Agenda Resources: New Jersey Clean Energy Local Content Day 2024 | Newark, NJ


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B.) New Jersey Clean Energy Local Content Day

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C.) New Jersey Community Projects To Watch

#1: WCC Historic Renovation Association | Put In Work

  • Point of Contact: Felicia Simmons | President/Executive Director
  • Asbury Park, NJ
  • ‘’Put in the Work” will conduct training activities and counseling at the West Side Community Center in Asbury Park. A community-based instruction program will be implemented, which will help residents acquire the skills necessary to gain employment within a variety of industries. They aim to support the workers’ attainment of careers in the fields that will provide them with skills in high-demand careers of now and the future (green jobs). In conjunction with strategic industry and government partners, residents will learn to contribute to the workforce while ensuring healthy community sustainability practices. Students who participate will receive an individually tailored assessment to address participation barriers and wrap-around services. Each student is expected to progress at their own pace and ability. The program would be made available for all Asbury Park residents and surrounding communities which includes both afluent to environmental justice populations across the region.

#2: Solar One | Newark Resilient Solar Initiative

  • Audris B. Torres | Program Manager
  • Newark, NJ
  • The Newark Resilient Solar Initiative stands as a beacon of sustainability and community empowerment in the heart of Newark, New Jersey. Born out of a collective vision to harness the power of renewable energy while fostering resilience in the face of environmental challenges, this community project embodies the spirit of progress and innovation. At its core, the initiative seeks to promote the widespread adoption of resilient solar systems, paving the way for a cleaner, more sustainable future for Newark residents. With a focus on resilience, the project aims to mitigate the impacts of climate change and enhance the city’s ability to withstand environmental hazards through the deployment of solar energy infrastructure.

#3: Women’s Center for Entrepreneurship Corp | Small Business Administration (SBA)

  • Point of Contact: Steve Maiorano | Women’s Business Center Director, WBC
  • Chatham, NY
  • The Women’s Center for Entrepreneurship Corp. (WCEC) is the Small Business Administration (SBA) designated Women’s Business Center serving North and Central Jersey. The WCEC is dedicated to empowering women entrepreneurs and provides educational workshops, seminars, and one-on-one counseling sessions specifically designed to educate women to start and grow successful businesses. The WCEC recognizes the significance of WBE certification in helping women entrepreneurs thrive in the competitive business landscape, particularly in emerging sectors such as the offshore wind, solar and other sectors in New Jersey. This certification is pivotal for WBEs as it provides access to various opportunities including government contracts, corporate supplier diversity programs, and specialized resources. Moreover, the WCEC actively advocates for the recognition and inclusion of WBEs in government contracting and in the offshore wind industry’s supply chain and procurement initiatives and is a supporting organization to the New Jersey Diverse Business Advisory Council (NJDBAC).

#4: Ivy Hill Neighborhood Association | Offshore Wind Pre-Apprenticeship Program

  • Point of Contact: Kallita Phipps | President
  • Newark, NJ
  • IHNA is partnering with Technoforce, a workforce and community development firm, to offer a pre-apprenticeship training program to its residents and those in the surrounding zip codes, all of which are underserved communities. This project is funded by NJEDA and will help unemployed and underemployed residents create a path to skilled careers in New Jersey’s new offshore wind industry. Participants will gain essential skills and knowledge in computer proficiency, math, reading comprehension, electrical theory, career development, test taking strategies, as well as virtual reality skill training. Graduates will be prepared to take entrance exams for IBEW and other apprenticeship programs. The course is 120 hours over six weeks and is hybrid – two evenings in the classroom and three evenings virtually from home. This flexibility ensures accessibility for working parents with childcare responsibilities. IHNA is offering four cohorts with up to 18 participants each. The senior and junior instructor as well as the program coordinator are local residents and are paid with NJEDA funds, thus reinvesting tax dollars back into the community. To create a path to good paying skilled careers, representatives from wind developers, utilities, manufacturers, labor unions, and next step training providers are invited to address the participants during class time, in person or virtually, to discuss careers paths in their respective areas. This collaborative approach fosters direct engagement with industry professionals, offering participants firsthand knowledge and networking opportunities.

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