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Cuomo says Western New York’s economic growth depends on work ‘from the street up’

Public investments like the “Buffalo Billion” program have spurred private sector growth in Western New York, but the next steps need to focus on individual neighborhoods, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Wednesday morning in Buffalo.

“You want to really rebuild Buffalo, you have to do it from the street up,” Cuomo said at a sustainable development conference in the Hotel @ Lafayette.

The governor said Buffalo’s economy is not where it was eight years ago, a point he called the city’s “low point” economically.

The type of detailed attention to the specific needs of each neighborhood happens with community development officials who have to take neighborhoods and “knit a community,” he said.

Cuomo is scheduled later this morning to tour the RiverBend site, where the SolarCity manufacturing plant is being built.

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