Hyatt to become Conference Center

September 9, 2010 Updated Sep 9, 2010 at 8:19 AM EDT

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September 9, 2010 Updated Sep 9, 2010 at 8:19 AM EDT


Buffalo's Hyatt Regency is in its last phase of a $15 million renovation project. A report in this week's Business First says the final improvements could get a boost from the ECIDA. The IDA will hold a public hearing tomorrow on a $2.5 million incentive package. Agency directors are supposed to vote on the package Monday. The Hyatt is being "re-branded" as a conference center so expect to see a new marketing plan this fall.

Former Buffalo Bill Thurman Thomas is now tackling energy savings. A report in this week's Business First says Thomas founded Thurman Thomas Global Energy Group with his brother-in-law in June. The company pays schools and companies to use less electricity during certain time periods, then Thomas' company is paid by independent service operators that otherwise would have had to add electricity to the grid.

Capitol Hill newspaper The Hill is out with a list of the 50 richest Congress members. Chris Lee ranks 30th. The report says Lee's personal worth is at least $8.7 million. Senator John Kerry tops the list at $188.6 million.

You can read more about these stories in this week's Business First.

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