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Hands across the border.

    Wanna talk about U.S.-Canada trade? Have a meeting in an American restaurant with a Canadian spelling [Harry's Harbour Place Grille], where you can actually see Canada over the shoulder of the speaker.
   Such a meeting happened Thursday. Kathryn Friedman, No. 2 at The University at Buffalo Regional Institute, runs a project called The Region's Edge, which looks into issues of trade and other relations across the heavily traveled U.S.-Canada border. She spoke to a lunch organized by the World Trade Center Buffalo Niagara [No, not that world trade center. Ask me some time, and I'll tell you an interesting story about that.] I wrote it up for today's Buffalo News Business Today section:
- UB researcher cites need of leader on issues of cross-border trade
   “It could be an office in a closet with a phone,” . . . “Someone is going to have to take ownership of the issue.” 
   [Or you could spend an early fall day in Bangor talking about the same thing.] 
   Among the other cross-border leadership groups that Friedman said we might learn from, if not exactly copy, are the The Pacific NorthWest Economic Region  and the Cali Baja Bi-National Mega Region which, if nothing else, has a zoomy video.   

   Meanwhile, some new folks are taking some leadership responsibility for the Buffalo Niagara Convention & Visitors Bureau:
- Erie County beefs up tourism dollars
    The budget announcement came at a news conference called to kick off the CVB's Buffalo Ambassador program, which calls on Buffalo boosters to help sell the city as a convention and tourist destination.

-- George Pyle/The Buffalo News

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