Syracuse council adopts policies requiring developers to hire local workers, MWBE


New York Construction Report staff writer

The City of Syracuse has adopted new polices to require project developers to hire more construction workers who are city residents and to contract with city or state certified minority and women business enterprises located within the County (MWBE).

New provisions have also been approved to stimulate more affordable housing construction across the city.

“These new SIDA policies align the interests of the community, project developers and the city,” said Mayor Walsh. “With these policies, the city becomes an even stronger partner in the Syracuse Build initiative to increase careers and opportunity in the construction industry for women, people of color, veterans and city residents.

Policies were developed in coordination with local developers, Urban Jobs Task Force and other community partners. They require:

  • Any project undertaken by SIDA to commit to hiring 10% of its construction workforce from residents of the city
  • Any project undertaken by SIDA to commit to hiring 10% of the value of its SIDA benefits to hiring MWBE vendors during the construction phase
  • Any project that dedicates more than 70% of its total square footage to housing must set aside 20% of the units to rent to tenants at or below 80% of the area median income (AMI) at rent equal to more than 30% of income, inclusive of utilities.

“SIDA’s policies mean more city residents and more MWBE enterprises will benefit from the City’s investment in economic development projects,” Walsh said. “They will also lead to more quality, affordable workforce housing in Syracuse.”


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