Brandye Merriweather
Vice President - Downtown Development
Buffalo Urban Development Corp. (BUDC)

Brandye Merriweather is the Vice President - Downtown Development for the Buffalo Urban Development Corporation (BUDC).  Brandye is responsible for the implementation of the Buffalo Building Reuse Project. This initiative furthers the development of downtown Buffalo through the adaptive reuse of vacant and underutilized buildings, residential development, infrastructure improvements and development of tools and incentives that assist downtown projects.

Brandye also spearheads the Queen City Pop Up Project, downtown's first pop up retail program. This program encourages retail along Main Street in downtown Buffalo by transforming vacant storefronts into vibrant retail shops that feature local retailers. The storefronts are offered to retailers free of charge in anticipation that these retailers will permanently locate their businesses on downtown Main Street following the Queen City Pop Up program.

Prior to her role in downtown development at BUDC, Brandye Merriweather worked for various city economic development entities as a project manager with a focus on strategic planning, small business development and commercial corridors in distressed neighborhoods.

Brandye Merriweather received a Master of Business Administration from Medaille College in 2007.  She is a member of the 2014 graduating class of Leadership Buffalo. She was a finalist for the 2015 Athena Young Professional Leadership Award as well as a recipient of a 2016 Black Achiever’s Award.  Brandye Merriweather is also a 2016 Buffalo Business First 40 under 40 award recipient. She is also an active member of the International Downtown Association. She also serves on numerous steering committees and organizations that work to further improve the city of Buffalo.