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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Mayor Brown's Programs > Economic Development

"This has been an incredible decade of growth, development and progress in the City of Buffalo.  It is a special time in our City's history - we are in the midst of a transformation that will be felt for generations to come." – Mayor Byron W. Brown 

Mayor Byron W. Brown continues to foster an economic development strategy that spurs the growth of a diverse economy, creates quality jobs and encourages equal access to economic prosperity. He has established a number of programs to achieve these goals.

Mayor Byron Brown has established a number of programs to help minority, women-owned business enterprises grow and compete effectively for contracts and work.

Currently, in all major economic development contracts with the City, Mayor Brown sets specific M/WBE participation goals, knowing that opportunity increases the pipeline of M/WBE certified companies, supports capacity building, and increases utilization of M/WBE firms on public projects.

Mayor Brown and his administration understand the important role businesses play in the local economy and quality of life. Below is a sample of the range of work spearheaded by Mayor Brown to help make the city more vibrant and improve the quality of life for those who live and work here.

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201 Ellicott Street

Under Mayor Brown’s leadership, the City of Buffalo is partnering with Ciminelli Real Estate Corporation to develop city-owned land into a mixed-use development that includes housing and a supermarket.

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Northland Corridor Redevelopment Project

The Northland Redevelopment Project will soon accelerate the redevelopment of this section of Buffalo’s East Side, long identified as a priority investment area with a focus on the manufacturing and energy sectors. 

Acting on Mayor Brown’s recommendation, Governor Andrew Cuomo has committed $44 million for the creation of the Western New York Workforce Training Center on Northland Avenue. Mayor Brown’s Administration will contribute an additional $4 million to this forward-thinking development that will repurpose long vacant buildings and property, and most critically, provide an environment for city residents to gain valuable training for good-paying, sustainable jobs.

SolarCity: The Buffalo High-Tech Manufacturing Hub at RiverBend

Construction continues at the SolarCity solar panel factory at RiverBend in South Buffalo. In an effort to further strengthen Buffalo’s economy, Mayor Brown acquired this property for the City of Buffalo in 2008 for $4.6 million. Since then, $1.7 billion in public and private investments have been made in the South Buffalo BOA, giving birth to this valuable investment.

HarborCenter: Webster Block Redevelopment

$200 million state-of-the art hockey/entertainment complex is spurring new economic opportunities in downtown Buffalo and Canalside and putting city residents to work. This project came out of a competitive process launched by Mayor Brown several years ago when he sought proposals from the development community for this former city-owned parking lot.

Mayor Brown's Summer Youth Employment and Internship Program

Mayor Brown provides quality summer experiences that build a pipeline to careers for local youth ages 15-21, with a focus on creating a career- ready workforce. As such, this program is intended to have a long-lasting and long-term impact on each participant. Since 2006, his Summer Youth Employment and Internship program has employed over 22,000 youth from neighborhoods across the city.

Mayor Brown's Support for Growing Industries

Mayor Byron Brown is working closely with public and private sector partners in identifying and aligning the supply of workers in Buffalo with the needs of growing businesses, particularly in the science, technology, engineering and math industries. Through a series of programs, Mayor Brown is helping to attract and train citizens to fill the necessary positions, while working with local businesses to customize training.

Buffalo Urban Development Corporation

Under the leadership of Mayor Brown, BUDC is the official non-profit organization tasked with leading a number of major development initiatives for the City of Buffalo.

Buffalo Employment and Training Center

Under the leadership of Mayor Brown, the Buffalo Employment and Training Center (BETC) brings together a variety of workforce development organizations and partner agencies with a primary goal of assisting residents of Buffalo to gain employment and assist employers in finding qualified workers