The water that divides America and Canada became a meeting point for business executives from both sides of the border earlier this month. Members of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership’s CanAm Council joined members of our three industry councils and members of the Greater Niagara and Hamilton chambers of commerce on a boat tour of the Buffalo Harbor.
The water is central to Buffalo’s rich commercial history and members of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership’s Logistics & Transportation Council got a first-hand look at how the water is helping to shape Buffalo’s future. Earlier this month, we hosted a Living Industry Boat Tour for members of all four Partnership councils. With a focus on present day industry, commerce and development on the City’s waterways, the tour featured expert speakers who discussed how Buffalo Niagara is utilizing its strategic location along the water to benefit local industry.
Congress plays a critical role in making sure Career and Technical Education is properly funded and appropriately focused. The House of Representatives did its part earlier this summer in passing the bi-partisan Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act.
The Trump Administration formally notified Congress of its intent to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) on May 18th. This notification triggered a 90-day period before negotiations with Canada and Mexico can begin and opened a public comment period.
The Buffalo Niagara Partnership has long advocated for the passage of federal legislation that supports our workforce development initiatives. This year, we made it a priority to support the reauthorization of the Perkins Career and Technical Education Act.
On June 1st, the Buffalo Niagara Partnership is hosting an Export Resources Forum, where companies can learn how to use local resources to cost-effectively export their goods.
Congress came together in a bipartisan way this week to fully fund the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) through the end of the fiscal year. The $300 million in funding was part of the FY 2017 Omnibus Appropriations bill passed by Congress.
Working with our partners at Unshackle Upstate and other regional chambers of commerce, we were able to successfully remove the ‘Buy American’ provision from the adopted state budget.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed a ‘Buy American’ Act in his 2017-18 Executive Budget. This legislation would establish a preference in all state and public authority contracts and procurements over $100,000 for bidders who agree to provide products that are manufactured in the U.S. If implemented, it would threaten the robust trade and investment relationship New York State has with Canada.