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Audio: Niagara Falls re-ups with Buffalo Niagara Enterprise

Lawmakers in the City of Niagara Falls on Monday night renewed the city's membership with the Buffalo Niagara Enterprise, the regional business development and marketing group based in Buffalo.

The City Council approved $50,000 in funding by a 3-1 vote. Funding from the city's share of casino revenue will be used to pay for it. Here's the audio from the vote:

Council Chairman Charles A. Walker said the city does not have anyone currently on staff whose job it is to do what the Buffalo Niagara Enterprise does. The city has property to market, and finding future development opportunities will help grow the tax base, Walker said, describing continued membership as "investing in our city" and helping to drive economic development.

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Public meetings in Niagara Falls government this week

The City Council will hold its first meeting to finalize city charter reforms at 4 p.m. Monday in Room 117 in City Hall, 745 Main St.

The Tourism Advisory Board will meet at 6 p.m. Monday in Room 117 in City Hall.

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See the state's request for outdoor recreation development in Niagara Falls (pdf)

From the north Grand Island bridges to Devil's Hole State Park, Niagara Falls has about 11 miles of waterfront.

The state sees the area as perfect for various types of outdoor recreation opportunities - from horseback riding to zip lining to rappelling into the Niagara Gorge.

Earlier this month, the state asked for interest parties to submit proposals to bring this vision to fruition.

Here are the documents they released:

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Help offered to get more Niagara Falls businesses online

Small businesses in Niagara Falls that lack a website - and are missing out on possible customers - can get some help establishing an online presence at a workshop Thursday.

The event, which coincides with Google's "Get Your Business Online" Week, is scheduled for 11 a.m. at Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls, 101 Old Falls St.

Google is offering web development tools and one year of free hosting for companies' websites.

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Public meetings in Niagara Falls government this week

NFC Development Corp. will meet at 4 p.m. Monday in Council Chambers in City Hall, 745 Main St.

The Urban Renewal Agency will meet at 4:30 p.m. or immediately after the NFC Development Corp. meeting Monday in Council Chambers.

The Tourism Advisory Board will meet at 6 p.m. Monday in Room 117 in City Hall.

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Construction to turn former Fallside Hotel into Doubletree by Hilton expected to start mid-summer

Construction is expected to begin sometime in mid-summer on a Doubletree by Hilton hotel project at the site of the former Fallside Hotel on Buffalo Avenue.

The Niagara Falls Zoning Board of Appeals on Tuesday night granted three variances to a Canadian hotelier planning to revive the shuttered hotel.

The board approved a variance allowing the project, being undertaken by Merani Hospitality LLC, to have 60 extra parking spaces, as well as exceptions to required setbacks.

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Plans for Tony Rome's in Niagara Falls to be reviewed this week

The city Planning Board on Wednesday will review a proposal for a Tony Rome's restaurant to be located in the Holiday Inn at 114 Buffalo Ave.

The 13,500-square-foot, two-story project is being proposed by the hotel owner, Merani Holding LLC.

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Public meetings in Niagara Falls government this week

The Tourism Advisory Board will meet at 6 p.m. Monday in Room 117 of City Hall.

The Housing Authority board of commissioners will meet at 4 p.m. Tuesday in the authority’s executive offices at 744 10th St.

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Audio: An optimistic Dyster issues State of the City address

Predicting 2014 will be a "turning point" in Niagara Falls' history, Mayor Paul A. Dyster issued his annual State of the City address Wednesday night in the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute.

Listen to the entire 57-minute address:

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Bed Bath & Beyond's new Falls store opens today

The new Niagara Falls location of Bed Bath & Beyond, at 1520 Military Road in front of Walmart, is open for business as of today, the company announced in a news release.

The 25,000-square-foot store will be open from 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays.

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Aaron Besecker

Aaron Besecker

Aaron Besecker joined The Buffalo News in 2007, where he has covered communities in Western New York as a beat reporter, multimedia journalist and assistant online editor. A Buffalo native, he began his career in journalism at the Niagara Gazette.

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