It was Senator Hillary Clinton who, upon taking office, visited the Buffalo Niagara region and addressed the "nothing every gets done around here" mentality, pointing out that the region's haphazard approach to seeking federal and state dollars was a big part of the problem. She urged the Buffalo Niagara regional stakeholders to get on the same page. The Partnership offered to organize the effort, and nine years later, we're still on the job. The results speak for themselves at how effective collaboration is:
- The growth of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus;
- The saving and reinvestment in the Niagara Falls Air Base;
- The development and construction of downtown Buffalo's Federal Courthouse;
- Delay of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) to allow NYS to implement Enhanced Drivers' Licenses as an accepted alternative to passports for CanAm border crossings.
Now the real work begins, as the Regional Agenda partners begin to lobby our state and federal delegations in support of these projects and policy changes.