By Seth Piccirillo | Senior Manager of Economic Development
Employ Buffalo Niagara connects local employers with residents seeking job opportunities. While job placement is vital to the success of our region, creating opportunity is only step one in addressing our regional workforce challenges.
The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) is currently in the process of assessing transit options at both ends of the Metro Rail. The system has served Buffalo along its 6.4 mile route since its completion in the mid-1980s. This line has remained relatively unchanged for 30 years.
However, the economic and transportation needs of the city and region have evolved in recent years. Growth and development in the Canalside and Cobblestone districts have brought many more people to the southern end of Metro Rail, and with additional development planned, the popularity of these areas will likely continue to increase.
The Riverbend development, at the former Republic Steel site in South Buffalo, is a transformative project for Buffalo and Western New York.
SolarCity has committed to investing $5 billion over the next decade on a solar panel manufacturing facility expected to generate 3,000 jobs. New York State has also committed $750 million to the project.