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Sunday, March 01, 2015
Mayor Brown Kicked Off The 2015 Summer Youth Employment Program And Requests The Support Of The Business Community
February 24, 2015 - More than 20,000 city youth have participated in this program since 2006
Mayor Byron W. Brown today announced that the application process for his 2015 Summer Youth Internship Program is now underway. The program will provide six weeks of meaningful employment and work-readiness training to city youth this summer. He also called upon local businesses to join him in his goal of providing an increased number of summer youth employment opportunities in the city of Buffalo.
Private sector businesses can participate in the Mayor’s Summer Internship Program by hiring youth who have submitted applications with the Mayor’s Program. Those businesses that hire city youth may also be eligible for tax credits. If a business or any individual would like to sponsor a youth for the summer employment opportunity, they may do so through the Mayor’s Fund to Advance Buffalo. Not-for-profit and Community based organizations can also participate by providing a structured and supervised work environment for the summer and, through sponsorship and donations, the City of Buffalo will subsidize the wages of youth employed in these areas.
Young people between the ages of 14-21 will be employed for 6 weeks in the summer with the majority working from July 6-August 14, 2015 earning $8.75 per hour. Each participant will be screened, assessed and receive training in the following areas: job readiness, life skills and financial literacy. The City of Buffalo’s Division for Youth will provide youth counselors who will serve as monitors and provide program support for everyone participating in the Program. College Students are encouraged to apply as the demand is great for college age interns.
“We know many young people experience high unemployment and my administration takes this challenge very seriously,” said Mayor Brown, noting that his program has provided over 20,000 employment opportunities to youth since 2006. “This year, we will continue to offer meaningful employment to city youth by adding funding for an additional 50 positions for at-risk youth, increasing the city’s summer youth workforce to 1,450.”
Buffalo Youth interested in applying for Summer Jobs can download an application at www.city-buffalo.com or pick one up at Buffalo City Hall in room 1701. Mayor Brown’s Summer Youth Applications must be returned by Friday, May 1, 2015.
To be eligible for this program you must be a City of Buffalo resident between the ages of 14 and 21 and you must turn age 14 by May 1, 2015
Mayor Brown Issues Nine Awards During Black History Month Celebration
February 23, 2015 - Today, in recognition of the 100th celebration of Black History Month, Mayor Byron Brown honored several individuals and organizations at the annual City Hall Black History Month program. This year awards were presented in arts and culture, education, healthcare, armed services and more.
“Today’s honorees not only represent the past but the future of our city and our nation, said Mayor Brown. “This year we are recognizing an array of individuals who have worked and are working to shape the future of our city.”
Harvard educated historian, Carter G. Woodson, began to recognize the contributions of Black people in America in 1915, eventually establishing Negro History week in 1926 to coincide with the birthdays of President Abraham Lincoln and Abolitionist Frederick Douglass. Negro History Week would evolve into Black History Month in 1976 under President Gerald R. Ford.
Every year, the city presents a theme for the Black History Month program, a theme that complements the national theme for Black History Month. This year’s theme: A Century of Black Life, History and Culture.
This year’s categories and honorees are:
Mayor Brown Highlights Buffalo 2015: Building A City Of opportunity In State Of The City Address
February 20, 2015 - Mayor Byron W. Brown today delivered his 2015 State of the City Address at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. Joined by business, civic and community leaders, Mayor Brown outlined his goal of building a city of opportunity through a series of new strategic investments to keep Buffalo competitive for business growth and attractive for residents and visitors by further strengthening neighborhoods, parks, youth initiatives, education, arts and wellness citywide, as part of a community-wide plan that will move the city toward the goal of shared prosperity for all residents. He also announced his role as a founding member of a new group called the “Racial Equity Roundtable” and encouraged individuals and organizations to sign the new ‘Buffalo Opportunity Pledge’ at www.city-buffalo.com/buffaloopportunitypledge.
“The State of our City is strong and continues to grow stronger every day, however we must keep the engine of opportunity going by building a city of opportunity for everyone,” said Mayor Brown. “With significant investment and job growth underway in Buffalo, we have a unique opportunity to change this city for the better to ensure that every city resident shares in our rising prosperity. To accelerate Buffalo’s growth and create new opportunities for all, we must foster a community wide mindset that embraces diversity and inclusion as core values and strengths.”
Mayor Brown continued, “My vision has always been to make sure that every city resident – every business owner – knows they can succeed and participate in our city’s remarkable revival. This year, my administration and the Buffalo Common Council will continue to work closely on issues of diversity and inclusion, along with the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, the Buffalo Niagara Partnership and two dozen community and civic leaders, as part of the newly announced ‘Racial Equity Roundtable’.”
Mayor Brown’s tenth State of the City address contained a number of announcements, including: Read More...
