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Officials sign Opportunity Pledge

Mayor Byron W. Brown’s “Opportunity Pledge” continues to pick up support, this time from city, state and local elected officials. Brown was joined by 14 other elected officials Monday in signing the symbolic pledge to embrace diversity, and economic and other opportunities in Buffalo for all people.

“We are all collectively working to build a city of opportunity,” Brown said. “We are committed to making sure opportunities extend to every citizen and business in the City of Buffalo.” Brown first mentioned his “Opportunity Pledge” in his State of the City address. A logo created during a publicly announced contest was unveiled last week. Since then, Brown has held several high-profile signing ceremonies, including one in his office with the Leadership Buffalo organization. More than 1,000 people have signed the pledge, according to Brown, who said the signing is symbolic of the work needed to be done to ensure a diverse workplace.

Cities that embrace diversity, the mayor said, are the most successful. They have less poverty, less unemployment, and are more vibrant, Brown added.