Nadine Powell

Manufacturing matters

In October, we highlighted manufacturing’s impact on our regional economy. Now, we’re taking a look at the industry’s contribution to the national economy.

Despite the many barriers to competitiveness (high structural costs, critical skills shortages and more), manufacturing prevails as a powerful and positive force in the domestic economy.

Dream It, Do It WNY to debut ‘Dream Team’

On October 23, 2014, Dream It, Do It WNY held a Manufacturing Expo at Erie Community College which brought together hundreds of students with dozens of area manufacturers to explore the countless career opportunities available in manufacturing companies across Western New York.

Along with signature events like the Expo, Dream It, Do It WNY offers students (from participating school districts) access to technology tours, guest speakers and in-classroom activities that are designed to excite them about career pathways in advanced manufacturing.

A month dedicated to manufacturing

Manufacturing is a key component to our regional economy.

Ben Rand, Mayor Byron Brown and Partnership President & CEO, Dottie Gallagher-Cohen, celebrate the kickoff of “Manufacturing Month” at the Charter High School for Applied Technologies [Credit: Block Club]

On October 3, the Partnership joined our WNY Manufacturing Day partners – Insyte Consulting, Dream It, Do It (DIDI) WNY, Charter School for Applied Technologies (CSAT) and WNY STEM Hub – to celebrate the impact of manufacturing and its contribution to regional innovation, economic growth and high-quality jobs.

We were also joined by Mayor Byron Brown who issued a proclamation honoring National Manufacturing Day in the City of Buffalo, and CSAT Superintendent Martinez who shared why his school has invested in curriculum, staff and equipment that will prepare students for careers in manufacturing among other industries.

Turning Rust to Blue

On September 29, the Buffalo Niagara Partnership, Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper, the Community Foundation of Greater Buffalo and the WNY Sustainable Business Roundtable, hosted “Turning Rust to Blue: The Great Lakes New Economy,” a conversation about the role of water as not only our region’s defining asset but also as an economic development driver and critical component of business competitiveness in the 21st century.

Given our status as a founding member of the Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition, maximizing the economic potential of our Great Lakes region while preserving and enhancing the quality of our Great Lakes are two of our top priorities at the Partnership.