How the Partnership’s Advocacy Efforts Grow the Buffalo Niagara Region

The Buffalo Niagara Partnership recently released our 2019 Advocacy Agenda to a capacity crowd in downtown Buffalo.  

L to R: Mayor Byron Brown, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, Buffalo Niagara Partnership President & CEO Dottie Gallagher, President of Rich Baseball Operations Jon Dandes, Erie County Legislator Peter Savage (Photo by Heather Bellini Photography)


Representatives from Partnership member companies and elected officials from Buffalo, Niagara Falls, and Erie and Niagara counties, as well New York State and congressional offices, were on hand as we outlined the federal, state, and local policy priorities that the Partnership is prioritizing over the coming months.

Assemblyman Robin Schimminger & Ken Turner of American Red Cross (Photo by Heather Bellini Photography)


This annual agenda is one of the primary ways the Partnership advocates on behalf of regional employers and works to grow the Buffalo Niagara economy.  

About our Advocacy Agenda 

Effective advocacy is at the heart of what has made the Partnership the premier employer organization in our region and our annual Advocacy Agenda is central to our efforts. The agenda is developed through a comprehensive issues survey completed by our membership and guided by the specific policy priorities of our economic councils, which represent the work of our most engaged members.  

The agenda represents the collective voice of Buffalo Niagara employers – both large and small, for- and not-for-profit – and outlines how we can work together with our government leaders to create an environment that promotes job creation and investment.

Whether it is fighting for a permanent property tax cap and against burdensome regulations or working to promote cross-border trade with Canada and helping tackle the region’s workforce challenges, there is great strength in the region’s employers speaking with one voice. That strength is critical to moving the needle.

Our advocacy efforts make a difference for not only our members, but the community.  

Representing Upstate’s Interests 

By all accounts, 2019 will be a challenging year – especially at the state level, where downstate interests dominate. The Partnership is committed to working with our partners and allies closer than ever before to make sure Upstate is speaking with as loud, as clear, and as strong a voice as possible.  

Part of that effort is our annual Government Affairs series, through which the Partnership provides our members with the information they need on critical issues and connects them with elected officials and decisionmakers.

The next event in the Government Affairs series is our annual Legislative Luncheon, set for Friday, Feb. 8. The Luncheon gives Partnership members the opportunity to hear directly from state legislators about their state budget priorities and goals for the current legislative session.  

As our advocacy activity kicks off for another year, I encourage you to download our 2019 Advocacy Agenda and get involved in our efforts. We look forward to working with you to build a stronger, more competitive regional economy in the year ahead.

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About Grant Loomis

Vice President, Government Affairs