By Sara Brown
The Neighborhood Developers (TND) was awarded a $50,000 Urban Agenda Grant to help residents gain employment. On February 12, Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito awarded Revere the grant along with several other communities. This $50,000 grant will help fund a collaboration between Revere and TND to establish a CONNECT facility. CONNECT will help residents achieve sustainable living wage jobs, financial literacy and essential workforce training.
The Urban Agenda Grant Program allows communities to partner with organizations to develop ideas on how to help their city or town. The program seeks to unlock community-driven responses to local obstacles, and to promote economic development opportunities through partnership-building, problem-solving and shared accountability in urban centers. The competitive awards offer flexible funding for local efforts that bring together community stakeholders to pursue economic development initiatives. This is the second year the state awarded this grant.
“The team approach is the hallmark to our success,” said Polito during the presentation at Revere City Hall.
“Our administration understands the importance of local leadership and its impact on the lives of residents,” said Polito. “The Urban Agenda Grant Program relies on the strong partnerships between local government, nonprofits and the business community that are critical to fostering economic success and building stronger neighborhoods in every region in Massachusetts.”
The state awarded the grant to nine communities (totaling $500,000).
“On a behalf of a very thankful city, I say thank you,” Mayor Brian Arrigo said.
“The Urban Agenda $50,000 Grant will help fund The Neighborhood Developers to establish a satellite office in Revere of CONNECT to serve as an access point to CONNECT’S one-stop career center and financial capability services,” Arrigo said. “Thanks to this grant, Revere can turn to the talented, dedicated staff at CONNECT for help finding a job, developing employment skills, and growing skills vital to personal management of household finances.”
TND started the CONNECT program in Chelsea and it showed a lot of success. Arrigo said he is happy to have the program in Revere.
CONNECT in Revere will have three major goals: the first being to establish employment and financial capability services in Revere; then to complete a mayor-led workforce development plan; and finally to launch job training, beginning with the hospitality sector, that will create Revere-based jobs.
“The Urban Agenda Grant Program is a wonderful example of how the state can partner with cities to help foster and cultivate economic vitality in communities like Revere,” said State Representative RoseLee Vincent. “I would like to thank the administration for its generosity in granting Revere these funds, and I want to thank Mayor Arrigo and The Neighborhood Developers for working together to establish a CONNECT Center for residents of Revere. This will surely become an asset to our community by helping residents gain critical workforce development tools.”
The Baker administration believes this grant will help urban communities grow economically. “Our administration utilizes the urban agenda grant program to support communities with strong local leadership committed to pursuing high-impact projects,” said Governor Charlie Baker in a statement. “These urban agenda awards will help residents re-enter the workforce, provide technical assistance to small businesses, support entrepreneurs and invest in collaborative partnerships.”
The other cities and towns that received the grant ae Boston, Clinton, Framingham, Greenfield, Holyoke, Lowell, New Bedford and Springfield.