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As co-working spaces colonise cities, are workers paying the price? | Filipa Pajević | Opinion | The Guardian

Shared office and studio space originated with artists and project-based workers. The phenomenon is expanding rapidly in both Europe and the US.

Whereas previously co-working went hand-in-hand with tight budgets, this revamped version of co-working preached something rather different: freedom, individuality, creativity and eventually privilege.

Here is a link to more information about co-work

The Problem With Opportunity Zones

Last Spring, an article was published on the Governing website. It reviewed problems with the federal Opportunity Zones program.

The article notes that, the 2017 Investing in Opportunities Act was intended to encourage development and employment in 8000 census tracts.

The author discusses lack of documentation and measurement of the Act’s intended benefits.

“By waiving capital-gains taxes for long-term investments in more than 8,000 designated low-income census tracts across the country — referred to as “opportunity zones” — the incentive is intended to stimulate commerce and create jobs in economically distressed communities.”

But how will we know if it’s really working? The legislation currently has no built-in reporting requirements to make clear which projects received investment. Nor does it require managers to track or measure the impact on their communities.”

The article merits close attention from all those interested in government-assisted capital development.

Kimberlee Cornett,
Managing director of the Kresge Foundation’s Social Investment Practice, is the article’s author.

Credit Suisse Americas Foundation Announces New York Apprenticeship Grant

Credit Suisse announced a USD 1 million, three-year commitment through its Credit Suisse Americas Foundation (CSAF) to HERE to HERE, a Bronx-based career pathways nonprofit.

The partnership will support

The partnership will support CareerWise New York (CWNY), an employer-led, student-focused youth apprenticeship system based on a model widely used in Switzerland.

Follow this link for the Credit Suisse press release.

Michels Corporation seeks MBE/WBE Certified Contractors for Village of Villa Park, IL “2019 Sewer Rehabilitation Program”

With a deadline of July 26, 2019, Michels Corporation has sent notice to those interested in subcontracting with the firm.

The following message was sent to members of Evanston Minority Business Coalition 0n July 16, 2019.

Good Afternoon,

We would like to have the following notice placed as part of our good faith efforts for MBE/WBE Firms, for a project we are bidding on July 30th, 2019 in the Villa Park, IL area. Please can you help assist me in soliciting for MBE/WBE Firms? If you have any questions, or may need any additional information please let me know? Thank you for any assistance you may offer.

Michels Corporation is seeking MBE/WBE Certified Contractors for subcontracting opportunities for the Village of Villa Park, IL “2019 Sewer Rehabilitation Program” Project. We are soliciting quotes for the following items: Traffic Control Services, Excavation, Bypass Pumping, Sewer Cleaning & CCTV Inspection, Grouting, MH Rehab, Cementitious MH Sealing, T-Liner Installation, as well as any applicable items not listed. All quotations applicable to the construction of this project will be accepted and reviewed. All MBE/WBE Certified Contractors and Suppliers should contact, IN WRITING, Michelle Nieves via email with questions. All negotiations must be completed prior to 7/26/2019. Cost evaluation will be based on the lowest responsible quote. We are an equal opportunity employer. Please fax quotes along with certification to the attention of Estimator, Ryan ZumMallen, or Michelle Nieves at 503-391-8317. The plans and specifications are available for your review at

Thank you,
Michelle Nieves
Contracts & Administration Coordinator
Pipe Services Operations

office: 503.364.1199 |
1715 16th Street SE | Salem, OR 97302

MICHELS Celebrating 60 years of People | Projects | ValuesMichels – Infrastructure and Utility Construction Contractor

Find the company’s website here.

This link to plan documents is provided by the Village.

CTA Announces Job Website

The Chicago Transit Authority has announced an employment website.

Find the link here.

Information from the site:

“Explore our featured positions or select “all postings” for a complete list of career opportunities. New applicants or former employees should complete new applicant registration prior to applying.”

U. of Chicago Civic Engagement Offers Free Construction Training

An intensive course in construction management is offered for free.

The free, seven-week program, co-sponsored by UChicago, is an intensive workshop designed to help minority- and women-owned construction businesses grow and succeed. Participants learn from industry experts about every aspect of running a construction business….”

Following this link to details about the program.

JPMorgan Chase Announces Winners of AdvancingCities Challenge | News | PND

In Chicago, the West Side United initiative will engage major health systems to address social determinants of health on the city’s underserved West Side by connecting low-wage healthcare workers to career pathways that provide financial security and support local entrepreneurs

This link summarizes each grantee’s project.