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Saturday, March 28, 2015
MAYOR BROWN ANNOUNCES THE WINNERS OF BUFFALO’S FIRST SERIOUS COMPUTER GAME DESIGN COMPETITION
March 23, 2015 - Five teams competed for a chance to advance to the final round of competition
Easter Season At The Broadway Market
March 20, 2015 - Mayor Byron Brown, joined by The Most Reverend Richard Joseph Malone of the Diocese of Buffalo, other elected officials and members of the community, officially cut the ribbon at The Broadway Market today, signifying the beginning of the Easter Season here in Buffalo.
“It’s fun to be at The Broadway Market during the Easter Season,” said Mayor Brown. “The Easter Season means the return of the Easter Bunny, butter lambs, spring inspired chocolates, pastries, arts & crafts, flowers and other delights. Under one roof, we have many businesses and various products that the entire community enjoys. I encourage city residents and visitors to stop by and see all that the historic Broadway Market has to offer.”
The Easter season at The Broadway Market is now officially underway. Over the past year, the city has continued its efforts to ensure the viability of the popular neighborhood destination by investing $200,000 in structural improvements, as well as installing a new senior citizen center. This year, plans are in the works to resurface the market floor, with the installation of a commercial kitchen coming in 2016.
A great asset to small businesses here in Buffalo, The Broadway Market continues to give entrepreneurs a space to conduct business. This year, the market has seven new vendors for Easter: Dexter's Hats and Caps, Gridlock Lacquer, D.G. Sales, Wreaths by Barb, Eddie Ryan's restaurant, Collins Craft Work, Bathfitters, Retro Buffalo and Tupperware. (Forty-seven seasonal vendors open for Easter, with thirty-two permanent vendors at The Broadway Market).
Mayor Brown stressed that more Buffalo and Western New York residents should visit and shop at this great facility “The Broadway Market isn’t just a seasonal destination, it’s open all year-round. Throughout the year, there is something for everyone at The Broadway Market.”
The Easter Bunny arrives on Saturday, March 21st at 10:00 am and will be at the market daily. For more information on this event and more in the City of Buffalo, “Like” Mayor Brown’s Facebook page atwww.facebook.com/MayorByronBrown.
Buffalo's First Ever 'Virtual' Ribon Cutting Ceremony
March 19, 2015 - Mayor Byron Brown and Buffalo Game Space (BGS) Board Members John Futscher, PJ Moskal, Ben Lord, and Volker Einsfeld, hosted a virtual ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the new home of Buffalo Game Space. Mayor Brown, in partnership with Buffalo Game Space, will host the city’s first ever Serious Computer Game Design Competition, March 20, 2015 through March 22, 2015 at Buffalo Game Space’s new location in the Tri-Main Building on Main Street. Game designers will have two-days to create the most innovative serious game concept and design.
“Video Game Design tournaments are becoming a big business and I’m proud to present our city’s Serious Game Design Competition in partnership with IBM and Buffalo Game Space,” said Mayor Brown. “With Buffalo rated a top city for college graduates, we must continue to strengthen the areas that make our city attractive to you people: affordability, employment opportunities and creativity. This type of event breeds innovation and encourages tech enthusiasts to use their creativity to design a video game about Buffalo that teaches employable skills, including respect for diversity, while building a futuristic city of Buffalo.”
Buffalo Game Space is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to expanding the art of video game making. By teaching newcomers, assisting game makers, and providing an open space to collaborate, trade knowledge, it plans to become a premiere center for game development! After months of hard work, Buffalo Game Space will celebrate its official grand opening on Saturday March 28, 2015 at 7pm.
Mayor Brown, Buffalo City Mission Announce A Boost In Code Blue Funding
March 12, 2015 - City of Buffalo Office of Strategic Planning allocated additional $18,000 for Code Blue, for a total of $123,000 in funding for the Mission: $63,000 for Code Blue and $60,000 for the shelter. Funding comes on the heels of record-breaking winter season with 42 nights being Code Blue.
On the heels of a record-breaking winter, City of Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, together with the Buffalo City Mission, today announced an $18,000 increase in funding for the Mission’s Code Blue initiative. The program provides critical shelter, clothing and hot meals for anyone living on the streets, but especially targets the 11 percent of those chronically homeless who do not want to reside in shelters and who live in uninhabitable or dangerous places during times of extremely low temperatures and wind chills with no means for finding shelter.
In order to maintain the services the City Mission provides to the chronically homeless population during extreme winter weather, additional funding was needed to compensate the Mission for the record number of nights for the 2014-15 winter season when Code Blue was in effect. The City of Buffalo has endured one of the coldest winters in a number of years, and those without shelter are at the greatest risk for winter-related diseases, ailments and death.
“During one of the most severe winters we’ve seen in Buffalo, the City Mission had Code Blue in effect 42 nights this season,” said City of Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown. “In order to ensure that all homeless citizens of this community have access to the life-saving shelter, clothing and food they need during our most severe weather, the City’s Office of Strategic Planning has allocated these critical funds to ensure the Mission has the necessary means to continue serving those in our community with the greatest needs.”
With the additional $18,000 provided for Code Blue, total funding for the City Mission provided by the City’s Office of Strategic Planning next year increases to $123,000. Of that total, $63,000 is allocated for Code Blue and $60,000 is allocated for the shelter. Throughout this past Code Blue season, the Mission provided more than 6,000 meals and 2,500 safe nights of sleep. Read More...
