Mike Spong

Employ Buffalo Niagara Following the Road to Success

A new workforce development initiative is spreading rapidly across the country and it’s now being deployed here in Western New York. Talent Pipeline Management (TPM) applies the principles of supply chain management to talent acquisition.  Developed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and successfully implemented in Houston, Texas, TPM is at the core of Employ Buffalo Niagara – a new regional, employer-led workforce development initiative powered by the Buffalo Niagara Partnership.

Council Boat Tour: Buffalo’s Waterfront in Transition

On a perfect summer afternoon 200 Buffalo Niagara Partnership members hopped on board the Grand Lady and toured along Buffalo’s transforming waterfront. The Buffalo River offers a picturesque look back at what once was a busy shipping port and manufacturing hub along the Great Lakes.  While the waterfront is changing by adding more pedestrian access and recreational space, industry still has a place along the banks.

Council Q&A: Forward Thinking – Transit Oriented Development

Transit Oriented Development (TOD) is a growing trend in urban redevelopment that integrates some form of mass transit into a project based on its location, design, amenities and market appeal. We asked one of our Development Advisory Council members, Paul Ciminelli, President and CEO of Ciminelli Real Estate, to discuss the growing national trend of TOD and how his company has implemented this into its latest project.

Federal Government Already Protecting Broadband Consumer Data

New legislation is circulating in Albany (S.5603/A.7191) that would establish unnecessary consent requirements on Internet Service Providers (ISPs) related to information they receive from their subscribers.  We believe this is an overreaction to recent congressional action, which repealed a federal law that never went into effect. It also misleads the public into believing there are currently no safeguards to protect consumers.