Niagara Gazette — “This was his dream and idea,” Tyson said. “Back when I first joined the agency in 2005, that was one of the first conversations we had with him.”
And the training aspect has become increasingly important as several major upcoming construction projects — the school district capital improvements, the Niagara Falls Intermodal Transportation Center — include minority hiring agreements.
“The unions were not being able to hire or meet their contractual agreement with the minority construction workers because there wasn’t enough available workers,” Tyson said.
Tyson agrees that agencies can accomplish more working together.
“I’ve always felt it was good to collaborate and partner with other agencies,” she said. “You get more accomplished with less resources.”
With the expansion of training services and housing rehabilitations into the North End the city will save more money in the log run with more residents finding work and less houses needing costly demolitions and, eventually, coming back onto the tax rolls Tyson said.
“It’s making the community stable, increasing the housing stock and also saving the city money on demolition costs,” she said.Contact reporter Justin Sondel at 282-2311, ext. 2257