Programs & Initiatives

The Partnership focuses on economic growth and expansion of existing businesses with programs and initiatives aimed at increasing private sector jobs and investments in the Buffalo Niagara region. With the help of many strategic partners, we work toward these regional goals and help companies like yours access a wide range of resources to help you grow.

Key Partners in WNY Economic Development

Invest Buffalo NiagaraAttracting new employers to the Buffalo Niagara region through outreach to growing companies around the world.

Buffalo Urban Development Corporation
Not-for-profit development agency, reclaiming distressed land and buildings for future development.
Buffalo Employment Training Center
Employment training and workforce development services for employers and residents. 
Buffalo Export Assistance Center
Assistance for planning international sales strategies to succeed in today’s global marketplace. 
Buffalo Niagara International Airport
Region’s largest air passenger and freight facility, operating an average of 110 flights per day. 
Buffalo State College – Small Business Development Center
Management and technical assistance to start-up and existing small businesses. 
City of Buffalo
Official site 
City of Niagara Falls
Official site 
Erie County Foreign Trade Zone
Administered by the ECIDA. 
Erie County Industrial Development Agency (ECIDA)
Public benefit corporation to promote and assist private sector industrial/ business development. 
ECC Workforce Development
Erie Community College professional development training. 
ECIDA International Division
ECIDA offers various international programs and services. 
Empire State Economic Development Corporation
New York State’s lead economic development agency 
Empire State Development International Division
International division of lead economic development agency in NYS. 
Empire State Development Division for Small Business
Business counseling and training for start-up and existing small businesses in NYS. 
Enabling Ideas A North American Management Consultancy and a Community of best-in-class specialty providers. Getting you there from here, they interface strategy and implementation.
National Fuel Gas
Natural gas utility with programs for businesses. 
National Grid
Electrical utility with programs for businesses. 
NYS Division of Minority and Women-Owned Business Development Promoting economic opportunities for Minority and Women’s Business Enterprises in NYS. 
NYS Center for Engineering Design and Industrial Innovation
Developing next-generation design, manufacturing, product, and process development tools. 
NYS Department of Labor
Job training and other services for business 
Electric and gas utility with programs for businesses. 
NYSERDA New York State Energy Research and Development Authority 
Niagara County Center for Economic Development Comprehensive business services and planning assistance to Niagara County businesses and communities. 
Niagara County Foreign Trade Zone
Administered by Niagara County CED. 
NCC Workforce and Community Development
Niagara Community College professional development training and education. 
Niagara Falls International Airport Foreign trade zone (FTZ) status and connections to international, multi-modal transportation networks. 
Port of Buffalo Port ranks 28th among all U.S. seaports and seventh of the Great Lakes ports. 
ReCharge New York
NY statewide, economic development plan to distributes low-cost power to eligible business and non-profit organizations. 
SCORE Buffalo Niagara
National non-profit association dedicated to helping small companies throughout various stages of their business. 
Start-Up New York
NYS initiative to create tax-free communities for new and expanding businesses on SUNY campuses and other university communities. 
U.S. Small Business Administration Buffalo district office of national administration offering support to small businesses and small-business owners. 
UB Business Engagement and Outreach Training programs, facilities and research that can assist businesses in expanding or improving operations. 
Women’s Business Center at Canisius College
Comprehensive resource for business and professional women. 
World Trade Center Buffalo Niagara
Not-for-profit, international business development organization offering consulting, research and other services for international trade.