30 reasons Western New York should give thanks for the WPA
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Friday, November 25, 2016
Western New York benefited greatly from President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal. In April 1935, the WPA was established under the Emergency Relief Appropriation Act to create government jobs for those who were unemployed from the Great Depression. Many “alphabet” recovery initiatives were created, including the Works Progress Administration and the Public Works Administration, until the programs were disbanded in 1943. More than 300 WPA and PWA projects were completed during this time, providing jobs for 40,000 workers and artists. Here's a look at how some familiar landmarks in Western New York can trace their roots back to this era.