Music City Center leaders reach out to Hispanic construction workers

Thursday, August 26, 2010 at 11:09am
Staff reports

Project leaders overseeing construction of Music City Center are reaching out to Davidson County’s Hispanic residents who are interested in working at the 16-acre construction site south of Demonbreun Street.

The Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce announced on Wednesday that it has joined the Music City Center Workforce Development Program to assist Hispanic residents in Nashville who are seeking construction jobs at the convention center.

According to a news release, the Hispanic chamber will have applications available at both its downtown and south Nashville offices and will interview job seekers to review what construction-related skills they possess. The Hispanic chamber will also help applicants navigate the application process.

“Applicants will be screened for qualification, interviewed by program facilitators and undergo job readiness training to ensure preparedness to be successful on the job,” the news release said.

The Hispanic chamber is the latest community-based organization to join the workforce development program, which currently has 14 partners, some of which provide job training as well as referrals. Members include the Urban League of Middle Tennessee, the Martha O’Bryan Center, the 15th Avenue Community Development Corporation, and the Tennessee Technology Center at Nashville State Community College.

Of the 315 workers currently at the convention center site, eight percent have been placed through the workforce development program.

Over the three-year construction of the $585 million convention center, the project is expected to create 3,000 jobs. No more than 600 workers are expected to be employed at the site at any one time.

People looking for construction jobs with the convention center can apply at the Hispanic chamber’s downtown office on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The office is at 530 Third Ave. S., Suite 5.


31 Comments on this post:

By: cb512 on 8/26/10 at 9:24

I don't know where to start....

By: bfra on 8/26/10 at 9:43

Will they also be required to show proof of LEGALITY?

By: Nash19 on 8/26/10 at 9:53

This will be seen by our politicians as a trap set for illegals and those hiring illegals but, heck, set the ICE folks out there on the corners and round 'em up and save the tax payers more money by not havng to chase the illegals around.
If you have legal dcumentation then you have nothing to worry about.

By: nature on 8/26/10 at 11:35

I want to see what happens when the Nashville Area White Chamber of Commerce says they are going to the Hispanic Chambers office to sign up for jobs. And yes, I'm being a smartas# about this. But just think about it.
Is the Hispanic chamber going to throw the ILLEGAL Hispanics out on the streets? And if they do, I want to see on the local news channels, filming ICE agents scooping the ILLEGALs up off the pavement. Next, throw them into the white painted ICE buses and ship them back where they came from.
As the saying goes,"No way, Jose!"

By: NewYorker1 on 8/26/10 at 1:18

What if we all go back to where we came from and give the Native Americans their land back. Hey, then maybe we'll all finally be happy.

By: may not on 8/26/10 at 1:27

Great comment, New Yorker! "LOL", as they say in the parlance today.

By: nashmusic2244 on 8/26/10 at 2:11

It is amazing the level of ineptitude of Nashville newspapers.

Publish the "hiring Hispanic workers" but no mention of the most critical requirement: BE LEGAL in the USA.

Then again, the paper chooses to omit this because when an illegal is caught working on site and detained and prepared for deportation the newspapers and the Hispanic chamber and immigrant groups will cry foul!

Get with the program journalists!

Eddie Garcia

triple W dot proenglishusa dot blogspot dot com

By: bfra on 8/26/10 at 2:19

By: NewYorker1 on 8/26/10 at 2:18
What if we all go back to where we came from and give the Native Americans their land back. Hey, then maybe we'll all finally be happy.

Then you wouldn't mind giving up "all the luxuries", you claim to have and living as the early settlers did. Huh? If not, then stand up for the laws that are in effect today. And, I am part Native American.

By: producer2 on 8/26/10 at 2:41

There have been numerous job fairs open to people of all race and ethnic backgrounds. What issue are some of you having with legal residents of the US being solicited for work. Last week you were complaining saying not enough local people were being hired. Some of you are just never satisfied.

