The economic condition of New York State generally and of Western New York in particular remains a significant concern for residents, businesses and community leaders. As leaders continue to work to find answers to the economic problems of our region, we need to abandon the one-shot, silver bullet efforts that have so long hamstrung Buffalo and Western New York, giving us the reputation of a region that cannot start, maintain or finish projects that have the ability to allow for the creation of jobs and the enhancement of economic conditions.
In short, we have to begin anew. Western New York needs leadership with a proven track record of ensuring that projects that are started become projects completed. In looking at the topics included on this website, you will see that many topics seem to run in concentric circles. That is why you see such an intense focus on the waterfront and on hydropower, because it is Brian's firm belief that moving forward in these areas - and in others, to be sure, but in these specifically - that will allow our region to begin to turn an economic corner.
In the past Brian has taught in the History and Economics departments at Buffalo State College, trying to expand the minds of the young people that will some day help lead this region itself. In so doing, Brian does his best to simplify what can be rather complicated subjects. Particularly with respect to economics, Brian tells his students that the economy is two-thirds consumer confidence and one-third new business investment. When consumers are confident, they earn and they spend; when consumers are unconfident, local and regional economies suffer.
The natural, educational and other resources Western New York has to offer must allow our people to live, work and raise a family right here at home. Our region and northeastern regions like ours are in need of significant investment in our infrastructure. With federal labor formulas suggesting that for every $1 million in public works spending there are 40 jobs created, initiatives that will fundamentally reform and improve our infrastructure in an effort to increase economic development opportunities - including, for example, reformation the Outer Harbor Parkway, or construction of the new federal courthouse - will have the added effect of creating thousands of construction jobs for men and women here in our own community.
Buffalo needs a new beginning. We have started the process but it needs to continue.