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.
As talk of extending Buffalo’s Metro Rail beyond its current footprint is becoming a more serious conversation, there is a growing sense that Transit Orientated Development (TOD) must be a part of Buffalo Niagara’s economic development future.
More than 1,800 permanent new jobs have been produced and greater than 4 million square feet of vacant derelict properties in the City of Buffalo has been redeveloped and revitalized as a result of the Erie County Industrial Development Agency’s (ECIDA) Adaptive Reuse program. Simply put, this program is one of the most impactful and efficient economic development tools available to employers in Western New York.
On Wednesday, February 22, the Buffalo Niagara Partnership’s Development Advisory Council hosted officials from the City of Buffalo for an informational forum on the recently approved Green Code zoning legislation. This forum focused upon the new approvals processes that projects within the City must navigate under the code. It featured presentations from staff from the Mayor’s Office of Strategic Planning as well as the City’s implementation consulting team.
Congratulations to Mayor Byron Brown, the Buffalo Common Council, the Mayor’s Office of Strategic Planning and the entire City of Buffalo for this week’s official signing of the Green Code, Buffalo’s first comprehensive rewrite of its zoning ordinance in more than 60 years. The code represents a landmark step forward in the development and revitalization of the City, its buildings, streets and public spaces. It has been produced through a comprehensive public input process over the course of more than six years and has involved thousands of residents, businesses and key stakeholders throughout the City. The result is the establishment of a new form-based development code, the likes of which has only been established, city-wide, in two other US metros: Denver and Miami. This framework will regulate new growth focused upon achieving sustainable, mixed-use communities and appropriate neighborhood design through a more predictable development process.
The collective momentum that is being felt throughout Buffalo Niagara is undeniable. The region is seeing new companies move into the area, village and urban centers revitalizing and historic buildings come back to life as places where people live, work and play.
Updated December 20th, 2017.
State of Logistics event to offer insights for area logistics professionals and manufacturers
Currently in its fourth year, the Buffalo Building Reuse Project (BBRP) loan fund has proved to be an important catalyst for downtown development. Thanks to a recent infusion of $10 million from five local banks – Evans Bank, M&T Bank, First Niagara, HSBC Bank and Key Bank, as well as the New York Business Development Corporation – the program is now stronger than ever. These funds represent a major investment for downtown Buffalo and a huge boost to the BBRP loan program.
Over the past few years, the Partnership has led the private sector’s involvement in the development and implementation of One Region Forward, Buffalo Niagara’s regional sustainability plan. Transportation is one of the give major components (or “big ideas”) of One Region Forward.
The plan complied and analyzed data related to transportation patterns in our region and many of the results are startling, if not alarming. According to data from One Region Forward, we spend more time commuting than ever before. Compared to 1970, we drive twice as much, with more people driving alone.