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Community Coalition

Employ-Community Coaltion

Started in 2015, the Community Coalition, (formerly known as the Employ Buffalo Niagara Coalition) is an employer-led initiative that brings the private and public sectors, education and training partners, and workforce intermediaries together to share their employment challenges, and find solutions that address barriers to economic mobility for the under and unemployed in our region.

The Community Coalition is focused on three main areas:

  1. Access and transportation to solve public transportation barriers, ride-sharing for first/last-mile needs, and employer pooling costs of shared private transportation.
  2. Career awareness to better educate job seekers, reduce high turnover costs for employers and improve our Career Pathways initiative. [hyperlink]
  3. Public and private workforce resources to improve employment systems and develop our future Benefits Cliff Calculator—a tool to provide employers with a full view of the impact their compensation and promotion practices are making.

The community coalition includes: 

  • AFL-CIO
  • Astronics Corp.
  • Back to Basics Outreach Ministries, Inc.
  • Basil Ford
  • Belmont Housing Resources for WNY, Inc.
  • Boys & Men of Color Initiative
  • Bryant & Stratton College
  • Buffalo & Erie County Workforce Investment Board, Inc.
  • Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology
  • Buffalo City Mission
  • Buffalo Employment and Training Center
  • Buffalo Federation of Neighborhood Centers
  • Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, Inc.
  • Buffalo Niagara Partnership
  • Buffalo Public Schools
  • Buffalo State, State University of New York
  • Buffalo Toronto Public Media
  • Buffalo Urban League
  • Catholic Charities of Buffalo
  • Center for Employment Opportunities
  • Charter School for Applied Technologies
  • Cheektowaga Chamber of Commerce
  • Child Care Resource Network
  • City of Buffalo
  • City of Niagara Falls
  • City Year Buffalo
  • Community Action Organization of Western New York
  • Community Connections of NY, Inc.
  • Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo
  • Community Health Center of Buffalo, Inc.
  • Community Services for Every1
  • Diversified Labor Solutions (a division of the Cantalician Center)
  • Dove Transportation
  • Dupont Niagara
  • Elderwood
  • Empire State Development Western New York Regional Office
  • Erie 1 BOCES
  • Erie Community College
  • Erie County
  • Erie County Medical Center Corporation
  • Explore and More Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Children's Museum
  • Greater Buffalo Niagara Regional
  • Transportation Council
  • Greater Buffalo United Accountable Healthcare Network
  • Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce
  • Greattie Consulting
  • Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New York
  • Hispanic Heritage Council
  • Hispanics United
  • Homeless Alliance of WNY
  • Huber Electric Inc.
  • Independent Health Corporation
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (Local 303)
  • International Institute of Buffalo
  • International Paper
  • Invest Buffalo Niagara
  • Journey's End Refugee Services, Inc.
  • Junior Achievement of Western New York, Inc.
  • Kaleida Health
  • Key Resource Group
  • KeyBank
  • Lincoln Memorial United Methodist Church
  • Local Initiatives Support Corp.
  • M&T Bank
  • Make Communities
  • McGard LLC
  • Medaille College
  • National Grid
  • Native American Community Services of Erie & Niagara Counties, Inc.
  • New York State Department of Labor
  • Niagara County Community College
  • Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority
  • Niagara University
  • Northland Workforce Training Center
  • Northwest Bank
  • NYS Assembly 141st District
  • NYS Senate 60th District
  • NYS Senate 61st District
  • NYS Senate 63rd District
  • PCB Piezotronics, Inc. - MTS Systems Corporation
  • Performance Management Partners, Inc.
  • Phillips Lytle LLP
  • Prentice Office Environments
  • Primera Imu Jehovah Jireh
  • Prince of Peace Church
  • Professional Data Communications
  • Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation
  • Remedy Intelligent Staffing
  • Rodriguez Construction Group, Inc.
  • S&T Bank
  • Say Yes Buffalo
  • Sealing Devices Inc.
  • Seneca Gaming Corporation
  • Shea's Performing Arts Center
  • SoPark Corporation
  • SUNY Empire State College
  • Switzer
  • TAM Ceramics
  • Tapecon, Inc.
  • The John R. Oishei Foundation
  • The Salvation Army Buffalo Area Services
  • The Service Collaborative of WNY, Inc.
  • Trocaire College
  • True Bethel Baptist Church
  • Try-It Distributing Co., Inc.
  • United Way of Buffalo & Erie County
  • University at Buffalo
  • University at Buffalo Educational Opportunity Center
  • USA Niagara Chamber
  • Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.
  • Western New York Law Center
  • Westminster Economic Development Initiative, Inc.
  • Wittburn Enterprises, Inc.
  • WNY Library Resources Council
  • WNY Women's Foundation
  • Workforce Development Institute, Inc.
  • Zehnder Rittling

