Western New York Regional Council

Western New York Regional Council The WNY council is made up of regional stakeholders who are developing a 5-year strategic plan for our region The WNY Regional Council is part of Governor Cuomo's NY Open for Business initiative.

It's constituents include key stakeholder in both the public and private sector from the following regions: Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, and Niagara.

Mission: Create a new operating model for NYS government that will stimulate economic development in every region and improve the business climate statewide. The regional council approach will be community-driven, comprehensive and holistic.

Operating as usual

On her last day at ESD, Western New York Regional Director Christina Orsi receives a token of appreciation from 43North ...
03/25/2015

On her last day at ESD, Western New York Regional Director Christina Orsi receives a token of appreciation from 43North at a press conference announcing the second round of the $5M competition.

On her last day at ESD, Western New York Regional Director Christina Orsi receives a token of appreciation from 43North at a press conference announcing the second round of the $5M competition.

02/05/2015
The New Buffalo

This is the New Buffalo.

This video, which highlights the Buffalo and Western New York region, was created for and used in a presentation on September 16, 2014 when the Western New Y...

Western New York Regional Council
01/06/2015

Western New York Regional Council

Funding for 3 #BuffaloBillion projects has been approved by Empire State Development, creating more than 1300 jobs in WN...
06/30/2014
Governor Cuomo Announces Nearly $200 Million in Funding for Buffalo Billion Projects | Governor...

Funding for 3 #BuffaloBillion projects has been approved by Empire State Development, creating more than 1300 jobs in WNY: http://on.ny.gov/1nYLr9U

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that nearly $200 million in Buffalo Billion initiative funding has been approved for three projects that will create more than 1,300 new jobs and spur further investment and economic growth across Western New York. The funding was approved by Empire State Dev…

via Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation
06/16/2014

via Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation

Friday, June 13: Members of the Western New York Empire State Development office and Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation participated in a live #Buffalo aerial photo at Canalside Buffalo. Proceeds from the event benefited Stand4Heroes (The Bob Woodruff Foundation) and WNY Heroes.

Blue Bridge Financial is set to expand in Buffalo and create 71 new jobs, thanks to more than $500,000 in tax credits fr...
06/09/2014
Business Chooses Buffalo for Headquarters

Blue Bridge Financial is set to expand in Buffalo and create 71 new jobs, thanks to more than $500,000 in tax credits from Empire State Development

A financial business is set to expand in Buffalo.

Governor Andrew Cuomo announces cross-county initiative to develop #tourism in Western NY
06/05/2014
Governor Cuomo Announces Cross-County Initiative to Develop Tourism in Western NY | Governor...

Governor Andrew Cuomo announces cross-county initiative to develop #tourism in Western NY

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced an initiative to further Western New York’s status as a diverse and dynamic tourism destination that builds upon the broad array of visitor experiences that lie just beyond the immediate Niagara Falls area. Eight counties – Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua,…

Buffalo named the best medium-sized city for 2014 college grads by CreditDonkey, via The Buffalo News:
05/28/2014
Website deems Buffalo the best medium-sized city for new college grads - The Buffalo News

Buffalo named the best medium-sized city for 2014 college grads by CreditDonkey, via The Buffalo News:

Psst … new college graduate. Want to know where to move now that you have that degree? Sure, you can try your luck in New York City or Los Angeles, but to get a leg up in the real world, a national website suggests staying put.Low unemployment, affordable rents, short commutes and p... - The Buffalo…

Hi-tech projects take step forward - The Buffalo News
02/14/2014
Hi-tech projects take step forward - The Buffalo News

Hi-tech projects take step forward - The Buffalo News

State officials have selected Buffalo commercial real estate firms LPCiminelli and McGuire Development Co. as the preferred developers for future high-tech research and manufacturing facilities here – such as RiverBend in South Buffalo – that would be built to bolster the Western New Y... - The Buff...

Western New York Power Proceeds Allocation Board recommends $245,570 in funding for projects in WNY
02/11/2014
Western New York Power Proceeds Allocation Board recommends $245,570 in funding for projects in WNY

Western New York Power Proceeds Allocation Board recommends $245,570 in funding for projects in WNY

The Western New York Power Proceeds Allocation Board announced Monday it has recommended $245,570 in funding to two Western New York enterprises: Living Green Insulation on Buffalo's east side, and Eden Valley Growers in Eden. In total, the latest projects recommended for funding awards are expected...

