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Lifting COVID restrictions opens up local economy

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Destination Niagara USA

The good news is that the local economy is improving and more tourists are coming to town. The bad news is there is a shortage of workers to staff businesses and serve those tourists.

Tom Dinki/WBFO News

There were a record 9.3 million job openings across the U.S. in April, the highest since the Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the data in 2001. The Niagara County Department of Employment and Training held a job fair Wednesday in hopes of helping local employers fill some of those openings. 

Chautauqua County

After a year-long planning process, seven possible re-uses for the former NRG Power Plant in Dunkirk were presented to the public Tuesday evening, but more are possible.

Nick Lippa / WBFO

With Sahlen Field increasing capacity for Blue Jays’ games to 80 percent, the ballpark is looking to hire more workers for the summer. A hiring event takes place Wednesday at Canalside from 12 to 4 p.m. at the Honda tent. 

Mayor Byron Brown / Facebook

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown is making youth employment and job training his initial priorities for the federal dollars heading to the city through the Biden Administration's American Rescue Plan.

Tappo Day Club

A recently posted dress code by developer Rocco Termini's new Tappo Day Club has been withdrawn after widespread complaints on social media.

Allegany County Industrial Development Agency

Apparently, there is still a possible future for a giant cheese factory and warehouse planned for Allegany County.

City of Buffalo

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and his staff revealed Friday six proposals for redeveloping the parking ramp space on East Mohawk Street.

Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union

Gov. Andrew Cuomo late Wednesday signed the New York Health and Essential Rights, or HERO Act, calling it “a historic step forward for working people.”

New York State Senate

Businesses in New York will soon be required to follow minimum standards developed by the state to protect workers from the spread of airborne, infectious diseases under legislation signed Wednesday night by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Jacobs Institute

The Jacobs Institute, a medical innovation center located on Ellicott Street within the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, named Dr. Adnan Siddiqui its new chief executive officer Tuesday.

World Trade Center Buffalo Niagara

Some job titles carry obvious duties, like firefighter. Others aren't always immediately clear, like supply chain manager or logistics analyst. There are openings in these less obvious jobs, but those already in the field are having difficulty convincing young people to make it a career.

Chick-fil-A / Facebook

It appears the fast food chain Chick-fil-A will soon double the number of stores in Western New York from two to four.

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

State Republican lawmakers are blasting Gov. Andrew Cuomo for extending the 11 p.m. curfew for bars and restaurants until May 6, and Senate Democrats for misrepresenting the repeal of Cuomo's executive powers in March.

Made in America Store

It took 11 years, but there are now 10,000 items in stock at local Made in America stores. Owner Mark Andol said that is quite an increase from the 50 items at the first store in Elma.

Buffalo Bills

The Buffalo Bills officially have a new name for their stadium, as the team has reached a naming rights agreement with health insurer Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New York. 


WNY Area Labor Federation, AFL-CIO

The head of Western New York’s Labor Federation is retiring, after a decade in the job.

Attorneys at The Coppola Firm announced they have filed a second lawsuit against Russell's Steaks, Chops and More and Salvatore's Grand Hotel.


Communities throughout WNY have been launching "Stay In Your Home" campaigns this past month with fears foreclosures could drastically rise in 2021.


Starting Wednesday, the Biden administration is opening a two-week window where businesses with fewer than 20 employees can apply for forgivable loans from the Paycheck Protection program.


Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership / University at Buffalo

A year ago, prospective business owners could feel confident, based upon 11 consecutive years of economic growth. The pandemic, of course, has raised several questions as enterprises look to move forward.

Two major Northeast grocery store chains are merging. Price Chopper and Tops Markets announced an agreement today involving nearly 300 stores and more than 30,000 employees across six states.

Nicole Xu / For NPR

It is not surprising that COVID-19 continues pounding the labor market. The latest government figures show a net loss of 140,000 jobs in December, including nearly 45,000 in the Buffalo-Niagara Falls region. What may be surprising is that all those jobs were held by women, especially women of color.

Broadway Market

Buffalo’s Broadway Fillmore neighborhood has changed in recent decades, from the heart of Polonia to a community of many ethnic groups and religions. That is the core of a consultant proposal: to use those key groups to reinvent an East Side landmark.

File Photo / WBFO News

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s lifting of Orange and Yellow restrictions Wednesday changes the dynamics of the COVID-19 pandemic, with lawyers filing even more lawsuits to get rid of even more restrictions.

The Buffalo and Erie County Industrial Land Development Corporation Board of Directors has approved the sale of a 9.2-acre site on the former Bethlehem Steel property in Lackawanna to Uniland Development.

The New York Power Authority has approved four economic development awards it said will spur $356 million in private capital investments across Western New York, with the creation of 583 jobs.

Riverview Solar Technology Park

A Tonawanda pharmaceutical manufacturing plant plans to triple its size and hire 40 new full-time employees.

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

There was a sense of hope, steamy breathing and gradually rising noise as Buffalo Bills fans began to fill a blocked-off area of Chippewa Street in downtown Buffalo Sunday evening. Fans were willing to brave the cooling temperatures to support the Bills and Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Two establishments within Buffalo's Chippewa District have the go-ahead to host outdoor "Party on the Patio" events during Sunday evening's AFC Championship game between the Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs.