Next City touts Buffalo’s urban resurgence and opportunities for the future through the lense of our Buffalo Urban Futures Forum (BUFF) in a new piece: Buffalo Centers Revitalization Dreams on Waterfront. The inaugural BUFF event brought together local leaders key to the city’s recent revival to discuss ideas, hopes and goals for the future with panelists from Delaware North 43North, Pegula Sports & Entertainment, Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation, PUSH Buffalo and SUNY Buffalo.
In the piece, Next City President and CEO Tom Dallessio establishes Buffalo as “rising again” and credits “tree-lined streets, solid housing stock, a renewed interest in pedestrian and bicycle transportation, investments in people and buildings, and an enthusiasm for the future” for making the city one to watch in the near- and long-term. Dallessio also pulls out key quotes from each of the panelists that speak to Buffalo’s revitalization.
Tom Dee, president of the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation
“Our vision was established: to revitalize the waterfront and restore economic development. For us, it was all about public access.”
Frank Cravotta, executive VP of creative services for Pegula Sports & Entertainment Group
“We’re having a lot of fun with our new projects and we like it even more because we’re partnering with our neighbors.”
Kelly Hayes McAlonie, director of capital planning for SUNY Buffalo
“We want and expect to be a top-tier city and I think we once again should be audacious. We should celebrate design the way we did 120 years ago.”
Rahwa Ghirmatzion, director of programs for PUSH Buffalo
“What we really need to look at as we’re having these conversations is how do we strategically and intentionally invest in (all our) communities and in (all our) youth.”
Eileen Morgan, chief human resources officer Delaware North
“Buffalo is a great place to recruit from. Telling the Buffalo story is less and less of a challenge every week and every day. The resurgence has just been amazing.”
Bill Maggio, partner at Lorraine Capital and Chairman of 43North
“What we need is mentorship and so what 43North is doing is going outside Western New York and we’re convincing people who had a connection to Buffalo to come back and mentor our young companies. Mentorship is critically important for us to achieve transformation.”
The inaugural BUFF was a launch point for a movement focused on ideas, strategies and plans for how the City of Buffalo can capitalize on its recent success for an even brighter future.