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FACTS ON ETHNIC ELDERS: Recession Leaves Ethnic Families ‘Beyond Broke’

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FACTS ON ETHNIC ELDERS: Recession Leaves Ethnic Families 'Beyond Broke'

New America Media
By Paul Kleyman

Image: From Cover of “Beyond Broke: Why Closing the Racial Wealth Gap is a Priority for National Economic Security.”

Black, Hispanic and Asian Americans face an economic “quadruple whammy,” leaving them with little or no financial cushion as they age, finds a new study released Monday.

Titled “Beyond Broke: Why Closing the Racial Wealth Gap is a Priority for National Economic Security,” the study used 2011 Census data to examine household worth for all ages. It found that the medium net worth of households of color from 2005-2011 dropped 58 percent for Latinos, 48% for Asians, 45% for African Americans — but only 21 percent for whites.

“You have the racial gap in pay, the gender gap in pay, the ageism gap in pay and predominantly single-income households,” says Maya Rockeymoore, president of the Center for Global Policy Solutions (CGPS) which commissioned the study. “You’re looking at the intersection of all of these disparities.”

Less Financial Wiggle Room

Explaining the study’s title, Rockeymoore says, “African American and Latino households are most likely to have zero assets or negative assets — no assets whatsoever. So when you’re in debt, that’s beyond broke.”

Major losses in home equity were especially hard on families of color, which have few if any of the other assets more common among white households, such as pensions and savings.

“That means, if you’re nearing retirement and you were counting on equity in your home to perhaps cash out to help with expenses, you don’t have that to rely on,” noted Rockeymoore, former research director of the Congressional Black Caucus. “You have less wiggle room, less assets that could be liquidated into something that could help support you over your retirement years.”

“Beyond Broke” stresses that most black and Latino households don’t have enough liquid assets to “cover their basic living expenses if they are without income for three months.”

Only one-third of African American households and one-quarter of Hispanic households can meet their short-term cash needs, compared with two-thirds of whites.

100 Times Less Than Whites

“The average liquid wealth of whites ($23,000 in cash reserves) is now over 100 times that of African Americans and more than 65 times that held by Latinos,” according to the study, conducted by researchers from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Duke University and the New School in New York.

Put another way, for every one dollar in wealth held by the typical white family, African American and Latino households retain merely six and seven cents respectively.

Although Asians lost nearly half of their home equity, their major tangible asset, they averaged $19,500 in cash reserves, and were slightly ahead of whites in having checking accounts, while also trailing whites in retirement accounts and other financial assets.

Part of the study looked at ethnic subgroups and found, for instance, that in Los Angeles, Chinese and Japanese Americans held five or six times the financial assets of generally lower income Vietnamese Americans.

The sinking of home equity also affects entire families, Rockeymoore emphasizes. “For the adult children, it may mean stepping up to help their parents more. For the grandparents, it may mean using

Broke Assets.pngeverything they’ve got for their own consumption and not having extra to help out their children and grandchildren. It’s really an intergenerational hit, when elders aren’t able to maintain and grow their assets.”

Rockeymoore adds, “For seniors in retirement, it means relying more on Social Security. So home equity, particularly for moderate-income families, is a significant nest egg. When you lose it, you’re hanging by the tips of your fingernails.”

Racial Wealth Gap Grows With Age

The CGPS report comes on the heels of another study from the Urban Institute, which found that the racial wealth gap is growing sharply with age.

Titled “Impact of the Great Recession and Beyond: Disparities in Wealth Building By Generation and Race,” the study reports that in their 30s and 40s, whites have about 3.5 times more wealth than African Americans and Hispanics. By the time people reach their early-to-mid 60s, whites have about seven times the wealth of African Americans and Hispanics.

The UI analysis also found that “retirement wealth fell by 18 percent among white families and 31.7 percent among African American families.” The disparity was similar among Hispanics.

Although the Urban Institute authors refrain from policy recommendations, they question “the effectiveness and adequacy of a range of policies.” For instance, they observe that policies aimed at helping low-income families, such as food stamps (the SNAP program), tend to discourage saving, such as for college or retirement, because families can become ineligible if they build up more than a few thousand dollars.

Also, policies such as the mortgage-interest deduction and retirement savings from tax deferred 401(k)s, IRAs and other retirement accounts “primarily go to high-income families” and do little for lower-income families.

In the long run, says Rockeymoore, the “Beyond Broke” report calls for a range of measures to strengthen Social Security, such as “boosting benefits for the very old, for the very poor, for those who have worked in low-wage jobs for most of their careers, and dependent-care credit for workers who need to come out of the workforce to care for children or elderly parents.”

“Facts on Ethnic Elders” is a regular column on research findings about income security for America’s diverse and growing senior population. It is supported by a grant from The Atlantic Philanthropies.

Is the White House Still Funding Racism?

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Is U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and the White House Administration Still Upholding the Legacy of Funding Racism?

By Rev. Dr. Clenard H. Childress, Jr.

Eric Holder

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — The words of Dr. Martin Luther King still ring true and their relevancy has not diminished, for in fact: they have never been more relevant! We are presently witnessing for the first time in our history, the church must find favor in the courts in order to remain a practicing Christian. Religious persecution is now a reality in a nation that claimed God birthed them and vowed to remain under His auspices. Still without much clamor from “we the people” this scourge promises to encroach upon everything deemed to be Christian under the legislative pretense of “Civil Rights”. Political Correctness, the subliminal term for, Anti-Christ, has subdued its victims by portraying itself as a “Human Right”, thereby ignoring completely the rights of persons who are directly or indirectly affected by the exercise of their assumed rights. I have often said, “It is intellectually dishonest to claim a right for yourself, and in so doing, take away the rights of someone else”. Ironically, the issues with government Dr. Martin Luther King faced 53 years ago, are in reality, not much different today, especially under this present administration. Consider the premise, “The President has the Power…”

Below is an excerpt from Dr. Martin Luther King’s essay – of the same name – written in February of 1961 which exenterates the core problem religious organizations are currently in opposition at the highest court of the land.

