Ron Achelpohl and leaders of MORE2, are leading the charge to ensure that TIGER grants include strong workforce development requirements. This means opportunities to ensure more jobs for minorities and women under the TIGER grant projects in Kansas City!
The second round of TIGER funding reflects these new, aggressive requirements:
Promote the creation of job opportunities for low-income workers through the use of best practice hiring programs and utilization of apprenticeship (including pre-apprenticeship) programs;
Provide maximum practicable opportunities for small businesses, including veteran-owned small businesses and service disabled veteran-owned small businesses;
Make effective use of community-based organizations in connecting low income or unemployed workers with economic opportunities;
Implement best practices, consistent with our nation’s civil rights and equal opportunity laws, for ensuring that all individuals – regardless of race, gender, age, disability, and national origin — benefit from the Recovery Act.
The grantee must provide DOT a plan for incorporating the above best practice into its implementation within 30 days following execution of this Agreement.
ACTION ALERT!! As you see — grantees have 30 days to put a plan together for how to do this — that means that the time to move on accountability & implementation is NOW! MORE2 and the Transportation Equity Network (TEN) are creating a strategy to ensure this provision is not an afterthought, but that it translates into real jobs for people that need it most in our communities.
TEN will host a conference call this Friday at 3pm CST to go over this new provision, answer questions and build the national strategy for this opportunity. Call Mary Lim-Lampe at 816-808-6604 or firstname.lastname@example.org <http://email@example.com/> for more information.
Stay tuned as we navigate our next move on how to influence our public officials.
GREAT WORK, MORE2 ACCESS TO OPPORTUNITY FOR THE CALLS, THE LETTERS AND FOR “SHOWING UP” AT THE TIGER GRANT PLANNING MEETINGS TO EXPRESS OUR DESIRE FOR A MORE PRO-ACTIVE WORKFORCE POLICY.
MORE2 Co-Chair, Rev. Bobby Love and Jontel Jones, MORE2 Rosa Parks Award winner for 2010 and working on the Christopher S. Bond Bridge