Sample of Recent Achievements:

  • New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA): Innovative Planning Challenge, $100,000 planning grant award to help the City of Newark become a smart city (Newark Fiber, Digital Kiosks, smart traffic light sensors, and other Internet of Things (IoT). Partners: City of Newark, Invest Newark, NJIT, NJII, and PSE&G.

  • Living Cities: City Accelerator Cohort 5: $100,000 grant award in 2018-2019 to fund Cohort 2 of Invest Newark’s Contractor Developer Initiative (CDI) and the development of an online procurement portal for Newark. Living Cities is a collaboration of 18 of the nation’s largest funders.

  • Surdna Foundation: $150,000 grant award in 2018-2019 to study the City of Newark’s business ecosystem and to create a procurement portal.

  • $120,000 in bank grant awards in 2015 from Bank of America ($75K), TD Bank (20K), and Wells Fargo ($25K) foundations.  These three grants (awarded to Newark CEDC) added 96 jobs to the Mayor of Newark's 2015 Summer Youth Employment Program.

  • U.S. Conference of Mayors, Wells Fargo 2015 CommunityWINS Grants, awarded Outstanding Achievement award to Newark, N.J., Mayor Ras Baraka with $75,000 awarded to Newark Community Economic Development Corporation.

  • 2015 City of Trenton CDBG Program, $29,750 grant award

  • Grant Awards: Total of $1 million + earned (100% of non-federal applications):

    • Bergen County Workforce Investment Board (two 2-year grants, $880K total)

    • National Credit Union Administration (OSCUI) grants for 1st Bergen FCU ($11.5K for mobile banking and summer intern)

    • NJ Center for Hispanic Policy, Research and Development ($35K/yr for ESL/Citizenship)

    • NJ Office of Faith Based Initiatives (three-year College Readiness grant, $30K/yr)

    • Turrell Fund ($30K child care).

  • Social Media: Increased Greater Bergen Community Action's Facebook followers by 67% and Twitter by 48% in six months.

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