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Economic Development/Public Policy Council

As a Suburban 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growth by supporting a Community Development Plan that will provide a blueprint for adaptive re-use of underutilized or outdated properties.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 2019 Public Policy Agenda 

2019 Economic Development & Public Policy Council

Earl Wells III
Chair
e3communications, Inc.

Mary Grace Welch
Co-Chair
National Grid

Lorrie Abounader
Invest Buffalo Niagara

A.J. Baynes
Chamber President/CEO

David Beaton
Kelton Enterprises, LLC

Lisa Blair
Inspire Dental Group

Richard Cahlstadt
M&T Bank

Edward Damico
National Fuel

Byron DeLuke
TM Montante

Colleen DiPirro
Chamber Senior Advisor

Rick Glogowski 
Keller Williams Realty

Ellie Grenauer
Park Tavern

Craig Harris
Catholic Health

Kevin Horrigan
People Inc.

Michael Hughes
Kaleida Health

Donald Ingalls
BlueCross BlueShield of WNY

Darren Kempner
NFTA

Kevin Kennedy
National Grid

David Mingoia
Amherst IDA

Gerald Nannen
Windsong Radiology

Barbara Olsafsky
Blou Designs LLC

Michael Pietkiewicz
SUNY Erie

Roberta Rifkin
Independent Health

Robert Stark 
CJS Architects

Megan Toohey
University at Buffalo

David Tytka
Uniland Dev. Co.

Timothy Vaeth
The Pike Company

Jesse Wendell
Wendel Companies

A.J. Wright
BlueCross BlueShield of WNY

Mickey Zablonsky
NOCO Energy Corp.

Laura Zaepfel
Uniland Dev. Co.

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