HiTEP Rolls out New CNA Training Facility
Rhode Island Business Owners of the "Elmwood Avenue Business Growth Project" participate in Job Development Forum hosted at new HITEP CNA Facility.
Spring 2011, almost a year after a plan was released to rehabilitate and modernize the Elmwood Avenue Business District in Providence (RI), State Senator Juan Pichardo met with businessmen of the area, to continue the discussion with a forum entitled'' Job, Workforce and Training - Business, Investment in manpower and training. Local and state represenatives and officials from the Department of Labor and Training Rhode Island, RIPTA and netWORKri were available.
The list of experts included State Senator Pichardo, Representatives Grace Diaz and Scott Slater, Charles Fogarty, director of Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training, Scott Greco, netWORKri Center Manager, Sue Biagioni, coordinator of the Business Unit Service of RI Department of Labor and Training, Charles Odimgbe and Mark Therian, RIPTA, Tomas Avila, Millennium Associates, Oscar Mejias and Hernan Padilla, hosts of the Hispanic Technology & Educational Programs - HITEP.
The forum, held at the renovated HITEP Training Facility on 515 Elmwood Avenue, was focused on the need for both residents and traders and businessmen involved in the Elmwood Avenue Business Growth Initiative. The main focus wsa on the possibilities and resources the state has available to small businesses. Beyond shere resources plans were discussed in order to maximize state labor and services, while strengthening the quality of supply and demand to its customers.
Among the topics discussed by officials of the Department of Labor and Training Rhode Island, worth mentioning: Tax Credit (Tax Credit), available grants, business advice, customer service, unemployment benefits, relationship between business communities, use of technologies , free enterprise, skills and training opportunities and resources, among others.
Senator Juan Pichardo said the project'''' Elmwood Avenue Business Growth is in a second phase. The first part of this initiative resulted in the re-paving of one side of the avenue, conditioning and beautifying storefronts and buildings. ''The ultimate goal is to make Elmwood Avenue shopping area more dynamic and busy.''
The plans will turn the area referred to as Columbus Square into a place where people can come and sit and enjoy this park. Have seats and tables to play dominoes or checkers. This whole area will look like a mall integrated into the community where the person feels he can go for a walk. The arrangement of Elmwood Avenue is to be managed for years, its principal sponsor Sen. Juan Pichardo. The project is run by RIDOT, City of Providence, state representatives, architects, and engineers.
Currently, the project has met its second phase, to replace the lights of the avenue. In a third phase, said State Senator the focus will be on laying the roads and completing street paving.
The arrangement of Elmwood Avenue is to be managed for years, its principal sponsor Sen. Juan Pichardo. The project is run by RIDOT, City of Providence, state representatives, architects, and engineers.
The forum was attended by about 20 business owners operating in the Elmwood Avenue, who expressed their interest to collaborate and achieve the objectives with this business venture.
Today the growth and development of the new CNA Facility is an example of the kind of business development will help the Elmwood Avenue Business Growth Project.