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City Council committee endorses plan to help disadvantaged find jobs with city contractors
A New Orleans City Council committee on Tuesday unanimously endorsed a new policy that would connect local and disadvantaged workers with jobs generated by city contracts.
Councilman James Gray, who is sponsoring the measure at the request of Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s administration, said he will place the measure on the City Council’s regular agenda next week so it can receive additional public comment.
The Hire NOLA policy is part of the strategy of the city’s Network for Economic Opportunity, which was introduced last year
partly as a way to chip away at the reported 52 percent unemployment rate among working-age African-American men in New Orleans.
It calls for businesses with city construction, alteration or demolition contracts
worth more than $150,000 to turn first to the city’s Office of Workforce Development as a source for finding new hires. Those contractors also would be required to demonstrate “good-faith efforts” to hire local and disadvantaged workers.
The policy also would cover any cooperative endeavor agreement between the city and a party receiving tax incentives for economic development projects valued at more than $150,000.