Last week, the Partnership finalized its 09/10 target industry sector action agendas - initiatives and goals that we will undertake and strive for for the next year in each of Buffalo Niagara's five growth sectors - advanced manufacturing, agribusiness, life sciences, logistics and professional services.
Our reason for putting together these agendas was two-fold: (1) to set a track of tangible, deliverable actions the Partnership can engage in to grow the respective industry sectors and report back to our members at the end of our fiscal year in June; and (2) the evaluate the Partnership's place in the regional economy in each of the industry sectors. While we will continue to "get our hands dirty" in each sector in advocacy, business development and making business-to-business connections, we want to make sure we're not duplicating the efforts of other industry-specific groups that exist. Instead, we're working hard to form strategic partnerships, for example, the Partnership's co-sponsorship of this week's Border Trade Alliance Conference, "Our Borders: Our Future" or our recent advocacy effort opposing trucking restrictions in the Finger Lakes region in conjunction with the NYS Farm Bureau and other agribusiness and logistics industry groups. This goal is nothing new - it is simply being formalized to avoid duplication of efforts within the region.
The important thing is that these agendas, while compiled and edited by Partnership staff, were crafted by employers in the respective industry sectors. Special thanks goes out to all of our members who donated their time and expertise to participate.
Of course, the industry sector agendas in no way diminish the importance of the annual Buffalo Niagara Regional Agenda, which will be released in cooperation with Buffalo and Niagara Falls and Erie and Niagara Counties in November. The Regional Agenda outlines the Partnership's advocacy agenda each year, and while components of the industry sector agendas could be representated, it will not be all-inclusive.
We're very excited about moving forward on these action agendas - and we hope that you'll join us in the efforts.