john koelmel

2:47 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Koelmel leaving HARBORCENTER

John Koelmel will be leaving as President of HARBORCENTER.
Credit WBFO News file photo

John Koelmel, president of HARBORCENTER, is vacating his post. A statement issued Tuesday morning said after successfully opening the sports and entertainment complex, Koelmel will leave the job.

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BCBS of WNY gives free local benefits to members
2:01 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Blue Cross Blue Shield of WNY gives free local benefits to members

Blue Cross Blue Shield of WNY's "Blue Box"
Credit Avery Schneider / WBFO News

220,000 Blue Cross Blue Shield subscribers in Western New York will soon receive a “Blue Box” filled with two-for-one dining cards.

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4:44 am
Fri November 7, 2014

HarborCenter celebrates its grand opening

HarborCenter president John Koelmel addresses the gathering as the Pegula family looks on.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Kim and Terry Pegula, the owners of the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres, welcomed thousands Thursday night to the official opening of the HarborCenter.

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4:37 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Opening Pegula complex the 'center' of attention

Rink One at HARBORCENTER can seat 2,000 spectators.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel/WBFO News

Opening ceremonies began Thursday for HARBORCENTER, one the most ambitious development projects ever constructed in downtown Buffalo.

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9:00 am
Fri August 29, 2014

HARBORCENTER officials showcase progress, announce retail plans

HARBORCENTER construction site located in downtown Buffalo
Ashley Hirtzel WBFO

HARBORCENTER officials led a tour showcasing the progress of the facility in downtown Buffalo Thursday. HARBORCENTER president John Koelmel says the building is expected to be a world class entertainment venue once it’s complete.

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5:21 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Top-off complete, HarborCenter construction moving to next phase

Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

The construction of HarborCenter has reached another milestone on Wednesday. The twin-rink hockey complex rising on the downtown Buffalo waterfront has now been "topped off." 

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2:05 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Local business competition attracts nearly 7,000 applicants

43 North Executive Director Andrew Pulkrabek
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

A contest that bills itself as the world’s largest business plan competition announced the conclusion of its application process Monday. 43North attracted 6,932 applicants from across the world to take part in the competition in Buffalo, which includes applicants from all 50 states and 96 countries.

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8:55 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Enthusiasm building at HarborCenter site

Exterior panels have been erected at the HarborCenter construction site.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO news

Another milestone has been reached in the construction of HarborCenter. Exterior wall panels have started going up around the facility and crews are preparing the wood beams that will be installed to hold the roof up over the ice rinks.

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4:09 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

ECC hockey team to call HarborCenter home

HarborCenter officials joined with ECC Kats players Tuesday in making the announcement.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

Downtown Buffalo's under-construction HarborCenter is going be the new home of Erie Community College's Kats Hockey Program, it was announced Tuesday.

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7:56 am
Thu January 30, 2014

HarborCenter plans for massive restaurant complex

The restaurant's theater

As construction heads for completion on the HarborCenter complex, officials continue to release glimpses of what the public can expect. On Wednesday, they discussed their 13,000 square foot dining establishment that will be known as (716).

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5:00 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Press Pass: HARBORcenter’s infusion of economic development

HARBORcenter construction in full swing.
Credit WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

The large cranes that line downtown Buffalo are a sign of true economic development and progress the city hasn't witnessed in decades. In this week's Press Pass conversation, WBFO's Eileen Buckley and Buffalo News reporter Brian Meyer discuss HARBORcenter and how it is a catalyst of future growth in downtown's Canalside area. 

12:31 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Crosby tapped as First Niagara President and CEO

Gary M. Crosby

A man who oversaw a five-year revamp of the Buffalo Public Schools' operations and finances is the new President and Chief Executive Officer at First Niagara Financial Group.

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12:01 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

HARBORcenter construction on track

Crews working on HARBORcenter
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

Just about six months after the official groundbreaking, work on HARBORcenter is about 25 percent complete.

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12:22 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Koelmel tapped to lead Sabres' HARBORcenter

New HarborCENTER President John Koelmel
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

Former Niagara Bank President John Koelmel has been named President of the Buffalo Sabres' HarborCENTER complex.

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5:20 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Koelmel out as head of First Niagara Bank

Credit File photo

A big shakeup has taken place at First Niagara Financial Group with the announcement that President and CEO John Koelmel has stepped down.

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2:11 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Children's Hospital being named after Oishei

Chris Caya/WBFO News

Women and Children's Hospital is not only building a new home, it's also getting a new name.

When the facility opens in 2015 at Main and High Streets downtown, it will be called The John R. Oishei Children's Hospital.

The Oishei Foundation has made a $10 million donation, the largest single gift in the foundation's history, to name the facility in honor of the Buffalo industrialist and philanthropist.

Kaleida Health Board Chair John Koelmel thanked the Oishei Foundation for its "tremendous generosity, passion and courage" and "for being a real difference maker." 

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1:04 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

First Niagara leader gets nod to chair NYPA

John Koelmel
NYPA photo

The president of First Niagara Financial Group has been officially named to chair the New York Power Authority. 

NYPA trustees Tuesday morning approved John Koelmel of Amherst to serve as the new chairman. 

Governor Andrew Cuomo nominated Koelmel last month.  Koelmel is also serving as an adviser to the Governor on economic issues from Western New York. 

According to the Buffalo News, Koelmel will not take compensation for the post.   

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2:28 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Report: Cuomo to nominate Koelmel to lead NYPA

File photo

The president and chief executive officer of First Niagara Financial Group, John Koelmel, is being nominated to become the chairman of the New York Power Authority.

The Buffalo News is reporting that Governor Andrew Cuomo will submit Koelmel’s name to the board of trustees Tuesday.

In addition to the Niagara Power Project, NYPA oversees about 1,400 miles of electric distribution lines and is investigating solar and wind energy as alternative power sources.

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