Relocate to Buffalo!

A view from the Buffalo public library!

Note: Apparently this is old, I didn’t see a date.. But who cares, it’s still awesome.

Buffalo is ranked number TWO in the Best Cities to Relocate To in America by CNBC. Holy awesome! The ranking beats out cities like Denver, Minneapolis and Madison!

Buffalo is so great. Although I am semi surprised, I shouldn’t be. We do have a lot to offer!

You can see all of the cities that ranked here.

2. Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY

Buffalo is an older, industrial city that has “gone through a sort of gut-wrenching transition into the 21st Century,” Sperling says. And now that it’s gotten over the bumps, it’s a great place to live. 

The Buffalo-Niagara Falls area has a growing arts scene and it’s affordable: The cost of living is 14.4 percent below the national average, and the average home price is $119,700, well below the national average of $171,700. 

There are more than 20 parks in Buffalo, earning it the nickname, “City of Trees,” and for all you sports fans, it’s home of the Buffalo Bills football team and Buffalo Sabres hockey team. As for Niagara Falls, the city has moved from an industrial center to a more sustainable tourism-based economy, and with the opening of the Conference Center Niagara Falls a few years ago, it now attracts more business travelers. 

The unemployment rate in the region is 8.3 percent, below the national average. Health care and education are the fastest growing industries here. 

Companies That Are Hiring Now: Synacor, M

&T Bank, Kaleida Health and HSBC Bank, according to Indeed.com.

Here are a couple photos to inspire you to move here! Go Buffalo.

Elmwood Village in Buffalo, NY
Elmwood Village in Buffalo, NY
Silo City in Buffalo, NY
Silo City in Buffalo, NY
Buffalo skyline!
Buffalo skyline!

Saturday = Ugly Sweater Fundraiser @ the Liberty Building

Come and celebrate with Jason and I on December 1st at the Mid Day Club! This is one of my favorite events of the year. Great beer/wine, a good cause, a crazy amazing location.. so much fun, truly.

Urban Land Institute of Western New York’s 2012 Holiday Sweater Party 

C’mon, you know that you want to go out and buy an ugly sweater for a good cause. Or maybe you have one stashed away in your closet somewhere? If wearing an ugly sweater isn’t enough to get you excited about the Urban Land Institute of WNY’s upcoming holiday party, then maybe the venue for the party will get you fired up. It’s being held at the Mid-Day Club on the 21st floor of the Liberty Building. 

In the end, it’s the cause that matters the most – all proceeds raised from the holiday fundraiser go toward Groundwork Buffalo (Facebook), a non-profit that is in the business of working with community groups in order to convert vacant and underutilized land into productive community spaces (www.groundworkbuffalo.org).  

Urban Land Institute of WNY (Facebook)
Saturday, December 1, 2012
7:00 pm until 11:00 pm
Drinks and hors d’oeuvres
The Mid-Day Club – 21st Floor of the Liberty Building – (Learn more)
424 Main Street, Liberty Building, Buffalo, NY
Register today – Registration closes Friday, Nov 30th at midnight!
*Tickets are $20 for members and $30 for non members and include an open bar (beer/wine only) and assorted hors d’oeuvres, provided by the Mid-Day Club. Activities include a 50/50 raffle and an ugly holiday sweater contest. Come casually dressed, or show off your favorite ugly holiday sweater for a chance to win!

SAVE BETH STEEL

Today is the day that the people in power decide if Beth Steel should be demolished.
I am thankful for Dana & Danielle who are taking the charge on this preservation battle. It is a worthy one, the Beth Steel building is beautiful, durable and in a prime waterfront location for redevelopment.
Let’s hope this doesn’t have to turn into a nasty fight because I bet there are a lot of people ready to stand and fight to the end. SAVE BETH STEEL!!!

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Horsefeathers awakens!

We can thank community leadership, an architect with vision & historic tax credits for this reinvestment project. Horsefeathers will bring new life to Connecticut Street once this project is finished. Go Buffalo!

