Buffalo Niagara Partnership statement on the One Year anniversary of the Obama-Harper Beyond the Border Declaration

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 4, 2013

Buffalo Niagara Partnership statement on the One Year anniversary of the Obama-Harper Beyond the Border Declaration

The 2,500 employer members of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership celebrate the one year anniversary of the announcement of Beyond the Border (BtB) and the creation of the Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC).

“We commend both Washington and Ottawa for the progress already made on these agendas, including initiatives of significance here in Buffalo Niagara such as pre-clearance of trucks and improved monitoring of wait times,” said Craig Turner, vice president of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership.  “There is still much to be done, but we are pleased with the progress of the past year. For our region to fully benefit from the sustained economic growth in Southern Ontario, we must make the border work.  It’s imperative that we see these initiatives through.”
The Buffalo Niagara region depends greatly on the efficient movement of goods and services across the CanAm border, and the Partnership is a strong supporter of Beyond the Border and the Regulatory Cooperation Council.  Full implementation of these initiatives could significantly boost our region’s competitiveness as a bi-national gateway for commerce.

Despite the announcement of key milestones and improved communication with stakeholders, there is still more to be done.  The Buffalo Niagara Partnership, as a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Stakeholder Coordination Council, stands ready to engage with the BtB and RCC Co-Chairs and Working Groups Leads to help these initiatives successfully fulfill their mission to promote economic growth and job creation while enhancing and streamlining security.

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