Gov. Cuomo names first members to group tasked with exploring new Bills stadium
02/11/2014
Cuomo names first members to group tasked with exploring new Bills stadium - The Buffalo News

Gov. Cuomo names first members to group tasked with exploring new Bills stadium

When the Buffalo Bills signed a new 10-year lease in December 2012 to stay in Orchard Park in exchange for $130 million in stadium renovations, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo promised to consider the idea of building a new stadium.Monday, the governor made good on the first step in that promise.... - The Buff...

Governor Andrew Cuomo Kicks Off Statewide Regional Economic Development Council Progress Tour in Western New YorkGoverno...
10/15/2013
Governor Cuomo Kicks Off Statewide Regional Economic Development Council Progress Tour in...

Governor Andrew Cuomo Kicks Off Statewide Regional Economic Development Council Progress Tour in Western New York

Governor Tours Sites to See Progress of Western New York Projects

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today kicked off a statewide Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) Progress Tour in Buffalo, where he toured Western New York approved projects to see their progress and economic impact in the region. This is the first visit in the Governor's statewide REDC Progress T...

08/08/2013
NYS Consolidated Funding Application

Businesses hoping for a bite of the $760 million in grants, loans and tax credits the state has set aside this year to stimulate regional economic development have until 4 p.m. Monday to file their applications.

That's the deadline for applications for funding under the third round of Governor Andrew Cuomo's system for doling out state aid for development projects that create or retain jobs.

#NYS #CFA #REDC

As part of Governor Cuomo’s transformative plan to improve the state’s economic development model, a NYS Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) has been created that will streamline and expedite the grant application process. The CFA process marks a fundamental shift in the way state resources are a...

05/22/2013
Governor Cuomo Unveils Major Economic Development Initiative to Transform University Communities...

Under Tax-Free NY, Any New Business Will Be Able to Operate Tax Free on a SUNY - The State University of New York Campus for Ten Years

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today unveiled "Tax-Free NY," a game-changing initiative that will transform SUNY campuses and university communities across the state into tax-free communities that attract start-ups, venture capital, new business, and investments from across the world.

REMINDER: our tourism workgroup will be hosting a public input session TODAY to seek feedback on the "Path Through Histo...
03/28/2013
Governor Cuomo Unveils New York's "Path Through History" to Support Tourism and Economic Development

REMINDER: our tourism workgroup will be hosting a public input session TODAY to seek feedback on the "Path Through History."

Thursday, March 28, 2013: 2 to 4 p.m.
Jamestown Community College, Cutco Theatre
260 North Union Street
Olean, NY 14760

For more information on Path Through History, visit: http://www.governor.ny.gov/press/08282012-Path-Through-History

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today unveiled New York's new "Path Through History," a statewide roadmap that ties historically and culturally significant sites, locations and events throughout the Empire State.

Have you checked out the latest edition of the Western New York Regional Council E-Newsletter? http://conta.cc/11jTqnk
03/21/2013
WNYREDC Newsletter

Have you checked out the latest edition of the Western New York Regional Council E-Newsletter?

http://conta.cc/11jTqnk

PUSH Blue is an intensive effort to combat Combined Sewer Overflow. With funding from the WNYREDC through the state's EFC, PUSH will complete 25 green infrastructure projects in the GDZ over the next two years, including rain gardens, green roofs, bios wails and catchment systems. The WNYREDC strate...

Reminder: our tourism workgroup will be hosting its second of three public input sessions TODAY to seek feedback on the ...
03/19/2013
Governor Cuomo Unveils New York's "Path Through History" to Support Tourism and Economic Development

Reminder: our tourism workgroup will be hosting its second of three public input sessions TODAY to seek feedback on the "Path Through History."

TODAY: 3-5 p.m.
Buffalo History Museum
One Museum Court
Buffalo, NY 14216

For more information on Path Through History, visit: http://www.governor.ny.gov/press/08282012-Path-Through-History

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today unveiled New York's new "Path Through History," a statewide roadmap that ties historically and culturally significant sites, locations and events throughout the Empire State.