The Coalition is managed by our Executive Committee who meet quarterly to address the full group’s concerns and clear a path forward with solutions to Buffalo Niagara’s systemic issues.

If you’d like to receive information on advancing economic mobility, learn about our progress on local employment efforts and stay informed about Coalition meetings or workshops, let’s get in touch.

From the Blog

7.28.22 Webisode: Creating Career Pathways

By communications@thepartnership.org | July 29, 2022

The Buffalo Niagara Partnership knows that hiring is the most common pain point amongst all employers right now, and will be for the foreseeable future. We created the Employ Buffalo Niagara Career Pathways Program to help regional companies attract and retain talent in this challenging job market.

Partners on the Career Path

By communications@thepartnership.org | June 9, 2022

The Buffalo Niagara Partnership continues to expand the Career Pathways Project as a component of Employ Buffalo Niagara to help connect job seekers to regional careers with tangible growth opportunities. The project was launched in 2021, made possible by a generous grant from the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr Foundation.

TPM: Making Career Connections

By communications@thepartnership.org | May 12, 2022

The Buffalo Niagara Partnership continues to expand our Employ Buffalo Niagara Talent Pipeline Management (TPM) program, connecting hiring employers to regional job seekers. The Talent Pipeline Management program is a 1-2 year workshop that brings companies with similar job needs together, sharing their common talent pain-points, communicating new industry expectations and addressing

4.12.22 Webisode: Employing Refugees

4.12.22 Webisode: Employing Refugees – How Employers Can Tap into WNY’s Growing Talent Pool

By communications@thepartnership.org | April 15, 2022

Buffalo Niagara continues to welcome refugees from around the world. Many of our newest neighbors come to WNY with skills and experience and are prepared to become a valuable part of your workforce.

Workforce Policy Update March 2022

By khilsdorf@thepartnership.org | March 8, 2022

The BNP works closely with government leaders to keep them informed of employer challenges and to advocate for policy that would ease the workforce crisis. The BNP supports legislation that expands access to education and training, makes quality childcare more accessible, removes barriers to workforce participation, and reforms our immigration system to meet our region’s workforce needs.

Career Pathways

BNP Career Pathways Build Momentum

By cciccarelli@thepartnership.org | October 19, 2021

Attracting, retaining, and promoting the right employees continues to challenge employers in every sector of the Western New York economy. As we all navigate COVID-19-related changes to the workplace, new workforce development and advancement tools will be needed to move our region forward.

9.28.21 Advocacy Alert: NYS To Raise Minimum Wage

By jveronica@thepartnership.org | September 28, 2021

The New York State Department of Labor announced a forthcoming increase in the minimum wage across upstate New York.

On December 31, the minimum wage in our region will rise to $13.20 per hour, a 70-cent increase from the current rate.

Creating Career Pathways

By cciccarelli@thepartnership.org | July 19, 2021

How can we connect a job seeker to an employment opportunity that can lead to a long and rewarding career?