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Niagara Falls: WNY Land Conservancy announces ‘Restore the Gorge

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From Niagara Frontier Publications:

The Western New York Land Conservancy invites the community to attend a project unveiling at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 13, in the Niagara Falls Public Library, for “Restore the Gorge,” its planned ecological restoration of the Niagara Gorge.

With funding from phase two of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion economic development initiative, the Greenway Ecological Standing Committee, and Empire State Development’s Yahoo! Community Fund for Niagara County, the Land Conservancy has been awarded $2.1 million to undertake a three-year ecological restoration project in the Niagara Gorge – from the Gorge Discovery Center to Devil’s Hole State Park. This habitat restoration project is a separate and distinct effort from the removal of the Niagara Scenic Parkway from Main Street to Findlay Drive, but the two projects will take place concurrently and collaboratively.

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Niagara Falls shouldn’t build new convention center for at least 6 years, consultant says

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From the Buffalo News:

A Minneapolis consulting firm says Niagara Falls shouldn’t bother erecting a new multi-use facility for sports, conventions and concerts until it beefs up its off-season tourist attractions.

The draft report, obtained by The Buffalo News, says the city and Niagara County should wait at least six years to wait for investments in new attractions to bear fruit before considering such a facility.

Leaders weigh in on Falls convention center study

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From WGRZ Channel 2 in Buffalo:

Niagara County and Niagara Falls leaders have received the results of a study about the feasibility of building a new multi-use convention center in the city.

Its takeaways: Downtown development needs to grow to sustain a bigger convention center, and the best option would be to expand and modify the existing one.

“The county wanted to see if this was feasible for Niagara Falls, and it looks like at this point that wouldn’t be the way to go,” said Jason Zona, a Niagara County Legislator.

CORE: Niagara Falls area has $1.82 Billion in development in the works

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From Buffalo Business First:

Niagara Falls and surroundings are defined worldwide by just two words: Niagara Falls. But there’s more to the western region of Niagara County, from Artpark in Lewiston to the Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel in Niagara Falls. Municipalities include Lewiston, Niagara Falls, North Tonawanda and Wilson.

The article then goes on to list them all and their value.

Downtown Wi-Fi program gets a boost from Destination Niagara

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From the Niagara Gazette:

Destination Niagara USA, the renamed tourism bureau of Niagara County, has thrown financial support behind a local push to install wireless Internet equipment on Old Falls Street.

The Wi-Fi pilot program, which would allow up to 4,000 simultaneous users to access the web on their telephones, laptops and tablets, is being driven by the Niagara Global Tourism Institute.

Destination Niagara’s board of directors approved a $50,000 allocation for the initiative over the next two budget years last week, according to Andrea Czopp, the organization’s director of communications.

Niagara Falls is Working with Review Site ‘Yelp’ to Promote City

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From WKBW Channel 7 in Buffalo:

Destination Niagara USA recognizes the power of social media and says by connecting with the popular review site ‘Yelp,’ it will help local businesses and tourism in Niagara Falls. Destination Niagara USA is the marketing organization for Niagara Falls and Niagara County that promotes tourism.

Consultant hired to study feasibility of events center in Niagara Falls

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From the Buffalo News:

A Minneapolis consulting firm, Conventions, Sports & Leisure International, has been hired to study the feasibility of a sports and events facility for the City of Niagara Falls.

The consultant has been directed to deliver the report by Oct. 1, according to Samuel M. Ferraro, Niagara County economic development commissioner. The $113,000 cost will be split equally among the county, city and state.

Wallenda’s wife plans to hang by her teeth from helicopter over Niagara Falls

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From the Buffalo News:

Five years after her husband walked a tightrope over Niagara Falls, his wife is planning her own teeth-clenching stunt there.

To be precise, Erendira Wallenda, a trapeze aerialist, plans to hang by her teeth from a tether connected to a helicopter flying over the Falls, Niagara County officials announced Tuesday night.

By a 14-0 vote Tuesday, the County Legislature earmarked $35,000 to help pay any costs connected with the spectacle, which local officials hope will draw thousands of tourists like Nik Wallenda’s nationally televised 1,800-feet tightrope walk did on June 15, 2012.

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Local historian Gromosiak honored for life’s work

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From the Niagara Gazette:

The imprint left by the career of Paul Gromosiak can be found across the world, from the knowledge of tourists who have taken home his books to the advances of the city of Niagara Falls which might not have happened without him.

On Friday morning he was honored for his life’s work and the powerful impact it has had on Niagara Falls and Niagara County. Following a ceremony and a series of proclamations from city, county and state officials, a plaque in his honor was unveiled in Heritage Park in the Falls.

Niagara Falls sees upturn in tourism business in 2014

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From the Buffalo News:

Niagara Falls and Niagara County saw some solid tourism numbers last year, according to the Niagara Tourism & Convention Corp.’s annual report released Tuesday.

Some of the highlights of the report included…

…“I’m happy to stand before you today to talk about the wonderful numbers and tourism growth that we have in Niagara County,” said John H. Percy Jr., president and chief executive officer of the region’s destination marketing agency, during an afternoon presentation at the Sheraton at the Falls on Third Street.

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