Open Buffalo Planning Council members and staffers are preparing to visit Denver, CO next week for an all-site convening of the Open Places Initiative organized by the Open Society Foundations.
Buffalo is one of eight sites competing for three to five grants of up to a millions dollars a year for ten years. The other sites are: Albuquerque, NM; Denver, CO; Jackson, MS; Louisville, KY; Milwaukee, WI; San Diego, CA; and Puerto Rico.
Participants from Open Buffalo and the other competing locations in the Open Places Initiative will receive objective critiques and input on their proposals through a series of workshops and one-on-one sessions with leading experts.
Heather McGhee of Demos, who came to Buffalo in July for a town hall organized by Open Buffalo, will be a featured speaker on creating good jobs and economic development.
The meeting will be a combination of plenary sessions with renowned speakers who discuss broader trends that provide a context for Open Places work and technical assistance on issues such as strategic communications and other key components of the proposal. It presents a great opportunity for teams to strengthen their proposals before the final proposal is submitted on September 27th.
Team members representing Open Buffalo in Denver are:
- Jennifer Diagostino, Executive Director, Coalition for Economic Justice
- Rev. Duane Diggs, VOICE-Buffalo, Board President
- Lou Jean Fleron, Co-director, Partnership for the Public Good
- Pastor James Giles, CEO, Back to Basics Ministries
- Franchelle Hart, Communications Coordinator, 1199 SEIU
- Sam Magavern, Co-director, Partnership for the Public Good
- Jennifer Mecozzi, Organizing Director, PUSH Buffalo
The meeting will begin on Monday, August 19th and last through Wednesday, August 21st.