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Save Trico!

A half Trico is not okay with me.

This building has endless potential and is in the fastest growing area of the city. With millions of square feet needed at the medical campus, Trico could be one of the buildings used to meet the demand.

More to come…
Check http://www.savetrico.com for more details.

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Funk n’ Waffles : Syracuse, NY

Q. Where else can you get waffles with pulled pork and listen to funk music at the same time????

A. FUNK N’ WAFFLES in Syracuse, NY!

Funk n’ waffles is a seriously awesome place. Great concept, great food.

Buffalo needs something like this!

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Rochester, NY

Took some pics in Rochester this week. I will be doing a lot of work there in the next coming months and I am excited about it!

More pics to come soon!

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Women in the Sustainable Economy Event – Tuesday, Nov 13th || 5:30pm || Karpeles on Porter Ave

I am very happy to be speaking alongside two incredible women at this event on Tuesday.You should come, listen and get inspired. Being a lady in a male dominated field is tough but really fun. See you on Tuesday!

As woman working in an environmental field, I want to tell you about an event series called Women in the Sustainable Economy, with Part I taking place Tuesday November 13th at 5:30 to 7:00PM (453 Porter Ave Buffalo, NY).

At each level, women interact in our economy, both on the production and consumption ends and we have special roles to play in Buffalo Niagara’s future as our sustainable and local economy continues to emerge. If you are environmentally conscious and entrepreneurial in nature, this event is a must attend.
Uniquely, women are sandwiched between environmental sustainability and economics. Our gender still holds the belt for being the major consumer cohort in this country but we are often not in leadership roles within these companies. When we examine economic sustainability, women have a large influence as we are concerning ourselves with how things are made and brought to our finger tips.
On the other side of the coin, in places like Africa, it has been found that those populations that experience the most extreme effects of climate change turn out to be disproportionately women. That Is quite the spectrum isn’t it? Women have a largely unrealized voice in discussions regarding how business decisions interface with environmental impacts.
Women in the Sustainable Economy, is designed to showcase our local ladies working in companies that contribute to environmental conservation. As part of a quarterly series, we are excited to bring you women from a variety of fields including: recycling, renewable energy, construction, activism as well as individuals and entrepreneurs who are marketing new green technologies and services.
Women in the Sustainable Economy Speakers: 
Roxanne Button
A licensed architect & LEED Accredited Professional (BD+C, Homes), Roxanne Button has been involved in sustainable design for over 20 years. Her diverse work experience includes green building consulting, scriptwriting for a green renovation TV series, & designing and managing LEED projects. Roxanne is a former board member for the New York Upstate Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council, & a current member of the Chapter’s Education Committee & Board Advisory Panel. She led the team that created Public Day for the American Solar Energy Conference in 2009 & co-hosts the monthly Buffalo Green Drinks networking series.
Diana Cihak
Working for Buffalo Hydrogen, Diana is marketing system that converts waste to energy using hydrogen and water. This revolutionary idea will be an innovative process in the industry of using waste to generate energy and brings us closer to a more sustainable energy economy in the region.
Bernice Radle
Working for Buffalo Energy, Bernice Radle is a young up and coming local leader who champions sustainability in this region by working within the energy conservation sector, retrofitting and designing systems for sustainable development. She will speak to some of her projects undertaken at Buffalo Energy and what she does to improve our building envelopes and reduce energy consumption for local building stock.
This event is being hosted by an all volunteer group called Greenworks || Buffalo Niagara (Facebook). Our goals within G||BN are to increase knowledge and connections among our local green businesses. We are hoping it will lead to more young upstarts wishing to start a business who can learn best practices and begin creating smart and cleaner economic development here in the region. Like Greenworks || Buffalo Niagara’s facebook page to get updates on future events:
If you own your own business or have considered the idea, come hear from other women in your shoes. If you know of any rockin’ ladies who would be a good speaker for future events, please send contact informationtomshorey107@gmail.com.