David Condon

New plan aims to build a deeper, more qualified workforce in Spokane

David Condon, Mayor, No Phone Number Available

Monday, January 5, 2015 at 2:09 p.m.

Today, I am happy to announce a jobs plan that builds depth in our construction workforce and puts people to work locally.

Over the next few months, we will convene a broad stakeholder group to discuss how to best prepare workers for construction careers, which help improve the median household income in our community.

A well-trained workforce is critical in constructing successful public works projects. This consideration is especially important right now, as the City prepares to take on its most significant list of projects ever (The City is undertaking $500 million in public works improvements over the next five years).

The jobs initiative is an opportunity to create the training and experience needed to build a healthy workforce in Spokane for these and other projects The plan builds on the apprenticeship ordinance the City Council passed last month. That ordinance is a good first step at growing local jobs and building depth in our workforce. The jobs plan takes the next step.

We will work with City Council as we begin to implement policy. I'm confident the City will establish clarity around all of the avenues available for recruitment, hiring and training – and that will guide our policy to deliver more depth and opportunities for local jobs.

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