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Building Buffalo and Western New York by the billions

In every corner of the city, in the first-ring suburbs and across the outlying counties there is continuing development.  Business First has been keeping track of it, calculating that the price tag of this economic growth has topped $20 billion.  Some projects are well known while others, though coming in at more than a million dollars each, not so much.  From reporter James Fink, managing editor Donna Collins and photographer Jim Courtney, here’s a look at myriad works in progress or already…

M&T Bank’s Robert Wilmers passes away at 83

Robert Wilmers, the longtime chairman and chief executive of Buffalo-based M&T Bank Corp. and one of the region’s most influential business and civic leaders, has died. The New York City-born Wilmers, who built a financial industry giant on the premise of conservative community-style banking, passed away unexpectedly Dec. 16 at home in New York City. He was 83. M&T spokesperson C. Michael Zabel did not have immediate information about a cause of death. Robert Brady, lead outside director, will…