Building Equity Together: Creating Jobs Through the I-81 Project for Residents of Syracuse and Onondaga County

As our community is preparing for the upcoming I-81 Viaduct Project, one key element needs to come front-and-center: JOBS.

I-81 promises jobs that could revive our city’s struggling economy, regardless of the option chosen.

The Urban Jobs Task Force and Legal Services of CNY have noted the extreme disparity in the local construction industry workforce along racial, gender and residential lines.  A year-long study of this issue has resulted in a report called Building Equity together in the Construction Trades: a Racial Equity Impact Statement (REIS).  The REIS will be the focus of this private dinner and presentation.  The 100 confirmed attendees include state/county/local representatives, area contractors, union representatives, workforce developers and community members.

  • Marriott Syracuse Downtown, Thursday, March 14 2019, 5:30 – 8 PM

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The event’s goal is to create a foundation for community advocacy and identify systemic changes in education, training and employment opportunities that will lead to reductions in the poverty and hopelessness that plague our city neighborhoods.

This event and future community forums will roll out the REIS findings to the public and generate calls for action from civic, governmental and community leaders.

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The Urban Jobs Task Force (UJTF) is a collaboration of individuals and organizations concerned about the lack of access to employment opportunities in Syracuse and the resulting poverty faced by citizens.  The UJTF advocates for job training, accessible apprenticeships, impactful legislation and community action that will lead to reduced poverty through good-paying jobs.

Organizations or community groups interested in learning more about the work of the UJTF and/or the REIS should contact: The Urban Jobs Task Force (UJTF)