Partnership Endorses Byron Brown for Re-Election as Buffalo Mayor

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,” said Mayor Byron Brown. “I am grateful for the
Partnership’s support and faith in my administration and for the progress we are making in Buffalo.”

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.

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“Byron Brown is the right person to continue as Mayor of Buffalo,” said Tim Loftis. “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.”

“Mayor Brown and his team have worked very hard to be inclusive with the employer community in all matters of concern to the city,” said Jon Dandes. “He has developed a strong, constructive and positive working relationship with the Partnership that we hope will continue to grow with his election to a third term.”

The Buffalo Niagara Partnership is the area’s regional chamber of commerce and privately-funded economic development organization. Partnership members employ more than a quarter of a million people in the Buffalo Niagara region. By mobilizing members and strategic partners around common goals, the Partnership grows private investment and jobs in Buffalo Niagara through advocacy, business development, and convening.

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