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What's in the Buffalo Billion, Part 2?

Here's 25 initiatives in the Buffalo Billion Part 2 that Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday during his regional State of the State speech at the University at Buffalo.

  •  Help fund Metro Rail expansion to Amherst.
  • Convert Scajaquada Expressway into Scajaquada Boulevard.
  • Invest in East Side neighborhood improvement initiatives.
  • Create Buffalo Blueway, a network of public access points along city waterways.
  • Develop a series of activity spots and amenities along Outer Harbor.
  • Realign Erie Street from Main Street to connect with the waterfront.
  • Extend Metro Rail to DL&W Terminal and redevelop the building and surroundings.
  • Add $10 million to Better Buffalo Fund.
  • Build new Buffalo train station.
  • Acquire land at Bethlehem Steel site in Lackawanna to create industrial park.
  • Create downtown revitalization contest among 18 municipalities.
  • Continue funding for 43North business plan competition.
  • Create an Innovation Hub on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.
  • Create a $10 million workforce development fund for successful training initiatives.
  • Provide $10 million to Say Yes Buffalo as a way of strengthening the local work force.
  • Relocate Buffalo Manufacturing Works to Northland Corridor.
  • Seeks $15 million for strategic advanced manufacturing projects.
  • Acquire underused land close to Niagara Falls State Park for future development.
  • Restore Niagara River Gorge to remove invasive species and restore native plantings.
  • Fund landscaping and restoration work at Darwin D. Martin House complex and Graycliff Estate.
  • Provide $5 million in gap financing for National Comedy Center in Jamestown.
  • Build Visitor Welcome Center on Grand Island to spur tourism.
  • Create a $5 million tourism marketing campaign.
  • Invest $20 million in new UB Medical School to expand its class size by 25 percent.
  • Seeks $10 million for strategic health and life sciences projects.

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