buffalo niagara partnership

Bridging Our Borders, Expanding Our Reach

The business communities of Buffalo Niagara and Southern Ontario are joining forces like never before.  The Buffalo Niagara Partnership recently signed strategic agreements with both the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce to offer reciprocal memberships between the Partnership and each of these chambers.  This agreement unites our three business regions as one, nearly tripling the size of our reach to over 4,000 area companies and organizations.

Buffalo Niagara Partnership Chosen to Participate in Talent Pipeline Management Academy

The Buffalo Niagara Partnership’s workforce development efforts are being recognized by the United States Chamber of Commerce.   Laura Smith, Vice President of Economic Development for the Buffalo Niagara Partnership, will be participating in the U.S. Chamber’s Talent Pipeline Management Academy. She is only one of 24 men and women chosen from 13 states to take part in this program.

NYS Budget Update – Key Issues Included in Budget Extender

Several of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership’s state advocacy priorities are now on hold after the Governor and State Legislature failed to reach a final budget agreement.  To keep state government running, the Legislature did pass a stop-gap measure through the end of May.  This budget extender does includes key issues important to the Partnership and economic development efforts in Buffalo Niagara.  They are:

Buffalo takes the issues to Washington, D.C.

Last week, Grant Loomis and I joined twenty-five members of the Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition (GLMCC) for our annual fly-in and lobby days in Washington, D.C.  During our trip, the group attended more than 50 meetings with Members of Congress and staff.  In each meeting, we outlined our main priorities, which range from investing in our nation’s infrastructure to supporting our bi-national economy with Canada.  A full list of the priorities we discussed in each meeting can be found here.