by Matthew Hubacher, research specialist
Over the past two decades the economy of Western New York has diversified a great deal. In fact, the regional economy looks more like that of the nation as whole now more than ever.
Manufacturing is no longer the dominate sector of the regional economy, but it remains a critical sector, employing over 51,000 workers and generating approximately $6.3 billion in gross regional product. Community colleges and other workforce training centers do an excellent job in giving production workers the foundation of knowledge and the skills they need to begin a successful career in manufacturing. In fact, a recent study by the Center for an Urban Future shows that community colleges in Western New York have higher graduation rates than the state average.
In order to ensure manufacturing remains strong in the region, the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council recently recommended the creation of a worker training facility specifically dedicated to manufacturing. The facility will provide training opportunities focused on hard-to-fill job categories and support local manufacturers “up-skill” their workforce.
Thanks to the leadership of the WNY Regional Development Council and the support of Governor Cuomo, Buffalo Niagara is making the necessary investments to ensure manufacturing remains a strong sector of the regional economy for years to come.
Sentient Science recently relocated to Buffalo, NY. Hear their thoughts on the area’s workforce readiness and ability to meet future needs in manufacturing:
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