3rd WorkLocal Event A Success In Linking Local Job Seekers To Employers
Work Local Event at Logan Square Kitchen. (Photo: Deborah McCoy)
On October 12th, the Local Economic and Employment (LEED) Council partnered with the Logan Square Neighborhood Association to host a WorkLocal.org Community Jobs Initiative event. The event was held at the beautiful Logan Square Kitchen (a Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design [LEED] Gold-certified building) to connect job seekers with employers locating in the Green Exchange, a new green business center in Logan Square. Some tenants of the Green Exchange are anticipating hiring hundreds of new employees within the next year.
Roughly 70 job seekers attended the event to hear short presentations focused on job openings, skills and qualifications sought by Green Exchange employers including Coyote Logistics, Rainforest Learning Center, and Green Choice Bank. Coyote Logistics works with clients to move inventory in the most effective way possible by identifying and providing logistical solutions. The company specializes in the sustainable practice of fleet backhauling, which utilizes client’s trucks to transport loads on return trips, reducing the number of trucks transporting half or empty loads. Coyote Logistics has multiple job openings available, some requiring a bachelor’s degree, and others requiring a high school degree.
The event also featured opening remarks by Alderman Rey Colon (35th Ward) congratulating Baum Development, the Logan Square Neighborhood Association and the LEED Council on the event and the success of the project. Aaron Gadiel, Director of Community Development for the Green Exchange, discussed the project and gave a progress report on the building. This included mention of tenants signed to date and space currently under construction or being readied for additional tenants soon to move into the 275,000 square foot center. The Green Exchange is being developed as a LEED Platinum-Certified building and, when fully occupied, will be the largest center in the country focused on tenants providing a sustainable business service or product.
We wish to thank our host Zina Murray and the Logan Square Kitchen for providing a warm and inviting atmosphere for the event and Josh Deth at Revolution Brewing for donating craft-beer and Christian Behr and Gaztro-Wagon for the fun and delicious food.
35th Ward Alderman Rey Colon congratulates attendees for pursuing jobs in the community. (Photo: Deborah McCoy)