Jobs for Allentown, a citizens group formed to help city residents take advantage of the employment opportunities that will become available due the Neighborhood Improvement Zone (NIZ), staged a rally at a NIZ meeting last night.
The NIZ is a 128 acres in Allentown that receives a designation for a special tax privileges; meaning that development in the zone is funded through tax incentives, and taxes generated from that development will be used to finance further development in the area.
Allentown residents want to ensure that they get the first chance at jobs created in the NIZ, and voiced those concerns to the Allentown Neighborhood Improvement Zone Development Authority (ANIZDA); the board that is overseeing the development in that zone.
The citizens have been so concerned that they formed an official organization--Jobs for Allentown. One member of the group, Ce-Ce Gerlach, is also in the ANIZDA and on the board's job task force sub-committee.
Being a Jobs for Allentown representative, Ce-Ce delivered a message at the task force sub-committee meeting--advocate that all development in the NIZ benefit every resident of Allentown in some way..