Citizen Planning School

Idea Summit


One Region Forward and the UB School of Architecture and Planning celebrated the ideas for action created through the first year of the Citizen Planning School at the Idea Summit on October 4, 2014. 

The Idea Summit was a fun, celebratory event that featured the work of the first class of Citizen Planners and Champions for Change, explored what it means to translate ideas into action, and provided opportunities for community members to network with local experts, the citizen planners, funders and other attendees.

IdeaSummitBooklet250Champions for Change featured in the 2014 Idea Summit Booklet
Read about all of the 2014 Champions for Change and the ideas they presented at the 2014 Idea Summit.

photos Photos from the 2014 Idea Summit


Video of the 2014 Idea Summit

Event Details:

Where: The North Park Cinema on 1428 Hertel Avenue in Buffalo, NY 14216.

When: Saturday, October 4, 2014 from 10 AM until 1 PM.

Meet some of the Citizen Planning School’s Champions for Change: 

Throughout the past year, Champions have been working with technical staff from One Region Forward to develop an idea for a sustainable initiative in their community.

Learn more about the Champions and their ideas at the Summit!

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Guest Panelists:

Mike Clarke, LISC Buffalo

Franchelle Hart, Open Buffalo

Cara Matteliano, Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

Howard Zemsky, Larkin Development

 Keynote Speaker (and panelist): 

MeganMcNallyMegan McNally As a Barnard College graduate and former intern at Yestermorrow Design/Build School, Megan is familiar with forging her own path as a woman in non-traditional trades and continues to do so as Executive Director of The Foundry. While attending Barnard in 2008, she purchased a property in Buffalo’s annual foreclosure auction and began a series of workshops there to empower homeowners to learn basic home repair skills. In 2011 she started her woodworking business, Rusted Grain, and shortly thereafter, co-founded The Foundry, a business incubator and creative community space on the East Side of Buffalo that provides opportunities to build a business, create art and inspire the next generation of makers, learners and doers.  Often asked about how she got started, Megan gives a recipe of passion, willful ignorance to the amount of work entailed, and an amazing network of mentors and supporters.  Her experience has led her to devote time to creating support networks for others, participating as a big sister in the Big Brother Big Sister program and teaching construction trades through a job training partnership between The Foundry and The WAY Program at Baker Victory Services.


To download the agenda click here.

To download the Idea Summit Booklet click here.

To download the press release click here.