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Gordon Square businesses hoping to hire local residents after receiving $30 million investment

Posted: 4:40 PM, May 03, 2017
Updated: 2017-05-04 17:20:39-04

Right now, one Cleveland neighborhood is working to share the wealth after receiving a $30 million investment for the arts.

That cash-infusion in Gordon Square helped generate 100 new businesses and dozens of jobs.

The push is on to help people living in the historic neighborhood land those new gigs. Businesses there are signing a pledge to hire local.

Seven of them are on board right now — all of them looking to tap into the workforce that is within walking distance of their bars, restaurants and shops.

Jessica Carlisle lives in Gordon Square.

"It's a good neighborhood. It's friendly people," said Carlisle.

After having a baby and being out of work for two years, Carlisle is trying to find a new job.

"I'm a hard worker, I'm reliable. I've been filling out lots of applications, getting call backs and hopefully, more interviews will come my way," Carlisle told News 5.

The 24-year-old just completed a job training program at EL Barrio, located inside the Centers for Families and Children.

"Resume writing, mock interviews. They've helped me a lot actually," said Carlisle.

El Barrio, teaming up with the Detroit Shoreway organization, to help residents like Carlisle land a job close to home.

"With them being in the neighborhood if they're running late, they're not running extra late because of traffic," said Steven Daniels.

Daniels, co-owner of Astoria Cafe and Market tells News 5 he's all about investing in his neighbors.

"Hopefully those dollars will be returned to all of the businesses," said Daniels.

Fifty full-time gigs are expected to come online in the next 18 months.

"We wanted the growth to be for everyone in the neighborhood, said Adam Daniels.

The Detroit Shoreway organization will be keeping tabs on whether the job placement plan is a success.

"I think we are going to be looking long term at the number of people placed, at length of employment, the zip codes and addresses to make sure local residents are being served," said Daniels.

Meantime, Jessica Carlisle continues to follow up on leads.

The new mom is holding out hope she can start collecting a paycheck again without having to travel far.

"Me being able to walk out of my door and walk right down to work, it'll be much easier. I love it," said Carlisle.