IBM to bring 500 new jobs to Buffalo

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Governor Andrew Cuomo was in Amherst on Monday to announce IBM is bringing 500 news jobs to downtown Buffalo.

The company plans to bring a new technology center to the city to create software in several industries, drawing on the University at Buffalo’s computer technology and working with centers in Manhattan and Albany.

“If we’re creating jobs, people have a reason to stay here. If we’re creating jobs, people have hope. If we’re creating jobs, it’s a tax base for the mayor. If we’re creating jobs, there’s a tax base for the county. Jobs are everything,” Gov. Cuomo said. “I am so excited about this because it is the right place to be, the right project, the right direction. IBM is the right partner to have.”

IBM will be the anchor tenant in the $25 million technology center that the state will create, though it is unknown exactly where it will be located.

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said, “I would like to see it in the downtown corridor, truthfully. If it is the type of investment that I think it is going to be, the closest to the medical campus the better.”

Some of the cutting edge technology IBM will be looking to create will include using smart phones to transmit medical information wirelessly to a doctor.

IBM Microelectronics GM Mike Cadigan said, “The computer will take your medical history and patients who have had similar disease or illness, and help the physician decide on the most leveraged treatment approach.”

The center is expected to open next year, and is a part of Governor Cuomo’s “Billion to Buffalo” promise, which also includes the Riverbend project, a clean energy investment that is projected to secure 850 permanent jobs and at least 500 construction jobs.

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