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Sample of Recent Achievements:

  • Served on the City of Newark's Smart City Technology Team.

  • 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


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