The City of Wilmington Announces Partnership with Eastside Rising Initiative

Posted on  02/06/2014 9:18 am

Today, the City of Wilmington announces its partnership with the Eastside Rising Initiative. The City’s Department of Parks and Recreation has committed to providing scholarship opportunities for residents in the City of Wilmington to receive training and skill development with Local Union 55. The scholarship will provide 50% of the membership fee required to become a member of the Local and take advantage of training and placement opportunities made possible through the Initiative’s Construction Skilled Labor Workforce Development Plan. Local Union 55 is the sole provider of training services for Eastside Rising Initiative.

Eastside Rising’s stated mission is to revitalize the Eastside of Wilmington. The Eastside Blueprint Community partnered with the Central Baptist Community Development Corporation (CDC) to form the Eastside Community Redevelopers Coalition such that various local organizations can plan together and work together to construct, remodel and refurbish 125 homes in the Eastside of Wilmington. The Eastside Community Redevelopers Coalition includes: the Wilmington Housing Partnership, Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County, Inter-Neighborhood Foundation, Woodlawn Trustees, Delaware Community Reinvestment Action Council (DCRAC), Center for Community Research and Service, University of Delaware and American Baptist Churches.

“In December I had the opportunity to tour the Eastside with Councilwoman Shabazz and Reverend Keeling, and discuss the Eastside Rising Initiative and the many opportunities for workforce training, economic development and housing stabilization,” said Mayor Williams. “We must all work together to ensure the Eastside Rising Initiative is successful, and I committed to providing resources to support this effort and ensuring a minimum of 30 percent of those construction jobs go to residents in the City.”

The Eastside Community Redevelopers Coalition has committed to providing a minimum 30 percent of the construction jobs involving the revitalization of the Eastside to residents living in the City. Working in conjunction with Local 55, a residential and light construction trade union, the Central Baptist CDC will assist in enrolling, training and obtaining job placement for members of the Eastside community interested in the construction field.

In addition to providing scholarships, the Department of Parks and Recreation will also offer transportation to the Local Union 55 training facility in Newark, Delaware. The training sessions will begin on Monday, February 10, 2014.