Just a reminder: our tourism workgroup will be hosting its first of three public input sessions TODAY to seek feedback o...
03/18/2013
Governor Cuomo Unveils New York's "Path Through History" to Support Tourism and Economic Development

Just a reminder: our tourism workgroup will be hosting its first of three public input sessions TODAY to seek feedback on the “Path Through History." The program was launched last year by Governor Andrew Cuomo and is aimed at increasing heritage tourism across New York State.

TODAY: 3-5 p.m.
Conference Center Niagara Falls
101 Old Falls St.
Niagara Falls, NY 14303

For more information on Path Through History, visit: http://www.governor.ny.gov/press/08282012-Path-Through-History

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today unveiled New York's new "Path Through History," a statewide roadmap that ties historically and culturally significant sites, locations and events throughout the Empire State.

03/14/2013

The WNYREDC's workgroup on tourism will be hosting three public input sessions next week to seek feedback on the “Path Through History,” a program aimed at increasing heritage tourism across New York State. We will be developing a local vision plan to be advanced and are seeking input from stakeholders in the cultural tourism sector. The meetings will be held as follows:

Monday, March 18, 2013: 3-5 p.m.
Conference Center Niagara Falls
101 Old Falls St.
Niagara Falls, NY 14303

Tuesday, March 19, 2013: 3-5 p.m.
Buffalo History Museum
One Museum Court
Buffalo, NY 14216

Thursday, March 28, 2013: 2 to 4 p.m.
Jamestown Community College, Cutco Theatre
260 North Union Street
Olean, NY 14760

Though registration is not required, it is suggested and can be done by visiting www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov/content/western-new-york.

The WNYREDC's workgroup on tourism will be hosting three public input sessions next week to seek feedback on the “Path T...
03/14/2013
Western New York | Regional Economic Development Councils

The WNYREDC's workgroup on tourism will be hosting three public input sessions next week to seek feedback on the “Path Through History,” a program aimed at increasing heritage tourism across New York State. We will be developing a local vision plan to be advanced and are seeking input from stakeholders in the cultural tourism sector. The meetings will be held as follows:

Monday, March 18, 2013: 3-5 p.m.
Conference Center Niagara Falls
101 Old Falls St.
Niagara Falls, NY 14303

Tuesday, March 19, 2013: 3-5 p.m.
Buffalo History Museum
One Museum Court
Buffalo, NY 14216

Thursday, March 28, 2013: 2 to 4 p.m.
Jamestown Community College, Cutco Theatre
260 North Union Street
Olean, NY 14760

Though registration is not required, it is suggested and can be done by visiting www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov/content/western-new-york.

The Western New York Regional Economic Development Council, which is made up of five counties—Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie and Niagara—each with its own unique economic strengths and challenges, was created by Governor Cuomo as a key component of his transformative approach to economic de...

03/04/2013
Western New York Power Proceeds Allocation Board

New Economic Development Funds Available in Western New York

The Western New York Power Proceeds Allocation Act, effective March 30, 2012, created the Western New York Power Proceeds Allocation Board (WNYPPAB), and required the New York Power Authority (NYPA) to establish the Western New York Economic Development Fund (Fund). The primary role of the WNYPPAB i...

The Buffalo Billion’s six signature investable initiatives include:▪Buffalo Center for Manufacturing Innovation: a state...
02/07/2013
Western New York | Regional Economic Development Councils

The Buffalo Billion’s six signature investable initiatives include:
▪Buffalo Center for Manufacturing Innovation: a state-of-the-art facility to support the growth of the region’s manufacturing sector. It will be a shared services enterprise that provides support in commercializing applied research, developing more efficient operational processes, enabling entry into new markets, and up-skilling the existing workforce.
▪The Buffalo Science Productivity and Research Catalyzer (SPaRC): to help bring breakthrough healthcare innovations to market. The Accelerator supports researchers in developing translational research, acquiring patents, and then licensing those patents or developing them into businesses.
▪Buffalo Niagara Tourism Program: a regional tourism program to leverage the world-class tourism assets in Niagara Falls and the City of Buffalo through a more coordinated and sophisticated marketing strategy; investments and increased programming in the Niagara State Park; investments in other regional tourism assets and amenities; and the creation of regional offerings.
▪The Buffalo Skills Partnership: a skills broker with initial investments in Rapid Right Skilling. The partnership will make Buffalo’s workforce system the most flexible, diverse and responsive in the nation by aligning education and training behind the skills employers need to expand and workers need for job success.
▪Buffalo Breakthrough Business Challenge: a world-class business plan competition to catalyze the region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. Winners will receive initial funding, incubator space, mentorship and introductions to leading venture capital firms.
▪Better Buffalo Fund: to make targeted investments through a dedicated fund to support high impact economic and community development projects. A competition will determine the best investments, based on overall strategic fit, impact, proven capacity for execution and commitment of additional funds.

