Money should get spent on Western New York firms
How about investing 5 percent of the billion in Western New York into small, lean for-profits and nonprofits that have demonstrated breakthrough innovations, in contrast to outsider “savior” firms (e.g. Bass Pro) that reinforce Western New York’s self-image that we need help from afar to save our city.
Selection checklist: diversity in all forms plus creative types (arts and music) that sustain themselves on pennies per month plus keen sense allowing the customer (marketplace) to drive innovation.
Breakthrough leadership comes from the fringe and embracing “evolutionary” thinkers will do more. We may discover that the “more” we need is right in our backyard.