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The Central Terminal in Buffalo is starting the first of its repair work on the historic East Side complex, in preparation for long-term plans to create a year-round event venue. The Central Terminal Restoration Corp. is embarking on initial but critical repairs to the enormous former train station at 495 Paderewski Drive, focusing at first on replacing nearly all

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The Michigan Street Baptist Church, one of the anchors of the African-American Heritage Corridor, is poised to get some much-needed renovations. Empire State Development Corp., the state’s economic development arm, last week approved a grant of up to $900,000 to the Buffalo Niagara Freedom Station Coalition, which was formed in 2001 to protect and promote Buffalo’s oldest African-American church.

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Empire State Development Corp. on Friday kicked off a $12 million initiative to train, attract and retain technology workers. The new Buffalo-Niagara Talent Initiative is designed to build up the region’s pool of tech workers using a three-pronged approach. The state is committing $8 million in funding, while seeking additional money from foundations and the private sector. The plan

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An $84 million new economic development project in South Buffalo could result from a Canadian medical device manufacturer creating significantly more jobs than state officials announced on Thursday. Gregg Gellman, the new CEO of Thinking Robot Studios, said the planned new project at the Buffalo Lakeside Commerce Park will create “well over” the 88 jobs initially listed in Thursday’s

State and local economic development officials are working to land an unidentified European manufacturer that is considering New York and several other states among its options for an expansion project. Invest Buffalo Niagara – formerly Buffalo Niagara Enterprise – is reaching out to local developers to identify potential industrial real estate options for the company, which has been dubbed

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A couple of years ago, Amanda Mays welcomed a chance to return to the Buffalo area and work with Empire State Development. Now she has been named the agency’s regional director, making her the state’s top economic development official in Western New York. Mays, 34, worked for the past two years as a senior project manager for Empire State Development, handling several Buffalo Billion projects totaling

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An Allegany County farm that provides “sustainable” and “responsibly cultivated” produce for retail and food-service customers is expanding its operation with five new greenhouses and several specialty crops in exchange for $100,000 in state Excelsior Jobs tax credits for 11 new jobs. Fulmer Valley Farms in Andover will invest $1.19 million in the expansion, which includes the “controlled-environment” greenhouses

The closing of the Huntley Power Plant is threatening to put a plug on 19 million gallons of “raw” water that several local industries get every day. For nearly a century, the coal-fueled Huntley Power Plant generated electrical power and provided the untreated water from the river to neighboring manufacturers like PeroxyChem, tire maker Sumitomo and 3M O-Cell-Sponge for free or

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