Mike Spong

Council Q&A – Seal & Design on the Importance of NAFTA

There are a lot of eyes and ears focused on the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) currently ongoing between the United States, Canada and Mexico. Understanding what is at stake, the Buffalo Niagara Partnership called for strengthening our bi-national economy through a NAFTA renegotiation in our 2018 Advocacy Agenda.  While the 20-plus year agreement needs modernizing, we are advocating for a ‘do no harm’ approach to protect the vital economic ties between Canada and the U.S.  Members of the Partnership’s Manufacturing Council recently met with Canadian government leaders to discuss the value NAFTA brings to our regional economy.

Business Community Successfully Advocates for Direct Flights from Buffalo to Albany

When planning your next trip to the state capital, put down the car keys and exchange them for a boarding pass. Starting this February, OneJet will takeoff from the Buffalo Niagara International Airport enroute to Albany. This is a big win for the local business community which worked diligently to bring this service back after being pulled more than seven years ago.

WNY Employers Seeking a More Diverse Workplace

The Buffalo Niagara Partnership’s annual advocacy and membership survey showed that Western New York employers are seeking a more diverse workplace. Dottie Gallagher-Cohen, President and CEO of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership, said last year was the first time employers pointed to achieving a more diverse workforce as one of their top priorities.

Employers Are Optimistic About Buffalo’s Economy

Ryan Whalen, Capital Tonight reporter for Spectrum News, talked with Buffalo Niagara Partnership President and CEO, Dottie Gallagher-Cohen, about the findings in this year’s member and advocacy survey. The results showed that many Western New York employers are optimistic about Buffalo’s economy, but not so positive on New York State’s.

CanAm Council Meeting Heads North of the Border

In light of our new associate membership agreement with the Greater Niagara and Hamilton chambers of commerce, we took our fall CanAm Council meeting north of the border to the Shaw Festival Theatre. More than 50 members representing all three organizations gathered in Niagara-on-the-Lake for a group discussion on the Council’s advocacy priorities for 2018, as well as conversation on recent news and current events impacting our bi-national region.