Announcing the 2018 Revitalize America Award Honorees!
At the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, we understand the critical role of the private sector in creating vibrant communities. From community engagement to providing jobs—the strength of a locale and its people is directly tied to the strength of private sector investments. A recent study by the Economic Innovation Group found that most economically distressed communities have seen zero gain in employment or business growth since 2000, and half of adults living in distressed ZIP codes do not have the education or training to find employment in the modern economy
Often, the most effective ways to turn around a struggling community is through business investment, growth, and opportunity.
While nonprofits and government can help, true change takes place when residents have pathways to good jobs. When people have meaningful job opportunities, other important community characteristics such as safe neighborhoods, access to nutritious food, and high-performing educational systems follow.
Now in its second year, The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation will honor three businesses with the Revitalize America Honor at this year’s Corporate Citizenship Awards gala November 15. These honorees are helping build stronger communities by investing in employment opportunities in the United States.
In 2015, Goya Foods, Inc. started the largest expansion in company history—adding more than 100 jobs to the current base of 500 working in its Jersey City, New Jersey headquarters and making a $250 million investment to upgrade facilities across the state.
The company’s signature program, Goya Gives, is a testament to the long-standing commitment the company has in the community, with extensive partnerships supporting workforce development, disaster relief, and “healthier for you” foods in its portfolio.
MGM Resorts International
MGM Resorts International’s Foundation has granted $2.8 million to local nonprofits across the U.S., in addition to corporate philanthropy to regional and national nonprofits and almost 115,000 community service hours. In August 2018, MGM opened its newest resort in Springfield, Massachusetts. The development and construction of the site brought immediate economic growth to Springfield and 3,000 jobs on-site long term.
MGM has built partnerships with groups such as Community Partners Network, FutureWorks, and local colleges and schools to strengthen education, culture, health and wellness, and sustainability in Springfield.
Stanley Black & Decker, Inc.
Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. has extensive nationwide social responsibility programs in environmental sustainability, community development, disaster relief, and diversity and inclusion. The company has completed two notable expansions in the past several years at its Jackson, Tennessee factory. It added up to 630 employees and invested a total of $29 million in upgrades for these expansions, including designating the factory a “Lighthouse” facility, which serves as a model for new advanced manufacturing techniques and systems.
In Jackson specifically, Stanley Black & Decker’s community commitment is evident through partnerships with nonprofits such as Habitat for Humanity and United Way. The company also sponsors a scholarship program at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology designed to strengthen the local workforce.