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August 5, 2012
MAYOR BLOOMBERG DISCUSSES HOW THE CITY'S NEW WORKFORCE ONE CAREER CENTER – THE FIRST IN THE NATION DEDICATED TO AND STAFFED BY VETERANS – WILL PLACE MORE VETERANS IN JOBS IN WEEKLY RADIO ADDRESS
The following is the text of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s weekly radio address as prepared for delivery on 1010 WINS News Radio for Sunday, August 5, 2012.
“Good Morning. This is Mayor Mike Bloomberg.
“Our Administration is working hard to help more New Yorkers find jobs today, while also laying the groundwork for the jobs of the future. Let me tell you about two good examples of how we’re doing that.
“Last week, we opened a new Workforce One Career Center for Veterans of our Armed Forces, at 60 Madison Avenue in Manhattan. Our goal: Increase job placements for veterans by 50 percent this year. The Center was created with support from the Robin Hood Foundation, and we believe it to be the only career center in the nation exclusively dedicated to, and staffed by, veterans.
“The Veterans Career Center will engage businesses that have already pledged to hire veterans and work to get similar commitments from more companies. We’ll also continue to hold citywide recruitment and job fairs targeted towards the sectors that best match the skills and career interests of veterans. Our veterans have stood up for us around the world. And it’s our responsibility to stand up for them here at home.
“We believe we can help more veterans find jobs because our career training and job placement centers already have an impressive track record. When our Administration began, there were just three career training and job placement centers in the city, connecting only about 500 people a year to jobs. Since then, Commissioner Rob Walsh and our Department of Small Business Services have both expanded and also reinvented job placement to link it more closely to companies that are hiring and industries that are expanding. The result: Now there are 16 Workforce One Career Centers in the city that last year helped connect 35,000 New Yorkers to jobs.
“Last week we also laid new groundwork for a project that will create jobs for decades to come: the expansion of Columbia University’s engineering school. Columbia is the latest winner of the City’s Applied Sciences NYC competition, which challenges academic institutions to increase their engineering presence in the city. We’ll provide $15 million in financial assistance to help Columbia create a new, world-class Institute for Data Sciences and Engineering.
“In the decades to come, this latest partnership will create more than 4,500 jobs and $4 billion in economic activity. It will encourage the growth of the tech sector in Northern Manhattan and, in the process help solidify our City’s leadership in the innovation economy. All together, the three applied sciences campuses we’re developing on Roosevelt Island, in Downtown Brooklyn, and now at Columbia will more than double the number of engineering faculty in the city, and generate over 48,000 jobs and nearly 1,000 spin-off companies.
“By connecting more New Yorkers to work, and creating the jobs that our city needs to grow, we’re not only helping New Yorkers jumpstart their careers today; we’re also creating a stronger, more resilient New York for future generations.
“This is Mayor Mike Bloomberg. Thanks for listening.”
Stu Loeser (212) 788-2958
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