Consumers in Rochester are more upbeat than other areas in New York, according to the latest consumer confidence survey by the Siena Research Institute. Researchers say overall consumer confidence is up in seven of nine areas in New York State for the fourth quarter of 2011. Rochester tops the list with a gain of 7.4 points. Binghamton is next with 6 points, then mid-Hudson and Utica. Overall confidence jumped 3.5 points in Buffalo. Rochester's overall consumer confidence is the highest at 70. Utica is the lowest at 56. Buffalo is the middle. The survey finds that WNYers plan to buy homes and furniture in 2012, but buying plans are down for automobiles, computers and home improvement.
The largest nonprofit in the Southern Tier is looking to get even bigger. Business First says The Resource Center has begun a feasibility study to explore support options. The nonprofit group is known for supporting the disabled and now wants to open a one-stop site in Jamestown's downtown medical corridor. The Resource Center already provides primary care services to about 13,000 patients through sites across Chautauqua County, but they'd like to offer comprehensive care at one site as well.