Councilman Dee Andrews Hosts Sixth District Career Workshop

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Councilman Dee Andrews

Sixth District Councilman Dee Andrews, along with Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network, The Port of Long Beach, and the Solis Group, is pleased to announce the Sixth District career Workshop: Featuring the Port of Long Beach Middle Harbor Redevelopment Project, on Thursday, March 17, 2011, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, Social Hall, 1950 Lemon Avenue, Long Beach. Interested individuals can attend the free career workshop to learn about the project and the types of jobs and the employment process available during the first phase of the Middle Harbor Redevelopment project that is expected to begin in the spring of 2011.

“With the employment rate at a record low, I am excited to be able to reach out to talented applicants across Long Beach to assist them in understanding the wonderful employment opportunities that the Middle Harbor Project will offer and how they can be part of the employment process,” said Councilman Andrews.

“We’re talking about a tremendously positive economic impact for this region – this contract alone will create 670 jobs over a nearly two-year period, and is one of the biggest contracts awarded by the Port,” said Richard D Steinke, Port of Long Beach Executive Director.

The Middle Harbor career Workshop will provide employment information on the Middle Harbor project. The Port of Long Beach will provide background on the Middle Harbor Project; the Solis Group, the company awarded the contract to administer the Project Labor Agreement and the Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network will provide employment process information, and Jane Templin, of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers’ Union, one of the building trades that will likely work on the project, will outline opportunities to become an apprentice, apprenticeship programs, and educational training presentations.

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners recently approved the $123 million dredging and wharf building contract that officially starts construction of the Middle Harbor Redevelopment Project, one of the largest and most ambitious efforts ever undertaken by the Port. The overall project is expected to take nine years to construct.
This first phase, which includes building wharfs, dredging one slip and filling in another, is expected to take 22 months to complete. The Middle Harbor project will incorporate environmental technologies and efficiencies that will allow the redeveloped terminal to move additional cargo and create thousands of new jobs while cutting pollution in half.
For more information call the office of Councilman Dee Andrews at (562) 570-6816.

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