Lakewood UEZ Joins With Central Region Project Team To Offer “Green Jobs” Hiring Incentive

The Lakewood Development Corporation, the administrative arm of the Urban Enterprise Zone (UEZ), is collaborating with the State Energy Sector Partnership to offer businesses up to $4000.00 per person hired through “Green Jobs” Hiring Incentive, a Central New Jersey energy grant.

Central New Jersey businesses in Monmouth, Ocean, Middlesex, Mercer, and Greater Raritan who hire a new, full-time unemployed worker in a “green energy job” will be reimbursed 50 to 90 percent of the salary, up to $4,000.00 per qualified worker hired.

“Green Jobs” must be in renewable energy (RE), in such fields as solar, wind, etc.; or energy efficiency (EE), such as advanced manufacturing practices, HVAC, and insulation, among others. The minimum salary must be $10.00 an hour for at least 32 hours per week. Employers may hire multiple employees, up to 25 percent of the workforce; but a contract must be in place BEFORE the employee begins work. This program ends January 2013.

Patricia Komsa, the executive director of Lakewood’s UEZ, said, “Because we feel this grant would be beneficial for our businesses, we are making every effort to notify our businesses about this hiring incentive. We are working with Lawrence Sternbach, Central Region Project Team, who is managing the grant as our liaison to help match our businesses with this grant opportunity.”

For more information, contact Patricia Komsa at 732-364-2500 Ext. 5257 or Lawrence Sternbach at 732-683-8850 Ext. 3711 or visit [email protected]. TLS.

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6 COMMENTS

  1. The article states it will pay 50 to 90% of the salary up to $4000 then goes on to say employee must work a minimum 32 hours a week with a minimum pay of $10.00 an hour. If you work just the minimum for a year that comes out to $15,360. 50% of that would be $7,680. 50% of the salary is more than the maximum of $4000 stated. When exactly would they pay 90%? please clarify

  2. What it probably means is the company wont get the $4,000 up front, since there is no guarentee the worker will stay. Rather, once a week, or once a month, the company will get 50-90% of what the emloyee made during that time period, until the point at which they have gotten the maximum payout of $4,000

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