July’s BN360 Spotlight Professional – Angela Keppel

The Buffalo Niagara Partnership is pleased to introduce you to this year’s BN360 Spotlight Professionals.

Each year, BN360 highlights a select few individuals, nominated by member companies, within the Buffalo Niagara region who exemplify today’s definition of a young rising leader. Check back each month to read about these young professionals and how they are making a positive impact on the Buffalo Niagara region.

Angela Keppel

Angela Keppel
Project Planner
Buffalo Place, Inc.

Angela Keppel, AICP has served as a project planner for over two years at Buffalo Place, the business improvement district (BID) dedicated to improving the economic health and quality of life for Downtown Buffalo. She has worked within the planning and development world for the past decade, first as a consultant working on projects across Western New York.

 First Job Out of School

Environmental technician at TVGA Consultants, one of Buffalo’s oldest architecture and engineering firms.

Career Highlights

Among career highlights, Angela points out her many years working as a consultant in Lackawanna, helping to plan for redevelopment of the neighborhood next to the steel mills where her great grandfathers and other relatives worked. She also notes she has successfully procured more than $3 million in grant funding for various projects in Buffalo Niagara over the years.

Best Piece of Advice Given Regarding Career

Always remember that you know a lot, have confidence in what you know, and speak up.

 Volunteer Activities

  • Buffalo History Museum – Education Programs Volunteer/Popcorn Girl
  • Shared Mobility Inc./Reddy Bikeshare – Board of Directors
  • Holy Trinity Lutheran Church – Vice President
  • WNY Section American Planning Association – Awards Committee Chair
  • Various Local Political Campaigns – Volunteer

 On Buffalo Niagara

“I love Buffalo and have spent my life here. I grew up taking the bus downtown to AM&As with my great grandmother and spending time at a pizzeria and carwash owned by my uncle.  I’m glad I was able to experience some of the bleaker, grittier times of Buffalo’s decline, because it has made it that much more rewarding to be a part of the resurgence and revitalization.”

 Greatest Benefit of Working in Buffalo Niagara

 “Buffalo really feels like a small town a lot of the time.  It’s relatively easy to get involved and get to know people, and feel like you can make a difference.  Particularly in the pla

nning and development community – we tend to be a close-knit sector, so we often get to work together on a lot of stuff, helping to provide input and guidance and being cheerleaders for each others’ projects.”

Greatest hope for the future of the Buffalo Niagara business community

“I hope for continued economic growth and more job creation.  As Buffalo continues to be recognized for its successes, I hope that the growth and success will continue to spread to all parts of the city and all economic sectors.”

 About Being a Spotlight Professional

“I’m honored to be selected.  I believe in our city and region and I’m excited to be chosen as someone to represent it!”

Angela’s 5 Favorites 

Favorite Restaurant: Osteria 166

Favorite Business Book: ‘Big Russ and Me’ by Tim Russert

Best Buffalo Hidden Gem:  The Nash House Museum

Favorite Vacation Spot: Queens, New York

Best Place for Wings: Sicilian wings from Louie’s on Sheridan Park