BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled plans for a new training center in Buffalo, that will specialize in the advanced manufacturing and energy sectors.
The western New York Workforce Development Center will be housed in the long-neglected and vacant Northland Avenue Industrial Corridor on Buffalo’s East Side.
Declining neighborhoods in the city’s Delavan-Grider section are likely to benefit from the project.
“We want the East Side of Buffalo in this resurgence just as everyone else is,” said the Governor.
“I like electricity and carpentry. I think that would be a good job for me,” said Robert McKithen, who attended the high-spirited ceremony Wednesday. “There are no places in Buffalo really training for that,” he said.
Space for the new Workforce Center is part of fifty acres purchased by the Buffalo Urban Development Corporation under the direction of Mayor Byron Brown.
The mayor said that another twelve thousand new jobs are expected to be created within the city in the next couple of years.
The governor said “This is about developing the skills for an entirely new workforce. And it is a metaphor for what yesterday was, and what today is, and what tomorrow will be.”
He says the Center will work closely with individual employers and will fill specific positions when they become available.