A Compounding Threat: NYS Trusted Traveler Program Removal

Every day the United States Department of Homeland Security’s removal of New York State from the Trusted Traveler Program (Global Entry, FAST, SENTRI, and NEXUS) continues to cost our region money and erode a hard-fought market confidence that took years to create. Since the removal’s announcement on February 6, 2020, the Buffalo Niagara Partnership has strongly recommended that the federal and state government work together in good faith to find a more equitable solution.

We can’t afford to keep Buffalo a secret

A locally branded t-shirt that says, “Keep Buffalo A Secret,” has been popping up all over social media. It can be fun to reminisce about the relative time that Buffalo Niagara had been a forgotten place, and the positive cultural elements that incubated during that time. However, this t-shirt represents the sentiment that the secret is finally out, and people are starting to hear just how great our region really is.

It’s Time for Congress to Approve USMCA

The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) is a trade agreement between the United States, Mexico, and Canada that successfully renegotiates the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with significant provisions on digital trade, agriculture, environment, labor, and several other issues.

Busted Bridges Impact Buffalo Niagara Economy

Buffalo Niagara’s bridges are in rough shape according to a new report by a national transportation research group. TRIP says eight percent of locally and state-maintained bridges in Erie and Niagara counties are rated as structurally deficient.  These bridges carry more than 500,000 vehicles a day according to TRIP.  Across New York State, ten percent of bridges are deemed structurally deficient.