Workforce and talent development are a priority for the Buffalo Niagara Partnership. As Dottie Gallagher, our President & CEO said when we released our 2018-2019 Annual Report to Members: “There is no denying that workforce development is truly job number one.” To that end, the Partnership offers two programs devoted to helping regional employers develop leaders: Leader Exchange and Executive Exchange. And with meetings starting again in September, now is the perfect time to get involved.
It’s back and it’s bigger and better than ever! The 2019-20 Young Professional’s Guide to Networking and Development in Buffalo Niagara—what we at BN360 fondly call the YP Guide—is the region’s go-to directory for professional development groups and networking opportunities for young professionals.
One of the privileges of my position as BN360 Program Manager is having the opportunity to meet and learn about incredible young professionals in the Buffalo Niagara region. Kerry Battenfeld, the BN360 Spotlight Professional for the month of March, is one such person. Kerry’s passion for people and her love for the Buffalo Niagara region are infectious—and, as you’ll read in our interview below, they keep her inspired professionally.
Attracting and retaining young professionals remains a key focus as the region looks to sustain and build upon its resurgence. But by 2022, data projections from the U.S. Census Bureau show that the nation’s population of professionals ages 25-34 will grow by 4 percent, while that population in our own region is expected to decline by about 1 percent.
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