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Changes in technology, from AI to computer-driven manufacturing, are at the forefront of all aspects of our everyday lives.

As we learn more about these tools, we must use them to our advantage and adapt. That’s what all great coaches, teachers, and learners do.

You wouldn’t catch me dead rooting for Bill Belichick, but now that he’s gone from the AFC East, I’m okay saying that he showed us how to do it right.

As coaches and parents, we have to adapt our strategy in our “off-seasons,” no matter how successful we were the previous year. Bring in new concepts, lift up new talents, and find every advantage we can.

And for parents with students in the third grade and higher, there is an advantage your kids can access right now!

Did you know kids are already learning Industry 4.0 concepts, troubleshooting, operational efficiency and creative thinking through 3-D printing - and doing it at Robert Morris?

The Batavia Tech Club offers short-session programs with instruction and application through hands-on interactions with emerging technologies.

I’ve seen Jim Dillon grow this idea, constantly making adjustments to equip more students with the skills that will make them the best learners and future leaders.

Jim leads classes in 3D printing, 3D design, micro-controller coding, cloud-based collaboration, CNC laser cutting, and other cutting-edge technology-related skills that are essential to today’s workplace.

His focus is on age-appropriate learning. This week’s programs were for 3rd through 8th graders, and next week’s are for 3rd through 5th graders.

On Tuesday, I joined Jim and his students as they toured a classroom filled with 3-D printers and Arduino controls. It buzzed with activity. To see the instant gratification of making something was great, but seeing students gain an understanding of how equipment works was even better.

Putting these types of technologies in their hands pushes young learners outside of their comfort zones.

This is how you grow and develop interests you may have never been aware of.

In workforce development, we make improvements every year. We tailor our programs to the economic demands and interests expressed by workforce candidates.  That’s how to do it right.

The good news is that our kids have already taken those steps. Even if they don’t realize it, each new challenge they take on gives them more flexibility in the future.

We have to show them the way and highlight what’s available. While our big events like GLOW With Your Hands are popular, a lot is happening just out of sight.

The Batavia Tech Club is a great example.

We need to continue to equip the next generation of skilled workers with youth workforce programs that are building the pipeline for the growing private sector across our region. Why not expand their minds with the latest technologies being taught by the Batavia Tech Club?

If you’re interested in getting involved with the Batavia Tech Club, please contact Jim Dillon at jdillon@bataviatechclub.com or (585) 297-7779.

Chris Suozzi is the Vice President of Business &Workforce Development at the Genesee County Economic Development Center.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/csuozzi/coachs-corner-stem-after-school-programs-blossom-in-3d/638131#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/csuozzi/coachs-corner-stem-after-school-programs-blossom-in-3d/638131 Feb 2, 2024, 7:00am GCEDC Coach's Corner: STEM after school programs blossom in 3D csuozzi <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2024-02/mechatronics-lab.jpg?itok=lDCfdlLM" width="800" height="533" alt="mechatronics-lab" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> <div class="align-right"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2024-02/coach-swazz-2023.png?itok=Iapb_3Y-" width="280" height="280" alt="chris suozzi coaches corner" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> <p>Changes in technology, from AI to computer-driven manufacturing, are at the forefront of all aspects of our everyday lives.</p><p>As we learn more about these tools, we must use them to our advantage and adapt. That’s what all great coaches, teachers, and learners do.</p><p>You wouldn’t catch me</p>
'First-round draft picks' celebrated on signing day for apprenticeships at local companies https://www.thebatavian.com/sognibene/first-round-draft-picks-celebrated-on-signing-day-for-apprenticeships-at-local-companies
Students from all over the Genesee Region in attendance of signing day.  Photo by Steve Ognibene.
Students from all over the Genesee Region in attendance of signing day Tuesday.
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The students matched with apprenticeship programs from local companies are all "first-round draft picks," said Chris Souzzi, VP of business and workforce development for the Genesee County Economic Development Center, on Tuesday at a signing celebration.

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GCEDC consultant mapping out career paths with local businesses for area students https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/gcedc-consultant-mapping-out-career-paths-with-local-businesses-for-area-students
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Shelia Eigenbrod, education consultant for GCEDC, making a presentation to the GCEDC board of directors on Thursday.
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When you're charting a new path, you need a roadmap, and Shelia Eigenbrod, a year into her new job with the Genesee County Economic Development Center, has exactly that in mind.

