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Jamestown plans for revitalization


Albany is putting another $10 million into Jamestown's Downtown Revitalization Initiative. The plan encompasses 10 projects chosen through the Regional Economic Development Council system.

Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul came to a site which is getting some of that money to announce the grant, the Reg Lenna Center. Mayor Sam Teresi says it's on top of $220 million which has gone into development in the city's core. Teresi sees an evolving business outlook arriving to his city.

"Just like the Buffalo Niagara Region, it's more of an advanced manufacturing. Our economy is diversifying," Teresi said. 

"We're seeing more in the way of 'meds and eds' investment. We're seeing more in the way of capitalizing on our natural tourism."

Teresi says this will provide jobs for people of all different skill levels and get others on the jobs ladder.

Part of that diversification accounts for the National Comedy Center which is on the way for Jamestown. The attraction emerged from the successful Lucille Ball Comedy Festival which has brought attention and visitors to the city.

"I wouldn't want to build an economy based solely on tourism jobs but on the other hand, I wouldn't want to try to build and base a diverse economy without a robust tourism sector to it," Teresi said.


Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.