University of Wisconsin–Madison

Seattle Priority Hire on City Construction Projects

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2015
Level City or Town
State(s) Washington
Policy Areas Children & Families, Civil Rights, Democracy & Governance, Economic Justice, Environment & Natural Resources
Seattle's Priority Hire program aims to provide construction career opportunities for underrepresented community members. It prioritizes local workers from economically disadvantaged neighborhoods, women, and people of color, offering training and job access. The report outlines the pilot project, which demonstrated higher participation of women and people of color compared to traditional City construction projects. The program mandates contractors to hire from economically distressed areas, enhances pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs, and establishes a Community Workforce Agreement with labor unions.

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