The map would help inform high school students about career opportunities in Genesee County and what it might take to land the jobs that will put them on a path to a good salary with no college debt.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/gcedc-consultant-mapping-out-career-paths-with-local-businesses-for-area-students#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/gcedc-consultant-mapping-out-career-paths-with-local-businesses-for-area-students Jan 14, 2024, 9:00am GCEDC GCEDC consultant mapping out career paths with local businesses for area students Howard Owens <figure role="group" class="caption caption-div"> <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img alt="Shelia Eigenbrod gcedc" class="image-style-large" height="533" loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2024-01/shelia-eigenbrod-gcedc.jpg?itok=eHwf1j2I" width="800"> </div> </div> <figcaption><em>Shelia Eigenbrod, education consultant for GCEDC, making a presentation to the GCEDC board of directors on Thursday.</em><br><em>Photo by Howard Owens.</em></figcaption> </figure> <p>When you're charting a new path, you need a roadmap, and Shelia Eigenbrod, a year into her new job with the Genesee County Economic Development Center, has exactly that in mind.</p><p>The map would help inform high school students about career opportunities in Genesee County and what it might take to land the jobs that will put them on a path to a good salary with no college debt.</p>
Job fair focused on trades give seniors a chance to talk with employers, learn more about careers https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/job-fair-focused-on-trades-give-seniors-a-chance-to-talk-with-employers-learn-more
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Getting time to meet and talk with the people who hire workers at local companies is a valuable experience for soon-to-graduate seniors, said Chris Suozzi, VP of business development at the Genesee County Economic Development Center.

Suozzi and Karyn Winters, director of the Genesee County Business/Education Alliance, put together a job fair for graduating seniors from the region and local businesses at BOCES on Friday.

 The job fair was open to both BOCES seniors and non-BOCES students.

"We're excited that the companies are here, meeting, and trying to recruit the seniors who are going to be graduating here shortly," Suozzi said. "As we all know, everybody needs workforce."

The event is a chance for high school students to practice interview skills as well as learn about employment opportunities in Genesee County.

"A lot of them, as you know, may not have a job yet," Suozzi said. "They don't even have a part-time job. So they use so soft skills today, where their eye to eye with a company."

Photos by Howard Owens.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/job-fair-focused-on-trades-give-seniors-a-chance-to-talk-with-employers-learn-more#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/job-fair-focused-on-trades-give-seniors-a-chance-to-talk-with-employers-learn-more Jan 13, 2024, 8:30am GCEDC Job fair focused on trades give seniors a chance to talk with employers, learn more about careers Howard Owens <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2024-01/bocces-job-fair-2023.jpg?itok=v6QQCCZL" width="800" height="535" alt="boces job fair" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> <p>Getting time to meet and talk with the people who hire workers at local companies is a valuable experience for soon-to-graduate seniors, said Chris <span>Suozzi</span>, VP of business development at the Genesee County Economic Development Center.</p><p><span>Suozzi and Karyn Winters, director of the Genesee County Business/Education Alliance, put</span></p>
Coach's Corner: with workforce programs, you control your destiny https://www.thebatavian.com/csuozzi/coachs-corner-with-workforce-programs-you-control-your-destiny/637837
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Photo of "Mechatronics Lab" courtesy of GCEDC. It shows a student in the 2023 Genesee Valley Pre-Apprenticeship Bootcamp using the mechatronics equipment that youth apprentices train with at the Batavia Career & Technical Education Center.

The end of the NFL regular season brings words that I like to put into practice as an economic and workforce professional. None is better than the cliché than a team is “controlling its own destiny.” 

It’s a reward and a challenge.

You’ve earned that control by outperforming your peers. You need to keep winning, and the next step of your journey is assured.

That’s also what makes this part of our workforce development calendar so energizing. Youth apprenticeships reward our most engaged students by giving them their pick of career opportunities.

Just ask Bailey Burdett, a current HP Hood technician and former Finger Lakes Youth Apprenticeship Program electro-mechanical technician graduate who has earned significant hours of related training and instruction that is applied to his apprenticeship coursework.

