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July 13, 2007

Largest Class to Date Graduates From Atlantic Yards CBA Training

Brooklyn Daily Eagle ran this press release with the requisite quote from Bruce Ratner:

The largest class to date — 57 contractors — has graduated from the Atlantic Yards Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) training program in June. The newest graduates, 57 in all, received certificates at a ceremony at Medgar Evers College School of Business in Brooklyn. Apart from what it might mean to some, the Forest City Ratner Companies (FCRC) Atlantic Yards development means work to minority- and women-owned Brooklyn contractors, because the CBA guarantees that 20 percent of construction dollars will go those that are minority-owned and 10 percent will go to those that are women-owned.
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Commented Bruce Ratner of FCRC, “This training gives these contractors the knowledge they need to take their businesses to the next level. That’s why it was such a crucial component of the small business initiatives that are a part of the Atlantic Yards CBA.”

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Atlantic Yards was mentioned again in relation to initiatives for hiring women- and minority-owned businesses, this time in a report from WNYC News Radio:

Cheryl McKissack, president of the McKissack Group - a design and construction firm which was founded by her great grandfather - is starting to feel the impact. Her construction company was granted a $280 million contract to work on the Atlantic Yards development project in Brooklyn.

Posted by lumi at July 13, 2007 8:22 AM