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:
Written by: Timothy Leyh, Executive Director of The University at Buffalo Center for Industrial Effectiveness (UB TCIE)
Over 500 cities and more than 40 states across the United States have successfully implemented ridesharing efforts, including companies such as Uber and Lyft. However, Buffalo remains the largest economic market in the U.S. that does not offer this transportation alternative. And that has a direct effect on workforce development efforts in our region.
Invest Buffalo Niagara has unveiled the much anticipated Buffalo Niagara Labor Market Assessment. The assessment examines six target industries: Advanced Business Services, Advanced Manufacturing, Agribusiness, Cleantech, Life Sciences, Logistics, and Tourism. The objective of the report is to illustrate where our regional labor market currently stands and where we are headed over the next several years. The data included in the report is an opportunity for us to set priorities, make informed decisions, and build collaboratives to improve and strengthen our workforce development system. The Partnership is supporting ways to address this through providing support for the Regional Workforce Development Coalition and meeting the workforce needs of local employers, including manufacturers.
Buffalo’s renaissance is here and real. The opportunity for us to thrive as a region of tomorrow depends upon our ability to create equity.
The Partnership’s annual advocacy survey proved once again that the high cost of doing business in New York State is the most pressing concern for Buffalo Niagara employers. We survey our members to better understand their pain points on a variety of issues and the feedback informs the policy priorities we advance in our Advocacy Agenda each January.