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October 16, 2017
West Coast brewing meets Buffalo as Pressure Drop prepares
Karl Kolbe has spent many long days at the Barrel Factory over the past few months, getting  Read more
October 16, 2017
Buffalo and Rochester to work together on Amazon HQ proposal
Amazon started dangling its $5 billion carrot on Sept. 7, setting off a flurry of economic peacocking leading up the proposal deadline of Oct. 19. 
October 16, 2017
The case for Western NY
The search for a dream house takes time, but once you find it, there’s nothing like calling that special place home sweet home.
September 26, 2017
Can New York win the Amazon headquarters? State juggles multiple bids
Having said that, Kucharski added, “We’re working night and day.’’
September 26, 2017
Tesla begins production of solar cells at Buffalo gigafactory
Tesla described the test production as an “interim milestone” and told AP that it expects to begin ramping production by the end of the year.
September 19, 2017
Buffalo Centers Revitalization Dreams on Waterfront
"Have you seen Buffalo lately?” That was the oft-repeated response I gave to people who asked me why I went to Buffalo in July.
September 13, 2017
It could cost $1 billion just to get in the running for Amazon HQ2
Invest Buffalo Niagara's own president and CEO Tom Kucharski talk with The Buffalo News about Amazon. He's joined by chairman Art Wingerter and board member JP Bak.
September 10, 2017
The New Corporate Recruitment Pool
After assessing several cities, Lynch chose the western New York area, which has suffered a loss of industrial employers over past decades. Unemployment has shrunk but more than 132,000 people, man...
September 8, 2017
Amazon in WNY? Why Not, Leaders Say
"Our region has been attracting a lot of younger people," Rosenhoch said. "And the work ethic has really translated from our blue-collar, Rust Belt Heritage into that next generation...
September 8, 2017
Can Buffalo compete with big cities for Amazon?
“We’re in the process of trying to coordinate everybody,” Kucharski said. “We’re going to try to get everybody to put our best foot forward so we take the best shot at...
September 7, 2017
Patient Pattern raises $100K
A 2015 InBN win is in the news showing great success in the region! View thier news and read thier success sto...
August 30, 2017
9 Ways Buffalo Became the Coolest City
Move over, NYC – there’s a new hip city in town! While most might know us for wings and winter weather, anyone who has experienced the 716 firsthand knows we’re good for so much m...
August 2, 2017
As Companies Invest in WNY, Economy Grows
Matthew Hubacher, a research manager with Invest Buffalo Niagara, said the investment by major companies certainly represents progress for the region. 
July 25, 2017
Bethlehem Steel property poised for a rebound
The property already is on the priority lists of national site selectors, according to Invest Buffalo Niagara, the regional economic development organization. Site selectors insist on seeing it.&nb...
July 24, 2017
A Q&A with new chairman of Invest Buffalo Niagara
Wingerter, the president of Univera Healthcare, last month was named chairman of Invest Buffalo Niagara, the local economic development and marketing group.
July 24, 2017
Erie County is betting big on Bethlehem Steel
“When we do bring prospects through, we can say there’s a lot of land, and you can see that a company has already done it and received brownfield credits,” said Alan Rosenhoch, di...
July 6, 2017
Illuminating Buffalo’s Startup Scene
During the course of the day, Invest Buffalo Niagara COO and longtime Buffalo startup scene champion Jenna Kavanaugh was recognized as the 2017 Bright Buffalo Niagara Partner of the Year Award.
June 9, 2017
How Buffalo Niagara became a hub for back office jobs
Our president and CEO Thomas Kucharski is quoted in this article in The Buffalo News. 
June 5, 2017
Improving surgical results the goal of startup’s virtual reality simulator
A past InBN win in the news.
May 26, 2017
Strong workforce, incentives fuel Moog's dual $53 million expansion effort
Invest Buffalo Niagara investor in the news for a large regional expansion.
