What does the future hold for the former Millard Fillmore Gates site? Wednesday night, the public will get its first look at two proposals on potential re-use options for the former hospital. Kaleida Health is working with the Urban Land Institute of Washington, D.C. and the University at Buffalo's Urban Design Project to study re-use concepts. The re-use design/development competition includes a $1 million prize for the winning project. It will be chosen by an advisory committee. Business First says a series of exhibits will be on display Wednesday and two competitors will make presentations. It gets underway at 5:30 p.m. at the Burchfield Penney Art Center.
A report in this week's Business First shows how manufacturers say they have jobs open, from welders and fabricators to millwrights, mechanics and maintenance staff, that start at $10 to $15 an hour. But they say it's hard to find skilled workers to fill those jobs. The latest Empire State Manufacturing Survey shows that manufacturing activity took a dip this month. The report says manufacturing is stable in WNY and some sectors like aerospace, automotive, medical and specialty are expanding. You can read more in this week's Business First.