- Associated Press - Sunday, June 22, 2014

A look at indicators that Buffalo is bouncing back from decades of population and job losses. More than $4.4 billion in public and private development has been announced since 2012, according to Mayor Byron Brown. The new buzzword is “Buffalove.”

BUFFALO BILLION: $1 billion in state financing was pledged by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 2012 to leverage additional private and public investment.

MEDICAL CAMPUS: $800 million of projects are planned, including a $375 million medical school by the University at Buffalo, a $270 million children’s hospital, a $50.5 million 11-story clinical sciences building and a $110 million medical research building.

RIVERBEND: With a $225 million state investment, former Republic Steel site is being converted to a clean energy manufacturing hub. Anchor tenant SolarCity is expected to build a 1-gigawatt solar panel plant, employing 1,000 people, within two years.

WATERFRONT: A children’s museum is to be built, the outer harbor will become a state park and replica canals will serve as reflecting pools in the summer and skating rinks in the winter.

HARBORCENTER: Buffalo Sabres’ $172.2 million hockey and entertainment complex will have two rinks, a hockey academy and a 200-room hotel connected to the Sabres’ home, First Niagara Center. USA Hockey is among those with events booked.

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