Yes. They need to start building the capacity for the jobs now. If they wait until construction/development starts, it will be too late. Identify agencies/organizations that provide not only GED and job training (viable job training skills) but also financial literacy (so they can manage their income and move towards "owning" a piece of development. In addition consider developing small business incubators, so can create entrepreneurs from the community that will sustain or encourage ancillary businesses to grow (restaurants, shops, family entertainment). I hope all those involve (Arthur Blank Foundation, Buffett, and others bring in the AUC and Atlanta Metro), utilizing the young minds and talent that may not otherwise consider getting involved as well.
Creative Loafing Atlanta
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