I recently had a chance to tour the City of Buffalo and have a first hand look at some key projects that are turning the city around.
The first project I visited was Canalside ,which is a redevelopment on part of Buffalo's waterfront. Prior to redevelopment the sites that make up Canalside consisted of a vacant office building, parking lots and vacant land. Now the site is an area that fosters community development, can be used during all 4 seasons and has increased local business opportunities.
The next site I visited was the offices of 43 North. 43 North is the world's largest business idea competition, and gives out $5 million in cash prizes annually to the best entrepreneurs and start ups from around the world. The idea is to bring these businesses to Buffalo for a year and hope they stay longer and grow their business in Buffalo. The initiative is funded by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's Buffalo Billion.
Connecting to the offices of 43 North is Dig, an innovative coworking space. Aside from being a coworking space Dig is a place that provides access to mentors. The idea here is to help entrepreneurs obtain funding from 43 North and move upstairs to the larger Dig offices after their one year term with 43 North is up.
The final site I visited was Conventus, a centre for collaborative medicine on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. The Medical Campus is another master planned project that focuses on bringing together the seven institutions that call it home such a Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo General Hospital and University of Buffalo to name a few.
This tour was a great learning experience and has peaked my interest in Downtown Buffalo specifically, its no longer the Buffalo of old!