Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Partnership's Proceeds Gains National Attention
The Buffalo Niagara Partnership's four year long advocacy effort, resulting in the successful inclusion of Hydropower Proceeds legislation language being included in the 2012-13 NYS Enacted Budget this past March, has garnered a lot of attention. We've gotten press and blog hits on its passage and what it can mean for Buffalo Niagara; we've celebrated its potential with our members and local elected officials; and now, we've been recognized by our peers at the American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE), who recently named Proceeds as one of 3 national finalists for ACCE’s 2012 Alliance for Regional Stewardship Organizational Champion Award!
The Partnership's efforts will not only be recognized during ACCE's Awards Dinner and live winner announcement at their annual national convention on August 2, but Partnership staff will also be a participant on the convention’s Blue Ribbon Regional Programs panel during the first workshop session to discuss the Proceeds effort as a model other chambers can duplicate.
Proceeds is the crown jewel in what has been an extremely successful advocacy year for the Partnership. The Partnership's advocacy effort also played a major role in the reversal of budget language harmful to Roswell Park Cancer Institute's long term viability, Tier VI pension reform, state adoption of an EPA ballast water standard, implementation of parts of UB2020 with the planned relocation of the UB School of Medicine to the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, and most recently this week, legislative passage of a host of Buffalo Building Reuse Project (BBRP) priorities.
It's been a busy, but extremely successful, advocacy year, yet there is more to be done. We'll be pushing for gubernatorial support for our BBRP legislation and working towards reducing some of the state regulations and government mandates that make it difficult to run and grow a business in New York State. We won't rest while there is advocacy work to be done, but for one weekend in Louisville this August, we might just pause to celebrate... a little.