DETROIT, MI – As The District Detroit brings opportunities for Detroit residents to help build the new Red Wings arena, the demand for skilled labor is greater than ever.
This is one of the biggest redevelopment projects in the city’s recent history. The last was that when the Renaissance Center was built.
Olympia Development of Michigan’s planned sports and entertainment district, The District Detroit, is a sweeping transformation of neighborhoods between Downtown and Midtown.
Estimates for this project will create:
- 8,300 construction and construction-related jobs
- 1,100 permanent jobs
- $100 million in jobs-related income for Detroit residents
- $210 million a year for the City of Detroit
- $1.8 billion total impact in the State of Michigan
City, community and union partners will work alongside Olympia Development to help prepare residents for these opportunities at The District Detroit Resident Career Opportunity Expo from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 28th, 2014 at Cobo Center.
“Olympia Development has said from the beginning, ‘we want Detroiters to build The District,’” said Douglass Diggs of Heritage Development Services, the organization ensuring contractors meet Olympia’s aggressive goal that 51 percent of the workforce be residents of Detroit.
Residents can register for opportunities online and fill out a skills assessment form at www.districtdetroit.com/jobs. At the Expo, they can meet with career counselors and members of skilled trade associations. They will also have the chance to learn more about training and education programs, financial aid, resume writing and interview skills, childcare, transportation, legal assistance and more.
“The scope of this project will make a real difference in a city that’s suffered from unemployment and underemployment,” says Pamela Moore, president and CEO of Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation, an Expo partner. “It is imperative that we hire Detroiters. In order to build Detroit, we must build Detroiters.”
If you plan to attend this event, you are advised to dress appropriately for potential on the spot interviews and have several copies of your resume ready and available with you when you arrive.