By Gregory Tonarelli, intern at Buffalo First!
This Thursday, July 12th, the Partnership for the Public Good, Buffalo First!, the John R. Oishei Foundation and Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo welcome Catherine Tumber, author of Small, Gritty, and Green: The Promises of America’s Smaller Industrial Cities in a Low Carbon World as the first in a series of lectures focused on local assets and exploring the full potential of our hometown in the economy of tomorrow. While combining leading national experts with local business and civic leaders, these public forums are designed to complement ongoing community planning efforts in the region, by bringing best practices and fresh ideas to grow our local economy. Tumber will speak at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 12, 2012 at the Burchfield Penney Art Center, 1300 Elmwood Avenue. The event is free and open to the public.
The introduction of visionary ideas and practical innovation shapes economic development domestically as well as on the international stage. Local business owners, community leaders, citizens, and environmentally conscious individuals concerned with supporting the sustainable, equitable, and fair growth of Buffalo would take great interest in attending this event. This lecture series, entitled “Get the Rust Out: Shining Examples for a New Economy”, will spotlight opportunities for initiatives designed to reform the regional economy in a natural way from the bottom up.
Catherine Tumber will outline feasible means for small cities to be at the forefront of the new economy and sustainability movements on a national scale. Tumber is an acclaimed journalist and historian and has earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in United States Social and Cultural History from the University of Rochester. With experience as a research affiliate for the Community Innovators Lab at the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning as well as an editor at Morehouse College, Tumber has also published numerous papers concerning urban studies and green energy. Her newest work, Small, Gritty, and Green: The Promises of America’s Smaller Industrial Cities in a Low Carbon World, recounts her travels to twenty five small and mid-size cities in the Northeast and Midwest in order to show that smaller cities offer many assets for sustainable living and fair and local economic revitalization in the new economic age. Based on direct observation, the research conducted by Tumber presents a compelling case that these cities can serve as models for ideal green urban living. Cities such as Buffalo are becoming increasingly important places for ingenuity and innovation in the new economy, and now is the time to embrace that potential.
The lecture series will continue through next spring, culminating with the national Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) conference, scheduled to take place in Buffalo during June of 2013. Follow the lecture series at www.buffalofirst.org/gettherustout and find more information on Buffalo First! and BALLE at www.buffalofirst.org.