May 15, 2017
Buffalo-based tech co. to work on federally funded wind turbine project
Sentient Science will help develop a solution to predict and extend wind turbine blade life, a project funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.
May 9, 2017
YFS Pharma, Inc. Expands In Buffalo, New York Suburb
YFS Pharma Inc., one of the You First Services Group of Companies, will invest $2.6 million to expand operations in Western New York. The 
May 5, 2017
Sumitomo hydropower allocation has economic development ripple effect
Our President and CEO Thomas Kucharski is quoted in this article about the capabilities of hydropower in the Buffalo Niagara region.
April 20, 2017
Phillips Lytle partner to lead national broadband review panel
Our Vice Chair and investor Douglas Dimitroff in the news. 
April 19, 2017
Northland Workforce Training Center Advancing
The Planning Board will review plans on Monday for the Western New York Workforce Development Center, a new hub that will focus primarily on training for careers in the advanced manufacturing and e...
April 19, 2017
Editorial: Albany's big lift is rebuilding Buffalo
In the meantime, though, Albany has managed a big lift on behalf of what has long been – and remains – a remarkable city. If Buffalo got a lot of help recently, it’s not that it d...
April 13, 2017
Pine Pharmaceuticals gets nod for expansion in Tonawanda solar park
Pine Pharmaceuticals is expanding, adding 12 new jobs at an average annual salary of $90,000.
April 10, 2017
Trove CTO Adam Stotz on why "predictive analytics" is a blossoming field
A former Invest Buffalo Niagara win on why predictive analytics is a blossoming field.
April 10, 2017
InfoTech WNY releases finalist for annual best in tech awards
Two of Invest Buffalo Niagara's previous wins have been chosen as finalists for this year's best in tech awards.
April 4, 2017
What will $500 million in Buffalo Billion II Buy?
The Buffalo Billion II is intended to build on the foundation laid out by the first Buffalo Billion, while also spreading the economic development plan’s focus into smaller initiatives intend...
February 6, 2017
Our Region's Economy, Summed up in Four Reports
A new suite of reports on the local labor market has been released to help attract businesses and talent to Western New York.
January 30, 2017
A Look at five Local Life Science Companies
The region has made a major investment in the life-sciences sector over the past 15 years. Employment in the life sciences grew by 1.8 percent in 2016, to 6,541 jobs, according to a report pre...
January 27, 2017
InBN 2012 Win Continues to find Success in Buffalo
As of 2012, the company at 50 Wecker St. on the East Side did a modest $25,000 in food truck work. Today, its custom food truck division has spun off into a separate company and estimates it has do...
January 27, 2017
Bak USA Finds Buffalo a Perfect Home
Bak USA is in the process of more than doubling its space at its downtown Buffalo headquarters, leasing the fourth and fifth floors of the Compass East mixed-use building at 425 Michigan Ave., alon...
January 27, 2017
Med Campus Worforce to hit 15,000
When the organization that oversees campus operations formed in 2001, 7,000 people worked at its existing institutions. Once the John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital and UB’s Jacobs Schoo...
January 26, 2017
2016 InBN Win Hosts Grand Opening
Empire State Developmen announced the grand opening of New Flyer of America Inc., a subsidiary of New Flyer Industries Inc. New Flyer is a leading manufacturer of transit busses and a high-tech bus...
January 26, 2017
Buffalo’s First Idea Lab
The Innovation Center, powered by the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, Inc. has announced the launch of i4 Studio, the first Idea Lab located in Western New York, in collaboration with the Internati...
January 18, 2017
InBN Welcomes Northwest Bank to Headquarter in Buffalo Niagara
Northwest Bank plans to add 70 jobs within a few months when it opens a New York region headquarters and operations center in Amherst.
January 15, 2017
Why the Nestle Purina Plant in Dunkirk Keeps Growing
The plant makes every Purina product sold in retail stores in the Northeast.
January 11, 2017
Athenex Leader says Company offers Blueprint for other Biomedical Companies
Athenex has become a beacon for emerging biomedical companies in Buffalo as it pursues an ambitious international expansion involving factories in China and Western New York.
