The 2021 Advocacy Agenda is being released at a moment unlike any other in recent memory. Our country and our economy have been rocked by the COVID-19 pandemic and employers and business owners are facing extraordinary challenges.
This year’s agenda outlines a set of priorities that are essential to helping Buffalo Niagara rebound from COVID-19 and recapture our momentum as a region. These policies – federal, state, and local – are practical ways government can act to ensure key industries remain viable, people can get back to work, employers can curb growing costs, and private investment continues to flow.
The 2021 Advocacy Agenda also reflects policies that are needed to ensure we achieve an equitable recovery, and that government action works to create opportunity for everyone in our community.
This year’s Advocacy Agenda is heavily influenced by not only our annual member survey, but the results of the community-wide WNY COVID-19 Business Impact Survey and first-hand insight from the countless hours the BNP has spent providing direct pandemic related assistance to over 2,000 employers throughout Buffalo Niagara. The BNP’s Advocacy Agenda provides context to explain why these issues are critical at this unparalleled moment in time and charts a course for our advocacy work for the year ahead.
Included is a list of Regional Priority Projects comprised of shovel-ready initiatives aimed at stimulating our economy, putting people to work, and strengthening the region’s tax base. This listing continues the BNP’s longtime collaboration with the cities of Buffalo and Niagara Falls and the counties of Erie and Niagara to identify projects for our state and federal representatives to support.
We welcome your feedback and invite you to work closely with our team to tackle as many of these priorities as possible. Our region’s economic future depends on it.