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.

2020 was a year of real change.

Major global and national events— the COVID-19 pandemic and social unrest caused by racial injustices— had unprecedented ripple effects on regional economies. In the past decade, key indicators showed Buffalo Niagara heading in the right direction after years of economic decline and stagnation.

With new widespread and long-lasting economic and social turmoil challenging our region, we are thinking about economic resiliency in a new way. That doesn’t mean abandoning the key pillars—placemaking, talent, sustainability and innovation—that steered us in the right direction through our past economic recovery. In fact, the foundation we’ve built has only become more important. 2020 was a year to reflect on this moment of global and national change with new and unfamiliar paradigms, and focus on economic resiliency strategies so our region can emerge even stronger than before.

Featured Work

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.

Numbers in Need

Numbers in Need

An online resource to inform the region about poverty and economic vulnerability.

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