Who We Are

the City of Buffalo’s not-for-profit development agency

Buffalo Urban Development Corporation (BUDC) is the City of Buffalo's not-for-profit development agency, reclaiming distressed land and buildings for future development.

BUDC seeks to create an environment conducive to private investment, provide oversight and visioning for projects of regional significance, serve as a liaison among various public and private stakeholders, serve as a conduit for public funding of significant projects and serve as a real estate holding company for certain public-sector projects.

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Mayor of Buffalo and BUDC Chairman

Hon. Byron W. Brown



The Buffalo Urban Development Corporation’s Queen City Pop Up Program, in partnership with the City of Buffalo and Buffalo Place Inc., is excited to announce the 2024 Black History Month Downtown Dollars Giveaway promotion. This promotion highlights downtown’s black-owned shops and restaurants. BUDC will award $50 in Downtown Dollars Certificates to 80 winners from Monday, February 12, 2024, to Friday, February 16, 2024. The contest will be conducted through the Queen City Pop Up Facebook page. A live drawing awarding 20 winners will take place at the City of Buffalo’s Black Business Expo event on February 29, 2024, at One Seneca Tower from 4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. To enter for a chance to win, please follow the above social media channels for notifications and simple instructions on how to participate each day. Winners who respond will be randomly selected daily and notified with instructions on how to collect their Downtown Dollars!

Please see the vendor list below for participating businesses.


Vendor List (PDF)

Press Release (PDF)

Black Business Expo Flyer (PDF)

Downtown Dollars Giveaway Flyer (PDF)



Downtown Waterfront Improvements Plan

BUDC and the Mayor’s Office of Strategic Planning have worked in collaboration with our consultant MIG, stakeholders, partners, and city residents to create the Downtown Waterfront Improvement Plan (DWIP). The main goal of DWIP is to better connect residents and visitors to the Downtown waterfront area through accessibility and placemaking enhancements, including improving roadways, trails, parks, signage, and lighting equitably. Please see this link to the Plan.

Click here to learn more!