Published August 28, 2017
There are fewer construction cranes reaching into the sky, but as new MBA candidates saw Tuesday, Buffalo’s renaissance continues in a big way, with UB programs, people and research remaining at the forefront of the region’s growth.
Highlighted by a booming medical corridor — including construction of a new home for UB’s Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences; a hip and lively waterfront; a slew of new businesses and downtown residential units; a rapidly-growing tech sector; and thriving arts and culture — the region’s resurgence continues unabated.
UB continues to drive change throughout the region, including advanced manufacturing and materials science, building on Buffalo’s legacy of innovation and entrepreneurship and attracting research funding and global talent to Western New York.
On Tuesday, new MBAs were given a firsthand look at UB’s reach into the region on a specially designed bus trip, the UB Impact Tour.
“This is an exciting time to be in Buffalo and UB is a big part of the reason why,” said tour co-organizer Cynthia Shore, senior assistant dean for Alumni and External Relations at the UB School of Management.
“We wanted to find a way to communicate this story in a comprehensive and memorable way,” Shore said. “So we assembled a group of senior administrators from the School of Management and began brainstorming ideas with members of University Communications and Alumni Communications.”
The university then approached Explore Buffalo, a not-for-profit organization providing tours and opportunities to discover Buffalo’s history, neighborhoods and exceptional architecture, to tell the story in a visual way.
“In May we designed a UB Impact Tour for UB’s Volunteer Leadership Summit, so we were able to collaborate with School of Management administrators to rework the tour for the MBAs,” said Brad Hahn, Explore Buffalo founder and executive director.
That morning’s tour for participants in the Volunteer Leadership Summit, Hahn said, was designed to show how “UB is everywhere, doing everything, throughout our region.”
Among key points:
“UB is central to so much of what is going on with Buffalo’s resurgence,” said Hahn. “We point out UB links on our other tours in so many of the neighborhoods we go through… among the Delaware Avenue mansions, for example, there is Thomas Lockwood’s home.
“When he remodeled, he made the library the largest room in his house. Now he is remembered chiefly for his 1935 gift of the Lockwood Memorial Library and his book collection to UB.”
“You hear people say, ‘UB is everywhere,’” said Shore. “It’s true. We couldn’t be prouder of UB’s role in Buffalo’s rebirth and the School of Management’s legacy of innovation and entrepreneurship.”
Additional downtown locations connected to UB highlighted during Tuesday’s tour focused on the roles UB graduates, faculty and innovators are playing in Buffalo’s thriving startup culture. Among the places visited:
After winding through the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and downtown tech and startup sites, the tour concluded at the waterfront.
UB connections there, the MBA candidates learned, include School of Management alumnus and Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation President Thomas Dee, and Synacor, a tech company started by UB graduates George Chamoun and Darren Ascone. Headquartered in Buffalo with offices around the world, Synacor employs approximately 400 individuals.
Taku Yamamoto, an MBA candidate from Japan who also holds a civil engineering degree, was among the students on the tour.
“It was really interesting to see all that UB does in Buffalo,” Yamamoto said. “It is quite a lot. It is also impressive to see the buildings, here in Buffalo, designed by such famous architects as Wright and Richardson.”
“The downtown medical campus is very impressive,” said Vipul Pandit, a candidate from India. “There is a lot going on with how UB supports the tech companies … that is exciting to see.”
“We have a great story to tell,” said Shore. “It is especially important for our students to get to know it.
“We feel this is an excellent way to learn about all that is happening between Buffalo and UB — by seeing some of the most important elements of it.”
The UB Impact tour will be offered on Oct. 7 during Homecoming and Family Weekend. Additional information can be found online.