Stephanie Cruz, a Corporate Account Manager with the Queens Workforce1 Industrial Transportation Center operated by Grant Associates, received a 2013 Neighborhood Achievement Award from Mayor Michael Bloomberg on July 15 at Gracie Mansion. Ms. Cruz was one of 16 nominees selected to receive the award, which recognizes businesses, organizations and individuals from all five boroughs who have demonstrated excellence in enhancing city neighborhoods by creating jobs and opportunities for New Yorkers.
“My passion is moving people in the direction of their power and potential. Working at Workforce1 allows me to do just that”
Ms. Cruz was recognized in the category of Workforce Service for going above and beyond to meet the needs of both job seekers and employers by making the right match, for providing excellent customer service, and for building new relationships with unions and other organizations to recruit job seekers for transportation and manufacturing positions. The Workforce Service Award specifically recognizes individuals at Workforce1 Centers who get results connecting job seekers with positions, who provide excellent customer service, and who truly impact the way New Yorkers are served. “My passion is moving people in the direction of their power and potential. Working at Workforce1 allows me to do just that,” Ms. Cruz said. “While everyone knows the difficulty of today’s job market, not many know of the struggles that come with the job search. I experienced those same struggles in my own job search, and I know the impact that can have on a person’s morale and motivation. My goal is to reignite the candidate’s morale and motivation and connect them with their next great job opportunity.” The city received more than 200 Neighborhood Achievement Award nominations this year—a record in the event’s 12-year history. The winners were honored at Gracie Mansion by the Mayor; Robert K. Steel, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development; and Robert Walsh, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Small Business Services.