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Economic Development, Government


"The concept of sustainability has gained a foothold in Western New York and previous brownfield sites. These efforts continue as New York State (“NYS”) Energy Research and Development Authority (“NYSERDA”) and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”) offer communities the opportunity to compete for tens of millions of redevelopment dollars for the presentation of a thorough, innovative, and collaborative sustainability plan for their region. Moreover, grassroots, non-profit, and neighborhood leaders throughout the cities, towns, and villages in Erie County are successfully reviving local commercial corridors in the heart of each community, rigorously promoting the important advantages of supporting local businesses, and giving a louder voice to our treasured assets. These individuals and institutions (some with national recognition) are also increasingly linked to and partnering with local governments throughout the County to serve the community and creatively address challenging problems.