Buffalo Walks – CanalSide

Join us on Wednesday, September 13th for a walk at CanalSide. A representative from Erie County Harbor Development will give us a tour of the site and the history of the space and the projects in progress. We will meet at the BFLO Harbor Kayak rental kiosk (1 Naval Park Cove). Registration at 5:15 PM and the tour will begin at 5:30.

5:15 pm Registration

5:30 pm Tour Start

RSVP by September 12, 2017

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


Buffalo Talks – Jan. 11, 2017 – Changes in Downtown Buffalo Policing

Guest Speaker: Chief Joseph Gramaglia,

Chief of Downtown Buffalo B-District

Chief Gramaglia will give us an update on how policing in downtown Buffalo has changed over the past 20 years as downtown has changed. As our downtown focus has shifted, and in light of the pressures on law enforcement across our country, is our local law enforcement doing anything differently?

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Buffalo Talks – Dec. 7th, 2016 -Gates Circle Redevelopment Project

Guest Speaker:

Christian Campos, President oTM Montante Development

Christian Campos will present the development plans for the Gates Circle Redevelopment Project and explain how the former Millard Fillmore Gates Hospital site is being transformed into a vibrant, mixed-use urban district. Gates Circle is a key connection point in the City of Buffalo. It is part of the historic Delaware Park-Front Park system designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and is located in close proximity to vibrant commercial districts and cultural amenities.

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Buffalo Talks – Nov. 2, 2016 – Not-for-Profit Panel Discussion: Their Mission & Community Involvement

Guest Speakers: Stuart Harper – City Mission, Marylou Borowiak – Food Bank of WNY, Thomas Lynch – Goodwill, Tara Ellis – Meals on Wheels

Representatives from the City Mission, Food Bank of WNY, Goodwill and Meals on Wheels will give background information on their respective organizations, their missions, and relate how the community can become involved in their charities.

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Buffalo Talks – Oct. 5th 2016 – Michael Schmand of Buffalo Place

Guest Speaker:
Michael Schmand, Executive Director

Mike will give us an update on Buffalo Place and the activities they are involved with from Cars Sharing Main Street, Queen City Social, increased operations, planning, the Ranger Program and the positive changes that are taking place in our downtown.

This Talk is located in the Collections Gallery Conference Room on the second floor.

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Buffalo Walks – 8.16.16 – Tour of BNMC and Innovation Center

Take a walking tour of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and see the incredible growth and development of the hospitals, research and education institutions that have collaborated to create this world-class medical campus. We will conclude the walking tour of the Medical Campus with a cocktail reception at 6:30 hosted by the BNMC’s Innovation Center, the largest business incubator in Buffalo currently serving more than 100 private sector and not-for-profit companies. The IC is home to a range of growing start-ups utilizing office and wet lab space, including “dig,” its dynamic co-working and event space, and the 43North incubator and the Z80 technology accelerator. Tour participants will get a unique opportunity to experience this vibrant Campus and see first-hand the people and organizations working together to change our city’s future.

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Buffalo Walks – 7.20.16 – Conventus Building

Conventus is a gateway for connecting and collaborating, and a cornerstone for development on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, and will be connected via walkway to both the John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital and the new University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. In its development of this facility, Ciminelli Real Estate Corporation (CREC) has taken important steps to put the building’s tenants, the City of Buffalo, and the BNMC in a leadership position in the medical community regionally.

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Annual Meeting 2016 – June 8th

Join us Wednesday, June 8th, 2016 for our Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony. This year’s luncheon will begin promptly at 12:00 pm with registration starting at 11:30 am at the Pearl Street Grill and Brewery located at 76 Pearl Street, Buffalo, NY 14202.

This year’s speaker will be Tom Dee, President of the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation.

This year’s awardees are:

  • Jim and Mary Ann Sandoro, Pierce-Arrow Museum
    Will receive the Fernbach Award for efforts resulting in the aesthetic revitalization of Downtown Buffalo.
  • Tony Conte, Shea’s Performing Arts Center
    Will receive the Joan K. Bozer Award for an individual who has made a significant contribution to improving Downtown Buffalo.
  • Aaron Drake, Plaza Group
    Will receive the Membership Recognition Award to one of our own for contributions to Working For Downtown.

Buffalo Talks – Aaron Ott – 05/04/2016

Public Art in Buffalo – Why and Where

Guest Speaker:

Aaron Ott – Curator of Public Art – Albright-Knox Art Gallery

The Albright-Knox Art Gallery’s Public Art Initiative is an innovative partnership between the Albright-Knox, Erie County and the City of Buffalo. It was established to enhance the shared sense of place and cultural identity in the urban and suburban landscapes of Western New York. Join WFD in hearing Aaron discuss the various projects of the Public Art Initiative in the Western New York area like Shark Girl and Silent Poets which are both located at Canalside and learn what the future holds for the Public Art Initiative.

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