Our Riverbend project has entered the final phase as we, in conjunction with UB Regional Institute and National Grid, look to finalize the data collected and complete a final report.
We have continued our outreach on the Riverbend Area: Infrastructure Needs Assessment over the past several months, updates can be seen here.
One Region Forward, the effort to foster a more sustainable, livable Buffalo Niagara for the 21st Century, has recently released its Final Draft Plan: A New Way to Plan for Buffalo Niagara.
From now until November 6, One Region Forward is asking the community to provide their feedback on the draft, to ultimately be included in the Final Plan which will be released in January 2015.
On September 29, the Buffalo Niagara Partnership, Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper, the Community Foundation of Greater Buffalo and the WNY Sustainable Business Roundtable, hosted “Turning Rust to Blue: The Great Lakes New Economy,” a conversation about the role of water as not only our region’s defining asset but also as an economic development driver and critical component of business competitiveness in the 21st century.
Given our status as a founding member of the Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition, maximizing the economic potential of our Great Lakes region while preserving and enhancing the quality of our Great Lakes are two of our top priorities at the Partnership.
Just over a month ago, we shared our latest project in collaboration with National Grid and University at Buffalo Regional Institute, the Riverbend Area – Infrastructure Needs Assessment (RAINA).
Since then, we’ve been hard at work gathering data from stakeholders in the project area.
The city of Buffalo has seen a tremendous amount of investment in the Waterfront, Outer Harbor and our former brownfield industrial areas, which has led to many exciting projects currently in the works.
One of the highest-profile projects of late has been Riverbend, which was recently sold to the state, totaling a property size of 184 acres.
In 2012, faced with more than 2 million square feet of vacant and underutilized commercial space, downtown Buffalo was at a crossroads.
During the first week of June, Buffalo Niagara had the privilege of hosting CNU22 – the Congress for New Urbanism.
The Congress for New Urbanism is an international organization that promotes walkable, mixed-use neighborhood development, sustainable communities and healthier lifestyles.
Cities around the country have begun to effectively support the impact of immigrants and refugees on their employers, economy and community.
For instance, did you know that for every seven international students enrolled in the U.S., three jobs are created or supported? Or that immigrants created 25 percent of all high-tech national firms from 1995 to 2005?
Thanks to the efforts of One Region Forward, the Buffalo Niagara region is moving towards sustainability.