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By David Robinson » Thursday, September 22, 2016

By local standards, the Buffalo Niagara economy had a good year in 2015, growing faster than it has in all but one of the past five years. By national standards, it wasn’t so great, with a growth rate that was, on average, about two-thirds slower than the country’s other metro areas. Not surprisingly, new federal... Read More

By Jonathan Epstein is a business reporter at The Buffalo News, where he covers real estate and development. He formerly also covered banking and insurance, and has worked at The Buffalo News since January 2004. Previously, he worked at the News Journal in Wilmington, Delaware, from 1997-2003, covering banking, the credit card industry and insurance, and worked at the daily trade publication American Banker in Washington from 1994-1997 as a community banking reporter. He is a graduate of University of Rochester and Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and is an upstate New York native. Jonathan D. Epstein » Thursday, September 22, 2016

After more than a year of hype, Westin’s heavily promoted “Heavenly Bed” has finally arrived in Buffalo. Delaware North officials will formally open their new “upper-upscale” hotel in downtown Buffalo on Thursday, unveiling the latest high-end addition to Western New York’s hospitality... Read More

By David Robinson » Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Unemployment in the Buffalo Niagara region remained at a nine-year low during August, with the jobless rate dropping to 4.7 percent, the state Labor Department said Tuesday. The August drop pushed the unemployment rate below 5 percent for the fourth consecutive month and just the fifth time since the recession began in... Read More

By Samantha Christmann » Friday, September 16, 2016

It was 5:15 a.m. Friday when Karla Aceves and dad Carlos of Williamsville arrived at the Walden Galleria. But even at that early hour, they found a dozen people ahead of them, waiting to get their hands on the iPhone 7, which launches today. They had never waited in line for a phone launch before, but were afraid... Read More

By David Robinson » Thursday, September 15, 2016

State officials are set to hand over the keys Friday to SolarCity for its new solar panel factory in South Buffalo. With the solar energy company gaining access to the 1.2 million-square-foot factory, the Buffalo Billion’s signature economic development program will begin the shift from its construction phase to a... Read More

By Samantha Christmann » Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Fisher-Price’s Little People are becoming the Susan Lucci of the toy world. For the seventh time, the toy is a finalist to be inducted into the Strong Museum of Play’s National Toy Hall of Fame. Could this be the year it pulls out the big win? Born in East Aurora in 1950, Little People are still a fan... Read More

By David Robinson » Sunday, September 4, 2016

Manufacturing may no longer be king, but Buffalo still is a union town. Workers here are roughly twice as likely to belong to a union than they are nationally, even though Western New York has not been immune to the trend toward declining unionization in the workplace that has been taking place across the country for... Read More

By Jonathan Epstein is a business reporter at The Buffalo News, where he covers real estate and development. He formerly also covered banking and insurance, and has worked at The Buffalo News since January 2004. Previously, he worked at the News Journal in Wilmington, Delaware, from 1997-2003, covering banking, the credit card industry and insurance, and worked at the daily trade publication American Banker in Washington from 1994-1997 as a community banking reporter. He is a graduate of University of Rochester and Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and is an upstate New York native. Jonathan D. Epstein » Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Building Buffalo is a regular feature highlighting progress on development projects throughout the region. Project name: Campus Walk Address: 643 Grant St. Developer: Greenleaf & Co. Cost: $25 million Government assistance: None. Description: Construction of new student housing for SUNY Buffalo... Read More

By David Robinson » Saturday, August 27, 2016

They are four of downtown Buffalo’s best known – and most visible – buildings. They’ve also been four of downtown’s most persistent development headaches. The Trico Products Corp. factory. The long-shuttered AM&A’s department store. The Statler Hotel. And most recently, the city’s empty skyscraper, One... Read More

By Jonathan Epstein is a business reporter at The Buffalo News, where he covers real estate and development. He formerly also covered banking and insurance, and has worked at The Buffalo News since January 2004. Previously, he worked at the News Journal in Wilmington, Delaware, from 1997-2003, covering banking, the credit card industry and insurance, and worked at the daily trade publication American Banker in Washington from 1994-1997 as a community banking reporter. He is a graduate of University of Rochester and Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and is an upstate New York native. Jonathan D. Epstein » Thursday, August 25, 2016

RealtyUSA and Hunt Real Estate Corp. have dominated the local real estate market, but they are about to get competition from a national rival eager to make a big push into Buffalo. RE/MAX LLC, one of the nation’s biggest and best-known real estate companies, wants to significantly grow its presence in Western New... Read More

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