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Mayor Brown Launches a Design Contest in Buffalo
June 26, 2015 - Mayor Byron Brown, joined today by representatives from IBM and LAMAR Advertising, launched an open design contest for graphic artists, design teams and students to develop a logo that will identify the advertising campaign that will help foster, cultivate and preserve the culture of diversity, inclusion, fairness and equality in Buffalo. The logo competition seeks a visual identity for the City of Buffalo Opportunity Pledge, which Mayor Brown announced during his State of the City address in February. The City of Buffalo Opportunity Pledge is an important component of Mayor Brown’s collaborative effort to celebrate the diversity of the city of Buffalo, and to ensure that all city residents and businesses benefit from the city’s rising prosperity.
“We are seeking ideas from Buffalo residents, artists, graphic designers, students and the general public to come up with a creative, innovative and professional logo design to illustrate the concept behind the City of Buffalo Opportunity Pledge,” said Mayor Brown. “The logo should be recognizable and distinct, a symbol of the city’s values, and a reflection of the growth and opportunity that we are experiencing throughout Buffalo. By fostering a citywide mindset that embraces diversity and inclusion as core values and strengths, we move toward realizing our potential. This logo design contest is a tremendous opportunity to join a community-wide initiative that is moving Buffalo toward the goal of shared prosperity for all residents. I thank IBM and Lamar Advertising for their valuable contributions to our City, for being among the first businesses to take and promote the Opportunity Pledge, and for the generous awards they have offered for the winners of this design contest.”
Jay Goodwyn, IBM Buffalo Innovation Center (IBIC), Executive Director, stated, “ IBM‘s enduring commitment to diversity is one of the reasons we can credibly say that IBM is one of the world‘s leading globally integrated enterprises. IBM enthusiastically supports Mayor Brown’s opportunity pledge. We live by the values of diversity and inclusion every day at IBM, where diversity it is a core belief and a key ingredient that enables us to be successful as a company. We are very pleased to be part of Mayor Brown’s diversity initiative and proud to be here today in support of the Buffalo Opportunity Pledge. Beth Stubbe, IBM’s Talent Development Manager, and I have both signed the pledge and encouraged others at the IBM Buffalo Innovation Center to do the same.”. Read More....
Mayor Brown Names New Director Of The Buffalo employment and Training Center
June 23, 2015 - Demone Smith to lead efforts to provide career training for city and county residents, meet workforce needs of local employers
Today, Mayor Byron W. Brown announced the appointment of Demone Smith as the director of the Buffalo Employment and Training Center (BETC) – the agency responsible for workforce development initiatives responsive to the needs of City of Buffalo and Erie County employers and job seekers. This appointment will be effective upon Smith’s resignation from the Buffalo Common Council on Friday, June 26, 2015.
“Demone Smith is a seasoned professional and his 15 plus years of experience working with all levels of government, community members, organizations and city residents will play a key role in forming new partnerships that will further ensure Buffalo’s workforce system meets the needs of our growing economy,” said Mayor Brown.
As executive director, Smith will oversee all aspects of BETC’s workforce development, training and placement system, a critically important position to the City of Buffalo’s overall economic development and job growth plan for Buffalo’s future as a desirable and competitive place to live, work, invest and visit. With over $5 billion in new economic development activity underway, which is expected to create over 12,000 jobs, Smith is responsible for the oversight of the Buffalo Employment and Training Center (BETC) that brings together a variety of workforce development organizations and partner agencies with a primary goal of working to prepare today’s new workforce in Buffalo for tomorrow’s employment opportunities.
“I am enthusiastic and honored to serve as executive director of BETC,” said Smith. “I share Mayor Brown’s vision to further grow Buffalo into a city of opportunity where everyone can benefit from Buffalo’s job growth by obtaining 21st century skills in expanding sectors of our local economy. I am fully committed to ensuring that every resident has a clear pathway to career-readiness and a good job.”
As Buffalo celebrates its existing strengths in business and employment, it continues to diversify and build on new strengths through emerging technologies, such as healthcare, biosciences and high-tech industries. Smith will help City of Buffalo residents navigate training and job applications and connect qualified candidates to job opportunities in Buffalo and the Buffalo area. Read More...
Mayor Brown Announces That A Major Downtown Stakeholder Adds To The Momentum At 201 Ellicott Street
June 16, 2015 - City of Buffalo incorporates Erie Community College’s plan for enhanced downtown space into the development process for the future use of a city-owned parking lot that also seeks to attract a grocery store to downtown Buffalo
As part of his commitment to continue the significant investment and job growth that is happening across the City of Buffalo, Mayor Byron W. Brown was pleased to announce today that Erie Community College (ECC) has become a key stakeholder in the City of Buffalo’s 201 Ellicott Street project, providing the development community with an even greater opportunity to transform a prime downtown parcel that is ready for redevelopment.
“Erie Community College is one of Buffalo’s higher education institutions and plays an important role in our city’s economic growth,” said Mayor Brown. “By incorporating ECC’s plan to add a new downtown building into the city’s 201 Ellicott Street project, we are enhancing the overall scope of this project by bringing the successful developer an anchor tenant who is looking to bolster its downtown presence.”
