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October, 2003

Erie-Niagara Regional Partnership Celebrates Five Years of 'Regionalism That Works'

The Erie-Niagara Regional Partnership (ENRP) an ad hoc subcommittee of the Niagara and Erie County Legislatures in cooperation with the public, private and non-profit sectors celebrated its five-year anniversary this year by detailing its major accomplishments and setting an action plan for 2004.

"For five years ENRP has been practicing regionalism that works in the areas of economic development, government affairs, tourism and culture and transportation," Niagara County Legislature Chairman and ENRP Co-Chair Sean O'Connor said. "We've been working quietly but effectively behind the scenes with our partners in business and the non-profit sector to achieve many successes for the region."

ENRP has been involved in initiatives such as:

(Note: For more details, you can access the "Five-Year Progress Report," posted in the "News" section of the ENRP website www.erie.gov/enrp.)

"We've been working especially hard to create an infrastructure for economic development that is a seamless, user-driven process to better position ourselves to compete in the new economy," said Erie County Legislator and ENRP Co-Chair Barry Weinstein, M.D. "We will continue developing and implementing our major initiatives in 2004, and also begin efforts in areas such as small business development, standardized zoning and pre-permitting."