“If we examine the total of all judicial executive and legislative acts of the past three decades and balance them against the sum needed to achieve fundamental “change”, two startling conclusions are inescapable. The first is the hopeless inadequacy of measures adopted – pitifully insufficient in scope and limited in conception. The second conclusion is even more disturbing… Federal action has not been only inadequate, viewed as a whole it has been self nullifying. In 1954 the Supreme Court declared school segregation to be unconstitutional. Yet, since then federal executive agencies and vast federal legislative programs have given millions of dollars yearly to educational institutions which continue to violate the Supreme Court decision. These illustrations can be multiplied many times. The shocking fact is that while the government moves sluggishly, and in patchwork fashion, to achieve equal rights for all citizens, in the daily conduct of its own massive economic and social activities it participates directly and indirectly in the denial of these rights. We must face the tragic fact that the federal government is the nation’s highest investor in segregation”.

Can we say the same today? The first obligation of government is to protect its citizen’s lives and uphold their rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Yet, after the empirical proof that Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in America, targets African-Americans for the sole purpose of diminishing the numbers of live births of minority women, a ‘blind eye’ is turned and nothing is done to stop this segregated madness. This “Black Genocide” as documented in the documentary, “MAAFA 21” produced by Life Dynamics, has a nullifying consequence upon the rights of one segment of society in the pretense of granting a right to another, for “a person is a person no matter how small.” Not only has this created horrific psychological and physiological problems for women who undergo the abortion procedure itself, but it has denied over 20 million African-Americans – 55 million overall – the American Dream, of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

“The President has the Power…” essay focused on the Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court case declaring school segregation unconstitutional. Dr. Martin Luther King eviscerated and exposed the hypocrisy of the Federal Government and its disregard to enforce the edict by noting the Government continued sending millions of dollars to segregated educational institutions which violated the Supreme Court decision. Today in our urban communities, the civil right of an education for African-Americans is being grossly violated in similar fashion. The Federal Government is aware of the much documented failing schools and abysmal graduation rates. In New York alone the graduation rates of African-American children are 31%. This is appalling and it is not made any easier for these mothers, a large percentage of whom, are the head of their households. Due to their Zip Code, and circumstances beyond their control, they must raise their children alone and then send them to a school which the state itself has determined to be a failing educational institution, segregated by its un-remediated appalling failure. Rightfully so, Dr. Alveda King, the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, has called it “… one of the most glaring Civil Rights violations of our time”.

The Feds answer? Throw more of our hard-earned money to aid and abet a failing system benefiting the Teachers Union, and not the African-American children for whom they are hired to serve and educate. As well: obscure outcomes; increase the school district size adding jobs where people who are on the payroll have never been seen on the job; diminish test scores; corrupt an education system such that a billion dollars is found missing from the school construction fund in New jersey and nobody to this date has been held accountable. But when the threat of another system which would eventually eradicate the present failing system was piloted in Washington, DC, and was documented as working successfully in the African-American Community, it was ended due to pressure from the Teachers Union! Again, as Dr. King pointed out in 1961, the Federal Government was the highest investor in segregation or racism in America as it is now in the segregated educational outcomes for African-American children.

Obamacare, is clearly the most intrusive anti-religious legislation passed since slavery. Once again – when our government is actually supposed to secure our rights – you now have to file suit against this same government in order to keep them. Hobby Lobby, the family-owned arts and crafts business that has been the most high-profile plaintiff against Obamacare, asked the U.S. Supreme Court to protect it from being forced to violate their deeply held religious beliefs or be forced to pay severe fines. Hobby Lobby asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review its case and decide whether the Green family will be required to provide and pay for life-terminating drugs and devices in violation of their religious beliefs.

Obamacare, if enacted – completely by design – will expedite the destruction of African-American Children within the womb. It is not surprising at all that the leading killer of African-Americans is Planned Parenthood, Obamacare’s greatest supporter and advocate. Amazingly Eric Holder, the Attorney General of the United States, who had been ‘Fast and Furious’ in supplying guns to be tracked to find Drug Dealers – which wound up supplying guns to murderers who killed US citizens – has been slow and silent in defending and upholding the laws of marriage. Yet, in an ‘ironic’ twist, the U.S. Department of Justice has filed a Federal Civil Rights Lawsuit against the School District of Philadelphia, claiming a rule regulating the length of employees’ beards constitutes ‘religious discrimination’. School police officer, Siddiq Abu-Bakr, maintained an untrimmed beard for the 27 years he worked at the district, the suit states. Abu-Bakr is a member of the Islamic faith, which he says requires that he not cut his beard. “No employee should be forced to violate his religious beliefs in order to earn a living,” said Spencer Lewis Jr., District Director of the EEOC’s Philadelphia District Office.

