Billion 2 Buffalo: Empire Visual Effects to Bring 150 New Jobs

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BUFFALO, NY-- Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy was in Buffalo Thursday to announce, on behalf of the Governor, the latest Billion 2 Buffalo investment.

Duffy announced that Empire Visual Effects will be partnering with Daemen College to bring a post-production, visual effects and animation company to Buffalo.

The new company will be located in the Tri-Main Center and is expected to create 150 new jobs within five years.

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"We are pleased to welcome Empire Visual Effects to the City of Buffalo as they plant their roots in Upstate New York," Governor Cuomo said in a statement. "The establishment of Empire Visual Effects is evidence of the great potential of transforming Upstate and Western New York into a major film, animation and post production destination for the industry. I am confident the momentum, coupled with our Buffalo Billion commitment, will drive even more investment and projects to this region. This will mean more good-paying, high-tech jobs for New Yorkers in an exciting field."

"I want to thank Governor Cuomo and his unrelenting staff, who are committed to supporting an environment of opportunity that creates jobs in this great state" said Marcelo Gandola, Co-chair Post New York Alliance, advisor to Empire State Visual Effects in a statement. "This is an outstanding day for Upstate and Downstate NY, and the film and television post production industry as a whole. I thank Daemon College who took the first step in creating the essential education piece of this process. Ben Porcari, Jonathan Hoffman and Pete Conlin have created what I feel will be a standard in the VFX/post production industry. New York State, the Post New York Alliance and the film and television industry should be proud of what has been accomplished here. I'm humbled to be part of this project and know I will look back at the success of this venture and this pivotal moment."

The partnership with Empire Visual Effects will provide Daemen College's International Center for Excellence in Animation with the latest tools for a Visual Effects Certificate Program and provide training for students who will be hired by the new company.

"Daemen College and its International Center for Excellence in Animation have been working for more than a year with Empire State Development and Marcelo Gandola to forge this impressive partnership of higher education with the visual effects industry," said Daemen President Gary A. Olson in a statement. "Thanks to the vision of Governor Cuomo and his Empire State Development team in Buffalo and New York City, Daemen and its private sector partners are well on their way to creating new high-paying employment opportunities right here in Western New York, for those young people who wish to enter the growing animation sector of the national economy."

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