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Detroiters working to get share of Detroit Red Wings arena jobs

Detroit Free Press, May 11, 2014: Even before the first puck drops in 2016, the planned new home of the Detroit Red Wings could prove a winner by Simone Cobbproviding several thousand construction jobs specifically for Detroit residents.

But it won’t be easy meeting the agreed-upon goal of giving city residents 51% of more than 5,000 building jobs. That’s because the vast majority of members of local construction trades live in the suburbs, perhaps as many as 95%.

So hitting the target, or at least coming close, has prompted some creative strategies on the part of the city, the Ilitch family’s Olympia Development, and from building contractors and trade unions, such as setting up training programs and advertising in publications to attract city residents to be hired or trained.

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