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The $20 million Western New York Welcome Center on Grand Island is under construction and expected to begin welcoming visitors in August, 2018. "The fact that they have put in some major structures shows that its going to happen and its going to happen quicker than people thought," said Grand Island Supervisor Nathan McMurray. For the past few weeks, residents have b…

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If there were any doubts about tensions hovering over Albany this budget season, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s foray to Buffalo confirmed it all. Two hundred and eighty miles west of deliberations in the Capitol, the governor’s pointed criticism of Democratic and Republican legislators underscores a standoff that Cuomo says threatens his $500 million economic development p…

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The state is looking for a company to operate the workforce training center that will be part of the Buffalo Billion’s $38 million project to convert a crumbling industrial complex on Northland Avenue into a hub for economic activity on the East Side.Empire State Development is seeking proposals from companies and nonprofits to operate the Western New York Workforce Trai…

RiverBendBuffalo Billion commitment: $750 millionThe project: The state is building the biggest solar panel factory in the Western hemisphere for SolarCity on a 90-acre former brownfield at the Republic Steel site on the Buffalo River in South Buffalo. The state sees the factory as a magnet for other clean energy firms and suppliers. Completion date: 2017Computer informati…

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NIAGARA FALLS – The historic Hotel Niagara, dormant for nearly a decade, is to be purchased by a state agency using funds from the Buffalo Billion.USA Niagara Development Corp., the Niagara Falls arm of Empire State Development, then will seek proposals from private developers to restore and reopen the 12-story, 193-room hotel at 201 Rainbow Blvd., which is listed on the…

BATAVIA – The state this week released $5 million from Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion program to prepare the Western New York Science and Technology Advanced Manufacturing Park in the Town of Alabama for the arrival of the 1366 Technologies solar energy plant. “We’re drawing down on the first portion of Buffalo Billion funding that was originally approved i…