The Buffalo Niagara Partnership recently unveiled its 2018 Advocacy Agenda to a capacity crowd of members and elected officials in downtown Buffalo.
As the regional chamber of commerce and leading employer organization in Western New York, our Advocacy Agenda details nearly two dozen policy priorities on the federal, state and local level in one central document. The content of our 2018 Advocacy Agenda was determined through a comprehensive survey completed by Partnership members, as well as the specific policy objectives of our five economic councils. Our advocacy priorities are divided into six broad policy areas:
- Taxes & Regulations
- Development & Construction
- Workforce Development
- Transportation & Infrastructure
- Cross Border Economy
- Investing in Buffalo Niagara
The Partnership’s Advocacy Agenda provides context and explains why these issues are critical to employers and the growth of our regional economy. This document will drive our advocacy work for the year, guide our discussions with elected officials and decision makers, and focus our programming and events over the next 12 months.
“We are building upon our successes from last year while highlighting new ways the public and private sectors can come together to champion policies critical to local employers and the Buffalo Niagara economy,” said Dottie Gallagher-Cohen, President and CEO of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership. “We look forward to working with our dedicated members and our elected officials to accomplish as many of these priorities as possible over the next 12 months to build a stronger, more competitive regional economy.”
Again this year, we included a list of Regional Priority Projects. This list is comprised of critical transportation infrastructure projects with both direct and sustainable economic development impact. This listing continues the Partnership’s long collaboration with the cities of Buffalo and Niagara Falls, and the counties of Erie and Niagara to identify projects for our state and federal representatives to support.
We welcome your feedback and invite you to work closely with our team to tackle as many of these priorities as possible.