Within the Barack Obama Administration, beards are protected due to religious convictions, and ‘…we the government…’ can force you to give drugs that kill babies and also make you pay abortionists to murder them despite your religious objections… Is this madness? As you may recall, I asked the salient question in 2007: ‘can America survive an “Obamanation”?’ The definition of Segregation: “The action or state of setting someone or something apart from other people or things, or being set apart”. When a segment of our society has been denied by that society of its Civil Rights then the term ‘segregation’ is appropriately applied to that society that exercises it. It would appear to me Dr. Martin Luther King’s assessment of Government in America must also be ours today.

“WE MUST FACE THE TRAGIC FACT THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS THE NATION’S HIGHEST INVESTOR IN SEGREGATION (RACISM)”.

Rev. Dr. Clenard H. Childress, Jr. is the founder of www.BlackGenocide.org – a website designed to reach the Afro-American community with the truth about abortion.

Photo: U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder

The views and opinions expressed in this article are  those of the author and not of CopyLine Magazine.

Fight Back Against the Benghazi Witch Hunt: Sign the Petition

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Speaker John Boehner bowed to the most paranoid elements of the right-wing by appointing a Select Committee to Investigate Benghazi to conduct yet another fishing expedition around the tragic 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

There is no doubt that this committee is, in Nancy Pelosi’s words, a “political stunt” — simply the latest attempt by Republicans to convert a tragedy in which four Americans died into scandal. It’s a total sham, and Democrats can best confront Republicans for their shameful bottom feeding behavior by appointing Florida Representative Alan Grayson as the sole Democratic member of the House Select Committee to Investigate Benghazi, or appoint no one at all.

That’s why I started my own campaign on CREDOMobilize.com, which allows activists to start their own petitions. My petition, which is to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, says the following:

We urge you to appoint Florida Representative Alan Grayson as the sole Democratic member of the House Select Committee to Investigate Benghazi or, appoint no one at all.

Tell Leader Pelosi: Appoint Alan Grayson to fight back against the Republicans’ Benghazi witch hunt.

Rep. Alan Grayson, a pugnacious former litigator known as “a congressman with guts,” has demonstrated the oratorical skill set needed to cut through Republican lies, the work ethic necessary to fully immerse himself in the issue, and the temperament to weather the blistering attacks sure to come from the conservative media.

The committee hearings will undoubtedly be yet another repackaged witch hunt around Benghazi. The process will waste millions of dollars and thousands of hours, ultimately to reach the same conclusion as investigations conducted by the Accountability Review Board, the Senate Intelligence Committee, the House Armed Services Committee and the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

With limited power, House Democrats cannot afford to cede this committee room to Republicans, who will use televised hearings as a show trial to parade their Benghazi myths in a manner completely unhinged from reality and unimpeded by any respect for facts.

Sign the petition: Let Alan Grayson fight back against the Republicans’ Benghazi witch hunt.

In the aftermath of the Iraq war, Grayson’s courtroom prowess resulted in millions of dollars in judgments against war profiteers. This skill was on display in September when the congressman used his five minutes as a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee to dismantle conservative Benghazi mythology while questioning Undersecretary of State Patrick Kennedy.

Rep. Grayson has a clear track record, demonstrated during his tenure on the Finance Committee, of asking questions designed to craft specific narratives and elicit from witnesses—both friendly and hostile—clear answers.

It’s this talent Democrats need on the select committee on Benghazi—one for which Grayson’s gift is well proven. Speaking out now will help to build a public case for appointing Grayson as the sole Democrat to fight back against the Republican shenanigans in this committee. If Leader Pelosi doesn’t appoint Rep. Grayson, she should appoint no one at all.

Will you join me and add your name to my petition urging Leader Pelosi to appoint Alan Grayson as the only Democratic member of the Benghazi investigation committee?

Thank you for your support.

Brad Bauman

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Report: Chicago Among Cities with Best Practices for Small Business Development

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City provides tools and resources to help local businesses succeed

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A new report released today on city small business development efforts by the National League of Cities (NLC) found that Chicago is an exemplar of local governments that make small business development a priority and create “ecosystems” that support small business growth.

The report profiles several initiatives in Chicago including the Small Business Center (SBC), 1871 business center, Neighborhood Small Business Strategy, Chicago Microlending Institute (CMI) and Seed Chicago. Each of these programs contribute to making Chicago business-friendly and many represent partnerships between city government and local businesses.

The report, “Big Ideas for Small Business,” is a toolkit providing city leaders across the nation with strategies to strengthen local business communities to improve their local economies. Strategies include reorganizing city resources to be business-friendly and providing owners with access to new sources of capital.

“Small businesses are an integral part of every community, and are responsible for roughly half the nation’s economic output,” said National League of Cities President Chris Coleman, Mayor of Saint Paul, Minn. “This new report on ‘Big Ideas for Small Business’ shows that local leaders are in a unique position to create a small business ecosystem that connects entrepreneurs with city resources, including funding opportunities, streamlined regulations and technical assistance. Cities across the country understand that for small businesses to be successful in the long-term, it is critical that they have the support of communities and local leaders.

The report profiles the best practices of 12 cities with proactive initiatives that support the small business ecosystems in their communities. Example initiatives include the creation of incubator spaces to accelerate small business expansion, microlending and crowdsourcing, streamlining regulations and inspections and others. Other cities profiled in the report include:

  • Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Detroit, Mich.
  • Kansas City, Mo.
  • Los Angeles, Calif.
  • Louisville, Ky.
  • New York City, N.Y.
  • Philadelphia, Pa.
  • San Antonio, Texas
  • San Diego, Calif.
  • San Francisco, Calif.
  • Seattle, Wash

The report was released during National Small Business Week (May 12-16), an initiative organized by the U.S. Small Business Administration to recognize the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners. Small businesses make up a key segment of the U.S. economy, employing 55 percent of the nation’s workforce and accounting for 63 percent of net new jobs created between mid-2009 to 2012. Local business owners regularly interact with local governments for a variety of reasons, including acquiring permits and licenses, scheduling inspections.

