ANNOUNCEMENT 24 Apr 2014In April 2014, a local US government announced a change in local-hiring incentives.
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On April 24, 2014 the Orange County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) adopted a formal Labor Policy that links the granting of development incentives to the hiring of local labor. The IDA offers economic incentives and benefits to qualified applicants who wish to locate or expand their businesses or facilities in Orange County, and enters into agreements to extend these incentives and benefits to the applicant. The Labor Policy statement includes the following language:"The IDA believes that companies benefiting from its incentive programs should employ local laborers, mechanics, craft persons, journey workers, equipment operators, truck drivers and apprentices ... during the construction phase of projects. In this way, the IDA can generate significant benefits to advance the County's general prosperity. It is, therefore, the policy of the IDA that firms benefiting from its programs shall employ workers in Orange County during all project phases, including the construction phase." The statement further specifies that "the local labor market for construction workers shall be defined as those individuals living in Orange, Ulster, Sullivan, Dutchess, Putnam, Rockland and Westchester Counties" of New York, and requires that "'a'pplicants receiving IDA benefits ... utilize at least 85% local labor for their approved projects." The policy also allows for exemptions in certain specified circumstances (e.g., if there is a cost differential of at least 10%).