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East Chicago aims to connect city contractors with resident workers

2014-03-28T00:00:00Z East Chicago aims to connect city contractors with resident workersBy Steve Segura Times Columnist
March 28, 2014 12:00 am  • 

The City of East Chicago held an informational meeting Wednesday for contractors on the $17 million RDA-funded Phase One Waterfront Revitalization Project.

Mayor Anthony Copeland is breaking new ground by connecting contractors, subcontractors, qualified workers and unskilled laborers to work on East Chicago projects with a new and innovative website. Visit and click on the link "Workforce Employment Connection."

Any contractor awarded a construction project from the City of East Chicago will be required to register at this site. The contractor can then seek out any East Chicago resident workforce applicant who may possess the necessary skills to help fill positions on the project. There is no fee for this service.

The site also provides residents of East Chicago an opportunity to share their resumes directly with any contractor that is awarded a construction project in the city. This contractor is encouraged to seek out hiring opportunities for workforce personnel who reside in the city.

Residents applying must have work experience. Unskilled workers are encouraged to sign up through the Indiana Plan link conveniently located on the home page at

On June 13, 2005, while Mayor Copeland was serving as a city councilman, he introduced an ordinance requiring contractors to comply with a 50 percent local hiring requirement on contracts as designated by the city. Since the inception of this ordinance, contractors have found it difficult to meet that goal, prompting Mayor Copeland to form a group to work on this task.

“Our highest priority is to make a direct connection between the contractors and our residents," Mayor  Copeland said. "By posting to the website, it gives each party access to each other with confirmation. The goal is to connect the trained available workforce in East Chicago with employment opportunity on East Chicago projects.”

The website debuted at the contractors meeting Wednesday. Local contractors attended along with a panel of city department heads and leaders working on upcoming phase one projects which include: Lakefront Development, Demolitions, New Construction and Road Construction.

For more information, contact Consuelo Magaña at Human Rights, (219) 391-8477.

In other news, Mayor Copeland will host his annual State of the City address at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 3, at the Field Educational Center, 3551 Block Ave. Mayor Copeland will speak on the city budget, and past and current plans for the city, followed by a special video presentation.

Our city is a sleeping giant, made up of many cultures and beliefs, held together by one common goal, to bring East Chicago out of the ashes and back to its glory. The time of awakening has arrived with Mayor Copeland sounding the alarm.

Exciting times are headed our way, Northwest Indiana.

Steve Segura is the East Chicago multimedia director. The opinions expressed are his own. He can be reached at

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