One Region Forward’s Regional Plan for Sustainable Development entitled “A New Way to Plan for Buffalo Niagara” weaves together nearly three years of research, community engagement, partnership building and planning by over 5,000 citizens and more than 700 local organizations.
The plan explores ideas and potential strategies to align our actions to our values, providing a basic framework for moving the region towards a more sustainable, resilient, prosperous and opportunity-rich future.
The plan is designed to be a decision-making tool. It offers insights on the future impacts of various approaches to regional development and provides guidance on how our region can work together to create a sustainable, livable Buffalo Niagara for the 21st Century.
Read the full document online in booklet form.
You can also download it in single-page format for printing.
“A Strategy for Prosperity” aims to make fundamental improvement in the WNY economy, to ensure sustainable and long-term growth in jobs and income in our five-county region, and to contribute to the
resurgence of the broader economy of New York State.
The basic strategy is two-fold. It addresses systemic issues fundamental to the success of our entire economy -- like workforce, infrastructure, and an entrepreneurial culture. At the same time, it responds to the needs of key industry sectors where our region has strength and can capitalize on comparative advantages.
And it sharpens basic tools -- marketing and promotion and regulatory reform -- to move all industry sectors ahead. The strategy justifies WNY REDC priority projects for special state funding. Just as important, it provides a plan for us to work together in the coming years to achieve a truly sustainable
A Participatory Process
The strategy was developed through a broad-based, participatory process engaging more than a thousand citizens. More than 200 community and business leaders volunteered long hours in work groups to develop the details of a plan. Many others participated in public forums, submitted comments by e-mail or online, or sent letters with their views. Because of all these efforts, the work before you is driven by the collective intelligence of our region and the shared commitment to follow through in the months and years to come. [See pages 12-13 for more detail on participation in the planning].