It is not a surprise that Buffalo Niagara employers have identified workforce issues as pain points. For the last two years, according to the Buffalo Niagara Partnership’s Member Pulse survey results, workforce issues have remained among the top three pain points.
Employ Buffalo Niagara partners receive update on ongoing initiatives
It was a full house for the November meeting of the Employ Buffalo Niagara Coalition as partners provided updates on several different programs and initiatives in workforce development in our region. That included a review of the Coalition’s main working groups including:
Employ Buffalo Niagara participates in Business Leads Fellowship program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USCCF) focused on education
Marilyn Roach, Director of Business Development for Employ Buffalo Niagara, attended a three-day intensive workshop program in September as part of the Business Leads Fellowship program run by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s (USCCF) Center for Education and Workforce.
Buffalo Niagara Partnership sponsors tour of Northland Workforce Training Center prior to start of first classes in September.
This is big.
Employ Buffalo Niagara connects local employers with residents seeking job opportunities. While job placement is vital to the success of our region, creating opportunity is only step one in addressing our regional workforce challenges.
It’s a wrap on another year of state budget negotiations with the Governor and State Legislature reaching agreement before the April 1 deadline.
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.
The Buffalo Niagara Partnership detailed our state budget priorities in front of 200 people at our annual Legislative Luncheon. Our members and many members of the Western New York legislative delegation came together for lunch and conversation at the Marriott in Amherst. The Partnership detailed where we stand on Governor Cuomo’s Executive Budget proposal – specifically what we support, what we oppose and what we think is missing.
Written by: Marty Griffith, President, BankOnBuffalo
Did you know that September 29th is #NationalCoffeeDay? What better way to celebrate than featuring McCullagh Coffee in this Member Spotlight blog. McCullagh Coffee is celebrating their 150th Anniversary roasting coffee in the City of Buffalo! We caught up with McCullagh Coffee’s President Warren Emblidge III for a brief Q&A: