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Bittner Singer Farms

While the unseasonably mild weather may provide welcome relief to many in Western New York, the trend is reason for concern for area fruit farmers.


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Governor Cuomo is targeting property taxes as he moves to force local governments to spend less money by making them more efficient and consolidated. The Governor outlined his plans Thursday at The Meeting House in Williamsville.


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New research released by the National Trust for Historic Preservation shows the city of Buffalo's older, smaller buildings and neighborhoods are "irreplaceable assets."


Photo courtesy of Assemblyman Sean Ryan

Another large crowd turned out last night in Buffalo Seminary for a discussion of development at Elmwood and Forest.  They were there to see Assemblyman Sean Ryan's his alternative to Chason Affinity's plan for the highly visible corner.


rendering from Ellicott Development

The historic and decaying Our Lady of Lourdes Church is getting a new neighbor, six stories of retail and office space geared to the nearby Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.


Buffalo Planning Board agenda

The plan is to start construction on the Explore and More Children's Museum at Canalside next month. The schedule and the associated construction details received recommended approval Monday.


The only thing left now is purchasing the building permits, as the city Planning Board yesterday approved the first phase of the vast project to turn Buffalo's tallest building, now known as Seneca One Tower, into a mix of housing, retail and commercial space.


BNMC

In recent years - the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus has become "the place to be" for entrepreneurs and new companies.


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The owners of the Buffalo Bills and Sabres have purchased a building in the city's Cobblestone District, near KeyBank Center.

Brandon Gonzalez WBFO

As sales of new cars hit a record high in 2016, local auto enthusiasts have been flocking to the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center since Thursday for an annual ritual.

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Western New York was represented in a meeting Thursday at the White House, as President Donald Trump heard from airport and airline executives about the state of the nation's air travel system.


ECMC

Increased activity helped Erie County Medical Center finish 2016 with strong results.


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Garbage collection and disposal for a large area of Toronto will remain in union hands. The city's mayor had been advocating for it to be turned over to the private sector, but he has basically shelved the idea, for now.


Two development projects proposed for the Elmwood Village have faced intense criticism from nearby residents. Jim Fink, who covers development issues for Business First, acknowledges the pride that residents have for their Elmwood Avenue neighborhood. But during WBFO's Press Pass, Fink defends the developers, arguing that they have adapted their plans in response to local concerns.

A Delaware Avenue building described by an architect as the eyesore of Mansion Row is getting a new life and some significant visual updating.


Invest Buffalo Niagara

A new suite of reports on the local labor market has been released to help attract businesses and talent to Western New York.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

It's almost ready. The $24 million adaptive re-use of an office building into a high-end boutique hotel, with the high-end-sounding, historic name bar: the Chez Ami. Hospitality entrepreneur Mark Croce showed off his soon-to-open Curtiss Hotel during a Preservation Buffalo Niagara tour Thursday evening.

Confer Plastics

North Tonawanda based Confer Plastics has expanded its product line and workforce with the help of low-cost hydropower.

Lawmakers grilled Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s economic development chair Wednesday at a budget hearing, as some of the programs are embroiled in a corruption scandal that’s led to charges against several former associates of the governor.


Buffalo Niagara Partnership

The leader of the region's private sector economic development organization is concerned about President Trump's executive order on immigration. And the impact it will have on Buffalo's refugee community.


$170M for broadband expansion coming Upstate

Jan 27, 2017
National Public Radio

New York State will get to keep $170 million in federal funding for broadband access after all.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

An offshoot of the fight over Ciminelli Real Estate's shrinking plan for developments around Elmwood and Bidwell spilled over into some shouting and screaming during Thursday's Preservation Board meeting.

Chris Caya WBFO News

Ciminelli Real Estate Corporation's controversial Elmwood Village project is undergoing a "major shift." The Williamsville based company is pulling its demolition permits for the Arbor site, on the west side of Elmwood Avenue, between Potomac and Bidwell.

With a prize of $5,000 on the line, organizers of the UberPITCH contest are seeking entrepreneurs who are ready to present their startup ideas today. Co-sponsors 43North and Uber NY teamed up for the contest to bring "innovation and creativity to the Western New York community," said John Gavigan, Executive Director of 43North.

WBFO file photo/Chris Caya

An Erie County Legislator has introduced a local bill that, if passed, would put more responsibility on pharmaceutical companies to pay for the cost of disposing unused medications. The bill is designed to protect a natural resource where, according to the elected official, contaminants from improperly discarded meds are turning up.


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The list of refreshments available at local movie theaters may be expanded soon.


Experts launch series aimed at helping entrepreneurs

Jan 16, 2017
Lisa Coppola

If you’ve ever launched a business or struggled to grow a new enterprise, you likely encountered numerous challenges.

New York State

Imagine a sprawling network of hiking and biking trails that connect some of New York’s most historic and scenic sites in a unified 750-mile route.

Avery Schneider / WBFO News

For the first time in his tenure as Mayor of the City of Buffalo, Byron Brown issued executive orders. Brown used the orders to highlight phase two of his Opportunity Agenda, which aims to promote diversity in Buffalo’s government and hiring practices.

Chris Caya / WBFO News

A developer's plan to put a hole in the heart of the Elmwood Village is not sitting well with local residents.


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