December 8, 2016
WNY Awarded $62M to Support 105 Projects in Sixth Round
After six rounds of the REDC process, more than $4.6 billion has been awarded to more than 5,200 job creation and community development projects consistent with each regions strategic plans, projec...
December 6, 2016
How Buffalo Got Its Waterfront Back
Buffalo has reinvented its waterfront and in the process, become a model that other legacy cities are looking to as they strive to  Read more
December 5, 2016
Sentinent Science: Harnessing the Wind
Sentient Science was enticed to set up in Buffalo in 2013 and has grown from three employees to 50.
December 5, 2016
SolarCity Begins its Hunt for Factory Workers
The factory will be the largest solar panel production facility in the Western Hemisphere, with the capacity to produce nearly 10,000 solar panels each day once it reaches full production. SolarCit...
December 4, 2016
Buffalo Startup Tackles Health Issue: Keeping Cellphones Germ-Free
One of the winners of the 43North business competition in Buffalo, CleanSlateUV, thinks it has an answer. It has a device that uses ultraviolet light to kill germs, and it just completed a tri...
November 30, 2016
New York State to Help Clean up Industrial Park Parcels, Market Property
November 23, 2016
2016 Ontario Export Awards Presented to 11 Fast-Paced Businesses
More than 200 manufacturing executives and representatives from trade, government and industry attended the event. The awards recognize leadership and exporting growth in diverse sectors of Ontario...
November 17, 2016
M&T Bank Growth Causes Downtown Buffalo Expansion
 "Key investments like M&T is very important to sticking the flag in the ground. In this case the green flag. It says, hey, we're here for the long hall and we want to be part of ...
November 13, 2016
Expat Moves Silicon Valley Software Startup to Buffalo
Zielinski has founded his latest company, Rezedent, which allows for the online collection of homeowners’ association dues and rent payments. Residents also can use the network to make online...
November 10, 2016
Buffalo Startup Circuit Clinical to Create 100 Jobs on Medical Campus
A Buffalo startup company that seeks to make it easier for patients to enroll in and stay in clinical trials has agreed to create at least 100 high-tech jobs on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus a...
November 8, 2016
Larkin District, Invest Buffalo Niagara Fuel Company's Expansion
Power Drives was one of seven “wins” Invest Buffalo Niagara was able to secure in the first quarter of its fiscal year, which ended on Sept. 30. In all, the seven wins accounted fo...
November 7, 2016
Canadian Roofing Distributor to Open Site in West Seneca
The $792,000 project is one of seven expansion initiatives that were finalized during the fiscal first quarter, with involvement from Invest Buffalo Niagara, the local economic development and mark...
November 7, 2016
UB to Create Nation’s First Comprehensive MOOC for Digital Manufacturing and Design
UB and partner organizations are producing a 40-hour course, dubbed a “specialization,” composed of nine classes and a capstone project. The specialization, which is non-credit-bearing,...
November 2, 2016
Turning a Former Supermarket into a Factory in Jamestown
The former Quality Markets building on Fluvanna Road in Jamestown has been transformed into a high-tech facility for the assembly of components for energy efficient busses in New York City.
October 27, 2016
10 Pitches for a $1 Million Prize in 43North Competition
Ten startup companies vying for a $1 million top prize in the 43North business plan competition did their best Thursday to impress contest judges at Shea's Performing Arts Center.
October 27, 2016
43North Gives Away $5 Million to Startup Companies
43North gave away $5 million to help people with big ideas turn them into a reality. 43North is part of the governor’s Buffalo Billion investment in western New York.
October 27, 2016
Oncolinx Wins $1 Million Top Prize in 43North Contest
A life sciences company had the $1 million plan. 43North culminated in the selection of a Boston company that develops cancer immunotherapies, known as antibody-drug conjugates, as the top pri...
