I first came to Buffalo when my father was Governor. Buffalo got caught in an economic transition & really, state government was never there to help. The economic transition has been going on since the 50's, the 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's. And when I became Governor I committed myself making up for the lack of state investment in Buffalo. And we did and that's what the Buffalo Billion was all about. It was a billion dollars. Why a billion? A billion to say to people, this is not just another plan.
So we said "a Buffalo billion, ohh." Not only did it rhyme, billion is a serious number. And it got people's attention. And then we went to work. You can't reverse 50 years of economic decline in five years. But we did.
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