Local Efforts Informed by National Workforce Conference

Employ Buffalo Niagara travels to Washington to discuss talent solutions.

Employ Buffalo Niagara executives joined in a national workforce conference at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C. in October where the focus was on how to grow, recruit, and align talent to workforce needs.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s annual conference, Talent Forward 2018, centered on what is perhaps the most critical topic in our country today – our workforce challenges. Employ Buffalo Niagara joined leaders in business, education, human resources and community organizations from across the country to learn about innovative, new ways to create environments to cultivate talent.


“Growing and recruiting talent leads to shared success for individuals, companies, and communities,” explained Laura Smith, Vice President of Economic Development at the Buffalo Niagara Partnership, who attended the conference. “Employ Buffalo Niagara looks forward to sharing our takeaways from the conference as we strive to continually strengthen our local workforce development efforts.”

This year’s conference featured a panel of speakers discussing pathways to careers, actionable strategies to close the skills gap, and real, employer-led solutions that can drive talent forward. Thomas J. Donohue, President and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, gave the keynote address at the conference and outlined the Chamber’s efforts to strengthen the American workforce.


He noted that the Chamber is advancing a business-led effort that includes:

  • Advocacy for better workforce policies at every level of government
  • State and local partnerships to advance Talent Pipeline Management and other innovative solutions
  • Data-driven approaches to building and sourcing talent
  • Proactive measures by employers to drive change in their own operations
  • Urging all the stakeholders to join the Chamber’s efforts and seek business-led solutions.

Moving forward, Employ Buffalo Niagara will share more information gained at the conference to inject into the local conversation on workforce issues. For more information on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation click here.