Skating, Reading, Extracting DNA - Students Engage In Science Week 2015 - Buffalo Sabres and Libraries Join Partners In Expanded STEM Program For K-12 Students
March 12, 2015 - The second city-wide Science Week, aimed at raising awareness of the importance of the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields to future employment in Western New York’s burgeoning life sciences and advanced manufacturing industries, will take place March 14-20, 2015.
Mayor Brown, BPD Partner With Nextdoor, The Private Social Network For Neighborhoods
March 5, 2015 - Mayor Byron Brown and the Buffalo Police Department detailed a new partnership with Nextdoor (www.nextdoor.com), the private social network for neighborhoods, to improve citywide and neighbor-to-neighbor communications. Mayor Brown first announced the partnership at last week’s State of the City Address.
Nextdoor Senior Partner Manager Adrian Fine stated, "Nextdoor is proud to partner with Buffalo residents, the City of Buffalo, and the Buffalo Police Department. The entire Nextdoor team congratulates Mayor Brown and Commissioner Derenda for championing this program. They share Nextdoor's mission of building safer and stronger communities."
Led by Mayor Byron Brown and Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda, this integration with Nextdoor will enable the Mayor’s Office and the Buffalo Police Department to use Nextdoor to build stronger, safer communities with the help of Buffalo residents. This announcement marks the first partnership with Nextdoor in the greater Buffalo area. The Buffalo Police Department and Nextdoor neighborhoods will be able to work together to increase safety and strengthen virtual neighborhood watch. Nextdoor has proven to be an essential and well-adopted tool for Buffalo residents. So far, 2,000 citizens, representing 30 of the 40 identified neighborhoods in Buffalo, have signed up for Nextdoor.
With Nextdoor, Buffalo residents can create private neighborhood websites to share information, including neighborhood public safety issues, community events and activities, local services, and even lost pets. The City will be able to post information, such as important news, services, programs, free events, and emergency notifications to Nextdoor websites within the city.
“Having the ability to easily communicate with residents is extremely vital to not only maintaining, but also increasing safety and reducing crime within our Buffalo communities,” said Commissioner Derenda. “With Nextdoor, we can help empower neighbors to keep their communities safe and connected and give them the ability to collaborate on virtual neighborhood watch efforts.”
Nextdoor is free for residents and the City. Each Buffalo neighborhood has its own private Nextdoor neighborhood website, accessible only to residents of that neighborhood. Neighborhoods establish and self-manage their own Nextdoor website and the City will not be able to access residents’ websites, contact information, or content.
All members must verify that they live within the neighborhood before joining Nextdoor. Information shared on Nextdoor is password protected and cannot be accessed by Google or other search engines. Those interested in joining their neighborhood’s Nextdoor website can visit www.nextdoor.com and enter their address. If residents have questions about their Nextdoor website, please visit help.nextdoor.com.
Queen City Pop-Up: Spring Edition - DOWNTOWN BUFFALO - Request For Proposals
March 4, 2015 - Mayor Byron W. Brown, Buffalo Urban Development Corporation, Buffalo Place and Working for Downtown are encouraging the Western New York retail community to submit proposals to the Queen City Pop-Up Project. This initiative is designed to encourage retail activity along Main Street by creating new “pop-up” shops that feature local retailers. The winners of the Queen City Pop-Up Project will receive free rent in a select retail location from May 1, 2015 – June 30, 2015.Deadline for Pop-Up Project Application is Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Mayor Brown Kicked Off The 2015 Summer Youth Employment Program And Requests The Support Of The Business Community
February 24, 2015 - More than 20,000 city youth have participated in this program since 2006
Mayor Byron W. Brown today announced that the application process for his 2015 Summer Youth Internship Program is now underway. The program will provide six weeks of meaningful employment and work-readiness training to city youth this summer. He also called upon local businesses to join him in his goal of providing an increased number of summer youth employment opportunities in the city of Buffalo.
Private sector businesses can participate in the Mayor’s Summer Internship Program by hiring youth who have submitted applications with the Mayor’s Program. Those businesses that hire city youth may also be eligible for tax credits. If a business or any individual would like to sponsor a youth for the summer employment opportunity, they may do so through the Mayor’s Fund to Advance Buffalo. Not-for-profit and Community based organizations can also participate by providing a structured and supervised work environment for the summer and, through sponsorship and donations, the City of Buffalo will subsidize the wages of youth employed in these areas.
Young people between the ages of 14-21 will be employed for 6 weeks in the summer with the majority working from July 6-August 14, 2015 earning $8.75 per hour. Each participant will be screened, assessed and receive training in the following areas: job readiness, life skills and financial literacy. The City of Buffalo’s Division for Youth will provide youth counselors who will serve as monitors and provide program support for everyone participating in the Program. College Students are encouraged to apply as the demand is great for college age interns.
“We know many young people experience high unemployment and my administration takes this challenge very seriously,” said Mayor Brown, noting that his program has provided over 20,000 employment opportunities to youth since 2006. “This year, we will continue to offer meaningful employment to city youth by adding funding for an additional 50 positions for at-risk youth, increasing the city’s summer youth workforce to 1,450.”
Buffalo Youth interested in applying for Summer Jobs can download an application at www.city-buffalo.com or pick one up at Buffalo City Hall in room 1701. Mayor Brown’s Summer Youth Applications must be returned by Friday, May 1, 2015.
To be eligible for this program you must be a City of Buffalo resident between the ages of 14 and 21 and you must turn age 14 by May 1, 2015
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