Supporting Stronger Regional Economies for All

Placemaking

Plan for great places.

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Workforce

Strategically grow the pipeline.

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Sustainability

Promote economies for the future.

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Innovation

Foster innovative ideas.

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UBRI focuses on regional economic development strategy around four interconnected pillars.

Who We Are

The UB Regional Institute (UBRI), a research center of the University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning, has worked in the region for over 30 years on public scholarship, public policy, urban planning, urban design, architecture, and real estate development.

What We Do

UBRI guides decision making, design, and strategic planning with implementation assistance. We take an objective approach to understanding complex issues and translate that understanding into useful and relevant information for the communities we serve.

Changing the Conversation About Buffalo

One of our recent multi-dimensional programs, East Side Avenues, is featured in the national urban planning newsletter, “The New Localism” for a second time. The conversation about Buffalo is changing and it is starting to be seen as a model for successful economic and urban development. This piece describes how “An Investment Playbook Grows in Buffalo.” The newsletter’s topics stem from the book The New Localism, which provides a roadmap for change that starts in the communities where most people live and work.

Featured Work

UBRI Impact Report

UBRI Impact Report

Our impact report describes the pivotal role our work plays in regional economic development.

Imagine LaSalle

Imagine LaSalle

A community driven effort to transform LaSalle Park into the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Centennial Park.

Numbers in Need

Numbers in Need

An online resource to inform the region about poverty and economic vulnerability.

Our work examines and explains complex and shifting economic landscapes leading to smarter investments.