[MUSIC PLAYING] LOU JEAN FLERON: You know, this is just-- this is such a great city. Buffalo is on the front porch of Cornell University. There are very few sectors of the economy or sort of parts of the community that Cornell ILR hasn't influenced. Cornell has a real presence here that people understand. And the Buffalo ILR office was the first ILR extension office ever established. And over the years, since 1946, over those 72 years, as the economy changed, ILR was a part of that change.
We've been in the middle of both the successful days, as well as those that were really very difficult. This is a city of enormous assets. We like to think that we're trying to make it a model of urban regeneration that really warrants the attention of researchers and higher education, even as we use higher education for innovative thinking and making it a better place.
There is one thing that is certain, and that is that change is going on. Politics, policy, community, regionalism, workforce, development, and thinking about the future of work-- we're committed to making sure, from the very grass roots onward, through state and national politics, that we can make government work, and it can work for the benefit of everybody in an economy that is more equitable and sustainable.
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Lou Jean Fleron, emerita extension faculty member of the School of Industrial and Labor Relations, describes Cornell’s community partnerships spanning across Buffalo.