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It all started at an informal meeting six years ago when the head of the Regional planning department, a senior staffer from the University at Buffalo and David Siegel discussed the idea of a Niagara “think tank,” to be housed at Brock.
Siegel, then Brock’s Dean of Social Sciences, was intrigued.
Having an academic institute that would provide balanced, non-partisan research driven by - and provided to - the community was something that excited Siegel.
The idea grew.
In 2008, a half-day session attended by dozens of Niagara politicians, civil servants, local organizations, businesspeople and other community members laid the groundwork for what was to become a regional landmark: the Niagara Community Observatory (NCO).