June 11, 2009

Gillibrand Welcomes Yahoo! to Western New York

Company Brings 125 New Jobs to Area

Washington, D.C. - On news that Internet giant Yahoo! is coming to Lockport Industrial Park and creating 125 jobs for the region, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statement:

"This is great news for Western New York. Yahoo! will create new, good-paying jobs right here in Lockport. Clearly Yahoo! recognized that upstate New York is the ideal place to open a business because of the well-trained work force, affordable housing, short commutes, and first class arts, sports, and cultural institutions. I look forward to working with Yahoo as they move forward."

Below is Senator Gillibrand's letter to Yahoo! CEO Carol Bartz encouraging the move to Western New York.

June 4, 2009

Ms. Carol Bartz
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.


Kirsten E. Gillibrand
United States Senator