LISC National

Developer Education Program

LISC believes that neighborhoods know what is best for themselves. LISC supports small-scale local developers by providing tools that can help them navigate how to best use their resources to make neighborhood visions a reality.

The Community-Based Real Estate Development Training (CBREDT) Program was developed as a collaboration of the University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning, University at Buffalo Regional Institute (UBRI), Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), Empire State Development (ESD), and the City of Buffalo. 

The intent of the program, is to ensure that land and buildings on the East Side corridors are improved, in a manner driven by community, and less likely to fall under the hands of absentee landlords or sit as blight in the urban landscape. The goal is to build a community of citizen developers who are equipped to take an active role in revitalizing their neighborhoods. 

The program provides an overview of the commercial real estate development process, including pre-development, construction management, property management, and financing. 


Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6:00 - 7:30 pm from mid-May to mid-August, 2020. 


Due to Covid-19, classes have moved online.

Classroom Instructors

A wide range of committed experts in the field will serve as instructors. Classes will include personal experience from Buffalo-based commercial real estate developers, along with lectures and interactive activities.


Participants will be provided with a mentor from the commercial real estate field based on individual needs and interests. Mentors and participants will meet for one hour per month during the training program, and may continue the rlationship after the program, based on mutual interest.

Final Project & Presentation

Participants will be working throughout the course on a final project and will be given the opportunity to present their project to a panel of commerical real estate development professionals.


Tyra Johnson Hux; Developer Education Program