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Partnership: Potential prevailing wage expansion agreement a “worst-case scenario”

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.

Buffalo Niagara Partnership Names 2019 ATHENA Award® Recipients

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®.

Partnership: Environmental legislation raises cost of doing business, jeopardizes jobs

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.