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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2015 Archives > August 2015 > David Plouffe Helps Promote The Buffalo Opportunity Pledge

David Plouffe Helps Promote The Buffalo Opportunity Pledge


Mayor Brown thanks David Plouffe for joining individuals and organizations across Buffalo in signing the pledge

December 1, 2015 - As momentum continues to build for the City of Buffalo Opportunity Pledge, Mayor Byron Brown was pleased to welcome support from Uber Chief Advisor and former White House Senior Advisor, David Plouffe - best known as the campaign manager for Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign.  Plouffe visited Buffalo because he agreed to take part in a roundtable discussion, hosted by Mayor Brown, to address strategies and best practices for growing future investment and job growth.

“We continue to build a city of opportunity in Buffalo where all citizens benefit from our rising prosperity,” said Mayor Brown, noting that over $5.5 billion in new economic development activity is currently underway in Buffalo which is expected to create over 12,000 new jobs.  “I thank David Plouffe, Uber Chief Advisor and former White House Senior Advisor, for taking part in a roundtable discussion focused on ways to further grow inner city economies and create jobs.  He joins a list of distinguished speakers who have recently traveled to Buffalo to help promote our shared message of encouraging businesses and residents to demonstrate a
commitment to building a culture of inclusion and equity in Buffalo in an effort to keep Buffalo’s economic resurgence going strong.”

Plouffe stated, “Uber is proud to stand with Mayor Brown in support of the City of Buffalo Opportunity Pledge. It is vital that economic empowerment extend to every corner of this city and that minority communities have access to flexible work opportunities. Uber provides 400,000 driver-partners in the US the ability to be their own boss and work when they want – it is time for State leaders to offer Buffalo residents the same economic opportunity.”

The City of Buffalo Opportunity pledge encourages businesses, organizations and residents to commit to building a culture of inclusiveness and equity in Buffalo. To date, nearly 3,894 individuals, 165 businesses/organizations have signed the pledge, representing over 50,470 members, students and employees.

The pledge initiative continues Mayor Brown’s efforts to break down barriers for minorities and women. Under his leadership, the city has hired the most diverse workforce in the city’s history and also continues to incorporate community benefits into many of the city’s largest economic development projects. 

Eunice A. Lewin, President of Impacto Consulting Associates stated, "I'm pleased that Mr. Plouffe came to Buffalo to support the Buffalo Opportunity Pledge and for this important discussion on strategic ways to better connect underserved communities in Buffalo to economic opportunity.   As our city's significant economic resurgence continues, we must continue to work together to lay a foundation for an even brighter future for Buffalo that is environmentally healthy, economically prosperous and equitable in opportunity for us all."

Alphonso O'Neil-White, Chair of the Racial Equity Roundtable, said, "I thank Mr. Plouffe and Uber for taking part in today's roundtable discussion about new ways and best practices for growing inner city economies and creating jobs. In addition to providing employment opportunities, Uber helps improve access to flexible, lower-cost transportation.  This could help eliminate the existing disparities that disproportionately affect people living in disadvantaged neighborhoods." 

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