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Living Cities’ Invitation to a Job Creation Webinar





How did the Los Angeles Metro recently leverage the purchase of 550 clean-fuel buses to create 200 U.S. manufacturing jobs?

What will it take to link the billions of federal dollars used for transportation investments to domestic job creation?

To begin addressing these questions, Living Cities invites you to join a webinar April 10 about the Transportation and American Jobs Project, a national effort to ensure that transportation investments using federal funds create quality jobs for American workers. Specifically, the webinar will provide an overview of the U.S. Employment Plan (USEP), a model transit procurement program which incentivizes investments in domestic manufacturing jobs. This innovative model has the potential to have significant economic impact in the rebuilding of the U.S. manufacturing sector. Speakers will include Professor Manuel Pastor, from the Program for Environmental & Regional Equity (PERE) at USC, and Madeline Janis, from Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE).

As infrastructure investments become a national priority, this innovative procurement model is one low-cost approach to leveraging government spending for maximum benefit. In this way, transit agency purchases are able go beyond just buying buses or train cars, but also strengthening our domestic economy.

The webinar will take place on Wednesday, April 10 from 11 a.m. to noon, Pacific Daylight Time. Please register here to participate.

We will be tweeting about the event under the hashtag #Transit4Jobs and invite everyone to share their thoughts and questions.

(Carmen Rojas is currently the Associate Director of Program Strategies at Living Cities, where her post first appeared. Republished with permission.)

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