Amy’s Work Protecting Small Business

“Think Local First”

By LAUREN NEWKIRK MAYNARD

Amy Kedron will be the first to tell you: No matter where she lives, she will always be from Buffalo.

After graduating from UB in 1998, Kedron left her hometown to earn two master’s degrees at Columbia University. Like other post-industrial cities in what’s known as the “Rust Belt,” Buffalo at that time was suffering from decades of economic decay and depopulation as manufacturing jobs disappeared and familiar storefronts shut their doors.

Then, in 2003, Kedron returned home and discovered a paradox. Buffalo was in a state of economic crisis—but not everywhere. She clearly remembers Elmwood Avenue, a popular shopping strip that runs down the center of town, bustling with new retail, housing and social activity.

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