There is no denying the economic power of the Great Lakes region.
The Buffalo Niagara region is facing a serious challenge as the unfulfilled need for a developed workforce begins to threaten the viability of the region’s economic future. Although job creation efforts are continuous, the struggle to hire qualified candidates to fill open positions remains constant. Investing in and supporting education and workforce development initiatives that adequately prepare workers for a career is necessary in order for our community to build a career ready workforce.
The Buffalo Niagara-Falls international bridge crossings facilitate the most entries into the United States on the northern border. According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, in 2014 alone, 962,076 trucks and 5,446,904 passenger vehicles – more than 11.3 million people – used the region’s main crossings to enter the country. With these staggering numbers, it is understandable delays at the border occur. However, there are simple solutions that will mitigate your wait time and help send you on your way.
My colleague Janine Tramont recently sat down with Ann Marie Paul, Director of the Industrial & Manufacturing Materials Center of Excellence and Expertise in Buffalo, NY, to discuss the significance of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection center and how it changes trade in the Buffalo Niagara region and the greater United States.
After years of advocating for a long-term federal transportation bill that would fund projects around the country, the Buffalo Niagara Partnership can cross another item off our advocacy agenda; the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act was signed into law by President Obama earlier this month. The first long-term transportation bill passed by Congress in 10 years, the FAST Act allocates $305 billion over five years for surface transportation re-authorization.
As Canada ushers in a new federal government, what can the Buffalo Niagara business community expect from Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party of Canada when it comes to the relationship between the U.S. and Canada and the bi-national economy?