POWER! is encouraged by recent headlines that the Philadelphia Airport Expansion Project will move forward; however, POWER! is calling on City Leaders to make sure the agreement is done not only quickly, but correctly. More than 200 members of POWER!’s Leadership Assembly recently ratified a new “Airport Jobs-Policy Agreement” that maps out a hiring strategy for the Airport Expansion Project which includes assurances that long-term unemployed residents, from high-poverty city neighborhoods, get training and hiring preference for new jobs created. “There are young people sitting in Philadelphia classrooms and adults sitting in GED programs whose future will be determined by our ability to establish this kind of agreement,” says Rev. Cean James of Grace Christian Fellowship in Southwest Philadelphia. “The expansion of PHL provides a unique opportunity for city government to provide leadership to ensure that struggling people from all over the city are able to take advantage of this once in a life time economic development project.”
The $6-billion airport expansion project includes building new runways and terminals which the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and city officials say will ease congestion. The Airport Expansion is also projected to bring more than 100,000 jobs to the Philadelphia region over the next several decades. The Airport Expansion project will be financed, in part by municipal bonds, state and federal funds as well as Airport Fees. US Airways, which operates 70% of Philadelphia’
In addition to the noon prayer rally on March 29th, the leaders of POWER! will gather at Arch St. United Methodist Church, located at Broad & Arch Streets, at 9:00am that day, and walk over to City Hall to meet with City Council members to urge them to support a “local hiring preference” and a living wage standard for jobs as outlined in POWER!’s Jobs-Equality Agreement. The clergy leaders will then board the R1 train and head to the airport for the prayer rally.
The media is invited to attend all events. For more information about POWER! go to www.powerphiladelphia.org or call (215) 232-7697. All media inquiries should be directed to Leslie@TylerMadePRcom or call (609) 247-2632.
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