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May 1, 2013

Main Street revival


Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — “This legislation represents the practical, common sense solutions Washington needs to take to nurture small business development, create jobs and spur real economic development in our communities,” Collins said. “One here, two there, that’s where job (growth) will come from.”

In the act, small businesses are those that would employ 25 or fewer people. HUB Zones, recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration, are land areas where population density is relatively high and income is relatively low.

In the City of Lockport, most of downtown, and lowertown, compose a HUB Zone, according to R. Charles Bell, director of planning and development.

Elsewhere in Collins’ New York 27th Congressional District, HUB Zones are located in portions of Medina, Batavia, Depew, Lancaster and Livingston County.

According to Collins, proposed legislation is most likely to get to the House floor for up-or-down voting when it has 100 or so co-sponsors. Obtaining them is a priority for him and Swalwell, he said.

See for yourself Look up the text and status of H.R. 952, the proposed Main Street Revival Act, at www.thomas.loc.gov

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