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NAACP forms partnership with MDCPS

Effort will focus on economic and small business development

Ashley Montgomery | 5/15/2014, 9 a.m.

Adora Obi Nweze, president of the Miami-Dade National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has formed a partnership with Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS).

This new effort will focus on economic development, business development, job creation and contracts for Miami-Dade businesses.

“I am excited to work with Miami-Dade County Public Schools, the Superintendent and Office of Economic Opportunity,” Nweze said.

This is the first collaboration of its kind to hit the South Florida streets.

The intent of the strategic plan with M-DCPS is to earmark small businesses — specifically Black businesses — and increasing the number of certified firms by 25 percent by May 2015.

“Economic sustainability is one of our national game changers and this partnership illustrates this major priority in Florida and the Miami-Dade Branch,” Nweze said.

In the fall of 2011, the NAACP launched an operation to develop its strategic direction and plan, creating a vision for the future by setting goals that will work for the 21st Century.

The five “game changers” are: economic sustainability — exactly what they are planning to achieve with this partnership; education; health; public safety and criminal justice and lastly, voting rights and political representation.

“Making these game changers a reality will require the Board of Directors’ leadership,” the website states.

Torey Alston, executive director of The Office of Economic Opportunity, says that they are proud to work with the NAACP and provide potential contract opportunities to local businesses on construction, goods and services and the recent voter approved $1.2 billion bond project to renovate schools and upgrade technology.

“This partnership is a win-win for both the organizations as we work to increase the number of Black businesses in Miami-Dade County,” Alston said.

After being under much scrutiny for its involvement with Donald Sterling, the Los Angeles Clippers owner, the NAACP is continuously working to better the Black communities around the nation.

Founded in 1909, it is the largest and oldest nonpartisan civil rights organization.