Western New Yorkers will be out Monday celebrating Dyngus Day, the Polish custom marking the arrival of Easter and the end of the Lenten season. A cherished landmark in Buffalo's East Side, the Central Terminal, will be one of many venues hosting Dyngus Day events. Its caretakers say they are still moving forward to bring new life to the former train station.
The company which has owned Eastern Hills Mall since 2003 now has its partner in place to begin a gradual transformation of the Clarence property into a mixed-use "town center." Amherst-based Uniland has become a co-owner of the property. The partners are reminding the public there's much more to do, though, before shovels go into the ground.
The drive to build ECMC's new Trauma Center/Emergency Department has taken another step forward. Key Bank Foundation is partnering with the First Niagara Foundation to donate $600,000 to the Trauma Center's capital campaign.
Many small businesses owned by minorities, women and veterans have limited opportunities to network with larger corporations. This barrier can prevent owners from taking their enterprises to the next level.
Nearly six months after filing for bankruptcy, Toys R Us is planning to sell or close all of its 800 stores across the country. So how will the changing retail landscape impact locally-owned independent toy stores?
Congressman Chris Collins is backing President Trump's decision to impose a 25 percent tariff on imported steel and a 10 percent tariff on aluminum imports. The levies will take effect in about two weeks.
Brick and mortar merchants, across New York, are backing Governor Andrew Cuomo's sales tax fairness plan. If approved, it would not only generate revenue for Albany, it could help small businesses compete.
In reporting the recent good news about the Buffalo economy, Jim Fink says he feels like a "broken record, but it's a good broken record." During his monthly appearance on WBFO's Press Pass, Fink notes the $75 million investment by Ellicott Development into its 500 Pearl project. "Wasn't all that long ago that collectively ALL of the development in downtown Buffalo might have equaled $75 million."
Jim Fink of Business First discusses development issues during WBFO's Press Pass.
New York state's economic development programs have been faulted for failing to create the jobs promised. But the program has had some success - including attracting a company to Buffalo that now controls thousands of wind turbines around the world.
It is no secret Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been pushing for New York to invest more in hemp production and processing. On Wednesday, agriculture leaders are meeting at Cornell University's Ithaca campus in hopes of building upon early investments from the state.
State funding for a program that's created hundreds of local jobs should be restored, according to Assemblyman Sean Ryan. He says, Albany's $3.5 million investment in the University at Buffalo's technology-based economic development programs created 372 new jobs, last year alone.
If everything goes right and Washington has the money to help pay for a Metro Rail extension, construction would start in 2024. WBFO's Mike Desmond takes a look at what's involved and what might be the payoff.
For supporters of Buffalo's Elmwood Village, the good news is major development along the popular shopping strip. The bad news is that there are a lot of vacant storefronts. However, there is a push to figure out why the gap.