85 Vista Boulevard. Monolith will be the first technology tenant at Vista and will make a $4.8 million investment in the park resulting in the creation of 56 new jobs.
The new headquarters will consist of a 16,000 square foot building in the tech park that will house its headquarters and back office operations, as well as a connected 10,000 square foot research and development and manufacturing facility. In addition to the office and warehouse space, a 2MW solar field is proposed on land to the north of the ShopRite building and parking lot (10 acres). The 2MW solar field will consist of ten – 200kW solar energy systems.
Monolith Solar provides engineering, design, financing and installation of solar PV (photovoltaic) systems for residential, commercial, non-profit and municipal clients.
Town of Bethlehem Microenterprise Grant Program Applications Now Available
The Town of Bethlehem is now accepting applications for the Town of Bethlehem Microenterprise Grant Program. The Town has received $200,000 from the New York State Office of Homes and Community Renewal to provide grants to eligible Microenterprises, emerging, and existing businesses that want to locate or expand within the Town.
- A microenterprise is defined as a commercial enterprise that has five (5) or fewer employees, one (1) or more of which is the principal and owns the enterprise at the time of application.
- Grants awards will range from $5,000 to $35,000 and can be used for the purchase of inventory, machinery, equipment, furniture, and working capital.
- Businesses must contribute at least 10% of the costs of the project.
- Businesses receiving funding must create one (1) new job offered to or made available to persons from low-or moderate income (LMI) families OR be owned by a person defined as LMI.
- A minimum of 50% of grant funds must be awarded to start-up businesses (operation less than 6 months).
- Businesses receiving grant funds must participate in the Entrepreneurial Training Program.
Applications can be found on the Economic Development and Planning page of the Town's website. Please contact Elizabeth Staubach, Economic Development Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 518-439-4955 extension 1189, with any questions.
Driver Job Fair: Professional Transportation, Inc. is seeking drivers
Professional Transportation, Inc., an independent corporation, is seeking drivers and will be taking applications at Bethlehem Town Hall, 445 Delaware Avenue, Delmar on Friday April 10 from 9am - 3pm only in conference room 101A. Details below.
DRIVER JOB FAIR!
Driver Positions with Professional Transportation, Inc. Available
To Transport Railroad Crews!
Where: Bethlehem Town Hall
Address: 445 Delaware Avenue – Room 101A
Date: April 10th, 2015
Time: 9am to 3pm
Must: Have a valid driver’s license; have at least 7 years of driving experience; a clean driving record; read, write, and converse in English; be able to pass a background check and a drug screening.
Please bring 2 forms of government issued identification!
To learn more about PTI or to apply, visit us at http://www.ProfessionalTransportationInc.com
Or call 1-800-471-2440, option 1
Governance Committee Meeting Scheduled for March 27, 2015 following Regular MeetingNotice is hereby given that the Governance Committee of the Bethlehem Industrial Development Agency in the Town of Bethlehem, Albany County, New York will meet Friday, March 27 at 9:00a.m., in the Auditorium at the Town Offices, 445 Delaware Avenue, Delmar, New York.
Please contact Tom Connolly, Executive Director, at 518-447-3303 or email@example.com for additional information.
Audit Committee Meetings scheduled February 12 and March 11Notice is hereby given that the Audit Committee of the Bethlehem Industrial Development Agency in the Town of Bethlehem, Albany County, New York will meet Thursday, February 12 at 8:00 a.m. and Wednesday, March 11 at 8:00a.m., in Room 214A at the Town Offices, 445 Delaware Avenue, Delmar, New York.
Audit Committee Meeting scheduled Tuesday, January 6 at 8amNotice is hereby given that the Audit Committee of the Bethlehem Industrial Development Agency in the Town of Bethlehem, Albany County, New York will meet Tuesday, January 6 at 8:00 a.m., in Room 214A at the Town Offices, 445 Delaware Avenue, Delmar, New York.
Public Hearing and Special Meeting Scheduled for Wednesday, January 14The Bethlehem Industrial Development Agency will hold a public hearing on an application by SAE Sun and Earth Energy Incorporated Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 5:00pm in the Auditorium at Town Hall, 445 Delaware Avenue, Delmar and a special meeting to discuss the application immediately following at 5:30pm in Room 101.
Click below to link to the Bethlehem meetings portal to read the complete application and public hearing notice. The public hearing will be webcast live and archived on the Bethlehem meetings portal.
For more information contact Robin Nagengast (518) 439-4955 x 1164.