Building Trades, Features, New York

HIT Building America

February 6, 2018

By AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust Report

BUFFALO, NY – As part of the latest HIT initiativee, the Northland Workforce Training Center, located at 683 Northland Avenue in Buffalo, will reuse part of a historic vacant industrial complex and serve as an anchor for the broader Northland Central project. Approximately 93,000 square feet of the 240,000-square-foot building will be used for the training center. The center is expected to create an estimated 329 union construction jobs, as well as another 69 new positions, while retaining 124 permanent jobs in management, counseling, administration, faculty, building operations, maintenance and security. There is a 30 percent local hiring requirement and up to 20 low-income residents will be accepted into the Building Trades Pre-Apprenticeship Program. Once completed, some 300 workers will be trained annually at the center for entry-level operator jobs in machinery, welding, transformers and other positions.

“Northland symbolizes Governor Cuomo’s historic investment in the economic rebirth that has brought jobs, opportunity, and optimism back to Buffalo. The investment in workforce development in Buffalo’s East Side will ensure equal opportunity for all residents,” said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. “It also affirms our commitment to building a world-class workforce, ready for the jobs we are creating today and in the future, and we are grateful to Building America for sharing our vision.”

Mr. Quinn, who held the NY-26 congressional seat from 1993-2005, was instrumental in bringing Building America to the project. Erie Community College, where Mr. Quinn served as President from 2008-2017, is providing educational staff and curriculum to the workforce training center.

“The Northland Workforce Training Center promises quality education, quality jobs and quality service to the city’s workforce,” said Mr. Quinn. “Building America is a natural partner on this project given its commitment to bringing jobs and services to severely distressed communities.”

“We are investing in the future of America, and that future begins here in Buffalo,” said Ted Chandler, HIT’s Chief Operating Officer.

February 6, 2018

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