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.
Did you know that downtown Buffalo is one of the region’s fastest growing neighborhoods?
Nearly every community in our state is negatively affected by brownfields, which create community health risks, spoil the environment, perpetuate unemployment and erode tax bases.
2013 was a landmark year for growth and development throughout Buffalo Niagara. More than $1 billion in new construction is underway, former industrial lands are attracting major new employers, our economy is branching into new sub-sectors like green technology and our urban centers are being revived with new jobs and population. The resurgence of Buffalo Niagara is unmistakable and it is being reflected in our built environment.