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6.21.21 BNP Advocacy Alert – Poloncarz Announces ARP Spending Plan

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz announced today his plan to invest the county’s share of local aid from the latest COVID-19 relief package. The American Rescue Plan, the $1.9 trillion economic stimulus plan signed by President Biden in March, provided $178 million to Erie County. Poloncarz said the county’s “RENEW

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Business issues are focus of Erie County Executive Candidates Forum

Government Affairs event brings important economic development topics to the forefront of the county executive race. With the 2019 general election just a month away, the Buffalo Niagara Partnership hosted an Erie County Executive Candidates Forum featuring incumbent Mark Poloncarz and challenger Lynne Dixon as part of our final Government

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We can’t afford to keep Buffalo a secret

A locally branded t-shirt that says, “Keep Buffalo A Secret,” has been popping up all over social media. It can be fun to reminisce about the relative time that Buffalo Niagara had been a forgotten place, and the positive cultural elements that incubated during that time. However, this t-shirt represents

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The Communities that Work Partnership: BNP’s role

Have you heard about the Communities that Work Partnership? Through a nationally competitive review process, the Buffalo Niagara Partnership was chosen as one of seven organizations to participate in a new joint project of the Workforce Strategies Initiative (AspenWSI) of the Aspen Institute and the Economic Development Administration of the

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Immigrants and refugees strengthen regional economy

We know the critical role that immigrants and refugees play in Buffalo Niagara’s workforce and economy. For instance, last month, I blogged about the importance of easing the H1B Visa Cap as part of a sound, economic development strategy that focuses on the contributions of the foreign-born. As the great

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November storm: loan assistance available

The Partnership, knowing the effect that the November Storm had on our economy, has been assisting Erie County in identifying and quantifying the types of losses the private sector incurred during the storm (which took place Nov. 17 – 21, 2014.) We have been soliciting feedback on this survey* to

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BN360 Spotlight Series: taking volunteering to the next level

After reading Aliyah’s Spotlight Professional blog last month, Evaluating volunteer opportunities, I wanted to touch on another aspect of volunteering. In many instances, spending time volunteering is an excellent way to give back to your community. However, volunteering also provides you with the opportunity to build skills and make connections

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