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Good Jobs and Local Hiring
Our regional economy, like our country’s economy, has dramatically changed over the last 30 years. We are no longer a local economy driven by steel and other manufacturing. Gone with those industries are the hundreds of thousands of good-paying jobs that sustained our local tax base and ensured economic security for many of our citizens.
Service jobs are the new economy of Western PA. With creative public policies, we can ensure that service jobs become “good jobs” that improve the quality of life for our region’s families and strengthen our communities through a sustained tax base.
"Local Hiring" practices are another mechanism for connecting people in low-income communities with good-paying jobs. Through local hiring clauses in Community Benefit Agreements, communities can make sure that local residents, and especially women and people of color, are able to access not only the service jobs that come after a development, but also the high-wage construction jobs through union apprenticeship programs.