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Employ Buffalo Niagara Coalition

Started in 2015, 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 – How to solve public transportation barriers, address first/last-mile needs, and help employers work together to pool costs of shared private transportation.
  2. Career awareness - Howto better educate job seekers about existing in-demand opportunities, help employers articulate viable career pathways to both prospective and current employees, and reduce employers’ high turnover costs.  Learn now regional employer are building their talent pipeline through attraction, retention and promotion as part of BNP’s Career Pathways initiative. 
  3. Economic Mobility – How to help the region’s underemployed and unemployed connect with meaningful careers and cross the bridge to economic prosperity.  As part of these efforts, we have created two dynamic tools to help employees, employes, and the workforce system at large create more economic mobility in our region.
    • Benefits Cliff Calculator:   Employees, employers, and workforce entities can plug in current benefits and potential income increases to gain a better understanding of how employees can thrive, businesses can promote their promising talent, and all of our neighbors can be carried toward financial security and independence. The tool also helps the public sector understand the urgent need for policy changes to lessen the impact of the Benefits Cliff moving forward. 
    • HR Toolkit:  This interactive tool is a go-to source of vetted HR policies that are designed to retain employees and help them advance in your company.  The HR Toolkit helps employers match a workplace concern to a series of HR policies and assistance recommendations designed to support the advancement of the underemployed, promote the building of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace, and align company culture goals with human resource practices. 
The Employ Buffalo Niagara Coalition includes: 
  • 716 Ministries
  • AFL-CIO
  • Bank of America
  • Basil Ford
  • Belmont Housing Resources for WNY, Inc.
  • BestSelf Behavioral Health, Inc.
  • Boys & Men of Color Initiative
  • Buffalo & Erie County Workforce Investment Board, Inc.
  • Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology
  • Buffalo City Mission
  • Buffalo Employment and Training Center
  • Buffalo Futures Hub
  • Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, Inc.
  • Buffalo Niagara Partnership
  • Buffalo Sabres
  • Buffalo State, State University of New York
  • Buffalo Urban League
  • Canisius University
  • Catholic Charities of Buffalo
  • Center for Employment Opportunities
  • Charter Communications
  • Charter School for Applied Technologies
  • Cheektowaga Chamber of Commerce
  • Child Care Resource Network
  • Cicatelli Associated
  • City of Buffalo
  • City of Niagara Falls
  • City Year Buffalo
  • Clarence High School
  • Community Action Organization of Western New York
  • 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
  • Erie 1 BOCES
  • Erie Community College
  • Erie County
  • Erie County Executive
  • Erie County Industrial Development Agency
  • Erie Niagara AHEC
  • Evergreen Health
  • Every Person Influence Children (EPIC)
  • Explore and More Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Children's Museum
  • Frontier Central School District
  • Goodwill Industries of WNY, Inc.
  • Greater Buffalo Niagara Regional Transportation Council
  • Green Options Buffalo, Inc.
  • Transportation Council
  • Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce
  • Horizon Health Services
  • Huber Electric Inc.
  • Independent Health Corporation
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (Local 303)
  • International Institute of Buffalo
  • Invest Buffalo Niagara
  • Journey's End Refugee Services, Inc.
  • J.P. Morgan
  • Junior Achievement of Western New York, Inc.
  • Key Resource Group
  • Literacy Buffalo Niagara
  • M&T Bank
  • MENTOR New York
  • McGard LLC
  • Moog, Inc.
  • National Grid
  • Niagara County Community College
  • Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority
  • Niagara University
  • Northland Workforce Training Center
  • Northwest Bank
  • NYS Assembly 140th District
  • NYS Assembly 141st District
  • NYS DEC Region 9
  • NYS Health Education Center
  • NYS Senate 60th District
  • NYS Senate 61st District
  • NYS Senate 63rd District
  • Personal Computers, Inc.
  • Prentice Office Environments
  • Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation
  • Remedy Intelligent Staffing
  • S&T Bank
  • Say Yes Buffalo
  • Scherer Electric
  • Sealing Devices Inc.
  • Shea's Performing Arts Center
  • SoPark Corporation
  • TAM Ceramics
  • Tapecon, Inc.
  • TechBuffalo
  • Tesla
  • The John R. Oishei Foundation
  • The Service Collaborative of WNY, Inc.
  • Trocaire College
  • Try-It Distributing Co., Inc.
  • Unite Us
  • United Way of Buffalo & Erie County
  • Univera Healthcare
  • University at Buffalo
  • USA Niagara Chamber
  • VIA (Pathways for the Visually Impaired)
  • Villa Maria College
  • Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.
  • WNY Women's Foundation
  • Zehnder Rittling
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.

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