I have been working in the Canadian market for over 15 years. Many of the companies that I work with are manufacturers or warehouse distribution operations in the Southern Ontario area. They tend to be small to medium size companies that have some percentage of U.S. sales and are purchasing U.S. based raw materials.
Under the bright lights and ornate crafted ceiling of the famous Shea’s Theatre stood the future of Buffalo. The startups celebrated last night at 43North, the largest business plan competition, were a symbol of our city’s collective capabilities, innovation, and resilience. They will be Buffalo’s future.
Kevin Siskar grew up in Buffalo Niagara, graduating from Williamsville North and University at Buffalo. Now living in New York City, he is the managing director of The Founder Institute and a venture partner at Outbound Ventures. In this Q&A he speaks to his shared insider/outside point of view on Buffalo’s entrepreneurial ecosystem and the DNA of founders in general.
The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is the professional association for practitioners to learn best practices on how to grow their local economy. The organization provides educational opportunities for its members throughout the year, from webinars to multi-day conferences.
Among the many factors economic developers must consider for future business development opportunities are changes in global market trends. Trends in technology, supply chain or production capacity rarely change overnight, but closely following target industries can assist economic developers anticipate and prepare for the deals of the future.
Invest Buffalo Niagara and our partners at Genesee County Economic Development Center (GCEDC) are working with many economic development, infrastructure, workforce, technology, and education partners to ensure the Western New York/Finger Lakes super region positions itself to be a leading site destination for semiconductor and nanotechnology expansion projects at the Western New York Science and Technology Advanced Manufacturing Park (WNY STAMP).
The team at GCEDC has already dedicated 11 years and over $50 million in planning and infrastructure development at the WNY STAMP Campus for critical site readiness initiatives, including site acquisition, environmental review, zoning and permitting considerations, and even archeological work. Our team has developed strong relationships with key contacts within the semiconductor sector through our participation at industry shows such as Semicon West and the Semiconductor Industry Association Annual Awards Dinner.
In 1825, the construction of the Erie Canal turned the Buffalo Niagara region from isolated frontier land to hub of activity. While that specific use no longer supports Buffalo Niagara’s clout, water in general still propels the region forward each day.