continuing to foster an economic development strategy
that spurs the growth of a diverse economy, creates quality jobs and encourages equal access to economic prosperity. Mayor Brown has established a number of programs to achieve these goals.
For the past ten years, the Brown administration has focused on economic development and job readiness, partnering with organizations like the Buffalo Employment and Training Center. Since 2006, more than 22,000 meaningful job opportunities have been provided to our City’s young people through Mayor Brown’s Summer Youth Employment and Internship program. This year, 50 additional summer youth jobs were created, bringing the Brown administration’s total commitment to youth employment to over $10 million since 2006.
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.
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.