About Us

Our Mission:

The mission of the Elmwood Village Association is to work with our membership of residents, businesses and volunteers to improve the quality of life for our entire community.

Our Vision:

The Elmwood Village Association is a hub for community involvement that enhances the unique urban character of our community.  Our commercial district is economically healthy, vibrant, walkable, clean, safe, and sustainable.  Residents, businesses, and visitors experience a welcoming attitude and distinct sense of community.

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.