August 08, 2007

Swans Marketplace Jobs Program

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Like many mixed-use development projects, EBALDC's Swans Marketplace relied on grants and subsidized loans from local and federal government agencies. These subsidies were tied to the creation of quality jobs but EBALDC decided that requiring small business tenants to hire disadvantaged workers could make the project impossible to lease. The alternative strategy was to encourage targeted hiring by identifying a team of placement, training and referral organizations and insuring that their clients were the best qualified candidates for any new jobs that were created at Swans. This strategy document outlined clear systems through which EBALDC would identify the skills that Swans employers would need, communicate those needs to referral and training partners and track the results of the hiring process for the purpose of reporting to the government agencies that had provided the subsidies.

Posted by Rick Jacobus at August 8, 2007 05:19 PM