Newark on My Mind
With all the groundbreakings and negotiations to bring even more construction to Newark, do Mayor Cory Booker and Deputy Mayor Adam Zipkin have time to do anything else?
Seriously – it seems like I’ve been writing about the city constantly. In last week’s State of the City address, Booker noted that over $700 million of construction projects are under way in the city, and announced the construction of a new speculative, 250,000-square-foot distribution center on Lister Avenue along the Passaic River in the Ironbound, to be developed by the Morris Companies. The construction jobs the reported $40 million project will bring are vital – but so are the permanent jobs.
Newark has been on a roll lately, with topping off ceremonies at the Courtyard hotel, the opening of the Food Depot mentioned in a previous post and Fidelco’s redevelopment of a number of buildings on Market Street. All of those will bring much needed jobs to the city, and leave it to Booker and Co. to make yet another announcement about that in the same speech.
Booker announced the launch of Newark Jobs Connect, a social media platform that will allow residents to find job listings through various media such as Facebook, Twitter or email. (Booker himself is such a devoted user of Twitter that I know some people who have unfollowed him – they can’t handle the volume.)
“It is time Newarkers used their social networks to become real job networks,” Booker said.
Undoubtedly, there will be more to come. And yes, we’ll all be tracking – and I’m looking forward to writing about – it all.