Today's Business First features a look at what 2013 holds for many industries. Area manufacturers say they can't find workers to fill jobs, but many unemployed WNYers need work. The report says 500,000 to 600,000 manufacturing positions are going unfilled nationwide. Many local manufacturers agree that there aren't enough qualified workers to fill those jobs. The solution? Create more partnerships. The report says educators, manufacturers and regional manufacturing associations are teaming up on workforce development. Area schools like the Charter School for Applied Technologies are training students to fill those jobs.
For the Buffalo Niagara Partnership, the new year means new leadership. A national search is underway to find a replacement for retiring CEO Andrew Rudnick. The report says Rudnick is moving to Alabama later this year. Officials expect the partnership to continue to address public and private sector issues and they expect private-sector leaders to take a stronger role in the region's future.
You can read more in today's Business First.