Economic Development

Workforce Development, Job Training, living wages, Economic Development

IAF Workforce Development Model Crushes Competition, Shows Sizable and Sustained Gains

Friday, April 21, 2017
Economic Mobility

Almost ten years ago, Project QUEST agreed to participate in a randomized control trial in which half of a pool of 400+ qualified and equally motivated applicants were picked by a computer to participate in Project QUEST.  The other half were turned away and they pursued other options. Read more about IAF Workforce Development Model Crushes Competition, Shows Sizable and Sustained Gains

West / Southwest IAF

Job Training, ACTS, QUEST, Economic Development, Lady Carlson

Northern & Central LA Interfaith Launches ACTS to Combat Poverty

Wednesday, October 5, 2016
KTBS

With Louisiana as the state with the third highest number of poor people, many of them working full-time, Northern & Central Louisiana Interfaith leaders are devising new ways to tackle poverty.  Says Pastor Clayton Moore, “If you work, how is it that you’re poor?” Read more about Northern & Central LA Interfaith Launches ACTS to Combat Poverty

NCLISC

living wages, Economic Development, Jorge Montiel, Surya Kalra

In Conservative Town, Faith-Based Group Tackles Minimum Wages

Monday, November 9, 2015
National Public Radio

In Texas, one of the most conservative right-to-work states in the country, a church-based organization has begun to make headway in enacting a "living wage" for San Antonio city employees.

In addition to having no state-mandated minimum wage for the private sector, the Legislature has made it illegal for any Texas city or local jurisdiction to pass its own minimum wage. Read more about In Conservative Town, Faith-Based Group Tackles Minimum Wages

Cops/ Metro Alliance

Living Wage, Economic Development, Texas IAF, organizing in San Antonio

COPS / Metro Gains Support of City Manager on $13 / Hr Living Wage

Monday, August 3, 2015
San Antonio Express-News and KENS5 Cops/ Metro Alliance

living wages, Economic Development, Texas IAF, Jorge Montiel

COPS / Metro Fights Battle to Raise Wages in San Antonio

Wednesday, July 1, 2015
San Antonio Current

Communities Organized for Public Service and the Metro Alliance, or COPS/Metro, one of the leading wage advocacy groups in San Antonio, started its living wage campaign about a year ago. The goal is to raise hourly wages for public workers to at least $14.91 — the average amount needed for a family four to stay off government assistance such as food stamps. Read more about COPS / Metro Fights Battle to Raise Wages in San Antonio

Cops/ Metro Alliance

Arena, Community Organizing in Milwaukee, stadium, Economic Development

Bucks Arena Financing Faces Tight Timetable... and Common Ground

Monday, April 13, 2015
Journal Sentinel of Milwaukee

....Then there is Common Ground, a community group that is opposed to the use of public money for the new arena. The group wants public money for improved playgrounds and recreational spaces in Milwaukee County. Read more about Bucks Arena Financing Faces Tight Timetable... and Common Ground

Common Ground

San Antonio, Wages, Economic Development, Community Organizing in Texas

COPS Metro Raises Wages of Lowest Paid Workers in San Antonio

Wednesday, December 17, 2014
San Antonio Express News

In a win that COPS / Metro is calling “a beginning,” the Board of the Alamo (Community) Colleges approved wage raises for its lowest paid workers including an $11.50 minimum for full-time employees. Read more about COPS Metro Raises Wages of Lowest Paid Workers in San Antonio

Cops/ Metro Alliance

living wages, Economic Development, Texas IAF, organizing in San Antonio, Bexar County

COPS / Metro Leverages County Support for Living Wages in San Antonio

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
San Antonio Express News

300 COPS / Metro Alliance leaders gathered at Sacred Heart Catholic Church to announce a campaign to boost the wage floor for city and county employees from $11.47  per hour to almost $15 / hour over the next three years.  Elvira Adame shared how it angers her to see her daughter earning only $8.50 per hour at a public community college, leaving her “stressed and tired all the time from working so hard...."   Read more about COPS / Metro Leverages County Support for Living Wages in San Antonio

Cops/ Metro Alliance

Public Spending, Community Development, Economic Development, Parks

Common Ground Draws Line In The Sand Over Arena Spending vs. Parks

Sunday, October 19, 2014
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Members of the community group Common Ground on Sunday formally drew a line in the sand in opposition to the use of public money to finance a new, multipurpose arena in downtown Milwaukee. Read more about Common Ground Draws Line In The Sand Over Arena Spending vs. Parks

Common Ground

Capital IDEA-Houston, Chase Bank, Carolyn Watson, Workforce Development, Economic Development

Chase Bank Applauds Capital IDEA-Houston & Invests $100K

Thursday, August 28, 2014
Carolyn Watson

Carolyn Watson, Chase Bank VP of Corporate Responsibility, announced the award of $100K to Capital IDEA-Houston at a meeting of the Houston Community College Board of Trustees. Capital IDEA-Houston, established by leaders of TMO as a labor market intermediary... Read more about Chase Bank Applauds Capital IDEA-Houston & Invests $100K

TMO

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