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.
Written by: Blair Severn, CanAm Executive in Residence and Chairman enabling ideas®
Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) and Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) are joining forces in a renewed push for a new U.S. Peace Bridge plaza. In a recently released letter, the two congressmen are calling on the federal government’s General Services Administration to put the planning and development of a new U.S. plaza on the “front burner.”
In light of our new associate membership agreement with the Greater Niagara and Hamilton chambers of commerce, we took our fall CanAm Council meeting north of the border to the Shaw Festival Theatre. More than 50 members representing all three organizations gathered in Niagara-on-the-Lake for a group discussion on the Council’s advocacy priorities for 2018, as well as conversation on recent news and current events impacting our bi-national region.
The Can/Am Border Trade Alliance took its message and muscle to Washington, DC last month for its 23rd annual conference.
The CanAm and Logistics & Transportation Councils toured a Foreign Trade Zone that’s right in Buffalo’s backyard at WP Warehousing.
Buffalo Niagara sits at the center of the one of the most powerful economic engines in North America- the Buffalo to Toronto mega-region. The economic opportunities associated with the geography of Buffalo Niagara were spotlighted again and again at a recent Can/Am Border Trade Alliance (BTA) conference held in Washington, DC. I was fortunate to attend and represent the Buffalo Niagara Partnership and our CanAm Council.