Niagara Gazette — Democratic Assemblyman Robin Schimminger said he met with Canadian officials Monday to discuss future economic development options.
Schimminger, who is chair of the Assembly Committee on Economic Development, said he and Quebec’s Delegate General to New York, Andre Boisclair, discussed how both regions could expand cooperation.
"When thinking about Canada, we in Western New York often think of Ontario’s Niagara peninsula as an extension of our region," Schimminger said. "However, while we have a long-standing cross-border relationship with Ontario, there are opportunities for relationships with other provinces to the north."
Schimminger said that he was informed by Boisclair that Quebec has seen a rise in its companies' investments in the United States in recent years, citing expansions of the region's Canadian companies into Plattsburgh and Rochester, mostly through the motor vehicle industry.
"Today’s meeting allowed me to highlight the incentives to bring future investments into Western New York," Schimminger said. "Part of our discussion focused on the Buffalo Billion and how we could attract more international companies to our region as well. It was a mutually beneficial and forward thinking meeting. I look forward to continuing this relationship."
While there are no direct indications that the "Buffalo Billion" would be utilized for such ventures in Western New York, Schimminger indicated that conversations with the Canadian region would, at the very least, "strengthened relationship with the province of Quebec."