The ECHDC just released a list of local businesses and programs and services that have remained local since this project started. Here’s the list:

Supporting local businesses and creating local jobs has long been one of the guiding principles of the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC).  We are proud to note the local companies, organizations and individuals that have been retained as part of our mission to revitalize Western New York’s waterfront and restore economic growth to Buffalo based on the region’s legacy of pride, urban significance and natural beauty. In addition, we continue to work with 90 local community members on groups tasked with activating the Inner Harbor, Outer Harbor and Buffalo River.



The African American Cultural Center: Buffalo HQ –

Buffalo Creek Native Festival: Irving HQ –

Buffalo Maritime Center: Buffalo HQ –

The Buffalo Museum of Science & Tifft Nature Preserve: Buffalo HQ –

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra: Buffalo HQ –

Buffalo Tours: Buffalo HQ –

Buffalo Urban Outdoor Education: Buffalo HQ –

Jack Civiletto: Bowmansville based –

The Canal Street String Band: Buffalo HQ –

Explore and More Children’s Museum: East Aurora HQ –

The Friends of Harmony: East Aurora HQ –

Franklin LaVoie: Buffalo based

The Great Lakes Experience: Amherst HQ –

The Hutchinson Family Revival:  Buffalo based

Jama Jama African World Drum: Buffalo based

Masten Avenue Jazz Festival: Buffalo HQ

Motherland Connextions: Niagara Falls HQ –

MusicalFare: Amherst HQ –

Music is Art: Buffalo HQ –

Nickel City Opera: Buffalo HQ     –

Dave Ruch: Buffalo based –

Theatre of Youth: Buffalo HQ –

WNY Adaptive Water Sports: Grand Island HQ –



Ace Flag: Depew HQ –

Buffalo Place: Buffalo HQ –

Brand-On Services: Buffalo HQ –

Buffalo Harbor Kayak: Buffalo HQ –

The Copy Store: Buffalo HQ –

Damon & Morey: Buffalo HQ –

Mike Schatzel: Buffalo based restaurant entrepreneur

Phillips Lytle: Buffalo HQ –

Printing Prep: Buffalo –



C. Destro: Buffalo HQ

DEMCO: Buffalo HQ –

DiPizio Construction: Cheektowaga HQ –

Darling: West Seneca HQ –

Highland Masonry: West Seneca HQ –

IPL: Buffalo HQ –

Mollenberg-Betz – Buffalo HQ

Pinto: Buffalo HQ –

Zoladz Construction: Alden HQ –


Architecture & Engineering

Charles Gordon Architects: Buffalo HQ –

Dean Gowen, L.A.: Buffalo HQ

Foit-Albert Associates: Buffalo HQ –

JMD Environmental Inc.: Grand Island HQ

Joy Kuebler, L.A.: Buffalo HQ –

Preservation Studios: Buffalo HQ –

Robert Coles: Buffalo HQ

SJB Services Inc.: Buffalo HQ –

Watts Engineers & Architects: Buffalo HQ –

The Queen City Ferry Company: Buffalo HQ –

The Spirit of Buffalo: Buffalo HQ –

The University at Buffalo: Buffalo HQ –



The Buffalo Lighthouse Association: Buffalo HQ

The Davidson Restaurant Group: Buffalo HQ –



Canisius College: Buffalo HQ –

The University at Buffalo: Buffalo HQ      –



ECHDC has interviewed roughly 200 local restaurateurs, vendors and small businesses that have expressed an interest in the Canalside project, and wewill be reaching out to 5000 local community members for input into Canalside’s public spaces.