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City Program Aims to Connect Hundreds of Workers with Construction Jobs

June 9, 2014

On Monday, June 9th Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett shared details on a new workforce development program aimed at connecting Milwaukee residents with construction jobs at the new Northwestern Mutual building site and at other construction jobs in the community.
Using $500,000 in funds from the Northwestern Mutual Tax Incremental District, the city has engaged the Wisconsin Regional Training Partnership (WRTP/BIG STEP) to lead the training and placement activities. The Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board (MAWIB) will also play a significant role. City departments and members of the Milwaukee Common Council helped develop the program’s framework.
“There are opportunities for city residents to work at construction jobs in Milwaukee as major projects such as the Northwestern Mutual Tower come out of the ground,” Mayor Barrett said. “We are dedicating resources to make sure our residents are ready to fill the jobs.”
Northwestern Mutual has embraced the goal of employing city residents during the three years of construction. The company aims to exceed the requirement that 40% of the construction workforce live in Milwaukee. A City ordinance requires the 40% of the hours worked on a project receiving direct subsidy will be performed by city residents.
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