Jobs for Oakland and the East Bay Oakland Harbor Partners will use one of the most comprehensive, innovative and aggressive job creation programs among any private development in Oakland, using a combination of goals for employing local businesses, hiring local workers and providing job training. Hiring Locally In a pioneering local hiring program, Oakland Harbor Partners is committed to ensuring that Oakland residents will account for approximately 25 percent of all construction industry apprentice jobs hired for the project. Not only does this program provide local workers with new job opportunities, it provides powerful incentive for workers to participate in job-training programs that give them new skills. Oakland Harbor Partners worked collaboratively with the Building Trades Council and the Oak to 9th Community Coalition – a group of 16 community-based organizations and the development team – to create this local hiring program, the first of its kind for a private development in Oakland. Oakland Harbor Partners has also agreed to tough financial penalties for not meeting the goals, with the money going directly to the City of Oakland to support other local hiring incentive programs. Employing Local Businesses • 25 percent of professional services work, including engineering and architectural services, will be provided by Oakland-based firms. • 35 percent of all contracting services will be provided by Oakland-based firms. Providing Job Training The project will contribute $1.65 million to job training programs in the City of Oakland, including $250,000 each for the Cypress Mandela Training Center, Youth Employment Partnership, Dr. Alfred E. Smith Training Academy and the Men of Valor Program. The other $650,000 will support programs that serve residents living in neighborhoods near Oak to 9th, including San Antonio, Fruitvale, Eastlake and Chinatown.
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