Benjamin Bissell

Benjamin Bissell

Executive Director at Westminster Economic Development Initiative Inc

436 GRANT STREET, Buffalo, New York, United States
HQ Phone:
(716) 393-4088

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B. A.  - Urban and Regional Analysis and Planning , Buffalo State College

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Ben Bissell | Executive Director
Prior to joining our organization, Ben lived in Russia and was also fortunate enough to visit over 20 countries. Ben decided to work for WEDI because he believes that the foundation to community development lies in wise economic and educational development, where organizations empower economically disadvantaged communities by providing access to the precise resources necessary for improvement. Ben is quick to affirm that WEDI embodies his core values by providing individuals with a chance to own their own business and the capital to do so, while educating the next generation and providing cultural experiences through projects like the West Side Bazaar. He believes that WEDI is innovative and willing to take risks to achieve what some might consider impossible. In addition to studying City and Regional Planning with a focus on International and Economic Development at the graduate level at Cornell University, Ben received a B. A. in Urban and Regional Analysis and Planning from Buffalo State College. He also worked for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the Mayor's Business/Residential Resource Center, Buffalo State College, and Wegmans. Ben believes society will improve when people come together to make it happen and furthermore looks forward to a day when our community will be self-sufficient. He hopes that one day, other financial institutions in our neighborhood will be able to provide capital to people who, thanks to WEDI's efforts, will no longer be considered "risky" clients. Ben also looks forward to a day when local schools will tailor their curriculum to every student, and particularly provide adequate educational opportunity to English Language Learners. Last but not least, he hopes to see a society where cultural variances are embraced and celebrated by everyone in society.

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Benjamin Bissell | Non-voting Member
Executive Director WEDI

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Ben Bissell, Executive Director at Westminster Economic Development Initiative. Photo by Nancy J. Parisi.
Ben Bissell, Executive Director at Westminster Economic Development Initiative.

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