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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…

At ‘IceBreaker’ Open House, Hundreds Express Interest in Participating in Supply Chain for LEEDCo’s Lake Erie Offshore Wind Project

Nearly 300 representatives of small, minority, women-owned and veteran-owned businesses, as well as government, nonprofits, unions and larger companies, attended a December 8 event in Cleveland to express interest in being part of the supply chain for the Great Lakes’ first freshwater wind energy project, known as “Icebreaker.”  LEEDCo – the Lake Erie Energy D…

EC Los Angeles Director Honored by Local NAMC Chapter

At its 17th Annual Awards Dinner, the Southern California Chapter of the National Association of Minority Contractors (NAMC) honored EC Los Angeles Director Veronica Soto with its 2016 Minority Business Advocate Award. (As Soto was out of the country and unable to attend the event, her team accepted the award on her behalf; please see photo.) NAMC is an ECC board member. The award goes …

Congratulations, Urban League of Greater Cleveland, on 100 Years of Economic Inclusion – and New Small Business Loan Program!

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ECC and EC Cleveland congratulate the Urban League of Greater Cleveland (ULGC) – a member of the EC Cleveland Local Council – and its President Marsha Mockabee on the organization’s centennial year, as well as on ULGC’s role in advancing a new loan program for African American- and minority-owned small businesses in Cuyahoga County. According to Crain’s Cleve…

E-Contractor Academy Grad Ryan Tittsworth, CEO of RBT Electric, Wins Another LA County Contract

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Congratulations to Ryan Tittsworth, president of RBT Electric, Inc., on his third solar energy contract with Los Angeles County since graduating from ECC’s E-Contractor Academy in LA. The new contract, valued at $742,103, is for installation of a photovoltaic carport system producing solar-powered lighting at the county’s Antelope Valley (Waterworks District) Field Office in L…

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