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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2016 Archives > ECMC Supports City of Buffalo Opportunity Pledge

ECMC Supports City of Buffalo Opportunity Pledge

Mayor Brown thanks the leadership and staff of Erie County Medical Center for joining individuals and organizations across Buffalo in signing the pledge

September 14, 2015 – As momentum continues to build for the City of Buffalo Opportunity Pledge, Mayor Byron Brown was pleased to welcome support from the leadership and staff of the Erie County Medical Center (ECMC).  ECMC CEO Rich Cleland, along with representatives of ECMC Corporation, the ECMC Foundation Board and administrators, signed the pledge today at the Terrace View Long-Term Care Facility.

“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.  “I thank the leadership and staff at ECMC for signing the Buffalo Opportunity Pledge, a reflection of their continued commitment to helping us build a culture of diversity, inclusion and equity in Buffalo.”
“Most area residents know ECMC is committed to improving the health and wellness of our patients.  What they may not readily recognize is that because we value diversity, culture, inclusion, fairness and equality, we are better able to respond to the needs of the community and contribute significantly to the economic health and vitality of our region,” stated Richard C. Cleland, MPA, FACHE, NHA, Chief Executive Officer, Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) Corporation. 

The Buffalo Opportunity Pledge, part of an initiative that is moving Buffalo toward the goal of shared prosperity for all residents, kicked into high gear last month with the debut of the newly designed logo for the pledge. To date, 2,898 individuals and 115 organizations have signed the pledge, with additional organizations requesting and scheduling ‘signing events’ with Mayor Brown in the weeks to come.

The pledge initiative continues Mayor Brown’s efforts to break down barriers for minorities and women that includes the hiring of the most diverse workforce in the city’s history, as well as incorporating community benefits into many of the city’s largest economic development projects.  The City of Buffalo Opportunity Pledge encourages businesses, organizations and residents to commit to building a culture of inclusion and equality in Buffalo.  View and sign the pledge at: