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October 2018

PSEG continually strives to provide opportunities for residents of the Bridgeport community. On Friday, October 26th, PSEG was honored to receive the Economic Development Award from the Greater Bridgeport National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) at their annual Freedom Fund Awards Dinner. The Economic Development Award is given to corporate community members who provide opportunities that promote civil rights for people in the Greater Bridgeport area. The construction of the Unit 5 Project has given MVVBE businesses and suppliers an unprecedented opportunity in our City. As a result of outreach and community cooperation, over 42% of the available spend has been committed to such businesses. Additionally, on the job site, we have recorded over 1.3 million work hours as of October 26th, with between 33% and 28% of those hours being fulfilled by under-served populations in the

Monday, October 22nd – Participants in the 4th PSEG Ready2Work class began their 7-week journey that will lead to a future career in Connecticut’s construction trades. The Ready2Work program is the first step in obtaining a high-paying union apprenticeship which paves the way for future induction into the participants union of choice. The program offered acceptances to 14 Bridgeporters, but after final drug test results, the class is comprised of 12 Bridgeport residents and an additional 3 from various parts of Connecticut for a total of 15 students. The Apprenticeship Readiness Training program aims to prepare Bridgeport residents for careers in Connecticut’s construction industry. Ready2Work is part of a half-million-dollar private investment in the residents of the city of Bridgeport. Students will attend five classes over a 14-month period comprised of classroom instruction hours along with hands-on training. All classes are

On October 16, 2018 businesses from all over Fairfield County convened at the Webster Bank Arena for the Bridgeport Regional Business Council’s (BRBC) Expo for Business & Innovation. PSEG was excited to be a part of the event and have the opportunity to network with local businesses! The BRBC is an organization that aims to increase the economic opportunities for the people of the Bridgeport Region by acting to create an environment for business expansion, retention, and recruitment that will result in jobs and tax base growth. In the hopes of becoming the region’s premier business organization, the BRBC works with its members to create an environment where small businesses thrive, communities and organizations collaborate, and identify projects that will contribute to the economic development of the Bridgeport Region. As a prominent member of the Bridgeport Business community, PSEG is proud

On Thursday October 4, 2018 the Minority Construction Council (MCC) held its 2018 Construction Expo and Matchmaking event. PSEG was honored to attend and actively support the Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) community and to speak about the Ready2Work apprenticeship training program. The event was focused on providing networking and matchmaking opportunities to MBE contractors/suppliers in Connecticut and was a great opportunity for PSEG and other attendees alike to form partnerships that will translate into future projects and jobs. The mission of the Minority Construction Council is to advocate, support, and create development opportunities for minority contractors throughout the state of Connecticut while also supporting Corporate Members in their efforts to source with minority construction contractors. Building relationships between our MBE members, Corporate members and partners in the public and private construction industries is also a priority of the MCC. Building

Pictured (Right to Left) Valencia Goodridge, President of the NCBW New Haven Metropolitan Chapter, Virginia W. Harris, National President of NCBW and supporter, Karl Wintermeyer, PSEG Power Connecticut LLC. 
PSEG is a strong advocate of building relationships that create an environment that respects everyone’s unique perspectives, experiences and ways of thinking.  On Saturday, September 22 the National Coalition of 100 Black Women (NCBW) New Haven Metropolitan Chapter inducted 12 new members who are future leaders within the greater Bridgeport and New Haven areas. As an avid supporter of this chapter since it was first chartered, Karl Wintermeyer, Plant Manager with PSEG Power Connecticut LLC, was honored to be a guest speaker at the ceremony and to congratulate the new members. This is just the beginning of their journey as strong advocates, leaders and mentors and working towards a common goal of promoting

On Tuesday, October 2nd PSEG hosted its first PSEG Union Trades Fair at Bridgeport’s City Hall Annex. The trades fair was made possible by the Office of Mayor Joe Ganim, and city council members Aidee Nieves, Dennise Taylor Moye, and Jack Banta to expose residents to local career opportunities in the union construction trades. Local men, women and young adults attended PSEG Union Trades Fair where they discovered the ways a trade can translate into a career. With 14 trade unions and 2 workforce development agencies in attendance, event goers were able gather information on various trades that sparked their interest. Information on internship and apprenticeship opportunities were available to attendees, including PSEG’s Ready2Work program, a free apprenticeship readiness training opportunity for Bridgeport residents. PSEG believes in supporting the community we live and work in. By providing residents with insight into local