Archive for October, 2016

Grant to help create Atlanta emergency medical tech jobs

Saturday, October 1st, 2016

A new grant will help create more Atlanta emergency medical tech jobs.

the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department (AFRD) has been awarded a $5.6 million grant from the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (S.A.F.E.R.) Program of the Federal Emergency Management Agency in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

The $5.6 million grant will enable AFRD to hire 47 new sworn firefighters. These new firefighters will support the core functions of the Department and enhance its ability to respond to emergencies in high density areas, as well as both residential and commercial high-rise buildings and large public assemblies.

“I am pleased to announce the Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded a $5.6 million S.A.F.E.R. grant to the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department,” said Mayor Kasim Reed. “With this award, the Department will be able to move forward in executing their strategic plan, which includes recruiting new firefighters and enhancing their capabilities to respond to emergencies and protect public safety. The Atlanta Fire Rescue Department is one of the finest departments in the country, and I congratulate Chief Joel Baker and all of the women and men who helped secure this grant.”

This is the second S.A.F.E.R. grant awarded to the City of Atlanta Fire Rescue Department under the Reed Administration. The first grant for $10 million was awarded in 2011 and resulted in 75 firefighters being hired. The guidelines of the S.A.F.E.R. grant require the AFRD to conduct a rigorous recruitment effort over the next 180 days. The $5.6 million grant will allow AFRD to retain the new firefighters for up to two years.

“I am excited that the new funds from the S.A.F.E.R. grant will enable the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department to recruit more quality women and men to join our family,” said AFRD Chief Joel Baker. “As we are able to put more experienced, knowledgeable firefighters in the field, we are better able to protect the safety of our residents and visitors. On behalf of the Department, I offer my appreciation to Mayor Kasim Reed for his ongoing support as we work to expand, improve and maintain our status as one of the most accomplished firefighting operations in the country.”

Through the support of the grants, AFRD is able to increase or maintain the number of trained, frontline firefighters present in the City of Atlanta, and enhance the Department’s ability to comply with staffing, response and operational standards established by the National Fire Protection Association.


Pledges go to creating Atlanta tech jobs

Saturday, October 1st, 2016

A round of pledges from a group of businesses is helping to create Atlanta tech jobs.

Atlanta, Chick-fil-A® Foundation and The Coca Cola Foundation will pledge more than $7 million to the City of Refuge to expand job training programs and foster economic development on Atlanta’s Westside. The City of Atlanta will pledge $1.25 million in funds to support City of Refuge programs, including funds from Invest Atlanta, the city’s economic development arm. The Atlanta Workforce Development Agency will leverage workforce training dollars to support the expanded job training programs offered by City of Refuge.

“I am proud to announce the City of Atlanta’s investment in the new workforce innovation hub in our Westside communities,” said Mayor Reed. “Our city’s leading companies and philanthropic groups are stepping up to support meaningful and lasting change on the Westside. Through this pledge, the City of Atlanta will continue to advance economic success for hard-working families and their children through workforce development and support.”

City of Refuge, an Atlanta-based nonprofit, will use the funds to construct and operate an innovative job hub that will teach residents skills to prepare for careers in auto tech, retail, the culinary arts, landscaping, security services and HVAC installation and repair. The partnership will also establish a computer-coding academy for young adults, and a small business incubator and accelerator for aspiring entrepreneurs.

“Today marks a significant milestone for Atlanta’s Westside. The tangible commitment from our city’s public and private sector will translate into real jobs that will give way to real optimism,” said Chick-fil-A Chairman and CEO Dan Cathy. “Bruce Deel and his team at the City of Refuge inspire me, and I am honored that Chick-fil-A can play a part in making their vision for the Westside a reality. They are committed to their neighbors and I know they will continue to serve the community well.”

City of Refuge helps women and children facing homelessness. Through their emergency shelter and transitional housing, individuals and families can receive on-site health care, engage in activities for children and youth, and gain vocational training and staffing services.

“With committed and passionate partners, we can strengthen our communities and look out, in particular, for those most in need of life-changing help,” said Muhtar Kent, CEO of The Coca-Cola Company. “We’re proud to support this new vocational training effort that will improve the lives of men and women, young people, parents and families throughout our Westside neighborhood.”

YouthBuild funds go towards Atlanta jobs

Saturday, October 1st, 2016

A new grant is going towards funding for certain Atlanta jobs.

The Atlanta Workforce Development Agency said that it has been awarded a $1.1 million grant by the U.S. Department of Labor. The grant will support the Agency’s YouthBuild program, which has helped over 120 out-of-school youth since 2012.

YouthBuild is a community-based, alternative education program that provides job training and educational opportunities for at-risk youth, ages 16-24. The program participants work on completing their high school or state equivalency degree; earn industry-recognized certifications within in-demand occupations; and gain construction skills training to build housing for low-income or homeless individuals and families in their communities.

“From my first day in office, I have maintained a constant focus on creating opportunities for young people in the City of Atlanta,” said Mayor Kasim Reed. “The YouthBuild award allows us to continue and expand the work we are doing to support our youth as they strive to improve their lives. This is a crucial investment in the future prosperity of our City and an acknowledgement of our success in supporting Atlanta’s kids and teens. ”

The U.S. Department of Labor announced that it awarded $80.3 million in YouthBuild grants to non-profit organizations in 35 states. The grants a range from approximately $700,000 to $1.1 million each and will fund 77 YouthBuild programs.

“Atlanta’s continued economic competitiveness needs innovative partnerships like YouthBuild that connect at-risk youth to job skills and career opportunities,” said Interim Executive Director Melissa Mullinax. “For Atlanta’s disconnected youth, this program helps us create on-ramps to success where they have been missing.”

“YouthBuild Atlanta has been a place of hope for so many at-risk youth in the city of Atlanta,” said Rebecca Birkett, YouthBuild Atlanta, Program Director. “This program has opened doors for our students, exposing them to opportunities for their lives that they never knew existed. I have watched them become excited to learn, excited about their future, better parents to their children and more engaged in building their communities. This grant will allow us to continue serving the youth within the City of Atlanta who are in need of a program like YouthBuild.”