Bart Roberts is an urban planner, researcher, and data analyst experienced in developing data driven solutions for community organizations, local governments, and regional initiatives. As a Research Assistant Professor at the UB Regional Institute, he specializes in bringing together research and practice to advance community development and regional affairs related to sustainability, governance, economic development, and land use policy.
Bart currently works on a variety of projects aimed at building sustainable communities and neighborhoods across Buffalo Niagara. In 2011, Bart led the effort to secure a $2 million grant from the Federal Partnership for Sustainable Communities to launch One Region Forward, a regional planning effort to build tools and strategies for advancing sustainable development across Erie and Niagara counties. He continues to serve as One Region Forward’s project manager, overseeing its planning, research, public engagement, community learning, and stakeholder engagement. Other work supporting regional sustainability include providing technical and planning support to the WNY Regional Economic Development Council‘s smart growth efforts, and managing the indicator development for the 2011 Cleaner, Greener Communities Regional Sustainability Plan for Western New York. Additionally, Bart directs UBRI’s research support for Buffalo Promise Neighborhood, producing a 2011 Needs Assessment study that helped the initiative secure a $5 million grant from the US Department of Education, and providing ongoing data-driven support to Buffalo Promise Neighborhood’s community-based safety initiative funded by the US Department of Justice Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation program.
Prior to joining UBRI in 2009, Bart served as the lead analyst for the management accountability program CitiStat Buffalo, where he oversaw the development and analysis of performance metrics for services delivered by the City of Buffalo. This experience afforded him a deep understanding on the management and budgetary issues facing local governance entities. Additional work experience that has informed his knowledge base includes serving as part of a grant writing consultant group retained by school boards, municipalities and nonprofit agencies in the Buffalo Niagara region.
Bart holds a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies from Vassar College, and a Master’s in Urban Planning from the University at Buffalo, where he received the Dean’s Certificate and Best Professional Project Award from the department. A born and bred Buffalonian, Bart lives in the Elmwood Village with his wife Kristin and son Brady. When not tackling home improvement projects or chasing Brady around the house, Bart enjoys playing soccer and ice hockey, tailgating at Ralph Wilson Stadium, and relaxing on the beaches of Southern Ontario.