The Buffalo Niagara Partnership’s annual advocacy and membership survey showed that Western New York employers are seeking a more diverse workplace. Dottie Gallagher-Cohen, President and CEO of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership, said last year was the first time employers pointed to achieving a more diverse workforce as one of their top priorities.
The Buffalo Niagara Partnership is releasing the findings of their yearly member and advocacy survey. We’ve compiled the survey results into a Member Pulse Report. The results show employers are optimistic about Buffalo’s economy, but not positive on New York State’s economy.
Ryan Whalen, Capital Tonight reporter for Spectrum News, talked with Buffalo Niagara Partnership President and CEO, Dottie Gallagher-Cohen, about the findings in this year’s member and advocacy survey. The results showed that many Western New York employers are optimistic about Buffalo’s economy, but not so positive on New York State’s.
Regional employers are optimistic about the local business climate, but unconvinced that New York State is becoming more business friendly. This dichotomy is just one of the top line results of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership’s annual advocacy survey.
Empire State Development Corporation has been a partner and leader in the revitalization of the Buffalo Niagara region. New York State’s economic development arm has been a central pivot for collaboration through the Regional Economic Development Council and a key organizing agency for our area’s priorities in public investment to stimulate new private growth. Beyond the agency’s support for signature projects such as Riverbend’s Tesla gigafactory and the Northland Workforce Training Center, Empire State Development offers a number of ongoing programs aimed at incrementally growing key sectors of the Buffalo Niagara economy.
In light of our new associate membership agreement with the Greater Niagara and Hamilton chambers of commerce, we took our fall CanAm Council meeting north of the border to the Shaw Festival Theatre. More than 50 members representing all three organizations gathered in Niagara-on-the-Lake for a group discussion on the Council’s advocacy priorities for 2018, as well as conversation on recent news and current events impacting our bi-national region.
It is an issue that is fast becoming a priority for businesses today. Creating and fostering diversity and inclusion in the workplace is not only the right thing to do, it is the smart thing to do for every type of company.
Ca-rin Miles is our Human Resources Administrator and Director of First Impressions! She is responsible for the front office administration, greeting clients and guests, and providing human resources and office support for the Buffalo Niagara Partnership, as well as Invest Buffalo Niagara. Learn more about Ca-rin here and read on for a brief Q&A.
The Buffalo Niagara Partnership and BN360, the Partnership’s Young Professionals program, conducted a survey over the summer of the region’s young professionals aimed at better understanding how they view the region and future career opportunities. The survey focused on what the business community and public sector can do to strengthen our region as a place where young professionals want to work and live.