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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2015 Archives > UB Supports Opportunity Pledge

UB Supports Opportunity Pledge

Mayor Brown thanks EOC leadership for joining individuals and organizations in signing the pledge

November 12, 2015- Mayor Byron Brown today thanked the University at Buffalo Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) for signing the City of Buffalo Opportunity Pledge.  EOC provides urban communities with tuition-free innovative academic programs leading to higher education and workforce development training programs that lead to gainful employment.

“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.  “Our young men and women need opportunities, educational programs and services that help them reach their full potential.  Today, I thank the Educational Opportunity Center at the University at Buffalo for signing the Buffalo Opportunity Pledge, a reflection of its continued commitment to helping us build a culture of diversity, inclusion and equity in Buffalo that further improves economic opportunity for all city residents.”

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, 3,674 individuals and 152 businesses and organizations have signed the pledge, representing over 34,250 employees and members. 

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. 

Founded in 1973, the EOC is part of a statewide network of 10 Educational Opportunity Centers and two Outreach and Counseling Centers that operate under SUNY's University Center for Academic and Workforce Development. EOC annually serves about 2,000 students ages 16 and older. It offers programs in literacy training, English as a second language education, General Educational Development (GED) training and college preparation, as well as career training in health care, information technology, green technologies and the service industry. It also provides programs, such as tax preparation and assessment testing, to roughly 3,000 community members each year.

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