Empire State Development Programs

Empire State Development provides a variety of assistance aimed at helping businesses - whether its an international company looking to make a move or a small business owner wanting to access capital.

ESD offers loans, grants and tax credits, as well as other financing and technical assistance, to support businesses and encourage their growth within New York State.

New York State's Excelsior Jobs Program is a targeted program, focusing on the growth and expansion of the high-tech and clean energy jobs of tomorrow, while also supporting the manufacturing sector that remains the backbone of our economy.  Applications should be completed in consultation with the appropriate regional office representative of Empire State Development. 

As part of Governor Cuomo's transformative plan to improve the State's economic development model, a NYS Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) has been created that will streamline and expedite the grant application process.  The CFA process marks a fundamental shift in the way State resources are allocated, ensuring less bureaucracy and greater efficiency to fulfill local economic development needs.

Visit ESD's website (click here) for more information on any of the following programs:


Empire State Development Directory of Programs


Loans and Grants

Tax Credits

Other Financial/Technical Assistance


  • Champlain Bridge Assistance Program
  • Commercial District Revolving Loan Trust Fund
  • Community Development Financial Institution Assistance
  • Economic Development Fund
  • Environmental Investment Program
  • Global Market Export Services
  • Healthy Food & Healthy Communities Fund
  • Industrial Effectiveness Program
  • Job Development Authority Direct Loan Program
  • JOBS Now
  • Manufacturing Assistance Program
  • Metropolitan Economic Revitalization Fund
  • Minority and Women-owned Business Lending
  • Minority and Women Revolving Loan Trust Fund
  • Regional Revolving Loan Trust Fund
  • Restore New York Communities Initiative
  • Small Business Revolving Loan Fund
  • Transportation Capital Assistance Program
  • Upstate Regional Blueprint & Downstate Revitalization Funds
  • Urban and Community Development Program
  • World Trade Center Job Creation and Retention Program


  • Brownfield Cleanup Program
  • Excelsior Jobs Program
  • New Markets Tax Credits
  • New York State Film Production Credit
  • New York State Post Production Credit
  • Taxes and Incentives



  • Environmental Assistance
  • Export Marketing Assistance Service
  • Governor’s Office for Motion Picture and Television Development
  • Linked Deposit Program
  • New York Empowerment Zone
  • Build Now – NY/Shovel Ready Program
  • Procurement Assistance Program
  • World Trade Center Rent Reduction Program


March 26, 2019 Meeting

The St. Lawrence County Industrial Development Agency is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at 8:30 AM at the Ernest J. LaBaff Industrial Building, 19 Commerce Lane, Canton.  Meetings of the St. Lawrence County IDA - Local Development Corporation, St. Lawrence County IDA - Civic Development Corporation and St. Lawrence County Property Development Corporation will immediately follow.