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Cuomo announces largest combined solicitations for renewable energy ever issued in US to combat climate change
Wed, Jul 22nd 2020 11:45 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced the largest combined clean energy solicitations ever issued in the U.S., seeking up to 4,000 megawatts of renewable capacity to combat climate change. New York's second offshore wind solicitation seeks up to 2,500 megawatts of projects, the largest in the nation's history, in addition to last year's solicitation, which resulted in nearly 1,700 megawatts awarded.
Hotel industry, reeling from COVID-19 economic fallout, lays out priorities for 'COVID 4.0'
Tue, Jul 21st 2020 03:20 pm
As lawmakers consider additional legislation to address the ongoing health crisis and economic fallout from COVID-19, the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) sent a letter to Congress calling for additional help in several areas, including extending the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for severely impacted businesses and their employees, creating targeted lending facilities and liquidity measures to help hoteliers meet debt service, and passing tax reforms to benefit both hotel employees and employers. Together, these provisions would help ensure hotels can retain and rehire employees, protect employees and guests, keep hotel doors open, and incentivize Americans to travel again when it's safe.
FeedMore WNY receives grant from Xylem Watermark to aid in COVID-19 response
Tue, Jul 21st 2020 01:35 pm
As FeedMore WNY continues to respond to the increased levels of need for food assistance in the community as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, it announced a grant will aid the hunger-relief organization in its mission.
PSC continues, 'improves existing solar payment structure to ensure fairness'
Fri, Jul 17th 2020 11:15 am
The New York State Public Service Commission has adopted new rules for future compensation for onsite solar generation by residential and small commercial customers, also known as mass market customers, as well as by certain large commercial customers. Since 1997, net energy metering (NEM) has been one of the state's primary mechanisms to encourage solar installations.
Visit Buffalo Niagara launches customer confidence program
Fri, Jul 17th 2020 11:00 am
The "Tourism Task Force to Reopen Buffalo," under the guidance of Visit Buffalo Niagara President and CEO Patrick Kaler, has created a communitywide customer confidence program designed to reassure meeting, group and sporting event customers that "Buffalo is determined to do what it takes to remain competitive as the tourism industry begins its recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic."
SBA provided $20 billion to small businesses and nonprofits through economic injury disaster loan advance program
Mon, Jul 13th 2020 02:45 pm
On Friday, the U.S. Small Business Administration announced the conclusion and success of the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Advance program, which provided U.S. small businesses, nonprofits and agricultural businesses a total of $20 billion in emergency funding. In order to assist the greatest number of small businesses, the EIDL Advance provided $1,000 per employee up to a maximum of $10,000.
Local public relations awards program moves to online format for 2020
Mon, Jul 13th 2020 12:25 pm
Like most events in 2020, a yearly tradition for the local public relations industry will be a little different this year. The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Buffalo Niagara Chapter announced its 31st Annual Excalibur Awards will shift to an online format for 2020. The organization encouraged practitioners and organizations throughout Western New York to submit their best public relations campaigns and tactics from 2019 and 2020 to prsabuffaloniagara.org no later than 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21.
NYSERDA announces first-of-its-kind partnership with ASHRAE to build back better and mitigate spread of COVID while combating climate change
Wed, Jul 8th 2020 05:45 pm
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority entered into a strategic partnership with the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) to advance the combined goals of improved indoor air quality and environmental sustainability.
Kim Pegula names Sinnarajah, McFarlane to leadership team
Wed, Jul 8th 2020 03:00 pm
Pegula Sports & Entertainment President and CEO Kim Pegula on Wednesday named two executives to the senior leadership team. Jason Sinnarajah joins the Buffalo Bills as senior vice president of business administration, while Mike McFarlane has been named PSE senior vice president of finance and administration.
Ramkumar named medical director at Golisano Medical Oncology Center
Wed, Jul 1st 2020 10:10 pm
Bhuvana Ramkumar, M.D., was appointed medical director of the Golisano Medical Oncology Center at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, which is a member site within the Roswell Park Care Network.
