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February 2014 - Development agency a major tool in recent resurgence


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Erie County Legislators Edward Rath and Thomas Loughran, who co-represent the Town of Amherst, are extremely disappointed by the action taken by Joel Giambra to stop construction of the proposed $30-million "STEM" building at Erie Community...

The Erie County Legislature has begun to review the County Executive’s proposed 2015 budget, and the Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Finance and Management Committee say their focus is on identifying opportunities to cut taxes.

Erie County Legislator Edward Rath, in partnership with several business agencies, will host a Business Forum at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28 at The Irishman Pub and Eatery, 5601 Main St., Williamsville to discuss future opportunities for...

Legislator Edward Rath and Rite-Aid will host a clinic from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20 at Clarence Town Hall, 1 Town Place, Clarence. The clinic is for adults, age 18 and older, and attendees are asked to bring their insurance card. Most...

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