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2018-2019 Annual Report
Dottie Gallagher
President & CEO, Buffalo Niagara Partnership
Arthur G. Wingerter
Chairman of the Board, Buffalo Niagara Partnership
President, Univera Healthcare
The Buffalo Niagara region is on the cusp of a sustained resurgence. As the regional chamber of
commerce and privately funded economic development organization, the Buffalo Niagara Partnership is
proud to have played an important role in helping to bring about the region’s renaissance.
The Partnership’s work is critical to ensuring that our region continues to strengthen and grow. We are
grateful to our members—especially the Circle members recognized on these pages—for their generous
investment and support.
As the Partnership presents its 2018-2019 Annual Report to Members, we are looking ahead to the
future and evolving to meet the most pressing needs of our members. We remain committed to our
mission to grow private investment and jobs in the Buffalo Niagara region and we look forward to
continuing this important work. Thank you for your support.
Sincerely,
Message from the Chairman and President & CEO
CHAIRMAN’S CIRCLE
I think it is incumbent on all businesses in the area to get involved in creating
a better place to live and work. We all gain from the work the Partnership does
and we can all contribute to ensure they remain the leading forum for business
in Buffalo Niagara.” - John Scannell, Chairman & CEO, Moog, Inc.
“
| 2018–2019 | ANNUAL REPORT TO MEMBERS2 | 2018–2019 | ANNUAL REPORT TO MEMBERS2
Special Thank You We would like to extend special thanks to the following members for their investment in our
programs and events throughout the year. Their support makes our work possible.
PRESIDENT’S CIRCLE
LEADERSHIP CIRCLE
PARTNERSHIP CIRCLE
Aleron
ASG – Applied Sciences
Group, Inc.
Astronics Corp.
Athenex
AT&T Services, Inc.
Barclay Damon, LLP
Bene-Care Agency, LLC
BestSelf Behavioral Health, Inc.
Buffalo Rising, Inc.
Buffalo State,
State University of New York
Citizens Bank
ClearView Social, Inc.
Ellicott Development Co.
First Amherst Development
Group LLC
Frey Electric Construction Co., Inc.
Harlequin Distribution Center
Harmac Medical Products, Inc.
Harter Secrest & Emery LLP
Hodgson Russ LLP
Hotel Henry Urban Resort
Conference Center
Hunt Real Estate Corp.
Hurwitz & Fine, P.C.
JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A.
Key Resource Group
Lawley
Lippes Mathias Wexler
Friedman LLP
McCullagh Coffee
New Enterprise Stone
& Lime Co., Inc.
New York Power Authority
NOCO Energy Corp.
NYSEG
People Inc.
Performance Management
Partners, Inc.
Power Drives, Inc.
Software Solutions Group
St. Bonaventure University
The Community Preservation
Corporation
Tompkins Bank of Castile
Try-It Distributing Co., Inc.
United Airlines
Walsh Duffield Cos., Inc.
Waste Management of
Western New York
Wendel
West Herr Automotive Group
WKBW-TV - Scripps Media Inc.
Zenger Group, Inc.
DIRECTOR’S CIRCLE
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Working together to
strengthen the region’s
economy
Effective advocacy, convening, and collaboration are among the many reasons
why the Buffalo Niagara Partnership is the premier employer organization in
our region. Like no other privately funded organization in the Buffalo Niagara
region, the Partnership mobilizes its members, elected officials, community
leaders, area colleges and universities, economic development agencies,
and other groups around the common goal of building a more robust and
competitive regional economy.
SETTING THE AGENDA
The Partnership’s annual Advocacy Agenda details the local, state and federal policy
priorities of Buffalo Niagara employers. This year, we made the case against new state
employer mandates, called for a robust federal infrastructure package, and pushed
for an increase in local tourism funding, among other issues. NYS Assemblyman Robin
Schimminger talked with members following the release of our 2019 Advocacy Agenda. 1
TRADE TALK WITH MANUFACTURERS
Neil Bradley, the Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer of the U.S. Chamber of
Commerce, delivered the keynote address during the Partnership’s Manufacturing Month
Summit. During his talk, Bradley spoke with local manufacturing leaders about the United
States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) and the impact of tariffs. 2
LAUNCHING VOTER VOICE
The Partnership launched Voter Voice, an online platform designed to better connect
Partnership members with elected officials at all levels of government. Now with a just
click of a mouse, members can tell their elected officials how they feel about key issues
impacting the Buffalo Niagara economy.
FINGER ON THE PULSE
Talent issues shot up to the top concern in our Member Pulse Report, which summarizes
the findings of our annual member survey. Fifty percent of respondents said workforce
is a significant pain point right now for their organization, jumping 12 points from the
previous year. As a result, the Partnership deepened our commitment to helping members
meet their workforce needs by investing in staff and training to deploy proven talent
pipeline strategies locally.
INFLUENCE
	 I don’t know any group in Western New York that
can speak more effectively for the business community
and for economic opportunity than the Partnership.
They have so many members across so many different
businesses and industries that can exact a higher order of
influence in their advocacy work.”
