Buffalo Commons is:

  • a collaborative, physical space
  • an online hub of innovative research, engaged learning and civic activity
  • a network of partners and researchers dedicated to the advancement of social and economic progress and the promotion of knowledge for the public good.

On DC@ILR, Buffalo Commons is the online resource exchange connecting researchers, practitioners, partners and communities. This repository of public knowledge, ideas, and tools for citizen engagement is a modern expression of a democratic ideal—a shared space in which every member of the community has an equal interest. This action-oriented research hub is maintained by Cornell in Buffalo and the Partnership for the Public Good. Since 2007, the partnership has produced civic research, policy, and tools dedicated to effecting lasting, positive change in Buffalo Niagara. Created with the help of educators, students, volunteers, interns, and independent researchers, this rich body of reports, policy briefs, and fact sheets can be found in the Buffalo Commons.

Cornell in Buffalo

Cornell in Buffalo is an engaged learning center anchored by the interchange of applied knowledge and resources between Cornell University and the Buffalo, NY community. Comprised of Cornell ILR School, High Road Fellowships, the Worker Institute, and Cornell Cooperative Extension. Cornell in Buffalo is located in Buffalo's historic Market Arcade building.

For questions, comments, and inquiries about the Buffalo Commons, or if you are interested in conducting Buffalo-based or focused work, contact buffalocommons@cornell.edu.

Recent Submissions

  • The True Cost of Child Care: Erie County NY 

    ILR Buffalo Co-Lab (2022)
    This preliminary report presents the data and information gathered and analyzed in phase one of the Cornell ILR ̶Erie County action research project. Phase two will complete the project in Q1 2022 by providing further ...
  • Buffalo Child Care Means Business: Full Study Report 

    Fleron, Lou Jean; Breen, Lauren; Grogan, Regina L.; Dimitrov, Danielle (2006-01-01)
    [Excerpt] Buffalo Child Care Means Business presents the economic and business case for making Buffalo's children the focus of economic development. The 2006 survey of 117 businesses located in downtown Buffalo, New York, ...
  • Reflections on Progress at Work 

    Fleron, Lou Jean; Gray, Lois Spier (1996-01-01)
    [Excerpt] Today, we enter our second half century, facing a new millennium of opportunity. We pause to celebrate with pride our ILR Extension heritage, from its roots in Buffalo. We pay tribute to colleagues before us and ...
  • Erasing Red Lines: Part 3 - Building Community Wealth 

    Weaver, Russell (2019-12-19)
    Erasing Red Lines of discrimination and inequality from our map is a monumental task that will require transformational systems-change. As community-based organizations are demonstrating the possibilities of alternative ...
  • Erasing Red Lines: Epilogue - Where Do We Go From Here? 

    Weaver, Russell (2020-01-28)
    While the Erasing Red Lines reports spoke of “distressed communities” and places experiencing “decline,” the core message—threaded through all three reports—is that patterns of “distress” and “decline” are products of a ...
  • Erasing Red Lines: Part 2 - Systems Thinking for Social and Community Change 

    Weaver, Russell (2019-10-15)
    What, if anything, can be done to push back against persistently uneven geographies of opportunity in Buffalo and other post-industrial, shrinking cities? And why the focus on systems science and its technical jargon? A ...
  • The Climate Justice Movement in Western New York 

    Magavern, Sam; Schneekloth, Lynda (2017-07-01)
    Although climate change requires an international response and will require national policies and actions, local geographies have to be involved because it that is where the harms are felt. But how can local and regional ...
  • Eastside-Airport Metro Rail Extension 

    Citizens for Regional Transit (2019-08-01)
    "This policy brief provides information regarding the expansion of NFTA metro-rail services in east-side Buffalo to the Buffalo Niagara International Airport. This extension would connect Buffalo’s highest-demand destinations ...
  • Labor Takes the High Road: How Unions Make Western New York More Prosperous and Equitable 

    Magavern, Sam; Fleron, Lou Jean (2019-03-01)
    "The report explores how unions make a major impact on the region not just through collective bargaining, but also through community service and policy advocacy. Analyzing Census data, the authors find that union members ...
  • Distinguishing the Social Sector: A Buffalo-Niagara Labor Market Study 

    Ksiazek, Kristin; Weaver, Rusty; Magavern, Sam (2019-09-01)
    The study focuses on the two largest parts of Buffalo-Niagara’s social sector: nonprofit and government employers.

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