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Letter: Region can capitalize on international trade

Region can capitalize on international trade

While manufacturing jobs are the focus of economic development, there is a significant, yet silent, industry in place as a result of international trade. Positioned with ideal market access both north and south of our border with Canada, Buffalo has a number of customs brokers, freight forwarders, warehouses and trucking companies employing thousands of Western New Yorkers, going well beyond North America. Public sector employers, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, including the U.S. Border Patrol, and the Center for Excellence and Expertise located in Buffalo have employees from clerical, to trade and security enforcement to legal professionals.

If it were not for international trade, the benefits from these public and private sectors would not exist. For those who are looking for work, take a look at the number of commercial drivers needed every day in the employment ads. For those seeking professional positions, our local universities have programs in logistics and supply chain management. Local logistics companies struggle to identify qualified workers for even entry level positions.

With trade agreements a fact of life, we can be well served including supply chain and logistics in the dialogue of workforce development and job creation.

Nancy Dempsey

Orchard Park