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Erie County pilot program to target ‘benefits cliff’
BUFFALO, N.Y. (Spectrum News 1) — Erie County leaders announced a new pilot program aimed to help the working poor.
County Executive Mark Poloncarz introduced the Live Well Erie Workforce Development Pilot Project that connects employers, employees and community resources to help people who receive social services overcome the “benefits cliff.”
“The cliff works in such a way that if you make one more dollar, you lose 100%,” said Dottie Gallagher, Buffalo Niagara Partnership president and CEO. “There’s no smoothing, which is what there should be to create an incentive for people to actually invest in themselves.”
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.