Your Ideas

18 Jun

We need to initiate an INCLUSIVE strategic planning process to develop a vision statement regarding the type of future we want to see for ourselves. Buffalo has tremendous potential as a great place to live, work, and play but we must seize the moment to CREATE the future we want. Waiting for it to happen is suicidal.

– Jim Allen, Amherst IDA

6 Responses to “Your Ideas”

  1. whitney June 18, 2010 at 9:25 am #

    I agree on the need for strategic planning and visioning. I think IDA reform that hopefully results in one IDA for our region will help get us there.

  2. Mike June 18, 2010 at 11:54 am #

    Good idea — Be proactive. Save the middle class.
    Here’s another idea: We should stop showering tax credits on companies that move from Buffalo to the suburbs. Companies such as National Fuel are a good example of this.

    Politicians around here are so desperate that they will give away the store (tax credits, zoning variances, etc…) to attract or retain jobs. Rebuild in the first ring suburbs and the city. Invest in maintaining what we have.

    Building subsidized retail on the waterfront is not the answer. In fact, it’s crazy and will result in fail when Bass Pro closes. Then Messrs Levy, Gioia, Quinn, Higgins, etc… will tarnish their good names. Don’t do it boys!

    Buffalo is 10-20 years behind the curve of progressive planning and development. It comes down to the region having a WBEN kind of mindset

  3. Comic Relief June 18, 2010 at 12:29 pm #

    How about we stop living in the past. National Fuel? That was how many years ago and it kept them in WNY and not moving all or a portion of their back-office to Pennsylvania.

    And last I checked, Amherst is a FIRST RING SUBURB.

  4. Slothrop June 19, 2010 at 7:15 am #

    Maria Whyte tried to get the ball rolling with a regional planning board – it was shot down by parochial and political B.S.

  5. Mike June 19, 2010 at 10:13 pm #

    Comic: I took a look at the Amherst IDA recent minutes. it’s full of projects that “normally would be ineligible” but these guys are in a business too and need to pay those bills…

    and, refinancing townhomes at UB which are 501 c3 non-profit — UB killed the university heights! (They could make up for it by building light rail to the amherst campus)

    and, leasebacks for retail auto companies

    and, more refinancing…

    Didn’t realize they were a bank

    Corporate welfare.

    National fuel was never moving to PA but they had to say that to get the benefits.

  6. jesseInEA June 21, 2010 at 9:38 am #

    The fact that someone needs to say we need a vision means we are a long way from having one.

    And the fact that someone thinks an area needs some single “vision” is kind of strange.  I think an IDA’s “vision of the future” is going to be one hell of a lot different than the average Joe (or Jesse). 

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