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  • Updates/recaps on our events
  • Member achievements and spotlights
  • Significant news and press announcements

 

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2017 Advocacy Agenda Expanded – Taxes & Labor Costs

In putting together our annual Advocacy Agenda, we survey our membership to gauge their pain points and areas of concern. Each year, our members continue to identify high taxes and escalating labor costs as their largest barriers to success.  Those results are not surprising.  Buffalo Niagara employers operate in one of the most highly taxes and overly regulated economic environments anywhere in the country.

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The Partnership’s Take on the Governor’s State of the State

Governor Andrew Cuomo is doubling down on the Buffalo Billion.  At his Buffalo State of the State address at the University at Buffalo yesterday, Cuomo outlined his continued commitment to the Buffalo Billion – rebranded Buffalo Billion(Buffalo Billion Squared).  The Governor told the crowd he will include $500 million in funding for the Buffalo Billion2 in his proposed budget later this month and hopes the State Legislature backs the full allocation.  The funding will be used to support several development projects and initiatives in Buffalo and throughout Western New York, including:

Mayor Brown Signs Green Code Into Law

Congratulations to Mayor Byron Brown, the Buffalo Common Council, the Mayor’s Office of Strategic Planning and the entire City of Buffalo for this week’s official signing of the Green Code, Buffalo’s first comprehensive rewrite of its zoning ordinance in more than 60 years.  The code represents a landmark step forward in the development and revitalization of the City, its buildings, streets and public spaces.  It has been produced through a comprehensive public input process over the course of more than six years and has involved thousands of residents, businesses and key stakeholders throughout the City.  The result is the establishment of a new form-based development code, the likes of which has only been established, city-wide, in two other US metros: Denver and Miami.  This framework will regulate new growth focused upon achieving sustainable, mixed-use communities and appropriate neighborhood design through a more predictable development process.

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5 Major Keys to Success For 2017

So it’s a new year, and often with a new year comes resolutions that people look to accomplish. Whether you’re looking to move up the corporate ladder, start a business for the first time or even looking to leave your “9-5” to pursue full time entrepreneurship, the road ahead can indeed be a challenging one. The great news is that despite the challenges, success is not only attainable for you this year but almost a guarantee with certain actionable habits.