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WNYSSB to receive funding from Legislature

SPRINGVILLE—To help continue their efforts of increasing tourism within the Southtowns, Erie County Legislature Chairman John Mills announced the Legislature has approved a request to allocate $3,000 in funding from the 2018 budget for the Western New York Southtowns Scenic Byway.

The Western New York Southtowns Scenic Byway is a series of highways that stretches 108 miles through Erie and Cattaraugus counties that passes through many towns and villages with things to see and do including East Aurora, Orchard Park, Boston, Colden, Concord, Springville, Ashford and Ellicottville.


“This year, I felt it was very important to put some more money in the Scenic Byway account so we can continue updating the signage and planning for the future … it was a good opportunity to do that,” Mills said. “It’s a magnificent project … there are places along these routes that are very visitor friendly. It identifies these landmarks not only for the area here but for the rest of the world to visit.”

WNYSSB President Bob Lennartz thanked Mills for his continued support of the Scenic Byway over the years and is grateful for this additional money to help continue making the Byway better for the people and the many towns it passes through.

“John Mills has supported us since the inception of the byway so we were happy to see that they came up with some more dollars for us,” Lennartz said. “It’s a sign of the continued support from Erie County.”

Last year, the WNYSSB was able to receive funds from the Legislature that was used toward the installation of a new informational sign at the Springville Pop Warner Rail Trail. While there is no big project planned with this new funding as of yet, it gives the WNYSSB the resources for a number of projects including marketing, printing brochures and other ways to help promote the Scenic Byway.

“We are trying to promote tourism and awareness of each other … we ask people to take a tour, see the 16 signs that we put up so you can visit each one of the stops along the Byway and promote some tourism,” Lennartz said.

For more information on the WNY Southtowns Scenic Byway, visit


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