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Urban League Touts Hiring Program

By Sheila AshThe Louisville Urban League has released a report showing the success of a new workforce training program.The program, called the KentuckianaWorks Construction Pipeline Project brings together state and local government as well as local non-profits, labor and civil rights groups to ensure minority and local inclusion on major construction projects.Mayor Jerry Abramson says it provides people a chance at landing a good paying job."So it really is an exciting opportunity for folks to step back and realize that close to 300 people went through the project. That over 100 people are working on it as we speak. And that as the economy begins to turn and begins to move forward, we’ll have even more folks who are trained and ready to go to work," he said. The first test of the program was in hiring for the new arena, which met or surpassed its goals of 20 percent employment going to minorities, five percent to women and 60 percent to local workers.

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