Buffalo Niagara Convention Center

Thomas O'Neil-White

A day full of deep dives into workplace diversity and inclusion took place at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center Monday. The symposium was presented by the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo and the Buffalo Niagara Partnership.

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Buffalo Place says the obsolence of the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center may become a bigger issue if Erie County doesn’t invest in a new and larger facility. The question everyone is asking is how much would a new center cost.

A recent study offered two options for the future of the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center: the razing of the current facility with new construction on the current site, or a space near KeyBank Center. Jim Fink of Business First has been looking at an option offered by Mark Croce, owner of Statler City, which calls for expansion of the Convention Center. An additional floor would be added and attached across Franklin Street into Statler City. While the proposal isn't perfect, Fink points out how it would avoid the costly expense of land acquisition associated with the other plans.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Erie County lawmakers were given a formal presentation of two recommended sites for a new convention center and a pitch to build it. Supporters of a new venue admit there remain many unanswered questions but they insist doing nothing is an unacceptable choice.

Eileen Koteras Elibol

The Buffalo skyline is changing. Crews have started removing the old red Adam's Mark signs from the drab concrete building at the Church Street exit off the I-190 downtown. The new owner is planning to restore the hotel's grandeur and expand it to fill the need for a new Convention Center.


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The results of a much-anticipated study on a future convention center in downtown Buffalo were revealed Thursday. While delivering the results of the study, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and others shared the opinion that doing nothing is not an option if the region is to remain in the business of attracting meeting events, and the millions of dollars they bring.


Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Erie County lawmakers may vote next week whether to increase the cost of a feasibility study for a possible future convention center. On Thursday, the Legislature's Economic Development Committee approved a proposed contract amendment that would increase the county's commitment from the original $149,900 up to $215,000.


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The Erie County Comptroller is blasting a proposal to hire a consultant that would analyze and determine feasibility of an expanded or new convention center. But his rejection of the idea is generating its own criticism.


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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You might call it a show-and-tell to highlight the “New Buffalo.” Meeting and convention planners trekked to the region Thursday as Visit Buffalo Niagara hosted a tour for 23 people who could help generate business for the area.

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In June of 2017, Buffalo will play host to the National Homeland Security Conference. The meeting is expected to bring over 1000 homeland security and emergency management professionals to Buffalo and, with them, more than two million dollars in economic benefit to the Queen City.


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The Buffalo branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People celebrated 100 years of activism, along with the 150th anniversary of Juneteenth on Sunday night.

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A happy Governor Cuomo celebrated his primary election victory during a rally yesterday in the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. He reminded supporters that the race is a marathon and is not over until November.

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With the current Buffalo Niagara Convention Center approaching its fourth decade of operation, a move is afoot to improve, or perhaps replace, the aging facility.  In WBFO's Press Pass, Jim Fink of Business First says the upgrade has been a priority for County Executive Mark Poloncarz.

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Protestors against the introduction of hydrofracking in Western New York gathered in Niagara Square on Saturday.

The protest followed a symposium held by the Buffalo Association of Professional Geologists at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. Many at the symposium proposed that hydraulic fracturing could be an economic boon for the region if done properly. Opponents claim that the environmental concerns are too significant to bring the controversial practice to Western New York, and they are lobbying for a permanent ban on fracking.