Urban Jobs Task Force

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Nearly two-dozen members of various community groups gathered Thursday in front of the Inner Harbor Hotel to call on the developer and the county to hire local residents. The protesters say the $44 million in tax breaks given to COR Development do not provide enough community benefits.  

  Urban Jobs Task Force President Aggie Lane says it’s important that the project does not deny people the opportunity to have a good quality of life.

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  A coalition of Syracuse-area community organizations has launched a push for a city ordinance aimed at giving unemployed residents a share of the jobs on large projects contracted by the city.  The resident employment ordinance is being spearheaded by the Urban Jobs Task Force and District Councilor Khalid Bey.  It would set a 20% hiring goal, with half of that reserved impoverished neighborhoods.

Cor Inner Harbor development
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Walking through downtown Syracuse, you see construction sites everywhere.  A new hotel in Armory Square, office buildings being converted to apartments, and new medical facilities are just a few of the pricey developments that could put people to work. 

But the Urban Jobs Task Force says developers of these sites are hiring few, if any, local workers.  At a press conference Wednesday, Task Force member Aggie Lane says she is frustrated that those developers are not being held responsible for giving back to the community they’re building in.