HIRE360 IN THE NEWS

2024
Black-Owned Electrical Contractor Builds Up Austin

Austin Weekly News
February 20, 2024
Hire360 helped Simply E&C get into the solar construction space, where the contractor signed its first multimillion-dollar contract for three, two-megawatt solar systems.

HIRE360 Announces $650,000 Philanthropic Commitment from JPMorgan Chase

Chicago Crusader
February 19, 2024
With 154 such enterprises already benefiting from HIRE360's initiatives, the new funds will accelerate this positive trajectory.

HIRE360 ANNOUNCES $650,000 PHILANTHROPIC COMMITMENT FROM JPMORGAN CHASE

HIRE360 Press Release
February 13, 2024
Investment Will Support Women and Minority-Owned Enterprises and Pre-Apprenticeship Workforce Development in Illinois

Energizing The Workforce: Electricians And EV Industry Growth

Forbes
February 7, 2024
Another example is ComEd’s Take Charge: EV Pre-Apprenticeship Program, a partnership between the utility and HIRE360, a nonprofit organization. The paid training program provides participants with an introduction to the EV charging industry and helps them transition into local apprenticeships through IBEW Local 134.

JPMorgan Chase Investing in Opportunity Newsletter

Forbes
February 6, 2024
HIRE360, a JPMorgan Chase grantee that provides workforce development programs, has partnered with ComEd, Chicagoland’s electric provider, on a pre-apprenticeship program called Take Charge, which helps equip jobseekers with workforce training to prepare for careers in the electric vehicle industry. Most of Take Charge’s November graduates were from communities where investment in job training and economic development has historically been lacking.

HIRE360 PROUDLY PARTNERS WITH GREAT LAKES RENEW, A FINALIST IN NSF'S INNOVATION ENGINES COMPETITION FOR A TRANSFORMATIVE BLUE ECONOMY INITIATIVE

HIRE360 Press Release
January 29, 2024
Collaboration Proposes Plan to Leverage Innovation and Workforce Development to Create Sustainable Ecosystems and Drive Inclusive Economic Growth

This construction nonprofit grabbed MacKenzie Scott's attention

Crain’s Chicago Business
January 23, 2024
A nonprofit that helps build up Chicago and diversify the city’s construction industry is expanding its operation, with a big helping hand from famed billionaire philanthropist MacKenzie Scott.

HIRE360 Announces $3 Million Gift from MacKenzie Scott

Chicago Citizen
January 17, 2024

Chicago Nonprofit to Build Center with $3M Donation from MacKenzie Scott

Connect CRE
January 15, 2024

HIRE360 ANNOUNCES $3 MILLION GIFT FROM MACKENZIE SCOTT, ADVANCING VISION FOR TRAINING AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER

HIRE360 Press Release
January 8, 2024
The Facility Will Provide a Hub for Underrepresented Groups to Explore Careers in the Trades and Provide Support for Women- and Minority-Owned Entrepreneurs.

Chicago nonprofit receives $3M donation from MacKenzie Scott

FOX 32 Chicago
January 8, 2024
A Chicago nonprofit received a $3 million donation from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott this week.

Mackenzie Scott Donates $3 Million to Chicago Nonprofit HIRE360

CBS News Chicago
January 8, 2024

U.S. Rep. Krishnamoorthi Hosting Panel On Bill Mandating Consideration Of Job Applicants Without College Degree

Journal & Topics Media Group
January 4, 2024
Panelists expected to join Krishnamoorthi at 1.pm. event are Gina Rosen, of Opportunity@Work, Jay Rowell, of HIRE360, Joe Scrima, of Harper College, and High School Dist. 211 school board members Steven Rosenblum and Korn Ferry.

2023
Building an Equitable, Diverse, & Unionized Clean Energy Economy: What We Can Learn from Apprenticeship Readiness

The Climate Jobs Institute
November 30, 2023
This report highlights one of these critical interventions: apprenticeship readiness programs. Such programs recruit, support, and prepare people to enter and successfully complete registered apprenticeship programs. They routinely target the construction industry, aiming to provide opportunities for members of underserved communities and people underrepresented in the building trades.

Clean energy transition means more jobs

Chicago Sun-Times
November 17, 2023
It will take a diverse, durable coalition of policymakers willing to take the actions necessary to drive toward a cleaner, more equitable future, leaders of ComEd and HIRE360 write.

