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Economic Development/Public Policy Council

As a Western New York Chamber with a Regional Vision, we are committed to creating smart growth by supporting a Community Development Plan that will provide a blueprint for adaptive re-use of underutilized or outdated properties.

The Chamber also promotes issues that foster growth and prosperity in the business community and annually releases its Public Policy Agenda, an aggressive strategy for a stronger, more vibrant region.

Goals And Objectives
  • To review current status of town’s economy as it relates to employment, building vacancies and job creation.
  • To develop consensus for need for in-fill projects that may increase parcel density.
  • To work with regional economic development agencies to promote our findings and instigate investment.
  • To interface with the membership to solicit policy issues at all levels of government for our consideration.
  • To host Public Officials Briefings with our elected officials, on both sides of the aisle at all levels of government, for the purpose of nurturing relationships and communicating our positions.
  • To develop an Annual Public Policy Agenda that identifies the issues we will be supporting.

 Click Here For 2020 Public Policy Agenda 

2021 Economic Development & Public Policy Council

Earl Wells III
e3communications, Inc.

Mary Grace Welch
National Grid

A.J. Baynes
Chamber President/CEO

David Beaton
Kelton Enterprises, LLC

Lisa Blair
Inspire Dental Group

Camille Brandon
O'Donnell & Associates

John Cleary
Gilbane Building Co.

Edward Damico
National Fuel

Rick Glogowski 
Keller Williams Realty

Ellie Grenauer
Glen Park Tavern

Leah Halton-Pope
NYS Assembly, Crystal Peoples-Stokes

Craig Harris
Catholic Health

Kevin Horrigan
People Inc.

Michael Hughes
Kaleida Health

Donald Ingalls
BlueCross BlueShield of WNY

Jenna Kavanaugh
Invest Buffalo Niagara

Darren Kempner

Kevin Kennedy
National Grid

Thomas Kucharski
Invest Buffalo Niagara

Megan Landreth
Horizon Corporations

David Mingoia
Amherst IDA

Gerald Nannen
Windsong Radiology

Michael Pietkiewicz
Wendel Companies

Roberta Rifkin
Independent Health

Sal Sciandra
Frey Electric Construction Co.

Robert Stark 
CJS Architects

Megan Toohey
University at Buffalo

David Tytka
Uniland Development

Timothy Vaeth
The Pike Company

A.J. Wright
Highmark BlueCross BlueShield of WNY

Laura Zaepfel
Uniland Development

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