August 12, 2009

Gillibrand Welcomes Yahoo! to Western New York

Company Breaks Ground at New Location, Brings 125 New Jobs to Area

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today congratulated Yahoo! as the Internet giant breaks ground at its new location at the Lockport Industrial Park, which is expected to create 125 new jobs for Western New York.

"Even in the face of a difficult economy, the people of Western New York are attracting new businesses and creating new, good-paying jobs," Senator Gillibrand said. "Clearly Yahoo! recognized that the well-trained work force, affordable housing, short commutes, and first class arts, sports, and cultural institutions make this region and all of upstate New York an ideal place to invest in new business opportunities. I look forward to working with Yahoo as they move forward with this investment."

In June, Senator Gillibrand wrote to Yahoo! CEO Carol Bartz encouraging the move to Western New York. Senator Gillibrand's full letter is below:

June 4, 2009

Ms. Carol Bartz
CEO
Yahoo! Inc.
701 First Avenue
Sunnyvale, CA 94089
Dear Ms. Bartz:

I write in strong support of Yahoo's consideration of the Western New York Region and the Finger Lakes Region for your Northeast data center.  It is has come to my attention that several sites in Niagara, Orleans and Genesee Counties are under consideration.

I urge you to consider all that the Western New York region can offer your company.  As I am sure you have seen, Western New York offers many incentives.  The region is home to a strong and talented workforce, famous attractions, a temperate climate, inexpensive development costs and many additional economic incentives such as low cost power which I am eager to work with you on.

One thing Western New York excels in, because of our fantastic universities and schools, is creating an industry in high tech and bio-tech. Western New York is home to 15 four-year colleges and universities and 20 two-year schools, annually graduating more than 20,000.  Western New York is affordable; with median regional housing prices slightly below $100,000, average household income of $53,000, and health insurance costs 25 percent below the national average, our workforce is affordable.  Western New York is formidable; our workforce is 750,000 strong, with the skills and education for 21st century jobs - and an old-fashioned work ethic: our absenteeism and turnover rates are among the lowest in the country.

The region also has a lower than average employee turnover rate. As a bi-national region with quick and easy access to Canada, Western NY facilitates 81 billion in annual trade between Canada and the United States.

I am committed to working with you to relocate to Western New York because we have a terrific workforce, ready to go.  The Northeast data center has so much potential and will help contribute to the economic revival of this region.  I look forward to working with you directly on this exciting project.

Please do not hesitate to contact myself or my office if I can be of any assistance.

Sincerely,

Kirsten E. Gillibrand
United States Senator