ComEd, HIRE360 Celebrate First Graduating Class of New EV Pre-Apprenticeship Program

WVON AM
November 9, 2023
ComEd and HIRE360 joined members of the community to recognize the first class of graduates of the Take Charge: Pre-Apprenticeship program, a first-of-its-kind program to prepare local residents for careers supporting the fast-growing electric vehicle (EV) industry in Illinois.

Local organization HIRE360 diversifies workforce in fast-growing trades

Chicago Gazette
October 2023
A local organization is working to increase the labor force in some of the nation’s fastest growing trades. HIRE360, a Near South-based nonprofit, is partnering with several organizations across the city with hopes of diversifying fields such as construction and pipefitting, said Jay Rowell, HIRE360’s executive director.

New EV Pre-Apprenticeship Program Aims to Create Diverse Pipeline to EV Industry

Chicago Citizen Newspaper
August 16, 2023
HIRE360 and ComEd have partnered to create a pre apprenticeship program that is meant to be a pipeline to develop diverse talent and grow the Electric Vehicle Industry in Illinois. The EV Charging Pre-Apprenticeship Program is an eight-week, paid training program, which is set to begin in the fall. The training will focus on people in communities on the South and West sides.

New Hire360 partnership to support diversity in local trades

Chicago Crusader
August 14, 2023
Constellation (Nasdaq: CEG), the largest producer of carbon-free energy in the U.S., is contributing $250,000 to HIRE360 as part of a program to increase employment and training opportunities in the building trades for women and people of color in the Chicago area. The partnership, an expansion of Constellation’s $1 million Powering Change workforce development initiative, will help HIRE360 launch a program to train people in historically underserved communities for family-sustaining union jobs in the building trades.

Women In Construction Benefit From Consortium

Chicago Citizen Newspaper
July 19, 2023
Harris and Tenna D. Monroe are two women who are working on the Obama Presidential Center. The Obama Foundation convened the We Can Build It Consortium after receiving $3 million from Bank of America to support its workforce development and community support initiatives. The We Can Build It Consortium and the Obama Presidential Center developed a pipeline of talented people in the construction industry. Partners for We Can Build It include Chicago Women in Trades, HIRE360, Revolution Workshop, St. Paul Community Development Ministries, Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters and IBEW 134. Through the Chicago Women In Trades program, Harris has made lifelong mentors and friends. She liked the group of women in the plumbing program and the camaraderie they had. The part that piqued her interest the most was when they had to solder copper and move around materials.

The Workers’ Mic

WGN Radio
July 2, 2023
Bob Reiter, President of the Chicago Federation of Labor, returns to The Workers’ Mic, Powered by the MCL, Ken Edwards and Ed Maher to talk about his recent article on diversity in the labor movement, and about the cross-industry partnership of HIRE360 that is providing career opportunities in the Chicagoland area.

Obama Presidential Center lands $26 million grant

Crain’s Chicago Business
June 22, 2023
The Stavros Niarchos Foundation announced it will give the Obama Foundation a $26 million grant to be used for the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago. $25 million of the grant will go toward establishing the Democracy in Action Lab, a programming hub that aims to provide “a physical space to facilitate community convening and inspire civic participation.” The remaining $1 million will support the Obama Foundation’s Leaders Program, connecting and supporting civic leaders around the world. The new program, made possible by the foundation’s grant, is described as the “epicenter” of the center’s commitment to community and “a space to enrich young leaders in the neighborhood and around the world,” according to a press release. It will be designed to host a variety of events, from community gathering and workshops to lectures from prominent speakers. HIRE360 has people working on the Obama Presidential Center.

Cook County Selected for $1.1 Million Grant Award to Strengthen Solar Installation Opportunities for Business Owners

Lawndale News
June 22, 2023
President Preckwinkle announced that Cook County was selected for a $1.1 million grant award from the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office. With these funds, Cook County will partner with HIRE360 and OAI to establish the Chicagoland Solar Collaborative to identify needs and develop solutions to support the emerging market and increased demand for solar installation. Cook County is one of twelve organizations selected by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO)’s $13.5 million Advancing Equity through Workforce Partnerships program to facilitate the rapid deployment of solar energy technologies by growing and supporting an inclusive workforce with opportunities for union membership.

HIRE360 connects companies and minority communities with jobs

Univision Chicago Radio
May 29, 2023
HIRE360 is a nonprofit organization that helps minority people enter the construction and trades industry. Our work is focused on connecting individuals with projects that are happening in the city of Chicago. This summer, HIRE360 and Chicago Public Schools (CPS) announced a partnership aimed at providing unique work-based learning opportunities for students in the Career Tech Education’s Construction & Architecture programs.

