U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand hosted a roundtable discussion in Niagara Falls Tuesday morning to discuss ways for business leaders and elected officials to improve cross-border commerce.
Local stakeholders and area business leaders gathered in the City of Niagara Falls Tuesday to attend a roundtable discussion on improving cross-border commerce hosted by U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.
Gillibrand was joined by Rep. Kathy Hochul and Rep. Brian Higgins to discuss trade barriers and opportunities in tourism across the U.S./Canada border.
The clock is ticking toward KeyBank expanding its footprint in the western region of New York.
The Cleveland-based banker is poised to officially take over more than three-dozen HSBC branches in Buffalo and Rochester beginning the weekend of July 13. KeyBank will take over 26 HSBC branches in Buffalo and another 11 branches in Rochester. The changeover will be complete as of Monday, July 16.
With a year-round restaurant having just opened on Buffalo's Inner Harbor, a local restaurateur says he still wants to expand his Outer Harbor restaurant to year-round operation.
Tucker Curtin owns Dug's Dive at the NFTA's Small Boat Harbor. The property belongs to the authority now, although that may change soon.
Last year, Curtin talked to the NFTA about staying open all year. He wasn't allowed to, even though he has a year-round lease. Now, Curtin is talking to the agency again about Dug's Dive being a winter and summer operation.
The food and drink is finally flowing in a year-round restaurant on Buffalo's burgeoning Inner Harbor, with the opening of the Liberty Hound restaurant in the main building of the Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park.
Liberty Hound is gradually ramping up operations over the holiday weekend and training staff for a full operation and a full menu on Tuesday.
An attempt to put a restaurant there last year turned into a struggle among the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation, the Naval Park, and City Hall, which owns the building.
A week ago, Buffalo hosted a pack of investors from out of town for an event known as the Venture Forum. Dozens of promising local start-up companies aimed to make the best impression on these investors to secure funding and leapfrog their competition.
Reporter Daniel Robison followed one of those small businesses through the process and filed this report.
Clarence-based Greatbatch, Inc. is relocating its corporate headquarters to Frisco, Texas.
The medical device manufacturer announced today that some top executives will move to the Dallas-Fort Worth area this summer, and further shifts will be considered as warranted. The company says the move will allow it to operate in a stronger, more centralized business environment.
There is an increasing focus on the long-awaited re-writing of Buffalo's zoning code. New discussions will also get underway soon regarding the possible re-use of the iconic Trico Building in downtown Buffalo.
This is part of this week's Press Pass conversation with WBFO & AM-970's Chris Jamele and Artvoice editor Geoff Kelly.
One of Wall Street's premiere bond rating agencies has upgraded Buffalo's bond rating to A1.
City Comptroller Mark Schroeder says Moody's decision follows a complimentary report it wrote about Buffalo's diversifying economy and a meeting he and top financial officials in the Brown Administration and City School District had with the "big three" bond ratings agencies in New York City a month ago.
Schroeder told WBFO News he thinks the upgrade reflects Moody's view that Buffalo is finally ready to "move forward."
Only seven percent of plastic waste in the United States is recycled each year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. A startup company in Niagara Falls says it can increase that amount and reduce the country's dependence on foreign oil at the same time.
It all starts with a machine affectionately known as the "Plastic-Eating Monster." Thousands of pounds of shredded milk jugs, water bottles and grocery bags tumble into a large tank, where they're melted together and vaporized. This waste comes from landfills and dumps from all over the United States.
Direct Air, which suddenly suspended its flights this week into and out of Niagara Falls International Airport, filed for bankruptcy today. The Myrtle Beach, South Carolina-based airline is seeking Chapter 11 protection.
Papers filed with a bankruptcy court in Massachusetts indicate liabilities between $10 million and 50 million. The Buffalo News reports Direct Air owes $88,000 in landing fees to the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority.
The Maid of the Mist Tour boats will be operating on both sides of Niagara Falls this season. But future operations of the boats along the Niagara River Gorge remain unknown.
“I think the Maid operating this year, on both sides and hopefully the New York side for a long time come,” said State Senator George Maziarz of Newfane after learning the Maid of the Mist will be moving forward with its tours at least for this year.
The decision was issued Tuesday after Maid of the Mist officials completed discussions with the Niagara Parks Commission.
U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand believes Washington can move to slow rising gas prices with some short-term and some long-term solutions.
Gillibrand made her comments while making a stop in Western New York Monday.
Gillibrand said the Strategic Petroleum Reserve can be tapped and she advocates on behalf of occasional furloughs from the gasoline tax. In the long run, Gillibrand argues lawmakers can make a difference with better budget decisions.
A downtown food truck operator has plans to expand its service a month after Mayor Brown signed new food truck rules into law. The owners of Lloyd's Taco Truck has launched a campaign using Kickstarter -- a funding platform. It allows supporters to pool additional funds needed for the truck’s down payment.
WBFO'S Eileen Buckley talked to the co-owner of Lloyd's Taco Trucks, Peter Cimino.
Western New York Congresswoman Kathy Hochul was at home in her district Monday, addressing problems faced by small businesses and calling for streamlining federal agencies.
WBFO News talked to Hochul about her call for improving the federal government's response to small businesses.
The Consolidation Authority Act would restore presidential power to re-organize federal agencies. That power that lapsed in 1984. Democratic Congresswoman Kathy Hochul, who represents New York's 26th congressional district, said Congress needs to approve the Act. Why?
State Assemblyman Sean Ryan says if the Buffalo-Niagara region is to finally move forward in economic development, economic development agencies to stop the practice of one locality pirating a business away from a neighboring locality.
Western New York Congresswoman Kathy Hochul spearheaded an opportunity for area small businesses to learn how they can tap into the international marketplace here in this region.
"Canada is such a strong partner of ours, and for an opportunity for our local business to learn how to export into Canada," noted Hochul.
The Small Business Export Forum was held on Saturday at ECC's North Campus. The forum was established as a means for introducing the region's business people to the available resources that will pave the way for broadening the audience for their products.
Buffalo, NY – A bid was accepted last week for the mothballed Statler Towers, but the $700,000 offered for the downtown landmark was significantly less than a recent bid for a piece of residential property in Buffalo.
That's one of the topics we cover this week as Business First reporter Jim Fink joins us for the Media Roundtable. Bert Gambini began his conversation with Jim by asking if there were concerns that the August 14th shootings outside the City Grill could hinder downtown development.