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Cities play active role in creating a quality workforce.

Hampton, Virginia

POP: 133,793



PHONE: (804) 727-5618

ADDRESS: City of Hampton, 22 Lincoln Street, Hampton, Virginia 23669-3591

DESCRIPTION: The cities of Hampton, Newport News, and Williamsburg James City County as well as local businesspersons, concerned citizens and educators have joined with Hampton University to establish JET-Corp, a program designed to provide education and training with an additional emphasis on character building, values and work ethics. The program includes coursework and job experiences in math, health, communication and ROTC. The city, as well as the local business community, provides on the job training opportunities for the participants. The students work on Tues. and Thurs. and we paid $4.25 an hour for 35 hours per week.

SOURCE: Education: Everybody's Business. By National League of Cities. 1992 p33. Washington, DC:

Lawrenceburg, Tennessee

PHONE: (615) 762-7951

ADDRESS: 21st Century Council of Lawrenceburg, 234 B Pulaski Street, Lawrenceburg, TN 38464-3334

DESCRIPTION: This rural community is building its citizens capacity in education and telecommunications to faster economic development. In 1987, the town established the 21st Century Council, a partnership of local governments, the private sector and individuals. Within 2 years the Council raised funds to establish a branch of Columbia State Community College on county land adjacent to the high school. It is the focal point for the community's telecommunications and computer training needs. Next, the council launched a fund-raising drive for an education foundation which raised nearly $1 million. The foundation supports scholarships and grants for primary and secondary students, and teachers. Next the Council created the Community Learning Network where students work at their own pace on their individual programs. Welfare recipients are not charged and all students use the computer free for the first month. Area businesses are surveyed to ascertain their skill needs so that training matches available job opportunities. A state agency, the Tennessee Elk River Development Agency is awarding grants through the Tennessee Rural Application Center to communities to set up Network Resource Centers (NRC). The town's NRC is a smaller version of the classroom at the community college. The NRC will be used by local industry and government for teleconferencing, training and as a recruiting tool.

SOURCE: Technology Succeeds As Lure of Industry. By Sharon H. Fitzgerald. Tennessee Town & City, v45 n6 (Mar. 21, 1994) p1,7. Nashville, TN: Tennessee Municipal League.

Dallas, Texas

POP: 1,006,880

PROGRAM NAME: Mayor's Summer Youth Employment Program


CONTACT: Norman Carmichael

PHONE: (214) 741-5627

ADDRESS: City of Dallas, 1500 Marilla Street, Dallas, TX 75201

DESCRIPTION: The Mayor's Summer Youth Employment Program - Private Sector Initiative in Dallas was created to provide meaningful summer employment to youth in the city not served by government sponsored job programs. Its mission is to give them an enter into the workforce, to teach what is expected of them in a work environment, and to expose them to a variety of private sector career opportunities. The program was initiated by the mayor's office, the Dallas Citizen's Council, and the Greater Dallas Chamber of Commerce. The YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas serves as the project administrator. In 1993, the program placed over 550 youth and in 1994, the program placed over 900 youth and expanded the job base twofold.

SOURCE: Best Practices of City Governments. January 1995 p133-135. Washington, DC: United States Conference of Mayors.

San Jose, California

POP: 782,248


PHONE: (408) 287-7924

ADDRESS: Center for Employment Training, 701 Vine Street, San Jose, CA 95110

DESCRIPTION: The Center for Employment Training is a community based corporation where employment training is designed for mostly Mexican and Mexican-American farm workers who se jobs were threatened because of the expansion of high-tech electronics manufacturing companies into what had been farm country. The Center focuses its training for individuals who lacked formal education and sufficient skills in language, reading, mathematics, and job presentation. It provides an array of training service for employers across California and throughout the West. Trainees initially work on English-language remediation and related skills, after which courses in English and math are offered at various lengths. Specialized human resource counselors also help trainees cope with personal concerns. It works with potential employers to find out the kinds of equipment trainees must learn. Trainees are allowed to proceed at their own pace toward completing training geared to employers needs. After placement, teams of instructors and counselors follow up to determine social service and other postplacement needs. Graduates are allowed to return at any time for additional placement services.

SOURCE: Building Bridges: Community Development Corporations and the World of Employment Training. By Bennett Harris. 1995. New York, NY: Ford Foundation.

