Founded in 1994, Explore & More Children’s Museum makes every day a play date in our Educational Play Zones—exhibits that introduce children to the magic of hands-on discovery. Michelle Urbanczyk (CEO) will discuss Explore & More’s move to Canalside from their previous location in East Aurora, the success of their capital campaign, and what their new location means to their mission and to the programs and services they will be able to provide.
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!
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.
We are looking for our next round of candidates! The deadline for submissions is Monday, October 15, 2018 at 4:00 pm. Click the link below for additional details.
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!
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.
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.
128 Genesee Street, Buffalo, NY 14203
Can’t wait to see you there!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Allpro Parking, LLC
Join us on Wednesday, August 8th for a walk at the Queen City Bike Ferry and Outer Harbor. We will start this walk at the Central Wharf at the Queen City Bike Ferry dock where Rich Hilliman will begin the tour talking about the progression of the ferry route. Then we will take a ride on the ferry over to the Outer Harbor and meet up with an Erie County Harbor Development representative who will talk about the projects in progress as we take a walk around the area.