The Buffalo Niagara region’s job growth has been steady since the recession of 2009. The region has added over 5,000 jobs in that span, but we are lagging behind the rest of the nation.
The WBFO article covering our Annual Report highlighted our employer-driven workforce development initiative, Employ Buffalo Niagara, along with our strategic agreements with the Hamilton and Greater Niagara chambers of commerce.
“The independent report released today by the Erie County Industrial Development Agency (ECIDA) provides overwhelming evidence of the effectiveness of the ECIDA’s Adaptive Reuse program and validates the need for this program to not only continue, but to be strengthened. Described by the report’s author as ‘…one of the most successful adaptive reuse programs in the country,’ the ECIDA’s program is having a tremendous impact on the local economy and making otherwise unaffordable redevelopment projects viable. Redevelopment Resources’ report clearly demonstrates how the existing Adaptive Reuse program is producing jobs, leveraging private sector investment, eliminating blight and reducing crime.
BUFFALO, N.Y– The Buffalo Niagara Partnership and a coalition of employers, community leaders, educators and service providers introduce Employ Buffalo Niagara, a new initiative to strengthen the local job market through employer-led workforce development. Employ Buffalo Niagara was created to streamline workforce development efforts and give employers better access to a greater number of qualified, diverse job candidates in Western New York. At the same time, the initiative aims to connect job seekers with a growing number of career opportunities in the region.
BUFFALO, N.Y. – The Buffalo Niagara Partnership is excited to announce Norma Nowak, Ph.D., Executive Director of UB’s New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics & Life Sciences, as the recipient of the 2017 ATHENA Award®. A packed house of over 500 people were on hand at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center this afternoon for the announcement. The ATHENA Leadership Award® honors exceptional individuals who have achieved the highest level of professional excellence, contribute time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the community, and actively assist others, particularly women, in realizing their full leadership potential.
A recent proposed project to convert the offices of St. Paul’s Cathedral into apartments is raising concerns that there is not enough affordable housing in downtown Buffalo.
Dan Leonard, Senior Director of Economic Development, spoke on WBEN’s morning show about where a new Buffalo train station should go.
The Buffalo Niagara Partnership is joining forces with more than 50 organizations all across New York in pushing for commonsense Workers’ Compensation reform. In a letter to every member of the New York State Legislature, the Partnership and its allies outlined the need for Workers’ Compensation reform and the specific changes that should be made to lower employer costs without compromising care and compensation for injured workers. New York State currently has the third highest Workers’ Compensation premium costs in the country, up from 19th highest back in 2008.