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Western New York, January 2017

Business Expansions

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A large mixed-use project in downtown Buffalo (Erie County) may be in the works by The Seneca Nation of Indians on non-tribal lands adjacent to its casino.  The land, half of which is owned by Ellicott and half by the Nation, would include a combination of residential, office, entertainment and a parking structure. The Senecas have up to 18 months to propose a new project on the combined site, if they don’t, Ellicott has the right to buy back the Seneca land and build its own mixed-use project.   

The next phase of his Buffalo Billion economic development program was unveiled by Governor Andrew Cuomo on January 9th during his annual State of the State address.    $500 million dollars has been promised for projects to help spur development in downtown Buffalo, the East Side of Buffalo, Lackawanna and Niagara Falls.  Projects include extending the Metro Rail north to the University at Buffalo Campus in Amherst and south to the terminal near the KeyBank Center in downtown Buffalo.  The Metro Rail system has not been expanded beyond the current 6.4 mile line since its completion in 1985.  The expansion would provide a direct connection to downtown and the suburbs for thousands of workers and also create many jobs.   He also proposed buying land in Niagara Falls  and Lackawanna  for development, building a park on the Outer Harbor, and building a National Comedy Center in Jamestown.  More details about how all of these projects will be funded with the $500 million is still uncertain but more details could emerge when the 2017-18 budget plan is unveiled by Cuomo in the coming week. 

Moog Inc., a manufacturer of high-performance control systems for various industries, currently has 78 open positions at its facilities in East Aurora and Niagara Falls.  The positions include a mix of skill sets, ranging from technicians to supply chain specialists to systems engineers. All of positions can be viewed online on the Moog website. 

Northwest Bank is consolidating its headquarters into one location in Amherst.  The New York region headquarters and operations center will add 70 jobs within a few months and bring 30 existing jobs from the locations that will be closing.  Last year the bank acquired 18 First Niagara Branches and had stated that it would be opening a regional headquarters in the area, but had not specified on when or how many jobs it would create.  The new office will have a call center and an education and training center for its employees. 

Tops Markets is consolidating its headquarters into a building on Wehrle Drive in Cheektowaga (Erie County) in a building now occupied by PHH Mortgage, a company that plans to move out after cutting more than 300 jobs over the past few years at the site.    The grocery chain, which employs 300 at two nearby sites, will hire another 40 workers within a year or two after the move is completed.  Tops expects to move into the new location by the spring of 2018.

Business Contractions

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The Walden Galleria and the Boulevard Mall are both losing another national retailer as The Limited announced plans to shut down all of its 250 stores nationwide.  The closing comes just two weeks after Sears announced that it would be closing its stores at the two malls.  The Boulevard Mall will likely be sold at a mortgage foreclosure auction this year. 

Labor Disputes

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Nothing to report.

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