PUEBLO—The City of Pueblo has been selected to participate in Results for America's Good Jobs & Equity Project, a new effort supported by the Families and Workers Fund, to help state, local and tribal governments use federal recovery investments from the American Rescue Plan (ARP) and Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) to improve job quality and advance workforce equity. Twenty jurisdictions from across the U.S. were chosen to join the project–created to empower public sector leaders with the evidence, strategies, networks, technical assistance and practical implementation tools to improve the quality of work in their communities.
“The City of Pueblo has been chosen to participate in the Good Jobs and Equity Project with a focus on growing and sustaining investments in infrastructure,” said Mayor of Pueblo Nick Gradisar. “The City of Pueblo is submitting proposals to request funding for projects that represent acute need in this community for build out of job creation and infrastructure investment. We can seize this opportunity by creating equitable pathways into those jobs for Puebloans and ensuring those jobs are high quality,” said Gradisar.
The Good Jobs & Equity Project was created to support communities in using data and evidence to invest in creating higher quality jobs in their communities, particularly for historically underserved residents. Participants will review what makes a good job, taking into consideration not just basic needs or economic drivers, but also impacts to the worker outside of compensation, benefits, and safety—all with a direct link to equity.
“Results for America is thrilled to work with a few select communities to develop new data-driven models to create higher quality jobs—jobs that are fundamental to the long-term growth and prosperity of communities,” said Zachary Markovits, Results for America’s Vice President and Local Practice Lead. “This is an historic opportunity to reimagine and rebuild a more equitable society.”
Through the project, Results for America will bring together jurisdictions from across the country to meet with national experts and receive hands-on learning, personal coaching, and ready-made resources that are designed to equip leaders with the knowledge and tools to invest in evidenced-based job quality programs with existing ARP or IIJA funding. Leaders will develop a deeper understanding of the historical connection between job quality, equity and discrimination, and identify opportunities to create change. The first phase of the project will begin in June and run through November 2022.
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Results for America: Ross.Schwartz@results4america.org, 718-644-7424
Results for America: Results for America is helping decision-makers at all levels of government harness evidence and data to make progress on our greatest challenges. Our mission is to make investing in what works the “new normal,” so that when policymakers make decisions, they start by seeking the best evidence and data available, then use what they find to get better results. For more information, visit results4america.org.