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New inclusion standard set for construction projects
LOUISVILLE – It started with the KFC Yum! Center, but an innovative program to put minorities and women to work on local construction projects has a future well beyond the new arena, according to a report released today.
The Louisville Urban League and a multitude of partners released the report showing that the KentuckianaWorks Construction Pipeline project has accomplished the following:
Jim Host, chairman of the Louisville Arena Authority, said he is proud of the Construction Pipeline's achievements on the arena and the benchmark it sets for work yet to come. “There’s never been a public project, or a semi-public project, built in the history of this state, that has had these requirements – and has lived up to the goals that were set,” he said. “And that shows there’s no reason why this type of goal can’t be set for future projects like this that are done in the commonwealth.”
The Construction Pipeline represents an unprecedented coalition of forces from the political, business and nonprofit worlds coming together to craft an unusually effective program to ensure inclusion on building work sites. Partners include:
When the recession finally ends and work on numerous major projects gets under way, the Construction Pipeline will get even busier, said Ben Richmond, president and CEO of the Louisville Urban League.
“The Construction Pipeline program started with the arena, but we believe it will live on with many other projects, including the Museum Plaza, the reworking of the Haymarket area, the Ohio River bridges construction, and so forth,” Richmond said. “It really is a ‘best-practices’ type of program that sets the standard for ensuring inclusion on a construction project.”
About the Louisville Urban League
Since 1921, the Louisville Urban League has assisted disadvantaged people attain social and economic stability and prosperity through direct services and advocacy. The League works to provide a skilled and diverse workforce; to increase homeownership; to revitalize neighborhoods and to develop our youth so they are prepared for careers in the modern day business world. The League’s work and results are evident in the lives of the over 11,000 people it touches each year. For more information, go to www.lul.org.
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