The publicly funded business plan competition known as 43 North, has contracted with no fewer than three separate recruitment firms to identify its next Executive Director, raising serious questions about how ‘economic development’ funds are being spent. Executive Director John Gavigan last Fall that he would step aside from the position to pursue other opportunities, following the recruitment and installation of his successor. The program then proceeded … Continue reading 43 North contracts with at least three recruitment firms to identify Director
Betty Jean Grant may be retiring from the County Legislature (a body that she once chaired), but her supporters know she isn’t going anywhere. With the sheer force of her honest, humble, unwavering style, she has earned greater esteem in the body politic than any contemporary political figure — perhaps even beyond that of George K. Arthur and Arthur O. Eve. The region’s largest corporations … Continue reading M&T Bank should appoint Betty Jean Grant to its Board of Directors
THE EDITORIAL BOARD Director Bill Cowell’s network of relationships in the Los Angeles film industry spans the upper echelon of American media. That he maintains roots in Western New York is an opportunity to leverage his talents and networks as the region continues to try, mightily, to cultivate the film and content production industry here in Western New York. Cuomo administration tax credits, local funding for … Continue reading Poloncarz should back film festival
President-elect Donald Trump, from the steps of his Mar-o-lago resort in Palm Strings, FL applauded the return of 8,000 jobs to the United States. Trump touted plans announced earlier this month Masayoshi Son, a Japanese tech mogul, that his firm Softbank Capital would deploy over $50 billion in investment capital into its American holdings — including Sprint and OneWeb. SoftBank formerly maintained a Buffalo-based office led by … Continue reading Trump applauds SoftBank announcements
Since Governor Andrew Cuomo was elected to his current office in 2010 and made Sam Hoyt an official at Empire State Development, the former Assemblyman has promoted himself as “Cuomo’s top guy in Western New York.” He even modified his title from Vice President for the Western Region, to Regional President, because he didn’t think the former fully represented his stature in the administration. In recent … Continue reading Sam Hoyt’s absence at East Side press event raises eyebrows
BY JAMES COVERT Oscar Health Insurance just opened its first clinic in Brooklyn — and the place looks just as slick as the startup’s hipster-friendly app. Patients who enter the new “Oscar Center” won’t find administrators pushing papers behind a desk. Instead, the administrators are loitering around a minimalist bar tapping on laptops, offering seats on comfy couches in a waiting area that’s stocked with … Continue reading Josh Kushner’s health startup opens trendy Brooklyn clinic
This is the time for Canada to be bold and be prepared to give; freer movement of people, goods and investments within North America should be our objective via Trump wants to overhaul NAFTA? Bring it on — The Globe and Mail – Politics Continue reading Trump wants to overhaul NAFTA?