Statement from Dottie Gallagher-Cohen, President & CEO of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership on the Adaptive Reuse Program Study Released by the Erie County Industrial Development Agency

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 16, 2017

Statement from Dottie Gallagher-Cohen, President & CEO of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership on the Adaptive Reuse Program Study Released by the Erie County Industrial Development Agency

“The independent report released today by the Erie County Industrial Development Agency (ECIDA) provides overwhelming evidence of the effectiveness of the ECIDA’s Adaptive Reuse program and validates the need for this program to not only continue, but to be strengthened.  Described by the report’s author as ‘…one of the most successful adaptive reuse programs in the country,’ the ECIDA’s program is having a tremendous impact on the local economy and making otherwise unaffordable redevelopment projects viable.  Redevelopment Resources’ report clearly demonstrates how the existing Adaptive Reuse program is producing jobs, leveraging private sector investment, eliminating blight and reducing crime.

The transformational results of this program can be seen on nearly every block in downtown Buffalo.  The Buffalo Niagara Partnership is strongly advocating for the not only maintaining this program, but enhancing it to reflect the region’s current development challenges.  I encourage my fellow ECIDA Board Members to work with us in accomplishing this important goal.  Failing to do so will only stymie the success we have achieved and forfeit the economic opportunity created by this program.”

Click here to read the Partnership’s analysis of the report detailing the economic benefits of the Adaptive Reuse program in Erie County. 

ABOUT THE BUFFALO NIAGARA PARTNERSHIP
The Buffalo Niagara Partnership is the region’s private sector economic development organization and regional chamber of commerce, representing nearly a quarter of a million employees in the Buffalo Niagara region. The Partnership’s work has three main focuses: advocacy, business development and convening. By mobilizing members and strategic partners around common goals, the Partnership grows private investment and jobs in Buffalo Niagara.


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