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Council Boat Tour: Buffalo’s Waterfront in Transition

On a perfect summer afternoon 200 Buffalo Niagara Partnership members hopped on board the Grand Lady and toured along Buffalo’s transforming waterfront. The Buffalo River offers a picturesque look back at what once was a busy shipping port and manufacturing hub along the Great Lakes.  While the waterfront is changing by adding more pedestrian access and recreational space, industry still has a place along the banks.

Council Q&A: Forward Thinking – Transit Oriented Development

Transit Oriented Development (TOD) is a growing trend in urban redevelopment that integrates some form of mass transit into a project based on its location, design, amenities and market appeal. We asked one of our Development Advisory Council members, Paul Ciminelli, President and CEO of Ciminelli Real Estate, to discuss the growing national trend of TOD and how his company has implemented this into its latest project.

Federal Government Already Protecting Broadband Consumer Data

New legislation is circulating in Albany (S.5603/A.7191) that would establish unnecessary consent requirements on Internet Service Providers (ISPs) related to information they receive from their subscribers.  We believe this is an overreaction to recent congressional action, which repealed a federal law that never went into effect. It also misleads the public into believing there are currently no safeguards to protect consumers.

Taxpayers are Losing with NY’s Prevailing Wage Mandate

As part of our Government Affairs programming, we kicked-off our first of two Capital Conversation events for 2017 with a look at New York’s prevailing wage mandate and its impact on taxpayers and economic development.  E.J. McMahon, founder and research director of the Empire Center came to Buffalo to detail his new report: Prevailing Waste: New York’s Costly Public Works Pay Mandate.  Our event coincides with an effort underway in Albany to expand the prevailing wage mandate by attaching it some private projects.

Council Q&A: Changes Could be Coming to NAFTA

We are kicking off a new series, Council Q&A, where we highlight the expertise and knowledge of our council members on the key policy issues we are currently tackling.   To get things started, we asked CanAm Council member Pietra Lettieri Zaffram, a partner at Harris Beach, PLLC, how President Trump’s plan to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is likely to impact cross border business and what policy experts think the changes could be.

HobNob Shows-Off Renovated Hotel Henry

A piece of Buffalo’s history was on full display for HobNob – the Buffalo Niagara Partnership’s biggest business party of the year. A sold-out crowd of over 400 people packed two-floors of the former Buffalo Psychiatric Facility now transformed into an Urban Resort and Conference Center dubbed Hotel Henry. Partnership members from across Western New York and Southern Ontario joined in on the party rejuvenating old and establishing new business connections. HobNob was also the first Partnership event since our strategic membership agreement with the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce. Wednesday’s event allowed our new associate members an opportunity to interact with current Partnership members.