In past weeks, we’ve highlighted the efforts of our workforce team, partnering with a variety of nonprofit organizations. This week, we’re visiting with the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development (MOED) – which is a linchpin to our efforts, as well as employment efforts citywide.
In prior videos we’ve heard from business representatives who have recruited construction workers. Today, we visit with Jimmy Smith, a MOED business representative who has been a critical link for the new retail and restaurant businesses moving into our neighborhood, including Cuban Revolution, Apples and Oranges, 7-Eleven and Walgreens.
In his video, Jimmy describes his efforts, as well as how different organizations collaborate to assist our neighbors:
"I'm in a unique situation with the City, where I help to create job opportunities for residents, and I also work with workforce partners: Humanim, EBDI, Caroline Center, St. Vincent de Paul. And they will refer candidates to me that I will, in turn, interview, prescreen and vet before sending to job opportunities."
"Businesses do want to hire locally. The problem is finding those ideal candidates right in their backyard. And so, the process we have in place – where we can pull residents from a job ready pipeline – is essential. The fact that I'm in between the job seeker and the business, I can help coach both sides."
In the case of Cuban Revolution, Jimmy played a critical role for owner Mary Morabito, as she placed a premium on hiring local residents:
"I did the recruitment for her, the prescreening and interviews, and when she would come into town I'd have them scheduled to interview with her."
As new stores and sit-down restaurants enter our community for the first time in decades, we will continue to collaborate with the various organizations that have been recruiting, training, and preparing East Baltimore residents to take part in the renaissance.
Please take a moment to watch today’s video. And we also wanted to make you aware of a couple of events coming to our neighborhood tomorrow.
• September 13th 8pm, Movie Night in the park across from 929 N. Wolfe Street: “42, The Jackie Robinson Story.” For trailer, click here.
• Also on September 13th from 5 to 8pm at the Cuban Revolution hear Karter Jaymes, a Baltimore-based, Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter.