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RV 2014: Developing Workforce Opportunities with Transit- Regional Stories by Nora Liu

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Developing Workforce Opportunities with Transit: Regional Stories AICP CM 1.5
3 regions = 3 distinct stories. How are workforce initiatives in Denver, Seattle and the Twin Cities helping businesses and economies grow along transit? Leaders from community colleges, cities and counties share their experiences. Models include: a training and employment program for transit construction and operators; a corridor-level model focused on employees and business development and retention; and an innovative approach to developing a food hub employment center near new transit.
Moderator: Jennifer Billig, Policy Consultant, Mile High Business Alliance, Denver, Colorado
Katrina Wert, Director, Regional Workforce Initiative, Community College of Denver, Colorado
Janet Guthrie, Senior Policy Analyst, Ramsey County, Manager's Office, St. Paul, Minnesota
Nora Liu, Community Development Manager, Department of Planning & Development, City of Seattle, Washington

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RV 2014: Developing Workforce Opportunities with Transit- Regional Stories by Nora Liu

  1. 1. Rainier Valley South – Fulfilling the Promise Crea8ng Jobs and Pathways for Economic Mobility Railvolu)on 2014 City of Sea5le
  2. 2. Rainier Valley South – Fulfilling the Promise Crea8ng Jobs and Pathways for Economic Mobility ! D irect outgrowth of the Rainier Beach Neighborhood Plan Update ! Developed with the City’s Healthy Living Assessment ! Extensive community engagement ! Rainier Beach Moving Forward, the community stakeholders group, is making this project happen
  3. 3. CREATE ECONOMIC VITALITY: Rainier Beach: Uniquely located at the nexus of several regional manufacturing and industrial areas and southeast Sea5le’s residen)al neighborhoods.
  4. 4. CREATE ECONOMIC VITALITY: A new model of transit oriented development that priori)zes employment, educa)on and entrepreneurship.
  5. 5. CREATE ECONOMIC VITALITY: THE RAINIER BEACH FOOD INNOVATION ZONE Rainier Valley South’s ethnic diversity is a valuable, untapped resource to establish an interna)onal food culture and trade in the neighborhood. Rainier Valley South has a unique opportunity to combine its urban farms, ethnic food producers and light industrial zone.
  6. 6. IMPROVE EDUCATION & WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT The Rainier Valley South community highly values educa)on. Co-­‐ loca)ng the following partners could create a seamless path of educa)on, training, jobs and business entrepreneurship support. ! Rainier Beach High School Culinary Arts Program ! South Sea5le Community College ! Renton Technical College ! Financial Opportunity Center ! Bainbridge Graduate Ins)tute
  7. 7. CREATE BRIGHT FUTURES The Rainier Beach Food Innova)on Center is a collec)ve effort by Rainier Beach Moving Forward and other community partners to create an innova)ve approach to improving an area for the community. The Food Innova)on Center will: ! Be a place for educa)on, training and jobs ! Increase supervision and provide structure ! Change the physical environment ! Build collec)ve efficacy: “It takes a village…”
  8. 8. Rainier Valley South – Fulfilling the Promise Crea8ng Jobs and Pathways for Economic Mobility City of Sea5le

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