Local businesses and city governments would strongly benefit from the Marketplace Fairness Act, which would ensure that online retailers play by the same rules as local brick and mortar retailers when it comes to collecting sales taxes. In addition to funding vital city services such as public safety and infrastructure, local businesses would be able to compete fairly with online retailers and offer more choices to consumers.

The full report can be found here: http://www.nlc.org/big-ideas-for-small-business

The National League of Cities (NLC) is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans. www.nlc.org

State Senator Collins holds charter schools to high standards

Posted by Admin On May - 21 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Charter accountability and transparency measure passes Senate Ed. Committee


SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois State Senator Jacqueline Y. Collins (D-Chicago 16th) has succeeded in crafting legislation both charter schools and major teachers’ unions agree will create strong standards of accountability and transparency for charter schools’ use of public funds. The measure advanced to the Senate floor today with no opposition.

“Charter schools must be held to high standards of openness and even-handed dealing so that members of the public, especially parents, understand how their money is being spent,” Collins said. “Inaccessible procedures, ethically questionable activities and policies that limit families’ fair access to taxpayer-funded schools have no place in public education.”

Collins’ legislation, House Bill 3232, is the result of negotiations inspired by the UNO charter network scandal. Collins took on the delicate task of addressing concerns that some charter schools enjoy freedom from government regulations at the price of the accountability and transparency parents and taxpayers deserve.

HB 3232 would require each charter school to videotape its admissions lottery and allow a representative of the school district (or the State Board of Education, in cases in which the local school district did not approve the charter) to observe the lottery. If the charter school fails to run a fair lottery, the district or ISBE could take over the process. Charters would be prohibited from creating additional steps to admission, such as requiring student essays or student-parent compacts as conditions of enrollment. Collins’ legislation would also reduce the risk of cronyism in charter school administration, prohibiting a charter school from employing anyone who is also employed by a charter management association. Finally, the measure would require both charter and traditional public schools to disclose their use of public funds for advertisements.

“Innovation in education does not require secrecy,” Collins said. “I am pleased to stand with those in the charter school movement who understand and embrace their responsibility to the public.”

White House Roundtable on Investing in America: Fact Sheet & Report

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Attached is a new report by the White House and Department of Commerce: Winning Business Investment in the United States”. The report can also be found HERE.

President Obama announces second-ever SelectUSA Summit to be held in Spring 2015

At a time when our businesses have created 9.2 million new jobs in just over four years, and more companies are considering bringing jobs here, we have a choice to make.  We can make it easier for businesses to invest in America – or we can make it harder.  It has been a top priority for this administration to do all we can to help businesses invest in the U.S. and support good jobs for American workers, and the President wants to work with Congress to continue to create jobs and expand opportunity for more Americans.  But where Congress won’t act, the President will.

In 2011, the President launched SelectUSA – a global team in embassies abroad and agencies at home focused on encouraging and supporting companies to bring job-creating investment to the United States.  Last October, the President hosted the first-ever SelectUSA Summit, bringing more than 1,300 people – business executives from more than 60 countries, governors, mayors, and economic development officials from 48 states – to see the benefits of doing business and creating jobs in the U.S. and establishing the connections to make that happen.

The insourcing trend continues to grow, with survey after survey showing companies choosing to invest in the U.S. An AT Kearney survey ranked the U.S. #1 in the world for the first time since 2001.  A 2013 Boston Consulting Group survey of U.S. manufacturers with production abroad found that the majority (54 percent) are looking at re-shoring to the United States from China, up from 37 percent in 2012.  An Organization for International Investment (OFII) / PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP survey showed that executives see the U.S. as the preferred location amongst advanced economies.

Today, the President, with Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett, and National Economic Council Director Jeff Zients will host a roundtable with companies that have recently chosen to invest in the United States.  These companies have recognized the many advantages of locating, growing, and hiring in the United States, and they will discuss the key reasons they chose to invest and hire in the U.S. and what more we can do together to bring even more job-creating investment to the U.S.  Together, the roundtable participants are investing billions of dollars in the U.S. and creating thousands of new jobs.

Second SelectUSA Investment Summit

  • Today, the President is announcing the second SelectUSA Summit to be held in Spring of 2015 in Washington, D.C. With the success of the first summit, this event will be twice the size with more than 2,500 people from around the world to help bring more job-creating investments to the U.S and to share stories about what Made in America really means.
  • SelectUSA has directly assisted in winning more than $18 billion in job-creating business investments for the United States in 17 different states and territories, and since October has assisted nearly 500 businesses, encouraging them to invest in the U.S. and helping them to navigate the Federal government.

SelectUSA Progress Report

The White House and Department of Commerce released a new report Winning Business Investment in the United States that highlights the growing attractiveness of investing in the U.S., the importance of inbound investment, and progress on the President’s SelectUSA initiative.

