BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)- Recent employment numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics point to a massive upswing in construction jobs in the Queen City.
“Momentum breeds momentum, and I think that’s why Buffalo is booming,” said Frank Ciminelli, Senior Executive Vice President at LP Ciminelli.
But that boom didn’t happened overnight, he said.
Ciminelli told News 4 the seeds to rejuvenate Buffalo were planted years ago. Now, we’re seeing the growth.
“We’ve probably employed more people in the last I’d say 12-18 months than we probably have in our company’s history,” Ciminelli said.
And it couldn’t be more apparent than in Buffalo’s downtown or Riverside neighborhoods; LP Ciminelli is working on UB’s new medical campus and the SolarCity plant.
“To have four tower cranes in downtown Buffalo at the same time, there probably weren’t four tower cranes over the last ten years in aggregate, so yeah, it’s very busy,” Ciminelli told News 4.
The Queen City added 4,400 new construction jobs between October 2014 and October 2015.
Rochester added just 400 during the same time period, and Syracuse lost 900 jobs.
Ciminelli told News 4 private money coming into the city has played a major role in keeping the growth going, and tourism is reaping the benefits.
“We had a fantastic summer this year. Especially the month of July, we saw some of our highest average daily rates,” said Patrick Kaler, President and CEO of Visit Buffalo Niagara.
Canalside and the Harbor Center are slated to host some major upcoming event, like the Hockey World Juniors; an event Kaler said wouldn’t have been in the cards a few years ago.
“All of these construction projects have lent themselves to attracting visitors to the destination because it’s not the same Buffalo that they thought they might have known in the past,” he said.