New York State: Getting a jump on Start-Up

On the day County Executive Vince Horrigan touted the Start Up New York program on the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency web site in his weekly Monday Morning Memo, the state’s second-largest city was in the midst of a major announcement.

Eight more businesses – with job numbers totaling 659 – were taking part in Buffalo’s efforts. “We are pleased to announce that through the Start-Up NY program, eight new businesses, representing nearly $10 million in investment and an estimated 650 new jobs, will be located here in Western New York,” said state Gov. Andrew Cuomo. “Today, Buffalo is truly on the move.”

In the meantime in Chautauqua County, Start-Up may be in motion, but we have yet to see one business cross the finish line.

Gubernatorial challenger Rob Astorino noted some of his disdain for the program, but it seems to be working in Buffalo. Our region needs to capitalize on that momentum.