WBFO Business & Economy Desk

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Local opposition against building offshore wind farms on Lake Erie is growing. Members of the Erie County Legislature are slated to take up the issue Thursday.

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For many people in Western New York, a traditional path through higher education is not for them. Fortunately, there plenty of programs out there to get them into a career.

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Corporate training for employees can be dull and tedious. But as WBFO's Chris Caya reports, an entreprenuer based at the Innovation Center on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus has developed a new way to train workers. 


The woman behind the slots at Seneca Gaming

Jun 6, 2019
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Holly Gagnon is one of the few female CEOs in the gaming industry, but the third at Seneca Gaming Corporation. June marks her second anniversary leading four entertainment facilities in Western New York, which boast some 15 million guests per year served by more than 3,600 employees. June also is expected to reveal the completion of a $40 million renovation project that Gagnon said will "change the entire gateway" to Niagara Falls. WBFO's Marian Hetherly sat down with her to talk games of chance.

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A new trade school has opened its doors near the former Central Park Plaza, on Buffalo's East Side.

What are the odds of sports betting in NYS?

May 30, 2019
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It has been a year since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a 1992 federal law prohibiting sports betting in most states. The PASPA (Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act) decision - as it is called - opened the door to a new multibillion-dollar revenue stream that states have been exploring aggressively since, but a number of legal questions kept it from New York's budget this year. Here is a look at where the issue stands.

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The owner of thousands of apartments across Western New York has been indicted in a major fraud scheme.

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Online shoppers are getting ripped off and its hurting the economy and workers, according to a new report issued Tuesday by the Better Business Bureau.


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Protocol Restaurant on Transit Road in Amherst is being sued by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for sexual harassment leading to a hostile workplace.

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Buffalo's historic Central Terminal is moving closer to becoming a year-round destination after state awarded a $5 million grant for a signficant project. 


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Pay raises could be on the way for Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, School Board members and other city officials.


Local entrepreneurs have a new way to seek financing for their business.

Manufacturers have plenty of jobs to fill, but a new report finds there is a number of challenges in hiring qualified workers.


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Wegmans supermarkets are getting ahead of New York State’s upcoming ban on single-use plastic bags.


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Ellicott Development has officially opened its newest property in downtown Buffalo. It's a unique mixed-use building in the heart of the Theater District.


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Casino revenue payments to localities remain on hold, as New York State and the Seneca Nation continue their dispute over the gaming compact that allowed Nation casinos to operate. The Seneca Nation is now calling on the U.S. Department of the Interior to review the compact, after a state panel ruled against them.

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New jobs in the technology field are opening up across Western New York and it happens to be in the banking industry.

To help meet the growing demand for high-tech workers, Trocaire College is launching new academic programs and building state-of-the-art classroom space.


NYS' oldest brew gets new image

Apr 12, 2019

The Genesee Brewery has done what they’re calling a “brand refresh” on some of their iconic products with new packaging.

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Farmers across New York are concerned certain parts of newly proposed farm labor legislation could negatively impact the state’s agriculture economy. The Farmworker Fair Labor Practices Act would give workers overtime beyond an 8-hour day and collective bargaining rights.

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Buffalo's popular Allentown Art Festival is just two months away and this year, crowds and vendors will be dealing the reconstruction of Allen Street.

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The new pot of state funding for revitalizing Buffalo's East Side includes millions of dollars for the Michigan Street African-American Heritage Corridor.


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The renaissance of Buffalo's Larkinville neighborhood is continuing. After sitting vacant more than 40 years, the former Altantic and Pacific Tea Company building has reopened as the AP Lofts at Larkinville.

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Ground was broken in the Town of Cheektowaga Tuesday on the spot where an apartment complex will expand to more than triple its number of units. When finished, many of the new affordable-housing units will be available to persons living with various conditions - including a diagnosed mental health concern.

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Amigone Funeral Home is headed back to State Sumpreme Court, in downtown Buffalo, Friday. People living feet away from the company's crematory, on Sheridan Drive, in Tonawanda, are suing to shut the operation down. The neighbors say foul and toxic emissions from the crematory are ruining their quality of life and their health.

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New York State, through its USA Niagara Development Corporation, has completed the purchase of 31 parcels previously owned by Tuscarora businessman Joe Anderson. The purchases, state and city leaders say, are needed to continue the redevelopment of the city's entertainment and tourism districts.

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Improvements are on the way for a popular Olmsted Park, in the city of Buffalo. The project is part of the state's recently announced $50 million investment throughout the East Side. With more here's WBFO's Chris Caya.

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Larkinville is getting another reason to use the expanding indoor and outdoor recreational activities in the growing community, as the city Zoning Board of Appeals gives the go-ahead for three new projects.

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The legalization of recreational marijuana is up in the air in Albany. Advocates and opponents in the state legislature are running out of time to hash out a deal before the March 31st budget deadline. But as WBFO's Chris Caya reports - plans for building a high-tech cannabis campus on the Buffalo waterfront are still moving forward.


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A new initiative is underway to help reduce poverty in the city of Buffalo. The state is providing $1.4 million to launch THRIVE Buffalo.

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