BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Buffalo Manufacturing Works was just one of the businesses a team from the State Strategic Implementation Assessment Team got a chance to tour on Wednesday. It was all part of a day organized by the Western New York Regional Economic Development Corporation.
"This is the governor’s Strategic Initiative Assessment Team. We, the Regional Economic Development Council, make an annual report to them every year. We report on progress with our strategy, projects to advance of strategy, priorities for the coming year," said Jeff Belt, WNYREDC co-chairman.
One of the projects the group highlighted was Olean's downtown revitalization made possible by state funds.
"The proposed DRI projects include adaptive reuse of historic structures business expansion projects, place making and info development to include affordable housing for downtown workers, college students and senior citizens. These projects will accelerate the vibrant renewal of downtown Olean," said William Aiello, (R) Olean.
In Buffalo, officials point to the Buffalo Billion and its impact on projects like the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and Canalside. Officials say the dollars have also been used for workforce development.
"Buffalo Billion 2 projects include the Workforce Development Challenge, the light rail extension, the east side revitalization initiatives that are a unique combination on projects that address the strategies in our community and our regions opportunity agenda," said Brenda McDuffie, WNYREDC.
Officials say because the governor has already pledged more than a billion dollars to the region, getting more money might be a long shot.
“It is a little bit difficult for us to win this competition because we already won over a billion and a half dollars in state support for our strategic initiatives including this one, Buffalo Manufacturing Works, but I would say this team is very impressed by the turnaround they've seen in Western New York and Buffalo in particular," said Belt.
Officials say the governor is expected to make a decision on additional funding in December.