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February 2014 - Development agency a major tool in recent resurgence


Back in 1977 Erie County and the county’s three cities created an agreement on how to distribute sales tax to municipalities. However, 38 years later that plan doesn’t mirror Erie County’s current dynamics. Since 1977, the...

Erie County Legislator Edward A. Rath, III honored the Akron Fire Company on Oct. 5 during Fire Prevention Week 2015. Accepting the proclamation on behalf of the department were Fire Warden/ Fire Prevention and Public Educator Ken Pagels and...

Erie County Legislator Edward Rath’s office will host a Mobile Office Hours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8 at the Clarence Public Library, 3 Town Place, Clarence, to meet with residents to discuss County issues and share...

Erie County Legislator Edward Rath announces that a free guided walk at Akron Falls Park will be held on Saturday, Oct. 17. The walk is sponsored by the Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo. Registration begins at 9 a.m. at Cummings Lodge, 44...

The Erie County Legislature Majority Caucus announces that a Pharmaceutical Waste Collection Event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26 at various sites throughout the county. Residents are welcome to dispose of unwanted or...

oneilj - Posted on 05 February 2014

As a member of the Erie County Legislature’s Majority Caucus, I am honored to serve on several influential boards that are critical to our Western New York region.


As a new member of the Erie County Industrial Development Agency, I recently took my first official votes on inducement packages for one existing business and two new enterprises in WNY. These items are significant in that a total of 216 new jobs will be created in Buffalo, Elma and Lackawanna in diverse business segments. This is positive message to area businesses. 


At times the ECIDA has been criticized for its agenda. As one of the newest ECIDA members, I pledge to bring a voice that is consistent with the ECIDA mission. To be successful, an IDA must foster a pro-business and development climate. The ECIDA is only successful when it properly utilizes its business development tools. Over the past 5 years Erie County has seen a tremendous resurgence in our economy. Construction cranes are flying in the city and across our area businesses are once again investing in our future. It is my hope that we continue this momentum, and the ECIDA is a major factor on our continued growth. If you ‘d like to learn more about the ECIDA, please visit www.ecidany.com for information on agendas, projects and more.


I also sit on the Visit Buffalo Niagara Board of Directors, whose function depends on a strong business climate and prosperous region. Tourism efforts in WNY have also been improving, and our area is now a Top 20 destination in the United States.  From sports tournaments and business conferences to architectural and cultural tourism – WNY has transformed into “the place to be” year round.  My family and I are never at a loss of what to do in our area. Getting that information out to the rest of the country and around the world is critical to bringing visitors here. The Visit Buffalo Niagara Board works hard to help to make that happen.


Finally, I am honored to join the Erie County Fire Advisory Board to assist our first responders as best as possible. During my tenure in the Legislature, I have worked on several programs and initiatives that have supported local fire companies and foresee additional opportunities that will make a big difference in their efforts to protect the community.


 In closing, I want to update my constituents on Legislature funding for Goodrich Road in Clarence. Money was allocated to hire an engineering firm for preliminary design work on Goodrich from Lapp to Tonawanda Creek roads. This is a critical step toward finally repairing Goodrich Road and completing one of several projects that remains undone within Erie County. This funding confirms that the administration and Legislature are committed to repairing Goodrich Road, which has deteriorated and become a major safety concern for motorists and residents.


If you have any questions or concerns, please contact my office at 858-8676 or email edward.rath@erie.gov