HIRE seeks jobs for people of color on airport solar project

HIRE Minnesota is going back to its roots by turning its focus to a green jobs project. The Minnesota Airports Commission (MAC) is undertaking a $25 million solar panel development project that is projected to create 250 jobs.The project is subject to the state’s 32 percent hiring goal for people of color, which could mean 80 jobs and an estimated $2.7 million in wages for workers of color. HIRE Minnesota and Summit Academy OIC have testified at MAC meetings, and we were joined by our long-time supporter Will Steger in our call for workforce equity. The MAC is now putting together a workforce report and has committed to discussing equity issues at future public meetings.