OIB party today, 5:30 p.m. Taco Loco on Fairfield Avenue in Black Rock. First cocktail on OIB plus sweet eats. Come join us.
Okay, a tame night at Testo’s Restaurant where the political payroll came through for Mayor Bill Finch’s choices for Board of Education, City Councilwoman Leticia Colon, disciple of 131st District Leader Mitch Robles and former Councilman Pat Crossin of Black Rock.
Kudos to OIB friend Tom Kelly for covering the event Wednesday night. The Democratic Town Committee endorsements of Colon and Crossin gives the mayor two picks he feels will work with him on the BOE. Crossin and Finch are friends who served together on the city’s legislative body. Crossin, however, will not be a rubber stamp for the mayor. He’s not on the city payroll, does not earn a living off the city and will vote the way he wants on education issues.
Finch supporters such as City Council President Tom McCarthy pushed hard for Colon and Crossin because they say they want stronger fiscal accountability on the BOE. Easier said than done when the realities of dealing with so many complex issues hit the new members when they take office later this year.
State Rep. Auden Grogins is a classic example of a former council member who segued to the BOE and found it’s not as easy as so many say to cut this and do that.
Former Superior Court Judge Carmen Lopez’s effort for endorsement was pushed back by Finch supporters who say she’s too noisy and too independent for a BOE slot. I don’t think Lopez is going away. In fact, look for her to build a higher profile in city politics. Lopez doesn’t need the bulk of the party to become an electoral threat, just pockets of it to help build coalitions, and it’s clear judging from the support she received from various districts, although short of a BOE endorsement, plenty enough to work a following for a potential future run at something be it judge of probate in 2010 or mayor in 2011.
I’ve seen plenty of folks in city politics get knocked back only to push back harder at another position.
Looks like we’re headed for City Council primaries in at least three districts, the 135th, 137th and 138th.
As for the mayor’s souring relationship with Party Vice Chair Dottie Guman, who supported Lopez, I don’t see them kissing and making up any time soon.
Thanks to Tom Kelly for sharing footage of the event. Check it out. See you later.
News release from WorkPlace
Bridgeport Region Green Jobs Study Released
The Bridgeport region should focus on preparing its workforce for occupations occurring most frequently in recognized Green Industries if it hopes to benefit from the Green Collar economy, according to a report prepared by the bluegreen Research Institute, a project of The WorkPlace, Inc., Southwestern Connecticut’s Regional Workforce Development Board.
By focusing on occupations known to be associated with Green industries, participants in training program have a better chance of gaining the skills necessary to work in the major Green industries and also established sectors.
“This gives the guidance we need to see how occupations we are familiar with can be transferable into growing Green industries and what kind of training we can provide to prepare the workforce for these well-paying jobs,” said Adrienne Houël, president of Greater Bridgeport Community Enterprises, Inc. “The Green Team,” which provided support for the study along with the City of Bridgeport Central Grants Office and the United Illuminating Company.
The bluegreen Research Institute was charged with developing a report and conducting the necessary research and data analysis to aid in ongoing planning efforts. The Greater Bridgeport region consists of the following municipalities: Bridgeport, Trumbull, Easton, Fairfield, Monroe and Stratford, CT.
The report shows that construction and extraction occupations have the most frequency; followed by architecture & engineering; production; and installation, repair and maintenance occupations. Examples of these occupations include construction laborers and managers; industrial truck and tractor operators; electricians; electrical engineers; plus civil engineering and electrical and electronic engineering technicians.
“Using this methodology, it is possible to help determine what kind of training and education programs should be supported and developed in order to give workers the best chance of finding work,” said Michael J. McCarthy, director of the bluegreen Research Institute and one of the report’s authors.
“This study is the first step in providing the training needed for meaningful employment opportunities across a broad range of industries that will encompass the ‘green economy’ wave that’s sweeping the nation, which will improve our local economy and aid in the fight against global warming,” said Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch.
The industries evaluated in this study were chosen based on sectors identified as emerging Green sectors on a national basis, as well as sectors specifically targeted in Connecticut. They include: building retrofitting and weatherization; mass transit/freight rail; smart electric grid/transmission systems; wind power; solar power; advanced bio-fuels; clean water; automotive technology; environmental technology; farming, fishing and landscaping; and fuel cell technology.
The Bridgeport Region Green Jobs Study includes projections of job growth from 2008 through 2018 using the latest information available. Beyond quantifying occupations, it also provides analysis on which occupations have the most incidence of cross-over among Green industry sectors; which sectors have the potential for the most occupations to fall within them; a range of average hourly wages; and the level of training or education required for those occupations. Recommendations are also offered for how the region can respond to its needs, using existing resources as well as suggested new initiatives.
A copy of the entire Bridgeport Region Green Jobs Study is available for download as a PDF file at: www.workplace.org/docs/BridgeportRegionGreenJobsStudyFINAL.pdf
About the bluegreen Research Institute
Committed to helping clients understand complex issues related to policy, strategy and human capital planning, bluegreen helps clients understand and use data to make practical and professional decisions. We provide access to “Blue Oceans” of opportunities in growing “Green” as well as mature industries.
A Proven Record of Success
A project of The WorkPlace, Inc., bluegreen has the resources and experience of over 25 years in identifying, securing and managing innovative and award-winning programs in the workforce development arena. Our grant writing service has helped clients secure over $20 million in public financing. Our other services include Project Management, Marketing/Public Relations, Program Design & Development, and Program Evaluation.