David Robinson

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David Robinson is the deputy business editor for The News, where has worked since graduating from Syracuse University in 1985. A New Hampshire native, he started out in the News' Tonawanda bureau and moved into the business news department in October 1987, exactly a week after the stock market crash.

The Buffalo Niagara job market finished last year with a flourish. The region added jobs at a 1.3 percent annual pace during December – just slightly below the national growth rate – as a surge at local hotels and restaurants, combined with solid gains in holiday hiring at stores, offset continued job cuts at local factories, the state Labor Department said Thursda…

The stock market's "Trump Bump" has turned M&T Bank CEO Robert G. Wilmers into a billionaire. Wilmers, the soft-spoken executive who has helped turn M&T from a sleepy regional bank into one of nation's biggest financial institutions during his 33 years as its top executive, pushed into the billionaire ranks after the Buffalo bank's shares jumped by 25 percent fo…

The controversial Start-Up NY economic development program that granted lucrative tax breaks to businesses but created relatively few jobs would get a makeover under Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s budget proposal. The revamp is an about-face by the Cuomo administration for a program that it had hoped would become a magnet for early-stage businesses by offering them the potent…

Buffalo Niagara manufacturers had a strong finish in December to an otherwise down year at local factories. The region's manufacturers finished 2016 with four straight months of growth, including the biggest increase in 18 months during December, after struggling for most of the year, a new survey of local purchasing managers found. "We had an overall strong month to…

In many ways, Kate Rose Allen could be the poster child for the New Buffalo. She's bright, having earned her doctorate in English from Case Western University in Cleveland this past May. After returning home to the Town of Tonawanda and spending the last few months working on a non-profit project, Allen has started to look for a job. She's optimistic that she'll find…

The funding delays that cut deeply into Taylor Devices sales this summer continued to depress the North Tonawanda shock absorber manufacturer's revenues into the fall. Despite sales sliding by 11 percent after two major seismic damper orders were delayed into mid-year, Taylor Devices said its second-quarter profits inched up by 1 percent as the company reduced its expen…

The Buffalo Niagara Partnership is making transportation a top priority this year. The region's largest business advocacy group unveiled its 2017 agenda in an event at Pettibones Grille on Thursday, with five projects to improve transportation infrastructure in Erie and Niagara counties topping its priority list. Those priority projects range from the creation of an …

Howard Zemsky's fingerprints are all over Buffalo Billion, Part II. Like Zemsky, the Buffalo developer who serves as president of Empire State Development, the second phase of the Buffalo Billion isn't flashy. It's thoughtful and balanced. It's not aiming for quick hits. Some of its initiatives, like extending the Metro Rail to Amherst and redeveloping the DL&W T…

The Buffalo Billion is evolving - and a big reason for that is the changes that have happened in the Buffalo Niagara region over the past five years. When Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo first proposed the Buffalo Billion initiative five years ago, it was as much of a wake-up call to jar the Buffalo Niagara region's battered psyche as it was an economic development program that pr…

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…

A second phase of the Buffalo Billion economic development program is expected to be a centerpiece of the initiatives included in Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's State of the State address in Buffalo on Monday. Cuomo tasked Empire State Development President Howard Zemsky with developing a follow-up program for the Buffalo Billion in September, after nine people, including Alain…

Take heart, Buffalo. Elon Musk showed this week at the Tesla Motors battery gigafactory in Nevada that he can think big and stay on schedule. That's no small accomplishment, because Musk has a long history of setting aggressive – and usually unrealistic – deadlines for its ambitious projects. Too often, skeptics say, the Tesla CEO fails to meet them. It happened a…

Depending on how you look at it, the Buffalo Niagara region’s economy is either turning a new corner, or showing signs of a concerning slowdown in smaller-scale private investments. And depending on your point of view, it means either that the region’s economy is entering a new phase of prosperity, unlike any we’ve seen in a half century, or still struggling to ov…

Demolition work is expected to begin next month on some of the old industrial buildings that currently occupy much of the property earmarked to become part of a Buffalo Billion project aimed at creating a neighborhood development fund along Northland Avenue. The demolition work is part of efforts by the state and the city to breathe new life into a once-heavily industri…

The state panel that will decide the fate of a 126-megawatt wind farm proposed for Chautauqua County will hold a hearing on the project in Sinclairville beginning at 6 p.m. on Monday. The state Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment will hold the hearing at the Sinclairville Fire Department, 30 Main St., with an information session beginning at 6 p.m., …