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Updated Buffalo Briefs Now Available

PPG’s Buffalo Briefs are the best place to go when you need the most important data for local trends and issues.  We’ve recently updated the briefs on education, employment, housing, poverty, racial disparities, and immigrants and refugees.  You can find them all here.
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Save the Date! Movement Dance Party 2014

The annual Movement Dance Party fundraiser will be held on Friday, December, 19 at 9 p.m. at The Foundry, located at 298 Northampton in Buffalo. Come enjoy live music spun by some of the hottest local DJs, plenty of locally brewed beer, and the chance to dance and mingle with Buffalo’s favorite movers and shakers. […]
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Creators of Vent on the Public Good

Have you ever wanted to vent about life in Buffalo?  About racism and inequality?  The lack of opportunity for young people?  Jamiah Mootry and Savion Mingo are dynamic young entrepreneurs who have created Vent: a publication that is focused on giving the local residents of Buffalo’s East Side and more a safe space to vent about […]
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Buffalo’s Green Economy: Present and Future

A Presentation by Sam Magavern and a Team of SUNY Buffalo Law Students Friday, December 5, 10am to Noon 237 Main St., Suite 1200, Downtown Buffalo   Join PPG Co-Director Sam Magavern and a team of law students as they present on the current state of Buffalo’s green economy and the public policies that can […]
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Community Agenda Process Underway; Still Time for Your Organization to Become a Partner

Each year, PPG crafts a Community Agenda, which identifies our partners’ top policy priorities for the coming year. The Community Agenda is a useful tool for education, advocacy, and collaboration, and it also guides the work of PPG’s staff and volunteers throughout the year – shaping our research, forums, radio shows, and other efforts. PPG […]
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New Policy Brief on Suburban IDA Performance

PPG has released a new policy brief, Town IDAs in Erie County: 2011-2013.  In addition to the Erie County Industrial Development Agency, there are five town based IDAs in Erie County, with an operational cost of nearly $1 million per year.  PPG looked at the 287 town IDA projects active in 2013 and found that […]
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The M.A.N. Program on the Public Good

Join us this Tuesday, November 18 at 1pm for the Public Good, when we speak with Jerome Wright, Founder and Director of The M.A.N. Program to discuss how they are mentoring and nurturing at risk individuals in WNY. You can hear the Public Good on WUFO AM 1080 or at www.wufoam.com.
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A True Minimum Wage for Tipped Workers: New PPG Policy Brief

On November 13, PPG offered testimony to New York State’s Wage Board and released a new policy brief: “A True Minimum Wage for Tipped Workers.”  The brief points out that the 20,000 workers in Western New York serving as wait staff, bartenders, and hair stylists have a median annual wage of under $20,000 per year, […]
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Citizen Action to Discuss School Discipline, Attendance, and Funding on the Public Good

How do we improve our Buffalo Public Schools?  Citizen Action lead the fight to completely revamp the BPS student discipline policy, which has led a to major reduction in suspensions.  Now they are working on implementing restorative justice programs, improving school attendance, and winning more equitable funding for high need districts.  Learn more about their […]
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PPG Releases New Report, Talking Proud: Telling Buffalo’s Stories

How does Buffalo talk about Buffalo, and what impact do our stories have on public policy?  In this new report, PPG examines Buffalo’s history and current conditions and some of the different narratives used to describe them.  In particular, the report critiques a negative mythology of Buffalo as a dysfunctional mess in need of “adult […]
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New Policy Brief Offers Key Facts and Figures on Raising the Minimum Wage

Did you know that in Erie County, a full 41% of workers earn less than $15 per hour?  How about the fact that, nation-wide, two thirds of low wage workers are employed by large companies with over 100 workers?  Or that, at Yum Brands, one of the largest employers of low wage workers in the […]