Williams seeks to improve Wilm. neighborhood and the people in it

By Peter MacArthur 9:43am, February 11, 2014 - Updated 10:12am, February 11, 2014
The city of Wilmington is partnering with a local revitalization group in an effort to get more residents the skills they need to get good jobs.

Mayor Dennis Williams says the mission is to make both the neighborhood and the people who live in it, better.

He says a project with Local Union 55 is one way that's happening.

"Local 55 has taken 50 people from the Eastside community and we supported them by giving transportation and helping pay half of their scholarships to put people to work. It's very critical that people get job training and not just get a certificate. We are looking at rehabbing houses, sidewalks, trees, lights in that area and cleaning up some of the vacant lots," says Williams.

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Williams says the city is picking up half the tab for those scholarships and is providing recipients with transportation.

"You know, we just can't sit around and wait for a leprechaun at the end of the rainbow because that's not happening anymore. If you don't put people to work, people tend to drift to crime, and my intent is to put people to work by any means necessary," Williams says.

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The Eastside Community Redevelopers Coalition has committed to offering a minimum 30 percent of the construction jobs involving Eastside revitalization to city residents.

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