“
1
2
Richard Gold, President & COO, M&T Bank
| 2018–2019 | ANNUAL REPORT TO MEMBERS4 | 2018–2019 | ANNUAL REPORT TO MEMBERS4
ADVOCACY IN ACTION: ALBANY
Grant Loomis, the Partnership’s Vice President of Government Affairs, traveled to Albany
with members of Unshackle Upstate to meet with NYS Senate Majority Leader Andrea
Stewart Cousins and discuss issues critical to Upstate New York. 3
ADVOCACY IN ACTION: WASHINGTON
The Partnership traveled to Washington, D.C. with the Great Lakes Metro Chambers
Coalition (GLMCC) to meet with White House staff and members of Congress to
fight for Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding and discuss trade, infrastructure,
and workforce development priorities. The Partnership is a founding member of the
GLMCC. 4
MAKING THE TAX CAP PERMANENT
The Partnership achieved one of its top advocacy priorities when lawmakers made the
state’s property tax cap permanent as part of the state budget. Dottie had the honor of
introducing Gov. Andrew Cuomo at a Buffalo event where he pushed for a
permanent cap. 5
FIGHTING PREVAILING WAGE EXPANSION
The Partnership joined other Unshackle Upstate leaders in pushing back against the
expansion of prevailing wage on private development projects at a press conference in the
New York State Capitol. The Partnership is a founding member of Unshackle Upstate. 6
ACCESS
	 The Partnership carries the ball as the advocate
on issues that affect our business community. If not them,
who? It’s hard for small businesses and large companies
to have an impact on their own. Investment in the
Partnership gives us the connections necessary to make a
difference for area businesses.”
“
5
6
3
4
Art Wingerter, President, Univera Healthcare
Addressing the talent
challenge
A full 75% of Buffalo Niagara Partnership members say that workforce is a
significant pain point now or that it will be in the next couple of years.
The Partnership serves as the backbone of the Employ Buffalo Niagara
coalition. The 180-member group, led by employers, is comprised of
education and training, workforce, and non-profit organizations that seek
to build talent pipelines to help low-wage workers upskill into meaningful
careers. The coalition’s mission is to remove the barriers to full employment
for these important members of the workforce.
Additionally, the Partnership manages employer collaboratives, which are
a demand-driven, employer-led approach to closing the skills gap. These
collaboratives build talent supply chains aligned to dynamic business needs.
The Partnership would like to thank these members for their involvement in
our employer collaboratives:
ADVANCE
	 The work of the Partnership has a major impact on
the community and its future. It is the one organization
steering the agenda of what we need to be talking about
for our future. If we did not have the Partnership, I am
not sure where the business community’s collective voice
would come from.”
“
Applus
Dunn Tire
Eastman Machine Co.
IIMAK
International Paper
Modern Disposal Services
National Fuel
NOCO Energy Corp.
Pegula Sports & Entertainment
Rosina Food Products
Sealing Devices, Inc.
SoPark
Switzer
Tapecon, Inc.
Wegmans
Zehnder Rittling
$199,000
EMPIRE STATE POVERTY
REDUCTION INITIATIVE
Convene and organize employers
to connect with THRIVE Buffalo
participants
$25,000
U.S. CHAMBER OF
COMMERCE FOUNDATION
Implement a work-based learning
program to connect students with
academic and experimental learning
opportunities
$150,000
NEW YORK STATE JOB PATHWAYS
DEMONSTRATION GRANT
Upskill the underemployed and create
a training model for incumbent
workers that increases wages and job
retention
THE PARTNERSHIP RECEIVED $374,000 IN GRANT FUNDING TO ADVANCE
EMPLOYER-LED WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT.
Warren Colville, Publisher & President, The Buffalo News
Dottie Gallagher, our President & CEO, was invited to speak at the Federal Reserve Bank
of New York’s Investing in America’s Workforce conference on improving outcomes for
workers and employers. She was joined by, from left, Stuart Andreason of the Federal
Reserve Bank of Atlanta; Julie Gehrki, the Vice President of Philanthropy at the Walmart
Foundation; and Dave E. Altig, the Executive Vice President and Director of Research at
the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. 1
1
| 2018–2019 | ANNUAL REPORT TO MEMBERS6 | 2018–2019 | ANNUAL REPORT TO MEMBERS6
CREATING A DIVERSE AND INCLUSIVE REGIONAL BUSINESS CLIMATE
The Partnership’s Diversity & Inclusion Council provides employers with the insight and
information they need to attract a more diverse workforce and increase talent retention
by creating inclusive corporate cultures.
LEAD
	 The Partnership helps lead the conversation on
issues such as workforce development, diversity, and
other topics of importance to today’s business. Those
issues are critical to the future of Buffalo Niagara. The
Partnership’s role in collaboration and convening gives us
the opportunity to work together toward a better future.”
“
55
REGIONAL EMPLOYERS ARE
COUNCIL MEMBERS
14
NEW EMPLOYERS JOINED THE
COUNCIL IN 2018-19
The Council’s work focuses on:
Human Resources | Increasing diversity in management through enhanced attraction,
retention, and development practices
Community Outreach & Philanthropy | Raising awareness of organizations that serve
diverse populations and offering opportunities for greater impact
Communications | Assisting companies in establishing communication plans that
promote belonging
A FULL 20% OF OUR REGION’S WORKFORCE IS EXPECTED TO
RETIRE IN 10 YEARS
That’s why recruiting and retaining young professionals is more important than ever.
