Buffalo Niagara Partnership Endorses Byron Brown for Re-Election as Buffalo Mayor

July 12 2013

March 26, 2013

BUFFALO–The Buffalo Niagara Partnership today endorsed Byron W. Brown for re-election to a third term as Mayor of the City of Buffalo.

“Mayor Brown has proven himself to be a valuable, reliable, and continuous partner for Buffalo’s business development,” said Andrew J. Rudnick, president and CEO of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership.  “This ‘early’ endorsement directly reflects our ongoing confidence in Byron Brown and what he can continue to accomplish going forward.”

Rudnick and Brown were joined by Tim Loftis, Partnership board chair and partner at Jaeckle Fleischmann & Mugel, LLP and Jonathan Dandes, chair of the Partnership’s Government Affairs Council and president of Rich Baseball Operations, to announce the endorsement at the Partnership’s offices.  

“My administration has made job creation and economic development a major priority and thanks to our strong working relationship with the Buffalo Niagara Partnership, the City of Buffalo has $1.7 billion in economic development underway.  I am grateful for the Partnership’s support and faith in my administration and for the progress we are making in Buffalo,” said Mayor Byron Brown

Brown and the Partnership have been close collaborators on economic development initiatives in the City of Buffalo.  Since Brown took office in 2006, the city has seen more than $1.5 billion in development activity. 

“Much of the city’s current momentum - on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, riverfront, neighborhoods and in downtown’s core - is a direct result of our positive working relationship with Mayor Brown which we look forward to continuing in his third term,” said Rudnick.

In 2009, the Partnership provided Brown’s administration with staff expertise to reengineer the city’s economic development agencies and the mayor’s own office of strategic planning.  In 2010, the Partnership was a principal broker in Mayor Brown’s landmark agreement for enhanced park services and funding to the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy.  Throughout 2011, the Partnership and Brown collaborated to make downtown Buffalo more competitive for private investment via the Buffalo Building Reuse Project.  In 2012, the Partnership became a key partner in the city’s Hire Buffalo initiative, which encourages businesses to hire city residents.

“Byron Brown is the right person to continue as Mayor of Buffalo,” said Tim Loftis, Partnership board chair. “Over two terms, he clearly has earned this support from the region’s business community. The City of Buffalo is the heart of Buffalo Niagara, and we are committed to creating jobs and private investment in the city, to further that impact across our region.” 

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ABOUT THE BUFFALO NIAGARA PARTNERSHIP

The Buffalo Niagara Partnership includes more than 2,000 employer members, working for improved business competitiveness and expanded economic activity in the region. The Partnership advocates, locally, and in Albany, and Washington, D.C., for policies and resources to increase private sector investment and jobs. The Partnership also offers programs and services to its members to increase their chances for business success.