October 27, 2016
UB to Celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week with more than a Dozen Events
From a tour of the Buffalo Niagara
Medical Campus to workshops on securing venture capital and making
the perfect pitch, the University at Buffalo’s Blackstone
LaunchPad ...
October 26, 2016
This Year's Competition is underway as the Governor Announces 43North will go on Next Year
Seventeen companies are currently competing for eight awards, including a $1 million grand prize, $600,000 runner-up and six awards of $500,000. Gov. Andrew Cuomo used his visit to Buffalo tod...
October 25, 2016
University at Buffalo Medical School goes Downtown
When the University at Buffalo’s Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences welcomes students next fall, it will begin a new chapter for UB and the  Read more
October 24, 2016
Gordon Food Service Opens First New York Outlet
The privately-held, Michigan-based company debuted its Gordon Restaurant Market location on Elmwood Avenue with the 40,000-square-foot store taking over a former Office Depot outlet. The store was ...
October 7, 2016
General Mills Plans $25 Million Buffalo Upgrade
General Mills has confirmed plans to increase its cerea...
October 5, 2016
Ci Filling Systems will Create 80 New Jobs
Low-Cost Hydropower Allocations Support the Expansion of Manufacturing Operations. Cuomo today announced CI Filing Systems, one of the country's largest manufacturers and wholesale distrib...
October 4, 2016
43North Finalists Annoucned
They’ve taken on huge challenges. They’ve faced down failure. They’ve passed up the safer path in pursuit of their dreams. These colorful, ambitious, creative entrepreneurs are un...
October 4, 2016
Invest Buffalo Niagara Getting Results by Focusing on a Few Business Sectors
Invest Buffalo Niagara’s strategy of targeting a few business sectors appears to be showing some success.
The group, formerly known as Buffalo Niagara Enterprise, boasts an impressive ...
October 4, 2016
$5,000,000 In Startup Capital Is Up For Grabs
In the past, people looked only at Silicon Valley and Boston as the hot beds for start-ups – but as the great Bob Dylan once sang “the times, they are a changin”
September 15, 2016
Manufacturing Technology Institute Grand Opening
The new building features classrooms, specialized training space for machining and other industrial skills, light duty labs, and a computer-aided design lab. The institute is offering credit and no...
September 14, 2016
Bridgestone Grand Opening
Bridgestone APM Company, a subsidiary of Bridgestone Corporation – the largest tire and rubber manufacturer in the world, has opened in its newly constructed 65,000 square-foot manufacturing ...
September 14, 2016
Invest Buffalo Niagara Boasts 15 Project 'Wins'
Fueled by big state-backed projects, including the 1366 Technologies silicon wafer factory in the Town of Alabama and the Athenex drug plant in Dunkirk, Invest Buffalo Niagara said that it played a...
September 14, 2016
Invest Buffalo Niagara Reports a Strong Year
The regional economic development organization, in its 2015-2016 annual report, said it played a...
September 13, 2016
Economic Development Council Selects 32 Projects in Funding Request
The council on Monday approved 32 “priority projects” from the region, seeking funding from Empire State Development for projects valued at $75 million. The exact amount of state fundin...
September 12, 2016
11 Startups Selected for New Life Sciences Accelerator Program
The University at Buffalo in collaboration with Launch NY, Invest Buffalo Niagara and the Western New York Incubator Network, has selected 11 companies to participate in Critical Path, a new life s...
September 12, 2016
NU Incubator anchors Development Proposal in Downtown Niagara Falls
A development proposal at the edge of downtown Niagara Falls includes a university-run business incubator and commercial and residential components as well.
September 9, 2016
Great Lakes Medical Imaging joins UB Department of Radiology

UB announced that the 35 practicing radiologists employed by Great Lakes Medical Imaging (GLMI) are joining the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences as full-time faculty members ...

September 20, 2016
Nuova Castelli has Pledged to Invest Several Million in Chautauqua County
Nuova Castelli Group, the Italian specialty cheese producer, has acquired Empire and now brought it under its Castelli America LLC wing, with its cheeses now bearing the Castelli brand name.
