The El Paso Inc. reports that the City bought the County’s old 911 phone center building in downtown El Paso for $5 million in CARES funds.
We should ask, every time the City spends a dollar, what else could the City have spent that money on? How does the City allocate our scarce resources?
From abc10.com, in Sacramento:
The Greater Sacramento Urban League, the Greater Sacramento Economic Council, and the city of Sacramento announced Monday they plan to launch a program to help people in Sacramento get trained for jobs in technology fields using a portion of the city’s CARES Act funding.
The program, titled the Digital Upskill Sacramento Program, focuses on training 40 people affected by COVID-19 and, specifically, people in underrepresented communities. The program is made in partnership with the General Assembly and Merit America, which work to train people for new careers.
Not only will the program offer 40 people the training necessary to gain employment in the technology field, but the program will also provide the participants with a free laptop, a stipend of $600 per week for nine weeks, and assistance in job placement.
“The promise of this program is that it connects all the dots: Participants are provided with high-quality instruction and a basic income that will allow them to complete their training without economic hardship, and then they are placed in jobs,” Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg said in a press release.
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This program will be using $787,650 of CARES Act relief funding. The Greater Sacramento Economic Council’s President and CEO Barry Bromme said while this program is using CARES Act funding, the council will work towards making job training like this program available for more than just the initial 40.
A laptop, 21st century job training, and $600 a month. All for less than $800 thousand.
Some cities pursue economic development by improving the lives of their citizens. Other cities build amenities to attract people from out of town.
What has the City of El Paso done for you lately?