Buffalo Niagara Partnership President & CEO Dottie Gallagher penned an editorial for the Hamilton Spectator that reiterated our organization’s ardent opposition to any policy that threatens our relationship with Canada. The piece solicited positive feedback from both sides of the border and garnered the attention of many readers who want to maintain and grow our relationship with Canada.
The Buffalo Niagara Partnership continues to push back against any policy that negatively impacts our trading relationship or friendship with Canada.
The Buffalo Niagara Partnership recently joined together with the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce in opposing the Trump administration’s recently imposed steel and aluminum tariffs. The move risks a historic trading relationship between the United States and Canada and could have detrimental consequences for economies on both sides of the border.
The Binational Research & Innovation Corridor (BRIC) is a regional initiative to establish a binational innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem. This initiative is a unique response to changing economic and political dynamics by using the border as a strategic advantage. BRIC focuses on life sciences, specifically creating opportunities for ideas to be implemented and brought to the market.
The bi-national region encompassing BuffaloNiagara, Hamilton, and Greater Niagara has a population of over 3 million. Our location is one of our greatest assets – it provides businesses with the opportunity to expand seamlessly into new markets. Encouraging cross-border trade is crucial to growing the economy in our bi-national region. To fully capitalize on our potential as a region, we must grow together.
At the end of March, teams from the regional chambers of commerce in Hamilton, the Niagara Region in Ontario and Buffalo Niagara convened for strategic planning discussions on maximizing the value of our truly unique binational agreement. Each chamber recognizes the exciting opportunity we collectively have to facilitate the growth of a economic region that spans the border of the world’s largest trading partners.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed a ‘Buy American’ Act in his 2017-18 Executive Budget. This legislation would establish a preference in all state and public authority contracts and procurements over $100,000 for bidders who agree to provide products that are manufactured in the U.S. If implemented, it would threaten the robust trade and investment relationship New York State has with Canada.