August 25, 2016
Rise of the Rest Keeps Tabs on Buffalo
The prominent investor, Steve Murray, is keeping tabs on Buffalo's overall entrepreneurial momentum and individual companies as a follow-up to last year's Rise of the Rest tour.
August 18, 2016
ESD Approves $46M for Ongoing Work at Stamp Business Park
The site, located in Alabama, Genesee County, is currently being prepared for anchor tenant 1366 Technologies to build its first large-scale commercial Direct Wafer™ production plant and sign...
August 17, 2016
Bak USA Doubling Size of Buffalo Headquarters
Innovative computer-tablet maker Bak USA is more than doubling its space at its downtown Buffalo headquarters, as a surge in business stemming from a new partnership with Microsoft Corp. generated ...
August 10, 2016
Foreign Trade Zone Activated in Niagara County
The federal government allows such zones, where goods are exempted from customs duties, near international borders. The county’s location will be in Vantage International Point, as the county...
August 9, 2016
GEICO to Add 600 Jobs
Geico is ready to bulk up its already significant operati...
August 5, 2016
InBN 'Win' Wins UB Student Sandbox
Virtual SurgerySIM, a startup led by a PhD student at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, took the top prize at this year’s Buffalo Student Sandbox contest.
August 3, 2016
Now Seeking Applications from Life Sciences Start Ups
A new accelerator program that provides venture capital and mentoring services to promising life-sciences companies is now seeking applications from startups in Western New York and elsewhere in up...
July 26, 2016
One Step Closer to the Million
After a long and rigorous judging process, we are proud to announce the 2016 Class of Semifinalists!
July 21, 2016
Why an Arizona-Based Biotech Startup Moved to Buffalo
Atomic Medical Innovations was looking for a permanent home when it was connected to Dr. Steven Schwaitzberg, UB's chair of surgery.
July 19, 2016
Welding Program to Debut this Fall
NCCC’s new program is motivated by the state Department of Labor projections which show a significant need for new welders in Western New York in the coming years. If the program is popu...
July 19, 2016
InBN Pitches Momentum in New 90-Page Recruitment Booklet
This new booklet is meant to be not only a marketing tool to attract new businesses to the area, it is also designed to help local businesses attract new employees to Buffalo Niagara.
July 18, 2016
O-AT-KA Milk Plant Expands in Batavia
A Batavia dairy cooperative has finished expanding its warehouse and material-handling functions with state aid, enabling it to continue to grow production and add 24 new jobs within three years.
July 18, 2016
Invest Buffalo Niagara Releases Relocation Guide
The 90-page guide, just released this week, covers virtually all aspects of the region from average home sales to snapshots of its colleges and universities and professional sports teams.
July 12, 2016
Banner Year for Biotech
Biotechnology companies now represent the majority of initial public offerings and are fetching the highest acquisition prices in the venture-backed world. A local expert weighs in.
July 12, 2016
Business Consultant Sees Improved Climate for Startups
Jack McGowan said he gets a good sense soon after meeting with the founders of a startup company whether they have what it takes to succeed in business.It happened back in 2000 when he was a coach ...
June 20, 2016
Invest Buffalo Niagara Brings Word of Buffalo’s Comeback to D.C.
Thomas Kucharski, the president and CEO of Invest Buffalo Niagara, was the only local economic official chosen to speak at this year’s two-day SelectUSA Investment Summit, the Obama administr...
June 15, 2016
Bright Buffalo Niagara Expo Gives Boost to Entrepreneurs
The founders of these and 29 other companies got the chance to tout their ideas to a panel of judges – and a roomful of fellow entrepreneurs, academics and potential investors
June 15, 2016
Invest Buffalo Niagara Continues to Target Canadian Firms
Invest Buffalo Niagara is singing “Oh! Canada” and with good reason. Having spent Tuesday hosting a business strategy networking event in Oakville, Ont. that targeted Canadian firms con...
