One Region Forward is directed by a steering committee composed of government, nonprofit, and academic organizations with capacity and experience in transportation, housing, economic development, community health, public engagement, and regional planning. Our region’s metropolitan planning organization administers this project with support from the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority. Research and planning professionals at the University at Buffalo Regional Institute and Urban Design Project provide day-to-day support for the project.
1RF Steering Committee
Overall Project Guidance
The One Region Forward Steering Committee meets monthly to oversee all project activities. The committee represents the partnership of government, nonprofit and academic organizations in our region with capacity and experience in transportation, housing, economic development, community health, public engagement and regional planning.
The members are: Erie County; Niagara County; City of Buffalo; City of Niagara Falls; Niagara County Supervisors Association; Association of Erie County Governments; Local Initiatives Support Corporation Buffalo; Belmont Housing Resources for WNY; VOICE Buffalo; The John R. Oishei Foundation; Niagara Falls Housing Authority; Niagara County Department of Social Services; the Western New York Office of Empire State Development; New York State Department of Transportation; University at Buffalo Regional Institute/Urban Design Project; Daemen College Center for Sustainable Communities and Civic Engagement; Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus; Buffalo Niagara Partnership; Greater Buffalo-Niagara Regional Transportation Council; the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority; Blue Sky Design; WNY Environmental Alliance, Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper.
Greater Buffalo-Niagara Regional Transportation Council
Project Management and Administration
One Region Forward is administered and managed by the Greater Buffalo-Niagara Regional Transportation Council (GBNRTC), the region’s Metropolitan Planning Organization. GBNRTC staff are also coordinating the work of 1RF with their own ongoing transportation planning to ensure that all these efforts align in a way that advances regional mobility and access goals — like connecting quality affordable housing with good jobs.
Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority
The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority serves as the fiscal administrator of the One Region Forward program. In this role, NFTA ensures that the project meets the fiscal and administrative requirements of the Sustainable Communities Regional Planning program.
Darren Kempner, AICP, Grants Manager
School of Architecture and Planning, University at Buffalo
Regional Sustainability Team
Much of the technical work for One Region Forward will be produced by the analysts and planners of the UB Regional Institute and the Urban Design Project, research centers in the School of Architecture and Planning, University at Buffalo. Staff there will manage the communications program for 1RF; design and coordinate public engagement events; conduct research on regional planning and law; analyze demographic, economic, and spatial data; facilitate the working team process; map and illustrate concepts in the plan; draft and revise planning documents; and, in concert with GBNRTC staff, manage and coordinate the day-to-day work of the project. Designated as the “Regional Sustainability Team,” UBRI/UDP will coordinate with UB faculty with expertise in planning and sustainability.
Buffalo Niagara Partnership
Private Sector Engagement Programming
As the region’s largest employer organization representing 2,500 companies with more than 200,000 employees, the Buffalo Niagara Partnership oversees outreach and programming for private sector stakeholders in the planning process. This involves convening business stakeholders at key points in the process and developing seminars/capacity-building forums intended to promote sustainability in regional business practices.
Laura St. Pierre Smith, Vice President