The Economic Development Committee handles a wide range of topics concerning economic development and job creation issues in Erie County. Topics ranging from construction issues involving Coca Cola Field, The First Niagara Center, Ralph Wilson Stadium, Erie County Family courthouse and the Buffalo Convention Center have been discussed within the panel. Also, issues like bioinformatics and industrial development agencies are discussed regularly. The Committee regularly oversees issues concerning the Erie County Industrial Development Agency and Industrial Land Development Corporation.
Items that the Economic Development committee acts upon regularly include the repair and maintenance of county roads and bridges, general county infrastructure repair on buildings and other physical plant facilities like Erie Community College, the County's Central Library, and Ralph Wilson Stadium, among others. Also, many legislators resolutions, discussing ideas concerning economic development, job creation and workforce development are referred to the Economic Development Committee regularly for consideration and discussion.
Once the items have been reviewed and the committee members vote for approval, items are then sent to the next legislative session for approval on the floor. The committee usually meets once every two weeks and averages about 12 meetings per year. As is the case in all legislative committee meetings, the Economic Development Committee meetings are open to the public.
Chairperson: Edward A. Rath, III
Vice-Chair: Joseph C. Lorigo
Ted B. Morton
Thomas A. Loughran
Patrick B. Burke
Clerk: Karen M. McCarthy