For many employees and their employers, pay raises and the opportunity to work overtime hours at a higher rate of pay sound like positive opportunities. But what are opportunities for some are pitfalls for others—especially those who receive public benefits. That’s because earning more may render someone ineligible to continue receiving public benefits like healthcare and child care.
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.
The very future of our region is dependent upon our ability as a community to come together to bridge the gaps in both racial equity and the future (and current!) workforce needs of employers. Half of our members say workforce is a pain point right now and 75% say it is now or will be in the next two to five years.
Employ Buffalo Niagara travels to Washington to discuss talent solutions.
Partnership’s annual Member Pulse Report sheds light on concerns of Buffalo Niagara region employers
What are the top concerns of employers in the Buffalo Niagara region?
It was the last meeting of the year for the Partnership’s Diversity & Inclusion Council, but this was no wrap-up session. Instead, the focus was on what’s next for the Council in 2019.
With two seats on the Erie County Industrial Development Agency (ECIDA) board of directors, the Buffalo Niagara Partnership provides the lone and important private sector voice on the issues affecting development and job growth in the region.