In the News: OLCDC to share in $2.6 million federal grant for ‘green jobs’
The OLCDC and its subsidiary Jamii Builders, in partnership with the Training Fund of Laborer's International Union of North America (LIUNA), South Florida Workforce and the Local Laborer's Union 1652, will share $2.6 million from the U.S. Labor Department's Green Jobs Innovation Program. The grant will pay to train at least 40 people in two sessions per year for three years to provide them with skills in 'green' construction and weatherization. After training, they will qualify for LIUNA Apprenticeship programs and jobs that provide career growth opportunities.
~Click here to read more about the grant in the South Florida Times.
In the News: OLCDC receives $250,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts
The OLCDC will receive a $250,000 Our Town grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, one of only 51 grants awarded nationwide, to implement its "Community Gateways" project, the public art component of the Magnolia North redevelopment.
The "Community Gateways" project will remove the remaining metal barricades that have divided Opa-locka for thirty years, redesign the community's intersections to serve as inviting entryways to a newly-reborn Magnolia North residential and mixed-use neighborhood, and provide public open space with environmentally functional landscape design.
~Click here to read about the grant in the South Florida Times.
OLCDC co-hosts the community meeting, "Future Plan for Gardens Apartments"
On July 28, 2011, the OLCDC, along with The City of Opa-locka, Urban League of Greater Miami and Creative Choice, presented a community meeting to engage residents in a discussion about the future plans for the Gardens Apartments.
In the News: Jamii Builders graduates first Training classes. See graduation photos!
On July 15, 2011, OLCDC's construction services subsidiary Jamii Builders, LLC, graduated its first Residential Construction & Weatherization Training classes, along with co-sponsors Laborers International Union of North America, Opa-locka Vice-Mayor Dottie Johnson, and Miami-Dade Commissioner, District 1, Barbara Jordan. 39 students received certificates for completing Jamii's training programs.
~Click here to see Community Newspapers coverage of the celebration.
Graduation Ceremony Photos! - Click thumbnails to view larger images.
Jamii Builders offers 2-week Weatherization Training program
From July 5 through July 15, 2011, OLCDC's construction services subsidiary, Jamii Builders, LLC, and co-sponsors Laborers International Union of North America, Opa-locka Vice-Mayor Dottie Johnson, and Miami-Dade Commissioner, District 1, Barbara Jordan, offered a 2-week Weatherization Training program.
In the News: Jamii Builders conducts 3 weeks of Residential Construction Training
From June 13 through July 1, 2011, OLCDC's construction services subsidiary, Jamii Builders, LLC, and co-sponsors Laborers International Union of North America, Opa-locka Vice-Mayor Dottie Johnson, and Miami-Dade Commissioner, District 1, Barbara Jordan, conducted a 3-week comprehensive Residential Construction Training program.
~Click here to read the June 19 Miami Herald article, "Program sends unemployed back to work."
Congratulations, OLCDC staff members Latoya James & Faylor St. Hilaire!
OLCDC congratulates staff member Latoya James on earning her Master's in Public Administration and staff member Faylor St. Hilaire on earning his Master's of Business Administration, both from Nova Southeastern University!
In the News: Documentary filmmaker discusses OLCDC's plans for Opa-locka
In a Sunday, April 24, 2011, Miami Herald article, entitled "Two Tales of a City," French filmmaker Armand Morin discusses his upcoming documentary on Opa-locka, Opa-locka Will Be Beautiful. In the article, Morin notes that the "idea of having a vision for the City has always been very important" and points to the OLCDC's desire for change and pragmatic plans to "preserve the history, industry and architecture of the City, while at the same time improving the neighborhood's facades."
OLCDC reaches out to Hispanic community
OLCDC held its first Spanish-language Homebuyer Education Workshop on Saturday, April 16, 2011, in Hialeah, part of a joint venture with Empire Realty. Wilma Alvarez, Broker with Empire Realty, contacted OLCDC in January to discuss ways to bring our homebuyer information to a wider audience and helped identify the following partners for a well rounded Workshop: Trident Title, America's Best Home Inspectors, JPM Chase, Miami-Dade HCD and Miami-Dade Economic Advocacy Trust.
OLCDC thanks all presenters, Ms. Alvarez, and her staff for making the Workshop a success.
OLCDC staff members already have received calls about future Spanish workshops, the dates and locations of which will be announced on this Web site. Because of the current housing market, OLCDC will continue to promote and host workshops and provide housing services that allow low-moderate income individuals to remove obstacles to homeownership. To view OLCDC's current schedule of HUD-approved Homebuyer Education Workshops, click here.