Buffalo Niagara Partnership sponsors tour of Northland Workforce Training Center prior to start of first classes in September.
This is big.
There are a lot of eyes and ears focused on the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) currently ongoing between the United States, Canada and Mexico. Understanding what is at stake, the Buffalo Niagara Partnership called for strengthening our bi-national economy through a NAFTA renegotiation in our 2018 Advocacy Agenda. While the 20-plus year agreement needs modernizing, we are advocating for a ‘do no harm’ approach to protect the vital economic ties between Canada and the U.S. Members of the Partnership’s Manufacturing Council recently met with Canadian government leaders to discuss the value NAFTA brings to our regional economy.
The future of manufacturing is in the works right here in Buffalo and the latest technological advances are catching the eye of local manufacturers. In March, members of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership’s Manufacturing Council witnessed some of the latest concepts in advanced automation, 3D printing and teaching methods while touring Buffalo Manufacturing Works.
Almost everyone who interacts with a manufacturing company benefits from seeing a factory firsthand. Plant visits build a better understanding of the manufacturing industry, the company’s culture, and dispel common misconceptions about today’s manufacturing. Through its recent work, Employ Buffalo Niagara recognized the need for an awareness campaign and invited career navigators to Tapecon, an OEM Contract Manufacturer for medical, industrial and electronic applications.
Written by: Timothy Leyh, Executive Director of The University at Buffalo Center for Industrial Effectiveness (UB TCIE)
The Buffalo Niagara Partnership has long advocated for the passage of federal legislation that supports our workforce development initiatives. This year, we made it a priority to support the reauthorization of the Perkins Career and Technical Education Act.
Many local manufacturing plants and employers are facing a similar challenge – they will see a significant number of retirements over the next several years.
Governor Cuomo’s Executive Budget proposal contains an item critical to bringing down the cost of electricity for local manufacturers. The Governor’s plan calls for the scheduled sunset of the 18-a Utility Tax on March 31, 2017. A mandated tax on the end user’s utility bill, 18-a hits manufacturers and other high demand users the hardest and puts them at a competitive disadvantage.
Years ago, Buffalo was represented by some of the biggest manufacturing organizations in the world. As the economy and technology shifted, we saw that industry become depressed and almost non-existent. It certainly changed the dynamic, the culture and the region of Buffalo, New York.
There may be only about 100 days left in President Obama’s term, but his Administration is not slowing down. They are aggressively implementing a new series of regulations that will affect our nation’s businesses and, unfortunately for our economy, American manufacturers are taking the brunt of the burden.