2019 Midwinter Celebration

2019 Midwinter Celebration (formerly Post-Holiday Social)

Join Working For Downtown on Thursday, February 21, 2019 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at the new Aloft Hotel at 500 Pearl street for our Midwinter Celebration. This new mixed use development is on the corner of Pearl and W. Tupper with the parking ramp entrance on Franklin street.

As Churchill famously said “Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.” We are sure he was talking about a Buffalo winter. Welcome in the longer days with us in the Billiards Room, a place Churchill would have fit in perfectly!

Enjoy:
  • Tour of the 12 – story new build Aloft Hotel and the adjacent fully renovated Buffalo Christian Center
  • Complimentary parking in the Aloft Hotel parking ramp (entrance on Franklin street)
  • Complimentary welcome glass of bubbly (or preferred drink) followed by a cash bar
  • Generous spread of appetizers
  • Learn about WFD’s upcoming events and happenings in the first half of 2019
  • Time to linger and catch up with other WFD members and guests
Tickets are as follows:

Early Bird pricing until January 21, 2019

  • Members: $25
  • Non-Members: $30

Pricing after January 21, 2019

  • Members: $30
  • Non-Members:$35

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Proposing a New Linear “Rail” Park – Feb 6, 2019

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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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 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

2018 Annual Meeting

 

 

 

 

Join us Tuesday, June 26, 2018 for our Annual Meeting, Awards Ceremony and Election of Officers.  This year’s full breakfast will begin promptly at 8:00 am with registration starting at 7:45 am and will end at 9:00 am at the Tewksbury Lodge located at 249 Ohio St, Buffalo, NY 14204. Parking is free in the lot and along Ohio Street.

This year’s keynote speaker will be Buffalo Zoo President and CEO, Norah Fletchall. Norah will provide an update on recent completed projects, upcoming exhibit renovations, and their newest animals. She will also share with us her vision and strategic plan for the zoo’s future.

We will also present our annual awards to those individuals and organizations that have made a significant difference in our community.
This year’s awardees are:
Fernbach Award recipient
Theatre District Association
Joan K Bozer Award recipient
Lynn Waclawek, M&T Bank, Assistant Vice President
Cornerstone Award recipient
Allpro Parking, LLC
Membership Recognition Award recipient
Richard Doetterl, Allpro Parking, LLC, Business Intelligence Analyst

RSVP by June 20, 2018

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For more information call (716) 854.2314

Buffalo Talks – Buffalo Promise Neighborhood – March 7, 2018

Join us Wednesday, March 7, 2018 from noon to 1 pm.

Buffalo Promise Neighborhood is a designated community school zone, now operating three schools: Westminster Community Charter School, Highgate Heights Elementary and Buffalo Promise Neighborhood Children’s Academy.  A second Children’s Academy is currently under development and is slated to open in 2018.  We recognize when parents and children have opportunity to succeed, families and the community around them are able to thrive. 

Buffalo Promise Neighborhood is a unique public / private partnership that inspires the collaboration and commitment of local leaders in education, business, community services, philanthropy, healthcare and government to help build strong schools that promote academic achievement and healthy development.

Guest Speaker: David Chamberlain, Westminster Foundation

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Buffalo Talks – Adaptive Reuse of the former Women and Children’s Hospital – February 7, 2018

Join us Wednesday, February 7 from noon to 1 pm!

Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo has completed the successful relocation to become the Oishei Children’s Hospital. What’s next for the former hospital site? Join a member of the development team, Sinatra & Company Real Estate and Ellicott Development Company, to hear more about plans for reuse.

Guest Speakers: Nick Sinatra, President and Founder, Sinatra & Company Real Estate, and Tom Fox, Director of Development, Ellicott Development Company

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