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The Western New York Regional Economic Development Council says it will invest some of the 'Buffalo Billion' into strengthening the regional advanced manufacturing workforce.

The council plans to partner manufacturing organizations with Erie Community College and other vocational schools to create a workforce training center. The funds will also help the state Department of Labor hire a 'skills broker' who will be in charge of helping manufacturers find people specifically qualified for the open high-skill positions. / WBFO

The Buffalo Niagara Partnership, the region's business advocacy group, has named Dottie Gallagher-Cohen as its next president and CEO.

The Partnership hired national firm Korn/Ferry International to search for a replacement head. The selection of Gallagher-Cohen was approved by the Partnership's Board of Directors  on Tuesday morning.

Gallagher-Cohen is currently the president and CEO of Visit Buffalo Niagara, and is a two-and-a-half year veteran of the Partnership's board. She says she looks forward to changing any negative perception of the Partnership.

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He’s spent over 20 years with Buffalo’s employer-funded economic development organization and retires in June. The Innovation Trail’s Ashley Hassett sat down with the Partnership’s outgoing President and CEO Andrew Rudnick to put a cap on his tenure there.

In a couple of months, Andrew Rudnick will be trading in his trademark bow ties for golf shoes. Rudnick has been in charge of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership, which doubles as the regional chamber of commerce, since 1992. 

Video of the full interview can be viewed below.

Survey of upstate New York employers reflects pessimism

Mar 4, 2013

A survey of 340 upstate New York employers commissioned by the Buffalo Niagara partnership maintains the pessimistic narrative coming from business leaders about the state's economic climate.

The state's taxation regime and the costs of healthcare lead the list of concerns, followed by the general state of the upstate economic environment and the availability of a suitably qualified workforce.

Respondents were more upbeat about the prospects for increased capital investment with well over half saying they expected to increase their stake in New York state over the next five years.

"Billion to Buffalo" moving ahead

Feb 8, 2013
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Plans for the “Billion to Buffalo” are ready to be implemented. The Western New York Regional Economic Development Council met on University at Buffalo’s North Campus Thursday to announce how the funds will be allocated.

It was one year ago that the Governor promised $1 billion to Buffalo and now the final plans are in place for how that money will be used. Regional Co-chair Howard Zemsky said funds will be allocated to six investment initiatives.