City of Newark • La Casa de Don Pedro • Urban League of Essex County • Ironbound Community Corporation • Episcopal Community Development • Greater Newark LISC • Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey Rising Tide Capital • Forward Ever Sustainable Business Alliance • Brick City Development Corporation

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PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Newark Access to Opportunity is a project for the Together North Jersey Local Demonstration Project Program spanning the Fairmount, Lower Broadway, East Ferry and Upper Clinton Hill neighborhoods. This project focused on regional opportunities as well as strategies for increasing walk-to-work jobs within the neighborhoods, with the goal of building on existing assets to help revitalize traditionally poor, underserved communities, moving them closer to becoming stable, thriving, mixed-income communities. It focused on the barriers that most directly impact the economic sustainability of local communities: access to living wage jobs.

OBJECTIVES

This project proposed to:

  1. Identify opportunities and barriers for accessing living-wage jobs locally and regionally for residents in four target neighborhoods
  2. Identify opportunities and barriers for living wage jobs with businesses located within walking distance for residents of the four neighborhoods
  3. Capitalize on the “multi-layered interventions” that are already underway by working in cooperation with neighborhood associations, CDCs and the City
  4. Build on existing forums for discussion to further empower residents to engage in conversation and decision-making about sustainable regional development

KEY FINDINGS

  • Getting to Work: Through enhanced marketing of transit feedback tools, greater synchronization of transit services to major centers of employment, and creation of more walkable and bikeable streets near transit stops and port employment areas, Newark residents will face less burden in traveling to work.
  • Building Locally: Utilizing vacant buildings as flex incubator, light manufacturing, or satellite training facilities can support entrepreneurship and the emerging Maker Movement. Meanwhile, larger redevelopment sites should be evaluated for their potential to attract living wage jobs.
  • Working & Doing Business Locally: State and local policy should support greater hiring of Newark residents in city-subsidized projects and foster greater local procurement. At the same time, City of Newark officials should adopt policies and programs that nurture the growth of key industries such as manufacturing, transportation/logistics/distribution, health care, and sustainable economy industries.
  • Closing the Skills & Information Gap: Community based organizations can serve as a conduit of information between job providers, local job seekers, skills providers and workforce development programs. For youth, expanded opportunities for vocational education can offer a wider array of living wage career possibilities. For young adults, greater opportunities for structured learning experiences –mentorships, internships and apprenticeships – can ensure workforce readiness. Training providers, meanwhile, should target demand occupations such as STEM occupations. Providing greater mentorships and skills training for formerly incarcerated individuals, that target demand occupations, can ensure a fluid transition by the re-entry population into the workforce
  • Moving Forward: The Newark Sustainable Economy Task Force – a collaboration between City officials, workforce investment boards, education institutions, skills providers, community based organizations, key employers, non-profit partners, and transportation providers – can carry on the work produced by this and other related efforts.

PROJECT TEAM

  • Regional Plan Association
  • 4ward Planning
  • NJ TRANSIT
  • NJTPA

 

 

  • Opportunity Site in East Ferry
  • Commercial Corridor in Upper Clinton Hill