According to this Buffalo News story by Brian Meyer, the Brown administration may be seeing an end to the city’s main economic development agency.
The News has been staying on top of the foibles of the 30-year-old agency, which has seen several setbacks this past year. According to the News, Buffalo Economic Renaissance Corporation (BERC) is an expensive to run agency that is doing less than ever in the way of making loans and thereby creating development and jobs than ever before in its history.
Add to that an upcoming FBI investigation for the One Sunset debacle, and the feeling is that BERC will either have to evolve into something effective or be dropped altogether. Discussion of the future of BERC will be on the Common Council Docket on Tuesday, with some councilmembers looking for disbandment. Black Rock-Riverside Councilman Joseph Golombek is sponsoring that resolution.
BERC is currently being run by interim President Dennis M. Penman, since the removal of Brian Reilly in 2008.