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NYSEDC IDA Recommended Best Practices

 Download the PDF of the 2015 New York State Economic Development Council's IDA Recommended Best Practices report here.

A&E Design, Engineering and Construction Administration Services Requested

The Erie County Industrial Development Agency, (ECIDA) is seeking Letters of Interest from qualified engineering firms licensed in the State of New York to rate railroad bridge structures, many of which have no drawing documents, to comply with all federal and state regulations on the Buffalo Southern Railroad line which runs 30 miles between Buffalo and Gowanda, NY. Interested firms should submit a one page "letter of intent" to ECIDA by April 9th, 2015. RFQ and support material will be mailed to all responders by April 14th.


City of Buffalo Small Business Survey

The City of Buffalo would like your support and expertise in understanding the needs of small business owners within the region by completing this quick small business needs assessment survey. Findings from the survey will be used to inform future initiatives targeting small businesses in Buffalo. 

Objectives of the survey include assessing the needs of Buffalo small businesses, exploring current utilization patterns and gaps in business services, and understanding businesses' current level of interaction with anchors, funders, and other key stakeholders.

Keep in mind, all of the information and perspectives that we collect will remain anonymous, with our findings representing collective rather than individual views.

Please take a few minutes to complete the survey by clicking on the link below. For questions, you can contact Rebecca Gandour at (716) 851-4029 or e-mail:

Link to the survey:  

Or for a printable copy, please click here. (PDF)

Thank you for your support!


ECIDA President & CEO Steve Weathers addresses Leadership Buffalo

"Eggs & Issues" series Tuesday, March 17 8:00 am-9:00 am

ECIDA: The Untold Story

To register, click here.

Demystifying Economic Development

 The first in our monthly informational feature series in Business First:

ECIDA Staff at Straight Talk 2015 Seminar

The 2015 Straight Talk event, sponsored by the Small Business Administration, was held January 24, 2015 at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. ECIDA Loan Manager Jerry Manhard and Loan Officer Michael Alexander offered information about financing, and conducted a seminar entitled, "Show Me the Money."

Gates Circle Project about to begin

Business First: A critical first step took place Wednesday when the Erie County Industrial Development Agency's lending arm, the Buffalo and Erie County Regional Development Corp., approved a $2 million loan to the property's developers, Gates Circle Holdings LLC, that will help underwrite the estimated $13 million in remediation costs. 

Gearing Up for Gates Circle

Redevelopment of former Millard Fillmore Hospital site is a mammoth job, and a $2 million loan through the ECIDA will help get the ball rolling

Disaster Relief Loan Fund

 The ECIDA has teamed up with County Executive Mark Poloncarz' office to offer a Disaster Relief Loan program for businesses hurt by the November "Winter Storm Knife." 

Request for Proposals

 The County of Erie, New York (the "County") is currently seeking Proposal Statements from qualified site selectors, real estate market research firms and agribusiness consultants interested in providing agribusiness market analysis and site selection services for determination of appropriate site (s) for an Erie County Agribusiness Park. This Study will provide guidance for the attraction and siting of agribusiness companies within Erie County.

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