A global money management firm with an Amherst data center and a small company co-founded by Bills Hall of Famer Thurman Thomas were accepted into the state’s Start-Up NY program, which lowers or eliminates most state taxes for 10 years for businesses that agree to create jobs.

BlackRock promises to create 50 jobs at its data center at 350 CrossPoint Parkway in CrossPoint Business Park.

The company, Erie Community College, and the Amherst Industrial Development Agency all had to carefully coordinate BlackRock’s participation in Start-Up NY, which rewards companies that locate on properties connected to New York’s colleges and universities.

The second company, 3480 Group, is a partnership between Thomas and his former teammate, Fulton “Flip” Johnson, founded in 2014 that specializes in telecommunications projects. The company plans to invest $33,000 and create six jobs as it expands into renewable energy projects, also in a partnership through ECC.
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