BN360, the Partnership’s young professional engagement and development program, is
foundational to the Partnership’s work in talent retention and workforce development.
1,700+ individual members
54% increase in membership over 2017-18
59 corporate members
18+ events and programs annually
ENCOURAGING COMMUNITY
INVOLVEMENT
The 2019-20 Young Professional’s Guide
to Networking & Development doubled in
size to include more than 50 professional
development groups and opportunities for
community involvement. Nearly 300 young
professionals attended the event at which the
2019-20 Guide was released, a 65% increase
over attendance at last year’s event.
CREATING A CAREER DESTINATION
The Partnership surveys young professionals
to understand their perceptions of the region
and advise community and business leaders on
the action needed to ensure that the Buffalo
Niagara region becomes a career destination
for young professionals. More than 880 young
professionals took the 2018 survey, doubling
participation over the 2017 survey.
Michael Keating, Senior Vice President, Wegmans Buffalo Division
Engaging members and
building relationships
Each year, the Partnership hosts more than 60 events that draw approximately
5,400 attendees. Our events bring members together for learning and
networking opportunities and for the relationship-building that is so critical to
our region’s economic well-being.
BRINGING MEMBERS & DECISION MAKERS TOGETHER
The Partnership’s Government Affairs series connects members to elected leaders at all
levels of government and helps inform the debate on key issues critical to our economy.
The series features several sold-out events including our annual Advocacy Agenda Rollout
and Public Officials Reception, which is attended by dozens of elected officials such as
Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown. 1
ENABLING MEMBERS TO MAKE CONNECTIONS
The Partnership hosts a variety of events throughout the year to give our members the
opportunity to build their circles of influence. More than 400 people attended HobNob
and spent a memorable evening enriching their business relationships. 2
TACKLING PRESSING REGIONAL ISSUES
The Partnership brought more than 125 people together for a two-part series that
explored the opioid epidemic, its impact, and how employers and community leaders
could respond. Dr. Howard Hitzel, the president and CEO of BestSelf Behavioral Health,
joined Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein and Erie County Executive
Mark Poloncarz at an event designed to help employers better understand the opioid
epidemic and its effect on the region’s workforce. 3
ELEVATE
	 There are a lot of bright, energetic people running
companies across Western New York. It is important
that there be a forum for them to share ideas and best
practices. The Partnership is that forum that brings
together complementary ideas that otherwise may not
intersect. That strengthens local business, which in turn
benefits the entire region.”
“
2
3
1
Stewart Haney, President & CEO, Wendel
BUILDING CROSS-BORDER RELATIONSHIPS
Members of the Partnership’s Economic Councils, as well as our associate members from
the Hamilton and Greater Niagara chambers of commerce, set off on a boat tour of the
Buffalo River and the Outer Harbor. The annual event is one way in which we convene
business leaders with the goal of building and enhancing the cross-border relationships
that ensure the economic health of our bi-national region. All three chambers renewed
their membership agreement for another three years.
HONORING WOMEN LEADERS
The Partnership is proud to showcase the valuable contributions made by women
leaders. Their work is critical to the advancement of the Buffalo Niagara region.
PowerUp brought nearly 200 women together for an afternoon of celebrating,
learning, and networking. JoAnn Falletta, the music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic
Orchestra, delivered the keynote address and shared the leadership lessons she has
learned from 20 seasons leading the BPO. 4
An at-capacity crowd filled the Buffalo Niagara Convention center for the 29th
Annual ATHENA Awards Luncheon, the region’s most prestigious event recognizing
the professional accomplishments of exceptional individuals who are dedicated to the
advancement of women. 5
MAXIMIZING THE VALUE OF DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
Recent studies have linked innovation, profitability, and talent attraction to diversity
and inclusion. In June 2019, the Partnership and the Community Foundation for Greater
Buffalo hosted a day-long Diversity & Inclusion Symposium to help employers develop
strategies to hire and retain a diverse workforce. Mary-Frances Winters, the President
& CEO of The Winters Group and a renowned expert in the field, delivered the keynote
address to a crowd of nearly 250 attendees. 6
COLLABORATE
	 Sometimes organizations get stuck in their own
world, whether business or not-for-profit, but we have
some very common goals and issues we need to agree
on. The Partnership is very powerful in enabling the
collaboration necessary among these organizations, large
and small, so that we can work together for the benefit of
the entire region.”
“
4
5
6
Rhonda Frederick, President & CEO, People, Inc.
BN360 Young Professional’s Guide Launch Party
2019 ATHENA Award Recipients
Scramble Networking Event
Manufacturing Month Tour of Eastman Machine Co.
2019 BN360 Spotlight Professionals
2019 HobNob
David Anderson
President & CEO
BlueCross BlueShield of WNY
Douglas Bean
Vice Chairman, Chief Brand Officer
Mower
Paul Bonaro
VP, Data Center Operations
Verizon Media
Warren Colville
Publisher & President
The Buffalo News
Michael Cropp
President & CEO
Independent Health
Frank Curci
Chairman & CEO
Tops Markets, LLC
Jonathan Dandes
Vice President of Governmental Relations
& Special Projects
Rich Baseball Operations
Steven Davis
President
Tapecon, Inc.
