After 41 years as Dortmund’s sister city, Buffalo is not in their development plans.

After 41 years as Dortmund’s sister city, Buffalo is not in their development plans according to Dortmund’s Economic Development Agency.  You would think that after having becoming  partners pair in 1974 or 1977 there would be some type of visible and active business relationship.  The two cities don’t even agree with the year that they became sisters, or twinned as they say elsewhere in the world.  Dortmund claims 1977 while Buffalo says it was 1974

Dortmund’s Economic Development Agency (http://www.wirtschaftsfoerderung-dortmund.de/en/international/) claims:

International

As part of our international activities we inform you about your chances. We provide you with our services to help you to enter foreign markets.

We provide you with support in your search for international cooperation partners.

We advise you and arrange contacts to EU-oriented consulting institutions. We are pleased to pass on our experience with applying for and running EU projects together with information about EU funding opportunities.

As a member of the network of large European cities EUROCITIES we maintain links to over 100 major cities in Europe. Regional focus

The City of Dortmund Economic Development Agency arranges sustainable business cooperations and in Dortmund’s partner towns in particular. The current key regions are:

  • Leeds, Great Britain
  • Xi ‘an, VR China
  • South Korea

The concept behind sister cities goes back to the presidency of Dwight Eisenhower and is wonderful.

Founded by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Sister Cities International serves as the national membership organization for individual sister cities, counties, and states across the United States. This network unites tens of thousands of citizen diplomats and volunteers in programs in 136 countries on six continents.

Sister Cities International helps advance peace and prosperity through cultural, educational, humanitarian, and economic development efforts, and serves as a hub for institutional knowledge and best practices to benefit citizen diplomats. Sister Cities International empowers individual citizens to become diplomats and represent their community and their country in new and meaningful ways.

We also strive to strengthen the sister cities network through strategic institutional partnerships, grants, programs, and support for our members. We motivate and empower private citizens, municipal officials and business leaders to conduct long-term, mutually beneficial, sister city, county or state relationships.

But why have them if you are just going to collect them like figurines for the living room shelf?

 

The dual Peace Bridge connecting Buffalo USA to Fort Erie Canada will never be built.

The dual Peace Bridge Connecting Buffalo USA to Fort Erie Canal will never be built was the theme of my 2004 Masters Degree  in Education project at SUNY College at Buffalo in 2004.  I received my Masters.  I assume my findings were worth the paper they were printed on.  By 2004 the debate over the bridge was about ten years old.  Here we are nine years after my project and nineteen years after the idea was announced and the bridge still not has been resolved.

The problem then, as it is now, there are too many conflicting interests in involved in the decision-making process.  Fort Erie has 74 acres of land available for bridge services,  Buffalo has 18 acres.  Fort Erie has 30,000 residents – Buffalo 260,000.  The bridge in Fort Erie will no expand into a residential neighborhood in Buffalo it will.  Bridge traffic in Fort Erie bypasses its small central business district in Buffalo it passes right through it.  The U.S. under-staffs the bridge crossing the Canadians don’t.  The bridge is vital to Fort Erie economy (jobs) in Buffalo it is not.  The list goes on and now the Governor of New York and  Canada’s Counsel General have gotten involved and demands that people be replaced are invoked.

It is a mess.

It is time for everyone to grow up get serious and do what should have been done 20 years ago.  Settle the issue.  And here is how it must be done and done ASAP.

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and keep doing it

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until it is resolved.

Peace Out!

 

Buffalo, NY area businesses might be interested in the American Center and Corner in Bursa, Turkey

Buffalo, NY area businesses might be interested in the American Center and Corner in Bursa,Turkey. The ACCB could be their  gateway to new import, export, travel, tourism and research opportunities within Turkey. “The mission of each American Center and Corner in Turkey is to be a partner in promoting mutual understanding between the United States and Turkey.”  The nation of Turkey possesses one of the world’s fastest growing economies.

