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 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.
There are a lot of eyes and ears focused on the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) currently ongoing between the United States, Canada and Mexico. Understanding what is at stake, the Buffalo Niagara Partnership called for strengthening our bi-national economy through a NAFTA renegotiation in our 2018 Advocacy Agenda. While the 20-plus year agreement needs modernizing, we are advocating for a ‘do no harm’ approach to protect the vital economic ties between Canada and the U.S. Members of the Partnership’s Manufacturing Council recently met with Canadian government leaders to discuss the value NAFTA brings to our regional economy.
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.
Written by: Blair Severn, CanAm Executive in Residence and Chairman enabling ideas®
Government policies should bind the United States and New York State closer to Canada, not create false barriers to trade, job creation and economic opportunity.
A newly introduced piece of federal border security legislation recognizes how our regional economy depends on the easy flow of people and goods between the United States and Canada.
The Trump Administration formally notified Congress of its intent to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) on May 18th. This notification triggered a 90-day period before negotiations with Canada and Mexico can begin and opened a public comment period.