Economic Development = Job and Career Opportunities

New Rochelle’s ambitious downtown development plan will create thousands of jobs over the next decade.  To help residents take advantage of these new opportunities – and also acquire long-term career skills – the City is creating a First Source Referral Center.

The First Source Referral Center will work with developers, construction trades, labor unions, and – most importantly – New Rochelle residents to create a pipeline that links job training to placement in specific positions.  There’s more information and background in this memo.

An initial information session about opportunities in construction has already been scheduled for this Wednesday, February 15th.  This flyer has the details.

The First Source Referral Center will be managed by Westhab, a highly-regarded regional not-for-profit, and funded by payments from developers.  It’s all part of our commitment to ensuring that the benefits of economic development are shared as broadly and equitably as possible.



Energize (and Weatherize) New Rochelle, Starting with Your Home

There are many great reasons to weatherize your home: save money on energy costs, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and be more comfortable year-round (including on the day after a major winter storm.)  And this is a perfect time to act, because New Rochelle has established a citizen committee — called EnergyNR — that is ready to help.

EnergyNR can provide information about incentives and about professional resources that enable residents to implement home improvements affordably.   You can access free or reduced-cost home energy assessments, as well as low-cost financing.  The expense of improvements can typically be paid back through lower electric or gas bills, so the savings begin from day one.

EnergyNR’s citizen volunteers, representing a cross-section of neighborhoods, will work closely with the City’s Sustainability Director and with a regional organization called EnergizeNY.

To get started with a home energy efficiency assessment, please contact Lauren Brois at 914-302-7300 ext. 8102 or sign up online at  Meanwhile, members of EnergyNR will be visiting various neighborhoods in the months ahead to share information about their own positive experiences.


Waterfront Plan Advances

Last night, the City Council approved a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Twining Properties for the development of the Long Island Sound waterfront at Echo Bay — a large and important step toward reclaiming the shoreline for the public’s use and enjoyment.

Called “Pratt Landing,” the project envisions a mix of homes, shops, offices, hotel space, and parkland with a continuous public promenade at the water’s edge.  There’s more about the project in this prior post.

Over the next 12 – 18 months, Twining will prepare an environmental impact statement that comprehensively analyzes Pratt Landing’s benefits, costs, and effects.  Public input will be welcomed and aspects of the project could certainly change prior to final approval by the City Council.

The right kind of waterfront development can strengthen our local economy, improve our environment, create new jobs and recreational opportunities, and enhance property values.  So I am encouraged that this positive vision is moving forward.

There’s more information in this press release.


Tesla Charging Stations Coming to New Roc Garage

Through a new arrangement negotiated by our Department of Development, Tesla Motors will soon install eight new electric vehicle charging stations at the New Roc garage.

These kinds of public-private partnerships promote sustainability, while helping our city build out the infrastructure of tomorrow.