Access to pre-apprenticeship program helps those interested in skilled trades

Chicago Citizen Newspaper
May 11, 2023
Lonnie Baker wasn't sure what he wanted as a career choice. It wasn't until he had to get work done on his property that he pinpointed plumbing as a career. Baker's uncle was the reason he considered going into a skilled trade. Baker was connected to HIRE360 through a church member who worked with HIRE360 in the past. Baker reached out and was set up with a case worker.

CTA Approves $3.4M in Contracts to Expand Workforce Partner Program

Railway Track And Structures
April 14, 2023
As part of the Chicago Transit Authority's plans to foster diversity, equity, and inclusion in its operations, the Chicago Transit Board approved the awarding of two contracts totaling $3.4 million to five local contractors on April 12 to assist in the identification, recruitment, and training of a diverse prospective workforce and their placement on CTA and area construction projects. The second contract, awarded to Chicago Women in Trades and HIRE360, is for services to help qualified job seekers find work on CTA and other regional construction projects.

Commentary: Hire360’s vision becomes reality and changes construction and development in Chicago

Crain’s Chicago Business
March 20, 2023
Don Biernacki is board chair of HIRE360 and executive vice president of construction at Related Midwest. In 2019, a group of developers, general contractors and labor unions in Chicago came together to address a problem: If inclusivity in an industry means having it reflect the world around it, our industry has historically failed to meet that bar. Out of our discussions was born HIRE360, an innovative, cross-industry partnership that would provide localized mentorship, direct investment and specialized services to strengthen the participation of underrepresented populations in the Chicago area.

Developers share the spoils on big projects — as far as the law allows

Crain’s Chicago Business
March 20, 2023
Over the next decade, megaprojects such as O'Hare 21, Related Midwest's The 78 and Sterling Bay's Lincoln Yards have the potential to lift dozens of small minority- and women-owned firms. There's also the proposed Chicago Transit Authority Red Line extension, reconstruction of DuSable Lake Shore Drive, the Obama Presidential Center in Jackson Park and Bally's River West casino.

WVON AM - February 27, 2023 - LeAndre Perkins interview

WVON AM
February 27, 2023
LeAndre Perkins speaks with WVON about working in the construction trade after learning about HIRE360 at a job fair and enrolling in ahpre-apprenticeship program.

Related Midwest Unveils 300-Unit The Row Fulton Market to Bring an Elevated Lifestyle to Chicago’s Famed Restaurant Row

Multifamilybiz
February 3, 2023
For more than 30 years, Related Midwest has been an industry leader in community commitment and routinely sets the bar for measurable equity, diversity and inclusion standards on all of its projects. The company is deeply committed to improving neighborhoods, creating sustainable opportunities for small businesses and community residents, and building inspirational places and homes for all. Related Midwest’s business model is built on partnership with minority- and women-owned firms as well as mentorship of small minority- and women-owned businesses as they launch and grow. The firm is a founding partner in HIRE360, a first-of-its-kind community partnership designed to expand professional development and employment opportunities in the trades.

Commentary: Homogeneity on corporate boards is a blind spot

Crain's Chicago Business
January 17, 2023
At Hire360, the organization I lead, we strive for board and staff diversity that reflects the world around us—and the individuals we serve. We couldn’t do our work to increase opportunities in the trades or find innovative ways to solve people’s challenges if some of us hadn’t experienced those challenges ourselves. Another example is the Chicago Transit Board, the governing arm of the CTA, which mirrors the diversity of the city it serves. It makes one wonder how much more successful—and in touch with their customers—Fortune 500 companies would be if they followed the same approach.

Hire360 helps connect minorities with construction jobs

FOX 32 Chicago
January 14, 2023
HIRE360 looks to help women and minorities master the skills they need to land high-paying construction jobs. The program is a partnership with trade unions, developers and general contractors in Chicago with a common goal of diversifying the construction industry.

2022
Pride Pipe & Supply Makes History as First Black-Owned Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Company In the Midwest

Chicago Citizen Newspaper
December 21, 2022
“With the support of HIRE360, an organization designed to expand professional development and employment opportunities in the trades, and Related Midwest, a founding partner of HIRE360, Pride established a partnership with Trane for commercial services. Pride has more than 25 years of experience working on large-scale projects in Chicago and across the Midwest.”

First Black-owned HVAC company in Midwest to launch

WGN Channel 9
December 12, 2022
“With the help of HIRE360, an organization that works to expand professional development and employment opportunities in trade and Related Midwest, a founding partner of HIRE 360, Pride Pipe & Supply was able to partner with Trane, a world leader in air conditioning systems, services and solutions.”

