Advocating for employers in Western New York is among the most important commitments the Buffalo Niagara Partnership makes, especially when it comes to workforce development.
There are a lot of eyes and ears focused on the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) currently ongoing between the United States, Canada and Mexico. Understanding what is at stake, the Buffalo Niagara Partnership called for strengthening our bi-national economy through a NAFTA renegotiation in our 2018 Advocacy Agenda. While the 20-plus year agreement needs modernizing, we are advocating for a ‘do no harm’ approach to protect the vital economic ties between Canada and the U.S. Members of the Partnership’s Manufacturing Council recently met with Canadian government leaders to discuss the value NAFTA brings to our regional economy.
The future of manufacturing is in the works right here in Buffalo and the latest technological advances are catching the eye of local manufacturers. In March, members of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership’s Manufacturing Council witnessed some of the latest concepts in advanced automation, 3D printing and teaching methods while touring Buffalo Manufacturing Works.
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.
On a perfect summer afternoon 200 Buffalo Niagara Partnership members hopped on board the Grand Lady and toured along Buffalo’s transforming waterfront. The Buffalo River offers a picturesque look back at what once was a busy shipping port and manufacturing hub along the Great Lakes. While the waterfront is changing by adding more pedestrian access and recreational space, industry still has a place along the banks.
The Buffalo Niagara Partnership has announced the Solving the Talent Challenge: 2017 Manufacturing Month Summit, an informative event on the Talent Pipeline Management (TPM) system, to be held on October 12, 2017.
Members of Buffalo Niagara Partnership’s Manufacturers Council were treated to a great tour hosted by council member Dynabrade, a manufacturer of portable abrasive power tools and related accessories used in industrial and automotive markets.
We are all too familiar with the talent dilemma facing our region – employers are having a tough time finding candidates and those looking for work find it difficult to connect to these local employers. Addressing this dichotomy at a “systems level” is the purpose behind Employ Buffalo Niagara. To do this, Employ will demonstrate a new process for sourcing talent called Talent Pipeline Management (TPM). The US Chamber of Commerce Foundation developed this program back in 2014 and created a TPM Academy to help selected communities understand and implement this supply chain management based process. The Buffalo Niagara Partnership was chosen for this Academy and just completed the second learning session in Washington, DC.
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.