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COUNTY LEGISLATURE TO FUND UB INTERNET CONNECTION

The County Legislature plans to appropriate $25,000 for a high-speed computer connection among a University of Buffalo Foundation incubator for start-up businesses, UB computers and the Internet. The hope is that start-up companies will create jobs for Erie County residents. The incubator in Baird Research Park, 1576 Sweet Home Road, will make the Internet connection available free to 11 small technically focused companies and one anchor tenant.

The 13-year-old incubator so far has hatched 45 fledgling businesses, now employing 436 people with college technical backgrounds. Thirty-one businesses have moved out, and all but two remain in the area.

Jack McGowan, incubator director, said the largest of the current tenants is Ony Inc., the developer of Infasurf, a drug to treat premature infants who have underdeveloped lungs, with 25 workers.

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