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Buffalo Niagara Partnership: state budget makes some historic moves, misses in other areas
From unemployment insurance to Brownfield Cleanup, Western New York’s chamber of commerce had some critiques for the budget.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WGRZ) — The Buffalo Niagara Partnership offered mixed reviews on Friday regarding the state’s pending budget deal. Their key complaint? The budget does not include measures that would lessen the burden of unemployment insurance debt for businesses.
“New York has billions of federal dollars it could use to help pay down its UI debt and prevent massive tax hikes on employers. Instead, state leaders continue to look the other way,” said Buffalo Niagara Partnership President and CEO Dottie Gallagher.
BUFFALO, NY (The Buffalo News) — As Tops Markets’ president and chief operating officer, John Persons led the company through a time of grief, following the May 14, 2022 racist attack that killed 10 Black people at its Jefferson Avenue store. Persons received the Buffalo Niagara Partnership’s inaugural Industry Leader award on Thursday, at the business group’s economic development summit.
BUFFALO, NY (The Buffalo News) — When Buffalo teamed up with Rochester and Syracuse to be named one of 31 “tech hubs” around the country by a federal agency, it proved that regional collaboration can pay off.
But that was just the start.
BUFFALO, NY (The Buffalo News) — Employers are still struggling to find the workers they need.
That point shone through once again in the Buffalo Niagara Partnership’s annual survey of its members’ top concerns. For the the third straight year, finding and keeping qualified talent was their No. 1 worry.
BUFFALO, N.Y. — For the third consecutive year, difficulty finding and retaining qualified talent ranked as the top concern of BNP members, with three quarters reporting that they have unfilled positions. The impact of inflation and higher interest rates raised market conditions to the second concern after spending several years further down the ranking.