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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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September 29, 2018

Buffalo News: "Critics take aim at Benderson over city tax break — for one apartment"

"When the public invests money in things, it should yield a benefit for the community," Magavern said. "It should be providing affordable housing and quality jobs for city residents, not just padding the profit of wealthy developers."

April 16, 2018

Report: Low-income workers suffer wage-theft in WNY

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - A startling new report shows there is a group of low-wage workers in Buffalo whose legal rights are being violated by their employers. On Friday, the Partnership for the Public Good and Open Buffalo released the report at the Buffalo Public Library as part of Buffalo Poverty …

February 6, 2018

"Looking Into Buffalo's Living Wage Law" published by WGRZ

Buffalo's living wage ordinance applies whenever the city makes a contract for services in which it pays or receives more than $50,000 per year with an employer who employs more than ten people.

January 10, 2018

Community Groups to Unveil their Policy Agenda for 2018

This year’s public roll-out of the Community Agenda will take place on Friday, January 12th at 2pm, at the Frank E. Merriweather Library Auditorium, 1324 Jefferson Ave, Buffalo.

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Theodore Roosevelt, the Labor Question & 'Malefactors of Great Wealth': Lessons for a New Age of InequalitySeptember 25, 2018, 6-8 pm

Joseph McCartin

The Theodore Roosevelt Site sponsors Speaker Nite series, where experts and practitioners are invited to share their thoughts and examine issues that were important during TR's lifetime and continue to be relevant today.    

Democracy Fellow Michelle Jones: on the Public GoodSeptember 18, 2018, 7-7:30 pm

Join us for The Public Good this week! We'll hear from Michelle Jones, Open Buffalo's Democracy Fellow, discussing her project called "The Inside Out" and other topics centered around the city of Buffalo. Listen in, then learn more about Michelle Jones and the Democracy Fellows …

Community Reinvestment Act: Western New York Law Center on the Public GoodSeptember 11, 2018, 7-7:30 pm

Join us for The Public Good this week! We'll hear from Kathryn Franco and Stephen Halpern, from the Western New York Law Center, discussing the Community Benefits Agreement and the Community Reinvestment Act and other topics centered around the city of Buffalo. Listen in, then learn more about the …

Community Reinvestment Act Basics TrainingAugust 21, 2018, 1-3 pm

The Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) has led to over $1 trillion in mortgages, small business loans, and economic development for underserved neighborhoods since 1990. Most importantly, the CRA gives residents and community organizations a voice in how banks are serving the needs of your community. …

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