The Western New York Regional Economic Development Council announced three new members yesterday. Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus Inc. President and CEO Matthew K. Enstice, Niagara Partnership President and CEO Dottie Gallagher-Cohen, and Blackstone Business Enterprises Inc. President Michael Metzger filled vacancies on council.
The council will also hold a meeting today, August 20, in Niagara Falls at the Conference and Events Center Niagara Falls, Cascades Ballroom in Niagara Falls at 1 p.m.
The meeting is open to the public and will include an overview of the Consolidated Funding Application scoring process and 2013 progress report, work group updates, state agency resource team community outreach report and a Buffalo Billion update.
The Regional Economic Development Council initiative (REDC) is a public-private partnership composed of local experts and stakeholders from business, academia, local government, and non-governmental organizations. The Regional Councils were created by the Cuomo administration to redefine the way New York invests in jobs and economic growth by putting in place a community-based, bottom up approach and establishing a competitive process for state resources.
For more information on the regional councils, visit www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov.
The nanotech industry is growing across the state with facilities starting up in Buffalo, Rochester and Utica. All of it is the offshoot of SUNY’s College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering in Albany, which employs 3,000 people and represents $17 billion in public and private investment.
Alain Kaloyeros, the CEO of the nanotech center, says the facilities across upstate are reaching a critical mass and that the Start-Up NY program will help them along.
This could help turn around the state’s decline in manufacturing. Along with job creation, the nanotech industry expects the growth will lead to opportunities for higher education and research facility growth.
Central and Western New York’s travel tourism industry continues to get a boost from a series of events held there. NASCAR at Watkins Glen and the 2013 PGA Championship in Pittsford, were major draws this past weekend. Other regional events included the Fingerlakes Region AACA 41st Annual Car Show and a Wizard of Oz fundraiser in Syracuse to save the childhood home of the author.
Tiger Woods was one of the many pro-golfers who would “absolutely” want to play the Oak Hill course again saying, “It’s a fantastic golf course.”
These events go a long way in promoting travel tourism in upstate New York and more activities are planned.
Governor Cuomo announced yesterday that he would hold a special tour to bring leading wine industry professionals, restaurateurs and tourism officials together to promote New York’s award-winning wines and drive tourism to the Finger Lakes region during this year’s New York Wine & Food Classic wine competition. The annual wine competition is being held Tuesday, August 13.
The New York City Wine and Food Festival, being held in October at The Lighthouse on Pier 61, will also feature a special brunch hosted by The Governor, featuring Chefs from the state’s top restaurants. The event will feature the best what New York farms, butchers, brewers, distilleries, and wineries have to offer.
The Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council will hold a public meeting today, Wednesday, July 31, 2013, at the Wegmans Conference Center in Rochester, NY. Businesses, organizations, labor representatives and university representatives from the Finger Lakes region encompassing Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming and Yates counties are welcome to attend.
Topics discussed will include membership changes, an update on the Eastman Business Park, a NY Works Task Force presentation and a REDC Round III review and update.
Where: Wegmans Conference Center
200 Wegmans Market Street
Rochester, New York 14624
When: Wednesday, July 31, 2013
3 to 5 p.m.
For more information, contact Laura Magee at Empire State Development.
The Buffalo News reports Governor Cuomo is moving forward with locating a new casino in Niagara Falls and will move for a for a state-owned operation in the area. To do this, legislation will need to change to allow non-Indian casinos in upstate New York.
Read Robert McCarthy’s article, Governor ‘very serious’ about state casino in the Falls, on The Buffalo News website.
Buffalo News Capitol Bureau Chief, Tom Precious, reports that the Assembly Democrats have proposed a law instituting a “clawback” provision against the Buffalo Bills should the team break their new lease deal and leave Western New York. The team would incur financial penalties if they left during the first seven years of their contract and would have to pay the costs associated with renovating the Ralph Wilson Stadium.
Read the full article here.
Tom Precious posted the following story for The Buffalo News:
ALBANY – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and legislative leaders met for the first time Wednesday to discuss plans to dramatically expand casino gambling in New York but came away in agreement that there is still much work ahead.
The sides did tentatively resolve some issues, including agreeing that a new state gambling commission will select developers if new casinos are permitted and vowing that voters will know ahead of any statewide referendum, possibly this fall, what counties will be eligible for at least the first phase of any new Las Vegas-style gambling halls. But when asked for other specifics, lawmakers and Cuomo were mum.
“Evolving is the word of the day if you haven’t noticed,” Cuomo told reporters as he sat alongside three legislative leaders following a 90-minute meeting in his Capitol office.
A decision on where precisely any new casinos might be located is weeks or months away, though the sides mostly seem to agree that the Catskills – once a major resort destination that has fallen on hard times in recent decades – is in the running.
Whether Western New York will be eligible remains uncertain because the Seneca Nation and the state have an 11-year-old compact giving the tribe exclusive rights to operate casino gambling in a huge portion of the region stretching some 100 miles from Buffalo to Route 14 east of Rochester and from Lake Ontario to the Pennsylvania line. Cuomo has suggested the state will honor that compact, but that could depend on the outcome of the years-old dispute, now in arbitration, that has seen the Seneca Nation withhold more than $500 million in casino revenue-sharing payments to Albany for what it claims has been a breach of that compact.
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