Economy: Press Releases

Bi-national Business, Government and Labor Leaders Stand Together in Opposing Steel and Aluminum Tariffs

The Buffalo Niagara Partnership joined together with the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce (Ontario), as well as government and labor leaders, in opposing the steel and aluminum tariffs recently imposed by the Trump administration.  The bi-national group believes the tariffs will negatively impact the economy on both sides of the border, drive up costs for manufacturers and consumers and threaten jobs.  In late May, President Trump imposed a 25 percent tariff on steel imported from Canada, Mexico and the European Union, as well as a 10 percent tariff on aluminum.  The move comes as the United States attempts to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Canada and Mexico.

Manufacturing Month Kickoff Event Begins October Focus on WNY Manufacturing

BUFFALO, N.Y– The Buffalo Niagara Partnership Manufacturers’ Council will kick off its 2015-16 season and mark the beginning of its Manufacturing Month initiative with an opening event on Tuesday, October 6, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM at Shea’s Smith Theatre, 658 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14202. The event is open to Partnership members as well as non-members and will feature local and national manufacturing experts, with discussions on the top issues facing manufacturers in the region today.

Small Business Day Promotes Six-Point Agenda

ALBANY, NY – Small business owners and business leaders from across the state assembled in Albany today to participate in Small Business Day. The effort, led by the National Federation of Independent Businesses of New York, focused on a six-point legislative agenda of the challenges faced by the state’s 2 million small businesses.

Buffalo Niagara Partnership Statement Re: New York State Budget

“We are very disappointed with this budget agreement and with the people who negotiated it. The outcome of their closed door work not only will further erode the economy of upstate NY but also will significantly blunt the impact of a number of the agreed upon priorities in Governor Cuomo’s high profile economic development initiatives, including our region’s ‘Buffalo Billion.’ No rhetorical lipstick can gloss over this unfortunate reality. It also confirms to business decision makers around the world that the state is not yet ‘open for business.’”

Partnership Releases Zogby Poll to Elected Officials

BUFFALO, NY – The Buffalo Niagara Partnership today released the results of a poll focused on Upstate employers’ perceptions of economic development progress to Governor Andrew Cuomo and his administration.  John Zogby of Zogby International was commissioned to conduct the poll and present his findings at the Partnership’s Accelerate Upstate 2.0 economic development summit, which was sponsored by M&T Bank and webcast via YNN.

Accelerate Upstate 2.0 to Analyze Upstate Economic Development Efforts

BUFFALO, NY (Jan. 28) – Tomorrow, the Buffalo Niagara Partnership will host Accelerate Upstate 2.0, an economic summit to gauge employers’ opinions on current and future initiatives to grow the Upstate New York economy. The conference, which will feature speakers including John Zogby, founder of the Zogby Poll, and James McConeghy, CFO of Chobani, and expert panel sessions on Upstate economic development, will be webcast in real-time across Upstate on