Sagamore Development Hosts a Workforce Development and Job Training Summit

This week, Sagamore Development Company, the master planner of the Port Covington redevelopment, hosted a workforce development summit at City Garage, bringing together a group of more than one hundred leading workforce development experts, job training organizations, contractors, unions, philanthropic groups, community leaders, educators and local officials to discuss job training, capacity building and local hiring.

“We gathered together the best workforce thinkers in Baltimore City, with real on-the-ground experience and expertise on what works and what doesn’t work when it comes to workforce development and job training,” said Marc Weller, President of Sagamore Development.  “We want to learn from their experience and put best practices in place at the beginning of this transformational redevelopment of Port Covington.  Our goal is to start a dialogue that leads to a unified workforce plan to provide a qualified, local and growing workforce to help us to build out, ramp up and staff Port Covington. Above all, we want to have a workforce plan that serves, supports and helps those who want work, but who face challenges for one reason or another.  We plan to host more of these meetings and continue this productive dialogue.  We’re committed to Baltimore City and we’re committed to its local workforce.”

“The Sagamore team is hard at work getting our local workforce primed and ready for the jobs coming to Port Covington,” said Joe Jones, the founder of Baltimore’s Center for Urban Families. “They brought a great, diverse group of stakeholders together and we had a wide-ranging, constructive conversation about all the issues involved in effective workforce development.  Port Covington means tens of thousands of jobs for Baltimore City – for decades to come – and I’m confident that Sagamore is committed to ensuring these economic opportunities will be shared across Baltimore.”

“The Port Covington redevelopment is going to be a huge economic boon and job creator for Baltimore,” said Matt Bolyard with Southway Builders who is currently serving as the Chair of Associated Builders and Contractors of Baltimore.  “This week Sagamore brought together an impressive brain-trust of folks to look at ways to ensure Baltimore’s workers are prepared and trained for the opportunities coming.  I applaud the entire Sagamore team for their willingness to listen, learn, implement and execute.”

“Building a strong, stable and local workforce at Port Covington is a key priority for Sagamore – that was obvious from Monday’s discussion,” said Debra Keller-Greene, from Keller Professional Services, Inc., who serves as the Chairwoman of the Greater Baltimore Black Chamber of Commerce. “From job trainers, to unions, to contractors, to MOED, to colleges, to non-profits, to high school principals – the table was full of varied workforce expertise, opinions and experience.  It’s clear that Sagamore wants to get this right and they are taking the time to listen, get feedback and put together a solid plan from the beginning.”

“The Sagamore team worked hard to assemble an impressive group of local stakeholders, making it clear that they are thoroughly and genuinely committed to creating lasting and broadly-shared economic opportunities for Baltimore City residents,” said Maggie Varona from ServingTalent, a non-profit helping military spouses find employment.  “As someone who focuses primarily on military family employment issues, I already knew that Sagamore was wholeheartedly committed to helping our nation’s military families, but the Sagamore team’s equally intense passion for lifting up the local Baltimore community is striking.  The Sagamore team’s pride in, and commitment to, the Baltimore community is truly inspiring.”

The workforce development and job training summit was held on Monday, June 13th and representatives from the following organizations (in alphabetical order) were in attendance and participated in the discussion:

  • Annie E. Casey Foundation
  • Associated Black Charities
  • Associated Builders & Contractors
  • Baltimore City Community College (BCCC)
  • Baltimore Development Corporation
  • Baltimore Integration Partnership
  • BUILD – Turnaround Tuesday
  • Center for Urban Families
  • CHOICE Baltimore JATC
  • Civic Works
  • Clark Construction
  • Community Hub for Opportunities in Construction Employment (CHOICE)
  • Coppin State University
  • District 45
  • East Baltimore Development Inc. (EBDI)
  • Edmonson Westside High School
  • Greater Baltimore Urban League
  • HSU Builders
  • Humanim
  • ICF International
  • Insulators 24 JAC
  • International Union of Elevator Constructors (IUEC)
  • International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT)
  • Interprise Partners
  • Ironworkers Local #16
  • Jane Addams Resource Corporation Baltimore
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • JOTF
  • Keller Professional
  • Living Classrooms
  • Local 37 IUOE
  • Local 486 Plumbers + Steamfitters
  • Local Union #24
  • Maryland Center for Construction Education and Innovation (MCCEI)
  • Maryland Department of Labor
  • Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR)
  • Mayor’s Office of Employment Development (MOED)
  • Mid-Atlantic Carpenters` Training Centers (MACTC)
  • Morgan State University
  • Myriddian, LLC
  • National Elevator Industry Education Program (NEIEP)
  • Office of Congressman Andy Harris
  • Office of Congressman Chris Van Hollen
  • Office of Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger
  • Office of Congressman John Sarbanes
  • Office of Congressman Steny Hoyer
  • Office of the Mayor, Baltimore City
  • Office of United States Senator Ben Cardin
  • OneMain Financial
  • Operating Engineers
  • Our Daily Bread Employment Center (ODBEC)
  • Plaza Construction
  • Potential Me
  • ServingTalent
  • Southway Builders
  • University of Baltimore
  • University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC)
  • University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) Choice Program
  • Urban Green
  • Whiting-Turner

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