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Will AI Boom Bypass Niagara, While It Ignites Elsewhere?

Will AI Boom Bypass Niagara, While It Ignites Elsewhere?

Data Campus, Featured, Niagara Falls January 24, 2024 at 9:57 am

While the City of Niagara Falls has stalled a proposed Data Center with a $1.5 billion investment by Urbacon, one of the world’s largest data center developers, and NFR, the city’s largest landowner, other areas in the country, are seeing the need and taking advantage of the AI boom. AnotherRead More

Urbacon’s Involvement in Niagara Falls Data Center a Good Sign for the City

Urbacon’s Involvement in Niagara Falls Data Center a Good Sign for the City

Data Campus, Niagara Falls January 18, 2024 at 10:14 pm

The proposal of the Niagara Digital Campus, a $1.5 billion data center, allows the city to compete with the big cities in the world of big tech and AI advancements. The project has two of the three main ingredients needed to succeed. The developer, Urbacon, is a successful data centerRead More

Will Niagara Falls Mayor Reject NFR’s Data Center as AI Demand Soars?

Will Niagara Falls Mayor Reject NFR’s Data Center as AI Demand Soars?

Data Campus, Featured January 15, 2024 at 8:31 pm

Niagara Falls Redevelopment Reveals $1.5 Billion Data Center Plan Niagara Falls Redevelopment (NFR) recently revealed a site plan for the first phase of its ambitious $1.5 billion data center project, coined the Niagara Digital Campus. Despite this unveiling, Mayor Robert Restaino has opposed the proposal despite a global surge inRead More

How Niagara Falls Can Benefit From The Remarkable Demand For Data Centers

How Niagara Falls Can Benefit From The Remarkable Demand For Data Centers

Data Campus, Featured, Local News December 21, 2023 at 10:42 pm

The Niagara Digital Campus is an innovative, $1.48 billion technology and data center hub that will bring thousands of jobs and cutting-edge technological infrastructure to the City of Niagara Falls. The joint project between Niagara Falls Redevelopment (NFR) and Urbacon—a Toronto-based developer of state-of-the-art data centers—is privately funded and willRead More

Events Center Belongs West of Casino; Still Time for Two-Project Solution

Events Center Belongs West of Casino; Still Time for Two-Project Solution

Data Campus, Featured, Local News December 8, 2023 at 12:30 pm

By Tony Farina While Mayor Robert Restaino narrowly won re-election with a 3.5 to 1 vote advantage, he still appears committed publicly to building his events center arena on 10 acres of land the city will have to purchase from NFR on John Daly Blvd. if the city wins theRead More

The Meridian Centre is an arena located in downtown St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. Its seating capacity is 5,300 for hockey games, 5,580 for standing room, 6,000 for concerts, and 4,030 for basketball games. An arena its exact size would fit on land already owned by the city.

Niagara’s Game-Changer: New Arena + Digital Campus to Boost Economy, Skips Eminent Domain Hassle

Data Campus, Local News November 16, 2023 at 7:18 pm

Bold Vision: Leveraging State Land for Event Center, Tech Campus to Spur Growth! With the Mayoral election over, Niagara Falls can now turn its attention to the “two-project solution” as a potential avenue for economic growth and development in the city. This solution aims to provide residents with an arena,Read More

The city needs the right name for Restaino's legacy to himself.

Restaino’s “Events Center” Pipe Dream Should Be Named After Him

Data Campus, Local News November 4, 2023 at 8:10 pm

Mayor Robert Restaino wants to build a taxpayer-funded events center. He does not yet have the funding or land. But we understand the principle behind his effort, and we want to support it by proposing some better, more accurate names than his preferred one: Centennial Park. Mayor Robert Restaino’s MajesticRead More

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GUEST VIEW: Niagara Digital Campus will improve power infrastructure and help us meet climate goals

By Dennis Elsenbeck I have lived and worked in Western New York for decades now. Many in the area know me from the nearly 30 years I spent at Niagara Mohawk and National Grid (culminating in the position of regional director for Western New York), or from my role onRead More

HUD Ignores FOIL Request, Appears to Help Mayor Keep His Financial Plans Secret

HUD Ignores FOIL Request, Appears to Help Mayor Keep His Financial Plans Secret

Data Campus, Local News, Niagara Falls October 22, 2023 at 12:00 pm

By Tony Farina Simply stated, the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has now become part of the story of the competing Niagara Falls development projects, one supported by the mayor and the second by Niagara Falls Redevelopment (NFR). In denying a FOIL request by the Niagara Gazette,Read More

NFR Unveils $1.5 Billion Niagara Digital Campus Plans – Parcel 0 Deemed Essential for Project’s First Phase

NFR Unveils $1.5 Billion Niagara Digital Campus Plans – Parcel 0 Deemed Essential for Project’s First Phase

Data Campus, Featured, Local News, Parcel 0 October 21, 2023 at 8:00 pm

Niagara Falls Redevelopment (NFR) and Toronto-based developer Urbacon have unveiled a $1.5 billion plan for the first phase of the Niagara Digital Campus, a state-of-the-art data center project in Niagara Falls, NY. The development is centered on a 12-acre plot known as “Parcel 0,” which is key to the project’sRead More

