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   On Page One, another wrinkle in the long wait for Canal Side to get off the ground:
- For Canal Side, a further complication - Phil Fairbanks/The Buffalo News
   Community Benefit Agreements, legally binding contracts between developers and community organizations, may be new to Buffalo, but not to L.A., Pittsburgh, Seattle or Minneapolis.
   "We realized it was better to work with developers, rather than simply support or oppose a project," said James Elmendorf, policy director for the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy.
   Here in Buffalo, the idea of a formal agreement spelling out benefits such as jobs, housing and wages has run into stiff opposition.
   "People should look in the mirror. This is Buffalo," said Jordan A. Levy, chairman of Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. "I believe, if we are required to meet all the standards they are proposing, this project could die."...
   "We simply want this to be a quality development," said Micaela Shapiro-Shellaby, an organizer for the Coalition for Economic Justice. "We never intended this to be contentious."

   On the Business Today cover, another thing that might push wages up:
- Labor shortage predicted - Ruth Mantell/Marketwatch/Buffalo News
   With millions of unemployed people across the country struggling to find work, it may seem unbelievableUnemploymentline that there could be more jobs than workers to fill them in coming years, but a new report predicts exactly that.
   A worker shortage could develop within 10 years as baby boomers reach traditional retirement age and there are too few replacement workers, according to the report
published last week by the MetLife Foundation and San Francisco-based Civic Ventures, a think tank focusing on baby boomers, work and social purpose.
Gas line projects face worker shortage - The Anchorage Daily News
   The Alaska labor force may be headed for a historic test: building a North Slope gas pipeline....
   "We do know there's a gap," said Gerry Andrews, who runs the
Alaska Department of Labor's gas-line job education and training initiative.
   Under the proposed timeline for gas line construction, many of the skilled workers needed for such a project -- welders, truck drivers and engineers, to name a few -- will retire before it begins, economists say.
- Overqualified? Yes, but Happy to Have a Job - The New York Times
- Consumer spending up, sign of decent recovery - AP/Buffalo News 

     And an example of green building:
- M&T makes its 'green' debut in West Seneca - Jonathan D. Epstein/The Buffalo News
   M&T Bank Corp. opened its first environmentally friendly branch last week in West Seneca, using what it calls a contemporary new design that will serve as a model for the bank's future branch construction and renovation.
   The new office at Southgate Plaza was built to meet the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards set by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Music to read the classifieds by:

-- George Pyle/The Buffalo News

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