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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2016 Archives > Rich Products Supports The Opportunity Pledge > Mayor Byron W. Brown Declares Advertising Week in Buffalo

Mayor Byron W. Brown Declares Advertising Week in Buffalo

Mayor Byron W. Brown Declares Advertising Week in Buffalo

Series of events, gatherings for Ad pros and students to discuss and celebrate industry

October 12, 2016 - To spotlight the economic impact and investment of the local marketing and advertising industry, Mayor Byron W. Brown declared this week as Advertising Week in the City of Buffalo.

The local advertising industry collectively employs over 1,000 people, with annual wages exceeding $60 million . In addition, several advertising and marketing firms are either headquartered in or have recently announced plans to re-locate to the City of Buffalo, which has helped spur the economic revitalization of the Main Street corridor.

“I look forward to Advertising Week in the City of Buffalo,” said Mayor Byron W. Brown. “The advertising industry employs many City residents, and some of the region’s most prominent advertising agencies are located in the City of Buffalo. The advertising industry is helping to improve the quality of life of Buffalo residents, and adding to the economic development underway in our city. I am pleased to proclaim this week as Advertising Week in the City of Buffalo to recognize this important profession.”

Mayor Brown officially proclaimed Advertising Week during a ceremony held in his office on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at 4 p.m.

The proclamation dovetails an annual tradition of bringing together the local advertising community for a series of programs and events held each October. AAF Buffalo, the local chapter of the American Advertising Federation, has hosted Buffalo Ad Week for the last five years.

2016 Buffalo Ad Week, sponsored by Step Out Buffalo, Luminus Media, LLC and CBRE|Buffalo, will feature a mix of events targeting both professionals and students at locations throughout the city between October 10-14. To kick things off, 20 local students enrolled in Buffalo Prep’s College Prep program visited three downtown marketing and advertising agencies on Monday, Oct. 10th.

Other 2016 Ad Week events include, Marketing Your Customers Want: The Alchemy of Content Marketing
Wednesday, October 12, 2016 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Big Ditch Brewing Company

Industry thought leader Zontee Hou will provide insight on how to develop blog posts, videos, ebooks, infographics, and other materials to make a business shine. A strategist at Convince & Convert, Zontee advises organizations including Allstate Insurance, Indiana University, Oracle, and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. Her nearly 10 years in marketing has garnered industry recognition, including several PR News Platinum Awards and a Forrester Groundswell Award.

Q&A: Quiz & Ale Trivia Night
Thursday, October 13, 2016 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
12 Gates Brewing Company

AAF Buffalo will host a night of relaxed networking over some trivia questions and beers. Participants will be randomly assigned teams to make new connections while trying to become the next trivia champions of the Buffalo advertising community.

Ticket prices range per event, with discounts for AAF members. For more information or to purchase tickets please visit