About Us

Our Mission:

The mission of the Elmwood Village Association is to encourage a balance of growth and preservation, to support community-led projects and to promote an inclusive neighborhood for people to live, work, visit and prosper.

Our Vision:

The Elmwood Village Association is a hub that facilitates community members coming together to have an impact. We have active member participation, transparent procedures, fiscal stability and a culture of engagement, positivity and relationship-building.

We build a neighborhood by engaging residents, merchants, and visitors to improve the quality of life for all. We keep the community informed and invest in beautification projects that contribute to a distinct sense of place. We take pride in the Elmwood Village’s unique urban character and we support the many features of our community that together make this one of Buffalo’s best districts for living, shopping and visiting.

What is the Elmwood Village Association?

In 1994, The Elmwood Village Association was founded by a partnership of business owners and residents, received its not-for-profit status, and began serving citizens of Buffalo. The purpose of The Elmwood Village Association is to preserve and protect the unique and historic nature of Elmwood Avenue and its surrounding neighborhoods by increasing civic involvement and encouraging neighborhood revitalization. The long-term goals of the organization are to strengthen the economic competitiveness of the neighborhood commercial district and to improve the quality of life in the surrounding neighborhoods. Short-term goals are to identify and implement mechanisms that foster economic growth, to promote stabilization of the neighborhoods, and to work with governmental offices that can have a positive impact on the area.

In September of 2000, The Elmwood Village Association hired its first executive director. The hiring was made possible by a partnership with the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) and the City of Buffalo. The Executive Director of The Elmwood Village Association is charged with ensuring the continued revitalization of the Elmwood Village. This is being done by using a comprehensive approach to revitalization based on the Main Street Initiative model known as the four-point approach. The four-point approach involves setting up committees that look at urban design, promotion and marketing, economic restructuring, and organization.