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Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market Lists 9/25/10 Attractions

Coming to the Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market on Saturday, September 25: Wine-tasting courtesy of Arrowhead Spring Vineyards, and a visit from our friends at the Massachusetts Avenue Project, a group dedicated to building the local community through food, urban farming and entrepreneurship.

And, don’t forget to pick up some fresh and delicious apple cider, and maybe even some tasty apple cider bread!

TeamSave Arrives in WNY With Web Discounts for Consumers

A new collective buying website that allows consumers to receive substantial discounts on goods, services and events from hundreds of Buffalo-area businesses has entered the Western New York marketplace.

Toronto-based TeamSave began offering daily discounts of at least 50 percent to Western New York consumers on August 26. Individuals can access these offers by registering on TeamSave.com. Registration is free and the only requirement to register is an e-mail address. The company also promotes its daily discounts on its TeamSave Buffalo Facebook page.

Congressman Higgins Outlines Next Steps at Canal Side, Outer Harbor

Congressman Moves Forward with Plan to Enhance Public Space, Connect Waterfront & Drive Economic Growth

Standing along the Erie Canal Commercial Slip, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) outlined his plan for next steps in Buffalo’s waterfront development.  The Congressman formally submitted the plan to Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC) after receiving Bass Pro’s July 29, 2010 letter “withdrawing from further consideration of this (Canal Side) development” and has been working on implementing components of his plan over the last several weeks.

“Western New York has an extraordinary opportunity and extraordinary resources to remake its waterfront,” said Higgins.  “By making the necessary investments in public infrastructure we set the stage for long-term private sector investment.”

Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market Lists Weekend Attractions

Coming Saturday, September 18, to the Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market: A beer brewing demonstration with Community Beer Works, and wine-tasting courtesy of Schultze Vineyards & Winery and Leonard Oakes Estate Winery! Feed Your Soul will also be touring the Market with Chef Steven Gedra of Bistro Europa. Sounds like the makings of a memorable day!

ECIDA Approves $203,000 to Support $3.4 Million in Downtown Redevelopment

Buffalo, NY – Efforts to spiff up the Hyatt Regency Hotel at Fountain Plaza in downtown Buffalo will be aided by a $203,000 sales tax abatement approved today by the Erie County Industrial Development Agency.  West Genesee Hotel Associates, the Hyatt’s ownership group which is led by Paul L. Snyder Sr., is in the midst of a three-phase, $15 million upgrade of the 26-year-old hotel.

In the current $2.3 million phase, work is focused on installation of an energy-efficient heating and cooling system, build-out of a new salon/spa and Starbucks Coffee kiosk, swimming pool and convention facilities renovations, and general technology improvements.  The incorporation of ‘green’ materials and systems is expected to make the hotel more marketable to convention groups.

When complete, upgrades to the 396-room hotel are expected to boost its staff by 60 full-time workers, up to 273.

Chef's Restaurant Expansion Gets Underway

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Mayor Brown attends the groundbreaking for the Chef’s Restaurant $2 million expansion on Friday. The development will include a new entranceway, additional seating, a retail store, and a food pick-up window.

For more information, visit the Chef's Restaurant website.

Buffalo City Mission Receives Major Cost Saving Upgrade

New York State Sen. Antoine Thompson and representatives from Solar Liberty and the Buffalo City Mission “flipped the switch” today on a new solar energy system that provides a valuable source of electricity for the area’s largest homeless shelter.

The 204-panel rooftop system is expected to produce 53,600 kWh of electricity per year, approximately 16 percent of the building’s electrical usage. At current electrical rates, the system will save the Mission an estimated $6,700 in utility costs in its first year and is expected to increase each year if energy prices rise.

“Aside from the immediate cost savings, the City Mission is now a much greener building,” said Solar Liberty CEO Adam Rizzo.