Buffalo Niagara Partnership: Are You Serious?
by Buck Quigley - posted 1:20 pm, August 28, 2010
Continuing a long tradition of promoting pipe dreams, the Committee for Economic Growth—which is the Political Action Committee run by Andrew Rudnick’s Buffalo Niagara Partnership—is now plastering this message on NFTA bus stops, blaming Antoine Thompson because UB2020/PHEEIA legislation didn’t make it through the legislature.
This hunk of propaganda bemoans 20,000 UB2020 jobs lost.
Let’s pause for a moment and listen to Elvis Presley pose the musical question: “How Can You Lose What You Never Had?”
In 2009, UB issued this economic impact report, using IMPLAN software. It’s a virtual report using virtual numbers to suggest a virtual future. Even so, the 20,000 figure used in this ad is picked out of thin air, or hot air, as the case may be.
“Are you serious?” Yes, Mr. Rudnick, as a matter of fact, I am.
Let’s take a look at the Regional Agendas put out by the Buffalo Niagara Partnership for:
New Peace Bridge, shared border management, Bass Pro, downtown casino, BNMC, UB2020…these agendas read like a laundry list of failed visions, although they do get credit for demolishing a municipal auditorium designed by E.B. Green that was built to commemorate American War Veterans.
Calling for change in Albany, are ya? How about change at the Buffalo Niagara Partnership?