By: Vuenbelvue on 8/26/10 at 3:34

Have you had any experience bidding this project as a subcontractor? Have you looked at any of the construction plans or bid documents? Can you read a set of Plans? Have you read about any of the minority participation required of sub-contractors to be competitive? Have you seen any of the construction scope letters that are suppose to separate trades?
I think you just make up whatever you are saying to please either yourself or the establishment building this project. I have 20 plus years experience doing commercial work and have personally bid several billions dollars worth of new buildings and have most likely over $1 billion in signed contracts and new work behind me.
This is about the worse coordination of trades and BS I ever been involved in and I have bid the Metro Airport and Titan's Stadium and hundreds of budget plans. The plans I bid off of (in July) were 50% complete architecturally and about 35% complete structurally and Clark was demanding a no change order bid. The scopes were bogus as are the demand for minorities. The main hall, 4th level, had no structural drawings for my trade and was over 35% of my work. After looking at the plans and the demands of Clark-Bell no one in Nashville wants to risks their companies future on this mess. Hire the illegals. Most of us don't care about this pile of concrete. The cardinal rule of estimating is there is no job you have to have. This is one of those. Construction sub-contractors are business people and are in business to make money not donate it.

By: slzy on 8/26/10 at 9:39

why are the legal citizens standing for this?

remember the alamo, and goliad as to what happens when the mexicans get the upper hand.

there will be a second coming of sam houston.

By: producer2 on 8/27/10 at 5:19

Sounds like you had an opportunity to bid and you decided to pass. I do not work in construction but I do know what it is like to bid on projects that are not complete. That is when I rely on my expertise in my field to tell me whether to move forward or not. It's a pretty common occurrence for me. Bet it is for you as well. I am still in business, how about you?

By: xhexx on 8/27/10 at 6:40

I see there is nothing about the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce ensuring the workers are legitimately entitled to work. Figures. So are we officially a sanctuary city now or what?

By: budlight on 8/27/10 at 7:10

bfra on 8/26/10 at 10:43
Will they also be required to show proof of LEGALITY?

Bfra, they only check for legal status AFTER the illegal, while driving drunk has slaughtered a married couple in a hit and run car accident; or raped an 8-year old child; or murdered an 80 year old senir while robbing and raping her.

Don't you get it? They have rights that surpass a legal citizen. This is America, after all.

And I'm sick of it also.

By: AlabanaWildMan on 8/27/10 at 8:50

What is it about a Person's Race or Point of Origin...
... that gives Them the Right to Break OUR Laws ?? ??

By: budlight on 8/27/10 at 8:57

Answer to AlabanaWildMan:

The government; you know, the one you and I are legally bound to pay taxes to, so they can support these cracked up, messed up, screwed up illegals. After all, their country "don't want 'em".

Oh and the

By: budlight on 8/27/10 at 8:58

oops: s/h/b

Oh and the left wing wackos who want us to pay our taxes and suffer!

By: BEOWULF on 8/27/10 at 9:51

American workers are crying for jobs to feed their families and keep their homes...YOU are compounding a tragedy; YOU are committing a travasty that flies in the face of the UNEMPLOYED AMERICANS in TN. I hope you are picketed from now to opening night and beyond. You are a disgusting disgraceful entity indicative of what is wrong in AMERICA today. Instead of helping us heal, you are cutting throats...and you want us to come see your entertainment extravagance...IN A PIGS EYE!

By: BEOWULF on 8/27/10 at 9:56

BEOWULF: xhexx; you got it pegged! Lets give them keep them from relocating whilst they get in line for deportation!

By: AlabanaWildMan on 8/27/10 at 9:57


What can you mean "...After all, their country 'don't want 'em'..." ??

The #2 Source of Income for the Entire Nation of Mexico is lovingly referred to as "Remittances". That is the Billions of Dollars that is taken-out of Our Economy and 'Western Expressed' out !
... with a great majority of that money NOT finding its way back. .. .

By: producer2 on 8/27/10 at 10:21

You guys are so full of crap! There have been not one, not two, but 35 networking and vendor fairs sponsored by the MCC. Over 2000 people have attended and they are and were open to folks of ALL ethnic backgrounds (yes even white people could attend)

Quit making up false allegations when you have no clue as to the facts. Hatred is bad business....

By: GUARDIAN on 8/27/10 at 11:02

Within a year Tennessee will have a law like Arizona and the illegals will be gone or the people will take it into their hands and run them out. You can bet on it.

