Economic Development

Project Quest, living wages, Economic Development, Workforce Development, Labor Market Intermediary

NYT: Job Training Can Save Lives. See How San Antonio Does It.

Monday, August 19, 2019
New York Times

The economic odds facing Avigail Rodriguez a few years ago couldn’t have been much worse. An undocumented immigrant and a single mother, she lived in a cramped apartment in a tough neighborhood in San Antonio and earned just $9 an hour working as a nurse’s assistant.

Cops/ Metro Alliance

Workforce Development, Economic Development, Living Wage, Project Quest, Labor Market Intermediaries

New Study Says Project QUEST Creates Largest, Sustained Earnings Rise in Nation

Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Economic Mobility

Since 1992, IAF

West / Southwest IAF

Louisiana IAF, ITEP, Tax Reform, Economic Development, Schools

Together Baton Rouge Wins $2.9M from Exxon Mobil for Schools

Saturday, January 19, 2019
The Advocate & More

After almost four years of political battle, leaders of Together Baton Rouge secured a momentous victory: the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board voted down Exxon Mobil’s request to receive a tax exemption through the Industrial Tax Exemption Program, resulting in $2.9 Million for public schools....

Together Baton Rouge

living wages, Economic Development, Community Organizing in San Antonio

COPS/Metro Gets $15 /Hour Living Wage into San Antonio Draft Budget

Thursday, August 9, 2018
San Antonio Express-News

....For the first time in city history, the lowest-paid municipal workers are set to begin earning $15 an hour — a major victory for COPS/Metro Alliance, which has been advocating for a living wage for several years.

Cops/ Metro Alliance

Economic Development, ITEP, Caddo Parish, Industrial Tax Exemptions

NCLI Leads First Local Rejection of Industrial Tax Break in Louisiana

Sunday, February 18, 2018
The Advocate

Fighting a four-front battle to better invest local public funds, Northern & Central Louisiana Interfaith (NCLI) leaders recently persuaded the Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator to become the first local official in state history to use the newly-granted local authority to reject an industrial tax exemption request.

This month, three more local entities – Caddo Parish, the City of Shreveport, and the Caddo Parish School Board – will vote on multi-million dollar tax exemption requests, one application at a time.

NCLISC

ITEP, business, Community Organizing in Louisiana, Economic Development

Power of Together Baton Rouge Recognized by Business Journal

Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Greater Baton Rouge Business Report

With the ITEP issue, TBR—and the statewide network it has since helped grow, Together Louisiana—catapulted itself into a whole new realm, where big money, big business and politics converge.

Though the group continued to portray itself as a local organization intent on helping the community, it had picked a fight with the most powerful interests in the state. Those who had considered TBR little more than an annoyance suddenly realized it was a force with which to be reckoned. The gloves came off...

Together Baton Rouge

Minimum Wages, Economic Development, Texas IAF

COPS/Metro Hikes Base Municipal Wage in San Antonio to $14.25 /Hour

Tuesday, September 19, 2017
San Antonio Express News & More

Months after 750 COPS / Metro leaders challenged candidates for San Antonio City Council and the Bexar County Commissioners’ Court to support their living wage agenda in a nonpartisan accountability assembly — and then delivered 8,555 voters to the polls in support of their agenda — both Bexar County and the City of San Antonio increased entry wages to $14.25 per h

Cops/ Metro Alliance

Workforce Development, Job Training, living wages, Economic Development

IAF Workforce Development Model Crushes Competition, Shows Sizable and Sustained Gains

Friday, April 21, 2017
Economic Mobility

Almost ten years ago, Project QUEST agreed to participate in a randomized control trial in which half of a pool of 400+ qualified and equally motivated applicants were picked by a computer to participate in Project QUEST.  The other half were turned away and they pursued other options.

West / Southwest IAF

Job Training, ACTS, QUEST, Economic Development, Lady Carlson

Northern & Central LA Interfaith Launches ACTS to Combat Poverty

Wednesday, October 5, 2016
KTBS

With Louisiana as the state with the third highest number of poor people, many of them working full-time, Northern & Central Louisiana Interfaith leaders are devising new ways to tackle poverty.  Says Pastor Clayton Moore, “If you work, how is it that you’re poor?”

NCLISC

living wages, Economic Development, Jorge Montiel, Surya Kalra

In Conservative Town, Faith-Based Group Tackles Minimum Wages

Monday, November 9, 2015
National Public Radio

In Texas, one of the most conservative right-to-work states in the country, a church-based organization has begun to make headway in enacting a "living wage" for San Antonio city employees.

In addition to having no state-mandated minimum wage for the private sector, the Legislature has made it illegal for any Texas city or local jurisdiction to pass its own minimum wage.

Cops/ Metro Alliance

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