ORANGE, NJ - Mayor Dwayne D. Warren Esq. hosted a job fair for Orange residents through his First Source Program with enthusiastic support from local developers. The Program provides employment opportunities in all aspect of the construction trade. It ensures that each of the contracts awarded to a developer and their sub-contractors for all trades provides an initial employment opportunity for Orange residents. Currently 100% of the employment opportunities for the current phase of development with the Main Street train station project have gone to people living below the federal poverty level. Mayor Warren said, "This program provides direct economic improvement opportunities for growing families who reside in the municipality."
This aggressive program encourages 30% of all billable construction labor, as well as administrative and clerical hours associated with the development project are available for Orange residents or Minority Business Enterprises and Women's Business Enterprises. All employment opportunities are consist with market wages. Councilwoman April Gaunt-Butler said, "It is important to consider Orange residents first, employing competent people and providing training for non-skilled laborers to begin a new career."
Under construction at the train station, RPM Developers is completing a 137 unit upscale residential development. According to RPM Construction Supervisor, Troy Webster said, "the transit oriented units will have a range of affordability which will include market rate ownership opportunities. The project is transformative for the City of Orange Township." Councilwoman Tency Eason said, "I am happy to see a new initiative that provides jobs for Orange residents and I support the effort 100 percent."
Council-President Donna K. Williams said, "With all of the projects taking place in Orange, we are doing the right thing by engaging our residents and preparing them for employment through training and other job readiness initiatives. I look forward to other public partnerships that will expand this effort."
To complement the First Source program Mayor Warren is initiating a larger career readiness program and will seek to partner with entities such as labor unions and Essex County College to accomplish this goal. He stated that "This collaboration will provide academic certification credentials in career fields related to construction and contract administration."