Buffalo State Talks Spring Series

Tuesday, April 30, 2024 | 5:30-6:30 p.m.
at the JVL Alumni & Visitor Center
Free to attend!

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Featuring alum, Crystal Surdyk, '12 and Bernice Radle, '11, speaking about sustainability, professional commitment to the earth, and suggested positive actions everyone can do to lessen their carbon footprint.

Meet Crystal Surdyk, '12, Director of Development for the City of Jamestown

Crystal Surdyk has served as the Director of Development for the City of Jamestown, NY since January of 2020. Prior to her current role, she served as the Principal Planner for the City and has more than 30 years management experience with a background in architecture, urban planning, sustainability, community development, and placemaking.

Surdyk oversees all operations of the City’s Department of Development, Urban Renewal Agency, and Local Development Corporation, including urban planning, brownfield opportunity area redevelopment, climate and hazard mitigation planning, historic preservation, policy development, building code administration, property maintenance and building code compliance, and economic & business development initiatives and services. 

Surdyk works to ensure that the Department of Development achieves its mission to provide economic, social, and cultural opportunities through a variety of public and private partnerships and resources that engage, educate, and empower residents and stakeholders; create vibrant and safe neighborhoods with decent and affordable housing options; and to generate new investment that will improve the overall quality of life, well-being and sustainability of the entire community. Surdyk also oversees the administration of the City’s annual allocations of Community Development Block Grant and HOME Program funds as well as all other State, Federal and private grant funding.

Bernice Radle, '11, Executive Director at Preservation Buffalo Niagara

Bernice’s experience encapsulates preservation through the creation of her own preservation-minded business, Buffalove Development. Her work has been nationally recognized and celebrated. Bernice worked closely as senior faculty with the Incremental Development Alliance – training small scale developers around the USA and in 2023, established Neighborhood Evolution, a company that works one on one with small developers and economic development agencies to build their local, small scale development ecosystems.

With over 15 years of work and activism in the Buffalo area, she has a broad and capable understanding of the projects and work PBN strives to create in our community. She has a B.S. in Urban Planning and Regional Analysis from Buffalo State University.