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City proposes hiring policy for disadvantaged residents

The city is asking council members to pass the ordinance by October, so implementation can begin in January. (File Photo) The city is asking council members to pass the ordinance by October, so implementation can begin in January. (File Photo)
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) -

The City of New Orleans is proposing a new hiring policy aimed at getting local and disadvantaged residents hired.

The new policy, Hire NOLA, would require companies who sign contracts with the city to use city agencies as their first source of recruitment for new hires. Applicants should register with local job agencies to be a part of the program.

"We would encourage them to go any one of five agencies: Urban League, Total Community Action, Job 1, Goodwill Industries or Strive New Orleans,” said Ashleigh Garderem the senior adviser to the mayor for economic opportunity. “Those are the gateways, the first steps into a workforce pipeline that will train them in both job readiness skills as well as the technical skills required to participate in a local construction project."

The city is asking council members to pass the ordinance by October, so implementation can begin in January.

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