For most of us January 1, 2018 means a fresh batch of New Year’s resolutions we almost certainly will (not) keep this year. January 1 also happens to be the effective date of New York’s Paid Family Leave regulation (PFL). Unfortunately, unlike that resolution to lose weight or learn to play the mandolin, this is one resolution you will be required to keep. Fortunately, the Buffalo Niagara Partnership is here to help with a PFL cheat sheet.
Ryan Whalen, Capital Tonight reporter for Spectrum News, talked with Buffalo Niagara Partnership President and CEO, Dottie Gallagher-Cohen, about the findings in this year’s member and advocacy survey. The results showed that many Western New York employers are optimistic about Buffalo’s economy, but not so positive on New York State’s.
An awful lot of economic activity takes place on America’s waterways and Congress came together last week to make sure it continues by passing the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA). Properly maintaining and investing in America’s water infrastructure is critical considering that each year:
After years of advocating for an increase in policies that would streamline cross border movement, the Buffalo Niagara Partnership can cross another item off our advocacy agenda.
The Partnership’s annual advocacy survey proved once again that the high cost of doing business in New York State is the most pressing concern for Buffalo Niagara employers. We survey our members to better understand their pain points on a variety of issues and the feedback informs the policy priorities we advance in our Advocacy Agenda each January.
Continuing a strong year of advocacy focused on workforce development.
For Buffalo Niagara employers, the New York State Legislative session could not have ended soon enough. Still reeling from the passage of a State Budget this spring that cemented New York’s earned reputation as one of the least business friendly states in the nation, employers were bracing for another round of mandates, regulations and cost-shifts in the final weeks of legislative activity.
The Buffalo Niagara region is facing a serious challenge as the unfulfilled need for a developed workforce begins to threaten the viability of the region’s economic future. Although job creation efforts are continuous, the struggle to hire qualified candidates to fill open positions remains constant. Investing in and supporting education and workforce development initiatives that adequately prepare workers for a career is necessary in order for our community to build a career ready workforce.
Some days, I think we can all agree, there are not enough hours to get everything checked off our work to-do lists.