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WINTER 2008

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Heldrich Center Leads Winning Consortium for $2.3 Million Federal Contract

A consortium led by the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development was awarded a $2.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to establish a nationwide center aimed at increasing the employment and economic self-sufficiency of adults with disabilities. The two-year project, awarded by the DOL’s Office of Disability Employment Policy through a national competition, will build leadership and strategic partnerships across workforce development, economic development, and relevant partner agencies and systems.


The winning consortium, led by the Heldrich Center’s Executive Director Kathy Krepcio, will conduct research, develop and disseminate information, and provide technical assistance and training in five targeted, critical leadership areas.


In addition to the Heldrich Center, consortium members include the Program for Disability Research at the Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations; the Elizabeth M. Boggs Center for Developmental Disabilities at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey; the American Public Human Services Administration, based in Washington; the National Leadership Consortium for Developmental Disabilities at the University of Delaware; and the Community Solutions Group LLC in Arlington, VA.


Earlier this year, the Heldrich Center was awarded a $3 million grant from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

 

CGS, NJAPA Host Affordable Housing Forum

Panelists (from left) Creigh Rahenkamp, AICP;  Holland Township Planner Betsy McKenzie; NJAPA Housing Committee Chair Vito Gallo; and COAH Executive Director Lucy Voorhoeve, listen to attorney Thomas Jay Hall of Sills Cummis & Gross remark on new affordable housing rules adopted by the state at a forum hosted by the Center for Government Services and the New Jersey chapter of the American Planning Association

Panelists (from left) Creigh Rahenkamp, AICP; Holland Township Planner Betsy McKenzie; NJAPA Housing Committee Chair Vito Gallo; and COAH Executive Director Lucy Voorhoeve, listen to attorney Thomas Jay Hall of Sills Cummis & Gross remark on new affordable housing rules adopted by the state at a forum hosted by the Center for Government Services and the New Jersey chapter of the American Planning Association

 

NTI, VTC Win New Transit, Homeland Security Contracts
Congress, transit agencies from around the nation and the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security continue to turn to the Bloustein School’s National Transit Institute (NTI) and Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center (VTC) to develop emergency preparedness plans and training programs, further evidence of the national reputation Rutgers is earning for the quality of its work in transportation security. NTI is funded through an $4.3 million annual appropriation from Congress, a portion of which is utiized for longstanding security training programs.

 

Under a bill (HR-1) signed August 1 by President Bush implementing the recommendations of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, NTI was designated one of six academic institutions that will make up a new National Transportation Security Center of Excellence. Congress authorized up to $18 million annually over four years for the new national center to conduct research and develop professional security training.

 

New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has hired NTI to develop and implement a new security awareness training program for the employees of the New York City Transit bus and subway systems, the Long Island Rail Road, and Metro-North Railroad. The training will teach employees how to recognize real and potential threats in order to prevent emergencies, as well as prepare them to respond to emergencies that do occur.

 

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority (WMATA) also hired NTI to develop a security awareness program specifically for its bus system employees. The contract is valued at $277,000.

 

The Federal Transit Administration awarded NTI a $556,000 contract to create a model plan that transit systems can use to to implement Emergency Management Offices. The WMATA system will be used as the pilot site.

 

And in New Jersey, the state Office of Homeland Security contracted with VTC to develop an emergency evacuation plan for northern New Jersey, working in conjunction with the counties, Newark and Jersey City. The contract is valued initially at $987,202 with additional future funding pending legislative approval.

 

Center for Government Services (CGS)
The state Department of Community Affairs renewed its contract with CGS to provide continuing education seminars on New Jersey's Uniform Construction Code. The $1.8 million contract runs through June 2008.

 

The Center has been hired as a subcontractor to help review affordable housing plans and policies implemented by Hillsborough County, Florida. CGS will help develop a density bonus proposal and how to expedite permitting.

 

National Center for Neighborhood and Brownfields Redevelopment

The Brownfields Center has been awarded another $195,834 as part of its ongoing work with the U.S. Department of Energy to address the nation's former nuclear weapons sites. The funding is for a third phase of work and raises the total received by the Center to over $475,000. Under the new phase, the project will begin addressing nuclear waste generated by civilian sources, such as power plants.

 

Bloustein Center for Survey Research

The New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services has hired the Center to help create a statewide Birth Defects Reporting System. The web-based system will be used by medical facilities to report child birth defects and respond more effeiciently in providing services. The federally funded contract is valued at $160,000.

 

The state Department of Labor awarded the Center a $51,755 contract to undertake a telephone survey to determine employer and participant satisfaction with the Workforce Investment Act of 1998.

 

Michael Lahr
Michael Lahr

Center for Urban Policy Research
Dr. Michael Lahr has been hired to update and apply a regional economic impact model for the nation's maritime ports.

 

John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development

The New Jersey Meadowlands Commission has contracted with the Heldrich Center to develop an economic profile of the region that the Commission and the Meadowlands Regional Chamber of Commerce can use to chart an economic growth strategy. The contract was valued at $65,000.

 

Verizon-NJ awarded the Heldrich Center a second $75,000 grant for Career Connections, a program to provide career education and make parents, students and counselors aware of growing industries and occupations in New Jersey.

 

Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center

VTC will research the transit-oriented development benefits resulting from NJ TRANSIT's RiverLINE light rail system in Burlington and Camden counties through a $171,150 grant awarded by the University Transportation Research Center at CUNY. The study will examine residential and commercial development, the impacts on entertainment venues in Camden and Trenton, and any congestion mitigation benefits affecting nearby roads.

 

NJ TRANSIT has contracted with VTC to produce another three editions of the e-newsletter, Transit- Friendly Development. The contract, worth $30,000, is the third involving the newsletter.