The UB Regional Institute

A unit of the University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning

State of the Region
Regional Knowledge Network
  • Contact us with questions about the State of the Region or the Regional Knowledge Network:
    UB Regional Institute
    The State University of New York
    UB Downtown Gateway
    77 Goodell Street, Suite 302
    Buffalo, NY, 14203

    Phone: 716-878-2440
    Fax: 716-842-0154

    E-mail: regional-institute@buffalo.edu

Information Tools Go Offline as UB Regional Institute Considers New Approach to Data and Information on the Region

As part of its mission to make data and information available for the Buffalo Niagara region, the UB Regional Institute offered both the State of the Region and the Regional Knowledge Network as part of its suite of online tools.


State of the Region

Since 2005, the UB Regional Institute offered the State of the Region, its performance-measurement tool for the Buffalo Niagara region to enhance the accessibility of data and analysis on key regional issues. The UB Regional Institute has taken the State of the Region offline to rethink how it presents and updates data and information on the region. The State of the Region is one of several resources provided by the institute to build understanding and frame debate in the region on critical topics, ranging from the economy to education. At this time, the institute is working toward a more integrated approach to providing the region with information in ways that are engaging, efficient and useful.


Regional Knowledge Network

The UB Regional Institute offered The Regional Knowledge Network as a central resource for reliable information on the binational Buffalo Niagara region.

With the goal of building regional understanding and informing decision making, the UB Regional Institute developed RKN to provide government officials, regional leaders, community activists, researchers and citizens with access to up-to-date data on the region. RKN offered data, maps and resources on nine topic areas covering Western New York, Southern Ontario and the 264 municipalities within the region. 


New Approaches for Online Tools

The UB Regional Institute has taken the State of the Region and the Regional Knowledge Network offline to rethink how it presents and updates data and information on the region. Both tools are examples of several resources provided by the institute to build understanding and frame debate in the region on critical topics, ranging from the economy to education. At this time, the institute is working toward a more integrated approach to providing the region with information in ways that are engaging, efficient and useful.

Projects such as One Region Forward represent one of our new approaches to share information and providing context for decisionmaking in the region.

If you are looking for specific data or information provided by the State of the Region, please feel free to contact the institute to obtain relevant materials.


Data and Resources about the Region:

Many of the data and resources of the Buffalo Niagara binational region featured on the Regional Knowledge Network can be found at the links below.

Population and Demographics
  • U.S. Census Bureau: The central resource to access data and tools from the U.S. Census. Resources include decennial census data, interactive maps, working papers, and other resources.
  • American FactFinder: The data mining tool of the U.S. Census, American FactFinder is a search engine for demographic facts of various geographies, from the block group to nation levels.
  • Statistics Canada: Demographic and economic data on the Canadian areas of our binational region, as well as maps and other geographical tools can be found on Statistics Canada.
  • New York State Data Center: A compilation of economic and demographic data for the state and its sub-geographies.
Government Economy Education and Schools Environment Transportation and Land Use
  • New York State Department of Transportation: Resource provides information regarding projects undertaken by the department. It contains a comprehensive set of programs and services. Information regarding Civil Rights Acts and Programs, Government/Business Funding and Grants, Education and Training, Environmental Acts and Programs, and Permits and Registration is provided.
  • Ontario Ministry of Transportation: This resource provides information about the ministry and latest transportation updates. It also features information regarding the ministry’s priority projects in the transportation sector.
  • Greater Buffalo Niagara Regional Transportation Council: Describes the planning for projects such as the Human Service Transportation Plan and Metropolitan Transportation Plan, along with the status of current projects. It also contains maps, data and publications.
  • Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority: This resource provides information regarding schedules of buses and metro-rails along with traffic information. The resource also provides links to the websites of the Buffalo Airport and Niagara Falls Airport.
  • Center for Transportation Excellence: This resource is a clearinghouse of information that supports quality transportation choices. It features election results and research pertaining to transit options.
Health and Human Services Public Safety Civic Infrastructure

 

About State of the Region

A founding project of the Regional Institute, the State of the Region monitors the binational Buffalo Niagara region’s performance in 11 key areas through quantifiable data analysis. Its 1999 baseline report was developed in conjunction with more than 200 community members. Progress reports were released in 2000 and 2003, with the second focusing on the issue of equity in Buffalo Niagara. The State of the Region project transitioned in July 2005 to an online presentation of data and performance measures.

About the Regional Knowledge Network

RKN launched in its first phase in March 2006. With support from The John R. Oishei Foundation, RKN will reached full build-out by May 2008, presenting data through maps, downloadable data and a list of regional resources.