Chicago and Cook County Launch Chicagoland's Newest Jobs Program
Continuing in his job creation efforts, Mayor Emanuel, along with Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, has announced the creation of “Skills for Chicagoland’s Future”, a new not-for-profit jobs program.
From the Chicago Tribune:
The program, called Skills for Chicagoland's Future, will try to speed placement of some of the area's 240,000 unemployed residents into local job openings, which number more than 200,000, according to the announcement by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle.
"This is a real bridge," said Chicago businesswoman Penny Pritzker, noting it is the first regional adaptation of a similarly focused national effort called Skills for America's Future. Pritzker, the politically active investor and member of one of Chicago's wealthiest families, helped shape the national program, which was initiated by the Obama administration and is run by the Aspen Institute. Pritzker is chairwoman of the local organization's board.
The organization’s $3.2 million budget will come from the City and County as well as private donors. The program will be geared towards the specific needs of corporations looking to fill certain positions and will be open to unemployed residents in Chicagoland.
The Chicagoland Chamber is committed to promoting economic development to assure continued job growth in the Chicagoland area.
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