Why? Because you are the Buffalo Niagara Partnership.
While Partnership staff get the "glam" of wearing the Partnership name tag everywhere we go, it is Partnership investors that give us our marching orders and provide the credibility and expertise we need to get the job done.
As we look at the past year, take these numbers into account:
34 – the number of Partnership members, led by Ben Obletz, James Morrell, Christina Orsi, and Bob Shibley, who completed the Buffalo BuildingReuse Project, which analyzed downtown's office capacity and made recommendations, which have changed the downtown development conversations and received $11.25 million in funding from Mayor Brown.
11- the number of years Partnership volunteers, staff, and paid advisors, were led by Dennis Elsenbeck of National Grid, to pass legislation thatnow ties hydropower proceeds to economic development projects in our region.
7 – the number of Partnership directors, past and present, who put countless hours into the Regional Economic Development Council process, winning $100.3MMfor our region and setting the table for the Governor’s “$1 billion for Buffalo” promise.
11 – the number of Partnership members on our Manufacturers Council leadership team, which crafted a plan to create a skilled worker pipeline and lobbied successfully to fund the Dream It, Do It program through the Regional Council. Dream It, Do It will connect highschoolers with attainable career paths in advanced manufacturing – both creating and filling jobs in our region.
17 – the number of Partnership members on our Can-Am Council, which is leading the regional discussion on how we can best mitigate the sting of the Canadian Consulate closing, and move forward in a way that leverages our bi-national location for economic growth.
20 – the number of employer investors who made financial commitments to the Partnership’s Regional Stewardship initiatives, which increase the clout of Buffalo Niagara employers at all levels of government, as we advocate for job growth and increased regional development.
102 – the number of Partnership member companies that took time in the past 12 months to meet with our staff at their facilities to address their workforce, growth plans, and physical space needs. These meetings provided our staff opportunities to generate immediate results for Partnership investors, and cater our actions to better meet member needs.
35 – the number of young professionals serving in various leadership roles within our Buffalo Niagara 360 program, which hosted more attendees at events in the past year than any year prior.
5,000 – the number of e-mails sent by Partnership investors to elected officials in New York State, with the goal of eliminating budget language that would have severely threatened the future stability of Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Responding to the loud and unified voice of the Buffalo Niagara employer community, Governor Cuomo removed the language from the budget.
2,500 – the number of employers financially invested in the Partnership, enabling us to provide expertise and advocacy on their behalf each and every day – and you’re one of them. Please don’t forget that Partnership membership extends to all of your employees, and we hope they will all become active in our efforts to maximize private investment and jobs here.
In a year where longstanding Partnership priorities – whether they be UB2020, funding streams for business expansion, or even relaxed regulations on ship ballast water discharge – took major steps forward, you deserve significant credit. Partnership members came together, stuck together, and worked together, leveraging collective capabilities to maximize regional economic development opportunities.
That’s expertise@work – and it made for a particularly good year.