  • Investment is growing and plays an important role in the U.S. economy:
    • Investment in the U.S. is growing due to one of the most highly-skilled and productive workforces, low-cost and abundant energy resources, global leadership in innovation and invention, access to global markets, and rising costs abroad.
    • Business fixed investment from companies choosing to grow and invest in the United States accounts for more than 20 percent of the rebound in real GDP since 2009.
    • The U.S. manufacturing sector has added 647,000 new jobs, the fastest pace of manufacturing job growth since the 1990s.
    • Since 2006, the United States has been the world’s largest recipient of foreign direct investment (FDI) and receives the majority of all inflows to the G7.  U.S. affiliates of non-U.S. firms employ 5.6 million Americans.
  • U.S. is an increasingly attractive as a location for investment and job creation:
    • In a 2013 survey of 300 global executives, the U.S. was ranked the top destination for global business cross-border investment, the first time the U.S. has been at the top since 2001. [AT Kearney]
    • The share of U.S. executives actively considering bringing back production from China rose to 54 percent in survey released September 2013, compared with 37 percent only 18 months earlier. [The Boston Consulting Group]
    • In a survey of company financial officers in 2014, more than 80% surveyed believe the U.S. business climate is getting stronger, and 60% surveyed prefer the U.S. to all other advanced economies compared to just 25% making the same claim in 2011. [Organization for International Investment and PricewaterhouseCoopers]
  • The President’s SelectUSA is the first-ever, comprehensive federal effort to actively compete to bring job-creating investment to the United States:
    • In the U.S. and around the world, SelectUSA works to encourage investment from companies, advocating for the U.S., providing companies with the information they need, and connecting them to the resources that will bring them to the U.S., with country-specific strategies in 32 markets representing more than 90% of FDI.
    • SelectUSA serves as a single point of contact for ready investors, assisting companies in navigating the federal government and regulatory system
    • SelectUSA coordinates advocacy by federal officials up to and including the President – working with our mayors and governors to compete and win jobs and investment for the United States.

Companies Participating in President’s SelectUSA Roundtable

Ericsson
Ericsson, a Swedish multinational corporation, is a world-leading provider of communications technology, software, and services for telecommunications operators and other industries.  40 percent of the world’s mobile traffic goes through Ericsson networks every day servicing more than 2.5 billion subscribers. In September 2013, Ericsson completed a massive expansion of its Plano, Texas campus, which also serves as its North American headquarters.  Since 2001, Ericsson has more than quadrupled its workforce in Plano, to approximately 4,500 employees.  Ericsson has invested $7 billion in U.S. acquisitions over the past six years and sees opportunities for more growth in the U.S.

Ford
Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., is set to launch 23 new vehicles to customers around the world.  Building on the addition of 14,000 new hires over the past two years, Ford will add more than 5,000 U.S. jobs in 2014 to meet this unprecedented growth.  This past year, Ford also invested $200 million in its Cleveland, Ohio plant to manufacture Ford’s 2.0-liter EcoBoost engines, supporting 450 additional jobs in Ohio.  Previously, a Ford plant in Europe supported U.S. demand for these engines.  Ford made the move to assemble these engines in Ohio to help meet rising consumer demand in the U.S. for this award-winning engine.

GLOBALFOUNDRIES
GLOBALFOUNDRIES is the second largest contract chip manufacturer in the world. Launched in 2009 as a partnership between AMD and Mubadala Development Company, GLOBALFOUNDRIES is based in Silicon Valley with manufacturing operations in Germany, Singapore and the United States (Malta, NY), as well as research partnerships around the globe.  GLOBALFOUNDRIES is now operating and expanding their new Fab 8 facility at the Luther Forest Technology Campus in Saratoga County, NY, the most advanced semiconductor foundry manufacturing and technology development center in the United States. In 2013, the company announced an expansion with a $2 billion investment in a Technology Development Center on the same campus, bringing the company’s total investment to more than $8.5 billion at that location. Since breaking ground on Fab 8 in 2009, the company has created more than 2,200 new full-time direct jobs, as well as approximately 650 contractor positions, and expects to create an additional 600 full-time positions by the end of this year. According to company data, the Fab 8 project has required more than 6 million man hours of construction and created more than 10,000 new construction jobs and thousands of construction-related jobs since 2009.

Hankook Tire
Hankook Tire, a South Korean tire manufacturer, is a leading global provider of passenger, SUV, trucks, buses, and competition tires.  Hankook Tire America is the company’s U.S. subsidiary, with headquarters in Wayne, New Jersey and a Research and Development center in Akron, Ohio.  Hankook Tire America is a strategic partner to Ford, and a supplier for Hyundai’s Alabama operations. The company is planning to invest $800 million in a state-of-the-art plant in Clarksville, Tennessee, the company’s first in the United States.  At full capacity, the new plant will support approximately 1,800 full-time jobs.  The company cited growing demand in the United States, a desire to establish a production base in all major markets, and access to an increasingly important customer base as reasons for manufacturing in the United States.  Hankook is expected to break ground on its plant this year and begin tire production by 2016.

K’NEX
K’NEX Brands is a U.S. manufacturer of construction toys based in Hatfield, Pennsylvania.  Founded in 1992, K’NEX Brands and their wholly owned plastic injection molding subsidiary, The Rodon Group, founded in 1956, manufacturers brands such as K’NEX Building Sets, Lincoln Logs(r), Tinkertoy(r), NASCAR(r), Angry Birds(tm), and more.  Over the past five years, K’NEX, a family-owned company, has been moving its toy production from Asia back to its plant in Pennsylvania.  Approximately 95 percent of the parts and 80 percent of the finished products are now made in the United States.  K’NEX cites speed to market (about three times as fast as the competition) and cost savings (about 30 percent less expensive than the competition) as two reasons for their investment in the United States.  President Obama visited K’NEX in 2012.

