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Urban Neighborhood Initiative increases job opportunities in urban core

The Urban Neighborhood Initiative (UNI), in conjunction with the Green Impact Zone, Urban League, and KC Chamber, is hosting a hiring fair for UNI residents on Tuesday, September 17, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
This event aims to offer urban core residents on the spot opportunities to talk directly with employers who are hiring. Many applicants who will participate have had job readiness training that enables them to better present their skill set and succeed in the workplace.
UNI is one of the KC Chamber’s Big 5 Ideas with a goal of revitalizing neighborhoods in the urban core. One of UNI’s three areas of focus is prosperity, and key to prosperity is quality employment for UNI residents. With a focus on that goal, UNI is partnering with two organizations with a rich history of promoting employment in the urban core: The Green Impact Zone and the Urban League. Both of these organizations have a history of providing job readiness training as well as gathering information on the specific skills and qualifications participating companies are seeking and then inviting applicants that meet those qualifications to the hiring fair.
“Joint efforts of this kind help us progress toward our ultimate goal of partnering with neighborhoods to revitalize the urban core. Connecting employers with residents is a key step in helping applicants to access opportunities and ultimately better jobs. The support from businesses and engagement with neighborhoods helps form the kinds of partnership crucial to making prosperity a reality,” said Dianne Cleaver, executive director of UNI.
Employers scheduled to attend and offer jobs include:
  • Quest Diagnostics
  • Commerce Bank
  • Westin/Sheraton Crown Center
  • Country Club Bank
  • Saint Luke’s Health System
  • Southwestern College
  • Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
  • US Bank
  • Kansas City Southern
  • Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics
The Urban Neighborhood Initiative is focused on the area between Troost and 71 Highway, 22nd Street to 52nd Street. 
What: UNI Hiring Fair
When: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 from 9:00a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Where: St. James United Methodist Church, 56th and the Paseo Boulevard, KCMO