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The Buffalo Niagara Partnership is proud to work on behalf of our membership.  Whether drawing attention to an important issue or introducing programs and initiatives, our work reflects the needs and wants of WNY's business community.  Here's what we've been doing lately...

State climate change plan praised and panned at public hearing

By mcotter@thepartnership.org | Apr 28, 2022

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.

Buffalo Next: Refugee workers offer talent pool for employers struggling to hire

By mcotter@thepartnership.org | Apr 13, 2022

BUFFALO, N.Y. (The Buffalo News) — As local employers struggle to fill job openings, there’s a talent pool they might not have considered: refugees who have moved to the Buffalo Niagara region. Some local companies, including Buffalo Wire Works, Confer Plastics and Avanti Advanced Manufacturing, have highlighted their experiences welcoming

Buffalo Next: What to know about the week ahead

By mcotter@thepartnership.org | Apr 11, 2022

WHAT TO WATCH FOR THIS WEEK BUFFALO, N.Y. (The Buffalo News) — Hiring refugees. The Buffalo Niagara Partnership will host a free webinar on how local employers can hire refugees at 9 a.m. Tuesday. Read more here.

Buffalo Niagara Partnership: state budget makes some historic moves, misses in other areas

By mcotter@thepartnership.org | Apr 9, 2022

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

State gas tax ‘holiday’ idea fuels debate

By mcotter@thepartnership.org | Apr 7, 2022

BUFFALO, N.Y. (The Buffalo News) — Gasoline prices at the pump are 54% higher locally than a year ago. But if some state lawmakers have their way, motorists would pay less when they fuel up, through a state gas tax holiday. The Buffalo Niagara Partnership says the state is “flush

Buffalo Urban Development Corp. eyes increased funding for downtown development program

By mcotter@thepartnership.org | Mar 31, 2022

BUFFALO, N.Y. (Buffalo Business First) — Nine years into its existence, the Buffalo Building Reuse Program may be in for a revamp that would increase subsidy levels and allow financial support of new downtown construction. Dottie Gallagher, Buffalo Niagara Partnership president and CEO, said it may be time to make

Help Wanted: Buffalo CEOs say the region is falling short on hiring

By mcotter@thepartnership.org | Mar 31, 2022

BUFFALO, N.Y. (The Buffalo News) — Don Levy, director of the Siena College Research Institute, calls it the “workforce blues.”

Put simply, employers struggle to fill job openings – even as they feel upbeat about their growth prospects.

Buffalo Niagara Partnership Announces 2022 ATHENA Award® Individual Finalists

By mcotter@thepartnership.org | Mar 25, 2022

The Buffalo Niagara Partnership is pleased to announce the individual finalists for the 2022 ATHENA Awards®. The awards recognize contributions made by women leaders that show professional excellence and advance the status of women throughout the Buffalo Niagara region.

Buffalo Niagara Partnership Announces 2022 ATHENA Organizational Award® Finalists 

By cciccarelli@thepartnership.org | Mar 21, 2022

The Buffalo Niagara Partnership is pleased to announced the Organizational Award Finalists for the 31st Annual ATHENA Awards.

The Editorial Board: ‘Benefits Cliff Calculator’ takes a step toward managing an economic hazard

By mcotter@thepartnership.org | Mar 10, 2022

BUFFALO, N.Y. (The Buffalo News) — In facing, head on, the “benefits cliff,” the Buffalo Niagara Partnership is making an important effort to help underemployed individuals who may risk losing benefits by accepting overtime or a promotion, while also assisting business owners overcome staffing problems. The benefits cliff is a