Economic Development

Grant Opportunities at Empire State Development

Empire State Development Corporation has been a partner and leader in the revitalization of the Buffalo Niagara region.  New York State’s economic development arm has been a central pivot for collaboration through the Regional Economic Development Council and a key organizing agency for our area’s priorities in public investment to stimulate new private growth.  Beyond the agency’s support for signature projects such as Riverbend’s Tesla gigafactory and the Northland Workforce Training Center, Empire State Development offers a number of ongoing programs aimed at incrementally growing key sectors of the Buffalo Niagara economy.

Plenty of Redevelopment Opportunities in North Tonawanda

Urban revitalization in Western New York isn’t exclusive to the City of Buffalo.  Throughout the region, smaller cities and villages are reinvesting in their urban cores, establishing live, work and play environments.  These efforts are capitalizing upon uniquely historic building stocks and an inherent character that can’t be authentically recreated in new, built-from-scratch communities.

Asking the Right Questions About Development Projects

This past month, Buffalo saw the approval of a number of significant development projects in its neighborhoods, including 1111 Elmwood, a mixed-use redevelopment of the corner of Elmwood and Forest Avenues.  These projects implement the smart growth principles that our city and our region have prioritized; fostering sustainable new investment on urban sites already served by infrastructure and public services.

Council Q&A: Forward Thinking – Transit Oriented Development

Transit Oriented Development (TOD) is a growing trend in urban redevelopment that integrates some form of mass transit into a project based on its location, design, amenities and market appeal. We asked one of our Development Advisory Council members, Paul Ciminelli, President and CEO of Ciminelli Real Estate, to discuss the growing national trend of TOD and how his company has implemented this into its latest project.

Metro 50 Buffalo-Niagara. Placing Our Region Among Our Peers.

The Buffalo Niagara region is unique.  Our geography, our population and our economic make-up are not exactly alike to any other metropolitan area.  However, despite differences, we must do our best to learn from other metros as we collectively work to build a better economy and community.  But it is critical that we choose the right places to look; places that are most similar to Buffalo Niagara, face familiar economic challenges and have like capacity and resources to address those challenges.