Mission: Establish a workforce development system aligned with employer job opportunities with a focus on key sectors to create a stronger, more inclusive workforce.
Vision: An inclusive workforce system driven by employer needs that prepares all members of the community for high-quality careers.
A Regional Workforce Development Coalition
Employ Buffalo Niagara is a collaborative effort among business, government, philanthropic and non-profit organizations to deliver better solutions to the workforce challenges facing our region. The coalition brings together key leaders in business and the community who are working together on a multi-year, multi-sector approach to grow the regional economy and build job opportunities for workers.
A New Approach
Area employers struggle to find skilled workers who can contribute to economic growth and competitiveness. The education and workforce system in our region is not keeping pace with the economy to create a needed talent pool. Employ Buffalo Niagara takes an employer-led approach to solving these difficulties.
The coalition is focused on:
- Aligning resources, people and policies in priority industry sectors
- Bringing together multiple workforce-related institutions that often operate independently of one another
- Developing and measuring common indicators of progress
- Overcoming barriers that impede a common workforce development agenda
Powered by the Buffalo Niagara Partnership
The seed for Employ Buffalo Niagara was planted when the Buffalo Niagara Partnership’s Board of Directors was seeking solutions to the difficulties area employers had filling jobs openings.
A working group of Board Members and staff went on a 10-month listening tour, researching best practices and interviewing a wide array of workforce development stakeholders in the region. This working group expanded into a coalition of workforce development partners.
Thanks to the coalition’s effort, the Department of Commerce’s Communities that Work Partnership recognized Buffalo Niagara as one of seven regions in the country to be awarded a technical assistance grant to advance employer-led workforce development efforts. This is a joint project of the U.S. Economic Development Administration at the Department of Commerce and the Workforce Strategies Initiative at the Aspen Institute.
With the grant as a catalyst, Employ Buffalo Niagara is using the working group’s conclusions to develop a comprehensive plan to connect businesses and community workforce development efforts.
Employ Buffalo Niagara Partners
Employ Buffalo Niagara is employer-led and governed by an Executive Committee which oversees the work of the coalition. The committee is staffed by the Buffalo Niagara Partnership.
The work of Employ Buffalo Niagara is grounded in data and the structure is based on best practice research and processes, including US Chamber of Commerce’s Talent Pipeline Management (TPM) process. Read more about TPM here.
Employ Buffalo Niagara is open to anyone who wishes to participate. There are quarterly meetings and regular communications to keep interested parties informed.
Back to Basics Outreach Ministries
Buffalo Center for Arts & Technology
Buffalo Employment & Training Center
Buffalo & Erie County Workforce Investment Board
Buffalo Niagara Medial Campus
Buffalo Niagara Partnership
Buffalo Public Schools Adult Education
Buffalo Urban League
Catholic Charities of Buffalo
Charter School for Applied Technologies
City of Buffalo
City of Niagara Falls
Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo
Erie Community College
Goodwill Industries of WNY
Greater Buffalo Racial Equity Roundtable
John R. Oishei Foundation
Linde North America
New York State Assembly Member Crystal Peoples-Stokes
New York State Senator Timothy M. Kennedy
United Way of Buffalo & Erie County
University at Buffalo
University at Buffalo TCIE
WNY Woman’s Foundation
WNY College Connection