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Audible Invests in Newark By Hiring Locally

Audible Invests in Newark By Hiring Locally

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Audiobook company Audible is helping transform Newark, New Jersey, bringing in jobs and hope for residents. It's become the city's fastest-growing private employer, with a workforce of more than 1,600.

The company's new home is a once abandoned 100-year-old church. They call it the "innovation cathedral," "CBS This Morning: Saturday" co-host Michelle Miller reports.

"What are people doing here essentially?" Miller asked.

"They're building various technologically oriented products. These are mostly software development engineers," said Audible founder and CEO Don Katz.

Audible, which moved from neighboring Elizabeth, New Jersey, to Newark in 2007, is a key player in Mayor Ras Baraka's goal of having Newark-based corporations hire 2,000 local residents by next year. "We need to make sure they train and work with Newark residents. We need to make sure they help us in the schools to get kids prepared," Baraka said.

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