Philly's Everybody Builds seeks to replicate Chicago success

The Philadelphia Tribune
November 26, 2022
“In September, The Philadelphia Tribune reported that a coalition of developers, corporations, labor unions and trade groups is launching an initiative called “Everybody Builds,” in Philadelphia, modeled after HIRE360.”

South Loop Job Training Center Wants To Get More Black And Brown Residents Into Construction

Block Club Chicago
November 16, 2022
“Construction is underway on the 40,000-square-foot HIRE360 Training and Business Development Center, which will take over a former shipping warehouse at 2520 S. State St.”

Bally's Chicago Comes to Project Labor Agreement

PR Newswire
October 17, 2022
“We are also committed to inclusivity and our partnerships with the CCBT, Chicago Federation of Labor, and Hire360 will ensure our workforce will reflect the rich diversity of the city.”

Program Helps Chicago Ex-Con Turn Life Around, Begin Career in Construction

NBC 5 Chicago, Sandra Torres
September 15, 2022
“Rudy Morales’ passion for construction work led him to be part of the group that will build the Obama Presidential Center. Through HIRE360, an organization that helps prepare and train people to obtain jobs in construction. He was able to join the Carpenter’s Apprenticeship program.”

Wintrust Business Lunch 8/30/22: Stocks fall again, return to office plans, and preparing for a career in the skilled trades

WGN Radio, Pete Zimmerman
August 30, 2022

McHugh Construction named Outstanding Majority Contractor of the Year

REjournals
June 6, 2022
In addition to the partnerships forged with minority contractors, McHugh Construction is also committed to connecting minorities and women with careers in the trades through its active role in HIRE360. McHugh Construction is a founding member of the nonprofit organization, which is a partnership of some of the city’s largest developers, contractors and trade unions. Meagher also serves on the organization’s board of directors.“

Investment in Hire360 Job Training Center

Lawndale News
April 21, 2022
“Governor JB Pritzker joined representatives from the Chicago Federation of Labor, Hire360, Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (IL-08), and other state and local leaders to announce a $3 million investment in HIRE360’s new training and development center in Chicago’s South Loop neighborhood. The HIRE360 Training & Business Development Center, a 40,000-square-foot space supported by $2 million in state funding and $1 million of federal funds, will include conference and meeting spaces, networking and education, working space for 37 trades, a playroom and parents center for working professionals, two commercial training kitchens, retail space for diverse suppliers, event space and more.”

HIRE360 Training and Development Center Announced in South Loop

Chicago Defender
April 20, 2022
“State Senator Mattie Hunter (D-Chicago) stood alongside Governor JB Pritzker and others Monday to announce a $3 million investment in HIRE360’s new training and development center in Chicago’s South Loop neighborhood.  It previously received $550,000 in funding through the Illinois Works Pre-Apprenticeship Program.”

The Afternoon Show

WVON-AM
April 19, 2022 2:30 pm4:30 pm5:30 pm
“State and federal funding will be used to help pay for a new HIRE360 training development center in Chicago. Governor JB Pritzker and other unveiled the $3 million dollar investment into the new facility.”

Raja Krishnamoorthi secures $1 million funding for Illinois’ Hire360

West Suburban Journal
April 19, 2022
“Governor JB Pritzker joined representatives from the Chicago Federation of Labor, Hire360, Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (IL-08), and other state and local leaders this week to announce a $3 million investment in HIRE360’s new training and development center in Chicago’s South Loop neighborhood.”

Raja Krishnamoorthi secures $1 million funding for Illinois’ Hire360

The American Bazaar
April 19, 2022
“Indian American Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi joined Illinois Governor J B Pritzker, to announce a $3 million investment in HIRE360’s new training and development center in Chicago’s South Loop neighborhood. The HIRE360 Training & Business Development Center, a 40,000-square-foot space supported by $2 million in state funding and $1 million of federal funds secured by Krishnamoorthi secured, according to a press release.”

New HIRE360 small-business development center receives $3 million investment

Chicago Sun-Times
April 18, 2022
“Gov. J.B. Pritzker gathered alongside Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi and local business leaders Monday to celebrate a $3 million investment for a new Training and Business Development Center on the Near South Side that will support the growth of small businesses throughout Chicago. It’s the next big step for HIRE360, which since 2019 has worked to help underrepresented populations, such as women and people of color, to scale up their businesses and find work and apprenticeship opportunities in construction and hospitality sectors.”

