One Region Forward is a broad-based, collaborative effort to promote more sustainable forms of development in Erie and Niagara counties – the Buffalo Niagara Region – in land use, transportation, housing, energy and climate, access to food, and more. It combines research and public engagement with planning and action to help us meet the combined economic, environmental, and social challenges of the 21st century.

Buffalo Niagara map, 64 municpalities
Erie and Niagara counties encompass 64 cities, towns and villages. Building a more sustainable region will require making important decisions together as a region.

It starts with a plan

One Region Forward was launched through a planning process to craft a Regional Plan for Sustainable Development, a federally recognized document that gives our region priority status for funding opportunities today and into the future. The plan, called A New Way to Plan for Buffalo Niagara serves as a practical roadmap for improving mobility, promoting more efficient land use patterns, strengthening our basic infrastructure, growing a 21st century economy, ensuring broad access to healthy food, protecting housing and neighborhoods, and mounting our region’s response to the challenge of global climate change.

But this is more than just a plan. One Region Forward seeks to support implementation that will produce lasting benefits for both our economy and quality of life. It seeks to prepare our civic and business leaders to make smart decisions by providing online tools and technical assistance to show how sustainability can work here. Most importantly, this effort is about empowering the people of Buffalo Niagara to be a part of the process in driving positive, sustainable change for their communities.

One Region Forward overview (pdf)

1RF Implementation Council Charter Online

The time is now to work together even more closely to achieve the emerging vision, working today to build the community of tomorrow.