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EC Cleveland, Regional Sewer District Join Forces to Expand Opportunities for Disadvantaged Contractors in NE Ohio

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In its ongoing work to expand contracting opportunities for MWSBE (Minority-owned, Woman-owned or Small Business Enterprise) businesses in Northeast Ohio, EC Cleveland has graduated 13 contractors from the second session of its Cleveland/Cuyahoga E-Contractor Academy. Those individuals are now eligible for ongoing technical assistance through December 2018.  The academy prepares MWSB…

Anchors in Resilient Communities (ARC) Case Studies Now Available

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Anchor Institutions Help Build Community Health, Wealth, Climate Resilience  With support from the Kresge Foundation, ECC has produced a set of reports detailing how its work harnessing the purchasing power and presence of anchor institutions – primarily hospitals – is helping to build health, wealth and climate resilience in three low-income communities of color: East Ba…

CA Community Choice Energy Summit Comes to Bay Area November 14-16

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EC San Francisco Director Avni Jamdar Will Speak on Closing Panel Registration is now open for the Community Choice Energy Summit, where existing California community choice aggregators (CCAs) will share insights and best practices with emerging CCAs. According to event organizers, the California Public Utilities Commission says CCAs could serve up to 85 percent of the state’s…

Summit on Water Infrastructure Investments Draws ECC Delegation -- Water infrastructure Issues Resonate with ECC’s Focus on Equity Inclusion

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With ECC increasingly addressing the energy-water nexus and working to ensure that water infrastructure investments equitably benefit low-income communities of color, a group of ECC board and staff members attended the US Water Alliance’s recent One Water Summit 2017. Comprising one of 25 delegations to the summit, they brought ECC’s focus on equity inclusion in the green …

BuildNOLA Advances Minority Businesses, Workers in New Orleans

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In less than two years, BuildNOLA – a city program that prepares local small and disadvantaged New Orleans contractors to bid competitively for public- and private-sector projects – is already improving the landscape for local African-American-owned companies and local workers. Network for Economic Opportunity Executive Director Ashleigh Gardere assembled a …

BuildNOLA Profile: Marlene Wade, HAS Construction

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An email promoting BuildNOLA caught the attention of Marlene Wade of HAS Construction because of “the curriculum aimed at helping small businesses compete” in areas such as bonding, insurance and estimating costs for construction, marketing and goods and services. The New Orleans native’s career has grown and evolved over the years. “I never turn down an opportunit…

BuildNOLA Profile: Otis Tucker, Jr., Trucking Innovation

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Otis Tucker, Jr., owner of trucking and hauling firm Trucking Innovation, has been in that line of work since March 2013. Since completing BuildNOLA in late 2016, he has won more than a half dozen public-sector contracts. Tucker heard about BuildNOLA at the city’s Office of Supplier Diversity, which “was created to help mitigate the effects of past and present social and econo…

BuildNOLA Profile: Deborah Heinville and Robert Thornton, Thornville Services

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Robert Thornton, who started in the construction industry some 40 years ago, is now in partnership with Deborah Heinville at the firm whose name combines their surnames. They set up the business in 2014, making their first sales in 2015 and enjoying what Thornton called “modest growth,” thanks to a City contract for cemetery maintenance, which was renewed for a second year…

EC Los Angeles Ensures Local Hiring & Contracting for Jordan Downs Public Housing Redevelopment

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Under a contract with Jordan Downs Community Partners (JDCP), Touchstone Project Solutions and Emerald Cities Los Angeles Director Veronica Soto are developing the Local Hire/Section 3 Plan to ensure local hiring and diverse business contracting for the $1 billion redevelopment of 50 acres of aging public housing in the Watts community. According to JDPC, “The vision for the redevel…

East Bay Food Service Workers Take Another Step Towards Creating Local Food Economy

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The 21 East Bay residents hired by Food Service Partners (FSP) for its new Richmond food processing facility were among the graduates of a recent ACES (Accelerating Careers Through Essential Skills) program created by RichmondWORKS, a city-funded one-stop career center. The ACES program will train a total of 100 food sector job-seekers on job retention and workplace skills, with a fo…

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