For the past six weeks, 26 long-term unemployed individuals had a new reason to get up every morning, thanks to the WCA and the ‘Jobs Waiting’ program, a $9.8 million federal Ready to Work grant managed by the WCA. Known regionally as “Jobs Waiting,” the program provides specialized training and support services to 425 long-term unemployed individuals in the Hudson Valley. On Friday, the WCA hosted a graduation for its first ‘boot camp’ participants, some of whom already have job applications out and interviews lined up with top employers in the region.
Residential development is booming in Westchester, but there’s nary a two-car garage or cul-de-sac in sight. Real estate companies are developing, constructing, and opening apartment buildings in the county at an unprecedented rate, according to informed sources. Just this week, news broke that Valhalla-based developer Martin Ginsburg wants to build a 55-unit luxury apartment building at 1177 Warburton Avenue in Yonkers, just one block north of a 330-unit Ginsburg Development Companies apartment building now under construction. Lighthouse Enterprises, whose three luxury rental buildings in White Plains are nearly fully leased, broke ground this spring on a 50-unit apartment building in Port Chester. Harrison, New Rochelle, Bronxville, Tarrytown, and Dobbs Ferry also have apartment projects in the works.
Nearly 500 companies moved or expanded in walkable downtowns over the past five years. A new report, released last month, explains why—and some of the reasons may surprise you.
We may be living in a social media-driven marketplace, but personal interaction and customer experience are still critical to the success of any business, large or small. Yet customer service skills are often lacking in today’s workforce, according to Amy Allen, director of the WCA’s Hudson Valley Workforce Academy, created to address the acute gap in workforce skills and help fill 2,500+ jobs in the region. On June 24, the Academy awarded certificates to its latest crop of graduates, who completed the program’s second course, “Managing the Customer Experience.”
The sea change in Westchester County’s healthcare landscape over the past 12 months has been augmented by the notable partnerships established between NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System and two community hospitals here: Bronxville’s Lawrence Hospital, and Hudson Valley Hospital in Cortlandt. As Laura L. Forese, MD, MPH, president of NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System put it: “We’re changing the way healthcare is delivered. Our new relationships offer opportunities to bring access to our world-class services in New York to the local communities.”