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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2015 Archives > August 2015 > ECC Supports City of Buffalo Opportunity Pledge

ECC Supports City of Buffalo Opportunity Pledge

Mayor Brown thanks ECC Board for joining individuals and organizations across Buffalo in signing the pledge

November 19, 2015—As momentum continues to build for the City of Buffalo Opportunity Pledge, Mayor Byron Brown was pleased to welcome support from the leadership of Erie Community College. Today Mayor Brown made a stop at ECC City Campus to thank ECC President Jack Quinn and members of the ECC Board of Trustees for signing the pledge.

“As economic growth and opportunity continues in Buffalo, it’s important that all residents and business owners benefit from the city’s rising prosperity,” said Mayor Brown. “Erie Community College is one of our area’s fine higher educational institutions and a true partner with the city of Buffalo.  We recently worked together to launch the successful BPD21C initiative, a police academy scholarship program for city residents to attend the ECC Law Enforcement Training Academy, beginning in January. Today I thank ECC President Jack Quinn and his leadership team for their dedication to Buffalo, and for signing the Buffalo Opportunity Pledge, a reflection of ECC’s continued commitment to helping us build a culture of diversity, inclusion and equity in Buffalo.”
The City of Buffalo Opportunity pledge encourages businesses, organizations and residents to commit to building a culture of inclusion and equity in Buffalo. To date, 3,696 individuals and 156 businesses and organizations have signed the pledge, representing over 36,970 employees and members.

ECC’s Law Enforcement Training Academy provides only one example of the three-campus college’s commitment to inclusion. Whether through its affordable one- and two-year programs, English as a Second Language (ESL) services, influx of international students, or the ongoing efforts of the college’s Office of Equity and Diversity, ECC continues to provide ample opportunities to all western New Yorkers, something ECC President Jack Quinn cites as critical to the school’s ongoing success.

“Our commitment to diversity is central to the college’s education-based mission,” said Quinn. “ECC’s doors are open to all residents looking to start, restart or redirect their education, and we’re proud to stand with Mayor Brown in this pledge.”       

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. 

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