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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…

EC Oakland and its ARC Partners Build Awareness of East Bay’s New ‘Community-First’ Food Prep Facility

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At a February 15 community meeting in Richmond, Calif., EC Oakland and its Anchors for Resilient Communities (ARC) partners introduced urban food producers from Oakland and Richmond to FoodService Partners (FSP), a company that provides meals for hospitals, schools, senior facilities, stores and other anchor institutions. FSP has begun hiring trainees for a new Richmond food processing fa…

EC Oakland Anchor Strategy Moves Toward a Sustainable, Local East Bay Food Economy; Applicants Sought for Jobs at New Food Processing Plant

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Emerald Cities Oakland and Health Care without Harm – partners in the Anchors for Resilient Communities (ARC) initiative – are proud to announce that their collaboration is beginning to create a local, sustainable food economy in low-income areas of Oakland and Richmond, California. ARC’s first initiative will not only produce healthy and affordable food for schools, hosp…

ECC to Launch E-Contractor Academy Serving Cleveland & Cuyahoga County

ECC and Emerald Cities Cleveland proudly announce the launch of the E-Contractor Academy in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, which will train minority, women, veteran and small contractors to compete for energy efficiency and other green construction projects. Thanks to financial support from JP Morgan Chase and in-kind contributions from the county, the seven-week program of one-day seminars, which…

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