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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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Ellicottville Chalet Makes ‘Ski Country’ the Perfect Year-round Getaway

Ellicottville Chalet Makes ‘Ski Country’ the Perfect Year-round Getaway

In just a few shorts weeks, thousands of avid skiers, snowboarders and outdoor enthusiasts will make their annual pilgrimage to the quaint Village of Ellicottville in Western New York’s southern tier for some excitement on the slopes. And for those not interested in conquering the hills, the shopping, restaurants and nightlife aren’t too bad either!

But Ellicottville isn’t completely about the snow season. In fact, there are some fantastic sights and sites to be enjoyed year-round, especially during the cool and crisp autumn months. From incredibly colorful fall foliage to a variety of roadside stands selling produce, pumpkins and other seasonal favorites, Ellicottville is a treat 365 days a year!

Grisanti Proposes Bill to Increase Number of Green Homes Built In NY

Grisanti Proposes Bill to Increase Number of Green Homes Built In NY

Senator Mark Grisanti (R-60) today announced his sponsorship of bill (S-6664) to establish a real property tax exemption of thirty five percent for a period of no longer than twenty years for homes that meet certain specific National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards.  The goal of this legislation is to incentivize builders to invest in green homes which are typically more expensive to build.

Builders will have to ensure that the lot is located near mass transit, protects high value vegetation, soil improved with organic mulch, low flow showers and toilets mandated, energy star rating of 3.0 or higher, at least one renewable energy for the house, rain barrels provided at no less than 2 downspouts and over fifty percent of the internal components must be green certified products. These are some but not all of the requirements spelled out in the legislation.

North Forest Office Space Begins Work on Central Texas Project

North Forest Office Space Begins Work on Central Texas Project

First building expected to be ready for occupancy in early summer

Williamsville-based North Forest Office Space has taken another step toward bringing its vision to Central Texas.

The company has commenced development of its first Texas project, located in the City of Pflugerville, northeast of the capital city of Austin. According to Brendan Jordan, North Forest’s area manager in Central Texas, the project, which will ultimately feature 34,000 square feet of professional, medical and dental space, is being developed in four phases. Construction is underway of the initial phase of 9,000 square feet of space, which Jordan expects to be ready for occupancy by early summer.

Jordan said that North Forest is excited about the opportunities it sees in Central Texas, particularly as it relates to filling a need the small-to-medium sized professional, medical and dental business segments in which the company specializes.

National Grid and Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus Form Unique Energy Partnership

National Grid and Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus Form Unique Energy Partnership

 

National Grid and Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus Form Unique Energy Partnership to Transform Campus and Surrounding Neighborhoods into a Global Leader in Energy Innovation

 

  • Community stakeholders to be engaged in project development.
  • Retrofit of century-old home will demonstrate compatibility of modern energy use with preservation of historic structures.
  • Medical campus expected to grow to 12,000 employees, with increased energy needs.  Partnership will help manage usage through new technologies, training.

 

Niagara County IDA Approves First-Ever Project Through Opportunity Zone Program

Niagara County IDA Approves First-Ever Project Through Opportunity Zone Program

Board also accepts application for assistance for construction of a new facility in Wheatfield and significant expansion to facility in North Tonawanda

The Niagara County Industrial Development Agency (NCIDA) Board of Directors today induced the application of assistance from the Greater Lockport Development Corporation (GLDC) for renovations to 57 Canal Street in the historic locks district in downtown Lockport.  The building is owned by the city of Lockport and leased to the GLDC.  The induced application for the GLDC is for a five-year PILOT is the first ever application through the Niagara County Opportunity Zone Program, which was created by the NCIDA to provide financial incentives in the form of tax abatements to commercial, retail and tourism based businesses to encourage reinvestment to rebuild urban centers in Niagara County.

NCIDA Accepts First Application from Opportunity Zone Program

NCIDA Accepts First Application from Opportunity Zone Program

Project will create more than 20 jobs with an economic impact of approximately $4.5 million annually; Board also accepts application for construction of new facility in Pendleton

 SANBORN, NEW YORK – The Niagara County Industrial Development Agency (NCIDA) Board of Directors today accepted an application of assistance from the Greater Lockport Development Corporation (GLDC) for renovations to 57 Canal Street in the historic locks district in downtown Lockport.  The building is owned by the city of Lockport and leased to the GLDC.  The GLDC application for a five-year PILOT is the first ever application through the Niagara County Opportunity Zone Program, which provides financial incentives in the form of tax abatements to commercial, retail and tourism based businesses to encourage reinvestment to rebuild urban centers in Niagara County.

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