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October 24, 2012   





Community City Budget Hearings

Members of the Chicago City Council's Progressive Caucus are hosting Community Budget Hearings on the 2013 City of Chicago budget. The second hearing will be held on Wednesday, October 24 at 6pm at Wells High School (936 N. Ashland Avenue) and the third hearing will be held on Tuesday, October 30 at 6pm at South Shore International High School (1955 E. 75th Street). For more information on these hearings, visit the Grassroots Collaborative's Facebook page by clicking here .


Manufacturing Workforce Development Conference  

The 4th Annual Manufacturing Workforce Development conference will take place Friday, October 26 from 7:30am - 1:30pm at University & College Center (16333 S. Kilbourn Avenue Oak Forest, IL). This conference will provide a platform for manufacturers to make connections and share challenges in doing business within the manufacturing sector. For more information on this conference, call 708.596.2000 x2455 or e-mail bci@ssc.edu.


Chicago Area Workers' Cooperatives Conference

The Center for Workplace Democracy will host a forum on developing cooperative businesses for the Chicago area Friday, October 26 from 1:00 - 5:30pm at Erie Neighborhood House (1347 W. Erie, Chicago). The program will feature a presentation from Lynn Pitman from the Center for Cooperatives at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as well as a keynote address from Fed Freundlich, Business Professor at Mondragon University. There will be a suggested donation of $10 at the door. For more information and to register, click here.   


New Report: Bridging Workforce, Community Development in Cities

The National Skills Coalition (NSC) released a new report which explores ways that federal policy can better support cities' efforts to integrate human and physical capital investments, particularly in the areas of public housing and transit oriented development. The report,  Building Pathways to Employment in America's Cities through Integrated Workforce and Community Development, is the result of collaboration between NSC and local leaders in five cities -- including CJC's Associate Director -- who are working to bridge the worlds of community and workforce development locally. For more information on this project, and to view the full report, click here.    


New Report: Greener Reality: Jobs, Skills, and Equity in a Cleaner U.S. Economy
The Center on Wisconsin Strategy (COWS) released a new report that accesses the green economy looking at what works (and what doesn't) in related skill and credentialing initiatives and placing them in a broader context of human capital development, community resilience, and climate change. The report, Greener Reality, builds on COWS' earlier work in two past reports, Greener Pathways and Greener Skills. For more information on Greener Reality, including links to the executive summary and the full report, click here.   


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CJC is a leading advocacy organization that works to ensure employment and career advancement opportunities for people living in poverty.  Since its establishment in 1981, CJC's membership has grown to include over 100 organizations and individuals who work together to influence the development and reform of public policies and programs designed to move people into the workforce.