An agreement in the works among state lawmakers to expand the state’s prevailing wage requirement to private development projects receiving public support would threaten development in the region. The Partnership’s position: An expanded prevailing wage would make it harder for more complex, challenging projects to move forward because it would require higher wages on private projects that cross the 30% threshold for public support. The result: the value of incentives granted to the projects would be cancelled out.
The Partnership and the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo hosted a day-long Diversity & Inclusion Symposium designed to bring business leaders together for a learning experience around the building blocks of diversity and inclusion.
Concern and uncertainty over threatened tariffs on Mexico rippled through some Western New York businesses and farms as negotiations between the two countries neared President Trump’s deadline.
BUFFALO, N.Y.—The Buffalo Niagara Partnership, the regional chamber of commerce and the area representative for ATHENA International, today announced JoAnn Falletta, music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra (BPO), as the recipient of the 2019 ATHENA Leadership Award®. The Partnership also announced Katie Krawczyk, a partner and the CEO of 19 IDEAS, as the recipient of the 2019 ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award®.
The Wall Street Journal named Buffalo’s job market as the second-worst in the country among metropolitan areas with more than 1 million residents. In this piece from WIVB, the Partnership recognized the region’s growing skills gap and pointed to the impact of the real structural problems in our region’s economy in terms of excessive taxes and regulation.
As New York State lawmakers consider expanding the prevailing wage mandate, the Partnership is pushing back against the measure, which would have wide-ranging implications in Buffalo Niagara and would effectively halt development in our community.
New York State lawmakers pressed ahead with long-stalled environmental measures that could affect everything from the chemical composition of toys to constitutional guarantees for clean air and water in New York State. There are an estimated 4,800 people employed by the chemical and toy-related industries in Erie and Niagara counties. Businesses would face higher manufacturing costs from the legislation, which will jeopardize jobs.
On March 25, the Medaille College communication program hosted its 14th annual Media Awards Luncheon, bringing together some of the most important and well-respected individuals in Buffalo’s media, broadcasting, public relations and law enforcement communities. The Partnership was named Organization of the Year.
In a reversal, President Donald Trump announced that he supports fully funding the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, a position strongly supported by the Partnership.
This editorial from The Buffalo News supports the Partnership’s position that the proposed expansion of New York State’s prevailing wage law would make many projects unaffordable and risk smothering the economic progress being made in Western New York.