Walter Hails UB2020 As Critical Step Toward Job Creation

December 13, 2011

Assemblyman Ray Walter (far right) joins Governor Andrew Cuomo, SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher (seated to left of Governor), SUNY officials and legislative colleagues at today’s UB2020 event in Amherst.

Assemblyman Ray Walter (R,C,I-Amherst) today attended the signing of the University at Buffalo (UB) 2020 challenge grant, expanding the size and scope of UB while providing a shot in the arm for job creation in Western New York. Joining Governor Cuomo, education officials and legislative colleagues at the event, Assemblyman Walter indicated that the measure will revitalize Western New York’s economy.

“We should start spelling UB2020 j-o-b-s,” said Walter. “Western New Yorkers know that the best way to invest in job creation is to bolster our research universities that are on the cutting edge of innovation, both nationally and globally. This plan has the potential to unlock 3,000 new jobs in our communities in the next six years alone, all while improving UB’s ability to provide a world-class, affordable education. Governor Cuomo has displayed tremendous leadership by joining Western New York’s legislative delegation in seeing this plan through, and I look forward to expanding UB’s role in our economic recovery moving forward.”

This legislation will lead to more faculty and smaller classes at UB. Additional jobs will be created through the healthcare industry, affiliated start-up companies and the massive construction projects that are supported in the plan.