June 7, 2016
Roswell Park Launches Global Biotechnology & Cancer Therapeutics
As a for-profit spinoff of Roswell Park, GBCT will provide new avenues for maximizing the impact and community benefit from Roswell Park discoveries and resources. GBCT will utilize strong local an...
June 4, 2016
Sumitomo Reclaims Ownership of Tonawanda Dunlop Plant
Japan-based Sumitomo is ending a joint venture it formed with Ohio-based Goodyear in 1999. Sumitomo already had a 25 percent interest in Goodyear Dunlop Tires North America; Sumitomo will now acqui...
April 26, 2016
IBM’s Innovation Center Taking Shape in Downtown Buffalo
For IBM’s new innovation center in Buffalo, it’s all about data. “We’re drowning in data. The key is using that data effectively,” said Jay Goodwyn, the executive dire...
April 25, 2016
Jacobs Institute, Stratasys Partner to Advance Medical uses of 3D Printing
Buffalo is taking a big step in its ambitions to play a leading role in one of the next big things in health care: 3D printing. The Jacobs Institute and Stratasys Ltd., a major 3D printer-maker, an...
April 25, 2016
Collaboration Drives Buffalo's Entrepreneurial Spirit
Situated at the western edge of New York state, the Buffalo-Niagara region is experiencing a surge in fast-growing startups, unique methods of raising funds and a dedicated group of leaders support...
April 13, 2016
Silicon Wafer Maker Agrees to Deal With Big Customer
Genesee County manufacturer, 1366 Technologies, has signed a deal with a South Korean solar panel producer, Hanwha Q Cells that will help the Massachusetts company ramp up production at their new $...
March 31, 2016
Rosina Foods to Invest $22.7 Million for Manufacturing, Adding Jobs
Continued growth, including securing new contracts with national firms, is fueling a $22.7 million expansion and renovation of Rosina Food Products Inc. operations in Cheektowaga and West Seneca
March 21, 2016
After Decades of ‘Woe is us,’ There’s a New Spirit of Optimism in Buffalo
Something seems to be stirring in Western New York. The area is undergoing more than $5.5-billion (U.S.) in new economic development, mostly in downtown Buffalo. More than 12,000 new jobs will be g...
February 11, 2016
Athenex Biotech Plant a ‘Game-Changer’ for Dunkirk

Athenex (formerly Kinex) to invest $1.62 billion in drug discovery and advanced manufacturing partnership, creating 900 jobs in Dunkirk and 500 jobs in Buffalo over the next ten years. New Yo...

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10.12.2017 BUFFALO AND ROCHESTER METRO REGIONS ANNOUNCE STRATEGIC COLLABORATION IN PURSUIT OF AMAZON HQ2 View Release
09.28.2017 Invest Buffalo Niagara grows team to attract businesses to region and announces national recognition View Release
09.21.2017 Promoting regional revival just got easier; tools now available to "Pitch Buffalo Niagara" View Release View Release
06.27.2017 Univera healthcare’s Art wingerter named chair of Regional business attraction organization View Release
06.27.2017 Invest Buffalo Niagara announces two STAFF promotions View Release
02.02.2017 Invest Buffalo Niagara Releases Labor Market Findings to Drive Business Attraction View Release
11.07.2016 Invest Buffalo Niagara Attracts Seven Businesses to Region in Three Months View Release
09.15.2016 Invest Buffalo Niagara Showcases 15 Regional “Wins” View Release
07.18.2016 Invest Buffalo Niagara Unveils Updated Relocation Guide View Release
06.16.2016 Aggressive Canadian Outreach Efforts Continue View Release
03.10.2016 Buffalo Niagara Enterprise Unveils New Identity: Invest Buffalo Niagara View Release
02.24.2016 Communitech Teams Up With Phillips Lytle to Create Landing Pad for Canadian Startups in NYC View Release
07.07.2015 Healthcare Software Start-Up Launches in Buffalo Niagara View Release