Donna DeCarolis
President
National Fuel Gas Company
Clotilde Dedecker
President & CEO
Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo
Jim Dentinger
President
McGuire Development Company
James Domagalski
Partner
Barclay Damon, LLP
Julie Dotton
President & CEO
Applied Sciences Group
Thomas Emmerling (Treasurer)
Managing Partner
Dopkins & Company, LLP
Matthew Enstice
President & CEO
Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, Inc.
Ann Evanko
President & Managing Member
Hurwitz & Fine, P.C.
Lynne Marie Finn
President & CEO
Aleron
Rhonda Frederick
President & CEO
People Inc.
Kent Frey
CEO
Frey Electrical Construction Co., Inc.
Holly Gagnon
President & CEO
Seneca Gaming Corporation
Dottie Gallagher
President & CEO
Buffalo Niagara Partnership
Robert Gioia
President
The John R. Oishei Foundation
Richard Gold
President & COO
M&T Bank
Martin Griffith
President
Bank On Buffalo
Stewart Haney
President & CEO
Wendel
Frank Heard
President & CEO
Gibraltar Industries, Inc.
William Hochul, Jr.
General Counsel and Secretary
Delaware North Companies
Paul Hojnacki
President
MacLean Curtis, LLC
David Hore
President
PCB Piezotronics, Inc. - MTS Systems Corporation
John Hurley
President
Canisius College
Candace Johnson, PhD
President & CEO
Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
Laurie Irish Jones
CEO
Irish Companies
Patrick Kaler
President & CEO
Visit Buffalo Niagara
Michael Keating
Senior Vice President, Buffalo Division
Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.
Thomas Kucharski
President & CEO
Invest Buffalo Niagara
Ken Kujawa
Regional Director
National Grid
Tim Loftis, Esq.
Member
Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC
Jody Lomeo
President & CEO
Kaleida Health/Great Lakes Health
James Maher, C.M.
President
Niagara University
Timothy McPoland
Director
Freed Maxick CPAs, P.C.
Kimberley Minkel
Executive Director
Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority
Michael Montante
Vice President, Development
Uniland Development Company
Kevin Murphy
Northeast Regional Executive, Business Banking
Bank of America
David Murray
Partner
Phillips Lytle LLP
David Nasca
President & CEO
Evans Bank, N.A.
Michael Newman
Executive Vice President
NOCO Energy Corp.
Benjamin Obletz (Secretary)
President & CEO
First Amherst Development Group, LLC
Louis Panzica
President & CEO
Power Drives, Inc.
Gary Quenneville
Upstate New York Regional Executive
KeyBank
Kevin Quinn
Managing Director
HSBC Bank USA, N.A.
Ram Ramanujam
Plant Director
General Motors Powertrain Tonawanda Engine Plant
Sharon Randaccio
President & CEO
Performance Management Partners, Inc.
Mary Roberts
Executive Director
Martin House Restoration Corp.
David Rogers
CEO
Life Storage
Christopher Ross
Principal
Lawley
John Scannell (Vice Chair)
CEO & Chairman of the Board
Moog Inc.
John Somers
President & CEO
Harmac Medical Products, Inc.
Anthony Spada, Jr.
President & CEO
AAA Western and Central New York
Mark Sullivan
President & CEO
Catholic Health System
Rocco Surace
Partner
Bonadio Group
Satish Tripathi
University President
University at Buffalo
David Uba
CEO
Excelsior Orthopaedics
Paul Vallone
Partner
Hodgson Russ LLP
Paul Vukelic (Vice Chair)
President & CEO
Try-It Distributing Co., Inc.
Edward Walsh, Jr.
CEO
Walsh Duffield Cos., Inc.
Michael Weiner
President & CEO
United Way of Buffalo & Erie County
Arthur Wingerter (Chair)
President
Univera Healthcare
Stephen Zenger
President & CEO
Zenger Group
Board of Directors as of publication
2018-2019 Board of Directors
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The strength of
our community is
its greatest asset.
When people work together, anything is possible. It’s
why we support organizations that bring people within
our community closer.They reinforce the bonds we
share and help us celebrate the traditions we hold dear.
It’s just one part of our investment in our neighbors and
the community.
KeyBank thanks Buffalo Niagara Partnership for
making a difference.
We’re putting
our energy
behind Buffalo.
National Grid values and respects the
strength and diversity of our employees,
customers and communities. And we
take pride in our employees who volunteer
their time and talents to enrich the places
where we live, work and play.
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Connect with us on
The Buffalo Niagara Partnership’s economic councils offer Partnership members the opportunity to participate in
efforts to grow private investment and jobs. Council members are also afforded the opportunity to network with
like-minded business leaders.
The Partnership works closely with council members throughout the year to identify regional priorities and
concerns. Then collaboratively, across all Councils, we come together to communicate them in the our Action Plans.
