Our partners at the Buffalo Niagara Partnership (BNP) have released their 2013 Regional Agenda, which identifies the issues BNP will advocate on next year.

For 2013, BNP has included on its Regional Agenda:

-          Gubernatorial appointments to the WNY Hydropower Proceeds Allocation Board;

-          approval of an increase in New York State Historic Preservation Tax Credits;

-          state regulatory reforms as set forth in the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council’s strategic plan; and

-          implementation of agreed upon U.S. plaza renovations and the advancement of commercial pre-inspection at the Peace Bridge international border.

Recent BNP advocacy successes include UB/SUNY2020, the Recharge NY energy program, the Excelsior Jobs program, and the saving of the Niagara Falls Air Base, and Buffalo’s new Federal Courthouse.

Unshackle Upstate looks forward to assisting BNP in achieving its goals wherever we can do so.