Project C.O.R.E. aims to greatly improve Baltimore communities and the lives of people who live there. The removal of blight and investment in neighborhood stabilization through Project C.O.R.E. will make it possible for the private sector to make new investments which will create job opportunities so that local residents can participate in Baltimore’s economic growth. Project C.O.R.E. partners will ensure that City residents have access to jobs that result from C.O.R.E. investments, including through such activities as demolition, deconstruction, building stabilization and rehabilitation, and site redevelopment.
Through Project C.O.R.E., Maryland’s Department of Housing & Community Development (the Department) will build upon its long and successful track record of investing in high quality neighborhood projects, businesses, and affordable housing. As the main facilitator of Project C.O.R.E., the Department will coordinate with the City of Baltimore, the Maryland Stadium Authority, and other prospective partners (noted below) to maximize opportunities for local hiring and workforce skill development.
Skills development for the local workforce will be a focus of Project C.O.R.E. This will take the form of training programs and partnerships with local trade organizations, non-profit organizations, and other agencies. In particular, the Department will coordinate with the Maryland Stadium Authority and the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation and other partners to promote local hiring by the subcontracting community. During the procurement of construction services for C.O.R.E. funded projects, program requirements will ensure that contractors develop Workforce Projection Plans, which will identify the projected number of tradespeople associated with the work being contracted through Project C.O.R.E. Contractors will provide estimates of the potential number of new hires, the referral sources, and timeline for the work.
Potential workforce development partners include:
- Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation
- Baltimore City Mayor’s Office of Employment Development (MOED)
- Baltimore City Public Schools (with construction trade curricula)
- Local community colleges
- The Center for Urban Families
- Job Opportunity Task Force
- Project Jumpstart
- Humanim / Project Details
- Living Classrooms
- Civic Works
- Baltimore Building Trades Council
- Baltimore Associated Builders and Contractors
- Maryland Minority Contractors Association
- Building Congress and Exchange
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