Rutgers says they’re on track to hit Hire.Build.Live.Newark goals
The program is designed to spur the local economy and local jobs
Published October 26, 2018 | Manny Faces
Rutgers University–Newark in conjunction with Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, have reported that they are on track to meet, and in some cases exceed, a series of goals laid out more than one year ago.
The initiative, known as Hire.Buy.Live.Newark, was created to help tackle socio-economic issues facing the city, including poverty and unemployment, in an effort to help dramatically improve Newark’s economy by 2020.
The organizations vowed to collectively hire 2020 local residents by that milestone date, and say they have made significant progress, reporting to have hit 65 percent of that goal within the initiative’s first year.
Arleska Castillo, director of Rutgers Human Resources-Newark, recently highlighted the program. “Since the launch of the program in June 2017,” she stated, “the goal of Human Resources has been to actively engage with Rutgers–Newark and RBHS hiring departments to identify needs that translate to an excellent candidate pool. By doing so, we not only create pathways for Newark residents to become gainfully employed but also serve the RU-N anchor mission.”
Similarly, the organizations had pledged to boost local procurement, projecting that a three percent increase would add $33 million to Newark’s economy. “Through frequent meetups, we are attempting to change the purchasing culture at Newark’s large institutions by introducing, and in some cases reintroducing, procurement managers to Newark suppliers of goods and services,” stated Kevin Lyons, professor of professional practice at Rutgers Business School-Newark and New Brunswick, and director of its Public-Private Community Partnership Program.
According to Rutgers University-Newark Chancellor Nancy Cantor and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Services Chancellor Brian Storm, the initiative called for an increase in local procurement from 10 to 30 percent. The organizations report already having reached a combined local procurement rate of 23 percent.
Hire.Build.Live.Newark aims to support major capital projects, as well as entrepreneurial-based initiatives, and is helping to responsibly spur economic growth across the city.
“Unsurprisingly,” added Castillo, “Newark is filled with exceptional talent, and we are a proud partner in the hire local initiative.”