Initially, the City of Buffalo released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for 201 Ellicott Street, a city-owned property on May 8, 2015. Since then, ECC has reached out to the city and requested to be part of the formal process to determine if 201 Ellicott meets its future space needs. Given this new opportunity, the City of Buffalo, in incorporating ECC’s plan into the 201 Ellicott Street development process, issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) today to identify a Developer to be designated for the site. The issuance of the RFQ replaces the RFP released in May.
“Ongoing planning for the future of many of ECC’s academic and non-academic programs has illustrated the need for enhanced downtown space,” said ECC President Jack Quinn. “We believe that being involved in this RFQ will not only assist the college in its pursuit of such space, but will also eventually help us bolster programmatic offerings across a reimagined City Campus. We’re excited about the ongoing redevelopment of downtown Buffalo and we’re committed to continuing as a vital part of the city’s present and future.”
201 Ellicott Street is owned by the City of Buffalo and is currently used as a surface parking lot. Downtown Buffalo is experiencing tremendous growth with an increase in demand for both apartment and condominium residential units. There is also a greater demand for retail offerings with the influx of new residents to downtown as well as a growing workforce population. This growth provides the opportunity to put 201 Ellicott Street to a higher and better use.
Mayor Brown’s Office of Strategic Planning is seeking qualifications from interested developers to demonstrate their capacity to develop a mixed-use development project that includes a full line grocery store, a significant residential element (with a possibility for condominiums), and a required parking ramp. The Request for Qualifications (RFQ) process will result in the City designating a Developer for 201 Ellicott Street.
As part of developing a mixed-use project for the site, the designated Developer will be asked to engage in a master planning process with Erie Community College “ECC”. ECC, a major Downtown stakeholder, is currently in the process of developing a plan to determine the future space needs of the college; in terms of programs and locations. A major part of that work will focus on an enhanced ECC presence downtown. The Developer will be required to work with ECC through its master planning process to determine if ECC’s needs can be incorporated into the mixed-use project at 201 Ellicott Street. Read More...
City Reaches Ten Year Tentative Agreement With The Buffalo Police Benevolent Association: 4Th Major Unior Contract Reached In The Past Two Years
June 12, 2015 - Mayor Brown says contract continues his commitment to prudent fiscal management and secures a residency requirement for new Police Officers
Mayor Byron W. Brown has announced that his administration has reached a tentative 10-year agreement with the Buffalo Police Benevolent Association.
“It's good for the taxpayers, good for the men and women in uniform, and good for the residents of the City of Buffalo,” said Mayor Brown. "This new contract provides fiscal certainty with respect to Police wages, secures important cost-saving concessions for the future, and will change the makeup of the Buffalo Police Department of the future by requiring new hires to be stakeholders in our community.”
This tentative contract, effective July 1, 2009 and lasting through June 30, 2019, provides PBA members with an overall 16.5% salary increase over 10 years, including three years without any increase in wages. In return, the PBA agreed to concessions and benefit reductions for future employees, including:
The tentative contract also includes several measures that Mayor Brown considers “the right thing to do,” including:
The contract will be subject to a ratification vote of PBA members in early July, and, assuming it is ratified, will be reviewed by the Buffalo Fiscal Stability Authority and then sent to the Buffalo Common Council for its required approval. Mayor Brown stated, "This contract is another great example of how effective labor negotiations can provide the City with long term fiscal stability and certainty, while also achieving meaningful reforms that will improve City services well into the future.” The City of Buffalo will be the only major City in New York State with a residency requirement for its Police Officers if the agreement is approved.
The contract represents the fourth major union contract reached in just over two years. Since July of 2013, the City has reached long-term contracts with Local 282 (Fire), Local 264-T (Teamsters), Local 650 (White Collar), and now with the PBA.
Mayor Brown Attends Reopening Of Newly Renovated Senior Apartments
June 12, 2015 - City allocates $700,000 to this $13.5 million affordable senior housing renovation project in North Buffalo
Mayor Byron Brown, along with New York State Assembly Member Crystal Peoples-Stokes, city officials and community members, today attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the official grand re-opening of the Hertel Senior Apartments in North Buffalo. The affordable senior housing complex was built in 1996 and improvements included apartment and common space upgrades, new green energy efficient lighting and windows.
SA+A Development spent more than one year renovating the four-story 119,000 square foot senior facility that includes a ground floor retail hair salon, yarn shop, and other offices. The newly renovated facility is 100% occupied. Hertel Senior Apartments in North Buffalo is a handicapped accessible complex that also provides residents with several reading rooms, a large community room, on-site parking and laundry facilities.
Mayor Brown To Announce Final Key Property Acquisition For The Future Northland Beltline Corridor Redevelopment Project
June 10, 2015 - Mayor Byron Brown was joined today by Buffalo Common Council President Darius Pridgen, Majority Leader Demone Smith and the Buffalo Urban Development Corporation (BUDC) to discuss the recent purchase of 777 Northland, a significant step forward in the plan to create an East Side business park as part of the Northland Corridor Redevelopment Project.
