Mr. HIGGINS. Mr. Speaker, I come to the House floor to talk about the extraordinary transformation in the city of Buffalo and Buffalo's waterfront. The national publication, The Economist, had declared last week that the city of Buffalo is back in business.
Buffalo was once an industrial economy and an industrial working waterfront. Today, there is a transformation of public places along the water's edge attracting some 800,000 people from all over Buffalo, western New York, and southern Ontario into the city of Buffalo. There are 425 cultural and arts events. Four years ago, there were none.
Buffalo's last 36 months have been a period of great progress, with tens of millions of dollars of private sector investment following the public investment of infrastructure that has transformed Buffalo's waterfront. The last 36 months have been a period of great progress. The next 36 months are poised to be a period of even greater progress.