Congress

Our Position on Pell & Perkins – 2018 Advocacy Defined Series

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.

Update: Renegotiating NAFTA

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.

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.

Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act

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.