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For Immediate Release:
May 04, 2012
Media Contact:
Marta Martinez-Aleman

305-636-2331

Vice Chairwoman Edmonson supports legislation to help unemployed find work


During the May 1, 2012 Miami-Dade Commission meeting, Vice Chairwoman Audrey M. Edmonson co-sponsored an item supporting the "First Source Hiring Referral Program." The initiative mandates that companies contracted by the County must first refer to the South Florida Workforce job registry and referral service in order to fill job vacancies, giving Miami-Dade residents more opportunities to be hired.  The prime sponsor of the legislation was Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan.

The legislation states that projects funded by the County shall provide for increased employment opportunities for County residents.  County contractors are responsible for notifying South Florida Workforce of job vacancies arising under County contracts, and must make a good faith effort to fill half of their employee needs exclusively from the "first source" registry of County residents. The program will be in effect for two years and will then be re-evaluated.

"It only makes sense that our own residents should get the first crack at jobs funded by Miami-Dade County, particularly in a struggling job market," said Vice Chairwoman Edmonson. "County contractors can find qualified applicants with this system that assists our residents and bolsters our local economy."