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July 2014 Column - Connecting with the community through business tour


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Legislator Ted Morton will host a flu clinic in conjunction with Rite-Aid to help protect residents against influenza this year. The clinic will be held from 9 to 11 a.m.  Saturday, Sept. 5, at the Alden...

Legislator Ted Morton delivered the original blueprints from 1970 for a proposed domed stadium in the Town of Lancaster to the Lancaster Historical Society. The stadium that never was had been intended to house the Buffalo Bills football team and...

Zero. That’s the number of people on Governor Cuomo’s politically appointed fast-food minimum wage board that had any experience operating in the fast-food industry.

Legislator Ted Morton, residents, motorists and business owners have voiced their concern about how narrow William Street is, saying that the road can’t safely handle the current volume of traffic. After repeated attempts urging the County...

Last week I kicked off my Summer 2015 Business Tour and met with business owners from a variety of industries to talk about their concerns and receive an update on how business is going. Like many of you, we found ourselves talking about the most...

Small businesses are a large part of our community. By providing employment, contributing to the tax base, and reinvesting dollars into the economy, local businesses are the foundation of our villages, towns and cities.

Our local businesses are also a sense of pride. Every time I look through the Chamber’s announcements or read the local papers, I see that another establishment is marking an anniversary milestone. The small businesses in our community are known for their longevity, perseverance and passion for supporting their hometown. For local business owners, it’s not just about their company succeeding but also about their hometown booming.

To celebrate and support local commerce, I have launched my “25 Businesses in 25 Days Tour” to meet with owners and employees throughout my district to learn more about their operation, as well as offer any assistance from the county that I can. From cafes to industrial factories, my district, which includes Alden, Cheektowaga, Depew and Lancaster, boasts several businesses that are very important to our local economy.

As a county legislator, I am committed to assisting businesses with their mission and to help them thrive. At the county level there are various ways that we can assist businesses. I am also always willing to work as a facilitator to connect businesses with the help they need. When I first learned that Nutrablend in Lancaster was facing hurdles with its plans to expand, I met with the company and we discussed its issues. The two biggest concerns were a lack of skilled workforce and inadequate public transportation. To address these concerns, I suggested a meeting with Erie Community College to discuss how it could prepare students for a future with this great company. I also arranged a meeting with the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority to discuss options for adding a new bus stop close to the company’s Walden Avenue office. Government and public agencies can be an asset to private businesses but beginning the conversation is the critical first step.

I am looking forward to meeting with many businesses throughout the district during my tour. At each stop I hope to learn about the establishment’s history, its future goals and challenges it faces. If you would like your business to be added to the agenda, please contact my Legislative Office at 858-8856 or email ted.morton@erie.gov to arrange a meeting. You can follow my “25 Businesses in 25 Days” Tour on Facebook at www.facebook.com/legislatortedmorton. If your business has a Facebook page, please connect with me there. Together, government, chambers and private businesses, can succeed and make Erie County even better.