regional economic development council 25 projects on local economic development wish list to Albany By Mike Desmond • Sep 13, 2017 New York State The Western New York Regional Economic Development Council sent its wish list to Albany Tuesday. Listen Listening... / 1:12 WBFO's Mike Desmond reports Land sale clears way for RiverBend project By Mike Desmond • May 7, 2014 WBFO File Photo A vast tract of land which was once the home of 19th Century industry in iron and steel manufacturing is closer to becoming home for a vast 21st Century manufacturing complex. WNY awarded nearly $61 million in economic development funding By Chris Caya • Dec 11, 2013 The state has awarded the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council $60.8 million. The latest round of funding will come in the form of grants and tax breaks to spur growth. Regional Council investing in manufacturing sector By Ashley Hassett • 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.