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EDA OKs Kalahari performance agreement changes
Date published: 6/15/2010
They asked for a provision that would require Kalahari to reserve a certain number of jobs for city residents.
City staff consulted with an attorney at the Virginia Economic Development Partnership about that. While there didn't appear to be any legal reason why a locality-based jobs quota couldn't be put in a performance agreement, the VEDP staff said the state prefers to leave hiring decisions up to private business.
It does not insert job quotas into its own incentives agreement, and it doesn't encourage localities to do so.
Economic Development Manager Richard Tremblay said Kalahari plans to hold several job fairs ahead of its opening, and that the resort owner has said it would consider holding the first one or two of those fairs for city residents--those in the 22401 ZIP code--only.
Tremblay also said he is talking with Germanna Community College about setting up work-force development programs for city residents that could increase their chances of getting some of the Kalahari jobs.
The changes to the performance agreement passed with no discussion on a 3-0 vote. EDA members Joe Wilson, Rick Pullen and Amy LaMarca were absent from the meeting, and Chris Hornung, who works for the Silver Cos., abstained.
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