Laura Smith

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About Laura Smith

Vice President, Economic Development

Implementing a New Approach to Finding Talent

We are all too familiar with the talent dilemma facing our region – employers are having a tough time finding candidates and those looking for work find it difficult to connect to these local employers.  Addressing this dichotomy at a “systems level” is the purpose behind Employ Buffalo Niagara.  To do this, Employ will demonstrate a new process for sourcing talent called Talent Pipeline Management (TPM).  The US Chamber of Commerce Foundation developed this program back in 2014 and created a TPM Academy to help selected communities understand and implement this supply chain management based process.  The Buffalo Niagara Partnership was chosen for this Academy and just completed the second learning session in Washington, DC.

November storm: loan assistance available

The Partnership, knowing the effect that the November Storm had on our economy, has been assisting Erie County in identifying and quantifying the types of losses the private sector incurred during the storm (which took place Nov. 17 – 21, 2014.)

We have been soliciting feedback on this survey* to assess structural, operational, personnel related or loss of business damages.
*If we have not created a category for your specific loss, please use an open text box to describe the loss.