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Legislation #: 150091 Introduction Date: 2/5/2015
Type: Ordinance Effective Date: none
Sponsor: COUNCILMEMBER GLOVER
Title: Establishing the Jobs for Neighborhoods Program to improve the employment opportunities of Kansas City, Missouri residents in need, while improving neighborhoods; directing the City Manager to develop policies to carry out the goals of the Program, including housing programs and other incentive programs; authorizing the City Manager to enter into agreements with the Full Employment Council and the Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City and other agencies to implement portions of the Program; and directing the City Manager to annually report the progress of the Program to the Mayor and Council.

Legislation History
DateMinutesDescription
2/6/2015 Filed by the Clerk's office
2/5/2015 Referred to Planning, Zoning & Economic Development Committee
2/18/2015 Hold On Agenda (3/4/2015)
3/4/2015 Hold On Agenda (3/18/2015)
3/18/2015 Hold On Agenda (3/25/2015)
3/25/2015 Do Pass as a Committee Substitute
3/26/2015 Assigned Third Read Calendar as Substituted
4/2/2015 Councilmember Glover (Second by Wagner) Move To Hold On Docket
4/2/2015 Held on Docket (4/9/2015)
4/9/2015 Councilmember Glover (Second by Ford) Move To Hold On Docket
4/9/2015 Held on Docket (4/16/2015)
4/16/2015 Councilmember Glover (Second by Ford) Move to Amend
4/16/2015 Passed as Substituted and Amended

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COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE FOR ORDINANCE NO. 150091, AS AMENDED

 

Establishing the Jobs for Neighborhoods Program to improve the employment opportunities of Kansas City, Missouri residents in need, while improving neighborhoods; directing the City Manager to develop policies to carry out the goals of the Program, including housing programs and other incentive programs; authorizing the City Manager to enter into agreements with the Full Employment Council and the Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City and other agencies to implement portions of the Program; and directing the City Manager to annually report the progress of the Program to the Mayor and Council.

 

WHEREAS, the City Council understands that unemployment has negative effects on not only the unemployed, but on the entire Kansas City community; and

 

WHEREAS, the reasons for unemployment are numerous and unemployment rates do not truly account for those who are considered “chronically unemployed;” and

 

WHEREAS, it is in the public interest to implement steps to assure the availability of jobs for the economically disadvantaged in order to encourage them to develop careers for their futures as citizens of Kansas City, Missouri and to minimize the impact of unemployment in our area; and

 

WHEREAS, it is the intent of this ordinance to facilitate communication between recipients of economic development incentives from Kansas City and the Full Employment Council to allow greater utilization of FEC’s job training programs and those unemployed persons enrolled through the FEC.

 

WHEREAS, it is critically important to take steps to encourage the unemployed and those living in distressed neighborhoods so that they may become employable; and

 

WHEREAS, as operator of the Missouri Career Center, the FEC has the expertise to provide job training and referral programs for individuals of all types and job histories and is the designated agency for workforce development in the region and serves as the one-stop operator of the Missouri Career Centers by the Kansas City & Vicinity Workforce Investment Board, the Eastern Jackson County Workforce Investment Board and the Missouri Division of Workforce Development; and

 

WHEREAS, the City desires to improve employment rates of Kansas City residents while concurrently improving the quality of homes in certain neighborhoods through various home restoration programs; and

 

WHEREAS, the City believes a program of providing incentives to companies who hire individuals enrolled and trained through the Full Employment Council will accomplish the tasks of improving the lives of the unemployed and their families, assisting companies with their hiring needs by providing skilled and qualified workers and assisting in the restoration of neighborhoods. NOW, THEREFORE,


 

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY:

 

Section 1. That there is hereby established the Jobs for Neighborhoods Program (or “Program”) to be administered by the City Manager.:

 

Section 2. That the City Manager will form a relationship in which the City will assist the Full Employment Council (FEC) in establishing a program in which the FEC approaches corporations in the Kansas City area to commit to hire persons that have been previously unemployed but have been trained through the Missouri Customized Training System according to the standards put forth by the corporation involved.

 

Section 3. That any contract with future recipients of tax abatement, tax reimbursements, loans, grants or other economic incentives from the City or any agencies substantially controlled or supported by the City (collectively “City Incentives”) must require that recipients enroll in the Program and exert commercially reasonable efforts to introduce the Program, the FEC and its services to tenants leasing and or occupying real property located in areas developed with the support of City Incentives and encourage such tenants and occupants to enroll in the Program.

 

a)    City Incentives shall include, but not be limited to, any incentives from the City, the Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City (EDCKC), Planned Industrial Expansion Authority (PIEA), Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority (LCRA), or incentives such as Tax Increment Financing (TIF), Enhanced Enterprise Zone Local Property Tax Abatement (EEZ), Chapter 353 Tax Abatement, Chapter 100 Bonds or other similar incentive or abatement programs. For purposes of this section, “Recipient” shall include only the party directly receiving benefits and shall not include parent or affiliated companies, tenants, contractors, vendors, consultants and other third parties or other parties contracting with the City to provide goods or services to the City.