Chao: Nearly $800 million in grants to 347 airports in 46 states & 4 territories
Wed, Jul 1st 2020 07:00 am
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao announced the Trump Administration will award nearly $800 million in airport safety and infrastructure grants through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to 46 states, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the Marshall Islands.
As WNY region reopens for business, Department of Labor reminds job seekers of growing number of employment opportunities on Jobs Express website
Tue, Jun 30th 2020 04:45 pm
New York State Department of Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon announced that, as Western New York continues to reopen, there are a growing number of positions available on the Jobs Express website, at jobs.ny.gov. Currently, more than 8,400 jobs are available in a number of different fields from businesses looking to hire immediately.
Cuomo: Women's Corporate Leadership Academy now accepting applications for inaugural fall class
Fri, Jun 26th 2020 01:00 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the Women's Corporate Leadership Academy is now accepting applications for its first inaugural class this fall. The academy will be a part of SUNY Empire State College, where its programs were developed by faculty and staff. The mission of the Women's Corporate Leadership Academy is to prepare women for executive and board positions, and to work with organizations across New York to improve their gender representation. The governor first proposed the creation of the academy in his State of the State agenda.
Survey: 70% of Americans support more economic stimulus to help reeling travel industry recover
Wed, Jun 24th 2020 11:55 am
A new survey conducted by Morning Consult commissioned by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) found that, while Americans remain hesitant about traveling, they overwhelmingly support efforts by Congress to help the travel industry recover - including helping hotels keep their doors open and bring back employees, as well as incentivizing Americans to travel again.
ASPA Buffalo Niagara Chapter honors local professionals & announces 2020-21 board
Fri, Jun 19th 2020 01:55 pm
ASPA Buffalo Niagara Chapter - the local chapter for the American Society for Public Administration - announced recipients of a first-ever annual awards program, and 2020-21 officers and board members during its recent 2020 annual meeting.
NYPA partners with Signify to install 500,000 connected LED streetlights in New York
Thu, Jun 18th 2020 11:30 am
The New York Power Authority has partnered with Signify, a world leader in lighting, to support "Smart Street Lighting NY," a statewide program that calls for at least 500,000 streetlights throughout the state to be replaced with energy-efficient LED technology by 2025.
SBA & Treasury announce new PPP 'EZ' forgiveness application
Wed, Jun 17th 2020 04:45 pm
On Wednesday, the U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the U.S. Department of the Treasury, posted a revised, user-friendly Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiveness application implementing the PPP Flexibility Act of 2020. In addition to revising the full forgiveness application, the SBA also published a new "EZ" version of the forgiveness application applying to borrowers who:
AAA Western and Central New York celebrates 120 years
Wed, Jun 17th 2020 12:50 pm
AAA Western and Central New York is celebrating an anniversary this month. In fact, 120 years ago, in the year 1900, Automobile Clubs of Buffalo, Rochester, and Syracuse were founded by motoring enthusiasts. There were more horses than cars on the roads, yet anxious motorists began organizing automobile clubs excited about the new mode of transportation.
Higgins joins bipartisan letter supporting heritage areas & local economies
Tue, Jun 16th 2020 02:35 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins joined a bipartisan group of more than 60 members calling to temporarily waive local fund matching requirements for all national heritage areas. This waiver would come at no cost to taxpayers and would enable national heritage areas to access already appropriated federal funds in order to better support their communities working to weather the COVID-19 crisis.
SBA's economic injury disaster loans & advance program reopened to all eligible small businesses and nonprofits impacted by COVID-19
Tue, Jun 16th 2020 09:25 am
To further meet the needs of U.S. small businesses and nonprofits, the U.S. Small Business Administration reopened the economic injury disaster loan (EIDL) and EIDL advance program portal to all eligible applicants experiencing economic impacts due to COVID-19.
