We are all too familiar with the talent dilemma facing our region – employers are having a tough time finding candidates and those looking for work find it difficult to connect to these local employers. Addressing this dichotomy at a “systems level” is the purpose behind Employ Buffalo Niagara. To do this, Employ will demonstrate a new process for sourcing talent called Talent Pipeline Management (TPM). The US Chamber of Commerce Foundation developed this program back in 2014 and created a TPM Academy to help selected communities understand and implement this supply chain management based process. The Buffalo Niagara Partnership was chosen for this Academy and just completed the second learning session in Washington, DC.
In our bi-national economy one way to grow your business is to look north to Canada. The Buffalo Niagara Partnership hosted its first Export Resources Forum earlier this month – where companies learned how they can use local resources to cost-effectively export their goods. And now we are passing this expertise and knowledge on to you.
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.
Many local manufacturing plants and employers are facing a similar challenge – they will see a significant number of retirements over the next several years.
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.
There may be only about 100 days left in President Obama’s term, but his Administration is not slowing down. They are aggressively implementing a new series of regulations that will affect our nation’s businesses and, unfortunately for our economy, American manufacturers are taking the brunt of the burden.
If you haven’t heard, the Partnership’s signature annual manufacturing event is coming up on Thursday, October 6th! This year’s Manufacturing Month Kickoff will feature Martin Scaglione as the keynote speaker. Martin has over 25 years of manufacturing experience and has now turned his focus to workforce development.
Continuing a strong year of advocacy focused on workforce development.