Lufthansa
Lufthansa Group, the largest airline group in Europe, is comprised of several businesses that are world market leaders in their segments (Lufthansa Passenger Airlines / Swiss / Austrian / Brussels Airlines, Lufthansa Cargo, Lufthansa Technik, Lufthansa Systems and LSG SkyChefs). Lufthansa companies account for 10,000 employees in the U.S. alone. Lufthansa has multi-billion-dollar investments in the U.S. with its long-standing partnerships with The Boeing Company, General Electric, and Honeywell among others.   In addition, Lufthansa owns 19 percent interest in the U.S. airline JetBlue Airways.  In April 2014, Lufthansa Technik –the largest independent global provider of maintenance, repair, and overhaul services for aircraft, engines, and component parts – announced a significant investment in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico that is expected to create up to 400 permanent jobs.   Lufthansa Technik chose the United States—among strong international competition—as the site of a new aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul facility to service short-haul and medium-haul aircraft.  With local efforts led by Governor Alejandro García Padilla and the Puerto Rico Industrial Development Company, as well as the support of Vice President Biden and the President’s Task Force on Puerto Rico. The SelectUSA team at the U.S. Department of Commerce worked with the Puerto Rico team to offer Lufthansa information and assistance from across federal agencies and departments that not only assisted in their intense due diligence and assessment for making their decision but also demonstrated why the United States is the top destination for foreign direct investment.

Novozymes
Novozymes, headquartered in Denmark, is a world leader in bioinnovations. The company’s US operations are based in Franklinton, North Carolina, where Novozymes plans to invest $36 million to build a new research and development center in nearby Cary, North Carolina. This new center will create 100 research and development jobs over the next three years. Scientists at this site will research and develop beneficial microorganisms found in the soil and the resulting technology will focus on improved crop yield, fertility and pest control for growers around the world.  The expansion of R&D resources will enable Novozymes’ scientists to pursue more and better biological solutions for the ever-changing challenges facing global agriculture.

Richelieu
In 2011, Richelieu, an apparel manufacturer, first invested in the United States to rescue the failing sock company International Legwear Group.  With an initial investment of $7 million, Richelieu re-employed ILG’s existing workforce and saved its ongoing accounts.  Richelieu continues to expand, recently deciding to invest up to $24 million in a new, state-of-the-art facility that will ultimately reshore production, creating 205 new jobs.  The company credits Walmart for their assistance and commitment through a multi-year purchase order. SelectUSA, through the U.S. Commercial Service in Canada, has also been instrumental in Richelieu’s investment.  Through comprehensive counselling on the U.S. economic, business and investment climate; support related to federal regulations such as immigration and work permits; and facilitation of federal sources of capital potentially available to them through the Small Business Administration (SBA), SelectUSA helped the company navigate the intricacies of federal regulations.

Safran
Safran is a global high-technology company with concentrations in aerospace, defense, and security.  In the United States, Safran has nearly 7,000 employees in 22 states.  Safran serves federal, state, and local governments as well as top industry partners.  The United States represents over 25% of Safran’s global activities and the U.S. government is Safran’s largest end user.  In March 2014, Safran and Albany International, a New Hampshire-based advanced textiles and materials processing company, inaugurated a new facility in Rochester, New Hampshire.  The 300,000 square-foot facility will produce woven composite parts for aircraft engines and employ over 400 people at full capacity.  To augment local capabilities in advanced manufacturing, Safran and Albany International are also partnering with Great Bay Community College in Portsmouth, New Hampshire to develop a six-month training program.  Graduates will fill key positions including bonding and finishing operators, paint operators, and inspection and coordination of measuring machine operators.

Umicore
Umicore USA, a Belgian global materials technology and recycling group, focuses on application areas in materials science, chemistry, and metallurgy.  In December 2013, Umicore announced an agreement to acquire Palm Commodities International, a leading manufacturer and distributor of materials to the surface treatment industry.  Recently, Umicore has constructed a new facility in Tulsa, OK for the manufacture of precious metals catalysts to cater to its customers in the North American market. The investment will result in a significant expansion of manufacturing capabilities. This facility currently has 126 employees.  Umicore is also investing in a new production line at its plant in Arab, Alabama where there are currently 53 employees in manufacturing and technical positions. This new line will produce catalysts for the petrochemical industry.

Zurich NA
Zurich North America is a regional subsidiary of Switzerland-based Zurich Insurance Group, and is one of the largest commercial insurers in the U.S.  With almost 9,000 employees in the region and $14 billion in annual revenue, Zurich North America is the largest construction insurer in the U.S. and the largest insurer of the auto industry.  In late 2013, Zurich announced plans to build a sophisticated new North American headquarters in Schaumburg, Illinois.  To be completed in 2016, the project will create up to 700 construction jobs and is one of the largest build to suit projects currently underway in the United States.  Zurich started its U.S. operations in Chicago more than a 100 years ago, and currently employs approximately 3,000 people in the greater Chicago area. Zurich’s decision to remain in Schaumburg reflects their commitment to providing the best possible working environment for their employees.

U.S. Government Approves New Business Funding Program for Minority-Owned Businesses

Posted by Admin On May - 21 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS


Los Angeles, CA (BlackNews.com) — Fund My Business Inc., a nationwide SBA loan packaging and consulting firm, announced today a new outreach program to help minority owned business in the black and brown communities receive new funding from the $30 billion SBA loan guarantee program.

Effective January 1st, 2014 the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) approved new guidelines and qualifying requirements that make it easier to qualify and more businesses are eligible.