NYSEG and RG&E to resume work delayed by COVID-19
Mon, Jun 15th 2020 12:25 pm
NYSEG and RG&E, subsidiaries of AVANGRID Inc., announced they will begin a phased approach to resuming customer-facing work that was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The first phase will begin in the coming weeks and will include work that will directly support customer safety and service reliability, such as indoor gas line safety inspections, which state regulations require the companies to complete.
NU: Learn how to lead your business during COVID-19
Mon, Jun 15th 2020 10:25 am
Learn from a panel of top executives in the automotive and real estate industries, as well as business consultants, about ways to help guide a business and employees into the future as society continues to navigate the challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. This last in a four-part virtual series exploring "How Western New York Businesses Are Dealing with the COVID-19 Pandemic" will be held from 3-4 p.m. Thursday, June 18, via Zoom.
Niagara County tourism entities await word on when, how they can reopen
Fri, Jun 12th 2020 03:40 pm
As Niagara County prepares for phase three of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's "New York Forward" reopening process, answers, dates and procedures have been given for a number of items. The reemergence of one significant sector, however, is still unknown: Tourism.
Have a seat: Local hair salons, barbershops welcome reopening, customers
Fri, Jun 12th 2020 09:40 am
Time to kiss that quarantine haircut goodbye. On June 5, Gov. Andrew Cuomo named Western New York as one of the five regions in the state to allow barbershops and salons to reopen, albeit with some noteworthy restrictions.
SBA's first online veteran-owned small business entrepreneurial training program open to New York veterans
Thu, Jun 11th 2020 11:25 am
Earlier this week, the U.S. Small Business Administration announced it's launching its first online Veteran Entrepreneurial Training and Resource Network (VETRN) Streetwise MBA program to New York veteran small business owners and their immediate families beginning in August. Applications may also come from eligible applicants in New Jersey and Connecticut.
Niagara County making goggles available to hair salons, barbershops
Tue, Jun 9th 2020 01:05 pm
Niagara County Legislator Rich Andres on Tuesday announced the Niagara County Department of Emergency Services has goggles available for hair salons and barbershops to help them meet the state reopening guidelines. Andres said the guidelines initially required face shields, but now have been amended by New York state to include goggles.
Tops Friendly Markets awards $20,000 shopping spree, $5,000 in free groceries for a year to next winners of Monopoly 'Rip It and Win It'
Tue, Jun 9th 2020 12:10 pm
Tops Friendly Markets recently presented Auburn resident Paul K. and David D. of Niagara Falls with a $20,000 shopping spree and $5,000 in groceries for a year prizes, respectively, as part of the Monopoly "Rip It and Win It" contest.
SBA: New PPP rules changes give small businesses more options
Mon, Jun 8th 2020 01:45 pm
The recently enacted Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Flexibility Act provides additional clarity and flexibility for small business owners to meet the requirements of the PPP loan program created by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. When the president signed the bipartisan legislation into law, it gave more time and discretion for when and how the loans can be spent to keep employees on payroll and keep up with accounts payable to further assist the nation's economy in its recovery from COVID-19 closures.
NCCC to offer PPE training for hospitality industry
Mon, Jun 8th 2020 12:30 pm
The Niagara County Community College Workforce Development department will offer online training targeting businesses involved in the reopening of the hospitality sector. This awareness-level training is geared for employees who will be returning to the workplace and may be responsible for the cleaning and disinfection of their work space.
Learn how COVID-19 is impacting supply chain
Mon, Jun 8th 2020 10:50 am
Join a panel of supply chain professionals on Thursday, June 11, from 3-4 p.m. as they discuss the challenges that many organizations are facing all along the supply channels, including why there are shortages and how these supply disruptions are impacting businesses that are currently operating, as well as those that are beginning to reopen.
