March 21, 2013

The Western New York Regional Economic Development Council (WNYREDC), which is made up of Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie and Niagara counties, was created by Governor Cuomo as a key component of his transformative approach to economic development. In 2011, Western New York was named a best plan awardee for "A Strategy for Prosperity in Western New York" and state resources have since supported strategies and initiatives to put the plan into action.

Two WNY Broadband Projects Awarded Funding
Governor Cuomo announced earlier this month that New York State will award $25 million in funding to expand high-speed Internet access in rural upstate and underserved urban areas of New York through the Connect NY Broadband Grant Program. Both of our broadband applicants in WNY were selected to receive grants based on the endorsement of the WNYREDC and technical scores awarded by a committee who analyzed and ranked projects competing for the $25 million in broadband funding.
  • Southern Tier Broadband ($672,452) - The project will expand access to broadband service and increase broadband speeds through a WiMAX (Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access) system to towns and villages in Chautauqua, Allegany, Cattaraugus and Erie counties, passing more than 41,000 households. The project will also partner with local medical clinics and libraries in our region's southern counties.
  • Allegany County Broadband ($800,000) - The Allegany County Broadband project will create a county-wide platform for providing access to an existing network, delivering broadband to 28 local communities and 17,440 households in Allegany County that are currently without broadband service. 

Read the press release here. More information on New York State's Universal Broadband initiative is available here.

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PUSH Buffalo Announces Green Partnership

PUSH Buffalo, Buffalo Niagara RiverKeeper, the Buffalo Sewer Authority, WNYREDC, the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC) and Judith Enck of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced a major initiative to promote green infrastructure, storm water management, and green jobs in PUSH's Green Development Zone (GDZ) on Buffalo's West Side.


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 strategic plan "A Strategy for Prosperity, focuses on three fundamental issues, including smart growth. The PUSH project supports smart growth principles by encouraging reinvestment in existing population centers and older structures.


People United for Sustainable Housing better known as PUSH Buffalo, is a leader in sustainable green development. The Green Development Zone is PUSH's internationally recognized effort to grow a new community economy in a 25-square block area of the West Side in the city of Buffalo.

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State Officials Hold Economic Development Summit in Olean


State officials, including Empire State Development
 (ESD) President, CEO & Commissioner Kenneth Adams, met with Olean and Cattaraugus County
stakeholders on February 25 to discuss strategies and programs to assist the city and region with its economic development priorities.


"The Olean Economic Development Summit was a success, joining local stakeholders with state and regional economic development experts to brainstorm ideas for the region," said Howard A. Zemsky, Western New York Regional Economic Development Council (WNYREDC) Co-Chair and Managing Partner at Larkin Development Group. "Economic development is a top priority for Governor Cuomo and his approach has been bottom-up, relying on regional expertise and collaboration. The summit builds on those ideas and will help us address the specific needs of Olean."


In addition, Adams introduced Diego Sirianni, an economic development expert with ESD, as the point person for economic development in Olean and Cattaraugus County. He will assist local businesses and other enterprises in securing funding and other resources in order to relocate operations, expand operations or maintain operations.