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Fight to Protect the Great Lakes Starts Again

Here we go again. With the Trump administration looking to nearly zero out funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI), the Buffalo Niagara Partnership joined our friends in the Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition (GLMCC) for our annual visit to Washington, DC to fight for the GLRI and other

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Federal Spending Bill Supports Great Lakes

The goal of protecting the Great Lakes and spurring economic development in the communities that surround them took a big step forward with the new federal spending bill.  The measure addresses several key advocacy priorities of the Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition.  The Buffalo Niagara Partnership is a founding member

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Advocacy Update: Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

Congress came together in a bipartisan way this week to fully fund the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) through the end of the fiscal year.  The $300 million in funding was part of the FY 2017 Omnibus Appropriations bill passed by Congress. The Buffalo Niagara Partnership, in collaboration with the

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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

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What The Trump Presidency Means For The Great Lakes Region

Partner Voices Blog: Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition Donald J. Trump’s path to the White House ran squarely through the Great Lakes Region.  As everyone now knows, Iowa, Ohio, Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania are the states that delivered him the presidency in the remarkable 2016 election. Now comes the big

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Advocacy Update: Passage of WRDA

An awful lot of economic activity takes place on America’s waterways and Congress came together last week to make sure it continues by passing the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA).  Properly maintaining and investing in America’s water infrastructure is critical considering that each year: More than 600 million tons of

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A 5 Pillar Focus in 2017 for the Great Lakes Metro Chamber

With the Presidential election behind us and President-elect Trump organizing his cabinet, the Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition came together to strategically reexamine and further develop its priorities. As a founding member of the Coalition, the Partnership joins nearly 40 chambers of commerce from Great Lakes states, to support economic

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One step closer to protecting our greatest asset – the Great Lakes

The Buffalo Niagara Partnership’s Great Lakes advocacy work took a big step forward earlier this month when the United States Senate and House of Representatives passed the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2016. The bill authorizes approximately $5 billion in water infrastructure projects, including those critical to the Great

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Easing of H-1B visa cap will boost STEM economy

Every April, the federal government begins accepting applications for H-1B visas, which allow highly educated and skilled professionals to work temporarily in the United States. Again this year, just days after filing opened, the annual cap of 85,000 was reached. Last year, more than 172,000 applications were received in less

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