Studies, Reports and Data

USA Niagara Development Corporation has conducted or contracted for a number of studies, reports and data in order to better understand the economic development needs of downtown Niagara Falls, New York.  Below is a sampling. 

Economic Data and Market Analysis

In 2010, USAN contracted with HVS Consulting & Valuation Services (HVS) to provide expert Economic and Market Assessment Services. HVS provided to USAN a comprehensive market assessment, which updated and supplemented market data for various tourist-related real estate sectors included in a number of past reports.

USAN determined that in assessing demand for new development, conventional resident-based indices for market and economic analyses and assessments (e.g., local household income, population, employment, etc.) did not fully describe the unique market characteristics of the City of Niagara Falls. Documenting and analyzing current market characteristics has provided to be an important and necessary tool for USAN in attracting new investments.

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Chapter 1 - Visitorship
Chapter 2 - Hotels
Chapter 3 - Residential
Chapter 4 - Attractions
Chapter 5 - Retail-Restaurant Parts 1 -6
Chapter 5 - Exhibits 1-33


Safe and Clean Niagara

USAN, in collaboration with the City of Niagara Falls, has created Safe & Clean Niagara, a safety audit intended to ascertain the perception and reality of safety in the tourist district of Niagara Falls, New York. In addition to examining the tourist district as a whole, Safe & Clean Niagara also looked at five different “areas of concentration” within the study area because of the opportunity to facilitate revitalization efforts in these areas. The areas of concentration were: City Parking Ramp, Old Falls Street & the State Park Entrance; Buffalo Avenue Heritage District; Third Street Business District; and the Aquarium of Niagara.

Three instruments were used in the course of this study to understand the issues of safety in the study area:

  • Focus groups of 7-12 participants, comprised of downtown employees, residents, and others interested in safety issues in Niagara Falls;
  • Crime data and interviews with the Niagara Falls Police Department; and
  • Street level assessment conducted by the study team to understand the physical attributes of the study area that may lead to a feeling of security or insecurity.  

In addition to understanding the safety issues in the study area, Safe & Clean Niagara also strives to develop a series of implementable action items that can be actively pursued by both public sector and private sector entities. By working together to implement these action items, both the perception and reality of safety in the tourist area of Niagara Falls, New York can be improved, to the benefit of residents, tourists, businesses and the City itself.

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