Construction cranes on the skyline hint that things are looking up in Buffalo, New York.
Mayor Byron Brown says more than $4.4 billion in public and private development has been announced since 2012. He says it's been more than 50 years since the city has seen that much development at one time.
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Leaders credit a shift away from elusive "silver bullet" potential fixes for a stagnant economy toward more doable projects that together create momentum.
Much of the development is concentrated in a medical corridor that's expected to add nearly 5,000 workers over the next four years. Meanwhile, a 90-acre site that once housed Republic Steel is being transformed into a high-tech manufacturing complex focused on clean energy, and work on a skating-entertainment complex called the HarborCenter is well underway.