The High Road Runs Through the City

2016 High Road Fellows

Service Learning & Action Research Fellowships for ILR Students in Buffalo, NY

Imagine a summer...

grassroots economic development...urban revitalization...small business development...labor-community alliances...poverty alleviation...the green economy...civic engagement...public economic policy...quality job creation...creative culture and the new economy

...working in Buffalo's living laboratory

Since 2009, this fellowship program has provided opportunities for ILR students to participate as a group in research, active learning and service in community-based economic development in Buffalo.

Undergoing dynamic reinvention, Buffalo is home to an a rich array of creative organizations tackling rust belt challenges. Students will learn about and contribute to vibrant local innovation by working with nonprofit organizations, government officials, business and labor advocates focused on revitalizing the metro Buffalo economy. Affordable group housing is available for students not from the area.

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WEDI’s Work on the West Side

Being born and raised in Buffalo has me completely vested in the area with no real intention of ever leaving, despite contrasting sentiments coming from a majority of my peers. I love to see Buffalo do well for its own good, as well as having positive national press so others aren’t as quick to talk down on this city.


History is Important to This City

Buffalo got to this point through a rapid decline in population. From 1950 to 2000 the City of Buffalo lost half its population.

The ACCESS of WNY, Inc. Story

Posing with the professor who coined the term “high road economic development!”
Imagine what it would be like to wake up one morning and realize that everything you know is not there anymore. Your friends disappeared, your comfortable society has vanished, and you are just dangling in a new world where your family is just as helpless as yourself.

A Reflection on the New Economy and CommonBound 2016

The Intrepid Four at CommonBound

I heard about the CommonBound Conference during my first few days in Buffalo. I heard so many program and organization names in the first few days that it’s a wonder I even remembered to Google CommonBound when I got a chance to.