As part of his focus on economic development and job growth, Mayor Byron Brown, joined by Jack Connors, Publisher and President at Buffalo Business First, today launched ‘Hire Buffalo and WNY’, a new hiring initiative to help put unemployed residents back to work. ‘Hire Buffalo and WNY’ was launched with support from Buffalo Business First, which will recognize each hiring company in special ‘Hire Buffalo and WNY’ ads.
‘Hire Buffalo and WNY’ is a means to help city residents and others find meaningful, sustainable employment during this slow economic recovery,” said Mayor Brown. “If every business in the Buffalo area hired just one unemployed resident, 22,000 Buffalonians would be back to work, collecting a pay check and helping to fuel our economic recovery.”
“We’re hopeful this program will help ease unemployment in Buffalo and Western New York,” said Jack Connors, President and Publisher at Buffalo Business First. “Our part is small, but we think it’s important for businesses to be recognized for putting people back to work in our community.”
‘Hire Buffalo and WNY’ is the latest and most innovative part of a multi-pronged strategy, modeled after Atlanta’s highly successful jobs initiative, which achieved nearly 13,000 new hires within six months of its launch. ‘Hire Buffalo and WNY’ is another vehicle to address the need to put City residents and others back to work.
Mayor Brown stated, “I am very excited and encouraged by the support of the many private-sector employers who have already committed to partnering with us to find solutions to the pressing challenges of unemployment.”
In addition to Buffalo Business First, several local businesses and associations have committed to support the Hire Buffalo and WNY Initiative through hiring employees or encouraging their member organizations to hire employees. Supporting businesses and organizations include: Buffalo Niagara Partnership, Buffalo Niagara Enterprise, United Way of Buffalo & Erie County, Buffalo Employment & Training Center and the Buffalo & Erie County Workforce Investment Board.
To register as an employer who hires a full-time employee, please go to www.city-buffalo.com/