First results are in--51% POC in Encore's good jobs!
Back in 2013, we said “if there is going to be a casino, we want there to be good jobs and we want our fair share!” We have just finished Year 1 of a two year “proof of concept” pilot, testing interventions into the labor market that can connect under-employed residents, particularly residents of color, to good jobs. Using the new Region A casino start-up as a huge hiring opportunity with good quality jobs, we thought it could kickstart the second year testing the model with other employers. Encore has just documented its initial 51% hiring of people of color! At the midpoint of our 2-year test, we see enough positive proof of concept to drive forward into Year 2!