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Job Fair Friday at Niagara Power Project Visitors Center

Contact:
Lou Paonessa
(716) 286-6651 
louis.paonessa@nypa.gov

June 26, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

LEWISTON—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) is playing host to a job fair today at the Niagara Power Project Visitors Center as part of a four-day festival for highlighting the attributes of Niagara Falls and drawing former residents back to the city and region. The festival, called Niagara Homecoming, was organized by Niagara Rises, a local group, and coincides with a similar celebration taking place in Buffalo.     

“We’re delighted to be able to contribute to the Niagara Homecoming Festival by making the Niagara Power Vista available for Friday’s job fair, as well as a real estate presentation on Saturday for potential area home buyers,” Richard M. Kessel, NYPA president and chief executive officer, said. “Both visitor center events are in support of the fundamental goal of the festival for making more widely known what Niagara Falls and the surrounding region have to offer, especially for former Western New Yorkers who might consider returning to the region.”   

Kessel noted that a number of area employers who may be hiring in the future are participating in the job fair.  They include Blue Cross Blue Shield, Catholic Health System, First Niagara Bank, Invitrogen-Life Technologies, Seneca Niagara Casino, Wal-Mart, as well as the New York Power Authority.   

In addition to employing about 300 people at the Niagara Power Project, NYPA plays a major role in supporting jobs in Western New York through its allocations of low-cost hydropower from the project.  Nearly 39,000 jobs within 30 miles of the project switchyard are directly tied to those allocations.  The Power Authority also administers statewide economic development power programs—the Power for Jobs and Energy Cost Savings Benefit programs--that help to retain approximately 14,000 additional jobs in Niagara and Erie Counties.   

Friday’s job fair at the Power Vista is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday’s realty presentation will be from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.  The visitors center is at 5777 Lewiston Rd. in Lewiston.  For more information, contact Lou Paonessa, Niagara community relations manager, at (716) 286-6651.   

Among the other scheduled activities of the Niagara Homecoming Festival will be a tour of Niagara Falls on Saturday and a brunch on Sunday at the Aquarium of Niagara. For additional information on those activities, contact Niagara Rises at NiagaraRises@Yahoo.com.
                   

About NYPA:

■    NYPA uses no tax money or state credit.  It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of electricity.  ■    NYPA is a leader in promoting energy-efficiency, new energy technologies and electric transportation initiatives.  ■    It is the nation’s largest state-owned electric utility, with 18 generating facilities in various parts of the state and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines.   For more information, www.nypa.gov.

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