Economic Development

In an effort to address the energy-related economic development needs of New York State in accordance with NYSERDA’s mission, the Economic Development and Community Outreach Department strives to improve the State’s business climate through strategic partnerships, which ensure expansive marketing of NYSERDA programs to promote investment in emerging technologies, energy efficiency, and environmental protection for the purpose of increasing the efficient use of energy, reducing operating costs, and increasing overall profitability.

NYSERDA will provide financial and technical assistance to companies concerned with energy efficiency and environmental-stewardship; innovative product development; product commercialization plans; and other business assistance for the purpose of business retention, growth, and relocation to New York State.

Using a regional approach to efficiently disseminate information about its program offerings and funding opportunities, staff works to identify quality projects that fit within the scope of the organization’s mission, and encourages support and participation in NYSERDA program offerings.

  • Strategy 1 - To promote the value of NYSERDA’s programs as an economic development tool working with state and regional organizations and associations to promote business growth, attraction and retention.
  • Strategy 2 - Work with the regional and state economic development partners to encourage growth of the renewable and green energy industry in New York State.
  • Strategy 3 - Coordinate and manage the activities of the Economic Development Growth Extension Program to promote widespread marketing, outreach and education efforts to promote NYSERDA program areas.

Economic Development and Community Outreach Staff

Team Contacts New York Counties

Tony Hazzan, Buffalo
Phone: (716) 842-1522
Ext. 3070

Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Delaware Genesee, Livingston Monroe, Fulton, Herkimer, , Oneida, Ontario, Orleans, Ostego, Montgomery, Schoharie, Schuyler Seneca, Steuben, Tompkins, Tioga, Wayne, Wyoming, and Yates
Linda Hardie, Buffalo
Phone: (716) 842-1522
Ext. 3039
Allegany, Cattaraugus, Cayuga, Chautauqua, Clinton, Cortland, Erie, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Niagara, Onondaga, Oswego, St. Lawrence
Sharon Griffith, NY City
Phone: (212) 971-5342
Ext. 3010
Albany, Bronx, Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Kings, Nassau, New York, Orange, Putnam, Rensselaer, Rockland, Richmond, Suffolk, Saratoga, Schenectady, Sullivan, Ulster Queens, and Warren, Washington and Westchester
Kelly Tyler - Program Manager
Phone: (716) 842-1522
Ext. 3005
Ms. Tyler oversees activity for the Economic Development Department, statewide.
Last Updated: 06/24/2014