For well over a decade, the Buffalo Niagara Partnership has collaborated with the cities of Buffalo and Niagara Falls and the counties of Erie and Niagara to produce the Regional Agenda.
The document has been a combination of shared requests for both project funding and policy changes at the state and federal level.
While this document has served an important purpose and successfully facilitated regional collaboration, changes are needed as the process for advocating and securing state and federal funding evolves.
Starting this January, the Partnership will be producing its own Advocacy Agenda.
This document will reflect the policy priorities of our membership at the federal, state and local level.
The policy initiatives will be grouped into several thematic categories and will be driven by the specific advocacy priorities of each of our key industry councils:
- Development Advisory
- Logistics and Transportation
Once compiled, the Partnership’s Advocacy Agenda will guide our Government Affairs work for the year and accurately speak to the issues most important to our members.
Specific policy outlined in the Advocacy Agenda will also form the topics discussed and debated as part of our upcoming Capital Conversations events starting in 2016.
Separate from the Advocacy Agenda, the Partnership is eager to continue its long standing role of organizing the effort to advocate for regional development and infrastructure projects.
Our Regional Priority Projects will be a list of 20 projects selected by the cities of Buffalo and Niagara Falls, the counties of Erie and Niagara, and the Partnership.
Unveiled this coming November, the Regional Priority Projects list will identify projects that have real potential to significantly impact the regional economy, but are in need of government financing.
The final list will also detail why each project is regionally significant centering on one of the following factors: permanent job growth, critical regional infrastructure or revitalization of an anchor property in an existing business district.
This criteria has been established under the guidance of One Region Forward, Buffalo Niagara’s regional growth plan.
Stay tuned in the coming weeks and months for more information and detail about both our Regional Priority Projects and Advocacy Agenda.
We look forward to sharing where we stand on key issues and what projects were are advocating for in new and effective ways.