Get Involved

Get Involved

One Region Forward is committed to empowering the people of Buffalo Niagara to be a part of the process in driving positive, sustainable change in our region and diverse communities. We will move the region forward together.


1RF Final Draft – A New Way to Plan for Buffalo Niagara

The Final Draft Plan for One Region Forward is now available for public review and comment. This document weaves together close to three years of research, community engagement, partnership building and planning under the banner of One Region Forward.

Learn more about the Final Draft Plan

Public Comment is open from October 15, 2014 – November 6, 2014.

Comments can be emailed to



1RF First Draft – The Work So Far & The Work Ahead

Public Comment on the first Draft Report for One Region Forward is now closed. Look for a final draft plan on October 15th. In the meantime, please review the Fair Housing Equity Assessment (FHEA), a HUD-required strategy document that outlines barriers to opportunity and ways to overcome inequalities in communities across Buffalo Niagara. Public Comment on the FHEA will be open until September 24, 2014.


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A brief survey using the text message function of your mobile phone, Text it Forward was one of the many tools One Region Forward used to broaden the conversation shaping the initiative.  By leveraging mobile technology, the One Region Forward team worked to re-imagine public meetings and citizen input in the planning process.

A total of five Text It Forward surveys were deployed over Spring and Summer of 2014. The subject of each survey was closely aligned with One Region Forward’s focus areas.

Hundreds of citizens from across Buffalo Niagara texted in their answers and made their voice heard on topics as diverse as public transportation, land use, vacancy, and food access. Data from these surveys is being incorporated into One Region Forward’s Regional Plan for Sustainable Development.

See the results

Citizen Planning SchoolCitizen Planning School

Plan a change for your community. Get the know-how to address change head-on and create a vision for your community’s future.

Whether you are a concerned citizen interested in learning more about the basics of planning and sustainable development, or you want to implement your idea for a sustainable initiative in your neighborhood, the Citizen Planning School has something to offer. Hosted by One Region Forward and UB’s School of Architecture and Planning, the program offers two levels of training.

Learn more about becoming a Citizen Planner

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Get hands-on experience shaping Buffalo Niagara’s future.

Become more engaged and involved with One Region Forward by becoming a member of Team Tomorrow. Anyone interested in the work of One Region Forward is invited to join and volunteer at community meetings or events and help us get the word out about the initiative.

Learn more about being a Team Tomorrow member

Request a PresentationRequest a Presentation for Your Group or Organization

We want to hear from citizens and organizations across Erie and Niagara County to guide the vision and participate in the development of the plan. It’s a chance to learn more about the effort and be a part of One Region Forward.

Request a presentation

See where we’ve been in the region on our Community Outreach Map and read about where we will be heading next in our events listing.

Share Your Example of SustainabilityDoing Work in Sustainability?
Get it Featured on Our Website

If you’re involved in a project or a program that you believe helps define what sustainability means for the future for our region, tell us about it and we’ll feature it on our website’s interactive map “Sustainability in Action.”




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We’ve been out across the region asking people to tell us what they do to define sustainability in their daily lives and move One Region Forward.

Tell us what you’re doing to make Buffalo Niagara more sustainable  and see how citizens across the region are finishing that sentence.



Share One Region Forward With Your Online CommunityShare One Region Forward With Your Own Online Community

Sharing One Region Forward on your website is an easy and effective way to show your support for the initiative. Let us know if you are interested and we will assist you with materials you can post on your organization, business, or personal website.




Other ways to get involved

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