Building Opportunity: Investing in local and disadvantaged residents with Community Workforce Agreements

The City of San Jose is projected to invest $1.42 billion over the next five years in public construction projects.

Yet the City currently has no provisions in place to direct those taxpayer dollars towards tackling one of the biggest challenges facing our communities: access to good, middle-wage jobs and career pathways.

Our analysis of payroll records for a sample of recent projects found that historically under-represented groups have largely been left out of these public construction projects and the career opportunities they represent.