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Monday, July 26, 2021 - 2:59pm
Former brownfield site is now state-of-the-art facility for apprenticeship in the sheet metal industry  Empire State Development and SMART Local 71 today announced the ribbon cutting for SMART Local 71’s expanded training center in Buffalo.  SMART Local 71 is the local union of International Association of Sheet Metal, Air Rail and Transportation Workers (“SMART”).  The nearly $1.3 million project on Liberty Avenue cleaned up and reused a former brownfield site to merge three separate properties into one state-of-art facility that will offer apprenticeship training in construction, sheet metal production, and other fabricating industries while relying on clean energy throughout its lifetime.  See pictures of SMART Local 71 members at work here.  “As we reimagine our economy for a post-pandemic comeback, it's more important than ever to make sure that success is accessible to all,” said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. “SMART Local 71’s expanded training center is training the next generation of skilled workers to help build the new Buffalo, and will further unleash the full potential of Western New York’s economy connecting people with good paying jobs and ensuring no one falls behind during our recovery.” “Sheet Metal Workers’ Local 71 committed to making the City of Buffalo our home in 2000.  Since then, we have worked, saved, and planned for this expansion, so we can continue our mission of training the next generation of Sheet Metal Workers,” said SMART Local 71 Business Manager Paul Crist.  “Our members strive to be the safest, best trained, and most productive workers on any jobsite and with this help we can simulate realistic jobsite conditions for hands on training.  I cannot express enough how thankful we are to Empire State Development for partnering with us to make this expansion happen.”   “The transformation of a previously vacant brownfield site into a modern training facility for the members of SMART Local 71 is not just a strategic investment that will strengthen Buffalo's manufacturing sector, it also advances key goals for the broader New York State economy," said Kevin Younis, ESD Chief Operating Officer and Executive Deputy Commissioner. “The state of the art facility gives meaningful place-making purpose to an abandoned building and underutilized property in the city, and ensures current and future generations of SMART Local 71's talented, hard-working workforce have the critical training and necessary skills in construction, sheet metal production, and metal fabrication to meet the demands of the industry.” SMART members include sheet metal workers, service technicians, bus operators, engineers, conductors, sign workers, welders, production employees and more.  The training facility now offers working modules for hands-on experience in working with sheet metal and allows for a real construction site experience. This renovation was critical to the union’s continuing education and apprenticeship programs in teaching the newest methods and tools in their trade.  The former manufacturing facility had become a neighborhood eyesore, stemming from years of vacancy, neglect and deterioration.   SWM 71, Inc. purchased the property on behalf of the Union at 20 Liberty Avenue and Local 71 renovated and reconstructed the two-story 7,200-square-foot building and combined it with 24 Liberty to create an expanded, updated training facility. With the expected growth of training classes, a third adjacent property at 724 Kensington Avenue was also acquired from the City of Buffalo to be used as additional parking for the renovated structure.  To assist in the funding of this significant rehabilitation and upgrade, SMART Local 71 applied for, and was awarded, $377,000 through Round 7 of the Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) process. Without this additional level of assurance offered by ESD, the project would have stalled due to a lack of guaranteed capital. This infusion of grant monies allowed the union to secure a loan with a lending institution for a significant portion of the project.  Those interested in SMART Local 71 and apprenticeships can learn more here.   City of Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown said, “This is a great example of the opportunities we are creating in Buffalo for our residents which include the traditional trade industries, as well as advanced manufacturing and the digital economy. Not only has SMART Local 71 created state-of-the-art training for the next generation of sheet metal workers, the union and its membership have made a meaningful investment on Buffalo’s East Side.  What were once idle, brownfield sites are now a key component in attracting and training skilled workers, many who live in the surrounding neighborhoods.” NYS Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes said, “The completion of a once former brownfield site turned into a new state-of-the-art training center for construction and sheet metal production in the City of Buffalo will help produce the next generation of SMART workers.  This project serves as a shining example of Empire State Development’s commitment to help revitalize our community and strengthen our workforce. I applaud SMART Local 71 and ESD’s collective leadership and investment in Western New York.” Senator Tim Kennedy said, “This long-awaited expanded training center will fuel new opportunities for both our region's workforce and the surrounding neighborhoods in the City of Buffalo," said Senator Tim Kennedy. "I applaud New York for investing in these critical hands-on programs and apprenticeships, and look forward to seeing SMART Local 71 continue to build hardworking, skilled leaders for the sheet metal industry.” Assemblywoman Monica P. Wallace said, “This facility transformed a blighted industrial site into a state-of-the-art and environmentally-sustainable training facility, and demonstrates the importance of using public resources as seed money to create the trained, highly-skilled workers needed to rebuild our economy. I thank Lt. Kathy Hochul, Empire State Development and SMART Local 71 for investing in this community and ensuring workers have access to the equipment and tools that they need to thrive.” Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz said, “This expansion is being made possible thanks to collaborative efforts that will provide a state-of-the-art training facility in the City of Buffalo. Providing a venue where dedicated union members can improve and enhance their skill set and prepare to become the next generation of employees with careers that help them showcase their unique abilities is an ideal repurpose of a former brownfield site.” Contact: Pamm Lent (Governor’s Office) | [email protected] | (716) 846-8309 | (800) 260-7313 Laura Magee (ESD) | [email protected] (716) 846-8239 | (800) 260-7313
