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State climate change plan praised and panned at public hearing
BUFFALO, N.Y. (The Buffalo News) — The drafters of a new “scoping plan” that will guide how New York State reduces carbon emissions over the next three decades heard Wednesday from area environmental groups who urged them to act quickly, and from labor, utility companies and business groups who warned them against proceeding too fast.
While Rahwa Ghirmatzion of PUSH Buffalo pleaded for governmental leaders to have the political will to abandon “false solutions” to addressing climate change and instead focus on advancing renewables such as solar, geothermal and wind energy, Grant Loomis of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership said removing natural gas from the state’s portfolio would create grid “reliability concerns.”
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.