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Starting with a Clean Slate!

The multi-million dollar clean-up of the former Polymer Applications site, Town of Tonawanda concludes this month (June 2013). The result? A 6.7 acre parcel that is ready for your business's commercial or industrial use. ECIDA's Phil Riggs states, " Various federal, state and local agencies came together to transform this contaminated site to one that is shovel-ready. The ECIDA hopes to continue its role in the revitalization of this site, by working with businesses interested in locating here." Contact the ECIDA Business Development Team (716.856.6525) to learn more.

A dream come true!

Tap? Jazz? Ballet? Hip Hop? Whatever style of dance moves you, Amy Lynn's Dance Studio in Orchard Park has it all. With the recent addition of a new professional dance floor that was made possible with the help of a County small business loan, Amy Lynn's students enjoy the health benefits of a shock absorbing floor that also protects against slips and falls. "It's a dream come true" beams Amy Lynn as she proudly looks over her studio filled with young performers. Need help expanding or improving your small business? Give the ECIDA a call at 716.856.6525 today and ask about our small business loan programs.

Newsletter: Issue #6

 Issue #6 of our newsletter is now available!  Click here, or the image above to check it out.

Included in this issue:
  • How the ECIDA is helping to breathe new life to the Bethlehem Steel site in Lackawanna.
  • Information about our new "Grow Erie" fund
  • How "You and Who" was able to leverage our Micro Loan program to expand their operations

2012:What a Year!

So you think you know all about the ECIDA? Check out our 2012: Year in Review to see the progress made at four local brownfield development sites, learn about our award-winning Exports to Canada program and test your IDA IQ with the "Did you know that the ECIDA..." section. To receive notifications of our events, newsletters and more, sign up for our mailing list by clicking here.



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ECIDA COO Will Retire at the End of 2013

Alfred D. "Al" Culliton has led the area's largest agency since 2006, overseeing more than $3.4 billion in business investment across Erie County

Buffalo, NY - Alfred D. "Al" Culliton, the Erie County Industrial Development Agency's Chief Operating Officer and Acting Chief Executive Officer, announced today he will retire as of December 31st.

Mr. Culliton, who oversees all aspects of the economic development activities of the ECIDA and its affiliated corporations, was honored as the 2011 Economic Developer of the Year by the New York State Economic Development Council.

Are you an Erie County-Based Business with an Out of State (or Country) HQ?

Let us help you to impress visiting executives! The Business Ambassador Program, combines the resources of the ECIDA and Buffalo Niagara Enterprise to make your guest's next visit to the Buffalo Niagara Region, an informative and memorable one. We can provide you with a variety of  tools that will further educate your contacts regarding our many local assets. Interested? Find out more by clicking here or by contacting Beth O'Keefe, Business Development Officer at 716.362.8374.

Has Superstorm Sandy affected your Erie County Based Business?

The Erie County Industrial Development Agency can provide financial assistance to businesses located in Erie County, NY that have been impacted by Superstorm Sandy. If your local business has been affected by this recent disaster, please contact us through the following link: Disaster Loan Fund - Erie county Based Business.

Need help starting your business?

Are you aware of the many programs and services available to assist entrepreneurs looking to start a business in Erie County? Whether your needs are for research, training, mentoring or developing a business plan, help is often just a phone call away. To assist entrepreneurs searching for the right resource to meet their needs, the ECIDA has put together an "Entrepreneur's Resource List."

Want to hear even better news? Many of these resources are available to you at a low cost - some are even free! So what are you waiting for? Find the help you need to put your business on the right track today.

UB Interns Play Key Role in "Exports to Canada" Program

For Western New Yorkers, autumn signals the start of the school year, the onset of cooler temperatures and for 10 lucky local companies, it marks the start of their journey to gain access to the Canadian market. Yes, the ECIDA's "Exports to Canada" program is off and running!

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