SUPPORTING SPONSORS:
SUPPORTING SPONSORS:
SUPPORTING SPONSORS:
INDUSTRY SPONSORS:
ARC BUILDING PARTNERS, LLC
CBRE BUFFALO LLC
CONSTRUCTION EXCHANGE OF
BUFFALO & WNY
LABELLA ASSOCIATES
LECHASE CONSTRUCTION SERVICES, LLC
MODERN DISPOSAL SERVICES, INC.
NATIONAL GRID
T.Y. LIN INTERNATIONAL
PRESENTING SPONSORS:
PRESENTING SPONSOR:
TITLE SPONSORS:
TITLE SPONSOR:
BOND, SCHOENECK & KING
BUFFALO CITY MISSION
BUFFALO & ERIE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY
EVERGREEN HEALTH
HURWITZ & FINE, P.C.
INDEPENDENT HEALTH
BUFFALO MANUFACTURING WORKS
REMEDY INTELLIGENT STAFFING
REXEL USA
We would like to thank the following companies for their support
of our economic development councils.
THEIR SUPPORT IS GREATLY APPRECIATED!
MANUFACTURING
COUNCIL
DEVELOPMENT
ADVISORY COUNCIL
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2018-2019 Annual Report to Members | Buffalo Niagara Partnership

  • 2. Dottie Gallagher President & CEO, Buffalo Niagara Partnership Arthur G. Wingerter Chairman of the Board, Buffalo Niagara Partnership President, Univera Healthcare The Buffalo Niagara region is on the cusp of a sustained resurgence. As the regional chamber of commerce and privately funded economic development organization, the Buffalo Niagara Partnership is proud to have played an important role in helping to bring about the region’s renaissance. The Partnership’s work is critical to ensuring that our region continues to strengthen and grow. We are grateful to our members—especially the Circle members recognized on these pages—for their generous investment and support. As the Partnership presents its 2018-2019 Annual Report to Members, we are looking ahead to the future and evolving to meet the most pressing needs of our members. We remain committed to our mission to grow private investment and jobs in the Buffalo Niagara region and we look forward to continuing this important work. Thank you for your support. Sincerely, Message from the Chairman and President & CEO CHAIRMAN’S CIRCLE I think it is incumbent on all businesses in the area to get involved in creating a better place to live and work. We all gain from the work the Partnership does and we can all contribute to ensure they remain the leading forum for business in Buffalo Niagara.” - John Scannell, Chairman & CEO, Moog, Inc. “ | 2018–2019 | ANNUAL REPORT TO MEMBERS2 | 2018–2019 | ANNUAL REPORT TO MEMBERS2
  • 3. Special Thank You We would like to extend special thanks to the following members for their investment in our programs and events throughout the year. Their support makes our work possible. PRESIDENT’S CIRCLE LEADERSHIP CIRCLE PARTNERSHIP CIRCLE Aleron ASG – Applied Sciences Group, Inc. Astronics Corp. Athenex AT&T Services, Inc. Barclay Damon, LLP Bene-Care Agency, LLC BestSelf Behavioral Health, Inc. Buffalo Rising, Inc. Buffalo State, State University of New York Citizens Bank ClearView Social, Inc. Ellicott Development Co. First Amherst Development Group LLC Frey Electric Construction Co., Inc. Harlequin Distribution Center Harmac Medical Products, Inc. Harter Secrest & Emery LLP Hodgson Russ LLP Hotel Henry Urban Resort Conference Center Hunt Real Estate Corp. Hurwitz & Fine, P.C. JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A. Key Resource Group Lawley Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP McCullagh Coffee New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co., Inc. New York Power Authority NOCO Energy Corp. NYSEG People Inc. Performance Management Partners, Inc. Power Drives, Inc. Software Solutions Group St. Bonaventure University The Community Preservation Corporation Tompkins Bank of Castile Try-It Distributing Co., Inc. United Airlines Walsh Duffield Cos., Inc. Waste Management of Western New York Wendel West Herr Automotive Group WKBW-TV - Scripps Media Inc. Zenger Group, Inc. DIRECTOR’S CIRCLE 3thepartnership.org | 3thepartnership.org |
  • 4. Working together to strengthen the region’s economy Effective advocacy, convening, and collaboration are among the many reasons why the Buffalo Niagara Partnership is the premier employer organization in our region. Like no other privately funded organization in the Buffalo Niagara region, the Partnership mobilizes its members, elected officials, community leaders, area colleges and universities, economic development agencies, and other groups around the common goal of building a more robust and competitive regional economy. SETTING THE AGENDA The Partnership’s annual Advocacy Agenda details the local, state and federal policy priorities of Buffalo Niagara employers. This year, we made the case against new state employer mandates, called for a robust federal infrastructure package, and pushed for an increase in local tourism funding, among other issues. NYS Assemblyman Robin Schimminger talked with members following the release of our 2019 Advocacy Agenda. 1 TRADE TALK WITH MANUFACTURERS Neil Bradley, the Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, delivered the keynote address during the Partnership’s Manufacturing Month Summit. During his talk, Bradley spoke with local manufacturing leaders about the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) and the impact of tariffs. 2 LAUNCHING VOTER VOICE The Partnership launched Voter Voice, an online platform designed to better connect Partnership members with elected officials at all levels of government. Now with a just click of a mouse, members can tell their elected officials how they feel about key issues impacting the Buffalo Niagara economy. FINGER ON THE PULSE Talent issues shot up to the top concern in our Member Pulse Report, which summarizes the findings of our annual member survey. Fifty percent of respondents said workforce is a significant pain point right now for their organization, jumping 12 points from the previous year. As a result, the Partnership deepened our commitment to helping members meet their workforce needs by investing in staff and training to deploy proven talent pipeline strategies locally. INFLUENCE I don’t know any group in Western New York that can speak more effectively for the business community and for economic opportunity than the Partnership. They have so many members across so many different businesses and industries that can exact a higher order of influence in their advocacy work.” “ 1 2 Richard Gold, President & COO, M&T Bank | 2018–2019 | ANNUAL REPORT TO MEMBERS4 | 2018–2019 | ANNUAL REPORT TO MEMBERS4
