Hallandale Beach, FL – April 28, 2020 – The Hallandale Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (HBCRA) launches a new workforce and small business development partnership with the Urban League of Broward County (ULBC). The partnership kicks off on Thursday, April 30th at 11am with a Workforce & Small Business Webinar aimed to inform and connect residents and business owners in Hallandale Beach and northeast Broward County to the numerous resources including emergency assistance for rent, mortgage, utilities, small business funding, employment training, business technical assistance and more.

Dr. Jeremy Earle, Assistant City Manager/CRA Executive Director will be one of the presenters and will speak about the recently launched $500,000 COVID-19 stimulus for Hallandale Beach businesses along with other resources and initiatives the CRA has underway. Additional presenters include Urban League team members and experts Mark Reyes, Vice President of Program Impact; Courtnee M. Biscardi, MPA, Executive Vice President; Bryan Cunningham, Small Business Development Officer; Pam Stewart, Small Business Lending Officer; Vanessa Hill, Jobs & Training Division Manager; and Joy Clark Newkirk, Director of Programs. The webinar is free to attend. Interested persons may register online at www.cohbcra.org.

The HBCRA Board approved the $111,792 ULBC Workforce & Small Business Development partnership on January 13, 2020. This partnership seeks to create a feeder system that ensures small business owners are connected to a deep labor talent pool and equipped with knowledge and resources to help their companies flourish. The goal of ULBC’s Workforce and Small Business Development Program is to provide employers with a skilled and trained workforce while building Hallandale Beach as one of the best cities to start, develop and expand a business.

“The Hallandale Beach Community Redevelopment Agency’s focus over the next few days, weeks and months, is to be a conduit to the business community, and the existing and future workforce community.  We will accomplish this by providing the necessary resources and support that these respective communities need in order to overcome the economic challenges presented by the coronavirus pandemic.”, said Dr. Earle.

The ULBC has more than four decades of job training and workforce development experience and will provide services to Hallandale Beach residents with the intent to fill industry gaps for entry-middle skills employment opportunities. Workforce development services include but are not limited to outreach and orientation services, intake and screening, individual job coaching, soft skills education, technical skills training, employment placement and follow up, employer cultivation, and employment fairs.

We are always ready to join the City of Hallandale Beach in mission-critical collaborations that will uplift our community, said Dr. Germaine Smith- Baugh, president and CEO of the Urban League of Broward County. “This program is designed to meet the current and emergent needs of our local economy by enabling employers to skill-up their workforce; empowering jobseekers to gain high-demand skills and certifications: and incentivizing businesses to reinvest in their community through job creation.”

The HBCRA will bring this and other partnerships together under their newly founded program BEACON (Business, Engagement and Community Opportunity Now). BEACON is a unique strategy that combines traditional redevelopment with social equity.  The combination of the two will lead, over time, to reduced gentrification, and continue the elimination of slum and blighted conditions in South Florida and the nation.

For more information on this and other HBCRA programs visit www.cohbcra.org

MEDIA CONTACT: Angela Perry, The Mosaic Group, 561-651-9565, angela@mosaicgroup.co

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ABOUT THE HALLANDALE BEACH CRA

The mission of the Hallandale Beach CRA is to promote economic development and enhance quality of life by eliminating and preventing blighted conditions through the facilitation of community partnerships, business growth, job creation, and neighborhood rehabilitation.