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.

Maximizing Impact by Co-Investing in Regional Community Wealth Building

UBRI recently led the development of the Regional Revitalization Partnership (RRP), a $300 million comprehensive, community-driven economic development strategy that takes a public-private investment approach that will maximize impact and leverage additional investment.

This strategy, first implemented in Buffalo, Niagara Falls, and Rochester, will serve as a pilot program that could be rolled out to the rest of New York State and has the potential to become an innovative national model for community and economic revitalization.

Featured Work

East Side Avenues

East Side Avenues

A unique public/private partnership that provides capital and organizational support to transformational projects along four East Side commercial corridors.

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.

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