Bart Roberts is an urban planner, researcher, and data analyst who works to develop data driven solutions for community organizations, local governments, and regional initiatives. At UBRI, Bart specializes in bringing together research and practice to advance projects related to sustainability, community development, citizen engagement, economic revitalization, and land use policy.
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 support that program, with planning advisement, research, community engagement, and local capacity building.
More recent projects Bart has led for UBRI include: directing research for the Greater Buffalo Racial Equity’s foundational study The Racial Equity Dividend: Buffalo’s Great Opportunity; overseeing the planning process for Tonawanda Tomorrow, a federally-funded economic development program preparing the Town in wake of the NRG Huntley coal-powered plant closure; launching the NYSERDA-funded Clean Energy Communities technical assistance program for Buffalo Niagara municipalities; and managing the public engagement for Niagara Street Now, the City of Buffalo’s streetscape and green infrastructure transformation of a 3-mile long corridor that runs parallel to the Niagara River.
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 Buffalo’s Parkside neighborhood 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.