“We continue to do even more to ensure that opportunity is reaching all of our neighborhoods and today, as Chairman of BUDC, I’m pleased to announce that BUDC acquired the final key parcel on this site at 777 Northland,” said Mayor Brown. “The Northland Business and Training Park is coming to Buffalo’s East Side and this will mean potentially hundreds of jobs and training opportunities.”
Last year, supported by a Buffalo Billion grant from Governor Andrew Cuomo and Empire State Development, Mayor Brown encouraged BUDC staff to aggressively begin to assemble land in the Northland Corridor. The first property to be acquired was the abandoned Houdaille Industries plant at 537 East Delavan. BUDC later closed on a number of properties which were part of the historic Niagara Machine and Tool Works facility.
The property at 777 Northland consists of five (5) acres of land and an 80,000 square foot building. In total, approximately 50 acres of land and over 700,000 square feet of buildings have been assembled over the last two years in the Northland Industrial Corridor to create an East Side Park focused on the manufacturing and energy sectors. BUDC is currently engaged in the appropriate environmental due diligence and SEQRA review planning for the properties. BUDC has hired LiRo Engineers to spend 2015 formulating a redevelopment strategy for the Corridor.
Mayor Brown, Council President Pridgen Celebrate Immigrant Heritage Month In Buffalo
June 10, 2015 - Mayor Byron W. Brown issued a proclamation today in recognition of June as Immigrant Heritage Month in Buffalo. Joining him was Buffalo Common Council President Darius Pridgen and Jessica M. Lazarin, director of the Mayor’s Office of New Americans (ONA), and members of the City’s immigrant and refugee community. The Mayor also made several announcements about the work of the ONA to ensure that Buffalo’s newly arrived communities are welcomed and supported.
“We’re committed to building Buffalo’s growing reputation as a welcoming, inclusive, global city,” said Mayor Brown, noting that the number of foreign-born residents in Buffalo continues to grow dramatically, with a 95% increase between 2006 and 2013. “In Buffalo, we are proud of our diversity. Immigrants and refugees are our friends, neighbors, co-workers and employees. They are starting businesses, revitalizing neighborhoods, and contributing to our city’s continued population growth. Our government must continue to foster their integration into the social, civic and economic culture of our City and at the same time, celebrate the rich diversity of the communities from which they originate.”
In 2013, the American Community Survey reported that Buffalo is home to over 23,000 foreign-born residents, a near doubling of the foreign-born population since 2006. Last year, Buffalo welcomed over 1,100 refugees, with an additional 1,500 new residents expected to settle in Buffalo by next year. More than 70 languages are now spoken by students who attend Buffalo Public schools. In recognition of Immigrant Heritage Month, Mayor Brown announced that:
Mayor Brown Announces New Crime Fighting Measures As Part Of Gun Violence Awareness Month In Buffalo
June 8, 2015 - June marks Gun Violence Awareness Month in Buffalo and across the State; community groups and anti-violence advocates promote upcoming educational awareness activities
Today Mayor Byron W. Brown, Buffalo Police Commissioner Dan Derenda, family members of homicide victims and anti-violence advocates held a press conference in recognition of Gun Violence Awareness Month in Buffalo. After unveiling new crime fighting measures, Mayor Brown issued a proclamation that declared June 2015 as ‘Gun Violence Awareness Month’ in the City of Buffalo.
In cities across the state this month, elected officials and community leaders focused on gun violence prevention. In recognition of Gun Violence Awareness Month this year in Buffalo, Mayor Brown unveiled the following additional crime fighting measures:
Under the leadership of Mayor Brown, the Buffalo Police Department reduced overall crime by over 25%, removed over 13,000 guns and by the end of 2015, the city’s police camera surveillance system will expand to 220 state of the art cameras. The city also funded a new fleet of police cruisers and established the highly effective Peacemakers Organization.
As part of today’s event, anti-violence advocates outlined a number of Buffalo activities scheduled for this summer, including gun-safety education programs, community and political engagement events, and entertainment activities.
For more information, go to www.bpdny.org - Twitter: @BPDAlerts - Facebook: Buffalo Police Department - Instagram: BUFFALO_POLICE_DEPT.
Mayor Brown Kicks-Off 14th Annual Reading Rules!
May 6, 2015 - Mayor Byron Brown, joined by students from PS #94 West Hertel Academy, kicked off the Mayor’s annual Reading Rules! Kids Summer Reading Challenge. The summer program, now in its 14th year, is designed to help students maintain and improve their reading and writing skills during the summer months.
“I strongly believe that regular reading keeps academic skills sharp, inspires curiosity, and best of all, fosters young people to become lifelong readers and learners,” said Mayor Brown. “I’m pleased that so many of our city youth take part in my summer reading challenge and I encourage others to join the fun so we can get more books into the homes of children and keep them reading and learning during the summer.”
“Reading Rules!” began in 2001, when Mayor Brown served in the New York State Senate, as a way to address the literacy problem in New York State, specifically in Buffalo and Western New York. Mayor Brown started the literacy effort to encourage schoolchildren to read books throughout the summer, and submit written summaries of each book they had read.
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