Economic development forums encourage collaboration on projectsBy Edward Rath, Erie County Legislator September 3, 2014
On Friday, Aug. 22, I had the pleasure of joining Tully Rinckey PLLC to celebrate its Western New York office expansion. The law firm, like many businesses, is growing during a very exciting time in our community. The rebirth in Erie County, from downtown to the suburbs, has injected a sense of confidence and optimism that we have not seen in decades. This new investment and growth is also a powerful combination of new and existing companies.
This past spring, I partnered with Buffalo’s top economic development organizations to lead an economic development forum focused on the future of business growth in Erie County. At that time I stressed the importance of diversified local business expansion as a key to job creation. Tully Rinckey PLLC is a prime example of a rapidly growing operation that has chosen to locate and grow in Amherst to meet its business needs. Rest assured I will continue to focus my efforts on fostering a business-friendly environment in Erie County.
As chairman of the legislature’s Economic Development Committee and a member of the Erie County Industrial Development Agency, I am further focused on developing ways that private and public entities can partner to better our region. Results of these partnerships are beginning to emerge all around Western New York, including the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, Canalside, the Buffalo Billion and several smaller, although vital, businesses that have opened in our villages and towns throughout Erie County. I am planning a second economic development forum for this fall to discuss specifically how government and the private sector can spur economic development together. I believe these forums are exactly what we need to facilitate collaboration and networking opportunities that will result in more jobs and opportunities in Erie County.
Specific information on the forum and an invitation to all members of the public will be posted on my website and social media sites, as well as sent to media outlets, as soon as final details are set. I look forward to anyone with an interest in the future of our community to attend and take part in the conversation. For further information, please feel free to call my Legislative office at 858-8676 or e-mail edward. firstname.lastname@example.org
Another matter that is quite important to our economic development is the future of the Buffalo Bills stadium. I joined more than 20 other state, county and local officials in sending a letter to the lieutenant governor, the president of the Bills organization, and the county executive urging the new stadium working group to open its meetings and allow the public to be kept abreast on its discussions.
As a longtime season ticket holder, fan and legislator who voted on this past lease and renovation costs, I know that any decision made concerning the future home of the Buffalo Bills must be fully vetted. And that includes giving the fans and stakeholders a seat at the table. Taxpayers have invested a great deal of money into our football team and deserve to be a part of these conversations.