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Buffalo’s future lies not in “silver-bullet” development schemes but in sustainable, community-based development that supports locally owned independent businesses, living wage jobs, and environmental responsibility. Development resources should be concentrated in high-need areas where they will have the greatest impact, not squandered on greenfield sites in areas experiencing development pressure.

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January 26, 2023

New Policy Brief: Raising and Indexing State Minimum Wage Would Have a Large Impact on Women, People of Color, and Immigrants in Western New York

Our latest policy brief by Sam Magavern, Russell Weaver, and Haley Smith examines the potential impact of raising the state's minimum wage for workers in Western New York. The authors conclude that the legislative proposal to raise New York’s minimum wage gradually to $20 by 2026 in …

October 19, 2022

Buffalo News: "Community groups calling for transparency in Bills stadium benefits plan"

By: Michael Petro, Sandra Tan | October 10, 2022

October 11, 2022

Buffalo News: "Another Voice: Pegulas should play fair and reinvest in WNY community needs"

By: Andrea Ó Súilleabháin and Brenda McDuffie | October 11, 2022  

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Why do we need a Community Benefits Agreement?: Randy Hoak and Brian Nowak on The Public GoodOctober 25, 2022, 10:30-11 am

Andrea Ó Súilleabháin

Join us on The Public Good. This week we're joined by Randy Hook, Hamburg Town Supervisor, and Brian Now, Cheektowaga Town Councilmember. They're discussing the Bills stadium deal and community reinvestment. Recently, Hamburg, Cheektowaga, Orchard Park, Amherst, and Buffalo recently passed …

Why do we need a Community Benefits Agreement?: Randy Hoak and Brian Nowak on The Public GoodOctober 25, 2022, 10:30-11 am

Andrea Ó Súilleabháin

Join us on The Public Good. This week we're joined by Randy Hook, Hamburg Town Supervisor, and Brian Now, Cheektowaga Town Councilmember. They're discussing the Bills stadium deal and community reinvestment. Recently, Hamburg, Cheektowaga, Orchard Park, Amherst, and Buffalo recently passed …

Why do we need a Community Benefits Agreement?: Randy Hoak and Brian Nowak on The Public GoodOctober 25, 2022, 10:30-11 am

Andrea Ó Súilleabháin

Join us on The Public Good. This week we're joined by Randy Hook, Hamburg Town Supervisor, and Brian Now, Cheektowaga Town Councilmember. They're discussing the Bills stadium deal and community reinvestment. Recently, Hamburg, Cheektowaga, Orchard Park, Amherst, and Buffalo recently passed …

#716PlayFair - the importance of Community Benefits: Kathryn Franco and Steve Halpern on The Public GoodOctober 18, 2022, 10:30-11 am

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This week on The Public Good, we're replaying an episode from April. Our guests are Kathryn Franco and Steve Halpern of the Buffalo Niagara Community Reinvestment Coalition.  Recently, the deadline for the Bills stadium deal has been extended. Part of this deal should include a Community …

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