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December 18, 2017

PPG Partners Vote on 2018 Community Agenda

Partnership for the Public Good welcomed 52 partners and 62 total community members to the first floor community room of the Market Arcade on December 15th, 2017. Their task? Vote on 21 different pitches to settle 2018’s “Community Agenda,” an amalgamation of policy planks that …

December 5, 2017

Buffalo News Article: "Inclusionary zoning debate continues..."

"Sam Magavern, executive director of the Partnership for the Public Good, addressed the Council's Legislation Committee, making a case for inclusionary zoning."

November 14, 2017

"Racial disparity found in local marijuana arrests, study says" Published by the Buffalo News

"Authored by the Partnership for the Public Good, a local think tank, the study is intended to boost efforts at reforming New York's marijuana laws. Reform advocates say the costs of marijuana prohibition far outweigh the benefits, especially given the national movement toward legalization."

November 10, 2017

Become a Champion for Change in 2018!

Are you ready to plan a change for your community? Are you ready to join thousands of citizens and hundreds of organizations working to create an equitable, healthy and ecologically thriving region? If so, please apply today to become a Champion for Change with One Region Forward’s Citizens …

November 2, 2017

Buffalo News Article: "Rod Watson: Will ‘city of good neighbors’ only want rich people next door?"

"The goal is not just to build affordable housing, but "to deal with economic and racial segregation," said Sam Magavern, executive director of the Partnership for the Public Good, a coalition member. Including the units in the upscale development also is more efficient than building a separate …

November 1, 2017

Partnership for the Public Good Publishes a New Policy Brief, "Taking the High Road to Canalside: How Community Activism Has Shaped Buffalo’s Waterfront"

"Taking the High Road to Canalside: How Community Activism Has Shaped Buffalo's Waterfront" documents the efforts of local advocates to bring “High Road” economic development to Canalside, to advance community benefits over corporate control. It was drafted by Michelle Zhao, the 2017 …

October 18, 2017

People Power: Joining Forces to Address Gentrification in Buffalo

“Gentrification is a profit-driven race and class remake of urban, working class communities of color that have suffered from a history of disinvestment and abandonment,” said Dawn Philips, Executive Director of Right to the City Alliance at the Anti-Gentrification Summit convened in …

October 11, 2017

PPG Featured on "Keeping Things Alive" Podcast

Keep your eyes peeled for Sam Magavern's appearance on Keeping Things Alive, a podcast by Buffalo-based natural resources policy advocate Laura Evans. Sam will discuss Partnership for the Public Good's history, principles, and current agenda - focusing on climate justice and "keeping things …

October 5, 2017

"County’s new hiring policy will ease poverty, inequality" - Letter in the Buffalo News

"People who live in high poverty ZIP codes – urban, suburban or rural – face many disadvantages. Some employers screen by ZIP codes, while others fall prey to racial prejudices. Areas of concentrated poverty often lack the social networks and connections that lead to quality jobs. First …

September 29, 2017

"Contractor to pay workers restitution for violating wage ordinance" - Policy Win in the Buffalo News

"Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman's office began an investigation after the Buffalo Living Wage Commission determined in July 2016 that Allied was not in compliance with the city ordinance that requires contractors to pay a living wage to specific groups of employees, including in waste …

August 18, 2017

David Robinson: To grow jobs, Buffalo needs to be cool

“You have the nationwide phenomenon of people starting to like cities again,” said Sam Magavern, the executive director of the Partnership for the Public Good. For the Buffalo Niagara region to grow faster, it will have to get people in other parts of the country to start liking it, too.

July 12, 2017

Hurdles ahead for Metro Rail extension

A recent report by the Partnership for the Public Good found that 58 percent of jobs in the region are inaccessible by public transit; the extension would improve that by connecting two major employment centers, downtown and the area around UB and Niagara Falls Boulevard in Amherst.