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Many small businesses are always on the fiscal edge and this COVID-19 pandemic hasn't helped. The Erie County Industrial Development Agency is trying to help, giving small business grants toward the costs of worker personal protective equipment.

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For generations, area residents have traveled up and down Route 5, flanked by the old Bethlehem Steel plant in Lackawanna and hundreds of acres of old industry. Now a basic change is on the way: a bike path the length of the old steel plant.

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Erie County Comptoller Stefan Mychajliw, in a Monday morning tweet, declared the county to be in a budget deficit, and put the county executive "on notice" to come up with a plan to fix it.


Local farmers and others in the agriculture sector may soon have a new regional hub to help to grow their businesses. 

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For many longtime local residents, what's going on at the former Bethlehem Steet site in Lackawanna may seem unusual. Erie County is looking for a developer to build manufacturing space on the property.

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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.


A new campaign is underway to promote the positive impact that adaptive reuse projects have had in the City of Buffalo. The goal is to prevent potential changes that supporters say could derail the city's renaissance.

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Just behind the old Big Tree fire hall, the Buffalo Southern Railroad runs over a culvert carrying Rush Creek under the rail line. Years of high water have begun to damage the culvert and plans are now being formed to tackle the complex repair.

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Redevelopment of the former Bethlehem Steel site, in Lackawanna, is another step closer to reality. The Erie County Industrial Development Agency approved buying nearly 150 acres of the site along Route 5 Thursday. County Executive Mark Poloncarz says, it's an important purchase for the IDA and the County.

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Plans to renovate the former Trico factory, in downtown Buffalo, could be shelved without more taxpayer help as the cost of the proposed project has nearly doubled.

The race for Erie County Executive has been unusually quiet, with both candidates shying away from the accusations and personal attacks that have become political staples. Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy anticipates that changing following Tuesday's debate at St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute.

While development in downtown Buffalo has been booming, there is one large exception to the trend. The city's tallest building, One Seneca Tower, remains largely undeveloped. "Wish I could write some sort of happy ending to this, but I just don't see it," said Jim Fink of Business First on WBFO's Press Pass.

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Developer Carl Paladino is pushing back against refusal to give tax breaks to a housing project he's planning on West Delavan.

A local publicly-funded development corporation has revised its policy for subsidizing for-profit market-rate senior housing projects.

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Uniland Development has received $9.6 million in tax breaks from the Erie County Industrial Development Agency for a major project at a high-profile intersection in downtown Buffalo. 

Speakers decry Uniland tax break request

Nov 25, 2013
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Several people urged the Erie County Industrial Development Agency Monday morning to reject a more than $3 million tax break for Uniland Development.

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Tax relief for the proposed Delaware North headquarters along Delaware Avenue are likely to be approved.

Uniland Development will submit a revised application for financial incentives to the Erie County Industrial Development Agency next week for its proposed Delaware North project. 

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Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and Rep. Chris Collins are teaming up in support of doing "what's necessary to keep Delaware North in downtown Buffalo."

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Some questions are delaying proposals for subsidies to help pay for a new corporate home for Delaware North Companies in downtown Buffalo.  

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Saying the "new Buffalo" doesn't need tax breaks to attract investment, State Assemblyman Sean Ryan is attacking the proposal to subsidize a new corporate headquarters and parking ramp for Delaware North.

HARBORcenter project passes three key tests

Feb 20, 2013

Sabres owner Terry Pegula's ambitious HARBORcenter project in downtown Buffalo received three major votes of approval Tuesday.

Tax exemptions limited for IDAs

Feb 15, 2013
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In Governor Cuomo’s 2013-14 Budget proposal, the state’s Industrial Development Agencies or IDA’s would no longer be able to grant State sales tax exemptions for economic development projects.  It’s a move that the Erie County IDA says doesn’t make sense for Buffalo.

With all of the plans in the works, there will soon be more hotels in downtown Buffalo, with taxpayers picking up part of the tab.

There are already two new hotels well along in development, both from developer Mark Croce -- Statler City and the Curtiss Building just up the street.

There is also likely to be a brand new hotel on the Webster Block next to the hockey arena, with two proposals on the table, one from developer Carl Paladino and a more elaborate plan including hockey rinks from Sabres owner Terry Pegula.