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Say Yes partners recognized in D.C.

The City of Buffalo received high honors at an awards event in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday for having the best model of collaboration in the country when it comes to growing the number of students gaining a college education.

Mayor Byron Brown, and representatives from Say Yes, the Oishei Foundation, the Buffalo Board of Education and the District Parent-Coordinating Council gave a panel presentation at the Talent Dividend Network awards event in which the nation’s top metropolitan areas compete for $1 million prize as the city with the greatest increase in the number of post secondary degrees for each 1,000 residents over a four-year period.

Though Buffalo did not win the top award – Akron, Ohio, did – Buffalo’s Say Yes partners received an award and hosted a panel presentation for its Say Yes partnership, which is run by a steering committee that includes city, county, labor union, school district, parent, college and philanthropic organizations.

“Other communities are just astounded that we have these partners around the table,” said David Rust, executive director for Say Yes Buffalo. “That’s just not happening nationally.”