2003 Public/Private Partnership Awards

The City of Buffalo and Johnson Controls, Inc.: Buffalo Joint Construction Board

The Buffalo Joint Schools Construction Board was created to explore new and innovative ways to finance and re develop the city's failing public school system and bring them into the 21st century. With a billion dollars of school construction spread throughout every neighborhood in the city, the BJSCB is committed to state of the art technology, attractive and healthy learning environment and integrated student and family support services.

Already, more than $70 million in technology infrastructure upgrades have been placed in every school, creating new computer labs, and Internet capabilities in every classroom. Additionally, the school district has been awarded the prestigious Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design -Existing Building (LEEDS-EB) for its commitment to green design and green based business initiatives with in the city.

In order to meet the JSCB's Diversity in Business Development plan, which requires 30% minority and women workforce and 30% MWBE participation, the public and private sectors are working together to create new pre-apprentice and apprentice opportunities and business support and mentoring opportunities for city residents and entrepreneurs.

In addition to creating new and supporting existing city businesses, the partners report benefiting from the collaboration with other team members. The partners agree that working under a tight budget; managing different work styles and encouraging new innovations have been an added and important bonus of this collaboration. Mayor Masiello believes this successful partnership is a major accomplishment of his administration and a key to continued, long-term development. The JSCB earned the City of Buffalo and Johnson Controls, Inc an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Mayors Business Council in 2002. For more information, contact David Angello, Business Development Manager, Johnson Controls, Inc; 716.677.1456; david.f.angello@jci.com or Valerie Nolan, City of Buffalo, 716.851.6558; valnolan@aol.com.