WBFO Business & Economy Desk

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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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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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Proposals were due this week for developing the DL&W Terminal, behind the Key Bank Center, in downtown Buffalo. The ground floor serves as the maintenance shop for the NFTA's Metro Rail system.

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Several local institutions and local governments are teaming up to reduce the effects of climate change. As WBFO's Chris Caya the partners are planning to dramatically cut their use of fossil fuels. 

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A coalition of business leaders is calling on Albany to reform the state's Scaffold Law.


The money that has gone into the annual 43North competition is starting to make some money and provide jobs - jobs from working in gardens to predictive data science.

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Charlotte Russe is going out of business and liquidation sales have begun.

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City Hall is looking to ease some of the rules of Buffalo's Green Code to get work started again on the former Millard Fillmore Gates Circle hospital site.

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Making Buffalo Home is a WNED|WBFO multi-year project looking at the impact immigrants and refugees are having in our community. As WBFO's Chris Caya reports, a local company is not only employing refugees, it's also helping them learn English.

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Workers at the Ingersoll Rand plant scheduled to close in Cheektowaga have ratified a separation contract with the manufacturer.

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The University at Buffalo opened its new medical school on the Buffalo-Niagara Medical Campus, downtown, last year. But as WBFO's Chris Caya reports the school is doing much more than training the next generation of physicians and healthcare providers.

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A new regional headquarters was officially opened, Monday, by BankOnBuffalo. A ribbon cutting was held on the 7th floor of the Electric Tower, in downtown Buffalo.

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A big win for the region's economy was announced Friday at the General Motors display inside the Buffalo Auto Show.

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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The intersection of Elmwood and Forest avenues in the Elmwood Village is a tangled intersection - cars flowing from all directions and the pedestrians typical of the community all arriving at a corner with limited safety lights and vanished pavement markings.

The city's Public Works Department wants to solve some of the problems with pavement markings, but no construction. The markings would make the lanes clear and include the creation of a bike lane.

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It’s not exactly a traditional bar/arcade combo.  It’s not exactly a Japanese restaurant. It does however serve sushi, Japanese whisky, and ramen while featuring an entire floor of old arcade games and pinball. So what is Misuta Chow’s? It’s one of Buffalo’s newest experiences to hit Main Street. WBFO’s Nick Lippa reports.

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Many local businesses were forced to close one or two days when the winter storm blew into town last week. So what will the economic cost be?

Buffalo native John Maggiore has been been promoted to Senior Advisor to the Governor in the latest round of administration appointments.


Could the solution to the world's demand for power be right here, in Western New York? A local scientist believes he has come up with a better way to harness the wind for producing electricity.

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Union workers and elected leaders gathered outside New Era Field in Orchard Park Saturday to protest New Era's decision to close its Derby plant.

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The Outer Harbor Coalition has submitted a Local Landmark Nomination for the now-vacant Terminal A building on Fuhrmann Boulevard. The former Ford Motor Co. plant, constructed in 1930-1931, was designed by notable architect Albert Kahn, who built many of America's industrial spaces. The nomination goes before the Buffalo Preservation Board for a vote Thursday afternoon. WBFO's Marian Hetherly talked with Annie Schentag about the significance of Terminal A. She is a Preservation Specialist with kta preservation specialists, which wrote the nomination.

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It's the start of a new chapter for a local art supply store. After nearly 60 years on Main Street in downtown Buffalo, Hyatt's All Things Creative is opening a new larger facility in North Buffalo.


It’s been a challenging past few years for farmers. The New York Farm Bureau laid out priorities Wednesday that focused on supporting legislation this upcoming year that could provide financial relief to farmers in need.


Entrepreneurship among seniors is trending in the United States and research shows that people 50 and older are opting to turn a business idea into a rewarding and profit-making retirement plan. 

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A wake and funeral service was held Tuesday for the longtime owner of a popular gathering spot on Buffalo's East Side.

Tesla announces layoffs

Jan 18, 2019
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Dozens of workers at Tesla's Gigafactory 2  in South Buffalo are being laid off.

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Special measures are now in place to help furloughed federal workers, in the Buffalo area, and across the state. The Department of Labor has been directed to speed up the application process for unemployment benefits, utility companies are implementing special collection practices, and emergency assistance is also available.

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The event in International Preparatory School Thursday night wasn't unusual: an auditorium, a crowd, rows of renderings and drawings about a project, speakers. What was different about this "Imagine LaSalle" project is that the money - $50 million - is in hand for the transformation.