Council Beats Back Tompkins Bid to Cut Ties With Law Firm Keeping Door Open for Possible Settlement Talks With NFR

Council Beats Back Tompkins Bid to Cut Ties With Law Firm Keeping Door Open for Possible Settlement Talks With NFR

Data Campus, Local News October 21, 2023 at 5:17 pm

By Tony Farina There was good news for the taxpayers at Wednesday’s Niagara Falls City Council meeting as lawmakers beat back a bid by outgoing councilmember Ken Tompkins to cut ties with the outside counsel which would have effectively ended the possibility for continuing negotiations with NFR in the eminentRead More

Opportunity for Niagara Falls Development at Hand With Millions in Jobs and Tax Money at Stake

Opportunity for Niagara Falls Development at Hand With Millions in Jobs and Tax Money at Stake

Data Campus, Local News October 19, 2023 at 9:03 pm

By Tony Farina NFR’s development partner, Toronto-based Urbacon, last week released its site plan for the first phase of its $1.5 billion data center project which would be built on 10 acres of what is now referred to as “Parcel-0” off John Daly Blvd. on land owned by NFR butRead More

Niagara Falls Mayor’s Arena Plan Stalls Potential Tech Boom

Niagara Falls Mayor’s Arena Plan Stalls Potential Tech Boom

Data Campus, Featured, Local News October 8, 2023 at 12:10 pm

NIAGARA FALLS — A land-use tug-of-war in Niagara Falls puts jobs and innovation in the balance. Mayor Robert Restaino, anticipating a tough election battle against Dr. Carl Cain this November, is championing a plan to develop what he calls Centennial Park. The mayor envisions a $150 million, 7,000-seat stadium, despiteRead More

NFR Plans Education Center on Niagara Digital Campus

NFR Plans Education Center on Niagara Digital Campus

Data Campus, Local News October 6, 2023 at 12:26 pm

Voters want to know more about NFR’s plans for the Niagara Digital Campus. This report will hopefully help inform them. In the heart of Niagara Falls, a technological renaissance may unfold The Niagara Digital Campus promises to be more than just a technological marvel, it’s about economic revitalization. Beyond theRead More

Why would the city want a rubber ducky when they could have a sturdy sailing ship ready to employ hundreds of people all 12 months a year - rather than the parttime, sporadic work that comes with an arena?

Restaino’s Dilemma: The Lustre of Legacy vs The Power of Progress!

Data Campus, Local News October 6, 2023 at 10:23 am

By Winston Velvet In the heart of Niagara Falls, a debate is brewing, with two visions for the future of a ten-acre plot of land. A taxpayer-funded arena, or a high-tech data center with private investment adding to the tax rolls. Here are the mayor’s taxpayer-funded sketches of his arena.Read More

A digital center is planned for Niagara Falls and has only one opponent -- Mayor Restaino.

Will Restaino’s Stadium Dream Stop NFR’s High Tech Future: A Niagara Falls Election Issue

Data Campus, Local News October 3, 2023 at 11:49 pm

Niagara Falls, NY — Mayor Robert Restaino’s dream of building a 7000-seat arena – possibly bearing his name – has clashed with plans proposed by Niagara Falls Redevelopment (NFR) for a high tech data center – on the same 10 acres of land. While the November mayoral election looms, withRead More

Weighing the Economic Impact of an Event Center vs. Digital Campus

Weighing the Economic Impact of an Event Center vs. Digital Campus

Data Campus, Ken Cosentino, Local News, News October 3, 2023 at 9:46 pm

As the mayoral election draws nearer in the city of Niagara Falls, one can’t help but wonder what will happen if Mayor Robert Restaino gets re-elected. Aside from Mayor Restaino dishing out small business grants to locals in exchange for votes and cutting ribbons at press events, Restaino’s focus isRead More

Time Is Fading Rapidly on Hope for a Solution On Niagara Falls’ Competing Projects

Time Is Fading Rapidly on Hope for a Solution On Niagara Falls’ Competing Projects

Data Campus, Local News September 24, 2023 at 2:15 pm

By Tony Farina Time is rapidly slipping away on a golden opportunity to possibly cash in on two competing development projects in Niagara Falls that could be transformative in so many ways. Let’s give credit to NFR’s Roger Trevino for his comments in the Niagara Gazette last week titled “InRead More

GUEST VIEW: Data Center vs. Arena? The Future is Data!

GUEST VIEW: Data Center vs. Arena? The Future is Data!

Data Campus, Featured, Local News September 2, 2023 at 12:04 am

By Christian Printup I am a local boy, a proud son of Niagara Falls. I’ve worked in a handful of different places in the U.S. over the years — including, for the past seven-plus years, at Seneca Gaming Corp. as senior executive director of Entertainment and Special Events. Soon I’llRead More

Mayor Restaino Accused of Withholding Funds from Centennial Park Opponents

Mayor Restaino Accused of Withholding Funds from Centennial Park Opponents

Data Campus, Featured, Local News August 19, 2023 at 10:08 pm

During the ongoing debate surrounding the controversial Centennial Park Project and its cost to the community, various organizations and groups have shed light on a concerning trend: Mayor Robert Restaino’s alleged withholding of community development funds and grant money for those who oppose his vision for Centennial Park. Reports suggestRead More

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