WBFO Business & Economy Desk

The Business and Economy News Desk is funded by The M&T Charitable Foundation.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

In Erie County alone, the tourism industry is estimated at $1.8 billion. But it has taken a big hit with the COVID pandemic. A new bill is being introduced in Albany to help the industry recover by creating a new funding source to aid related businesses.

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With autumn officially arriving next Tuesday, Erie County lawmakers are proposing the use of federal CARES relief money to help establishments set up outdoor dining spaces during the winter months.

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New York State is distributing $9 million dollars to 66 organizations that host in-demand job skills training. State government representatives appeared Tuesday at Erie 1 BOCES, one of the recipients, to announce the Workforce Development Initiative funding. 

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With Buffalo and Western New York trying to crawl back from a pandemic-related economic shutdown, the Northland Workforce Training Center is announcing new partnerships for its job training mission.

Hamburg Gaming

The door of New York's economy creaks open a little more Wednesday, with non-Indian gambling slowing starting up again under new state rules.

No more reopening in Ontario for another 28 days

Sep 9, 2020
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Ontario Premier Doug Ford said the province is putting the brakes on its reopening plans until October. The announcement comes after officials announced a spike in the number of COVID-19 cases over the long weekend.

Buffalo Automation

A major sign of COVID-19 is a noticeable fever, but current devices - like a temperature gun - can be erratic or slow. Now a local start-up company has a way of spotting people with a fever in a crowd.

Erie County

Erie County is putting $25 million into emergency child care. The money will pay for regular child care and new virtual learning centers.

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Overall travel dropped sharply in the spring and early summer as the result of the COVID pandemic but, according to the AAA of Western and Central New York, a wide majority of vacation travel this year has been kept within New York State and done by car. Heading into the Labor Day holiday weekend, the AAA expects this trend to continue.

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A state wage board is considering lowering the current 60-hour-per-week overtime threshold in New York's Farm Laborers Fair Labor Practices Act, which took effect at the start of this year. Monday morning, Republicans within the State Senate and owners of farms across the state warned that doing so could, in the words of one speaker, "plow many businesses under."

Niagara Region

The Canadian federal and Ontario provincial governments are pouring billions of dollars into local governments buried in the financial turmoil of COVID-19 to prevent catastrophic effects on local governments.

Erie County

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz says hundreds of gyms, fitness centers and other operations are in danger of being shut down because they didn't follow the rules related to COVID-19.

Chris Caya, WBFO News

As COVID-19 drains the coffers of many municipalities and businesses, Buffalo Place has begun to discuss broadening their borders, and assessing their service fees on a bigger base of downtown Buffalo property owners.

Wells Enterprises

Chautauqua County officials say there is a COVID-19 hot spot at a Dunkirk ice cream plant, with 22 new cases and more expected in an all-out push to test everyone connected with Fieldbrook Foods.

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A local auction house is selling off the contents of a series of hotel rooms owned by developer Rocco Termini. He needed the space because 23 rooms in his Hotel Lafayette and all 14 rooms in his Foundry Suites Hotel are being converted to apartments and most of those are already rented.

Jamestown Plastics

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.

Bowling alleys open today at 50% capacity

Aug 17, 2020
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Bowling alleys throughout New York State are allowed to reopen starting Monday, with strict safety protocols in place.

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There were tourists at Olcott Beach Sunday, boating and customers on the restaurant decks. It has been a tough year for the Lake Ontario destination.

New York State

The New York State Labor Department said it has prevented more than $1 billion in unemployment fraud during the coronavirus pandemic. Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon said the department identified more than 42,200 fraudulent unemployment benefit claims since mid-March, and it has referred more cases to federal prosecutors than the department did in the last 10 years combined.

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The rate of transmission of the coronavirus in New York state remains low, and all regions of the state have been in the final phase of reopening for at least a month. But some industries have been left out of those plans and remain closed.

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In the face of several uncertainties, the developer behind the proposed Amazon warehouse on Grand Island is pulling the project.


26 Shirts

26 Shirts, a sports apparel designer, and its founder Del Reid have developed a charitable reputation. Even during a pandemic, they’ve managed to break company records, all the meanwhile raising money for those in need.


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The Erie County Department of Health has closed several bars and restaurants for allegedly not following COVID-19 regulations, and county lawmakers want to know if the shutdowns were justified.

 

 


Michael Mroziak, WBFO

An affordable housing project known as Mt. Aaron Village, when completed some time next year, will include dozens of apartments as well as units and on-site assistance for individuals struggling with homelessness.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

A family-owned business in Niagara Falls is marking 100 years of operation by celebrating completion of a large-scale renovation of the building where it all began in 1920.

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What do bus drivers and supermarket workers have in common? They are essential workers and they joined together at the newly remodeled Tops Market in North Buffalo to pitch a continuation of heroes pay.

TC Buffalo Development

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz is coming out full bore in support of the proposed Amazon warehouse on Grand Island -- and he can say it is Amazon.

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With Washington debating what may be the final COVID-19 stimulus bill, child care advocates in New York are making a major push for $50 billion so parents can go back to work.

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Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul held the first of several planned regional "Build Back Better" roundtable meetings Tuesday morning in Niagara Falls. Local tourism and hospitality leaders sat in on what Hochul referred to as a "dream team" to discuss how the region's attractions have prepared, reopened and conducted business amid a continuing COVID-19 pandemic.

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  DoorDash stadium anyone?  Could there be an M&T Bank Stadium in both Baltimore and Buffalo?

  With New Era Cap Company pulling away from their stadium naming rights with the Buffalo Bills, a look at the companies that are doing well in this COVID-19 economy, and those that traditionally bid on stadium naming rights could hold some clues as to who might emerge as the next to hang their name in Orchard Park.

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