University of Wisconsin–Madison

Exploring Targeted Hire: An Assessment of Best Practices in the Construction Industry

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2014
Level County
State(s) All States
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Community Development, Economic Justice
Public construction projects are an expenditure of public tax dollars; as such, public agencies have an opportunity to develop policies for public construction projects to benefit taxpayers with employment and business opportunities. Targeted hire initiatives create institutional mechanisms to increase the participation of socially and economically disadvantaged workers and businesses in public construction projects based on work availability. Many public agencies have used targeted hire to leverage their investment in construction into good jobs for those who need an economic boost. For communities that experience historic disinvestment and chronic un- and underemployment, such work can create lasting stability for families and a pathway to revitalize the local economy.

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