WBFO Business & Economy Desk

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Fisher-Price

Fifty employees of the Fisher-Price company in East Aurora have been laid off, as part of a nationwide cutback of personnel by parent company Mattel.

Eastern Niagara Hospital

Lockport Mayor Anne McCaffrey has been named president and chief executive officer at Eastern Niagara Hospital. The appointment comes as Kaleida is finalizing the process to become an "active parent" of ENH.

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If you look at local job ads, there are usually pages of open jobs but an acute shortage of people with needed skills. The Northland Workforce Training Center is ramping up its recruitment for skills training.

Rich Wahl

The filming of an Asian-inspired horror film continues in downtown Buffalo. Work on the film is taking place across the region and creating dozens of local jobs.


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A liquor store proposed for the old location Gigi's restaurant on Buffalo's East Side will have to find a new place to open, after neighborhood opposition killed the project.

Unions have been sounding the alarm since the June 27 U.S. Supreme Court Janus ruling that public employees can stop paying union dues while retaining many of the benefits from collective bargaining. An anti-union group is sounding its own alarm among New York's public employees.

The roots of Thursday's convictions in the Buffalo Billion bid-rigging case in federal court in Manhattan can be traced back to the work of Investigative Post.  Stories produced by Jim Heaney and his staff prompted federal authorities to take a closer look at state economic development practices. While convictions have been secured, Heaney is calling on authorities to continue digging into the case.


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The Erie County Legislature locked itself up Thursday in a round of recesses, legislative clarifications and proposed amendments of proposed amendments. It was over a U.S. Supreme Court decision limiting public employee union rights to collect dues from non-members.

A federal jury in New York has convicted key players of corruption in Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Buffalo Billion' economic redevelopment program. 

The Wendt Corporation

After a nearly four-month study of safety records, worker interviews, a facility walk-through and a review of industry best practices, the Western New York Council on Safety and Heath has released a report critical of the Wendt Corporation in Cheektowaga.

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Buffalo Common Council President Darius Pridgen says he hopes the next owner of the Towne Gardens housing complex and shopping plaza, located on Clinton Street and bordered by William Street and Jefferson Avenue, will be a better landlord than the individual being forced out in a foreclosure.

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Panasonic has hired nearly 400-people to work at Tesla's Solar City Riverbend in south Buffalo. Tesla has been cutting back its workforce nationwide in the electric car industry. But last month a career fair was held to hire more Buffalo residents at Solar City. WBFO News asked Mayor Byron Brown if he has confidence in the future of Tesla in the city.  

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Some of the region's first responders are now working under a new contract. American Medical Response and Teamsters Local 449 have signed off on a new collective bargaining agreement. AMR is also launching a new jobs initiative.

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Some local entrepreneurs looking to grow their businesses picked up some free tips from billionaire investor Kevin O'Leary from the ABC television show "Shark Tank." O'Leary headlined the kickoff of Facebook's Community Boost event being held in Buffalo this week.

The Park Lane restaurant is long gone, but its former location on Gates Circle is in line for new life. According to Jim Fink of Business First, Uniland Development plans to build townhouses at the site. The homes are expected to cost over $1 million.


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A new Digital Marketing Certificate will soon be available at SUNY Erie Community College. Its President, Dan Hocoy says, the college is partnering with Facebook to offer the program which will be a part of SUNY Erie's Workforce Development offerings. Hocoy says, it will include in-demand digital skills in social media marketing.

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The transformation of Niagara Street, where it overlooks the Black Rock Canal, on Buffalo's West Side, is continuing.

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Fueled by $279 million from the federal relicensing settlement with the New York Power Authority, growth has been evident throughout the 10 years Canalside has been in existence. While the money was vital, Congressman Brian Higgins also gives credit to the "spirit of cooperation" that has made Buffalo's waterfront into a regional destination.


UBER

It's been one year since a change in state law allowed ride-hailing companies to begin operating in the Buffalo area and across all of Upstate New York. But has the service delivered the benefits that were promised?

Eileen Koteras Elibol

Some 150 classic vehicles will head to the starting line for the Great Race Saturday morning at the Buffalo Transportation Pierce-Arrow Museum. Though the event made its way through Buffalo in 2012, the race start brings with it more prestige--and more dollars. Local tourism officials estimate the economic benefit to be at least $1.2 million.


Buffalo Office of Strategic Planning

Buffalo is coming closer to completing development rules for the city's waterways.  While waterfront development often focuses on the shorelines of Lake Erie, the new rules would also take into account properties near Scajaquada Creek.


TopsMarkets.com

Tops Markets took another step toward getting out of bankruptcy yesterday.  Teamsters working in the warehouse supplying the company's markets agreed to take major hits in wages, benefits and pensions.

Francesca Bond

For many, Canalside and beer go together like chicken wings and blue cheese.

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One-year pilot agreements with two ride-hailing services, allowing them to offer rides to and from the Buffalo Niagara International Airport, are set to expire next week. Talks are underway to extend the opportunity for passengers to hail cars provided by Uber or Lyft.


Architectural Resources / Buffalo Planning Board

After some final tinkering with the design, the Buffalo Planning Board on Monday approved a massive graduate student housing complex at Main Street and Hertel Avenue. Digging may start within weeks on an environmental cleanup, clearing the way for the complex.

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A plan for a large solar panel array on Grand Island drew some strong opposition Monday night during a Town Board meeting, including a threat to throw lawyers at the board if it approves the plan.
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Chris Caya WBFO News

Many people have childhood memories of buying gum from a gumball machine. But they're not as common in stores as they used to be. So will gumballs be sticking around much longer? There's only one company in the United States still making them. It's right here in Western New York - and they've been expanding their lineup to keep up with changing tastes.    


The New York State Public Service Commission has laid down the law to Charter Communications - the parent company of Spectrum - in a scathing order, for failing to meet the terms set when Charter acquired Time Warner Cable in 2016.

Michael Mroziak

Town of Tonawanda company Unifrax is thanking National Grid and the Erie County Industrial Development Agency for the incentives that made it possible to carry out a major expansion of its area facilities.

Chris Caya WBFO News

Talk of a trade war, between the U.S. and Canada, is raising concerns among government and business leaders on both sides of the border and organized labor. According to a new study released by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, more than 470,000 American jobs are at risk.

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