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Summit highlights the region's cross-border relationship

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Officials and business owners from both sides of the border were in Buffalo Thursday discussing ways to boost the economy.

The conference was held by City and State - an insiders publication for government and politics. The magazine's Editor-in-Chief, Morgan Pehme said, trade between the state and Canada totals about $35 billion. 

"One of the reasons that City and State opened our Buffalo bureau and is hosting this New York-Canada Summit...is because we felt like there was an inadequate understanding of the importance of the New York-Canada relationship in Albany. And because we have such a strong presence and such a strong influence, upon the legislature in Albany, we felt we could bring attention to this discussion."  

Topics included cross-border business development, ways to improve tourism between the two countries, and easing delays at the border.