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Published on January 16th, 2014 | by GrowWNY Intern

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Meeting Recap: Urban Regeneration (1/8/2014)

BY THE GROWWNY TEAM

On Wednesday, January 8, 2014, the Urban Regeneration Working Group held a meeting. The key focuses of this meeting were:

  • Discuss ideas for the 2015 Action Agenda
  • Listen to a presentation on the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign

The Urban Regeneration Working Group did not raise any planks for the 2014 Action Agenda, but is still looking to support and promote the work of the WNYEA partner organizations. Some of these projects include the Smart Growth Partnership for WNY’s Blue Economy. Art Wheaton, Working Group Chair, gave an update on the information given by Laura Stillwell from Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper at the last meeting. Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper, PUSH Buffalo, and CEO (Center for Employment Opportunities) are working on this Smart Growth Partnership and Urban Regeneration has an interest in helping where possible. Currently, the group is working to see how the workforce development aspects of this project can be implemented or supported.

Another project that was discussed by the group is the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign in Buffalo. The meeting included a presentation by Charley Olena, the new organizer for this campaign.

The Buffalo based group is working to get Governor Cuomo’s support for an initiative to boost wind energy across the state, with a manufacturing hub in WNY.  This work would move New York beyond a reliance on dirty coal, and support the transition to renewable energy, specifically with wind power. The Beyond Coal campaign is working with the Clean Air Coalition and has met with the Partnership for the Public Good, Coalition for Economic Justice and the WNY Apollo Alliance. To learn more about the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign in Buffalo, contact Charley Olena.

For a full summary of the meeting, please check the Working Group’s page for the meeting minutes. Minutes from last month’s meeting have been approved and can be found here.

Do you have feedback or suggestions for this group? Tell us in the comment section below, or come to the next meeting. Keep checking the GrowWNY community calendar for information about the next meeting, or join the listserv for email updates on meetings and projects.


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