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Meetings on economic plan slated

The Western New York Regional Economic Development Council will hold five workshops to gather public input for the council's five-year economic development plan.

The Western regional council is one of 10 established around the state by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo as part of his economic development strategy. Each region is putting together its own plan; the councils will then compete for a share of the roughly $1 billion in state resources to support economic development projects.

The Western council's regional co-chairmen are developer Howard Zemsky and University at Buffalo President Satish Tripathi.

The meetings will include an overview of the council and a discussion of issues. Members of the public will be able to use "clicker" technology to register their opinions on topics that come up at the meeting.

Each of the five workshops will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. They will be held at the following locations:

Sept. 8, Alfred State College, Alfred; Sept. 12, Jamestown Community College -- Olean campus, Olean; Sept. 13, Jamestown Community College, Jamestown; Sept. 14, Buffalo State College; Sept. 15, Niagara County Community College, Sanborn.

To register for a workshop, visit, or call 846-8247.

The council is also inviting the public to complete an economic development survey, the results of which will be shared with regional council work groups and the full council. The survey is available at


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