Berkeley, California

POP: 102,724

PROGRAM NAME: First Source Employment Program


CONTACT: Allison Page, First Source Program Manager

PHONE: (510) 644-6085

ADDRESS: City of Berkeley, Office of Economic Development, Civic Center Building, 2180 Milvia Street, Berkeley, CA 94704

DESCRIPTION: The First Source Employment Program in Berkeley is a one-stop employment referral program for local business. The Office of Economic Development (OED) coordinates the program which uses the city's many points of access to private businesses to provide local residents with priority access to employment opportunities, while meeting business and construction contractor's needs for workers. When the city provides business assistance to firms in the form of tax-exempt industrial development bonds, Economic Development Administration (EDA) small business loans, aid in finding sites or in processing permits, loan packaging and other technical assistance, the OED expects and often requires participation in First Source as a quid pro quo. Employers specify the skills and experience required to fill a position and notify the staff contact. OED then identifies persons who match the specifications through screening and tests, and refers them to the employer for possible interview. the service is free of charge.

SOURCE: The City of Berkeley First Source Employment Program Berkeley, CA: City of Berkeley.

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

POP: 147,377

PROGRAM NAME: STEP-UP Apprenticeship Initiative

CONTACT: William H. Lindsey

PHONE: (305) 525-6444

ADDRESS: City of Fort Lauderdale,

Housing Authority, 100 North Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

DESCRIPTION: The Housing Authority of the city of Fort Lauderdale is the 1995 recipient of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials' (NAHRO) Award of Excellence for Program Innovation in Economic Impact. Using funding provided by the U.S. Department of housing and Urban Development, the city provides education, training, and employment for residents of public housing projects. Called STEP-UP Apprenticeship Initiative, the program established an in-house construction company to perform modernization work.

The company currently employs 25 staff and apprentices and has started major rehabilitation and has started major rehabilitation work on a 35 year old public housing development

SOURCE: Press Release, City of Ft. Lauderdale

Dearborn Hghts, Michigan

POP: 60,838


CONTACT: Karolynn Welch

PHONE: (313) 277-7296

ADDRESS: City of Dearborn Heights, 6045 Fenton Street, Dearborn Heights, MI 48127

DESCRIPTION: Dearborn Heights established a Lifelong Learning Committee and commenced a year-long strategic planning effort to determine what resources were available and/or need to support lifelong learning systems. The Committee found that the local library was drastically underfunded and ill-equipped. As a result, the city initiated improvements in library facilities.

In other work, the committee met with the local community college and area employers to assess training needs and learned more about an array of lifelong learning assets, from schools to senior citizen and continuing education program, already at work in the community. As a result, the city is working with local Arts Council and the local cable television company and daily newspaper.

SOURCE: Building Learning Communities: Workforce Development and the Future of Local Economies. 1995 p13. Washington, DC: NLC

Portland, Oregon

POP: 437,319


CONTACT: Sheila Engstrom, JobNet Placement Coordinator

PHONE: (503) 823-3300

ADDRESS: City of Portland, 1220 Southwest Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

DESCRIPTION: The Workforce and Target Industries Department of the Portland Development Commission coordinates JobNet, a job training and placement program.

To help a company meet its first source hiring goals, JobNet typically works with the company to determine its hiring needs; sends out employment notices through a network of 900 organization, including schools, churches, and community centers; and recruits, interviews, screens, and trains area residents

JobNet is funded primarily through Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds, with the Oregon Employment Department providing significant staffing support.

SOURCE: Building Learning Communities: Workforce Development and the Future of Local Economies. 1995 p15. Washington, DC: National League of Cities.

Tonawanda, New York

POP: 17,284

CONTACT: James Finamore

PHONE: (716) 871-8855

ADDRESS: Town of Tonawanda, Job Training Department, 2919 Delaware Avenue, Kenmore, NY 14217

DESCRIPTION: Tonawanda operates an Industrial Training Program to assist local manufacturing firms in upgrading the skills of their workers. The Tonawanda Job Training Department administers the program in coordination with the local Jobs Training Partnership Act (JTPA) program. The program's purpose is to improve worker productivity and to motivate employers to take a direct role in promoting lifelong learning for their employees. Current efforts are centered around tuition assistance. Employers in the town are notified that limited financial assistance is available to offset part of the tuition costs of sending employees to training outside the company. Interested firms are asked to sign a two-page agreement that specifies who will be trained and at what costs. Employers then receive reimbursements for 50 percent of actual expenditures for job-related instructional services upon proper submission of invoices.

SOURCE: Building Learning Communities: Workforce Development and the Future of Local Economies. 1995 p26. Washington, DC: National League of Cities.
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Title Annotation:Special Report; Examples Database
Publication:Nation's Cities Weekly
Date:Feb 19, 1996
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