Buffalo Niagara Partnership Recaps Year & Looks Ahead with Annual Report
Crowd of more than 200 attends meeting at Larkin Square
Buffalo, NY – The Buffalo Niagara Partnership today released its Annual Report at a meeting of more than 200 people including its Board of Directors and members, along with community leaders. The report detailed the regional chamber of commerce’s successful work on behalf of its employer members over the course of the 2017-18 fiscal year.
During her address at Larkin Square, the Partnership’s President and CEO, Dottie Gallagher-Cohen highlighted the organization’s advocacy work, membership growth, economic development policy and workforce development initiatives.
“In the last year, the Partnership has remained steadfastly committed to championing the needs of Buffalo Niagara’s employers,” said Gallagher-Cohen. “We have focused our efforts on encouraging investment in downtown Buffalo, strengthening the regional workforce, and making sure everyone in our region benefits from the growing economy.”
In addition to highlighting the work of the last year, the organization also unveiled its new branding campaign. The campaign gives new and important visibility to the Partnership’s work, emphasizing the return on investment for members. The campaign has been supported by Mower, Lamar and WGRZ.
In addition to Gallagher-Cohen, several Partnership board members also spoke at the event: Douglas Bean, Vice Chairman & Chief Branding Officer, Mower; Warren Colville, Publisher & President, The Buffalo News; Donna DeCarolis, Vice President, Business Development, National Fuel Gas Company; Kent Frey, CEO, Frey Electric Construction Co.; Richard Gold, President & COO, M&T Bank; Michael Keating, Sr. Vice President, Buffalo Division Wegmans Food Markets; Ken Kujawa, Western New York Regional Manager, National Grid; Kimberly Minkel, Executive Director, Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority; Louis Panzica (Chair), Presidents & CEO, Power Drives, Inc.; and Arthur Wingerter (Vice Chair), President, Univera Healthcare.
The following Partnership members sponsored the 2017-18 Buffalo Niagara Partnership Annual Report: Title Sponsor – KeyBank; Presenting Sponsor – Univera Healthcare; Coffee Talk Sponsor – Airbnb; Event Sponsors – Elderwood, Lamar, Lumsden McCormick and National Grid; Supporting Sponsors – Arc Building Partners, Athenex, First Amherst Development Group and National Fuel Resources.
ABOUT THE BUFFALO NIAGARA PARTNERSHIP
The Buffalo Niagara Partnership is the region’s private sector economic development organization and regional chamber of commerce, representing nearly a quarter of a million employees in the Buffalo Niagara region. The Partnership’s work has three main focuses: advocacy, business development and convening. By mobilizing members and strategic partners around common goals, the Partnership grows private investment and jobs in Buffalo Niagara.