Brown to summarize busy year in State of the City

February 21, 2014 Updated Feb 21, 2014 at 10:19 AM EDT

By James Fink, Buffalo Business First

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Brown to summarize busy year in State of the City

February 21, 2014 Updated Feb 21, 2014 at 10:19 AM EDT

Against the backdrop of a upswing in economic-development projects, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown is expected to review a very busy year during his annual State of the City address today.

Brown's speech, set for this afternoon, will take place at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center before more than 600 guests and supporters. He was reelected for the second time in November, garnering more than 70 percent of the vote in both a Democratiic primary and the general election.

Last year, Brown used his State of the City address to announce Ellicott Development's $75 million mixed-use Carlo project in Waterfront Village.

This year, the mayor will likely use his 45-minute speech to talk about a wide range of economic-development projects announced in the past year and other initiatives, such as reducing the city's crime rate.

Since 2010, nearly $5 billion worth of projects have been announced, are underway or completed.

In the past year, a pair of Silicon Valley firms announced plans to invest $1.5 billion on a high-tech Riverbend project that will create nearly 2,000 new jobs, and the Marriott national hotel chain said it will develop a 200-room hotel to help anchor the HarborCenter project that's due to open this fall.

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