In the coming weeks a Buffalo Billion website will also be launched.

http://regionalcouncils.ny.gov/content/western-new-york

The Western New York Regional Economic Development Council, which is made up of five counties—Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie and Niagara—each with its own unique economic strengths and challenges, was created by Governor Cuomo as a key component of his transformative approach to economic de...

12/06/2012
Creativity and Money

"At the meeting of the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council where the AMRI grant was announced, the main event was the unveiling of the plan, the big plan, that has been more than a year in formation. Its outlines have been known for a while because when Cuomo said that he’d put $1 billion forward, WNYREDC leaders Satish Tripathi and Howard Zemsky organized dozens of meetings with hundreds of participants, all of whom talk. For Niagara Falls, there will be a continued focus on developing tourism, an effort that will include promoting the art, architecture, and landscape of Buffalo, too. For Buffalo, there will be the AMRI investment, and more effort on workforce training so that prospective workers get better matched to prospective jobs, and there will be what Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, Portland, Kalamazoo, and other second-tier former industrial cities have all had versions of: a formalized, funded, annual business-plan competition that will be promoted here and everywhere, the better to build up the supply of enterprise-creating entrepreneurs."

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Western New York Regional Council's cover photo
12/04/2012

Western New York Regional Council's cover photo

The Council's progress report and full list of endorsed priority projects for 2012 can be found at http://regionalcounci...
12/04/2012
Western New York | Regional Economic Development Councils

The Council's progress report and full list of endorsed priority projects for 2012 can be found at http://regionalcouncils.ny.gov/content/western-new-york.


To learn more about each Regional Council and their economic development plans, visit www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov.

The Western New York Regional Economic Development Council, which is made up of five counties—Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie and Niagara—each with its own unique economic strengths and challenges, was created by Governor Cuomo as a key component of his transformative approach to economic de...

Governor Andrew Cuomo Presented with Buffalo Billion Investment Development Plan | Plan Will Help Guide State’s $1 billi...
12/04/2012
Governor Cuomo Presented with Buffalo Billion Investment Development Plan | Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

Governor Andrew Cuomo Presented with Buffalo Billion Investment Development Plan | Plan Will Help Guide State’s $1 billion Investment in Buffalo, Spur Billions in New Investment | Governor & Western New York Regional Council Announce Public Private Partnership with AMRI to Create 250 new jobs

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today was presented with the Buffalo Billion Investment Development Plan by the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council (WNYREDC). The Governor has committed an historic $1 billion investment in the Buffalo area economy to create thousands of jobs and spur bil...

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95 Perry St, Ste 500
Buffalo, NY
14203-3030

95 Perry St. Buffalo, New York 14203

General information

The WNY Regional Council is chaired by the Lieutenant Governor and co-chaired by Satish Tripathi (UB President) and Howards Zemsky (Managing Partner at Larkin Development Group) Council Members include: Robert Gioia, David Porter, Robert T. Brady, Connie Vari, Dr. Rosa Gonzalez, Dr. Raul Vazquez, Jennifer J. Parker, Pamela R. Henderson, Paul Brown, Jeff Belt, Brenda W. McDuffie, Aaron Bartley, John R. Koelmel, Dr. Charles Edmondson, Thomas A. Kucharski, Andrew J. Rudnick, Deanna Alterio Brennen, Colleen C. DiPirro and Duncan Ross

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Monday 08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 17:00
Thursday 08:00 - 17:00
Friday 08:00 - 17:00
Saturday 09:00 - 17:00
Sunday 11:00 - 17:00

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(716) 846-8247

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