Strategic Partners

Collaborating to grow private investment and jobs in Buffalo Niagara.

Our strategic partners are extensions of the Partnership and are organizations we work closely with. While our missions may vary, each organization is dedicated to improving the competitiveness of Buffalo Niagara.

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Invest Buffalo Niagara is the area’s leading private sector economic development and business attraction organization, focused on research, marketing and business development outreach. With exceptional community connectivity, Invest Buffalo Niagara’s team provides comprehensive services and project management for companies looking to expand or relocate. From research all the way through ribbon-cutting, Invest Buffalo Niagara is the primary point of contact for economic development in the eight-county Buffalo Niagara region.

Buffalo Urban Development Corporation (BUDC) is the City of Buffalo’s not-for-profit development agency, reclaiming distressed land and buildings for future development. BUDC seeks to create an environment conducive to private investment, provide oversight and visioning for projects of regional significance, serve as a liaison among various public and private stakeholders, serve as a conduit for public funding of significant projects and serve as a real estate holding company for certain public-sector projects.

The Erie County Industrial Development Agency (ECIDA) is a public benefit corporation created in 1970 to promote and assist private sector industrial / business development thereby advancing job opportunities and economic well-being to the people of Erie County.  The mission of the Erie County IDA is to provide the resources that encourage investment, innovation, growth and global competitiveness – creating a successful business climate that improves the quality of life for the residents of the region.

Empire State Development (ESD) is New York’s chief economic development agency. The mission of Empire State Development is to promote a vigorous and growing economy, encourage the creation of new job and economic opportunities, increase revenues to the State and its municipalities, and achieve stable and diversified local economies.

The Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition (GLMCC) is a collaborative effort between business organizations across the Great Lakes Region working together and calling for significant short term and long term investment and new policy initiatives in strategic areas including Federal transportation infrastructure funding and policy, the Canadian border, energy development, immigration of high-skilled talent, and water quality in the Great Lakes.

InfoTech WNY is a professional organization promoting technology through networking, education, recognition and career enrichment. The vision of InfoTech WNY is to promote and conduct technology-related networking and educational events, collaborate with regional educational institutions to provide and create learning opportunities, and to recognize and showcase noteworthy technology professionals and organizations for their contributions to the local and global technology community.

The John R. Oishei Foundation strives to be a catalyst for change to enhance economic vitality and the quality of life for the Buffalo Niagara region. John R. Oishei established the Foundation that bears his name in 1940 with the mandate to concentrate support on medical research, healthcare and education in the Buffalo area along with cultural and social needs.

University at Buffalo is a premier, research-intensive public university dedicated to academic excellence. Our thinking, research, creative activity and people positively impact the world.  Our research, creative activity and people positively impact the world. Like the city we call home, UB is distinguished by a culture of resilient optimism, resourceful thinking and pragmatic dreaming that enable us to reach others every day.

Unshackle Upstate is a bi-partisan coalition of over 80 business and trade organizations representing upwards of 70,000 companies and employing more than 1.5 million people.  Unshackle Upstate supporters hail from across Upstate New York with one goal: to achieve reforms in Albany that make Upstate New York a stronger place to do business.

Visit Buffalo Niagara sells and markets our assets and attractions to visitors outside the Buffalo Niagara region as a convention, tourism and leisure destination for the economic benefit of the community. VBN is Erie County’s lead marketing organization for conventions, meetings, amateur sporting events, cultural and heritage tourism and consumer travel.