  • 5. ADVOCACY IN ACTION: ALBANY Grant Loomis, the Partnership’s Vice President of Government Affairs, traveled to Albany with members of Unshackle Upstate to meet with NYS Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart Cousins and discuss issues critical to Upstate New York. 3 ADVOCACY IN ACTION: WASHINGTON The Partnership traveled to Washington, D.C. with the Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition (GLMCC) to meet with White House staff and members of Congress to fight for Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding and discuss trade, infrastructure, and workforce development priorities. The Partnership is a founding member of the GLMCC. 4 MAKING THE TAX CAP PERMANENT The Partnership achieved one of its top advocacy priorities when lawmakers made the state’s property tax cap permanent as part of the state budget. Dottie had the honor of introducing Gov. Andrew Cuomo at a Buffalo event where he pushed for a permanent cap. 5 FIGHTING PREVAILING WAGE EXPANSION The Partnership joined other Unshackle Upstate leaders in pushing back against the expansion of prevailing wage on private development projects at a press conference in the New York State Capitol. The Partnership is a founding member of Unshackle Upstate. 6 ACCESS The Partnership carries the ball as the advocate on issues that affect our business community. If not them, who? It’s hard for small businesses and large companies to have an impact on their own. Investment in the Partnership gives us the connections necessary to make a difference for area businesses.” “ 5 6 3 4 Art Wingerter, President, Univera Healthcare
  • 6. Addressing the talent challenge A full 75% of Buffalo Niagara Partnership members say that workforce is a significant pain point now or that it will be in the next couple of years. The Partnership serves as the backbone of the Employ Buffalo Niagara coalition. The 180-member group, led by employers, is comprised of education and training, workforce, and non-profit organizations that seek to build talent pipelines to help low-wage workers upskill into meaningful careers. The coalition’s mission is to remove the barriers to full employment for these important members of the workforce. Additionally, the Partnership manages employer collaboratives, which are a demand-driven, employer-led approach to closing the skills gap. These collaboratives build talent supply chains aligned to dynamic business needs. The Partnership would like to thank these members for their involvement in our employer collaboratives: ADVANCE The work of the Partnership has a major impact on the community and its future. It is the one organization steering the agenda of what we need to be talking about for our future. If we did not have the Partnership, I am not sure where the business community’s collective voice would come from.” “ Applus Dunn Tire Eastman Machine Co. IIMAK International Paper Modern Disposal Services National Fuel NOCO Energy Corp. Pegula Sports & Entertainment Rosina Food Products Sealing Devices, Inc. SoPark Switzer Tapecon, Inc. Wegmans Zehnder Rittling $199,000 EMPIRE STATE POVERTY REDUCTION INITIATIVE Convene and organize employers to connect with THRIVE Buffalo participants $25,000 U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE FOUNDATION Implement a work-based learning program to connect students with academic and experimental learning opportunities $150,000 NEW YORK STATE JOB PATHWAYS DEMONSTRATION GRANT Upskill the underemployed and create a training model for incumbent workers that increases wages and job retention THE PARTNERSHIP RECEIVED $374,000 IN GRANT FUNDING TO ADVANCE EMPLOYER-LED WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT. Warren Colville, Publisher & President, The Buffalo News Dottie Gallagher, our President & CEO, was invited to speak at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Investing in America’s Workforce conference on improving outcomes for workers and employers. She was joined by, from left, Stuart Andreason of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta; Julie Gehrki, the Vice President of Philanthropy at the Walmart Foundation; and Dave E. Altig, the Executive Vice President and Director of Research at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. 1 1 | 2018–2019 | ANNUAL REPORT TO MEMBERS6 | 2018–2019 | ANNUAL REPORT TO MEMBERS6
