New city program funds jobs
A new city program will help create about two dozen new jobs. Fourteen local businesses and nonprofits have been awarded $235,000 in forgivable loans through the city's Community Job Partnership Program. "Low income jobs in our community is somet...
A new city program will help create about two dozen new jobs.
Fourteen local businesses and nonprofits have been awarded $235,000 in forgivable loans through the city's Community Job Partnership Program.
"Low income jobs in our community is something we really have a need for," said Mayor Gary Doty. "We are happy with the response."
The loan recipients cover a wide range of industries and services.
"The Community Job Partnership is a new and innovative program," said Doty in making the announcement. "Through this program, we are helping increase the standard of living in Duluth and promoting economic self-sufficiency for our citizens."
The program is funded with Community Development Block Grant money and modeled after similar efforts in Chicago and Seattle.
Businesses and nonprofits can use the money to help pay the wages for newly hired low and moderate income workers in permanent positions. The goal of the partnership is to assist disadvantaged job seekers in achieving self-sufficiency.
"This is the first phase of a program that we hope will be on-going," said Kim Goodwin with the city's community development office. "Today (Tuesday) is the first day of a two-year contract period."
The loans were approved by the City Council on May 22.
"Partnership in this program will allow us to focus on low to moderate income workers," said John Eagleton with Northstar Machine and Tool Company. "We're going to grow, and add workers."
He said the firm specializes in precision machine parts with about 70 percent of its work going to Cirrus Design.
The company received $30,000 to create three full-time positions. The new jobs will pay $7.75 to $10 an hour plus benefits.
"I'm excited about the opportunity," said Gayle McEnroe with Metal Service, Inc. The firm recently relocated to Duluth from the Twin Cities because of the large pool of local workers.
The firm, a wholesale metals distributor, received a $40,000 loan which will help create four new jobs.
She said the firm was more interested in aptitude and motivation than experience, and is interested in people who want to grow with the company and establish careers.
"Many of the low and moderate income people in our community need some type of training," said Doty. "This assistance will allow them to take the time.
"We are pleased with the response and think they will be pleased with the workers."
The other loan recipients and the amounts awarded are:
* Aero Design & manufacturing, $50,000 for five full-time employees.
* Brigham Upholstery, $20,000 for two full-time jobs.
* CHUM Works, $10,000 for two part-time positions.
* Coco's to Geaux, $10,000 for one full-time position.
* Duluth Dental Arts, $10,000 for one full-time job.
* Harbor View Economic Development Corporation, $10,000 for one full-time job.
* House of Technology, $10,000 for one full-time job.
* Housing Access Center, $5,000 for a part-time position.
* New Moon Publishing, $5,000 for a part-time position.
* Residential Services, Inc., $10,000 for a full-time position.
* Saturn Systems, $15,000 for 1.5 positions.
* Women's Coalition, $10,000 for one full-time position.