Craig D. Rogers, PhD Associate Professor of Economics and Finance

Craig D. Rogers, PhD

Phone: (716) 888-2672

Dr. Rogers joined the faculty of the Economics and Finance Department in the fall of 2001 after a five-year affiliation with the college’s Center for Entrepreneurship.  During his tenure at the Center, he headed a $490,000 project analyzing entrepreneurial and economic activity in selected areas of the City of Buffalo.  Funded by the U.S. Department of Education Urban Community Service Program, the project was aimed at stimulating economic activity in the target areas.  As project director, Dr. Rogers supervised a team of five researchers who compiled data about some 2,000 Buffalo businesses.  He also initiated entrepreneurial training programs designed to promote small business development.  Student employees involved in the project benefited from his expertise in both economics and geography, learning to use sophisticated mapping software and to draw accurate conclusions from demographic data.

Prior to his appointment at the Center for Entrepreneurship, Dr. Rogers served as executive director of the Office of Urban Initiatives, Inc., in Buffalo, overseeing a nonprofit community and economic development organization comprising 150 members.  He was responsible for a campaign that led to a 219% membership increase for the organization.  He also was instrumental in creating a program resulting in an 18% increase in the number of procurement contracts issued by municipal governments to minority-and female-owned businesses.

From 1992-1994, Dr. Rogers was an Economic Development Zone marketing specialist for the City of Niagara Falls, New York. MA, economics, State University of New York at Buffalo
MBA, corporate financial management, State University of New York at Buffalo
BS, economics, State University of New York College at Brockport
BS, business administration, State University of New York College at Brockport

  • Geographic/Industrial Location, Local & Regional Development, Minority Business Development
  • Urban Entrepreneurship Projects