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Social Media Summit set Wednesday at UB

A forum on how businesses can use Twitter, Facebook and other social-media tools in their marketing and advertising efforts will be held Wednesday on the University at Buffalo North Campus.

The 2011 Social Media Summit, which is aimed at the owners of small and medium-sized businesses, will run from 6 to 8 p.m. in the UB Center for the Arts drama theater.

The guest speakers are Chris Treadaway, co-author of "Facebook Marketing: An Hour a Day," and Colin Pape, founder of ShopCity.com.

They and other speakers will discuss e-commerce, reputation management and related topics.

The summit is sponsored by TBN Interactive, the digital division of The Buffalo News.

Tickets are $50 at the Center for the Arts box office or by phone at (800) 745-3000. Visit www.ubcfa.com for more information.

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Buffalo given $250,000 to transform neighborhoods

Buffalo is among 17 cities out of 119 applicants to be awarded a planning grant for transforming distressed communities through the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development's new Choice Neighborhoods initiative.

A total of $4 million was awarded, with Buffalo receiving $250,000 to transform neighborhoods around the Commodore Perry development near downtown; Woodson Gardens on Michigan Avenue near Best Street; and the Kowal Apartments near the Broadway Market.

The targeted housing projects contain more than 150 vacant units due to severe structural deficiencies.

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Tentative budget carries 1.4 percent tax rate hike

East Aurora residents would face a projected 1.4 percent tax rate increase under the tentative $7.9 million budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

Residents will get a clearer sense of the 2011-12 budget figures when the Village Board holds a public hearing at 7 p.m. April 4. Village officials have been making minor adjustments to the budget figures being presented that evening.

The village's water fund appropriations total $1.59 million under the tentative budget. In all, combined appropriations for the general and water funds total $9.53 million. The village is looking to raise $3.47 million in property taxes to help cover general fund expenses.

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Public forum planned on new school offices

A public forum on the purchase and renovation of property to house the Orchard Park School District offices, transportation and buildings and grounds facilities will be held at 7 p.m. today in the Middle School, 60 S. Lincoln Ave.

The School Board authorized the superintendent to sign a purchase agreement for 15 acres of land with access on Southwestern Boulevard and Angle Road. The property includes two office buildings, two garage facilities and a storage building.

Residents will get a chance to vote on the project during the annual budget vote in May.

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