And although he needs to complete four years of on-the-job experience, he only needs to take four more classes during his apprenticeship to become a Journey Worker electro-mechanical technician.

Similar to players emerging as key playoff contributors, Bailey is getting his reps in as he grows, and the best part is that like NFL practice squad players, he and others in apprenticeship programs still get paid on the way to the big time.

Students can join the Finger Lakes Youth Apprenticeship Program during their junior year of high school where they will job shadow at various employers throughout the region including Tambe Electric, Oxbo, Nortera and others.

This is where students observe the type of work that is performed daily, taking in the bustling and robust atmosphere of the advanced manufacturing industry. 

It’s like you’re the rookie who was just drafted and are trying to find your way in the professional world. You get to take in practice and have an older veteran take you under their wing. This process is all about asking questions and figuring out where you fit in. Taking this portion of the job seriously is essential if you want to succeed in this evolving industry.

The real fun begins after your job shadow.

In your senior year, after you receive in-class instruction using state-of-the-art mechatronics equipment at Genesee Valley BOCES in the morning, you will go to your designated employer to receive paid on-the-job training.

This is your time to shine! You get to showcase everything you learned the past year and prove to your peers and teammates why you belong in your industry.

After the youth apprenticeship program, you will have received up to 288 hours of training, equivalent to two years of apprenticeship-related training and instruction.

You’ll be well on your way to completing your apprenticeship hours required to work as a technician, and getting a head start against the competition.

Be like Bailey and the dozens of graduates that have completed these programs. Take your career into your own hands!

Coach SwazZ is ready to help, to answer your questions, and to make a connection for you. Contact me at 585-343-4866 or csuozzi@gcedc.com.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/csuozzi/coachs-corner-with-workforce-programs-you-control-your-destiny/637837#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/csuozzi/coachs-corner-with-workforce-programs-you-control-your-destiny/637837 Jan 10, 2024, 8:45am GCEDC Coach's Corner: with workforce programs, you control your destiny csuozzi <figure role="group" class="caption caption-div"> <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img alt="mechatronics-lab.jpg" class="image-style-large" height="533" loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2024-01/mechatronics-lab.jpg?itok=_pSM9B5w" width="800"> </div> </div> <figcaption>Photo of "Mechatronics Lab" courtesy of GCEDC. It shows a student in the 2023 Genesee Valley Pre-Apprenticeship Bootcamp using the mechatronics equipment that youth apprentices train with at the Batavia Career &amp; Technical Education Center.</figcaption> </figure> <p>The end of the NFL regular season brings words that I like to put into practice as an economic and workforce professional. None is better than the cliché than a team is “controlling its own destiny.”&nbsp;</p><p>It’s a reward and a challenge.</p><p>You’ve earned that control by outperforming your</p>
GCEDC board to consider assistance for $15 million apartment complex at Medtech https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/gcedc-board-to-consider-assistance-for-15-million-apartment-complex-at-medtech/637840
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Press release:

The Genesee County Economic Development Center (GCEDC) board of directors will consider an initial resolution for a proposed market-rate housing development on MedTech Drive in the town of Batavia at its board meeting on Thursday, Jan. 11.

MedTech Landing LLC plans to invest $15 million to construct 100,000 sq. ft. of apartment buildings totaling 80 units. The project is comprised of five buildings with a dozen one-, two-, and three-bedroom units and one 8-unit building, along with 6 six-car garages. 

The project aligns with the GCEDC’s Housing Policy #1 and a recognized need for housing availability. The Genesee County Housing Needs Assessment identified in 2018 that 4,800 units were needed in the next 20 years across single-family homes and rental units.

MedTech Landing LLC is seeking a sales tax exemption estimated at $720,000, a property tax abatement of approximately $3,031,048, and a mortgage tax exemption of $120,000.  It is estimated that $12 of economic impact will be generated for every one dollar of public sector investment.

The project would also generate up to one million dollars over 20 years that will be dedicated towards the Batavia Home Fund (BHF) which was created to address shared housing goals and establish methods to fund beneficial activities to enhance the area’s housing stock.  The BHF is a collaboration between the Town and City of Batavia and the GCEDC.  

