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.

INDIANPRENEURSHIP "A Native American Journey into Business"

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INDIANPRENEURSHIP® “A Native American Journey into Business” is a basic business planning course for entrepreneurs who have a business idea but need help with getting a business started. The 3-day course will cover the topics of: 

  1. An Introduction to Entrepreneurship 
  2. Your Business Marketing Plan - Part I: Products and Services - Part II: Market Research
  3. Work Session – Market Analysis
  4. Your Business Location and Legal Issues 
  5. Record Keeping and Financial Statements
  6. Cash Planning 
  7. Work Session: Tools for Financial Management 
  8. Small Business Financing 
  9. Business Management 

The above training classes will be held on the Allegany Territory, in the Seneca Allegany Administration Building (SAAB), Room 316, July 21st. 22nd and 23rd, 9AM through 4:30PM daily.

The classes will be also be held on the Cattaraugus Territory, in the William Seneca Administration Building (WSB), Council Conference Room July 28th. 29th and 30th , 9AM through 4:30PM daily.

To preregister for the INDIANPRENEURSHIP® “A Native American Journey into Business, 3-Day Basic Business Planning Course please contact either; Michael John, SBI Program Director at 716-532-4900 ext. 5057 or email Wayne Awald, SBI Business Advisor at 716-532-4900 ext. 5139 or email

Sponsored by the Seneca Nation Center for Business Growth (SNCBG) Small Business Incubator (SBI).


Summer Market Celebration

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The Seneca Nation Farmers Market is MOVING to the Seneca One Stop at 11150 US-20, Irving, NY 14081! Come join us on June 23 to celebrate our Big Move!  We'll have live music and refreshments from 11-2 pm. Bring your own lawn chair!

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The public is invited and new vendors are always welcome!  Our new location is handicapped accessible, too!  For more info, please contact Azalia at (716) 903-7066.

Farmers Market @ William Seneca Building, Tuesdays 10-3

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Want to support local business entrepreneurs?  Want some fabulous hanging baskets or ready to use herb bowls? Have you always wanted to try Iroquois White Corn products from the Iroquois White Corn Project? Come to the Seneca Nation Farmers Market every Tuesday from 10-3 @ the William Seneca Building! (12837 Route 438 Irving, NY 14081)

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PUBLIC NOTICE: Public Comment Period - Seneca Nation of Indians Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS)

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The annual Seneca Nation of Indians Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) is the result of the continuous planning process to guide community and economic growth in the Nation’s territories. The document lists activities and strategies to boost job creation, increase investment, improve infrastructure, and encourage economic diversification in the Nation.

The document also lists priority projects and programs, development goals and objectives, and a vision for the community.

The Seneca Nation of Indians CEDS will be available for review and comment from May 1st to May 31st in the Nation’s Planning Department (Allegany and Cattaraugus) and the Nation’s Clerk Office (Allegany and Cattaraugus).

The public is urged to submit comments to the Planning Department by May 31th, 2015.

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