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UB and Buffalo Car Share

In my role as board member and chair of Buffalo First, I see how independent and locally based businesses have the power to grow and develop our region. A dollar spent here has three times the economic impact if spent in a locally based business. This means more money stays in the Buffalo-Niagara region. While Buffalo First continues to encourage residents to “Think Local First” when they shop, it is equally important for us to call on local institutions such as schools, hospitals, and local government to do the same.

Buffalo First is excited that the University at Buffalo is considering a partnership with a car sharing company to provide students additional transportation opportunities. We are thrilled about the environmental prospects of the University’s decision. A locally owned non-profit that was incubated at UB, Buffalo Car Share, works tirelessly to ensure that everyone in Buffalo, from low-income residents to university professors, has access to a trustworthy transportation alternative. The expansion of Car Share’s services in an on-campus capacity is sure to benefit not only students on campus, but also the entire Buffalo-Niagara region.

UB’s faculty, staff, and students purchase roughly $1.7 billion in goods and services each year. Like every resident in our region, the UB faces a choice as to where it spends its money. We urge the UB administration to partner with Buffalo Car Share as the most meaningful choice, to put this money back into its community, our community, where it has the greatest benefit.

Jonathon Welch
Board Chair, Buffalo First

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