“As we all know, there is a housing crisis across New York State, and resolving it requires innovation and collaboration, and BHF is a unique way for our community to address our housing needs,” said Batavia City Manager Rachael Tabelski. “As we continue to revitalize our downtown core and infill areas adjacent to the town of Batavia, we are confident that the BHF will encourage developers and homebuilders across the region to invest here.”The Batavia Home Fund is being supported by host benefit agreements with developers and homebuilders for future multi-family housing projects in the City and Town. Projects will be considered by a committee of City, Town and GCEDC officials to determine how funds raised will be utilized.

“As the agricultural, commercial, and industrial sectors continue to grow in the Town and surrounding communities, it’s important that the workforce needed to fill these jobs have good housing options like the ones that MedTech Landing will provide,” said Town of Batavia Supervisor Greg Post. “An important component of this effort is refurbishing and rehabilitating existing housing structures, and this development will contribute to that effort through the BHF.” 

If MedTech Landing LLC’s application is accepted, a public hearing will be scheduled on the proposed agreement in the town of Batavia.

The Jan. 11 GCEDC board meeting will be held at 4 p.m. at the MedTech Center’s Innovation Zone, 99 MedTech Drive, Batavia. Meeting materials and links to a live stream/on-demand recording of the meeting are available at www.gcedc.com.

Previously: Apartment complex with 80 units proposed across the road from GCC

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https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/gcedc-board-to-consider-assistance-for-15-million-apartment-complex-at-medtech/637840#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/gcedc-board-to-consider-assistance-for-15-million-apartment-complex-at-medtech/637840 Jan 9, 2024, 10:34pm GCEDC GCEDC board to consider assistance for $15 million apartment complex at Medtech Howard Owens <figure role="group" class="caption caption-div"> <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img alt="Countryside Apartments MedTech GCC" class="image-style-large" height="532" loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2023-05/housing-at-medtech-2023-2.jpg?itok=VzkoclIV" width="800"> </div> </div> <figcaption><em>File photo by Howard Owens.</em></figcaption> </figure> <p><span>Press release:</span></p><blockquote><p><span>The Genesee County Economic Development Center (GCEDC) board of directors will consider an initial resolution for a proposed market-rate housing development on MedTech Drive in the town of Batavia at its board meeting on Thursday, Jan. 11.</span></p><p><span>MedTech Landing LLC plans to invest $15 million to construct</span></p></blockquote>
Graham Corporation $13.9M expansion advanced by GCEDC board https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/graham-corporation-139m-expansion-advanced-by-gcedc-board/637539 Press Release:

The Genesee County Economic Development Center (GCEDC) board of directors advanced an initial resolution for Graham Corporation’s proposed new commercial production facility at the agency’s board meeting on Thursday, December 7th, 2023.

Graham Corporation is a global leader in the design and manufacture of mission critical fluid, power, heat transfer, and vacuum technologies for the defense, space, energy, and process industries. The project will add to the company’s existing location in the city of Batavia where it has been headquartered since 1942.

The $13.9 million proposed investment includes the construction of an 18,900 sq. ft. expansion intended to reduce design and manufacturing costs and improve shipping capabilities for the organization’s US defense sector. The project will create 24 new full-time equivalent (FTE) positions while retaining 340 FTEs.

Graham Corporation is seeking sales tax exemptions estimated at $206,400 and a property tax abatement estimated at $197,826 based on an incremental increase in assessed value totaling the proposed financial agreements to approximately $404,226. For every $1 of public benefit, Graham is investing $68 into the local economy resulting in a local economic impact of $19.44 million in future wages and tax revenue.

A public hearing for the proposed project agreements will be scheduled in the city of Batavia.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/graham-corporation-139m-expansion-advanced-by-gcedc-board/637539#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/graham-corporation-139m-expansion-advanced-by-gcedc-board/637539 Dec 11, 2023, 11:27am GCEDC Graham Corporation $13.9M expansion advanced by GCEDC board Press Release <p>Press Release:</p><blockquote><p>The Genesee County Economic Development Center (GCEDC) board of directors advanced an initial resolution for Graham Corporation’s proposed new commercial production facility at the agency’s board meeting on Thursday, December 7th, 2023.</p><p>Graham Corporation is a global leader in the design and manufacture of mission critical fluid, power</p></blockquote>
Seneca Nation sues Wildlife Service over approval of STAMP pipeline https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/seneca-nation-sues-wildlife-service-over-approval-of-stamp-pipeline/637470 Asserting rights over the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge, the Tonawanda Seneca Nation has filed a lawsuit against the federal government in U.S. District Court over the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s approval of a right of way for an industrial wastewater pipeline through the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge.

