Tuesday, February 23, 2016

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is Please to Announce 100 new full-time 'work-at-home' Jobs

February 19, 2016 at 5:26 PM
Union County - The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce 100 new full-time ‘work at home’ customer service and tech support jobs available for county residents through the Workforce Innovation Business Center.
The job fair and information sessions will be held at the Union County Workforce Innovation Business Center, at The Mills at Jersey Gardens, 651 Kapkowski Road in Elizabeth on Tuesday, March 1 starting at 10:00 a.m. Pre-registration is required online at ucnj.org/wdb/100-job-positions-available/.
“The Workforce Innovation Business Center continues to be an economic engine for Union County, helping to match high quality local employers with qualified job seekers,” said Freeholder Chairman Bruce H. Bergen. “If you are an employer, I encourage you to get in touch with us, and let our experienced staff help you find the right people for the right jobs.”
Candidates interested in the “work at home” customer service and tech support opportunity must bring an electronic copy of their resume, and have at least one of the following qualifications: 60 college credits, technology certificate, and/or two years of military service. Veterans will be given hiring preference.
“The Freeholder Board is proud to offer another round of job recruitment for Union County residents in back to back months. We are aware that many residents face different living situations - some individuals can’t leave their home as easily as others due to a disability, while some are taking care of loved ones, and others face different circumstances for whom this could be a perfect job opportunity,” said Freeholder Vice Chairman Sergio Granados, who is in his third year as the Freeholder liaison to the Union County Workforce Advisory Board. “The Freeholder Board is proud to be able to present job opportunities for different segments of our residents and their family lifestyles to meet some of the workforce challenges they face.”
The Workforce Innovation Business Center was established by the Freeholder Board with Union County College through a $2.4 million investment in 2014, leveraging the employment services and education experience of both partners.
The WIB Center has offered more than 1,200 job opportunities in little over a year for Union County residents. This year, as Liaison, Freeholder Vice Chairman Granados has requested the WIB Center to prioritize the hiring of Veterans in support of Chairman Bergen’s 2016 “UC HERO” initiative, which encourages local employers to offer hiring preferences to military veterans.
 Previous Workforce Innovation Center hiring rounds have matched Union County job seekers with top employers including Whole Foods, Doctor Martens and AirServ, among others.
 For more details about the new round of hiring and other information about the WIB center visit online at ucnj.org, call 908-355-4444 or email Isaias Rivera, isaias.rivera@ucc.edu.

Friday, February 5, 2016


February 4, 2016

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TRENTON – Assemblyman Jerry Green and Senator Raymond Lesniak announced an affordable housing initiative on Thursday that would utilize tax incentives to help increase the construction and availability of low- and moderate-income housing. Joined in support by housing advocates, the legislators said they are introducing legislation, S-894, that would provide up to $600 million in tax credits to build affordable housing.
The tax credits would be part of the state’s Economic Redevelopment Growth program.

“Since the recession, our economy has struggled to rebound like other states and more and more New Jersey families are struggling to get by,” said Assemblyman Green (D-Middlesex/Somerset/Union).  “The need for quality, affordable housing for low and moderate income families has never been more pressing.  This tax incentive program is designed to entice developers to invest in our most distressed communities, which will in turn stimulate job creation, and ultimately boost the quality of life for both families and the communities in which they reside.”

“This bill will incentivize the development of affordable housing,” said Senator Lesniak. “It will rebuild neighborhoods and spur investment in communities. We need to transform cities from areas with just offices to communities with robust residential populations that are alive with activity seven-days per week.”

An estimated 155 communities in which the median family income does not exceed 80 percent of the statewide or metropolitan median family income, as reported in the most recent census, would qualify under terms of the proposed legislation, Senator Lesniak said. They would include cities and towns identified by the Department of Community Affairs to be facing serious fiscal distress.

In order to qualify for the tax credit, a developer must construct a residential project in which at least 20 percent of the residential units are reserved as low- to moderate-income housing, 13 percent for very low income residents and at least 20 percent of the units are constructed for workforce housing. The project would have to have at least 25 dwelling units. Developers would apply for tax credit in the same manner in which developers applied for grants under the state’s Economic Redevelopment Growth Program.

The development efforts would help promote mixed-use development with a broad range of income groups, Senator Lesniak said.

“New Jersey is a high-cost state when it comes to housing,” said Senator Lesniak. “For low-income families and working people affordable housing can be an expensive challenge. This will help address that need.”