The Scoreboard for August

Last week’s Buffalo Business First Scoreboard column ID’d four “then and now” rollouts:

  • 2006: The new $1.3 million Showplace at the Erie County America’s Fairgrounds; and 2007: Hope that the fair will attract more than 1 million people this year.
  • 2006: AMD-Ritmed (from Quebec) announced plans to build a medical products distribution warehouse in Tonawanda; and 2007: After lots of delays the warehouse got built. 4 new jobs were created
  • 2006: Seneca Nation decides to build a small temporary casino in Buffalo; and 2007: 5,000 square feet of gleaming casino under a Quonset hut building is drawing people (but probably not many tourists) in.

And finally,

  • 2006: Niagara Falls, Ontario announces plans to build a $300 million hotel complex; and 2007: Permitting is almost complete and construction is expected to begin late this year or early next.

What struck me as interesting is the magnitude of the difference between projects on the other side of the border, and us. Until very recently I couldn’t think of any non-federally funded project of any magnitude in Buffalo; but in the past several months Hydro Air, Blue Cross and New Era Cap have accomplished some cool stuff downtown, and Bashar Issa’s Statler renovation appears to be moving along.

Maybe a year from now The Scoreboard will be able to boast some much bigger wins for Buffalo.

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