Buffalo Niagara is a region on the rise. We are enjoying incredible new venues and amenities at locations like Canalside and Larkinville and Business First recently reported that Buffalo Niagara is the hottest construction market in the northeast according to latest employment figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics - Buffalo, is up 28.6% from 21,000 construction jobs in October 2010 to 27,000 jobs in October 2015.
For those stuck on the adage, you must see it to believe it, we certainly invite you to visit and see all we have to offer. But this year we've had the good fortune to have our region's momentum and efforts recognized in leading publications. Here is a look back at just some of the national press received in 2015:
Millennials Are Moving To Buffalo & Living Like Kings | gothamist, January 28, 2015
"If moving to New York City is like dating the most popular kid in your high school only to discover ‘all the blemishes that aren't visible when gazed upon from a distance,’ then Buffalonians will tell you that moving to their city is like dating the girl next door who's undergoing a She's All That-style transformation.”
“Starting a business, like paying rent or buying a drink is also less daunting in Buffalo."
Elon Musk's Boldest Bet Yet: Buffalo NY, Solar Hub | YAHOO! Finance, June 29, 2015
“Henry Ford had River Rouge; Musk and SolarCity have a Buffalo solar panel manufacturing plant named Riverbend.”
“SolarCity's plant is part of a construction push in the Nickel City unlike any in memory . . .”
Entrepreneurial Spirit Is Driving Buffalo Forward | The Huffington Post, June 11, 2015
“Buffalo is channeling its legacy of hard work - dating back to its heyday as a turn-of-the-twentieth-century giant - into a new push for entrepreneurial progress.”
“This concept of exacting change through entrepreneurism is what's driving Buffalo forward. It's a bold venture for a city to bet on bright ideas and put them into action. But it's a critical step, with potentially high reward, in restoring the brightness to America's City of Light.”
“A number of factors including [Buffalo’s] access to an international border, a strong labor force, and low operations cost are gaining attention.”
The Wind and Sun Are Bringing the Shine Back to Buffalo | The New York Times, July 20, 2015
“…the Queen City of the Lakes is suddenly experiencing something new: an economic turnaround, helped by the unlikely sector of renewable energy.”
“The effort has capitalized on the city’s unusual strengths in renewable energy — think Niagara Falls — and the infrastructure that was built to harness it.”
“One result of the investments is newly vibrant neighborhoods, many with reused buildings hosting apartments, shops and restaurants that have attracted young workers from other cities.”
Buffalo's Tech Scene Reboots the City | USA TODAY, August 23, 2015
“…this western New York city of 261,000 is slowly transforming into an attractive destination for tech entrepreneurs.”
“…reasonable real estate prices, a thriving university system and medical research facility pumping out talented graduates, and its proximity to New York and Toronto to draw young entrepreneurs.”
“…the city of "Good Neighbors" is shedding its decades-old image, and in the process is drawing comparisons to Austin on steroids, brimming with funky culture and Art Deco architecture that can leave visitors slack jawed.”
Why Buffalo is Rising (Again), and Why It's Only the Start | Huffington Post, September 19, 2015
“The local economy's current turnaround is happening because people of all ages, backgrounds, experiences, and areas of influence -- sole proprietors and CEOs, state and local officials, artists and academics, economists and environmentalists -- have come together to make it work.”
“…the greatest melding of vision, strategy, creativity, and cooperation that this city's ever known…”
2015 was a good year for Buffalo Niagara but we are even more excited for what is to come. As Steve Case discussed when he visited during the Rise of the Rest Tour, now is the time to double down - and we are taking that challenge to heart.