Building Community, Restoring Trust

Town Hall Meeting 2 Jobs, Economic Development and Technology
Presented by Valerie F. Leonard
Guest Presenters: Val Jordan O.S. Owen Don Samuelson

What We’ll Cover
• The Employment Environment • Education Snapshot • Financial Programs for Working Families • Programs in Manufacturing and Construction • Technology Centers • The Issues • Valerie’s Agenda

Employment Environment
Presenter: Valerie F. Leonard

24th Ward Income Snapshot
• Pop. below poverty level (2000) 45.2%, was fourth highest in city in 2000 • Households w/income below $15,000 (2005) 4,865 • Households w/ income above $35,000: 3,434 (1,009 households had above $75,000)

24th Ward Employment Snapshot
• The local unemployment rate, was 23% in 2005, including discouraged workers. This compared with a state unemployment rate of 4.35% and a national unemployment rate of 4%.
• The current unemployment rate for the state of Illinois is 9.6% (November, 2010) and the current unemployment rate for the country is 9.8% (November, 2010).

• While community level unemployment data are not available, it may be assumed that the unemployment rate in North Lawndale is higher than it was in 2005.

Employment in Our Industrial TIF Districts
• Presently, the Western/Ogden Industrial Corridor houses 86 firms, employs 5,887 individuals and generates $1.1 billion in annual sales (2001) • The Roosevelt/Cicero Industrial Corridor houses 88 firms, employs 4,663 individuals and generates $1.2 billion in annual sales. # Jobs Created by TIF Projects-N/A

National Employment Outlook
• According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Recession began in 2007. • Full employment is not expected until 2018

Trends in the Workforce by Age Group
• The Bureau of Labor Statistics is projecting an aging workforce between now and 2018.

24th Ward Employment Snapshot
Industries in Which 24th Ward Residents are Most Likely to be Employed[ii]
Industry (Pop 16+) Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting, and Mining Construction Manufacturing Wholesale Trade Retail Trade Transportation and Warehousing, and Utilities (Pop 16+) Information Finance, insurance, real estate, and rental and leasing Professional, Scientific, Management, Administrative, etc. Educational, Health and Social Services Arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation and food services Other Services (Pop 16+) Public administration Total Number Percentage

15 313 990 222 754 1,020 220 648 952 2,358 726 410 478 9,106

0.16% 3.44% 10.87% 2.44% 8.28% 11.20% 2.42% 7.12% 10.45% 25.90% 7.97% 4.50% 5.25% 100%

[ii]

Metropolitan Chicago Information Center Website

Trends in Wage and Salary Employment in Goods Producing Industries 2008-2018

Trends in Wages and Salaries for Service Industries 2008-2018

Business Overview
• 24th Ward has Over 500 businesses, including large manufacturers, small businesses, franchises and home based businesses • There are 7 TIFs that impact the Ward, 5 of which are in the Ward, and 2 that are in the near vicinity ▫ In addition to funding for bricks and mortar development,  Funds available for job training, business expansion, child care • There is one Empowerment Zone, one Enterprise Community ▫ Tax Credits for hiring low income residents within these Zones ▫ 0% tax on capital gains, ▫ Increased tax deductions on equipment, accelerated real property depreciation, and other incentives. • The greatest issues impacting businesses include lack of access to capital, increasing costs of doing business, including increased property taxes, and lower revenues.

Education Snapshot
Presenter: Valerie F. Leonard

The State of Affairs in 2004
• The communities in the 24th Ward ranked 37, 57, 65, 67 and 69 out of 77 of Chicago’s Community Areas with respect to graduation rates for high school students. • The city average at the time was 56.6%.