 

b)   The Program shall not apply to existing agreements or any amendments or extensions of those agreements, and the City shall not impose the requirements of the Program in connection with any amendment or extension of any economic incentive program currently in effect.

Agreements shall contain the following language in substantial form: Section __. Jobs for Neighborhoods

 

The City has established a labor force recruiting program intended to assist grantors in identifying, interviewing and hiring qualified job applicants residing in Kansas City, Missouri. The Program is designed as a beneficial resource to employers. While the Recipient is not prohibited from hiring persons residing outside Kansas City, Missouri, the recruiting resource provided for herein (the “Jobs for Neighborhoods Program”) must be utilized by the Recipient subject to the employment goals as set forth in this section.

 

1)      The City utilizes the services of the Full Employment Council, Inc., (“FEC”) to administer portions of the Jobs for Neighborhoods Program. Recipient has met with FEC regarding Recipient’s employment needs. To assist with compliance with the Jobs for Neighborhoods Program, Recipient may contact those persons at the FEC responsible for administering the program, which may be identified by visiting its website at www.feckc.org and clicking on the link for KCMO Jobs for Neighborhoods Program.

 

2)      From and after the Commencement Date for a period mutually agreed to by the City and Recipient as set forth in the agreement for City Incentives with Recipient, if Recipient has an open employment position that Recipient will publicize by external communications (not internal jobs postings), Recipient will deliver written notice to FEC of such position. Such notice may be given by facsimile or e­mail and will be sufficient if it contains substantially the same information as is included in other exterior communications of such position. FEC shall identify those participants it deems qualified and shall submit a list to Recipient. The term "Commencement Date," as used herein, shall mean the later to occur of (a) the date of contract award or agreement execution, or (b) if the economic incentive is awarded in connection with a business relocation or construction activities, the date such business relocation or construction activities is completed, as determined by the commencement of business operations (in the case of a business relocation) or the issuance of a certificate of occupancy (in the case of construction activities). Recipient may, at any time after it communicates the job availability information to FEC as provided in this paragraph, proceed with interview and hiring decisions and shall not be required to wait for receipt of information from FEC.

 

3)      Recipient is only required to notify FEC of job availability consistent with other external communications and is not required to include in such notifications positions only available on internal postings or those considered by Recipient to be executive or senior management positions.

 

4)      Recipient shall have the sole discretion to determine which individuals to interview and ultimately hire.

 

5)      Recipient hereby agrees to meet with City regarding housing benefits to their employees that live in Kansas City, as well as a plan to market the benefits of living in the City and certain neighborhoods to its employees. Such plan, to be administered by the City Manager, may include the electronic distribution of City-provided marketing and housing materials, as well as participation in other real estate marketing events such as housing tours. Recipient will distribute to its employees the information provided, not less than twice per year, by a method of its choosing.

 

6)      Material failure to use good faith efforts to comply with this section, after notice and a reasonable opportunity to cure, may result in suspension of City Incentives as a result of the agreement. Such suspension shall continue until such time as good faith efforts, as determined by the City Manager’s office, are resumed.

 

7)      Recipient understands that the FEC and its employees are bound by rules and confidentiality agreements to protect confidential information obtained as part of any FEC programs.

 

8)      No fee shall be charged to Recipient to participate in the Jobs for Neighborhoods Program.

 

9)      In carrying out its responsibilities under the Jobs for Neighborhoods Program, the FEC shall take into consideration that there are businesses (or positions within certain businesses like management) that require skill sets or education levels not achievable solely by FEC training.

 

10)  The City Manager’s Office shall evaluate and determine whether a Recipient has complied with, or used good faith efforts to comply with, the Jobs for Neighborhoods Program.

 

Section 4. That the City Manager is hereby directed to create an incentive-based program to encourage companies not already receiving City Incentives outlined in Section 2 who agree to hire certain numbers of employees enrolled in the Program. Said program may specify either the number or percentage of new hires required for companies to receive certain City Incentives for a specified period of time and must also contain clawback provisions.

 

Section 5. That the City Manager is directed to create a housing program that offers persons obtaining employment through FEC access to our housing programs.

 

Section 6. That the City Manager is further directed to formulate an effort to market Kansas City neighborhoods to persons working in Kansas City.

 

Section 7. That the City Manager is authorized to enter into agreements with EDCKC, the FEC, PIEA, LCRA or other agencies deemed necessary to implement the goals of the Program.

 

Section 8. That the Jobs for Neighborhoods Program shall not apply to construction contracts because such contracts are already part of the First Source Program.

 

Section 9. That the City Manager is hereby directed to annually report to the Mayor and Council regarding the progress of the Program.

 

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Approved as to form and legality:

 

 

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Joseph Guarino

Assistant City Attorney