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Legislation Will Create Jobs and Investment in Buffalo

April 05, 2010

Buffalo News
Op-Ed by Jonathan Dandes

April 4, 2010

Much has been written lately about UB 2020 and the proposed Public Higher Education Empowerment and Innovation Act. The Buffalo Niagara Partnership has been an avid supporter of UB 2020 for a number of years now; in fact, passage of the act has been identified by our members as our No. 1 state advocacy issue.

Why? For Buffalo Niagara, the act will be instrumental in allowing UB 2020 — the most aggressive economic development plan our region has seen in a half-century — to progress. The promise of UB 2020 is substantial: tens of thousands of jobs, badly needed public and private investment in downtown Buffalo and an economic impact to our region of more than $2.6 billion. This is an opportunity we cannot afford to delay, or worse, pass up.

In the midst of a growing state budget deficit, now more than ever Albany should be focused on short-and long-term economic development and job creation. The act is practical and timely. It is a no-cost, high-impact economic development initiative that the Legislature can move forward immediately.

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