Employers Optimistic About Local Business Climate; Far Less Positive About NYS

BUFFALO, N.Y – The Buffalo Niagara Partnership, the regional chamber of commerce, is releasing the findings of its annual advocacy and member survey for the first time.  The Member Pulse Report details how Buffalo Niagara employers view the local and state economy, and identifies employers’ pain points, areas of concern and obstacles to growth.

Statement from Dottie Gallagher-Cohen, President & CEO of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership on the Adaptive Reuse Program Study Released by the Erie County Industrial Development Agency

“The independent report released today by the Erie County Industrial Development Agency (ECIDA) provides overwhelming evidence of the effectiveness of the ECIDA’s Adaptive Reuse program and validates the need for this program to not only continue, but to be strengthened.  Described by the report’s author as ‘…one of the most successful adaptive reuse programs in the country,’ the ECIDA’s program is having a tremendous impact on the local economy and making otherwise unaffordable redevelopment projects viable.  Redevelopment Resources’ report clearly demonstrates how the existing Adaptive Reuse program is producing jobs, leveraging private sector investment, eliminating blight and reducing crime.

Diverse Workforce Coalition Introduces Employ Buffalo Niagara

BUFFALO, N.Y– The Buffalo Niagara Partnership and a coalition of employers, community leaders, educators and service providers introduce Employ Buffalo Niagara, a new initiative to strengthen the local job market through employer-led workforce development. Employ Buffalo Niagara was created to streamline workforce development efforts and give employers better access to a greater number of qualified, diverse job candidates in Western New York. At the same time, the initiative aims to connect job seekers with a growing number of career opportunities in the region.

Buffalo Niagara Partnership Announces 27th Annual ATHENA Award® Recipient

BUFFALO, N.Y. – The Buffalo Niagara Partnership is excited to announce Norma Nowak, Ph.D., Executive Director of UB’s New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics & Life Sciences, as the recipient of the 2017 ATHENA Award®. A packed house of over 500 people were on hand at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center this afternoon for the announcement. The ATHENA Leadership Award® honors exceptional individuals who have achieved the highest level of professional excellence, contribute time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the community, and actively assist others, particularly women, in realizing their full leadership potential.

Buffalo Niagara Partnership Helping to Lead Push for Workers’ Compensation Reform

The Buffalo Niagara Partnership is joining forces with more than 50 organizations all across New York in pushing for commonsense Workers’ Compensation reform.  In a letter to every member of the New York State Legislature, the Partnership and its allies outlined the need for Workers’ Compensation reform and the specific changes that should be made to lower employer costs without compromising care and compensation for injured workers.  New York State currently has the third highest Workers’ Compensation premium costs in the country, up from 19th highest back in 2008.

Statement from Dottie Gallagher-Cohen, President & CEO of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership, on Governor Cuomo’s 2017 State of the State Address

“The Buffalo Niagara Partnership applauds Governor Cuomo’s ongoing commitment to Upstate, especially Buffalo Niagara and the creation of Buffalo Billion2.  This plan will continue the undeniable momentum created under the original Buffalo Billion and provide strategic investment throughout our region for several key projects and initiatives.  We are most excited about a commitment to the expansion of metro-rail service, the creation of an industrial park at the former Bethlehem Steel site, and plans to boost the economic impact of Buffalo Niagara’s tourism draw.