On October 6, Public Works Partners was pleased to join our colleagues at the East Harlem Community Alliance and Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone for the official launch of the new East Harlem Talent Center. The Talent Center brings together public, private, and philanthropic partners with the common goal of helping prepare jobseekers for local employment opportunities and simultaneously providing strategic employment services to help local businesses tap neighborhood talent. Led by STRIVE, Union Settlement Association, and Mount Sinai Health System, the Talent Center will also enhance the community’s rich network of employment and training providers to benefit jobseekers and employers alike, and establish cross-sector connections to strengthen the community’s economic well-being overall.

Public Works is excited to be helping the Talent Center develop a sustainability plan by knitting it into other workforce investments and exploring the potential to develop earned revenue to support ongoing operations.

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The kickoff event was held at STRIVE headquarters in East Harlem, and was hosted by Phil Weinberg, President and CEO of STRIVE, and David Nocenti, Executive Director of Union Settlement Association. Local elected officials joined to give their support to the Talent Center: Congressman Charles Rangel, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Kenneth Knuckels President and CEO of the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone, and New York State Assemblyman Robert Rodriguez (pictured above). The event reflected the Talent Center’s “Of East Harlem, By East Harlem, For East Harlem” philosophy, bringing together a diverse set of local stakeholders in support of this groundbreaking collaboration. Congratulations to the entire East Harlem Talent Center Team and its sponsors on this milestone event.