Business/Economy

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Buffalo IT company EmergenceTek plans to add 40 jobs

Apr 21, 2017
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

A Buffalo business born five years ago in an apartment has opened its new headquarters in downtown Buffalo and, with the support of a New York State tax credit program, plans to more than double its workforce.


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President Donald Trump is promising to find a solution to a trade dispute with Canada that has left dairy farmers in New York and Wisconsin without a market for their product.

What began as an effort to replace a crumbling, cramped train station on Buffalo's Exchange Street "has evolved into a Peace Bridge-like debate," said Jim Fink of Business First. During his monthly appearance on WBFO's Press Pass, Fink points out that Amtrak typically serves about 400 passengers each day in the Buffalo area. The location of a new station may have little effect on that number. 


Could hemp be million-dollar crop in NYS?

Apr 17, 2017
National Public Radio

The recently-passed state budget eliminates a cap on New York’s burgeoning industrial hemp industry. That will allow more farmers to be able to research, grow and process a crop that could turn into a million-dollar business.

Rosanna Masucci / U.S. Department of Commerce

Canada is recognized as the United States’ largest single export market, but what is stopping local business owners from selling to Canadians?

Chris Jacobs / New York State Senate

Western New York business leaders are praising the passage of workers’ compensation reforms in this year’s state budget.

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With the passage of the state budget, lawmakers have approved the Buffalo Billion II, the second wave of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's economic development plan for Western New York.  The $400 million in state dollars will help boost some high-profile projects. But there are those who believe the program's lack of transparency makes it vulnerable to corruption.


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Buffalo's Common Council is cracking down on bad delis. If owners don't cooperate with residents, they might lose their city licenses.

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A Buffalo charter school hopes it will get the green light  Monday evening to move forward with an $11 million expansion project on its North Buffalo campus.


Darien Lake

A Missouri-based Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) called EPR Properties has announced the purchase of Darien Lake Theme and Waterpark Resort.

Chris Caya/WBFO News

Faced with changing church-going habits, some houses of worship are branching out to maintain their presence in the community. Some are renting space, while others are tackling economic development. 

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Five local Payless stores will be closing, as the shoe chain is the latest to chafe financially because of the continuing consumer shift from in-store shopping to online retailing.

Terrace at Delaware Park eatery opens in Marcy Casino

Mar 31, 2017
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

A new privately-run restaurant and bar is open for business inside the Marcy Casino in Buffalo's Delaware Park. The restaurant's partners, along with the mayor and leader of the Olmsted park system's administration gathered to celebrate the public-private partnership.


U.S. Embassy & Consulates in Canada

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne says she hopes New York State legislators will vote against Buy American provisions in their budget and warns that if they do not, she will consider "all options" in response.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Guests at one downtown Buffalo hotel may now find some of their room service requests fulfilled by a short, silver butler who doesn't work for tips. The Westin Buffalo on Thursday formally introduced what managers say is the first robot butler to be utilized in any hotel in New York State.


While Governor Andrew Cuomo has hailed his administration's multi-billion dollar economic development investment in Upstate New York, the number of jobs produced by the effort sits well below national averages. That's part of the findings from a series of reports led by Investigative Post. Editor Jim Heaney discussed the series with WBFO.


Wegmans

There are some changes in the executive ranks at Wegmans.

AAA of Western & Central New York

If you’re planning to embark on a road trip this summer, be prepared to pay more at the pump.

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A vacant building in a struggling area will be getting a makeover, after approval from the city Planning Board. The $5 million project at Jewett Avenue and Halbert looks to build upon the successful development of the nearby Tri-Main Center.


New York plans to boost broadband infrastructure

Mar 24, 2017

The New York is looking to bridge the digital divide by bringing broadband access to every household in the Empire State by the end of next year. It would be the first state in the country to pull that off. Many poor and rural areas lack broadband. 

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Karen DeWitt

Proponents of raising taxes on New York’s wealthiest say they have a new impetus to increase the state’s revenue — the continued bad news from Washington about deep federal cuts to health care and other areas.


WBFO's Mike Desmond

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz is blasting the effects of proposed Trump Administration budget cuts on county spending and programs, from helping kids with lead poisoning to checking summer water quality at beaches. He calls the cuts "cold-hearted callousness" because of their effect on the average citizen.

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Niagara Falls city government wants to make it a little easier for arriving tourists to get to some prime tourist attractions.

U.S. Embassy & Consulates in Canada

Two Ontario cabinet ministers are heading to New York Tuesday to urge legislators to exempt Canada from a Buy American policy it plans to introduce.

Mike Desmond/WBFO News

The state treasury has  $14.5 billion of someone else's money, potentially your money. State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is trying to give it back.


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The Internal Revenue Service is extending deadlines to file business income tax returns for small businesses affected by wind and snow storms in the state.

NBA's D-League partners with Gatorade

Mar 14, 2017
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Andy Uhler

The NBA Developmental League won’t be called the D-League next season. It’s going to be the “G” league, because Gatorade bought the naming rights. The NBA hopes Gatorade will throw its brand behind marketing and that more people will watch.

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Sam Beard

Journalists in search of supporters of the far right Dutch politician Geert Wilders gravitate toward the small lakeside town of Volendam, northeast of Amsterdam. The town, once a major fishing port and now a flourishing tourist attraction, is a Wilders stronghold.

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Kai Ryssdal

Tom Scocca has made it his personal mission to bring truth to the internet when it comes to caramelizing onions. Frustrated by recipes grossly understating the amount of time necessary for onions to turn brown and soft in a pan, he wrote a blog post for Slate in 2012 to correct the record.

Who wins and loses under the GOP’s health care proposal?

Mar 14, 2017
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Kim Adams and D Gorenstein

Nearly 24 million people will lose their health insurance coverage under the House GOP plan to replace Obamacare, the Congressional Budget Office has estimated. Republicans have defended the plan, with House Speaker Paul Ryan arguing that it’s about “giving people more choices and better access to a plan they want and can afford.” So who exactly would benefit from this reform?

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