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Governor Pritzker announces $3 million investment in Hire360 job training center – The Southland Journal

ByJanice K. Merrill

Apr 18, 2022

Governor Pritzker Announces $3 Million Investment in Hire360 Skills Training Center (Chicago, IL) – Governor JB Pritzker today joined representatives from the Chicago Federation of Labor, Hire360, Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (IL-08) and other state leaders and premises to announce a sum of 3 million dollars. investment at HIRE360’s new training and development center in Chicago’s South Loop.

The HIRE360 training and business development center, a 40,000 square foot space supported by $2 million in state funding and $1 million in federal funds, will include conference and meeting space, networking and education, a workspace for 37 trades, a games room and parent center for working professionals, two commercial training kitchens, retail space for various vendors, event space and more. Combined with philanthropic donations, this funding puts the center on track to open to the community later this year.

The Center is focused on training and developing employees in the construction, manufacturing and hospitality sectors, an essential step in accelerating the recovery of industries deeply damaged by the COVID-19 pandemic. It will provide employment and advancement opportunities, recruitment, training, job placement support, mentoring, technical assistance, capital assistance, youth programs and socially responsible supply chain training, among other programs.

“My administration is dedicated to rebuilding our economy by investing in people, and that’s exactly what we’re doing with the HIRE360 Business Development and Training Center,” Governor Pritzker said. “I have prioritized apprenticeship training programs to prepare our residents for well-paying jobs, to meet the real needs of our employers, and to do so with a particular eye on those underrepresented in key industries, like women and people of color. With the $2 million announced today and more than half a million dollars from our Illinois Works pre-apprenticeship program, our investments in HIRE360 represent a key next step in this endeavor.

HIRE360 was launched in 2019 by industry leaders to provide a creative workforce development solution that enables employers and unions to grow and connect directly with emerging members of the workforce. work. He had previously received $550,000 in funding from Governor Pritzker’s administration through the Illinois Works pre-apprenticeship program.

“I am proud to provide $1 million in federal community project funding to help make this dream a reality for HIRE360 and local working families,” said Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi. “The HIRE360 Business Development Center will help Illinois people train and secure high-paying, in-demand jobs in the Greater Chicago Area, strengthening our workforce and local economy. I applaud Governor Pritzker’s success in securing strong funding for this program at the state level, and I’m proud of the strong federal-state partnership we’ve built to create a brighter, more prosperous future for Illinois. .

Governor Pritzker’s administration has invested in training programs at Rockford Airport and supported job creation in manufacturing and aviation, as well as a $15 million investment in manufacturing academies in the clean energy and vehicle sectors. The Illinois Works program has invested $10 million in apprenticeship programs across the state, also focusing on equity and representation among marginalized groups.

“HIRE360 is proud to partner with Governor Pritzker and Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi who have pledged to mobilize federal and state funds to help women and minority entrepreneurs in the trades,” said Jay Rowell , Executive Director of HIRE360. “This funding will make possible the HIRE360 Training and Business Development Center, providing a space where industry leaders, contractors, contractors, developers, organized workers and apprentices can come together and ensure that the future of our city is inspired by the communities that call Chicago. residence.”

“HIRE360 is a 360-degree view of community-related employment and business opportunities,” said Don Biernacki, Chairman of the Board of HIRE360 and Executive Vice President of Construction at Related Midwest. “For Related Midwest, HIRE360 serves as an extension of our work investing in local residents and small businesses to create the most comprehensive diversity and inclusion program in Chicago’s construction industry history. We are grateful for the support of Governor Pritzker and Congressman Krishnamoorthi and excited to collaborate with members of the development, workforce and entrepreneurial ecosystem in this effort to build an economic engine that maximizes the Chicago potential.

Governor Pritzker Announces $3 Million Investment in Hire360 Skills Training Center