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Buffalo takes the issues to Washington, D.C.

Last week, Grant Loomis and I joined twenty-five members of the Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition (GLMCC) for our annual fly-in and lobby days in Washington, D.C.  During our trip, the group attended more than 50 meetings with Members of Congress and staff.  In each meeting, we outlined our main priorities, which range from investing in our nation’s infrastructure to supporting our bi-national economy with Canada.  A full list of the priorities we discussed in each meeting can be found here.

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Partnership Hosts Forum on Green Code Implementation

On Wednesday, February 22, the Buffalo Niagara Partnership’s Development Advisory Council hosted officials from the City of Buffalo for an informational forum on the recently approved Green Code zoning legislation. This forum focused upon the new approvals processes that projects within the City must navigate under the code. It featured presentations from staff from the Mayor’s Office of Strategic Planning as well as the City’s implementation consulting team.

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2017 Advocacy Agenda Expanded – Development and Construction

The Buffalo Niagara region is undergoing an economic revitalization, however the future success of new construction projects and redevelopment is not guaranteed.  Disjointed development policies and overly-burdensome regulations, often unique to Buffalo and New York State, create a challenging environment for projects to move forward.  To build upon our momentum and truly achieve new growth, policies impacting local development must be aligned to achieve the prosperous future envisioned for Buffalo Niagara.

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2017 Labor Market Assessment Perspective

Invest Buffalo Niagara has unveiled the much anticipated Buffalo Niagara Labor Market Assessment.  The assessment examines six target industries: Advanced Business Services, Advanced Manufacturing, Agribusiness, Cleantech, Life Sciences, Logistics, and Tourism.  The objective of the report is to illustrate where our regional labor market currently stands and where we are headed over the next several years.  The data included in the report is an opportunity for us to set priorities, make informed decisions, and build collaboratives to improve and strengthen our workforce development system.   The Partnership is supporting ways to address this through providing support for the Regional Workforce Development Coalition and meeting the workforce needs of local employers, including manufacturers.

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State Budget Talk Over Lunch

A record crowd at this year’s Legislative Lunch heard what the Buffalo Niagara Partnership does and does not want to see as a part of 2017-18 State Budget. Two-hundred people, including many members of the Western New York legislative delegation came together for lunch and conversation at the Marriott in Amherst. The Partnership detailed where we stand on the Governor’s Executive Budget proposal – specifically what we support, what we oppose and what we think is missing.

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2017 Advocacy Agenda Expanded – Transportation & Infrastructure

A safe and efficient transportation is vital to the success of an economy and that includes Buffalo Niagara. Therefore, transportation and infrastructure plays a key role in the Buffalo Niagara Partnership’s 2017 Advocacy Agenda. Listing out five specific priorities under this heading, we are stressing that all levels of government should make infrastructure funding and transportation initiatives a priority in order to continue the safe and efficient movement of goods, services, and people throughout the region.

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National Experts Offer Guidance for Local Development Policy

The Buffalo Niagara region is at a crucial juncture in its revitalization and efforts to halt a 50-year population decline. The time is now to move forward as one and work together to achieve the prosperous and vibrant metropolitan area we all know is possible. The Buffalo Niagara Partnership, along with the Erie County Industrial Development Agency, brought in a team of leading national economic development experts to provide guidance on how to best maintain and capitalize on our current momentum.

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Content Marketing Tips for Businesses [VIDEO]

Our latest Speaker Series event, attended by over 150 businesses, focused on the importance of Content Marketing and why it should be a strategic priority for all businesses.
At the event, we heard that every good content marketing piece should have at least one call to action, this blog has three: