Buffalo Niagara Partnership Releases Member Pulse Report

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 29, 2018

Buffalo Niagara Partnership Releases Member Pulse Report

Annual report sheds light on top concerns of Buffalo Niagara employers

BUFFALO, NY – The Buffalo Niagara Partnership, the area’s regional chamber of commerce, announces the release of its Member Pulse Report, summarizing the findings of the Partnership’s annual Advocacy & Member Survey. The survey asked members about their perceptions of the business climate in Buffalo Niagara and New York State, as well as their top concerns as an employer in the region.

“The annual member survey is a key driver of the Partnership’s work in government affairs and economic development, addressing the top issues facing businesses in Buffalo Niagara,” said Dottie Gallagher, President and CEO. “The survey findings ensure we have an accurate reading on the pulse of area business as we plan and implement our advocacy agenda for the coming year.”

The Partnership’s Member Pulse Report identifies the top three concerns of area employers as difficulty finding qualified employees; current market conditions; and government regulations, in that order. Workforce challenges jumped to the top of the list of concerns – up from the third spot last year. Half of the respondents identify workforce as a current pain point, and nearly 50 percent report difficulty in achieving a diverse workforce.

According to the survey, more than 80 percent of respondents have a very favorable or favorable perception of Buffalo Niagara’s business climate. However, three quarters of the survey respondents think New York State’s business climate has either not changed or is becoming less business friendly. The Member Pulse Report also summarizes findings about hiring and growth by area employers, healthcare costs, and the cross-border economy with Canada.

To read the Partnership’s Member Pulse Report, click here.

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.


For Press Inquiries, Please Contact Grant Loomis, Vice President, Government Affairs at gloomis@thepartnership.org or 716-541-1736