Milwaukee city leaders discuss Foxconn work opportunities, outreach

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) – Several of Milwaukee’s city leaders met Thursday morning to discuss work opportunities for citizens during Foxconn's construction.

The Steering and Rules Committee met at City Hall along with representatives from the Wisconsin Department of Administration and Gilbane Building Company. The representatives presented their plan for work opportunities.

The plan included a slogan, “Wisconsin First”, which focuses on putting Wisconsin workers first and giving them the best job opportunities during the Foxconn construction. The plan includes inclusion goals that would help ensure minorities, women and veterans get some of those jobs. However, some city leaders are worried the minority groups won’t be reached.

“It is amazing how all of these major projects happen and opportunities for employment and you go to some of the neighborhoods and the residents that we represent and they didn’t even know,” 6th District alderwoman Milele Coggs said. “They didn’t even know how to access it and didn’t know what was going on,”

Representatives from Foxconn were not at the meeting. City leaders hope to team up with the state to come up with an outreach plan for potential workers.

Information on job opportunities can be found on the WisconnValley website

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