Our History


2017

Newark Alliance embarks on its comprehensive organizational planning process to develop a robust, multi-year strategic plan and reestablish its impact in Newark.

2016

Newark Alliance named Kimberly McLain as its next Chief Executive Officer and Dennis Bone as the new Chair of its Board of Trustees, effective June 2016.

2015 2014

Al Koeppe steps down as Chief Executive Officer at Newark Alliance

Realized the OpportunityNewark action plan through collaboration with partners and stakeholders to create the Greater Newark Convention & Visitor Bureau; a Newark asset to use travel and tourism as an economic development tool and to develop the city's image and perception

2013 2012 2011 2010

Newark Alliance launches Greater Newark Workforce Funders Collaborative, one of seven national organizations modeled after the National Fund for Workforce Solutions

2009 2008

Awarded $500,000 REDI grant by the NJ Department of Labor in 2008 to establish the TLD Talent Network

Designated as the Northern Regional Project Team Leader for the $6 million State Energy Sector Partnership Grant

2007

Awarded $5.1 million U.S. DOL WIRED grant in January 2007 to implement innovative workforce development programs in eight northern NJ counties

Launched the Newark Community Foundation

Project Coordinator for the North Jersey WIRED/NJ State Innovation Partnership Institute Financial Services Industry $150,000 one-year grant to involve industry leaders in curriculum development

2006

Launched the implementation phase of the OpportunityNewark Strategic Action Plan

Funded a consultant on behalf of the City of Newark to review police operations with the objective of reducing the crime rate in the city in support of the Mayor's Public Safety Agenda

Became the lead organization in U.S. DOL Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development (WIRED) initiative; awarded $100,000 planning grant

In partnership with the Newark Workforce Investment Board, supported the development and opening of the One-Stop Satellite Office at the Port Newark

2005

Began the planning phase of the OpportunityNewark Strategic Action Plan

2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999

From 1999 to 2004, coordinated the Newark Public School District Business Infrastructure Initiative where senior-level executives from Newark Alliance supporting organizations worked with Newark Public School executives on best business practices in Human Resources, Technology, Finance, and Facilities Management