Storied Chain Cuts Ribbon on $20 Million, 82,000 Square-Foot, Five-Story, 125-Room Hotel in Downtown Corning
Investment Complements “Southern Tier Soaring” - The Region’s Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy
Empire State Development (ESD) today announced that the Hilton Garden Inn in the City of Corning, Steuben County is now officially open for business. Company and elected officials cut the ribbon on the $20 million, 82,000 square-foot, five-story, 125-room hotel. The state-of-the-art hotel also features a restaurant, meeting room, indoor pool and fitness center. The project involved the demolition of an old hotel and bakery to make room for the new facility. The project was made possible through the assistance of a $2.6 million Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council Grant. Assisting efforts to reinvigorate Downtown Corning and promote tourism are central to the regionally designed Southern Tier Soaring economic development plan.
Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, “Tourism continues to generate record visitors and economic impact for the State of New York, and downtown Corning and the Southern Tier are benefiting from that momentum, with strategic investments that are transforming the city’s center, including a new hotel for business travelers and visitors to the region’s top-notch attractions.”
“As the owner and longtime resident of Corning it's very exciting to see this important project completed” said, Kerry Fitzpatrick, President of Fitzpatrick Holdings Inc. and owner of the Hilton Garden Inn. "The response from the community has been overwhelmingly positive and we are looking forward providing an outstanding lodging experience for our guests. This property will provide a new and modern hotel experience that will have cross appeal for the leisure and business traveler. From an economic perspective, we saw an increase in investment on Bridge Street before we even sold one room, so we believe it will have a tremendous impact on Corning's Northside going forward.”
The opening of this top scale hotel coincides with the summer tourist season. It will provide a place to say to visitors looking to take advantage of all that the region has to offer including top rated wineries, events at the Watkins Glen International Speedway, beautiful Watkins Glen State Park and the Corning Museum of Glass among many other attractions.
Since taking office in 2011, Governor Cuomo has made unprecedented investments in the tourism industry across New York State, leading to historic levels of visitation and direct spending. In 2017, New York welcomed a record 243.8 million visitors who spent $67.6 billion, generating a total economic impact of more than $100 billion for the fourth straight year. Additionally, tourism is the state’s third largest employer, supporting 938,800 jobs annually.
In addition to the funding from Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council, Senator Tom O’Mara secured state funding for the project. Steuben County, the area Industrial Development Agency and the City of Corning also assisted with the transformative project.
State Senator Tom O’Mara said, "I have been grateful to help support and advance this critical economic development project. The completion of the Corning Hilton Garden Inn represents another vital foundation for the redevelopment of the city of Corning’s Northside, as well as the ongoing, overall revitalization of Corning’s downtown. This particular site is nearby one of New York State’s premier attractions, the Corning Museum of Glass, which already attracts more than 500,000 visitors annually to the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions and provides an enormous economic spin-off benefit to other regional attractions and small businesses. The Corning Hilton Garden Inn will enhance and strengthen this bright spot on the regional and statewide economies."
State Assemblyman Phil Palmesano said, “I am very grateful for this opportunity to help welcome and celebrate the new Corning Hilton Garden Inn. We deeply appreciate the perseverance of the state-local partnership that kept this project moving forward with necessary financial incentives and other assistance. Most of all, thank you to Kerry Fitzpatrick, property owner, for his patience and commitment to the project's completion. It is vital to the renewal of the city of Corning's Northside and will complement and enhance all of the activity taking place there as well as play an integral role in the ever-burgeoning tourism population that visits the newly expanded Corning Museum Of Glass and the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions.”
Steuben County Manager Jack Wheeler said, "The addition of this high-end hotel in the heart of Corning will greatly benefit our tourism industry and revitalize a critical area of the city. We are very grateful for the investment of New York State in this transformative project, and for the hard work of all our economic development partners.”
City of Corning Mayor William Boland said, "Thanks to the persistence and cooperation of all the parties, private and public, Corning's rejuvenating Northside has a new anchor, a new place of welcome and hospitality. Well done by all."
Steuben County Industrial Development Agency Executive Director James Johnson said, “The Steuben County IDA is thrilled that this day has come when we can celebrate the opening of this facility in the City of Corning. This investment will continue to induce development in the City and support both our tourist and the business traveler alike. The IDA wishes to thank ESD, Senator O’Mara and all of the partners who played a role in making this a reality.”
For more about the Hilton Garden Inn in Corning, click here.
Accelerating Southern Tier Soaring
Today's announcement complements “Southern Tier Soaring the region’s comprehensive blueprint to generate robust economic growth and community development. The State has already invested more than $4.6 billion in the region since 2012 to lay for groundwork for the plan – attracting a talented workforce, growing business and driving innovation. Today, unemployment is down to the lowest levels since before the Great Recession; personal and corporate income taxes are down; and businesses are choosing places like Binghamton, Johnson City and Corning as a destination in which to grow and invest. Now, the region is accelerating Southern Tier Soaring with a $500 million State investment through the Upstate Revitalization Initiative, announced by Governor Cuomo in December 2015. The State’s $500 million investment will incentivize private business to invest well over $2.5 billion – and the region’s plan, as submitted, projects up to 10,200 new jobs. More information is available here.
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