More than 1,800 permanent new jobs have been produced and greater than 4 million square feet of vacant derelict properties in the City of Buffalo has been redeveloped and revitalized as a result of the Erie County Industrial Development Agency’s (ECIDA) Adaptive Reuse program. Simply put, this program is one of the most impactful and efficient economic development tools available to employers in Western New York.
New legislation is circulating in Albany (S.5603/A.7191) that would establish unnecessary consent requirements on Internet Service Providers (ISPs) related to information they receive from their subscribers. We believe this is an overreaction to recent congressional action, which repealed a federal law that never went into effect. It also misleads the public into believing there are currently no safeguards to protect consumers.
The Trump Administration formally notified Congress of its intent to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) on May 18th. This notification triggered a 90-day period before negotiations with Canada and Mexico can begin and opened a public comment period.
As part of our Government Affairs programming, we kicked-off our first of two Capital Conversation events for 2017 with a look at New York’s prevailing wage mandate and its impact on taxpayers and economic development. E.J. McMahon, founder and research director of the Empire Center came to Buffalo to detail his new report: Prevailing Waste: New York’s Costly Public Works Pay Mandate. Our event coincides with an effort underway in Albany to expand the prevailing wage mandate by attaching it some private projects.
The Buffalo Niagara Partnership has long advocated for the passage of federal legislation that supports our workforce development initiatives. This year, we made it a priority to support the reauthorization of the Perkins Career and Technical Education Act.
A new report by the Empire Center confirms what many have believed for years – New York State’s prevailing wage law drives up construction costs as much as 25 percent, squandering precious tax dollars in the process.
Congress came together in a bipartisan way this week to fully fund the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) through the end of the fiscal year. The $300 million in funding was part of the FY 2017 Omnibus Appropriations bill passed by Congress.
Governor Cuomo’s plan to have 50 percent of New York State’s electricity come from renewable sources by 2030 took center stage this week at an Assembly hearing. At issue is the cost associated with executing this plan, specifically a bailout for Upstate nuclear plants that will hit manufacturers and other high demand users directly in the wallet.
Working with our partners at Unshackle Upstate and other regional chambers of commerce, we were able to successfully remove the ‘Buy American’ provision from the adopted state budget.