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Workforce Development, Economic Development, Social Justice, Alinsky, Interfaith, Texas IAF

Texas IAF Reconstitutes Launchpad (Job Training) Fund to $5M

Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Texas Tribune

The Launchpad Fund, which gave nonprofits $10 million starting in the 2010-11 biennium to support career training programs for low-income students, will be replaced by the Texas Innovative Adult Career Education Grant program. The ACE grant program will award about $5 million under a similar model to nonprofits for the next biennium....


Economic Development, Community Organizing in Texas, organizing in El Paso, Project ARRIBA, Training, living wages

Border Interfaith & EPISO Leverage $1.5 Million for Training

Wednesday, August 28, 2013
KTSM - Channel 9 News

Citing evidence that the regional return on investment for Project ARRIBA's workforce development is $26 for every $1 invested, the City Council of El Paso voted to increase funding to $1.5 Million over five years...


Community Organizing in Austin Texas, Texas IAF, NTO, Social Justice, living wages, Bishop Joe Vasquez, Jacob Cortes, economic justice, Economic Development, Economic Incentives, construction

How Austin's Marriott Incentive Deal Fell Apart

Saturday, August 10, 2013
Austin American Statesman

Catholic Bishop Joe Vasquez and Jacob Cortes of Austin Interfaith stand with workersJacob Cortes of Austin Interfaith engages with Catholic Bishop Joe Vasquez, Reverend John Elford of UUMC and Rev. Fred Krebbs of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church and Louis Malfaro of AFT

If there was anything City Council members and the company building a downtown JW Marriott could agree to in the wee hours of Friday morning, it was this: the deal they struck two summers ago to get the hotel built unraveled...  More here.


Community Organizing in Texas, organizing in Houston, living wages, Interfaith, Saul Alinsky

NYT Cites Capital IDEA-Houston as Factor in Class Mobility

Monday, July 22, 2013
New York Times

“Houston is one of the few southern cities where upward social mobility is as high as cities in the Northeast and West… Roughly 22 percent of Houston children who grew up in the poorest fifth of the national income distribution have ended up in the top two-fifths today, according to the study.

In Houston, programs like Capital IDEA assist underemployed individuals who have obstacles in the way of furthering their education. In addition to helping pay tuition, Capital IDEA fast-tracks students through the remedial courses that can otherwise divert them from finishing their degree….”

Capital IDEA-Houston was established by institutional members of The Metropolitan Organization in Houston.


Workforce Development, Community Organizing in Texas, living wages, Social Justice, Interfaith

Quests' Results..'Extraordinary’ Says Head of City Taskforce

Monday, July 15, 2013
San Antonio Express-News

“Trying and difficult circumstances, namely the closing of San Antonio’s Levi Strauss plant, inspired the visionary leadership that created Project Quest more than 21 years ago. Different, but equally challenging circumstances, have led to redefining that vision that will carry Quest forward stronger than ever for the next 20 or more years.

Quest, a nationally-awarded workforce development agency, was founded by COPS/Metro Alliance, leaders of the business community, the city of San Antonio, the state of Texas and the regional Private Industry Council…”

[Photo of AJ Rodriguez By William Luther, San Antonio Express-News]

 

Community Organizing in Australia, Sydney Alliance, living wages, economic justice, Interfaith, unions

Unions Need to Rethink How They Build Power. Now.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Working Life

In recent weeks, unions have found themselves inadvertently under attack. In the ALP’s attempt to make itself re-electable federally, unions were said to be “part of the problem”. It’s true that a few corrupt union leaders have done nothing to help the labour movement in recent years, but working people in this country are in real trouble if the values unions bring to our public sphere are weakened.


Workforce Development, living wages, Labor Market Intermediaries, Organizing in Iowa

Project IOWA Celebrates One Year of Success

Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Des Moines Register

Douglas Wells’ path to a well-paying job with potential for advancement had a few bumps, but the 27-year-old credits perseverance and a publicly and privately funded training and mentoring program with helping him reach his goal....


Economic Development, Workforce Development, community organizing in the Midwest, Labor Market Intermediaries

Project Iowa Gives Workers Stability and Dignity

Friday, April 5, 2013
Des Moines Register

 “Jalissa Daniels wrote dark poetry as an early adolescent…She became pregnant at 15, graduated from Scavo Alternative High School and worked at convenient stores and temp agencies. Even though these jobs helped pay the bills, they were not fulfilling…Finding full-time work with benefits was looking grim…  The[n] Rev. Diane McClanahan, one of the pastors at Trinity United Methodist Church, encouraged Jalissa to consider a new program called Project IOWA, which was initiated by AMOS (A Mid-Iowa Organizing Strategy)….”

West / Southwest IAF


Workforce Development, Labor Market Intermediaries, Community Organizing in Louisiana, living wages

Labor Market Intermediary NOVA Wins $208K from Delta Authority

Wednesday, February 13, 2013
News-Star

Sabrina Washington came to NOVA during a traumatic point in her life after moving to northeastern Louisiana to escape Hurricane Katrina.

At NOVA, she found not only a job intermediary program, but a group of people who cared enough for her to help improve her life.


Jobs, living wages, Economic Incentives, Economic Development, organizing in Texas, Organizing in Austin

Austin Celebrates Progress of Change in Tax Incentives

Wednesday, December 12, 2012
KVUE News

A diverse mix of Labor Union representatives, city and county elected officials, faith-based organizations and advocates for fair wages and working conditions came to the Workers Defense Project office Tuesday night for the same purpose.


organizing for living wages, Economic Incentives, Economic Development, organizing in San Antonio, organizing in Texas, IAF

COPS/Metro Applauds Maruchan's Withdrawal of Incentive Request

Friday, July 20, 2012
3 San Antonio News Sources

COPS/Metro Alliance leaders applauded Maruchan’s decision to withdraw their application for tax incentives and welcomed the company to Bexar County. “We reiterate our support for economic development and job creation,” said Fr. Steven Gamez, pastor of St. Philip of Jesus Catholic Church and leader with COPS/Metro Alliance.


organizing for jobs, organizing in pomona, organizing in the Inland Empire, California IAF, Community Organizing in California, Workforce Development

IESC Preps People for Jobs

Saturday, June 23, 2012
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

Kathy McClellan, an instructional aide for the Rosemead School District, is getting ready to search for a job.  Although employed now, McClellan is concerned cuts to educational funding could leave her without a job in the not-too-distant future.

Saturday morning, McClellan was one of 49 Inland Valley residents who participated in a jobs workshop organized by the Pomona Valley Cluster of the Inland Empire Sponsoring Committee.


organizing for jobs, organizing for workforce development, Labor Market Intermediaries, organizing in Texas, organizing in San Antonio, Economic Development, living wages

Project Quest Grads Take Top Honors in Statewide Nursing Competition

Monday, June 4, 2012
San Antonio Express-News

Two participants of Project Quest, Inc., a local non-profit that provides education and workforce training, recently won top awards at a statewide vocational nursing contest.


Jobs, Living Wage

Living Wage, Again

Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Independent Budget Office Web Blog

Amid the uproar during the past few weeks over the proposed living wage law there’s one important point that you might have missed: the city already has a living-wage law. 


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