Cuomo signs legislation banning price gouging of personal protective equipment
Mon, Jun 8th 2020 10:40 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Saturday signed legislation (S.8189/A.10270) banning price gouging of personal protective equipment. His office said, "During the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been countless instances of egregious price gouging, particularly of critical medical supplies - such as masks and hand sanitizer - that are desperately needed by our hospitals and other health care facilities. This legislation will help ensure access to these critical supplies for health care workers and the general public."
ECMC elective surgeries resume
Fri, Jun 5th 2020 07:00 pm
With the announcement earlier this week that all elective surgeries may resume in Western New York, ECMC has ramped up its surgical procedure protocols to accommodate the many elective surgeries that had been on hold since March 19, when New York state suspended elective surgeries due to the pandemic. Previously, ECMC had been approved on May 17 to resume outpatient elective surgeries.
ECMC department of dentistry, oral oncology & maxillofacial prosthetics office locations reopen
Wed, Jun 3rd 2020 03:10 pm
The department of dentistry, oral oncology and maxillofacial prosthetics at the Erie County Medical Center, and the Buffalo General location at High Street, have remained open for emergencies throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Gov. Andrew Cuomo's updated executive order now allows for dental practices - including ECMC's dental services - to reopen for nonurgent procedures, as well.
CARES Act expands SBA Buffalo district lender pool
Fri, May 29th 2020 02:35 pm
With the CARES Act providing assistance to small businesses through Paycheck Protection Program and the funding of $349 billion and another $310 billion on April 24, the U.S. Small Business Administration is expanding its lender pool and increasing access to capital for small businesses across Western New York.
WNY COVID-19 Community Response Fund announces $1 million in new grants to support nonprofits in Western New York
Fri, May 29th 2020 02:25 pm
The Western New York COVID-19 Community Response Fund, announced it has awarded nearly $1 million to an additional 47 nonprofit organizations, bringing the total grant amount from the fund to $6.6 million, supporting a total of 156 nonprofit organizations. This collaborative philanthropic effort was created in mid-March in response to the COVID-19 health crisis and has been coordinated by the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, Health Foundation for Western & Central New York, The John R. Oishei Foundation and the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County.
SBA, Treasury Department announce $10 billion for CDFIs to participate in Paycheck Protection Program
Fri, May 29th 2020 02:20 pm
The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the U.S. Treasury Department, announced it is setting aside $10 billion of round two funding for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to be lent exclusively by Community Development Financial Institutions. CDFIs work to expand economic opportunity in low-income communities by providing access to financial products and services for local residents and businesses.
Cuomo issues executive order authorizing businesses to deny entry to individuals not wearing masks or face-coverings
Thu, May 28th 2020 09:45 pm
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Thursday issued an executive order authorizing businesses to deny entry to individuals who do not wear masks or face-coverings. The mandate builds on the state's ongoing efforts to protect New Yorkers and slow the spread.
Hotel industry across US & Canada unite around enhanced safety, cleaning standards
Tue, May 26th 2020 10:55 am
As states across the country navigate reopening and hotels begin to safely welcome back guests, the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) recently announced hospitality leaders across North America have endorsed "Safe Stay," AHLA's enhanced industrywide cleaning guidelines.
Comfort Windows & Doors wins fifth BBB Torch Award for Ethics
Tue, May 26th 2020 10:50 am
Better Business Bureau of Upstate New York announced Comfort Windows & Doors as the winner of the 2020 Torch Award for Ethics in the large business category.
Hotel industry, 'on brink of collapse,' releases roadmap to recovery
Wed, May 20th 2020 02:15 pm
With new data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) showing staggering job loss to the hospitality and leisure industry, the American Hotel & Lodging Association today released a "Roadmap to Recovery," calling on Congress to prioritize relief for hotel workers and small businesses in the next stimulus package. The April Jobs Report showed the hospitality and leisure industry was the hardest hit, losing 7.7 million jobs - nearly as many jobs as the next four sectors combined.
 

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