The lawsuit asserts that the Nation has standing to sue because the refuge is historically and culturally interrelated with the Nation's ancestral territory, even though it is outside the boundaries of the Tonawanda Indian Reservation. 

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Plug Power's financial filing raises concerns about stability of company https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/plug-powers-financial-filing-raises-concerns-about-stability-of-company/637189
Photo via Genesee County Economic Development Center.
Photo via Genesee County Economic Development Center.

Uncertain about its ability to raise more investment capital, Plug Power, currently building a hydrogen fuel cell plant in WNY STAMP informed the Security and Exchange Commission in a filing on Friday that it may not have the ability to remain a "going concern" over the next 12 months

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https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/plug-powers-financial-filing-raises-concerns-about-stability-of-company/637189#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/plug-powers-financial-filing-raises-concerns-about-stability-of-company/637189 Nov 11, 2023, 11:00am GCEDC Plug Power's financial filing raises concerns about stability of company Howard Owens <figure role="group" class="caption caption-div"> <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img alt="Photo via Genesee County Economic Development Center." class="image-style-large" height="453" loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2023-11/6470f12d016fa.image__0.jpg?itok=qv31CpGb" width="800"> </div> </div> <figcaption><em>Photo via Genesee County Economic Development Center.</em></figcaption> </figure> <p>Uncertain about its ability to raise more investment capital, Plug Power, currently building a hydrogen fuel cell plant in WNY STAMP informed the <a href="https://d18rn0p25nwr6d.cloudfront.net/CIK-0001093691/f2d39c6a-e710-49a7-923e-4634d2de39f1.pdf">Security and Exchange Commission in a filing on Friday</a> that it may not have the ability to remain a "going concern" over the next 12 months</p>
Undeterred by legal challenges, Hyde bullish on STAMP's future https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/undeterred-by-legal-challenges-hyde-bullish-on-stamps-future/637117
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It's been 15 years since Steve Hyde first conceived of a massive, high-tech industrial park in Genesee County, and in 2023 Hyde is still focused on turning WNY STAMP into a fully realized mega site in the Town of Alabama even as the project faces its biggest legal challenges yet.

Hyde, the CEO of the Genesee County Economic Development Center, and Jim Krencik, the agency's marketing director, spoke with The Batavian on Friday primarily to discuss a new $56 million round of funding from New York State.

The infusion of cash, Hyde shared in his unbowed enthusiasm for all things STAMP, will help take STAMP -- with two projects already being developed -- to the next level, making it more attractive to a new wave of site selectors.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/undeterred-by-legal-challenges-hyde-bullish-on-stamps-future/637117#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/undeterred-by-legal-challenges-hyde-bullish-on-stamps-future/637117 Nov 6, 2023, 8:00am GCEDC Undeterred by legal challenges, Hyde bullish on STAMP's future Howard Owens <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2023-11/stamp.simplemap.extra_.jpg?itok=hcb4OqNE" width="800" height="605" alt="WNY STAMP map" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> <p>It's been 15 years since Steve Hyde first conceived of a massive, high-tech industrial park in Genesee County, and in 2023 Hyde is still focused on turning WNY STAMP into a fully realized mega site in the Town of Alabama even as the project faces its biggest legal challenges yet.</p><p>Hyde, the CEO of the Genesee County Economic Development Center, and Jim Krencik, the agency's marketing director, spoke with The Batavian on Friday primarily to discuss <a href="https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/hochul-announces-56-million-funding-for-stamp-as-part-of-larger-business-development">a new $56 million round of funding from New York State</a>.</p><p>The infusion of cash, Hyde shared in his unbowed enthusiasm for all things STAMP, will help take STAMP -- with two projects already being developed -- to the next level, making it more attractive to a new wave of site selectors.</p>