Rep. Reece Teams Up With ODOT To Donate Equipment To Urban League's Construction Connections Program
Students will receive hard hats, protective eyewear and more at graduation ceremony
April 28, 2016
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President of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus (OLBC) and State Rep. Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) will join the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) in presenting construction tools and safety equipment donations to graduating students of the Greater Cincinnati Urban League (GCUL) Construction Connections workforce development program. The students will receive the 500 donated items at the program’s graduation ceremony on Friday, April 29, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Greater Cincinnati Urban League headquarters.

“I am pleased to see ODOT’s continued support for minority communities across the state and especially in the Cincinnati region,” said Reece. “The OLBC has been working to help minorities overcome barriers by boosting training programs and creating more jobs that offer wages to sustain a family. By providing these graduates with the tools they need in the workforce, we are investing in their futures as well as the future of Ohio’s construction industry.”    

Rep. Reece and the OLBC have long fought for greater economic opportunities for Ohio minority communities. Increasing state contract options for minority-owned businesses has been at the top of the OLBC Action Agenda, and the organization has previously helped lobby to secure $800,000 in Ohio Department of Transportation workforce development grants, including $300,000 for the Construction Connections program administered by the GCUL and $500,000 for the Opportunity Corridor currently under construction in Cleveland.

The Construction Connections program graduation ceremony will take place on Friday, April 29, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Greater Cincinnati Urban League, located at 3458 Reading Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45229. Rep. Alicia Reece will be presenting the ODOT tool award and will serve as the keynote speaker for the event.

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