Promote hiring local residents, and recruit employees living in areas of construction projects.
Hiring workers that live in the vicinity of a construction project builds a sense of ownership and empowerment in community development. It may also allow some workers to walk or bike to work. If there is a lack of training, working with local agencies and training programs to get workers trained before construction begins would increase economic sustainability of the area and its residents. Projects involving special financing, such as TIF, have to meet certain conditions to qualify for the financing; those conditions include 40% of the households being of low-income. Residents of Opportunity Zones could benefit through jobs created by construction, but also from future employment in development projects.
The Building Industry Association of Central KY has started a Building Institute of Central Kentucky to train workers in certified Trades programs in HVAC, Plumbing, Electrical, Carpentry, and Facility Maintenance. Students in the HVAC, Plumbing, and Electrical programs will be eligible to take state licensure tests.