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Nearly 500 Attend Detroit Career Outreach Fair

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Olympia Development of Michigan was proud to participate in a career outreach fair last weekend, organized by Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones and held at the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees headquarters in Downtown Detroit. The event drew close to 500 Detroit residents.

Skilled trade unions for laborers, pipe fitters, carpenters and electrical workers as well as Detroit Events Center subcontractors Ideal Construction, Motor City Electric, Blaze Contracting and Edgewood Electric were all on hand to help guide jobseekers on their career path. Attendees could fill out applications for employment and skilled trades apprentice programs. Currently, 38 apprentices are working on the events center jobsite.

Outreach events such as this help give Detroiters an opportunity to play a role in construction of The District Detroit and the new arena. Olympia has set a goal of 51 percent Detroit resident employment in construction of the new arena.

Construction of the arena and The District Detroit are expected to generate at least $2.1 billion in total economic impact, 12,500 construction and construction-related jobs and 1,100 permanent jobs. More than $100 million in income from the events center project alone is expected for Detroit residents, with significant additional income to be created through future private development.

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