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Mayor Brown touches on state of the City of Buffalo jobs

Posted at 5:25 PM, Feb 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-15 17:25:34-05
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Mayor Byron Brown's annual state of the city address included a big announcement for more jobs to come to the Queen City.

Brown says M&T bank will be moving 1,000 tech jobs to the city.

A spokesperson for the bank say this huge move will include both new jobs and the relocation of existing positions to within city limits.

Brown hopes that Buffalo will become a destination for "tech talent" with the help of businesses "stepping up" to create jobs.

"Hiring in your neighborhood works," said Brown.

He says 671 of more than 1,000 employees at ECMC live on Buffalo's east side.

This, as ECMC broke ground on its new trauma and emergency center the mayor says is helping to create jobs.

Northwest Bank also committed to a $100 million re-investment in the east side. The mayor says the bank leads branches in the region for new accounts being opened.

Developer Doug Jemel, who owns the Seneca One tower, announced today he has bought the old Buffalo Police headquarters on Franklin street. He plans to re-develop that property in addition to fronting the city $10 million to help with car sharing on main street.

"This will create more jobs, a lot more jobs," said the Mayor.

But how can you get access to all these jobs that have been promised by employers?

Your best bet to get in on first opportunities, and to have your ear to the ground, is to spend time at the city's employment training centers like the BETC, Beverly Gray Business Exchange Center, and the new Northland Workforce Training Center.

"We are asking for residents to take advantage of all of these training and business opportunities that exist in our city now."

These centers have access to opportunities and can help connect people who live in the queen city with opportunities to work near home.