The co-founder of Buffalo First, a not-for-profit organization that encourages people to shop at locally owned businesses, is leaving after four years as the group's executive director.
Amy Kedron announced her resignation in a statement Wednesday. Kedron helped form the group in 2006 with Brendan Biddlecom, who left shortly afterwards.
She will formally resign at Buffalo First's annual meeting tonight in Ulrich's Tavern.
"Buffalo owes a great debt to Amy Kedron," Steve Lane, a Buffalo First board member and owner of Steve's Pets, said in a statement. "Amy's vision, dedication and determination have enabled Buffalo First to become a viable and ongoing concern."
Lane and fellow board member Kelly Maurer of the Buffalo Cooperative Federal Credit Union will assume Kedron's responsibilities until a permanent replacement is named.
Buffalo First is a member of the Washington State-based Business Alliance for Local Living Economies, or BALLE.
The Buffalo group and the network's other members encourage local merchants to adopt "green" business practices and promote policies that would create a stronger and more sustainable economy.
Buffalo First's nearly 400 members include independent businesses, nonprofit organizations and members of the public.
Kedron wrote that she has been preparing for her departure for several months and is leaving Buffalo First to finish her doctoral research.
"This is a positive transition for Buffalo First," Kedron said. "Our organization has a strong team of committed members, staff and board of directors, and I feel confident that they will continue to grow Buffalo First and make Western New York a stronger, healthier community."