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Local Hiring Initiatives

Should North Carolina adopt at both the local and State level initiatives to promote local hiring in the State. Would this apply to the city of Raleigh ? Would the State consider measures being proposed like the one in Miami in Florida? There are many incentives across the US to stimulate job creation. What measures are being proposed in Raleigh and in North Carolina? One main suggestion in Florida is being discussed in Miami.

A recent article in the Miami Herald highlights: "A new set of hiring rules could make it easier for Miami-Dade residents to earn a larger share of the county’s $2 billion construction budget.

A proposed ordinance on the agenda for Tuesday’s county commission meeting would urge contractors on large county projects to fill at least half of their payrolls with Miami-Dade workers. While not mandatory, compliance with the hiring guidelines would be considered when assigning future contracts.

The rules would apply to construction projects of $1 million or more, and add another layer of parameters to a detailed set of hiring rules for county contracts. Already, contracts performed in certain distressed areas are expected use neighborhood residents for 10 percent of payroll positions, contractors must post employment listings on the county’s job bank, and tax-funded jobs are required to pay more than the state’s minimum wage of $7.93 an hour.

Sponsored by commissioners Jean Monestime and Barbara Jordan, the Residents First Training and Employment Program also requires safety training for the large construction contracts. Mayor Carlos Gimenez’s administration did not weigh in on whether it recommends adopting the program, but did note it will cost at least $70,000 a year to administer . it."

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