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Buffalo Co-Lab advances an equitable economy and democratic community, collaboratively integrating scholarly and practical understanding to strengthen civic action.

Marc Masson

Photo: Marc Masson
Buffalo, NY
Open Buffalo
  • Researched and wrote a policy brief on the New York Power Authority’s effectiveness as New York State’s public power authority and one of its principal economic development agencies. 
  • Created a directory of community-engaged scholars at local colleges and universities to better connect community organizations and academics in collaboration on pressing issues in the local region. 
  • Produced Buffalo Brief fact sheets presenting local data about issues of education and housing.

“Through this experience I can see what working in the field of economic development policy is like. It can be a struggle to confirm my hypotheses or find flaws in the current systems, but I enjoy the work over all because I know that my work will inform other community-minded individuals in their own projects. Economic development helps all of society if done right, in the high road economic development model for example, and it gives my work meaning. I’m excited for what comes next.”

“Marc was a great addition to the Open Buffalo Innovation Lab this summer. A bright and personable student, he produced very thoughtful briefs on data pertaining to education and housing locally. He also continued his work postfellowship on a research directory which is highly valuable to our initiative.”

Sam Magavern,

Open Buffalo Innovation Lab Director