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NY Times Article Creates Buzz About Buffalo's Economic Development

7:06 PM, Jul 31, 2013   |    comments
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BUFFALO, N.Y. - If you've driven through Buffalo, there's a pretty good chance you've seen all the construction that's taking place, including the expansion on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

The development has caught the attention of the New York Times which put out a story Wednesday on the Queen City's growth and economic recovery.

The exposure could bring along some positive attention.

"Canalside is exploding, the medical campus is growing, there are great stories that are happening and we just have to get the word out," said Dottie Gallagher-Cohen, the president and CEO of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership, who recognizes that the article adds to the positive attitude of Buffalo's economic development.

The article is one of the few in recent memory, highlighting Buffalo's surging downtown area, with a focus on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

"I think it gives third party validation to what's happening here," said Pat Whalen, the chief operating officer of Buffalo Medical Campus, Inc.

In addition to building a new hospital and medical school, the national attention can create opportunities to bring more businesses here. Whalen says plans are underway to add two new buildings for private sector companies. And that the exposure could help make that happen.

"I think we can go to the state and say we need to continue what we're doing because what you've enabled us to do thus far with investments on the medical campus this validates that it's working, let's not stop, let's keep doing it," Whalen added.

Expansion with the medical campus has a domino effect on places like UB and Kaleida Health, which can both do more hiring and research to improve the quality of patient care. And experts say investment plans like Billion to Buffalo create even more potential for a growing Buffalo.

There's been concern among residents around the campus that all the development will affect their quality of life.

One of the issues right now is that too many of the medical professionals are parking in the surrounding neighborhoods of the campus. Whalen says the medical campus is working on a parking plan that will keep their employees and tenants from parking in those areas.

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