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Hire & Recruit Local Residents

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.

Goals and Objectives

GOAL C2: Attract the world’s finest jobs, encourage an entrepreneurial spirit, and enhance our ability to recruit and retain a talented, creative workforce by establishing opportunities that embrace diversity with inclusion in our community.

Objective: C2a

Prioritize the success and growth of strategically-targeted employment sectors (healthcare, education, high-tech, advanced manufacturing, agribusiness, agritourism, and the like), and enable infill and redevelopment that creates jobs where people live.

Objective: C2c

Review and improve regulations and policies that attract and retain high paying jobs through close collaboration with agencies that focus on economic development.

GOAL C3: Identify, provide and sustain readily available publicly-controlled economic development land to meet Fayette County’s need for jobs, amending the Comprehensive Plan as necessary to ensure it remains an up-to-date and workable framework for economic development.

There are no objectives related to this policy that further this particular goal.