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One of the largest yogurt manufacturing facilities in the country is now officially open in just off Route 33 in Batavia. The state-of-the-art facility will be doing plenty of of business with local dairy farms.

Fighting fire blight in New York's apple industry

Jun 4, 2013
Kate O'Connell

New York is the second biggest apple producing state in the country. But, last year production dropped dramatically due to a warmer winter, early blooms, and harsh spring frosts. The total production from the state plummeted from 1.2 million pounds in 2011, to just 710,000 pounds in 2012.

Uniland Development Company

A western New York development company unveiled its plans to build a new innovative office space in downtown Buffalo when completed the structure is expected to compare to Google and Yahoo’s office buildings.

As the Seneca Nation of Indians continues to withhold casino revenues payments from the cities of Niagara Falls and Buffalo in a dispute with New York State -- across the border a casino agreement was hammered out for the Ontario government.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley talked with the Mayor of Niagara Falls, Canada about a new casino revenue sharing formula.

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Controversy is overshadowing proposed improvements to the U.S. side of the Peace Bridge. The proposal is dividing members of the bi-national authority that administers the key piece of infrastructure.

Cuomo plan links SUNY tax-free zones with new business

May 22, 2013
Ashley Hassett / WBFO News

Governor Andrew Cuomo outlined a plan while visiting the University at Buffalo campus Wednesday to encourage new businesses to locate near SUNY campuses. The initiative called “Tax Free NY” would allow businesses to operate without paying income, sales, property, or business taxes for ten years.

Toy maker Fisher-Price says it's moving or eliminating roughly 100 jobs from its New York operations.

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A brand new business is set to open up along the Elmwood strip in Buffalo. WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says White Rabbit Frozen Yogurt will open in June in the Elmwood Village.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo is spending millions more dollars on tourism and the man in charge of tourism in Niagara County says that's great news.

Program aims to boost entrepreneurship in region

May 8, 2013

The SUNY Research Foundation is funding several institutions of higher education, including five in upstate. The funds will be used to foster entrepreneurship across New York State.

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Bass Pro is coming.  No, really. Bass Pro is coming across the border to Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario.

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The buzz of construction can be heard in parts of downtown Buffalo as major economic development kicks into high gear. The Mayor promises the city's future is on the rise.

Regional Council investing in manufacturing sector

May 2, 2013
Ashley Hassett / WBFO

The Western New York Regional Economic Development Council says it will invest some of the 'Buffalo Billion' funds in the state budget into addressing the shortage of workers in the advanced manufacturing sector.

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The Maid of the Mist tour boats have been working out of the American side of Niagara Falls for 167 years. Development has just resumed on the operation’s new maintenance dock, after delays caused by local opposition.

Genesee Gateway growth

Apr 30, 2013
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There has been enough development in downtown Buffalo that projects are starting to feed off each other. 

A major effort is underway to entice the Buffalo Bills to build a brand new stadium on the city's waterfront. In this week's Press Pass conversation, WBFO'S Eileen Buckley and Buffalo News reporter Brian Meyer discuss the proposal that calls for a year-round facility featuring a retractable roof. But land ownership needs to be cleared as a first hurdle for such a project.

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Empire State Development approved funding for two upstate food and agriculture related measures in their meeting Friday.

The Buffalo Niagara Partnership, the region's business advocacy group, has named Dottie Gallagher-Cohen as its next president.

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American manufacturing is doing better and production is moving on-shore from off-shore, but problems remain.  The topic was addressed Monday night at a town hall style meeting held in downtown Buffalo.

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Rebuilding the manufacturing base and creating jobs in western New York is the focus of a town hall meeting being held in downtown Buffalo Monday night.

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Seth Godin may be a marketer, a best-selling author, public intellectual and founder of successful web sites, but when asked for a description, he came up with "ruckus-maker."

Rich Products is expanding a previous recall of its Farm Rich and Market Day brands to cover all products manufactured by its plant in Waycross, Georgia.

Not only are shoppers from southern Ontario a familiar sight in western New York, recently there has been a growing list of Canadian companies moving to the region, as well.

The internet company Yahoo! has announced plans to expand its Lockport operation by adding a second data center and a call center.

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A Buffalo woman has grown her business into a multimillion dollar company. Sundra Ryce is president and CEO of SLR Contracting on Michigan Avenue. 

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Sunday's Buffalo News features its annual leadership survey.  The News lists 25 local figures as the top leaders of our community.  Topping the survey results is businessman Howard Zemsky. 

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The Elmwood Village remains a thriving and bustling commercial district in City of Buffalo. WBFO's Eileen Buckley and Buffalo News reporter Brian Meyer explore the successful of the Elmwood strip and what changes could be in store in this week's edition of Press Pass.

Sabres & city finalize purchase of Webster Block

Mar 8, 2013
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The Buffalo Sabres and City of Buffalo have finalized the $2.2 million land sale of the Webster Block in downtown Buffalo, paving the way for the major HARBORcenter development.

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The Buffalo Common Council's Legislation Committee on Tuesday approved requests for two new sidewalk cafes along Hertel Avenue. The committee also cleared the way for construction of a restaurant and apartment on Bailey Avenue. 

HealthNow CEO plans to retire

Feb 25, 2013
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The President and CEO of HealthNow New York has announced he is making plans to retire. Alphonso O’Neil-White has held the position for 10 years, longer than any CEO in the 76-year history of the health insurer.