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Thursday, July 22, 2021 - 12:06pm
Exciting new family-friendly, low-cost addition to Buffalo’s Waterfront Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC) and Buffalo Waterfront Management Group (BWMG) today announced that the canals at Canalside will be converted into a giant roller rink that will open on August 20 and roll through the fall season to October 31. At more than 30,000 square feet, the Roller Rink at Canalside, in partnership with Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New York, will be the largest outdoor roller-skating rink in New York State. The seasonal attraction, which will host community and school groups, themed skate nights and be free before 5 p.m. on Fridays, will add to the diverse offering of low-cost, family-friendly programming available at Canalside.  Admission is $6 per adult and $2 for children age 13 and younger.  Roller skate rentals will be $4.  The water in the canals will be drained on August 9th to set up for this exciting new addition on Buffalo’s waterfront. The new logo for the Roller Rink at Canalside can be seen here. “Get ready to lace up and roll at Canalside,” said ECHDC Chairman Robert Gioia. “For those around in the 70s at the height of the roller disco era, you know how much fun a pair of polyurethane wheels and good tunes can be, and roller skating is seeing a resurgence as a fun activity for all ages.  We’re thrilled to bring this new attraction to the community on Buffalo’s waterfront.” “The Roller Rink at Canalside will be the place to be this fall, and another example of the diverse range of offerings available on Buffalo’s waterfront to the Western New York community and those visiting from afar. With a full line up of programming, the Roller Rink at Canalside is sure to provide plenty of fun for all ages,” said Kevin Parkinson, VP Operations and Finance, BWMG.  “We are thrilled to partner with Highmark BCBS of WNY and with their support provide accessible, healthy activities to our community." Hours of Operation August 20, 2021 - September 6, 2021 Mondays-Thursday: Noon to 7 p.m. Fridays: Noon to 10 p.m. Saturdays: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. September 7, 2021 – October 31, 2021 Mondays-Tuesdays: Closed (except the holiday on Monday, October 11: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.) Wednesdays-Thursdays: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays: 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Roller Rink at Canalside will be a place for Buffalo-area children and families to come and experience a new sport for free, or for a low cost, in a fun atmosphere through targeted programming initiatives.  The programs’ focus will be to create a free, outdoor, healthy and active lifestyle environment that will benefit the Western New York community and allow children that might not otherwise be able to experience the roller rink a free and accessible means to do so.  Community Skate Program – Buffalo Waterfront Management Group will partner with community programs to bring groups to the roller rink for free skate lessons and free skate.  Tickets to the Roller Rink will also be distributed to the community. Canalside Neighbor Program – Roller skating will be free of charge to Explore & More, Buffalo and Erie Naval & Military Park and Buffalo Heritage Carousel guests on Wednesdays. Free Play Fridays – Roller skating admission will be free of charge before 5 p.m. on Fridays. Themed Skate Nights – Dedicated nights at the roller rink with music, DJs and associated decorations. Vendor Markets – Pop up vendor markets will take place next to the roller rink making the Roller Rink at Canalside a one-stop-shop for fun, food, and shopping. “As the official health plan of Canalside, we are pleased to bring the fun, healthy and exciting experience of outdoor roller skating to the next generation of Western New Yorkers,” said  Julie R. Snyder, Vice President, Community Affairs, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New York. “The new Roller Rink will only enhance the Canalside experience for all who visit.” To learn more about activities and events on the Buffalo waterfront, visit www.buffalowaterfront.com. About Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation A nine-member board consisting of seven voting directors and two non-voting, ex-officio directors governs the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. The seven voting directors are recommended by the New York state governor and are appointed by the New York State Urban Development Corporation d/b/a Empire State Development as sole shareholder of ECHDC. The Erie County executive and the City of Buffalo mayor hold the two non-voting, ex-officio director positions. For more information on ECHDC, visit https://esd.ny.gov/erie-canal-harbor-development-corporation-0. Contact: Pamm Lent (Governor’s Office) | [email protected] | (716) 846-8309 Laura Magee (ECHDC) | [email protected] | (716) 846-8239 Lauren Moloney Ford (BWMG) | [email protected] | (716) 440-0120
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