Amherst IDA Names Boardroom in Honor of Former Executive James Allen

Mar. 17, 2018
The name of James J. Allen, the longtime executive director of the Amherst IDA who died in October, marks the entrance to the IDA's boardroom. (Buffalo News/Stephen T. Watson)

The Amherst Industrial Development Agency board of directors on Friday dedicated its boardroom in memory of the agency’s longtime former executive director, James J. Allen.

Allen, who died Oct. 31 at the age of 68, served as the agency’s executive director for 37 years.

Allen’s former colleagues on Friday lauded him as a mentor and as a leader of Amherst’s transformation into an economic engine for the region.

Allen’s first meeting as executive director, in 1979, was the IDA’s 65th meeting. His last, in March 2016, was the 477th.

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