What would it take to get more college/university alumni to retire to Buffalo? That’s a question that one UB alum has posed to Buffalo Rising readers this morning. Obviously familiarity with a university/college town is a big advantage for cities looking to retain, or even gather back those who spent higher ed years here, but who have since moved away.
What are the resources and amenities that retiring alums are looking for, and does Buffalo have what it takes to successfully retain those who are here and attract those who are not? And if we do have what it takes to attract these candidates, are we proactively doing enough to put Buffalo on their radar? Recently we’ve been making waves showcasing this city as a place for young people to carve out a niche… now what about those on the other side of the spectrum?
The following note is from MK, who is considering making Buffalo his retirement destination of choice:
I am a UB alumni beginning to contemplate retirement. I am considering retiring to Buffalo, at least part of the year. Retiring to your college town isn’t unusual, and many alums of places with idyllic settings choose to do so.
I am wondering why there isn’t an effort to entice alumni to retire to Buffalo. There are many good reasons to consider it. Affordable, good cultural life, reasonably strong medical community (with the possibility of more strength after all the current investment.)
If an effort were made, and social networks set up that would allow people to connect to the city, I suspect some people would in fact make this choice.