Neighborhood Landscaping Enterprise
Neighborhood Landscaping Enterprise (NLE) is a learn-as-you-earn program in which Burten, Bell, Carr Development, Inc. employs residents in the Central, Kinsman, and Garden Valley neighborhoods to perform work for the care, maintenance, and development of the lawns, landscape beds, and general grounds of city-owned and private properties. Within the first year of employment, employees are expected to enroll in Cuyahoga Community College’s Plant Science and Landscape Technology Degree/Certificate Program. Upon completion of the educational component of this program, employees will be eligible for higher paid landscaping positions and/or higher educational opportunities.
NLE will allow BBC to transform the Central, Kinsman, and Garden Valley neighborhoods not only through traditional development methods – housing, retail, and economic development – but through a greenspace development approach that has economical, educational, and social implications. It is also an entry point for residents to explore professional opportunities in the agriculture field. Recent statistics show that there very few to no African American horticulturists, arborists, and urban foresters in Ohio.
Rebuilding a strong neighborhood economy requires that money is recycled back into its respective community. BBC’s NLE create jobs that reclaim outward flowing dollars in the Central and Kinsman neighborhoods and increase its tax base. As this program gains momentum, BBC will be able to hire more and more residents; thereby fueling the neighborhood economy.
NLE offer incentives for employees to pursue a degree through the Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) Plant Science and Landscape Technology Program. After completing their education at Tri-C, residents will be better equipped to secure professional jobs in the agriculture field.
Providing jobs to residents through BBC’s NLE inculcate the appreciation of green space sustainability, encourage community pride, and reduce crime and apathy that enhances the overall quality of life for residents.