The innovative jobs program for the Interstate 70 renovation project was big news in the construction industry. Illinois-based Construction Equipment magazine offered a suprisingly thorough look, showing how different constituenices value news differently.
It is a unique program, as the story points out:
"An estimated 350 workers will be drawn from the area and provided with training to build the Central 70 project now and a good career as time goes on."
The training is real -- and funded:
"Using a $400,000 federal grant received last year, CDOT will partner with Gary Community Investments (GCI) to provide more than $1 million for training and support programs, including child care so residents can take advantage of the training opportunities and jobs. Last year the U.S. Department of Transportation gave CDOT – one of only nine other transportation agencies nationwide – permission to pilot a local-hire program for Central 70."
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