How Amazon can build a talent pipeline in its new Queens home. Local residents have the grit to succeed, but need a long-term commitment from the company
December 06, 2018
LaGuardia Community College President Gail O. Mellow and Christopher Hanway, executive director of the Jacob A. Riis Settlement House (which provides community services for Queensbridge, the nation’s largest public housing development), have published a jointly-written op-ed essay about Amazon’s plan to establish half of HQ2 in Long Island City, Queens, in Crain’s New York Business.
President Mellow and Mr. Hanway call upon Amazon to make a commitment to opening its doors for low-income New Yorkers, by partnering with local colleges to shape curricula and programs, and by inviting Queensbridge residents and other folks from disadvantaged backgrounds to have paid internships at Amazon, and other tactics to create realistic pipelines to some of the 25,000 jobs it promises to bring here.