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    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.

    Niagara Falls, a US and Canadian jewel

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    From the Stillwater New Press:

    Spectacular Niagra Falls is a case study on international cooperation and agreement between two nations.

    Of course, those two countries are Canada, and our good ol’ U.S. of A.

    As the mighty Niagra River flows from the Great Lakes of Erie to Ontario, the incredible falls are created. The title Niagra Falls is actually a collective name for three separate waterfalls in the same general area. American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls are both located in New York state on the U.S. side, while massive Horseshoe Falls is located almost entirely in the Canadian province of Ontario. Even with two huge countries involved, both governments have interacted with each other on excellent terms over many, many years, and there is no reason to believe this mutual cooperation will not continue well into the future.

    Looming casino revenue loss could hit Niagara Falls hard

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    From WIVB Channel 4 in Buffalo:

    “If we spend it now and it’s not there and this thing lasts for quite some time it can cause a lot of problems,” said Andrew Touma, Niagara Falls City Councilman.

    Touma is calling for a 90-day moratorium on casino revenue spending following the Seneca Nation’s announcement to discontinue payments to the state.

    “We collect about $16 million a year and of that money around $11 or $12 million per year is used in the general budget. Just to cover expenses in the general budget and then we use other monies for capital projects,” said Touma.

    Falls hotel to get funds for retail, restaurant

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    From the Buffalo News:

    A Canadian hotelier currently refurbishing two Buffalo Avenue hotels will receive $1.1 million in city and state money to bring retail and possibly a chain restaurant to one of them.

    Faisal Merani plans to spend $3.8 million to expand the restaurant and retail area of his Holiday Inn at First Street and Buffalo Avenue, near the Rainbow Boulevard roundabout downtown.

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