UJTF Press Release: The Need For CBA’s For Large Municipal Development Projects

URBAN JOBS TASK FORCE
http://www.syracuseurbanjobs.wordpress.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
What: Urban Jobs Task Force Press Conference on need for Community Benefits Agreements for large municipal development projects
When: 9:00 am Wednesday October 23, 2013
Where: City Hall’s front steps
Contact: Aggie Lane, 478-4571

Through Community Benefits Agreements,
Our Tax Dollars will ensure Jobs for City Residents and Contracts for City Small Businesses.

9:00 am Wednesday, October 23, 2013 in front of City Hall the Urban Jobs Task Force (UJTF) will hold a press conference to address city development. The UJTF is not anti-development. On the contrary, through Community Benefits Agreements (CBAs), our coalition wants city-sponsored development to target city residents in need of employment and city small businesses in need of subcontracts.

Though CBAs are new to Syracuse, they have been implemented successfully throughout the country. Two sterling examples include the 1999 Hollywood and Highland CBA and 2008 Pittsburg Penguin Arena CBA. Since the late nineties, CBAs provided jobs, fair wages, contracts, housing, greenspace, grocery stores, and community centers. Through the CBA process, developers, city officials, and residents work together to meet the needs of the local community

The powerful piece of this new approach is that the community speaks for itself. It negotiates these legal agreements with the developer, be it a private company or a municipality. To be effective CBAs must include compliance monitoring and enforcement. For over a year, the Urban Jobs Task Force has worked with Syracuse University’s Community Development Law Clinic to develop a CBA for the Inner Harbor Project. We want it to serve as a model for how a project benefiting from public revenues can be more inclusive of Syracuse’s poorer neighborhoods struggling with high unemployment. The UJTF has met with the Common Council, the Mayor, the County Executive and Syracuse Industrial Development Agency. The UJTF is ready to collaboratively negotiate an agreement with COR, the developer of the Inner Harbor Project.

Press conference invitees include Syracuse community members, elected legislators, Mayor Miner, County Executive Mahoney and those running for local office.

The Urban Jobs Task Force (UJTF) is a coalition of city residents and 44 organizations whose mission is to advocate “for job development, training and placement for Syracuse’s un- and under-employed” and to “ encourage the creation of conditions and resources for local businesses under-represented regarding municipal contracts.”

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