About the Small Business Administration
A small business is now defined as earning less than $5 million per year of net income and owning less than $15 million in net assets. Under these new alternative size standards financing is available from $50,000 up to $14 million. The funds can be used for working capital, equipment, inventory ,debt restructure marketing, payroll, building purchases with as little as 10% down payment, for franchises and new start ups.

For loan requests from $50,000 up to $350,000 the Small Loan Advantage loan is available and offers a streamlined application process and faster approvals. More information can be found on their website at FundMyBusiness.biz . A program unique to black owned veterinarians, dentist and medical practices is a 100% financing program that allows you to buy your own building or a practice with zero down payment up to $5 million.

About Fund My Business Inc.
Fund My Business Inc. is a California corporation and is headquartered in Los Angeles, CA. They are state approved SBA finance instructors and have access to SBA preferred lending providers that can provide funding to businesses in all 50 states and the territories. It does not matter where your business is located or where you bank. The SBA is a federal program and is the same in all 50 states. Howard Eley (pictured above) is a national recruiter for the company.

For more information, please visit www.fundmybusiness.biz/heley

Photo Caption: Howard Eley, National Recruiter
Fund My Business, Inc.


CineYouth Festival Awards Top Films, Celebrates Student Filmmaking

Posted by Admin On May - 21 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

CHICAGO, IL – The 10th annual CineYouth Festival, presented by Cinema/Chicago and the Chicago International Film Festival was held May 8-10, 2014, concluding with an awards ceremony that honored the best films made by student filmmakers 21 years old and younger. The CineYouth Festival is a vital part of the Chicago International Film Festival’s year-round Education Outreach Program. The Chicago International Film Festival is currently celebrating its 50th anniversary.

CineYouth, held at Presenting Partner Columbia College Chicago’s Film Row Theater, featured screenings of 75 short films made by student filmmakers from around the world, including an hour of experimental films and music videos and an hour dedicated to films made in Chicago and Illinois. A total of 12 awards were given, including the Chicago Award, given to the Free Spirit Media documentary “Redmoon Summer Parks Series,” made by filmmakers Paris (Twiggy) Brown and Montel Williams, both age 21.  The award was presented to Brown and Williams at CineYouth Opening Night by evening guest Fred Savage, who also delighted attendees with his candid discussion of his career as an actor, director and producer, and spoke encouragingly regarding the impressive CineYouth films he had seen and the importance of supporting emerging filmmakers.

Sixteen-year-old Best Animated Film award winner Dylan Jekels, from Chicago said, “It’s not about where you have been, it is about where you are going,” while accepting her award for the animated film “A Woman of Charcoal.” Additional winners hailed from Italy, Canada, Washington, California and Virginia. Camilo Gonzalez, a teaching artist from the Aurora Picture Show in Houston, Texas – which won the Best Experimental Film Award for the film “The World I Imagine” – said, “I would like to thank the CineYouth Festival for creating a space for our students to believe in their ideas and see them reach places they never thought possible.”

Winning films will be shown in their entirety at the CineYouth “Best of the Fest” screening at the 50th Chicago International Film Festival in October.

Additional details and the full list of CineYouth films and winners can be found at cinemachicago.org/cineyouth

ABOUT CINEMA/CHICAGO
Cinema/Chicago is a not-for-profit arts and education organization dedicated to encouraging better understanding between cultures and to making a positive contribution to the art form of the moving image. The CineYouth Festival is one of the year-round programs presented by Cinema/Chicago, which also include the Chicago International Film Festival, the Hugo Television Awards, Intercom Competition, International Screenings Program, Black Perspectives and Education Outreach.

Illinois Tollway Wins State Award for Leadership in Hiring and Assisting People With Disabilities

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Tollway receives Agency of the Year Award for second consecutive year


DOWNERS GROVE, IL – The Illinois Tollway was named 2014 Agency of the Year by the Interagency Committee on Employees with Disabilities (ICED) for its efforts to expand opportunities for people with disabilities. The Tollway was commended for employing a significant percentage of people with disabilities, offering extensive job accommodations to people with disabilities and opening its new Customer Service Call Center in partnership with The Chicago Lighthouse.

The award marks the second consecutive year that the Illinois Tollway has earned the honor, which recognizes Illinois government agencies for hiring and promoting people with disabilities, as well as developing innovative programs and providing accommodations to assist those employees.

“State government should provide everyone equal access to employment opportunities and the tools necessary to reach their full potential,” Governor Pat Quinn said. “Illinois values the contributions of every worker, regardless of physical abilities, in making our state agencies invaluable assets for the people of Illinois.”

The ICED award was presented at a ceremony today at the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency in Springfield.

“The Illinois Tollway has proved what the Interagency Committee on Employees with Disabilities has long professed, employing people with disabilities is the right thing to do for employers, as well as for the individuals involved,” said ICED Co-Chair and Department of Human Rights Director Rocco Claps. “The Tollway sets a standard that other Illinois employers, indeed other employers across the country, would be wise to work towards.”
The ICED’s Agency of the Year award recognizes the Illinois Tollway as a leader among state agencies for its approach to implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Illinois Human Rights Act by fully engaging in a flexible and interactive process to explore reasonable, effective and sometimes creative accommodations.

“The Illinois Tollway continually works to improve access to employment opportunities for all qualified candidates as part of our commitment to diversity in our workforce,” said Executive Director Kristi Lafleur. “As an agency, we have ambitious goals and high expectations that demand we hire the best and brightest people available and we realize that we can accomplish those goals while accommodating the needs of people with disabilities.”

