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Intuit’s mission is to Power Prosperity Around the World. Our global products and platforms, including TurboTax, QuickBooks, Mint and Turbo, are designed to empower consumers, self-employed and small businesses to improve their financial lives, finding them more money with the least amount of work, while giving them complete confidence in their actions and decisions. Our innovative ecosystem of financial  management solutions serves approximately 50 million customers worldwide,  unleashing the power of many for the prosperity of one.  For more information please visit:


The Council of the Great Lakes Region was established in 2013. It is incorporated as a non-profit corporation in Canada and as a 501c6 trade association and 501c3 public charity in the United States. A binational, non-partisan, member-driven organization, the Council was launched to create a stronger and more dynamic culture of collaboration between the United States and Canada in the Great Lakes Region in order to find new ways of harnessing the region’s economic strengths and assets, improving the well-being and prosperity of the region’s citizens, and protecting the environment for future generations.

The Western New York Regional Economic Development Council recently identified tourism as a key driver for the steadily developing Western New York economy. The Niagara Global Tourism Institute (NGTI) was established in September of 2014, thanks to the financial support of the Western New York Power Proceeds Allocation Board. The impetus for the NGTI’s formation is to foster collaborative partnerships throughout the Western New York community to improve the visitor experience and the industry’s competitiveness in the global marketplace.  Utilizing the strength and expertise of Niagara University, the NGTI creates programs concentrated within their 4 pillars of Research, Workforce Development, Technology, and Entrepreneurship (Business Incubation).

Niagara Falls is located at the heart of strong cluster-specific ecosystems, including healthcare, tourism, and photonics. In addition to the unique partnership and trade opportunities through a shared border with Canada, the Great Lakes region boasts of the 120+ acre Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and its surrounding innovation district, over 51 million jobs, and $12.4 billion in regional manufacturing output alone. Diversity and inclusion efforts are strong in the region as well, with a 2017 Citrix ShareFile report ranking Buffalo as the eleventh best city for women executives. Ecosystem builders, such as the Niagara Global Tourism Institute (NGTI) and the Council of the Great Lakes Region (CGLR), have shown an aptitude for uplifting their region’s entrepreneurial profile through public-private collaboration and infrastructure redevelopment with attention towards environmentally friendly solutions; these initiatives include the intentional creation of an innovation cluster with Niagara University’s TReC Incubator, a strategic partnership with the World Health Innovation Network (WIN), the Great Lakes Economic Forum, and more.

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