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Urban League of Essex County is an organization committed to urban revitalization and lasting social change within ccommunities. Its headquarters is located at 508 Central Avenue in Fairmount neighborhood, a 40-50 block area of houses, businesses, places of worship and schools within the West Ward of Newark, New Jersey, USA. Fairmount is bounded by South Orange Avenue on the south, Central Avenue on the north and Bergen Street on the east (at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey campus). The historic Fairmount Cemetery stands as the largest landmark near its western border.
In 2009, the Urban League of Essex County obtained grants from the Wachovia Foundation and the State of New Jersey to help produce a revitalization plan for the Fairmount neighborhood. The Communication for Social Change Consortium is working with the Urban League in strategic communication planning as well as conducting and coordinating communication activities. for instance, community dialogues. We joined with our neighbors, local business owners, churches, schools, mosques and friends to engage as many people who live and work in Fairmount to create a plan to turn our community around. Our potential is great and our future even greater.
The plan identified five major goals:
Goal 1: Reduce Crime and Improve Public Safety
Goal 2: Strengthen the Community, Neighborhood, and Families
Goal 3: Expand Economic Development and Employment Opportunities
Goal 4: Enhance Education and Job Training
Goal 5: Improve Land Use and Quality of Life
We are excited that the plan has been completed. The steering committee that drove the development of the plan is now transitioning into the Fairmount Heights Neighborhood Association! The Association has five working committees that correspond to the five major goal areas. Help improve Fairmount by becoming an member and working with one of the committees.
We want to thank the many residents that helped to develop the plan and we are excited to work with you as we work to make Fairmount better: Our home, Our Hope Our Neighborhood!.
Special recognition to the members of the Steering Committee that worked to develop the plan:
For more information, please contact Cheryl Howard, Community Organizer at 973-624-9535 x165
To download the plan, clikc on link below: