Workforce and Procurement

Goal: Increase local hiring and procurement by engaging and connecting member institutions with local businesses, non-profits and residents to ensure a skilled workforce for Medical Campus institutions and economic opportunity for residents.

Creating Economic Opportunity

As the Medical Campus expands and the BNMC works to attract additional life sciences and other high-tech companies, a skilled and available workforce is necessary. At the same time, the BNMC is committed to breaking down barriers to economic opportunity for area residents, particularly minorities, women, veterans and immigrants. Connecting residents with viable job and business opportunities is critical to improving quality of life and economic opportunities for all Buffalo residents.

Highlights
Highlights of BNMC's work in workforce and procurement include
  • BNMC created Work Councils so that our member institutions can collaborate with local workforce agencies to address barriers facing individuals and small businesses to opportunities on the Medical Campus and in the region. We develop and implement strategies to meet the needs of employers, potential employees and small businesses to expand greater economic opportunity for all.
  • Through BNMC’s Workforce Council, we have created initiatives related to internships, job access, resume writing, cultural sensitivity, employee retention and mentoring.
  • Our Procurement Council supports small local businesses and works to connect them with purchasing managers to provide opportunities to do business with member institutions. Our annual Business Enterprise Fair has been very successful in introducing local businesses to member institutions and has led to successful partnerships.
  • Our “Green Team” is a partnership with Goodwill Industries to employ local residents to staff BNMC maintenance and facilities operations. More than just a job, the Green Team opportunity provides a career ladder by providing training in specific maintenance and landscaping skills as well as in “soft skills” to prepare workers for progressive job opportunities on the Medical Campus or elsewhere.
  • BNMC’s workforce and procurement work often intersects with our entrepreneurial focus as we assist local residents in starting and growing businesses and in providing scholarships for our dig co-work space.
  • We host Four Neighborhoods, One Community Quarterly Stakeholder Meetings to share and discuss information with residents, businesses, employees and other stakeholders about issues of importance to the community including economic opportunity.

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