One more item on the issue from recent posts about the hiring of DC residents for construction jobs at the ballpark
, mentioned in posts yesterday
and last week
. Council Member Kwame Brown's office has sent out a press release
that details the exact numbers for resident participation, in terms of both the goals created for the stadium project and the actual participation percentages as of now. The journeyman hours have been discussed in the media (goal of 50 percent resident hiring, versus an actual percentage right now of just under 29 percent), but there's also the goal of 50 percent of all apprentice hours for DC residents, with an actual percentage of 78 percent; 91 percent of all apprentices hired are supposed to be DC residents, missing the goal of 100 percent. And overall DC hires for all jobs stand at 50 percent, just below the goal of 51 percent. And, in terms of local business participation, the requirement was that 50 percent of all contracts awarded for stadium construction work go to local, small, disadvantaged companies (LSDBEs), and as of now LSDBEs make up just under 54 percent of committed subcontracts, worth $203 million.
Here's The Post's take
on this press release, from their District Notebook column in today's District Extra (hence the slightly snarky tone). It also says that Brown's stadium tour was at 7 am on Tuesday, so now I'm not so sad I missed it.