Rebecca Gandour

Executive Vice President - Buffalo Urban Development Corporation (BUDC)



Rebecca Gandour is the Executive Vice President for the Buffalo Urban Development Corporation (BUDC) focusing on the Northland Corridor Redevelopment Project, Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Centennial Park transformation and corporation finances and governance.  Prior to working with BUDC, Ms. Gandour spent eight years as the City of Buffalo’s Director of Development in the Mayor’s Office of Strategic Planning.  She oversaw the City’s economic development programs and worked closely with Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC), BUDC and Erie County Industrial Development Agency (ECIDA).  She helped to negotiate the agreement with Douglas Development that capitalized the Accelerator Fund, a groundbreaking public private partnership. Major projects included the facilitation of AMC theatre opening in Downtown Buffalo, a $10 million private investment, and 201 Ellicott, a $75 million investment that included a fresh food market and 201 affordable housing units.

Ms. Gandour completed her undergraduate studies at the George Washington University (GWU) in Washington, DC and obtained her MBA with a concentration in real estate and urban development from GWU.  She is a member of the Urban Land Institute and President Elect of the Junior League of Buffalo.