Citizen Planning School

2015 Idea Summit


The Idea Summit was a fun and exciting expo of ideas held at Sugar City (239 Niagara Street, Buffalo, NY 14213) on Saturday, May 2nd. The Summit featured Champion presentations, networking, and light refreshments and drew around 65 participants. The Idea Summit celebrates the second semester of the One Region Forward Citizen Planning School and Champions for Change Program. Our Champions received training and technical support from One Region Forward and UB’s School of Architecture and Planning to advance an idea for community-level change.


Champions for Change featured in the 2015 Idea Summit Booklet
Read about all of the 2015 Champions for Change and the Ideas that they presented at the 2015 Idea Summit.

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Program Overview:

Attendees got to mix and mingle with our Champions and listen to short live Champion presentations. Afterwords, guest critics gave the Champions targeted feedback about their projects while attendees perused the Champion booths, enjoyed light refreshments and networked.

Confirmed guest critics: 

Dan Carosa, Vice-president and Co-Founder, Sugar City Arts Collaborative
Melissa Fratello – Executive Director, Grassroots Garden of Buffalo
Nate Gulley –  Director of Civic Capacity, Open Buffalo
Joseph Kurtz – Co-founder, University Heights Tool Library
Jenn Cribbs – NY-NJ Regional Sustainability Coordinator, US Department of Housing and Urban Development 

Live Champion Presentations Starting @ 10:30 AM

10:30 – Valerie Edwards – Idea: My Little Literacy Leaders Tutoring Service (Buffalo)
10:40 – Della Miller & Gail Wells – Idea: Market on Michigan (Buffalo)
10:50 – Mary Ellen Haefner – Rediscover Main Street History (Williamsville)
11:00 – Cynthia Frame-Endres – Curbside Battery Recycling (Western New York)
11:10 –  Paul Perez – Parade Circle Green Infrastructure Renovation (Buffalo)
11:20 – Beverly Newkirk – Taking “It Takes a Village” Community Organization to the Next Level (Erie County)


Special thanks to our program partners: Dig Co-workspace at BNMC, Inc.,University Heights Tool Library, Open Buffalo, Sugar City, UB School of Architecture and University at Buffalo Urban Planning and Environmental Design, and The Department of Media Study, SUNY at Buffalo.