12-12-11: Courtesy of WIVB. On Monday, Erie County Executive-elect Mark C. Poloncarz announced the appointment of Richard M. Tobe to serve as his administration’s Deputy County Executive. As a candidate, Poloncarz promised to make job creation a top priority of his administration and in September released a plan entitled “Growing Jobs: Creating an Economic Development Strategy that Works for Erie County.” As part of that plan, Poloncarz’s Deputy County Executive will serve as the point-person responsible for coordinating all of the County’s economic development tools and agencies and lead Poloncarz’s efforts to aggressively attract business expansion from Canada. Mr. Tobe has more than 30 years of economic development experience in the public and private sectors as well as academia. During his 12 years serving the Gorski administration as Commissioner of Environment and Planning, Tobe led the County’s successful effort to negotiate a new long-term lease agreement with the Buffalo Bills, and construct the Buffalo Sabres’ arena (now First Niagara Center) in downtown Buffalo, while serving as the point-person with New York State and local municipalities on economic development initiatives. Since then Tobe has served as an adjunct professor at the University at Buffalo’s Graduate School of Planning and School of Law, Vice President of the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, and Commissioner of the City of Buffalo’s Department of Economic Development, Permit and

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