Issues & Results

Economic Dignity

 
For decades in Indianapolis entry-level workers who put in a hard days work could expect good wages, benefits, and a better life for their kids.  Brick by brick, our parents and grandparents’ generation, made investments in public infrastructure, industries, and innovation that built a strong middle class. 
 
In the wake of the great recession, it is harder to put in an honest days work and expect to take care of your family, especially for those residents who live in the neighborhoods with the highest rate of unemployment.  Indianapolis has the tools to solve these challenges and build a region of Opportunity for All.  We don't have to go down the path of destruction and despair.  Making the right choices now will create good jobs and strong communities and the kind of quality of life we want to hand down to future generations. 
 
LOCAL HIRE
Getting people back to work means deciding to use our public savings wisely and invest in projects that invest in the community. Local hire ordinances are in place across the nation to ensure that at a time of economic insecurity we practice fiscal responsibility and set standard on publicly funded projects.  IndyCAN believes that when subsidize companies, those publicly funded dollars should benefit the community and create good jobs for the people in the neighborhoods with the highest unemployment.

Expand Career Pipelines
At a time of highest unemployment and poverty since the great depression, Indy businesses are experiencing a worker shortages in fields like Healthcare, IT, advanced manufacturing and logistics.  Two-thirds of the workers needed by 2020 are already in the workforce, and many of them lack the skills to fill these demand occupations.  Twenty-four percent of Indiana’s  labor market consists of “high skill” occupations requiring a four-year degree of more.  By contrast, “middle skill” jobs – those requiring more than high school and less than a four-year degree – comprise 57% of Indiana’s labor market. Yet only 47% of our workers are likely to have the appropriate training for these jobs.  Many of these jobs cannot be outsourced – care of sick and elderly, repair of computerized vehicles, operation of factories’ advanced machinery, and construction of bridges and buildings.  
 
IndyCAN is working to convene educational institutions, workforce development, and community members to expand the career pipeline and put in place national best practices like On-The-Job Training (OJT). By investing in people and aligning workforce development and educational programs directly to employer needs, we can expand entry points for low-income and entry level workers to middle class careers in high growth industries.

Dedicated Funding for Regional Transportation
Every day, hard working people who want to work are forced to turn down jobs simply because they can not get there.  National studies show that Metropolitian areas that put a high priority on transit generate more jobs per dollar than investments in highways. CIRTA estimates the proposed regional transit system could generate 5,000 new jobs. An investment in regional transportation is an investment in the common good. Our faith calls us to love our neighbor and protect the most vulnerable  (Deuteronomy 15:7-11). In providing a stable, adequate source of funding for transit, we would move toward this call and act on the promise of a region that works for all of its residents.
 


IndyCAN applauds governor's commitment to career pathways
From April 2016 IndyCAN e-newsletter