The City of Buffalo has had a Sister/Twinned City arrangement with Yildirim, Bursa since 2010.  “Yıldırım is a a metropolitan district in the centre of Bursa in Turkey. The district was named after Ottoman Sultan Bayezid I. It was founded in 1987 and it has a size of 399 km². The Sultan Bayezid I’s nickname was Yıldırım, which means thunderbolt in Turkish.”

Bursa is home to manufacture and production of automobiles, automobile parts, steel products, power and communication cables, dairy products, textiles, and is home to one of the largest universities in Turkey.

Uludag University (Turkish: Uludağ Üniversitesi) is a university located in Bursa, Turkey. The research and education conducted by the university have an emphasis on medicine, engineering, natural sciences and art. In particular, Faculty of Medicine and Mechanical Engineering Department of Faculty of Engineering and Architecture have the most populated staff employed as academicians. The official language of instruction at Uludag University is Turkish and English.”

For more information:

Coordinator: Ezgi Yılmaz Guha

Bursa Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Address: Organize Sanayi Bölgesi Mavi Cadde, 2. Sokak No:2
Nilüfer, 16159 Bursa / Turkey
Phone: 90 (224) 275 16 90
Fax: 90 (224) 275 16 98
Email: americancorner@btso.org.tr
Web Site: www.btso.org.tr/americancorner

 

The problem with airport “sequestration” cuts is not “sequestration” but the hub and spoke system.

The problem with airport “sequestration” cuts is not “sequestration” but the hub and spoke system.   The hubs are packed with flights.  More flights than their host cities could possibly need on their own.  They are where problems for the rest of us begin.

Prior to the 1978 deregulation of the airline industry there was a rather strict system of airline international, national and regional routes.  While the airlines were growing during the 1920s to 1960s period it worked rather well.  The coming of the 1970s saw the airlines enter a phase where they started claiming that they were no making money.  They claimed competition would make them profitable and service would improve for the public. Congress and many of us bought into the argument and the airline industry was deregulated in 1978.

Since 1978  all the airlines went to a hub and spoke system.  Southwest Airlines the last hold for point-to-point routes has begun “transferring” passengers at Chicago Midway, Baltimore, Phoenix, Las Vegas, etc.  The competition airlines spoke of was an illusion.  Start up carriers were either  purchased or run out of business by short-term predatory seat pricing by the big boys.  Small cities lost flights entirely,  medium-sized carriers and some oldies (Pan Am) folded.

Competition dried up, leaving the United States with 4 major carriers each shuttling passengers through airports in which you must travel.  Those are the airports where your bags get lost.  Those are the airports where there are weather delays happen.  Those are the airports where the flight you were waiting for at home was cancelled because the plane did not arrive from some other hub airport.  And all the while the airlines continue to claim poor profits.  What a crazy system.

The Western New York media has been very vocal in mentioning that sequestration will not affect the operation at Buffalo-Niagara International Airport.  While that may be true for the airport, passengers flying out of BNIA pretty much is required to pass through a hub airport en-route to anywhere.  So hold onto your bags and hope for the best.  The hub and spoke system will be shown for what it is – convenient for the airlines, profitable for the hub airports but a real problem for the airline customer.

Flights From Buffalo, NY

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Service from Buffalo, NY

Airline: Airtran # American* Delta JetBlue Southwest # United USAir*
Destination Hub City
Atlanta X X Yes
Baltimore X Yes
Boston X X Yes
Charlotte X Yes
Chicago/ORD X X Yes
Chicago/MDW X Yes
Cleveland X Yes
Detroit X Yes
Fort Myers X X No
Ft. Lauderdale X X X No
Las Vegas X Yes ^
Minneapolis X Yes
Newark X Yes
New York/JFK X X Yes
New York/LGA X X No
Orlando X X No
Philadelphia X Yes
Phoenix X Yes ^
Tampa X X No
Washington/DCA X No
Washington/Dulles X No
West Palm Beach X No
# = merged airline * = merged airline ^ = transfer city