Mayor Brown Announces Challenge To Game Developers, Designers, And Technology Enthusiasts To Design A Buffalo Video Game That Teaches Employable Skills
February 18, 2015 - Mayor Byron Brown announces Buffalo’s Serious Game Design Competition and encourages those interested in entering the competition to start working now
Mayor Byron Brown is pleased to announce the Mayor’s Serious Computer Game Design Competition. The Serious Computer Game Design Competition will encourage technology enthusiasts to use their creativity to design a video game about Buffalo, a game that teaches employable skills and respect for diversity, while building a futuristic city of Buffalo. The top winner of the competition gets a $5,000 prize.
A winning concept will:
Mayor Brown will host the Serious Computer Game Design Competition, March 20, 2015 through March 22, 2015 at the Buffalo Game Space in the Tri-Main Building Suite: 2495 Main Street, suite 454. Game designers will have two-days to create the most innovative serious game concept and design. In Round One, the three finalists will receive cash prizes and advance to the next round. (1st prize $1,250; 2nd prize $750; 3rd prize $500) Round Two will take place in April and that’s when the finalists will present their games to a panel of judges. The winner will then be selected and receive a grand prize cash award in the amount of $5,000.
Mayor Brown Seeks Proposals To Attract Television, Motion Picture And The Post-Production Industry To The City Of Buffalo
February 11, 2015 - The television, motion picture and post-production industries provide direct economic benefits to communities in which they film: they create jobs, attract investments, generate tax revenues, and stimulate local economies. That’s why today Mayor Byron Brown and the Buffalo Niagara Film Commission Chair Cindy Abbott-Letro announced the release of a request for proposals (RFP) for a qualified consulting team who can help grow this unique market in the City of Buffalo.
“This is an exciting time for Downtown Buffalo and the arts and cultural industries play a major role in our city’s progress,” said Mayor Brown. “We’ve made great progress in a short period of time in Buffalo and by hiring a development team to help us further grow the television, film and post-production industry in Buffalo, we will continue to build on the momentum that’s underway, spurring more investment, creating jobs and attracting young professionals to our city.”
The RFP is seeking a qualified developer or development team with the ability, creativity and vision for the development of the property in accordance with the overall plan for the area. The City will accept any and all development proposals for uses and activities at the property, and will consider being a partner in the development project as the owner and the funder of an integrated parking structure.
The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) estimates that the film industry in New York State supports 146,881 jobs which generate $9.8 billion in salaries annually. To take advantage of this growing industry, the City is seeking a qualified consulting group to provide consulting services, in collaboration with the Buffalo Niagara Film Commission, to attract film industry activity to Buffalo. Targeted areas for economic development include pre-production, production, and post-production for motion pictures, television, and commercials.
Mayor Brown, Assembly Member Peoples-Stokes, Senator Kennedy Watch "Selma" With BPS Students
February 6. 2015 - Mayor Byron Brown, State Assembly member Crystal Peoples-Stokes and Senator Tim Kennedy hosted and joined more than 200 Buffalo Public High School students today to watch the civil rights movie "Selma" as part of the White House initiative, "My Brother's Keeper."
“It’s important for our young people to learn about the history of the civil rights struggle just a generation ago,” said Mayor Brown. “Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s non-violent movement changed how this country handled race relations 50 years ago and this movie reinforces that each person can make a difference in bringing people together to get things done.”
“The crowd here today serves as a metaphor; African Americans are in search of their history more than any other ethnicity,” said Assemblywoman Peoples-Stokes. “The more people of color know about our history, we increase our ability to succeed in life. The movie ‘Selma’ captures a gripping period in American history which is also African American history; and this movie helps bridge the gap amongst generations. The Amistad Commission is one way we can continue to expand the access to African American history. Young men and women are able to see the sacrifices made in the past, and why it is important to live a positive life. I thank my colleagues in government for coming together in honor of Black History Month.”
The movie screening was held at the Regal Elmwood Center 16 and students came from a wide variety of schools citywide. The on-going national effort to get youth across the country to participate in the screening of ‘Selma’ is part of President Obama’s ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ Challenge, an initiative designed to, in President Obama’s words, “bolster and reinforce young men of color”.
Mayor Brown, along with over 100 mayors from across the country, accepted President Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge” last fall and recently hosted a roundtable on the issue which continued his public investment and data-driven approach to tracking outcomes in order to provide Buffalo’s young people with the opportunities they deserve to reach their potential.
With all the exciting events going on year-round, you'll never run out of things to do in Buffalo! From the Buffalo Winterfest and Powder Keg Festival in February, to the Taste of Buffalo, the Elmwood Festival of the Arts, the National Buffalo Wing Festival, and the National Buffalo Garden Festival (which features America's largest garden walk) in the summer, our events bring in visitors from all over the world.
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