The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, in conjunction with the Nashville Career Advancement Center, has awarded a one-year $100,000 grant to fund positions that will aid in the screening and staffing at the Music City Center, Convention Center Authority Chairman Marty Dickens announced Thursday.
The grant will fund salaries for three full-time staff members who will facilitate hiring during construction of the project. Two Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development employees will work onsite at the Music City Center. Additionally, the grant will fund the salary of full-time program administrator Autumn Henderson, who worked on the program during its first year.
The Convention Center Authority approved the grant at its Aug. 4 meeting, and the Metro Council ratified it Aug. 16.
One goal, Dickens said, is to provide more opportunities to job seekers through economy of scale.
“By sharing databases, we can provide job seekers at our site with greater prospects for finding work and our subcontractors will also have a larger pool of qualified workers from which to draw,” Dickens said. “The authority could not be more excited about this partnership.”
The Music City Center’s Workforce Development on site program launched in July 2010. To date, the program has resulted in 243 local individuals hired directly through program managers’ efforts to place workers with subcontractors, and more than 1,200 applicants have been referred to a network of community-based organizations for additional soft and hard skills training.
The Jefferson Street United Merchants Partnership, led by Executive Director Sharon Hurt, serves as the program’s off-site office for job applicants. Hurt coordinates outreach with 24 community based organizations.