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Just outside the classrooms at the Northland Workforce Training Center, job recruiters from Niagara Transformer Corp. in Cheektowaga were seated at a table, making their pitch. New manufacturing workers are in great demand, and this is one place to find them. One of the recruiters, Kelly Benzo, praised a Northland graduate now working as a tester at the company. She …

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Don't expect the rash of new apartment building to stop anytime soon – unless the music stops. For the past few years, Buffalo developers have been putting up new apartment projects through the city like there's no tomorrow. They're eager to feed both the pent-up demand from the past for new options, as well as the growing demand among young professionals and empty n…

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With the economy rolling along, local manufacturers are moving ahead with plans to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to expand or upgrade their local factories. During the past year, 18 companies went to the Erie County Industrial Development Agency seeking tax breaks for expansion projects, mostly involving manufacturers. In all, those 18 projects involved nearly $…

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Buffalo is still far from becoming the “smart city” Mayor Byron Brown promised in a February address. But both the city and the wider Western New York region are taking baby steps into the smart-city movement. Tonawanda recently installed new traffic cameras that can monitor congestion and coordinate signals. The Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus is pitching a long-awaited…

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At this time last year, General Motors and Ford Motor Co. had a big question hanging over their operations: How would their labor contract negotiations play out, and what would the effect be on the local economy? We now know the answer. Both GM and Ford secured new contracts, in quite different ways. The upshot for both automakers and their workers: They have national l…

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It started with medical marijuana. Now, as consumers have embraced medical marijuana as a legal way to treat chronic pain, the taboo is lifting on other substances that proponents say have medical uses, such as CBD and kratom. As more consumers and doctors accept those substances, they increase demand, raise awareness and influence legislation. It has helped lighten …

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The Buffalo Niagara "renaissance" is based more on good vibes than solid facts. Yet there also is something to those positive feelings – and there is no doubt that the pallor of gloom that hovered over the region for decades has given way to a sense of hopefulness that, while hard to measure, still is a positive force that has long been lacking here. In a nutshell, w…

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For years, UB 2020 has been the vision for what the University at Buffalo could look like five, 10, 15 years down the road, an ambitious strategic plan with a catchy name that the public came to associate with a brighter future for the entire Buffalo region. Now, here it is – the year 2020. How did the plan turn out? Did UB realize its vision? And where does th…

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When it comes to back-office facilities and call centers, Buffalo is certainly no backwater. Western New York has a well-established reputation as an attractive destination for back offices because of the lower costs of real estate, wages and energy that make it appealing to companies. That's helped it lure the likes of Geico Corp., Citigroup, Bank of America, Yahoo!…

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Don't count out the humble bank branch just yet. There was a time when bank branches seemed destined to go the way of Blockbuster stores. The thinking went like this: With banks making it so easy for customers to take care of things online, who needs brick-and-mortar branches any more? No doubt, the closings continue. Last June, S&P Global Market Intelligence rep…

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One of the biggest stories in Buffalo this year is unfolding inside the city's tallest building. M&T Bank is creating a "tech hub" inside Seneca One tower, to centralize the bank's technology development. The bank's project is fueling revival of the downtown landmark under the property's owner, Douglas Jemal. M&T's renovated space should be ready within a few…

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Millions of dollars in federal funding flows into this region to support research into new medications and medical devices to treat chronic and deadly diseases. Research conducted at the University at Buffalo, Kaleida Health, Catholic Health, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, the VA Western New York Healthcare System and elsewhere on and off the Buffalo Niagara …

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Western New York's job market is hot. That's great news for job seekers and not-so-great news for employers. But one thing remains true for both: Recruitment is different in a tight job market. There are certain things a job seeker needs to know if they're looking for work in the local market right now, and certain things employers should know if they're trying to fill …

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The landscape and skyline of Buffalo have certainly changed in recent years, with a host of new real estate development projects that have added to the downtown core, the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, and even some other parts of the city. But those aren't the only changes. And their builders aren't the only change-makers. While LECOM Harborcenter, 250 Delaware, 50…