Community Empowerment Association presents “The East End Job Initiative Campaign” A Town Meeting featuring the East End Workforce Development Taskforce to be held on Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday, Monday,January 21, 2002 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Greater Pittsburgh Coliseum, 7310 Frankstown Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15208
The East End Workforce Development Taskforce is a collaborative effort of community development corporations, community based organizations, private businesses and local entrepreneurs that serve the East End neighborhoods in the City of Pittsburgh and surrounding neighborhoods.
The East End neighborhoods is poised to receive “A Billion Dollars in Employment Opportunities” in the Garfield, East Liberty, Lincoln, Larimer, Lemington, Belmar, Homewood, East Hills and surrounding neighborhoods through “New Development Initiatives”. To meet the employment needs that these new initiatives will generate the East End Workforce Development Taskforce plans to become a comprehensive workforce development system that will change critical barriers to employment and business opportunities and expand employment access to the residents of these neighborhoods.
The mission of this taskforce is to improve the connection of disadvantaged job seekers to employment through local and regional economic development initiatives that will enhance economic revitalization in the African American communities.
Our first imitative is to hold at town meeting that will identify, mobilize and train community residents to ensure the development of a community-driven, community-based ready workforce. At this meeting, neighborhood organizations will present to community residents a PowerPoint presentation on the East End Neighborhood Development Initiatives planned for the East End. There will be on-the-spot needs assessment, job training and pre-employment applications for community residents to fill out so that the East End Workforce Development Taskforce can link unemployed and under-employed community residents who are seeking employment and small business opportunities to neighborhood service providers.
On the holiday that remembers our great civil rights leader, Martin Luther King, Jr., the East End Workforce Development Taskforce found it most fitting to remind our community residents that “Keeping the Dream Real” means that we must continue to fight for economic justice that will spear economic growth in the Black community.
A Press Conference regarding this event is scheduled from 12:15pm to 12:45pm on Monday, January 21, 2001 at the Greater Pittsburgh Coliseum.