  • 7. CREATING A DIVERSE AND INCLUSIVE REGIONAL BUSINESS CLIMATE The Partnership’s Diversity & Inclusion Council provides employers with the insight and information they need to attract a more diverse workforce and increase talent retention by creating inclusive corporate cultures. LEAD The Partnership helps lead the conversation on issues such as workforce development, diversity, and other topics of importance to today’s business. Those issues are critical to the future of Buffalo Niagara. The Partnership’s role in collaboration and convening gives us the opportunity to work together toward a better future.” “ 55 REGIONAL EMPLOYERS ARE COUNCIL MEMBERS 14 NEW EMPLOYERS JOINED THE COUNCIL IN 2018-19 The Council’s work focuses on: Human Resources | Increasing diversity in management through enhanced attraction, retention, and development practices Community Outreach & Philanthropy | Raising awareness of organizations that serve diverse populations and offering opportunities for greater impact Communications | Assisting companies in establishing communication plans that promote belonging A FULL 20% OF OUR REGION’S WORKFORCE IS EXPECTED TO RETIRE IN 10 YEARS That’s why recruiting and retaining young professionals is more important than ever. BN360, the Partnership’s young professional engagement and development program, is foundational to the Partnership’s work in talent retention and workforce development. 1,700+ individual members 54% increase in membership over 2017-18 59 corporate members 18+ events and programs annually ENCOURAGING COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT The 2019-20 Young Professional’s Guide to Networking & Development doubled in size to include more than 50 professional development groups and opportunities for community involvement. Nearly 300 young professionals attended the event at which the 2019-20 Guide was released, a 65% increase over attendance at last year’s event. CREATING A CAREER DESTINATION The Partnership surveys young professionals to understand their perceptions of the region and advise community and business leaders on the action needed to ensure that the Buffalo Niagara region becomes a career destination for young professionals. More than 880 young professionals took the 2018 survey, doubling participation over the 2017 survey. Michael Keating, Senior Vice President, Wegmans Buffalo Division
  • 8. Engaging members and building relationships Each year, the Partnership hosts more than 60 events that draw approximately 5,400 attendees. Our events bring members together for learning and networking opportunities and for the relationship-building that is so critical to our region’s economic well-being. BRINGING MEMBERS & DECISION MAKERS TOGETHER The Partnership’s Government Affairs series connects members to elected leaders at all levels of government and helps inform the debate on key issues critical to our economy. The series features several sold-out events including our annual Advocacy Agenda Rollout and Public Officials Reception, which is attended by dozens of elected officials such as Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown. 1 ENABLING MEMBERS TO MAKE CONNECTIONS The Partnership hosts a variety of events throughout the year to give our members the opportunity to build their circles of influence. More than 400 people attended HobNob and spent a memorable evening enriching their business relationships. 2 TACKLING PRESSING REGIONAL ISSUES The Partnership brought more than 125 people together for a two-part series that explored the opioid epidemic, its impact, and how employers and community leaders could respond. Dr. Howard Hitzel, the president and CEO of BestSelf Behavioral Health, joined Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein and Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz at an event designed to help employers better understand the opioid epidemic and its effect on the region’s workforce. 3 ELEVATE There are a lot of bright, energetic people running companies across Western New York. It is important that there be a forum for them to share ideas and best practices. The Partnership is that forum that brings together complementary ideas that otherwise may not intersect. That strengthens local business, which in turn benefits the entire region.” “ 2 3 1 Stewart Haney, President & CEO, Wendel
  • 9. BUILDING CROSS-BORDER RELATIONSHIPS Members of the Partnership’s Economic Councils, as well as our associate members from the Hamilton and Greater Niagara chambers of commerce, set off on a boat tour of the Buffalo River and the Outer Harbor. The annual event is one way in which we convene business leaders with the goal of building and enhancing the cross-border relationships that ensure the economic health of our bi-national region. All three chambers renewed their membership agreement for another three years. HONORING WOMEN LEADERS The Partnership is proud to showcase the valuable contributions made by women leaders. Their work is critical to the advancement of the Buffalo Niagara region. PowerUp brought nearly 200 women together for an afternoon of celebrating, learning, and networking. JoAnn Falletta, the music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, delivered the keynote address and shared the leadership lessons she has learned from 20 seasons leading the BPO. 4 An at-capacity crowd filled the Buffalo Niagara Convention center for the 29th Annual ATHENA Awards Luncheon, the region’s most prestigious event recognizing the professional accomplishments of exceptional individuals who are dedicated to the advancement of women. 5 MAXIMIZING THE VALUE OF DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION Recent studies have linked innovation, profitability, and talent attraction to diversity and inclusion. In June 2019, the Partnership and the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo hosted a day-long Diversity & Inclusion Symposium to help employers develop strategies to hire and retain a diverse workforce. Mary-Frances Winters, the President & CEO of The Winters Group and a renowned expert in the field, delivered the keynote address to a crowd of nearly 250 attendees. 6 COLLABORATE Sometimes organizations get stuck in their own world, whether business or not-for-profit, but we have some very common goals and issues we need to agree on. The Partnership is very powerful in enabling the collaboration necessary among these organizations, large and small, so that we can work together for the benefit of the entire region.” “ 4 5 6 Rhonda Frederick, President & CEO, People, Inc.
