Tonawanda Tomorrow is a local economic development plan supporting the Town of Tonawanda in wake of the 2016 decommissioning of the NRG Huntley coal-fired plant. Employing a “just transition” framework to economic development planning, UBRI produced the Tonawanda Tomorrow plan and designed the community-driven process that informed it. The effort was guided by a community partnership led by the Town of Tonawanda and supported by the Clean Air Coalition of WNY, the Ken-Ton Chamber of Commerce, the Kenmore Teachers’ Association, the WNY Area Labor Federation (AFL-CIO), Erie County, and others.
Tonawanda Tomorrow charts a path for advancing the town as a key regional economic hub, with good-paying jobs, a workforce to fill them, and a vibrant community that builds on what makes Tonawanda a great place to do business and raise a family. Grounded in data and shaped by the Tonawanda community, it builds off a wealth of local planning and community organizing work, engaged hundreds of community members to shape community priorities, and charts out a series of actionable strategies that build on the Town’s strengths and address its challenges. Tonawanda Tomorrow was supported by a federal grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration as part of its POWER Initiative.