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Jacobs to Deliver Nearly $8 Million to Local Governments

Jacobs to Deliver Nearly $8 Million to Local Governments

Says Mortgage Tax Collections up 16.8% Over Same Period Last Year

Erie County, NY-Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs announced his office will soon distribute to local governments throughout the County their share of the Erie County Mortgage Tax collections based off of real estate transactions recorded in the Clerk’s Office.  The total to be distributed on May 15th is $7,896,969.86 and covers the six month period October 1, 2012-March 31, 2013.  This amount is 16.8% higher than the same period last year.

“Record low interest rates have fueled both refinancing and home purchases throughout Western New York.  This is a positive development for Erie County’s municipal governments since mortgage tax distributions are a major source of revenue for many of the County’s cities, towns and villages,” stated County Clerk Jacobs.

Mark Hamister Reflects on the Partnership's 20 Years of expertise@work

Mark Hamister Reflects on the Partnership's 20 Years of expertise@work

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 role in Buffalo Niagara’s evolving economy.   Today, we’re sitting down with Mark Hamister, who served as Partnership board chair from 2001-2003.  This is the second part in our series which will run throughout 2013.

Name: Mark Hamister, Chairman & CEO, the Hamister Group, Inc.

Term as Board Chair: 2001-2003

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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Expert on Millennial Workers the Latest to Join Accelerate Upstate 2.0

Expert on Millennial Workers the Latest to Join Accelerate Upstate 2.0

BUFFALO, N.Y.– Joan Synder Kuhl, workplace talent consultant and millennial expert, is the latest speaker to sign on for Accelerate Upstate 2.0, the economic development summit being hosted by the Buffalo Niagara Partnership on January 29 in Buffalo.  M&T Bank serves as the title sponsor for Accelerate Upstate 2.0, while Mrs. Kuhl’s address is sponsored by Bryant & Stratton College, Performance Management Partners, and Spicer Group. 

“Accelerate Upstate 2.0 is all about realistic opportunities for sustained economic growth in Upstate New York,” said Andrew J. Rudnick, President & CEO of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership.  “Joan Synder Kuhl, as the event’s opening speaker will challenge Upstate employers and economic development leaders to refine their workforce development tactics to be leading edge.”

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.