BUFFALO NIAGARA PARTNERSHIP GOES TO WASHINGTON: Advocating for Jobs and Economic Transformation in the Great Lakes Region

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 12, 2009

BUFFALO NIAGARA PARTNERSHIP GOES TO WASHINGTON: Advocating for Jobs and Economic Transformation in the Great Lakes Region

(BUFFALO, NY) – As the debate over federal stimulus proposals continues, representatives from the Buffalo Niagara Partnership are in Washington, DC this week to advocate for a plan to create jobs and spur economic revitalization in the Great Lakes region.

The Partnership has joined with its counterpart organizations from 12 other states to develop “An Agenda for Jobs and Economic Transformation in the Great Lakes Region” which calls for significant short term and long term investment and new policy initiatives in five strategic areas:

  • Federal transportation infrastructure funding and policy
  • A 21st century border with Canada
  • Investment in the Great Lakes to transform our economic region
  • Great Lakes innovation strategy
  • Federal immigration policy

The agenda recommends projects that will put thousands of people immediately back to work and will also fuel the region’s longer term economic transformation.  The most immediate recommendations revolve around transportation and watershed restoration projects.  In total, the initiatives recommended by the coalition will result in well over $100 billion long term economic benefit to the region and nation, as well as hundreds of thousands of jobs.

The Great Lakes region is the world’s most important economic engine, covering all or parts of 12 states and two Canadian provinces.  It is the second largest economy in the world, the cradle of innovation, ingenuity and productivity, the home of many of the world’s leading educational and health care institutions, and the source of 20% of the world’s fresh water supply.

That said, the region faces significant challenges as it adjusts to a new global economy – challenges that call for a change in approach to the region’s future.  Those changes include a new partnership between the federal government and the Great Lakes states to provide an immediate boost to the region’s economy through significant job-creating infrastructure investment, as well as new policies to help drive the long term economic transformation of the region.

“An Agenda for Jobs and Economic Transformation in the Great Lakes Region” was developed in collaboration with the Brookings Institution and with input from: Ann Arbor Chamber of Commerce, Allegheny Conference, Buffalo Niagara Partnership, Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, Columbus Chamber of Commerce, Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce, DavenportOne, Detroit Regional Chamber, Duluth Chamber of Commerce, Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce, Greater Cleveland Partnership, Greater Des Moines Partnership, Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce, Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce, Kalamazoo Regional Chamber of Commerce, Lancaster Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce, Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce, Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce, Muskegon Area Chamber of Commerce, Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, Northwest Michigan Regional Chamber Alliance, Quad City Chamber of Commerce, Rockford Chamber of Commerce, Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce,  Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce, Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce and Youngstown/Warren Chamber of Commerce.

ABOUT THE BUFFALO NIAGARA PARTNERSHIP
The Buffalo Niagara Partnership is the region’s private sector economic development organization and regional chamber of commerce, representing nearly a quarter of a million employees in the Buffalo Niagara region. The Partnership’s work has three main focuses: advocacy, business development and convening. By mobilizing members and strategic partners around common goals, the Partnership grows private investment and jobs in Buffalo Niagara.


For Press Inquiries, Please Contact Grant Loomis, Vice President, Government Affairs at gloomis@thepartnership.org or 716-541-1736