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Rally Planned to Protest County Arts Funding Cuts

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- A group of concerned citizens is organizing a rally for Monday, October 25, at 4 p.m. on the steps of County Hall, 95 Franklin Street, to protest the "zeroing off 33 arts organizations by Erie County Executive Chris Collins," according to a statement from Joyce Stilson, one of the rally organizers.

The county budget for next year that Collins recently sent to the Erie County legislature eliminates funding for all but 10 select cultural organizations the executive considers best able to draw visitors from outside the region.

"Artists, technicians, designers, actors, musicians, administrators and arts supporters," says Stilson, "will attend the rally as workers at County Hall exit from their Monday jobs." 

She said a flash mob is planned as part of the rally. The public is encouraged to attend.

Continental 1 'Trade Corridors of the Future' Conference

Continental 1 is bringing together national and regional trade experts for this all-day trade corridor conference. Continental 1 Corridor is one of the region's top economic development opportunities. Event participation will help build awareness and gain support for the completion of the Continental 1 Corridor - the 1,500 mile direct route from Toronto to Miami that will bring business growth and faster, safer travel. The completion of Contintal 1 is within reach - only 269 miles to complete the corridor.

Innovations and Game Changers
Trade Corridors of the Future

Monday, October 25, 2010
8:00 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Templeton Landing
2 Templeton Terrace
Buffalo , NY 14202

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.

HEALTHeLINK Unveils $16.1 Million Beacon Community Initiative to Fight Diabetes

BUFFALO, N.Y. – In June 2010, HEALTHeLINK received the largest Beacon Community Award in the United States from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The Beacon Project was created to help communities use health information technology to forge cooperation and use resources effectively toward local priority health goals.

HEALTHeLINK was joined today by Dr. David Blumenthal, the point person for the national health information technology initiative, as well as other dignitaries, including Congressman Brian Higgins and New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Richard F.