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Mark Hamister Reflects on the Partnership's 20 Years of expertise@work

Mark Hamister Reflects on the Partnership's 20 Years of expertise@work

As the Buffalo Niagara Partnership marks the 20th anniversary of its 1993 formation, we’re catching up with former Partnership board chairs to get their thoughts on the organization’s role in Buffalo Niagara’s evolving economy.   Today, we’re sitting down with Mark Hamister, who served as Partnership board chair from 2001-2003.  This is the second part in our series which will run throughout 2013.

Name: Mark Hamister, Chairman & CEO, the Hamister Group, Inc.

Term as Board Chair: 2001-2003

Marsha Henderson Reflects on Buffalo Niagara Partnership's Past, Future

Marsha Henderson Reflects on Buffalo Niagara Partnership's Past, Future

As the Buffalo Niagara Partnership marks the 20th anniversary of its 1993 formation, we’re catching up with former Partnership board chairs to get their thoughts on the organization’s leading role in Buffalo Niagara’s evolving economy.   Today, we’re sitting down with Marsha Henderson, who served as Partnership board chair from 2003-2005 while she was WNY district president at KeyBank.  This is the first part in our series which will run throughout 2013.

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Expert on Millennial Workers the Latest to Join Accelerate Upstate 2.0

Expert on Millennial Workers the Latest to Join Accelerate Upstate 2.0

BUFFALO, N.Y.– Joan Synder Kuhl, workplace talent consultant and millennial expert, is the latest speaker to sign on for Accelerate Upstate 2.0, the economic development summit being hosted by the Buffalo Niagara Partnership on January 29 in Buffalo.  M&T Bank serves as the title sponsor for Accelerate Upstate 2.0, while Mrs. Kuhl’s address is sponsored by Bryant & Stratton College, Performance Management Partners, and Spicer Group. 

“Accelerate Upstate 2.0 is all about realistic opportunities for sustained economic growth in Upstate New York,” said Andrew J. Rudnick, President & CEO of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership.  “Joan Synder Kuhl, as the event’s opening speaker will challenge Upstate employers and economic development leaders to refine their workforce development tactics to be leading edge.”

Exclusive Tour of Buffalo's New $140 Million Federal Courthouse

Exclusive Tour of Buffalo's New $140 Million Federal Courthouse

JOIN THE URBAN LAND INSTITUTE OF WESTERN NEW YORK’S YOUNG LEADERS GROUP FOR AN EXCLUSIVE TOUR OF BUFFALO’S NEW $140 MILLION FEDERAL COURTHOUSE

Tour will be led by the Honorable William M. Skretny, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court, and will focus on the construction and architectural design

WHO: The Urban Land Institute’s Young Leaders Group of Western New York (ULI YLG of WNY), a subsidiary of the global nonprofit research and education organization, the Urban Land Institute, and the Honorable William M. Skretny, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court.

Grisanti Bill Exempts Buffalo Contractors From Asbestos Project Notification Fees For Demolitions

Grisanti Bill Exempts Buffalo Contractors From Asbestos Project Notification Fees For Demolitions

Senator Mark Grisanti (R-60) today announced that the Senate has passed his bill S.6248 to help Buffalo fight its vacant building problem by passing a labor law exemption for contractors employed by the City of Buffalo from payment of asbestos project notification fees for demolitions.  

The cost of an asbestos notification fee can be more than $4,000.  This fee is ultimately paid by the city and the taxpayers in the City of Buffalo.  Since July of 2008, over half of all demolitions in Buffalo have required an asbestos notification fee.  When a project is large, subdivided and has a garage, it is often viewed to be multiple projects thus requiring the submission of several notification fees to the state. 

City of Buffalo Open Houses

City of Buffalo Open Houses

A Statement Released by Erie County

The City of Buffalo will host public Open Houses in nine neighborhoods throughout Buffalo between June 4 through June 9, to present and get public input on the draft elements of the city’s new zoning code, which was last updated in 1953. These public events will offer citizens an opportunity to preview the draft code, learn how the code will benefit their neighborhood, and discuss the details at Open House stations with project team members. 

The attached citywide fliers describe the initiative in greater detail. They were prepared by the City of Buffalo, and are being provided as a courtesy by the Division of Environmental Remediation within the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC).

This update is associated in part with the Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA) grant coordinated by the New York State Department of State.

Grisanti Bill Allows Common Council To Appoint One Member of Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority

Grisanti Bill Allows Common Council To Appoint One Member of Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority

Senator Mark Grisanti (R, I -60) today announced that the New York State Senate has voted to pass Bill S.3133B to amend the public housing law to grant the Buffalo Common Council the power to appoint one commissioner to the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority governing board. 

The Housing Authority will now be comprised of seven members including two elected by tenants, one member appointed by the common council and four members appointed by the mayor of the City of Buffalo.    The Mayor will designate the Chairman who will serve at his pleasure.  Members of the Municipal Housing Authority receive a designated salary and the two tenant members receive a monthly stipend of $250.