Empire State Development (ESD) is the umbrella organization
for New York’s two principal economic development financing
entities: the New York State Urban Development Corporation and the Job
In 1995, these agencies, which had previously functioned independently, were consolidated in order to increase efficiency, reduce overhead and enhance the delivery of the State’s economic development initiatives. Reorganized as Empire State Development, the combined agencies now function as a streamlined economic development organization whose primary mission is the facilitation of business growth and job creation across New York State.
For more information about the Job Development Authority click here.
Guidelines, Policies & Compliance
Regional Council Guidelines
Guidelines Regarding the Disposition of Property by the NYS Urban Development Corporation
Land Bank Program Guidelines
Lobbying Contact Policy
Empire State Development Whistleblower Procedure
In addition, Empire State Development offers a number of services for businesses, including loans and grants; tax credits; and other financing and technical assistance. For more information on any of these programs, please visit Business Programs or contact your local ESD Regional Office.