Buffalo Niagara’s economic growth is being challenged by our inability to place qualified employees in existing job openings and develop a strong pipeline of trained workers for the job opportunities we know are on the horizon. In fact, in the Buffalo Niagara Partnership’s Member Pulse Report, our members identified difficulty in finding and retaining qualified talent as a top concern.
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.
Congress plays a critical role in making sure Career and Technical Education is properly funded and appropriately focused. The House of Representatives did its part earlier this summer in passing the bi-partisan Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act.
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.
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.
The Obama Administration announced its final ruling for overtime regulations on May 18, 2016. With this new ruling, Buffalo Niagara employers must prepare for changes in how they compensate their employees.
After years of advocating for a long-term federal transportation bill that would fund projects around the country, the Buffalo Niagara Partnership can cross another item off our advocacy agenda; the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act was signed into law by President Obama earlier this month. The first long-term transportation bill passed by Congress in 10 years, the FAST Act allocates $305 billion over five years for surface transportation re-authorization.
The Buffalo Niagara region sits on the shores of two of the Great Lakes. Our geographic location is largely responsible for our history as a center of wealth and commerce, as well as our more recent history of population loss and economic decline.
It’s a story shared by many other cities and regions along the Great Lakes.