By Alexander Mirabella
Chairman, Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders
Spring is traditionally the season when job hunting kicks into high gear, and with this in mind I’d like to alert Union County residents to resources that can help connect you with local employers and career development opportunities in our area.
The Job Connection includes individual job postings, information on companies and organizations that are recruiting for multiple openings in our area, and alerts on job fairs and other special events.
Two other important resources are Union County’s One-Stop Career Centers, located in Elizabeth and Plainfield. These provide a range of free job search services including resume preparation and interview coaching.
The One-Stops can also connect you with classes in adult literacy, ESOL, computer training, information about professional certification and apprenticeship programs in our area, and many other services.
If you are considering starting a small business, I encourage you to participate in our Union County Means Business initiative. It consists of free networking workshops, a free newsletter and a website that is the clearinghouse for many resources in Union County, at ucnj.org/ucmeansbusiness.
Taking the long view, over the past dozen or so years the Freeholder Board has worked alongside many public and private partners to help build new career opportunities in Union County.
One early hallmark was the reclaiming of an unused industrial site to build the Jersey Gardens Mall, which since its opening in 1999 has created hundreds of new jobs.
In the years since then, Newark Liberty Airport has been expanded and Elizabeth Seaport has been dredged, enabling this major shipping hub to keep creating new jobs in Union County.
More recently, we have re-positioned Union County’s renowned Galloping Hill Golf Course as a regional attraction that is creating new private sector jobs on site while bringing new visitors to our area.
Other recent projects include the new Wakefern supermarket cooperative warehouse, which will keep hundreds of jobs in Union County while adding many more new positions, and a new parking garage and other improvements to spark activity in our main economic hub, Elizabeth.
The past decade has also seen tremendous growth in Union County’s education infrastructure, as Kean University, Union County College and our Vo-Tech high schools have expanded their programs to meet high-demand fields including health care, science, and technology.
All in all, we have come a long way and the Freeholder Board will continue to aggressively pursue every opportunity to support those who seek to work or do business in Union County.
For all Union County programs and events visit ucnj.org or call the Public Info Line, 877-424-1234.
To contact individual programs in this article:
Union County One-Stop Career Center, Elizabeth
921 Elizabeth Avenue
Elizabeth, NJ 07201
Union County One-Stop Career Center, Plainfield
200 West Second Street
Plainfield, NJ 07060
Union County Office of Veterans Affairs
Phone: 908-659-7407 or 908-527-4717
Toll-Free Hotline: 866-640-7115
Union County Office for the Disabled
(TTY please dial 711)
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