Cuomo details new hope for Buffalo job seekers

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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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