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August 2012

Made in Brooklyn

The Brooklyn Navy Yard, in blue, spans more than 300 acres and houses 275 commercial tenants.

Other grants to improve life in Brooklyn

  • Community Solutions, $130,000 to help a coalition of residents and community groups dedicated to improving Brownsville build a stronger organization, increase its membership, and plan for the future.
  • University Settlement Society of New York, $60,000 to prevent evictions in three public housing developments in Fort Greene.

Employing 10,000 ship builders in the 1800s, the Brooklyn Navy Yard may once again reach those lofty job numbers. Today the industrial park has 275 commercial tenants that employ more than 6,000 builders, manufacturers, media producers, woodworkers, and desk jockeys.

The development corporation that runs the Yard estimates it will add 3,000 jobs in the next five years, growth that reflects a larger trend in Brooklyn.

“While the number of available jobs in Brooklyn has gone up, so has the borough’s unemployment rate,” says Trust program director Pat Jenny. That fact is not lost on the Yard, which needs help training workers to fill its open positions. It has chosen Brooklyn Workforce Innovations to work with Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow and Nontraditional Employment for Women to train military veterans, public housing residents, and other hard-to-employ New Yorkers specifically for jobs in the Yard. GED-prep and English classes will be offered along with career counseling and sector-specific skills training. A grant of $50,000 supports the project.

Pat adds, “Brooklyn Workforce Innovations has the expertise, and now the connections, to make sure that low-income and unemployed New Yorkers, many of whom live near the Navy Yard, can compete for new and existing jobs in this burgeoning industrial park.”

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