A new report on the status of workers finds the period since the 2008 market crash may turn out to be a “lost decade” for New Yorkers, as wages stagnate and the average time for unemployment lengthens.

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Congressmen Chris Collins and Brian Higgins stood side-by-side in Buffalo Monday in opposition of a downsizing plan by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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On the Buffalo State College campus Monday morning, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the recently-passed Start-Up NY legislation into law. 

A shift in manufacturing will cost a local community significant job losses.

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The City of Niagara Falls is set to receive a lump sum of $89 million after the settlement of a long-standing dispute between New York State and the Seneca Nation over gambling revenues.

International organization empowers women to code

Jun 19, 2013
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An international non-profit organization Girl Develop It or GDI works to help empower women through technology particularly by training them to write their own software. WBFO’s Ashley Hassett recently spent time with a couple of upstate women coders.

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Buffalo hosted the 11th annual Business Alliance for Local Living Economies or the BALLE business conference this year. The event brought together over 600 self-described “localists” from around the continent who all share the idea that local businesses are key to solving community problems.

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The Eastman Kodak Company is announcing another cut in its manufacturing operations.

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A western New York Community College is launching a first-its-kind Food Processing Technology program in the fall of 2014. The program at Genesee Community college will help meet the growing demand for skilled food processing workers in the region.

Cuomo plan links SUNY tax-free zones with new business

May 22, 2013
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Governor Andrew Cuomo outlined a plan while visiting the University at Buffalo campus Wednesday to encourage new businesses to locate near SUNY campuses. The initiative called “Tax Free NY” would allow businesses to operate without paying income, sales, property, or business taxes for ten years.

Regional Council investing in manufacturing sector

May 2, 2013
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The Western New York Regional Economic Development Council says it will invest some of the 'Buffalo Billion' funds in the state budget into addressing the shortage of workers in the advanced manufacturing sector.

Charter School for Applied Technologies.

A new program aims to promote high-tech manufacturing careers in high schools across Western New York.  Dream it, Do it WNY educates high school students that there are more careers available in the area than meets the eye.

The internet company Yahoo! has announced plans to expand its Lockport operation by adding a second data center and a call center.

Geico adding 800 jobs locally

Jan 25, 2013

Geico says it has plans to hire up to 800 workers in the Buffalo area this year.

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An expanding business in Depew is expected to generate hundreds of new jobs.

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The 8th Annual Western New York Construction Career Days continues in Lakeview Thursday. The two-day event is geared towards high school students and veterans.

The event offers students and veterans a first-hand look at what jobs in the trades entail.  WNY Construction Career Days Committee Chair John Magney said in many cases, schools are only directing students to college. 

"And as we all know we're not all cut out for college. You see these kids walk away from this event really thinking that this could be an opportunity for a career," said Magney.

The Business of Serving Others

Nov 7, 2011

They were our neighbors, they were brilliant, and each had a vision to do some good in the world. "They were both intellectual and practical explorers," says management consultant Emmett Murphy.  "Both wanted to do something that would change the world."

Dr. Herbert Hauptman won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1985. His work on crystal structures led to development of thousands of life-saving drugs and medical procedures.  Wilson Greatbatch developed the implantable heart pacemaker in the late 1950's.