NY Times article highlights Buffalo’s new growth

Aug 2, 2013

Buffalo has been gaining a better reputation for its new economic growth and now the New York Times is paying attention. An article was published this week titled "Once Just a Punch Line, Buffalo Fights Back.

Construction underway in downtown Buffalo for HARBORcenter, among growth in the city.
Credit WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

The article featured Matt Enstice, president and chief executive of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. Enstice says New York Times reporter Keith Schneider contacted him, interested in writing about growth in Buffalo's Medical Corridor and the city moving beyond its industrial past. 

"Private sector jobs is what's really going to make everything to continue to go in the right direction," Enstice told WBFO News.

It appears Buffalo could finally be emerging from being the brunt of bad jokes. The article pointed to employment of 12,000 at the medical campus, current construction underway and more planned to begin this fall.

"We've been working on national and international partnerships with corporations, but most recently we are forming partnerships with national foundations that are making investments in what we are doing here in Buffalo," said Enstice.   

Enstice also points to a new partnership with the nano-center out of Albany at the medical campus adding even more new growth to the corridor.  

Enstice gives the Governor credit for helping to establish center and create new jobs.

"The governor's vision to align businesses and organizations across New York State is really starting to pay dividends here," said Enstice. 

The photo that accompanies the Buffalo article in the NY Times shows couples taking dance lessons on the boardwalk of the every growing Canalside at the downtown waterfront, with the old grain mills in the back drop.

Canalside Boardwalk at the waterfront with grain mills in the backdrop
Credit WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

"To see that -- it's a major part of what we see as the major renaissance for the community," said Enstice.

The Times article puts a positive spin on a city that has endured many years of jokes, from picking on our snowy weather to sports teams that haven't been able to capture a national title.