Partnership Marks 20th Birthday with an Eye Toward the Future

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 14, 2013

Partnership Marks 20th Birthday with an Eye Toward the Future

20 years of expertise@work” to feature several forward-looking milestones throughout 2013

BUFFALO, N.Y. – The Buffalo Niagara Partnership announced today a yearlong celebration to mark 2013 as the 20th anniversary of the organization’s founding. The Partnership was formed in 1993 with the amalgamation of the Greater Buffalo Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Buffalo Development Foundation to enable a stronger unified capacity for business leaders to address Buffalo Niagara economic and regional development issues and opportunities.

The anniversary campaign, 20 years of expertise@work, highlights the Partnership’s two decades of accomplishments as the result of the sustained efforts of Partnership member investors, staff, volunteers, and consultants. Those accomplishments and current Partnership work will be the subject of the organization’s Annual Report to Members, to be held June 25, and a special anniversary celebration being planned for October.

According to Partnership President & CEO Andrew J. Rudnick, the Partnership’s anniversary celebration is focusing on the future just as much as the past. “Our work is ongoing, and many of our current initiatives are building on our past accomplishments. Where we’re going is even more important than where we’ve been.”

20 years of expertise@work is also marked by several forward-looking milestones, including the complete redesign of Partnership websites, thepartnership.org and buffaloniagara360.org; the launch of an enhanced online business directory; the addition of Partnership staff positions to lead CanAm and regional land development initiatives; and planned leadership transitions at the executive, board chair, and board member levels at the end of the Partnership’s current fiscal year.

In a busy year, Rudnick noted that the Partnership’s member investors remain the organization’s primary focus. “Everything the Partnership has ever done has been to make Buffalo Niagara more competitive economically and the employers here more successful. That good work depends entirely on the continuing support of and engagement by our member investors, which are never taken for granted.”

Since its formation, the Buffalo Niagara Partnership successfully undertook a wide range of initiatives to rebuild the regional economy including: helping to establish six charter schools, rebranding the area as Buffalo Niagara, assisting in the development of the new Buffalo Niagara International Airport and in attracting improved air service to it, launching Business Backs the Bills, and most recently securing passage of state legislation to dedication NYPA “Proceeds” for economic development in the region as well as completing the Buffalo Building Reuse Project. In addition, the Partnership founded the Buffalo Niagara Enterprise, Unshackle Upstate, and the Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition.

More information is available online at thepartnership.org/20years

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