Since March, my thoughts and actions have revolved almost entirely around the impact of COVID-19 on our region, our employers and citizens. And while the state of our new reality has felt overwhelming at times, the Buffalo Niagara Partnership has stepped up to assist in a meaningful way. Our goal to provide up–to–date, clear, concise and trusted information to employers continues to drive our daily work and the appreciation of the business community has kept the BNP team motivated and moving forward.
The Buffalo Niagara Partnership is committed to connecting local employers to important information about the impacts of COVID-19. The Partnership has cancelled, postponed, or is creating a digital substitute for all our events and programs from now through May 15, but our business continuity plan is in place and we will be here for you.
The Buffalo Niagara Partnership’s annual Advocacy & Member Survey is in full swing. If you’ve received an email from us asking for your input, we hope you will answer the call. The survey gives us critical insight into how we can best advocate for Buffalo Niagara employers. It also helps strengthen our work on behalf of our members.
The very future of our region is dependent upon our ability as a community to come together to bridge the gaps in both racial equity and the future (and current!) workforce needs of employers. Half of our members say workforce is a pain point right now and 75% say it is now or will be in the next two to five years.
This week, the Buffalo Niagara Partnership released a report that takes a closer look at the impact of Buffalo’s renaissance on the downtown housing market. Downtown Buffalo: Looking Ahead with a Clearer View also highlights the success of several economic development programs, including the Buffalo Building Reuse Project (BBRP). The goal of this report is to stimulate conversation and action that will keep Buffalo growing.
A former executive with one of the largest automotive manufacturers in the world is part of the Executive in Residence team working with the Buffalo Niagara Partnership’s Diversity and Inclusion Council. The Partnership’s Executive in Residence program is designed to give our economic councils additional subject matter expertise by providing more insight and leadership from industry veterans with years of experience. The Partnership is now pleased to announce a new Executive in Residence for the Diversity & Inclusion Council.
Advocating for employers in Western New York is among the most important commitments the Buffalo Niagara Partnership makes, especially when it comes to workforce development.
There’s not much I can say about Bob Wilmers that has not already been said. He was unassuming with a sharp wit, extreme intelligence and a passion for our community.
Achieving diversity in the workplace is a great challenge.