At the end of March, teams from the regional chambers of commerce in Hamilton, the Niagara Region in Ontario and Buffalo Niagara convened for strategic planning discussions on maximizing the value of our truly unique binational agreement. Each chamber recognizes the exciting opportunity we collectively have to facilitate the growth of a economic region that spans the border of the world’s largest trading partners.
Written by: Blair Severn, CanAm Executive in Residence and Chairman enabling ideas®
Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) and Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) are joining forces in a renewed push for a new U.S. Peace Bridge plaza. In a recently released letter, the two congressmen are calling on the federal government’s General Services Administration to put the planning and development of a new U.S. plaza on the “front burner.”
Buffalo Niagara Partnership members sat down with Canadian government leaders to discuss the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Deputy Consul General Khawar Nasim met with members of the Partnership’s Manufacturers Council as America, Canada and Mexico recently held a seventh round of renegotiation talks in Mexico City. Nasim outlined what Canada is looking for in a new NAFTA agreement and the value of the economic relationship between the three countries.
Government policies should bind the United States and New York State closer to Canada, not create false barriers to trade, job creation and economic opportunity.
In light of our new associate membership agreement with the Greater Niagara and Hamilton chambers of commerce, we took our fall CanAm Council meeting north of the border to the Shaw Festival Theatre. More than 50 members representing all three organizations gathered in Niagara-on-the-Lake for a group discussion on the Council’s advocacy priorities for 2018, as well as conversation on recent news and current events impacting our bi-national region.
The water that divides America and Canada became a meeting point for business executives from both sides of the border earlier this month. Members of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership’s CanAm Council joined members of our three industry councils and members of the Greater Niagara and Hamilton chambers of commerce on a boat tour of the Buffalo Harbor.
A newly introduced piece of federal border security legislation recognizes how our regional economy depends on the easy flow of people and goods between the United States and Canada.
The Trump Administration formally notified Congress of its intent to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) on May 18th. This notification triggered a 90-day period before negotiations with Canada and Mexico can begin and opened a public comment period.
In our bi-national economy one way to grow your business is to look north to Canada. The Buffalo Niagara Partnership hosted its first Export Resources Forum earlier this month – where companies learned how they can use local resources to cost-effectively export their goods. And now we are passing this expertise and knowledge on to you.