The Illinois Tollway is committed to ensuring that people with disabilities are aware of job opportunities, how to apply and how to request an accommodation to assist with the application process. In 2013, the Tollway employed 165 people with disabilities, more than 11 percent of its workforce of nearly 1,500 employees.
Also, last year, the Tollway granted 80 accommodations for people with disabilities, including job restructuring to reassign non-essential work functions for employees with limited walking or lifting abilities, modified work schedules and accessible parking spaces. The Tollway also provided sign language interpreters for job applicants and customers contesting toll violations, as well as ADA training for all managers and supervisors.

One of the Tollway’s accomplishments cited by the ICED was the opening of a new, more technologically advanced Customer Service Call Center that is managed by The Chicago Lighthouse, a Chicago-based not-for-profit organization that helps provide employment to members of underserved communities. The Tollway awarded The Chicago Lighthouse a five-year, $61.5 million contract in 2012 to manage its call center, which responds to Tollway customers who call I-800-UC-IPASS for account services and questions related to I-PASS.

“The Tollway is always eager to collaborate with community organizations such as The Chicago Lighthouse to provide employment opportunities for people who are underemployed or have special needs,” said Illinois Tollway Board Chair Paula Wolff. “These initiatives give the Tollway access to talented, motivated workers we otherwise might not reach.”

The new call center located on the campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago was built with specially designed facilities and workstations to accommodate people who are blind, visually impaired or physically disabled. Larger work stations can accommodate wheelchairs and service animals and some are equipped with larger computer monitors to assist the visually impaired. Currently, about 30 percent of the call center’s nearly 290 employees are disabled or military veterans.

“We are delighted to congratulate the Illinois Tollway on this well-deserved award for their groundbreaking efforts in extending greater employment opportunities to people with disabilities and veterans,” said Jeanette Bonzani, vice president of human resources for The Chicago Lighthouse. “We are so very proud to partner with them.”

The Tollway works closely with the ICED and several disability advocacy organizations in an effort to stay current on issues affecting people with disabilities, share best practices and for their help spreading the word about Tollway job opportunities. The ICED advocates for the rights of state employees with disabilities, recommends ways to strengthen and promote disability-related affirmative action programs in state agencies and presents workshops on disability-related issues for state agency professionals.

About the Illinois Tollway
The Illinois Tollway is a user-fee system that receives no state or federal funds for maintenance and operations. The agency maintains and operates 286 miles of interstate tollways in 12 counties in Northern Illinois, including the Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88), the Veterans Memorial Tollway (I-355), the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) and the Tri-State Tollway (I-94/I-294/I-80).

IDOT, ISP, Local Law Enforcement Encourage all Motorists to “Click It or Ticket” to Help Avoid Fatal Vehicle Crashes

Posted by Admin On May - 21 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Memorial Day Enforcement Effort to Crack Down on Unbuckled and Drunk Drivers

CHICAGO, IL – With the arrival of Memorial Day and the start of the summer travel season, at several events throughout the state, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) today highlighted data showing the ages of individuals who have died unbelted in motor vehicle crashes in recent years. This data was stressed as a reminder to people of all ages as the Illinois State Police and over 500 local law enforcement agencies step up seat belt enforcement efforts heading into Memorial Day weekend as part of the “Click It or Ticket” campaign.

Starting today, and running through the holiday weekend, motorists will see hundreds of additional seat belt enforcement zones and other enforcement patrols looking for seat belt law violators and drunk drivers. This increased enforcement effort is part of the 2014 National Memorial Day Crackdown that started on May 9 in Illinois, and is intended to save lives by increasing seat belt use in Illinois and throughout the country.

Since 1985 in Illinois, IDOT estimates over 9,000 lives have been saved by seat belts. Illinois’ daytime, front-seat belt usage rate is almost 94 percent, yet motor vehicle fatality data shows people are still not buckling up.

“Even with a seat belt usage rate of nearly 94% in Illinois, motor vehicle crash data shows that half of those dying in vehicle crashes aren’t buckled,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider. “No matter where or when you’re traveling in Illinois, you must make the life-saving decision to buckle up.”

“Illinois State Police and law enforcement statewide will partner to enforce traffic laws so that the roads and motorists are safe. The highways will be busy and motorists and passengers are vulnerable when traffic laws are not followed,” said ISP Director Hiram Grau. “Police statewide will partner to enforce all traffic laws, but especially want the motoring public to remember to buckle up – that includes drivers and all passengers safely restrained inside the vehicle.”

Recent motor vehicle fatality data shows those dying in crashes while not wearing seat belts are older adults, not just teens and young adults.

“Individuals ages 21-34, and those aged 16-20, especially males in these age groups still represent over half of those dying unbuckled,” said Schneider. “However, older adults between the ages of 35-54 also represent a large portion of unbuckled motor vehicle deaths.”

From 2009-2013, 350 people ranging in age from 35-54 died on Illinois roadways while unbuckled. Of those, 265 were males and 85 females. In the same timeframe, 199 individuals aged 16-20 were killed while not wearing a seat belt; 114 between the ages of 55-64; 39 people aged 65.

Illinois Motor Vehicle Fatalities Not Using Seat Belt

2009-2013

(Drivers and occupants of passenger cars, pickup trucks, SUVs and vans/mini-vans)

Age and Gender

16-20

21-34

35-44

45-54

56-64

65 or older

M

F

M

F

M

F

M

F

M

F

M

F

Gender Total

132

67

377

125

144

42

121

43

79

35

95

44

Age Total

199

502

186

164

114

139

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