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Making businesses across Western New York more racially inclusive is not an overnight process, but for Northland Workforce Training Center President and CEO Stephen Tucker, “It’s critically important.

"I don’t think we will be able to reach the full potential of our nation unless we have a diverse, inclusive and equitable workforce. That’s the only way we can all really live up to the American Dream," Tucker says.

Try-It Distributing President and CEO Paul Vukelic believes change must come from the top down.

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State officials are showing off a vast plan for economic development on Buffalo's East Side called the East Side Avenues effort.

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PUSH Buffalo is planning a training center on the city's West Side, although far smaller than the Northland Workforce Training Center complex on the East Side.

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The Northland Workforce Training Center is expanding beyond just job training into providing college and perhaps graduate degrees.


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After just two weeks, the new Gigi’s restaurant at the Northland Workforce Training Center on Buffalo’s East Side is officially closed. Following struggles to keep up with demand, owner-operator Darryl Harvin has decided to give up the business.

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Buffalo School Board meetings are often raucous struggles over how to run the school system. Wednesday night's work session was louder than normal, in a fight over adult education programs in a decaying North Buffalo school.


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Three years after a devastating fire, the aroma of soul food again wafted through Gigi's Monday, as a passle of officials cut the opening ribbon on the new restaurant in the Northland Workforce Training Center, not far from the old location on East Ferry Street.

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African-American high-school and collegiate students competed Wednesday night in Buffalo’s second annual Black History Month Oratorical competition. This year’s topic was, “Are we still feeling the effects of slavery, or do we live in a time when black men and women have equal opportunity to succeed?”

WBFO's Nick Lippa produced an audio postcard of the students’ speeches to the backing of former UB professor and legendary jazz bassist Charles Mingus’ Freedom.

The Northland Workforce Training Center was set up to help train workers for the jobs of the future. Its president and CEO says it is also there for the nearly 300 workers who will be displaced when Ingersoll-Rand closes its Cheektowaga manufacturing center.

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Go back about two years, Northland Avenue on Buffalo's East Side was a mess, flanked by a series of decrepit and empty former industrial buildings. Thursday night, officials of Northland Workforce Training Center were showing off their brand new facilities with 100 people in training.

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If you look at local job ads, there are usually pages of open jobs but an acute shortage of people with needed skills. The Northland Workforce Training Center is ramping up its recruitment for skills training.

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A liquor store proposed for the old location Gigi's restaurant on Buffalo's East Side will have to find a new place to open, after neighborhood opposition killed the project.

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Work resumes today on a full makeover for a street in one of Buffalo's East Side neighborhoods where an advanced manufacturing training center is being built.


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The centerpiece of the $100 million redevelopment of Buffalo's Northland Corridor remains on schedule for completion and opening in August. Friday morning, leaders gathered to celebrate a construction milestone and encourage local citizens to step forward and take advantage of what they call a transformative project for the city.


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Construction continues on the Northland Workforce Training Center in Buffalo's East Side, a project that many look upon as the anchor of broader Northland Corridor redevelopment. On Tuesday, elected officials, labor leaders and representatives of the financial community announced that millions of dollars in new markets tax credits are fueling the project, warning that federal tax reform has threatened the future use of such credits.