Bryan Roth

The good, the bad and the border

The Buffalo News recently wrote an articleBorder traffic is double-edged’ that touched on many of the delay issues at our region’s busiest border crossing.

Like so many in our region, we understand that we will never have a border crossing like we did on September 10, 2001.

New York–Canada Summit discusses the issues

Earlier this month, City & State, the only media company devoted solely to covering government and politics, launched its Buffalo bureau to provide in-depth coverage of political and policy issues that are relevant to Buffalo and Western New York.

On October 16, in collaboration with the Partnership, City & State hosted a New York-Canada Summit that highlighted the importance of cultivating and maintaining a strong, efficient border relationship to support and expand New York and Canada’s $32.2 billion bilateral trade network.

FedEx opens new facility at Riverview Solar Technology Park

FedEx Trade Networks, the freight forwarding and customs brokerage arm of FedEx Corp. (FDX), recently celebrated the grand opening of its new environmentally-advanced 88,000 sq. ft. facility at Riverview Solar Technology Park.

The cutting-edge office and distribution facility allows FedEx Trade Networks to consolidate its local workforce from multiple locations for greater efficiency, enhanced collaboration and a smaller carbon footprint.

Bi-national luncheon with Canadian Cabinet Minister

On August 22, we had the pleasure of joining the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce as they hosted a bi-national luncheon in Niagara Falls, Ontario featuring keynote speaker the Honourable Rob Nicholson, Canada’s Minister of National Defense.

Left to right: Jim Diodati, City of Niagara Falls Mayor; Joanne Campagna, Can-Am Council Chair; Honourable Rob Nicholson, Minister of National Defense; Jeff Cairns, President of Charlesway Corporation Limited; Kithio Mwanzia, Director of Policy & Government Relations, Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce

The event was hosted in collaboration with the Partnership, the Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition and the Council of the Great Lakes Region.

Border Crossing 101

One of the best parts about living in the Buffalo Niagara region during the summer is our ability to easily cross the border to spend cottage season in Canada.

While the majority of border crossings are hassle-free and take approximately 5-10 minutes, it only takes one bad experience to overshadow the easy experiences we’ve had in the past and put a damper on the fun and excitement of a trip across the border.

Canada Anti-Spam Law: are you ready?

Have you heard about Canada’s Anti-Spam Law? Do you know how it will impact your business?

Although a law enacted in Canada, Canada’s Anti-Spam Law (CASL) (which takes effect July 1, 2014,) will impact U.S. companies that do business across the border.