Apr 26, 2012
2000 Jobs Opening Nearby
Photo by Kathryn Kirk
New York developer Bruce Ratner announced a plan to fill 2,000 jobs at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, near Crown Heights.
From a press release from the Mayor's office
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg Thursday joined Forest City Ratner Companies Chairman and CEO Bruce Ratner to announce a plan to fill approximately 2,000 jobs at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn using the City's Workforce1 services.
Priority hiring for the jobs, which will include full- and part-time positions, will be for residents of Brooklyn Community Boards 2, 3, 6 and 8, graduates of Brooklyn United for Innovative Local Development's training program, and New York City Housing Authority residents of Ingersoll, Whitman, Farragut, Atlantic Terminal, Wyckoff Gardens, Warren Street, Lafayette Gardens and Gowanus Houses.
(The Crown Heights neighborhood is in Brooklyn Community Board 9.)
Job fairs will be held in June, July and August in locations near the arena to fill the majority of the positions.
Beginning next week, Forest City and Barclays Center partners, including AEG, which will assist in the management of operations for the Barclays Center, and Levy Restaurants, which will oversee all food services, will meet with local community boards and elected officials to discuss hiring plans.
The Mayor made the announcement at the Barclays Center construction site and also was joined by Borough President Marty Markowitz, Department of Small Business Services Commissioner Robert W. Walsh, New York City Housing Authority Chairman John Rhea, Brooklyn United for Innovative Local Development President James Caldwell and Charlene Nimmons, Executive Director of Public Housing Communities, Inc.
"Tens of thousands of people will soon come to the world-class Barclays Center, and that means more economic growth, more tax revenue, and more jobs,' said Mayor Bloomberg. "Local residents should have every opportunity to get these jobs, and we are working closely with Forest City Ratner to make sure that happens."
“We are very excited that we are close to opening and even closer to hiring,” said Bruce Ratner. “From the start, we’ve been focused on how Barclays Center and the larger Atlantic Yards project can provide opportunity for the people of Brooklyn.
"Over the next few weeks and months, we will be posting approximately 2,000 jobs, everything from food service to security and ticketing, as we prepare for the arena’s grand opening on September 28th.”
The Nets also announced that they have completed their corporate relocation to Brooklyn.