The Andrew Goodman Foundation hosted its 2019 National Civic Leadership Training Summit from June 19 – 23 at Montclair State University for student leaders from their 59 partner universities and colleges. The Summit focused on teaching the students how to increase civic engagement and participation on their campuses.
This year’s Summit was even more significant because it honored the 55th anniversary of the murders by the KKK of Andrew Goodman, James Chaney, and Michael Schwerner, volunteers registering African-Americans to vote in Mississippi. The workshops focused on bringing polling sites to campuses, building intersectional movements, and more.
Barbara E. Kauffman gives her opinion on the Garden State Film and Digital Media Jobs Act in the article: “It really not only is good for the state’s economy but it also boosts the economy of the municipalities where the filming is taking place, providing new job opportunities, generating additional revenue.”
On May 22, TD+Partners and J.G. Petrucci Company Inc. broke ground on The Station at Grant Avenue, a housing development in Plainfield for working families. This redevelopment project will revitalize a former brownfield site with a 5 story, 90-unit energy-efficient building with 1-3 bedroom apartments, a fitness facility, and on-site parking. The residences will feature stone countertops, hardwood flooring, and Energy Star appliances including full-size washers and dryers. The Station at Grant Avenue is the second phase of a $40 million mixed-use redevelopment project.
In May, Rising Tide Capital commemorated the purchase of 311 MLK, a building that will serve as the organization’s new national headquarters and a full-service Urban Entrepreneurship Accelerator. 311MLK will also feature 10 units of affordable housing, co-working space, and on-site classrooms in order to provide underserved entrepreneurs with the support and resources needed to develop sustainable businesses that build their community. The event also marked the 15th anniversary of the founding of RTC.
In NJ Governor Phil Murphy’s 2019 State of the State Address, he lauded Rising Tide Capital (RTC) for their exceptional work in transforming the lives of underserved entrepreneurs. Rising Tide Capital was co-founded by Alfa Demmellash and Alex Forrester.
On March 25th, NJBIZ honored its 2019 Best 50 Women in Business. Former EWNJ President Michellene Davis, Esq. and EWNJ member Robin Walton were both awardees. Michellene Davis, Esq. is the EVP and Chief Corporate Affairs Officer at RWJBarnabas Health and Robin Walton is the Vice President for Community and Government Affairs at Thomas Edison State University.
Passaic County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) has just kicked off their matching fundraising and volunteer campaign. CASA is a fully independent 501(c)3 non-profit that recruits, screens, trains, and supervises volunteers to serve as court-appointed special advocates for abused and neglected children in the foster care system. The number one priority for CASA volunteers is to act in the best interest of the children and to ensure that they are ultimately placed in a safe, nurturing, and permanent home.
New Jersey Redevelopment Authority President & CEO Leslie Anderson is in the midst of a media tour to educate the public on how the Opportunity Zone program will work in NJ and its potential benefits. She also had the distinction of being named to the prestigious NJBIZ 2019 Power 100 list and the ROI-NJ 2019 Power Influencers list.