Development Advisory

Buffalo Niagara Partnership Development Advisory Council

Industry Overview

Buffalo Niagara’s physical growth and development is a critical component towards a revitalized and economically sustainable future.   Since 1970, our region’s urbanized land area has grown by 78% while we lost 16% of our population; this equation must change if we are to be an affordable place to live, work and do business.

Council Overview

The Development Advisory Council is a broad cross-section of leading development and real estate professionals in Western New York who aim to support policy, collaboration, and educational opportunities around the sustainable redevelopment of Buffalo Niagara in the vision of One Region Forward. Tenants of this vision include the revitalization of a region attractive to new businesses and population, reinvestment into existing communities to create walkable, sustainable neighborhoods, the preservation of the region’s natural resources, and the provision of exceptional and diverse qualities of life.

Our mission includes:
  • Make Buffalo Niagara attractive for businesses to grow and expand
  • Foster the development of diverse, vibrant communities that can retain and attract people to the region
  • Make efficient use of existing resources by directing development to areas already served by infrastructure, transit and public services
  • Provide assistance for development projects that offer access and opportunities to underserved and disenfranchised populations
  • Establish a collaborative planning environment where design and development honors and preserves our region’s history while also providing the opportunities to establish a new legacy
Top Initiatives for 2018:
  • Oppose expansion of prevailing wage mandate on private projects
  • Support reform to the Scaffold Law
  • Maintain and strengthen Erie County Industrial Development Agency’s existing Adaptive Reuse Policy
  • Oppose mandated Inclusionary Zoning on development projects in the City of Buffalo

Best Practices & Learning

  • Alternative Housing Financing
  • Placed-based infrastructure best practices
  • Creating places for millennials

Initiative Engagement

  • City of Buffalo Housing Opportunities Strategy
  • 1RF Urban Centers

Tour Series

  • Insider tours of unique sites important to the region’s development
Council Leaders
Partnership Staff

Dennis M. Penman
Council Chair
Executive Vice President, Principal
Ciminelli Real Estate

Benjamin N. Obletz
Council Vice Chair
President
First Amherst Development

Dan Leonard

Dan Leonard
Senior Director, Economic Development
Executive In Residence
716-541-1716
Email

Kate Scaglione
Manager, Member Engagement
716-541-1757
Email

Council Members

DAC Members

Thank You To Our Sponsors

INDUSTRY SPONSORS:
First Amherst Development Group logo
Harris Beach
Wells Fargo
SUPPORTING SPONSORS:
  • CBRE BUFFALO LLC
  • CONSTRUCTION EXCHANGE OF BUFFALO & WNY
  • LABELLA ASSOCIATES, D.P.C.
  • LECHASE CONSTRUCTION SERVICES, LLC
  • NATIONAL GRID
  • PARKITECTS, INC.

Interested In Sponsorship?

Want to connect with some of the most engaged developers in the region?  Fill out the form below or contact Liz Benkovich at (716) 541-1759 for more information.

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