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.
If you haven’t heard, the Partnership’s signature annual manufacturing event is coming up on Thursday, October 6th! This year’s Manufacturing Month Kickoff will feature Martin Scaglione as the keynote speaker. Martin has over 25 years of manufacturing experience and has now turned his focus to workforce development.
In April of 2015, AspenWSI and the US Economic Development Administration launched the Communities that Work Partnership, aiming to document and accelerate employer-led regional workforce initiatives.
Continuing a strong year of advocacy focused on workforce development.
Partnership connecting students and summer internships through Say Yes Buffalo
Scott Pallotta, and his team of about 150 employees at Zehnder Rittling, hosted two exclusive, behind-the-scenes tours last week. The two groups, comprised of Dream It, Do It (DIDI) students and participants in our Manufacturers Council Tour Series, were fascinated by innovate techniques for manufacturing heating and cooling systems.