Community Planning and Development

The Community Planning Development Department provides professional planning services that fosters the efficient utilization of Seneca resources; promotes self-empowerment; and supports the development of a sustainable, diversified, and vibrant economy for the benefit of the entire Seneca Nation.

CPDD Core Goals

  • Develop, manage and implement projects that positively shape the Seneca Nation by addressing its needs in a proactive and inclusive manner.
  • Pursue economic development projects and activities that support a diverse Seneca economy and increased employment opportunities.
  • Provide a safe and functional transportation network by applying effective planning, construction, maintenance, and management systems and practices.
  • Collect, evaluate, and disseminate demographic information on social and economic characteristics for use at all levels of government.
  • Prepare accurate maps and related geographic information to facilitate decision- making and planning by all Seneca Nation departments.
  • Identify, research, and circulate information on potential funding opportunities and assist with the development of grant applications and proposals.

Financial Planning for Investment Seminars

Posted in: Community Planning and Development

The Seneca Nation Small Business Incubator Program SNI SBIP is presenting L&M Financial speaking on "Financial Planning for Investment" April 15th in the William Seneca Building Cafeteria at 7-8PM and April 17th in the Allegany Community Center Education Wing at 7-8PM.

Have you thought about what your financial goals are and:

  • Do you want to start your own business but your personal finances need attention first?
  • Will you have enough money to send all your children to a good college?
  • Will you have enough money when you want to retire and retire comfortably?
  • If you or a family member becomes permanently disabled, will you have enough money for their long term care?

To pre-register contact Wayne Awald SNI SBIP Business Advisor  at 716-532-4900 X5139 or by email at

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Grants Workshop

Posted in: Community Planning and Development

The Community Planning & Development Department is pleased to announce a one-day Grants Workshop for Seneca Nation Department Directors, staff and interested individuals. The Workshop will cover a broad range of topics. The Workshop's goal will be to increase the ability of the Nation's Departments and organizations to compete for and obtain additional funding in order to expand and improve services to tribal members.

The Grants Workshop will be held on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at the Community Health & Wellness Center, 36 Thomas Indian School Drive, Irving, NY 14081.

Mr. Steve Banko, the former Director of the H.U.D. Office in Buffalo will facilitate the Workshop along with staff from the Community Planning & Development Grants Office and Accounting Department's Grants & Contracts Office.

To register, contact James Oleksak, Grants Manager at (716) 532-4900 Ex 5027. You can also email him at

SNI Federal Credit Union Seeking Committee Members

Posted in: Community Planning and Development

We are looking for a few good community members to serve on the following committees for the "proposed" Seneca Nation of Indians Federal Credit Union (SNI FCU):

1) Supervisory Committee (2)

Recruiting volunteers to serve on a committee is one of the responsibilities of the board of incorporators. Whatever your reasons for wanting to serve, the survival of the SNI FCU depends on community people like you. Please consider the following reasons why you should volunteer:

  • Service
  • Fulfillment
  • Career development
  • Professional growth
  • Social contact
  • Status
  • Control
  • Activity


To apply, fill out this Volunteer Application Form (note on page 3 - notary required) and return it along with your current resume to:

Economic Development Specialist

A prerequisite for board members is that the Federal Credit Union Act requires the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) ensures that all prospect…

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