By: Vuenbelvue on 8/27/10 at 12:07

Here is how the bidding, networking and job fairs work.
1.First, Clark is acting like a construction manager but has closed bids and inappropriate mixing of divisions (construction trades) for no apparent reasons.
Clark will not allow you to qualify your bid to reduce your dependency on what they say your scope should be. If you argue, your bid is disqualified.
2. You are a sub contractor and Clark has on your bid form you are required to have a certain percentage of minorities (20-35%) to bid the job. You get points for anything above that. The minorities become not black or disadvantaged but rich companies using minority status to get work or sell supplies. Some cases are companies put in the wife's name to have female minority. You could be American Indian and worth $100 million and still be minority. This is how it has always been and a few are legitimate in the eyes of the federal government. There is not and has never been a lot of small businesses that can bond their jobs.
3. Clark is requiring that all subs provide a bond on their bid which is normal in a construction management run project. That reduces the companies that can turn in a bid. That is why a Nashville firm isn't doing this project as a GC, they would have to bond the entire contract and can't but there are a few that could have built this job.
4. They then ask you to go to a job fair which is a small mob in a small room so loud you cannot hear anyone talk. The job fair I was invited to was not for my trade so was a waste of my time but most of the attendees were white and were from out of town as far as I could ascertain and many were unable to-bond. The risk to use them is your own. It would come down to would you take a risk subcontracting part of your work from someone you know little about? Your trying to make a profit.
Lastly, no Nashville company in my trade is in the running for the job (less than a $6 million contract) because Clark is chasing lower prices and will not accept qualifications. A qualification is "I don't do or supply that because it is from another trade". The companies in my trade have done all the big jobs in middle Tennessee including the downtown library, Country Music Hall of Fame, etc. The $6 million is to be completed over a two year period so is nothing. It is two big high schools.
You can put lipstick on a pig but it's still a pig.

By: producer2 on 8/27/10 at 12:34

C'mon man you are smart enough to understand the minority issue. It has nothing to do with Clark, that is how ALL government projects are set up. This is not just the case in Nashville, it is every singly municipality in the US. Probably many abroad as well. If you say you did other projects that had Metro funding then you have been through this before. You act like this is news and then because you aren't involved all of a sudden it is shoddy work. Get over yourself, really....

By: producer2 on 8/27/10 at 12:36

In a year even Arizona won't have the law.... Always follow the money.

By: bfra on 8/27/10 at 2:35

You can put lipstick on a pig but it's still a pig.ue - You can put lipstick on a pig but it's still a pig.
Producrer2 - Would never comprehend the sense that statement makes.

By: bfra on 8/27/10 at 2:37

Vue - Your statement s/h/b posted just once. Sorry!

By: Vuenbelvue on 8/27/10 at 3:37

I lost myself there. I thought I was reading where you were supporting the cause of minorities on your 8/26 3:41 post and were for the the small business disadvantaged. Now your excusing the rich from taking the minority contracts. I excused because I would have lost my job if I made a deal out of it. That is how it works.
Yes, I remember the Tennessee Stadium group giving 10% of the company to two black men whose claim to fame were building two bridges. I was working for one company who used a black man who had a company from Memphis as a minority sub. We added 10% to the bid for him and he gave the company his letterhead stationary for correspondence and billing. Yea, I remember all that.
Boy, you are good though, Producer2, to be able to change midstream and walk either side of the issue. I personally just don't like the politicians telling the public what it wants to hear. One day someone will add up the bid amounts that have a meaning, the large contracts, and weigh them against in-town contractors and out of town contractors. Maybe separate the owners of the minority firms and identify them.
But the real issue is Clark is passing over Middle Tennessee sub contractors who are more than qualified, with bonding, because of their operation. That is as far as I will go. Profits go out of town and do not benefit Davidson County. You can sell your little product line when the building opens and save your out of town expenses.

By: producer2 on 8/28/10 at 6:41

I did not flip at all, I just pointed out the facts as hard as they may be for you to hear. That is how it works..... as far as telling folks what they want to hear, well sometimes it is easier because they certainly don't want the truth!

By: yucchhii on 8/28/10 at 9:25

Hmmmm, lets see, I will start off by saying "HOMELESS"!! Lots of people want to put the homeless down by saying that they are ALL worthless and lazy! BUT, I know a number of homeless that are willing to go to work at the convention center constuction site and ARE hard workers, BUT, do I see ANYTHING mentyioned about hiring 'HOMELESS"...OF COURSE NOT!! They want to hire the HISPANICS OVER PEOPLE WHO ARE 1- NATURAL CITIZENS OF THE USA 2-GIVING BENIFIT OF THE DOUBT TO HOMELESS PEOPLE WHO COME TO THEM SAYING "I WANT TO WORK". Go ahead, SCREW UP THE USA MORE THAN IT ALREADY IS!!! Who cares about the usa anyway...right? There is only ONE WORD for it ALL...GREED!!! I'm done!

By: gohomenow on 8/29/10 at 2:56