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One difference between this storm and Snowvember? More can work from home
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBFO) — This weekend’s snowstorm is coming off Lake Erie on the eight-year anniversary of Snowvember, but there is one big difference between that storm and this one.
Following the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, many local companies have invested in tools to allow their employees to work from home. The Buffalo Niagara Partnership’s annual survey found 70% of its members have some form of permanent hybrid work plan.
“So, I think it will be different for those companies,” said BNP President CEO Dottie Gallagher. “But, of course, we have a lot of members who work in manufacturing and health care who can't work remotely.”
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.