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Council approves first source hiring practices
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February 05, 2013 09:56 AM | 1116 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In a news release, the Atlanta City Council announced Monday it approved legislation aiming to increase the city’s commitment to first-source hiring practices and workforce development in the construction industry.

Ordinance 10-O-0928 greatly strengthens local hiring requirements for development projects that receive public funding support from the city. The legislation passed by a vote of 12-0.

In collaboration with Atlanta’s business community, the city will work to ensure that 50 percent of all entry-level jobs under an employer’s control be filled with residents listed in the city’s first source register. Additionally, 10 percent of all construction work hours will be performed by apprentices.

“The city’s future economic growth depends on our willingness to continue building bonds among community, business, and government stakeholders,” said council President Ceasar C. Mitchell. “I commend Deborah Scott, executive director of Georgia Stand Up, for remaining steadfast in her advocacy of this important legislation. I also commend [District 12] council member [Joyce] Sheperd, chair of the Council’s Community Development/Human Resources Committee, for her leadership in working with the mayor on getting the legislation before Council.”

Scott added, “This initiative capitalizes on community-based workforce training to provide disadvantaged populations with employment access through job preparation and apprenticeship-based skills for construction and related crafts. Creating this mandated workforce pipeline will bolster Atlanta’s skill profile, give the city a strategic competitive advantage, and strengthen its capacity to attract future investment.”

The legislation calls for the creation of a new program, Atlanta CityBuild. The program will assist contractors that have been awarded projects in the city with fulfilling their local hiring obligations. The program will provide a screened and qualified workforce comprised of skilled city residents from a first source list for all phases of work within each project’s scope.

Information: Sheperd’s office, (404) 330-6053 or email jmsheperd@atlantaga.gov.
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