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This working group will focus on successful strategies for spreading economic recovery to all neighborhoods in Denver through workforce development, hiring goals, and job training programs specifically geared toward middle skill jobs and low-income individuals aged 18-65.

2017 Goals and Action Plan: (Full plan)

  1. Provide leadership in establishing strong relationships with employers seeking to hire Denver residents especially in low income areas where larger construction projects are planned, including transparency of project reporting around hiring goals and tracking of those goals quarterly.
  2. Collaborate with the Office of Economic Development to provide outreach resources to job seekers that are transparent, accessible, and understandable to job seekers.
  3. Analyze through stakeholder engagement with city agencies and other partners’ different strategies to encourage increased Denver resident participation in construction career pipelines for contracts generated by the City and County of Denver. 
  4. Identify in partnership with OED staff the current gaps in workforce development and capacity to strategically connect both adults and youth to training and employment.
  5. Collaborate with the Denver Workforce Development Board (DWDB) to identify strategies for building city council/DWDB relationships to inform each’s decision on workforce issues.
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Stacie Gilmore (Chair)
Albus Brooks
Deborah "Debbie" Ortega
Mary Beth Susman
Robin Kniech

Staff Contact:
Debra Bartleson

Reports to: 
Business, Arts, Workforce, and Aeronautical Services Committee