Paul Ray

Paul Ray

Associate Director of Operations

Paul is a project manager, researcher and analysist and is also responsible for general operations and fiscal management at UBRI. His main areas of expertise are economic development, Impact analysis, strategic planning and transportation. Paul draws on his education in civil engineering, economics and urban planning and experience from the transportation and construction fields to apply a multi-disciplinary approach to strategic planning and problem solving.

Paul has been the involved in most of UBRI’s recent efforts. Most notably, he was project manager for the Humboldt Parkway Deck Economic Impact Study, SUNY Fredonia’s Economic Impact Study, and the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council’s technical assistance initiative. He has also contributed to UBRI’s work on other projects such as One Region Forward, Western New York Region’s Strategy for Prosperity, Buffalo Billion Investment Strategy, Upstate New York Revitalization Strategy, and The Buffalo Green Code.  Additionally, he is a member of several regional advisory groups including the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus Transportation Demand Management (TDM) working group and Erie County’s Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) working group.

Paul holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, a Master of Arts in Economics and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Paul’s academic interests explore the interaction between land use, transportation and long-term resilience. He is a co-author of “Determinants of exposure to fine particulate matter for waiting passengers at bus stops”, published in the journal Atmospheric Environment and was awarded the School of Architecture and Planning’s Best Professional Project Award in 2009.