Working For Downtown

Buffalo Talk/Walk – Shea’s Seneca – December 5th, 2018

Join us for a unique mash-up of a Buffalo Talk AND Walk on December 5th! We will hold this month’s Buffalo Talk at the historic Shea’s Seneca location (NOT the library). Join us to learn about this repurposed gem in South Buffalo at 2178 Seneca Street. Schneider Development Services has created a multi-use building out of the former theatre. We will hear directly from Jake Schneider about the process and then he will give us a tour of the building. Hope to see  you there!

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Buffalo Talks – 43 North: Past-Present-Future – Nov 7, 2018

43 North was launched in Buffalo in 2014 as a competition to identify start-up businesses. Besides cash awards, the winners receive mentorship, 12 months of free incubator space, marketing exposure, and freedom from New York State Taxes for 10 years. In the first four years 37 projects have been awarded funds. Come hear Bill Maggio tell us about the history of the program and where it is going after five years.

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Buffalo Meets – Community Beer Works – November 7, 2018

Join us on November 7!

Join us Wednesday, November 7th at Community Beer Works for Working For Downtown’s premier social event, Buffalo Meets. Formerly known as Thursday’s in the City, we’re putting together some of Buffalo’s most interesting venues with Buffalo’s most interesting people and companies.

The event will run from 5 – 8 PM and is hosted by Working for Downtown.

We want to thank EnergyMark, LLC for sponsoring this event.

Community Beer Works
520 7th Street, Buffalo, NY 14201

Can’t wait to see you there!

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Cancelled!! – Proposing a linear “rail” Park – Oct 10, 2018

Due to an emergency, the speaker had to cancel for today’s Talk. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause!

In Buffalo, wildlife is reclaiming an unused rail corridor. For a mile and a half, through the First Ward, the Valley, and the Perry Neighborhood, this land connects the DL&W Terminal in downtown Buffalo near Canalside to the Buffalo River across from Solar City. Since the fall of 2017, the Western New York Land Conservancy has been meeting with neighbors and community leaders to start a conversation about creating an inspiring and environmentally-friendly linear park and multi-use trail along this rail corridor. Come listen to Alicia Fahrner from the Land Conservancy fill us in on where this initiative is currently.

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Buffalo Meets – Casa Azul – October 3, 2018

Join us on October 3!

Join us Wednesday, October 3 at Casa Azul for Working For Downtown’s premier social event, Buffalo Meets. We’re putting together some of Buffalo’s most interesting venues with Buffalo’s most interesting people and companies.

The event will run from 5 – 8PM and is hosted by Bank on Buffalo.

Casa Azul
128 Genesee Street, Buffalo, NY 14203

Can’t wait to see you there!

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Buffalo Walks – 500 Pearl Street – Sept. 12, 2018

Join us on Wednesday, September 12th for a walk of the building located at the corner of Franklin and Tupper. The building, which will include retail, restaurant, office space, apartments and a 110-room hotel connects to the existing building at 500 Pearl. This is an active construction site so proper footwear, such as closed toed shoes, thicker soles, and no high heels, is required!

Registration at 5:15 PM and the tour will begin at 5:30.  

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WFD’s 2018 Annual Meeting

Working For Downtown (WFD) hosted their annual meeting on June 26, 2018 and we would like to thank all those that attended! 

The event was held at Tewksbury Lodge, located at 249 Ohio St, Buffalo, NY. The keynote speaker was Norah Fletchall, President and CEO, The Buffalo Zoo. She shared with our members and guests her vision for the zoo, their conservation mission, and their strategic plan for the future. 

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The 2018-2019 Officers and Board of Directors was elected as follows:

President: Shannon Sutton

Vice President: Sherri Wierzba-Falck

Secretary: Richard Doetterl

Treasurer: Megan Morris

Board of Directors

Kate Bukowski, Dawn Csati, David DeBoy

Jackie Jonmaire, Sarah Hopkins,

Diane Pietraszewski, Carolyn Powell,

Beth Sardina, Alexis Webster, Mary Young

In addition to electing the 2018-2019 Board Members and Officers, WFD was proud to present awards to four deserving recipients.  This year’s awards are:

The Fernbach Award was initiated in the early 1980s and originally named the Bright Spot Award.  The Fernbach Awards are given to organizations or individuals whose efforts have resulted in the aesthetic revitalization of Downtown Buffalo.

Awarded to:

Theatre District Assocation

Accepted by Lisa Ludwig


The Joan K. Bozer Award was initiated by WFD in 1995 to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to improving Downtown Buffalo. The award is named after Joan K. Bozer who was instrumental in the creation of WFD.

Awarded to:

Lynn Waclawek

M&T Bank

The Cornerstone Award recognizes a company or organization in Western New York that has shown support of working For Downtown and shares its mission to promote and improve the quality of life in Downtown Buffalo

Awarded to:

Allpro Parking, LLC

Accepted by Richard Serra

Membership Recognition Award: WFD is proud to honor one of our members for his contributions to the organization, and for his efforts in making Downtown Buffalo a better place to live, work, and play.

Awarded to:

Richard Doetterl

Allpro Parking, LLC

Buffalo Walks – WNED Studios – July 18, 2018

We had a great group on Wednesday, July 18th for our Buffalo Walk at WNED/WBFO Studios. View our photo gallery to see what you missed and be sure to sign up for our next Buffalo Walk on August 8, 2018 at the Queen City Bike Ferry Canalside station and a ride over to the Outer Harbor!

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Buffalo Walks – Literary Corridor – June 13th, 2018

We will start at the Downtown Central Library to learn about the Reading Park planned for the entrance area of the Library and then join us for a walk along the Literary Corridor with Laurie Dean Torrell as our tour guide.

Registration at 5:15 PM and the tour will begin at 5:30.

5:15 pm Registration

5:30 pm Tour Start

RSVP by June 10th, 2018

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For reservations by email, please contact Debbie DiMatteo at ddimatteo@mtb.com