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

Susanne Donovan

Photo: Susanne Donovan
Buffalo, NY
Center for Sustainable Communities and Civic Engagement, Daemen College
  • Researched the relationship between the expansion of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and the Fruit Belt neighborhood.
  • Conducted economic development research for the Center in collaboration with the Seneca Street Community Development Corporation to identify potential incubator businesses that could locate in the Seneca Babcock neighborhood.
  • Helped with the Western New York Earth Day event at the Buffalo Zoo.
  • Attended the quarterly meeting of the Western New York Environmental Alliance.
  • Worked at two Reading Camps for neighborhood youths, one located in the Seneca Babcock District and the other in the Fruit Belt.
  • Studied the use of Community Benefit Agreements as a tool for accountable economic development practices. 

"One of the things that you immediately see is the community that people feel, and how many people are trying to make things better, and to work with the community to do the things that they want and need. It seems like it’s really hard work, but at the same time there is so much hope, and belief that what they are doing will work and that things will improve."

"Susanne has really impressed us with her knowledge, independence, responsibility, and positive commitment."

Cheryl Bird,

Daemen CSCCE