Our staff is hard at work putting together the 2011 Regional Agenda, but last week we took some time to celebrate one of 2010's advocacy victories, the groundbreaking for the Niagara Falls International Rail Station. The rail station is a top priority for Mayor Paul Dyster and the Buffalo Niagara region and will provide a tremendous rail resource for the Niagara Falls tourism industry when complete. With the recent improvements at the Niagara Falls International Airport (another Regional Agenda item from past years), Niagara Falls is making strides in taking advantage of a lively Canadian market, as well as a greater opportunity to attract regional visitors.
The rail station groundbreaking is another example of the impact that the annual Regional Agenda has on economic development opportunities in the Buffalo Niagara region. Ten years ago, the Partnership started the Regional Agenda process as a way of coordinating among the many municipalities and agencies in the region - to get everyone on the same page when asking the federal or state government for funding or action. Some successes over the last decade include the saving of the Niagara Falls Air Base, hundreds of millions in investment in the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, delay of WHTI and the implementation of Enhanced Drivers' Licenses and the new downtown Buffalo Federal Courthouse. It's clear that our region enhances our opportunity for success by speaking with one voice.
The 2011 Regional Agenda will be rolled out this year on November 22.