• The national graduation rate was 70%

24th Ward Graduation Rates
24th Ward Graduation Rates by Age 19 Broken Out by Community Area
Rank 37 57 65 67 69 19 Years Old in: 13 Years Old in: South Lawndale Austin East Garfield West Garfield North Lawndale 2001 1995 50.7% 936 44.6% 1,541 43.6% 330 42.4% 403 44.2% 719 2002 1996 48.7% 917 41.2% 1,513 46.1% 332 41.1% 375 43.0% 693 2003 1997 53.0% 876 44.4% 1,478 49.8% 297 37.5% 400 41.4% 696 2004 1998 56.4% 871 47.0% 1,490 43.2% 331 41.1% 331 38.8% 616

Earned Income Tax Credits
Presenter: O.S. Owen

Job Training Programs for Manufacturing and Construction
Presenter: Val Jordan

Technology Programs for Seniors
Presenter: Don Samuelson

What are the Issues?
• Working Families need access to public benefits to make ends meet • Businesses that are in the Ward report that their greatest issues include lack of access to capital, increasing costs of doing business, including high property taxes, and lower business receipts • Businesses are reluctant to reluctant to locate in the 24th Ward given high crime, relatively low skilled labor force, low performing schools and high cost of doing business

Issues, Continued
• Depending on the Census Track, only 20%-30% of 24th Ward residents have access to broadband Internet.
▫ In some cases, this is a function of income, in other cases, it is a function of availability of the service ▫ Lack of access to high speed Internet could impact students’ ability to compete with their peers in the City, State, nation and Internationally ▫ Lack of access to High speed Internet could impact medical care delivery, education and businesses

Valerie’s Agenda

1. Develop 24th Ward Master Educational Facilities Planning Task Force
• Comprised of stakeholders from CPS, CTU, business community, nonprofits

• Provide input into facilities and curriculum planning for 24th Ward Schools
• Encourage alignment of curriculum of feeder schools with high schools, and alignment of high school curriculum with employers and colleges • Evaluate impact of school openings, closings, turnarounds and attendance boundaries

3. Make Schools the Center of Community
• Encourage CPS to expand Community Schools programming in the 24th Ward

• Schools open for extended hours to be used by the entire community
• Adult Learning • Job Training

2. Encourage Redevelopment of Commercial Corridors, including Cicero Avenue, Pulaski, Ogden, 16th Street, Roosevelt Road and Kedzie Avenue • Jump Start North Lawndale Community Conservation Council to guide holistic community development planning • Engage local community groups, churches, City, State, County and National agencies in planning process • Leverage public dollars with private investment • Encourage development of 24th Ward Chamber of Commerce

4. Encourage the Development of Local Entrepreneurs • Advocate for more funding for local business development organizations to expand
▫ Increase capacity of local organizations to contract with State, Local, County and Federal Government

• Provide opportunities for more intensive training and “hand holding” for local startups • Advocate for waivers of certain taxes and fees for startups that show promise • Provide space for incubators

5. Attract New Businesses to the Ward
• Work with City of Chicago to provide a number of services and incentives
▫ ▫ ▫ ▫ Site Selection Tax relief Infrastructure Improvements Tax credits

• Work with Police to enhance public safety • Work with CPS to improve curriculum and reduce dropout rates

Comprehensive Workforce Development
• Work with local employers to develop customized training programs for their needs • Encourage the development of training for high growth industries, including health care, health information technology, green construction • Expand school curriculum to address vocational training so students may come out of school earning living wages • Create training programs so workers may upgrade their skills • Continue to grow job training and mentoring programs for ex offenders

6. Make TIF Programs More Accessible and Transparent
• Get an accounting of how much money is available in each TIF, and how much may be used for business development, child care, workforce development and education. • Identify the number of people who were hired or improved work skills as a result of the TIF • Streamline the application process and provide more technical assistance for small businesses to navigate the process

7. Create Digital Community
• Advocate for more funding at the Federal, State, County and City level to build high speed internet infrastructure • Expand wireless network • Develop comprehensive technology plan that will support businesses, schools, individuals and nonprofits • Encourage more widespread use of Internet for everyday living, commerce, healthcare, education, entertainment
▫ Bring 24th Ward on par with National levels with respect to Internet Adoption. ( 20%-30% of 24th Ward homes have access to high speed internet as opposed to 64% nationwide)

8. Encourage Businesses to Hire Locally
• Community Benefit Agreements • Incentive Packages, including tax credits, property tax breaks • Workforce development

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