Buffalo’s Economic Resurgence Focus of Mayor’s Daemen Lecture

August 22, 2014

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AMHERST, N.Y. – Mayor Byron W. Brown, a staunch advocate for economic development in Buffalo, will discuss the city’s economic resurgence and revitalization efforts as featured speaker in the Daemen College Distinguished Leaders Lecture Series that will take place at 7 p.m. Sept. 2 in the Wick Campus Center Alumni Lounge.

Currently serving a third term as mayor of New York State’s second largest city, Brown’s talk, “Buffalo on the Move: For Our Region, Our State,” will focus on the city’s economic development initiatives over the past decade and the positive impact this growth has had both regionally and statewide.

Brown, the first African-American mayor to be elected in Buffalo, has led the city during a time of tremendous progress, including $4.4 billion in new economic development activity in the city since 2012. He also launched the Webster Block development competition, which resulted in the Buffalo Sabres’ $172 million HarborCenter project that’s part of a $250 million investment in Buffalo’s waterfront. 

In addition, Brown has spearheaded and sponsored several neighborhood revitalization projects, invested more than $35 million in park improvements citywide, and advocated for the emergence of new downtown housing, making it the fastest growing residential area in the city.

Brown serves on New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s New York Works Task Force and the governor’s Regional Economic Development Council. He served in the state Senate prior to first being elected Buffalo’s mayor in 2005.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Reservations are requested by Aug. 29 by emailing officeofthepresident@daemen.edu.

Launched in February, the Daemen Distinguished Leaders Lecture Series brings top government and public officials to campus to share their unique perspective on critical state, national and international issues.

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