  • 10. BN360 Young Professional’s Guide Launch Party 2019 ATHENA Award Recipients Scramble Networking Event Manufacturing Month Tour of Eastman Machine Co. 2019 BN360 Spotlight Professionals 2019 HobNob
  • 11. David Anderson President & CEO BlueCross BlueShield of WNY Douglas Bean Vice Chairman, Chief Brand Officer Mower Paul Bonaro VP, Data Center Operations Verizon Media Warren Colville Publisher & President The Buffalo News Michael Cropp President & CEO Independent Health Frank Curci Chairman & CEO Tops Markets, LLC Jonathan Dandes Vice President of Governmental Relations & Special Projects Rich Baseball Operations Steven Davis President Tapecon, Inc. Donna DeCarolis President National Fuel Gas Company Clotilde Dedecker President & CEO Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo Jim Dentinger President McGuire Development Company James Domagalski Partner Barclay Damon, LLP Julie Dotton President & CEO Applied Sciences Group Thomas Emmerling (Treasurer) Managing Partner Dopkins & Company, LLP Matthew Enstice President & CEO Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, Inc. Ann Evanko President & Managing Member Hurwitz & Fine, P.C. Lynne Marie Finn President & CEO Aleron Rhonda Frederick President & CEO People Inc. Kent Frey CEO Frey Electrical Construction Co., Inc. Holly Gagnon President & CEO Seneca Gaming Corporation Dottie Gallagher President & CEO Buffalo Niagara Partnership Robert Gioia President The John R. Oishei Foundation Richard Gold President & COO M&T Bank Martin Griffith President Bank On Buffalo Stewart Haney President & CEO Wendel Frank Heard President & CEO Gibraltar Industries, Inc. William Hochul, Jr. General Counsel and Secretary Delaware North Companies Paul Hojnacki President MacLean Curtis, LLC David Hore President PCB Piezotronics, Inc. - MTS Systems Corporation John Hurley President Canisius College Candace Johnson, PhD President & CEO Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center Laurie Irish Jones CEO Irish Companies Patrick Kaler President & CEO Visit Buffalo Niagara Michael Keating Senior Vice President, Buffalo Division Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. Thomas Kucharski President & CEO Invest Buffalo Niagara Ken Kujawa Regional Director National Grid Tim Loftis, Esq. Member Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC Jody Lomeo President & CEO Kaleida Health/Great Lakes Health James Maher, C.M. President Niagara University Timothy McPoland Director Freed Maxick CPAs, P.C. Kimberley Minkel Executive Director Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority Michael Montante Vice President, Development Uniland Development Company Kevin Murphy Northeast Regional Executive, Business Banking Bank of America David Murray Partner Phillips Lytle LLP David Nasca President & CEO Evans Bank, N.A. Michael Newman Executive Vice President NOCO Energy Corp. Benjamin Obletz (Secretary) President & CEO First Amherst Development Group, LLC Louis Panzica President & CEO Power Drives, Inc. Gary Quenneville Upstate New York Regional Executive KeyBank Kevin Quinn Managing Director HSBC Bank USA, N.A. Ram Ramanujam Plant Director General Motors Powertrain Tonawanda Engine Plant Sharon Randaccio President & CEO Performance Management Partners, Inc. Mary Roberts Executive Director Martin House Restoration Corp. David Rogers CEO Life Storage Christopher Ross Principal Lawley John Scannell (Vice Chair) CEO & Chairman of the Board Moog Inc. John Somers President & CEO Harmac Medical Products, Inc. Anthony Spada, Jr. President & CEO AAA Western and Central New York Mark Sullivan President & CEO Catholic Health System Rocco Surace Partner Bonadio Group Satish Tripathi University President University at Buffalo David Uba CEO Excelsior Orthopaedics Paul Vallone Partner Hodgson Russ LLP Paul Vukelic (Vice Chair) President & CEO Try-It Distributing Co., Inc. Edward Walsh, Jr. CEO Walsh Duffield Cos., Inc. Michael Weiner President & CEO United Way of Buffalo & Erie County Arthur Wingerter (Chair) President Univera Healthcare Stephen Zenger President & CEO Zenger Group Board of Directors as of publication 2018-2019 Board of Directors 11thepartnership.org | 11thepartnership.org |
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  • 14. The Buffalo Niagara Partnership’s economic councils offer Partnership members the opportunity to participate in efforts to grow private investment and jobs. Council members are also afforded the opportunity to network with like-minded business leaders. The Partnership works closely with council members throughout the year to identify regional priorities and concerns. Then collaboratively, across all Councils, we come together to communicate them in the our Action Plans. SUPPORTING SPONSORS: SUPPORTING SPONSORS: SUPPORTING SPONSORS: INDUSTRY SPONSORS: ARC BUILDING PARTNERS, LLC CBRE BUFFALO LLC CONSTRUCTION EXCHANGE OF BUFFALO & WNY LABELLA ASSOCIATES LECHASE CONSTRUCTION SERVICES, LLC MODERN DISPOSAL SERVICES, INC. NATIONAL GRID T.Y. LIN INTERNATIONAL PRESENTING SPONSORS: PRESENTING SPONSOR: TITLE SPONSORS: TITLE SPONSOR: BOND, SCHOENECK & KING BUFFALO CITY MISSION BUFFALO & ERIE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY EVERGREEN HEALTH HURWITZ & FINE, P.C. INDEPENDENT HEALTH BUFFALO MANUFACTURING WORKS REMEDY INTELLIGENT STAFFING REXEL USA We would like to thank the following companies for their support of our economic development councils. THEIR SUPPORT IS GREATLY APPRECIATED! MANUFACTURING COUNCIL DEVELOPMENT ADVISORY COUNCIL DIVERSITY & INCLUSION COUNCIL