New HIRE360 small-business development center receives $3 million investment

Young Gazzate
April 19, 2022
“Gov. J.B. Pritzker gathered alongside Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi and local business leaders Monday to celebrate a $3 million investment for a new Training and Business Development Center on the Near South Side that will support the growth of small businesses throughout Chicago. It’s the next big step for HIRE360, which since 2019 has worked to help underrepresented populations, such as women and people of color, to scale up their businesses and find work and apprenticeship opportunities in construction and hospitality sectors.”

Today In The Culture, April 19, 2022

New City
April 19, 2022
“Governor J.B. Pritzker joined other local leaders at HIRE360’s new 40,000 square-foot center to celebrate its future opening… The center will be a space for industry leaders, contractors, sub-contractors, developers, organized labor and apprentices to come together to ensure that our city’s future is inspired by communities… The center will include conference and meeting rooms, networking and education opportunities, specific spaces for thirty-seven trades, a playroom and parents center for working professionals, two commercial training kitchens, retail space for diverse suppliers and event space.”

Bruce St James

WLS
April 19, 2022 6 am – 8 am
“Illinois lawmakers celebrating 3 million dollars in funding for a new training and business development center located in the South Loop neighborhood focusing on women and minorities. Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi says the center’s focus is on skills-based education.”

Morning Edition (Chicago)

WBEZ
April 19, 2022
“Governor JB Pritzker was on hand in the South Loop neighborhood today where the center will open later this year. The HIRE360 center is backed by 3 million dollars in state and federal funding.”

The John Howell Show

WLS-ABC
April 18, 2022
“Illinois lawmakers announced today 3 million dollars in funding for a new training business development center in Chicago to help women and minorities. Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi says the center’s focus is on skills-based education. The 40,000 sq foot HIRE360 building includes conference and meeting room spaces for trades, event space and more.”

Chicago's Progressive Talk - Live Local & Progress

WCPT-AM
April 18, 2022
“Today Governor Pritzker announced a 3 million dollar investment in the HIRE360 job training center. It’s in the South Loop and it’s a training and business development center.”

Here and Now (Chicago)

WBEZ
April 18, 2022
“Governor JB Pritzker was on hand in the South Loop neighborhood today where the center will open later this year. The HIRE360 center is backed by 3 million dollars in state and federal funding.”

Pritzker announces $3 Million investment in HIRE360 Job Training Center

WAND
April 18, 2022
“Governor JB Pritzker announces a $3 million investment in HIRE360’s new training and development center in Chicago’s South Loop neighborhood. Pritzker was joined by representatives from the Chicago Federation of Labor, Hire360, Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (IL-08), and other state and local leaders on Monday to share in the announcement.”

$3M to assist Chicago entrepreneurs in the trades

WGN
April 18, 2022
“A new training and business development center is coming to downtown Chicago, and it’s being backed by $3 million in combined state and federal government funding. Governor J.B. Pritzker joined other local leaders at HIRE360’s new 40,000 square-foot center to celebrate its future opening.”

$3M to assist Chicago entrepreneurs in the trades

Spot On Illinois
April 18, 2022
“A new training and business development center is coming to downtown Chicago, and it’s being backed by $3 million in combined state and federal government funding. Governor J.B. Pritzker joined other local leaders at HIRE360’s new 40,000 square-foot center to celebrate its future.”

Gov. Pritzker Announces $3 Million Investment in Hire360 Job Training Center

The Southland Journal
April 18, 2022
“Governor JB Pritzker today joined representatives from the Chicago Federation of Labor, Hire360, Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (IL-08), and other state and local leaders to announce a $3 million investment in HIRE360’s new training and development center in Chicago’s South Loop neighborhood.”

Gov. Pritzker Announces $3 Million Investment in HIRE360 Job Training Center

EIN
April 18, 2022
“Governor JB Pritzker today joined representatives from the Chicago Federation of Labor, Hire360, Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (IL-08), and other state and local leaders to announce a $3 million investment in HIRE360’s new training and development center in Chicago’s South Loop neighborhood.”

A. Philip Randolph Museum announces $30 million expansion

Chicago Sun-Times
April 15, 2022
“The Community Economic Development Program announced Friday will expand the Museum 44, the Green Initiatives and the A. Philip Randolph Advocacy and Training programs; create a hospitality district called “Randolph’s Way;” and establish a business corridor called Pullman Porters Row. “This is going to be a Black labor district where we elevate the stories of Black legends,” said David Peterson, president of the museum. “People will be able to get training for jobs, we’re going to work hand in hand with the unions so we can get things done.” The training will be done in partnership with the Chicago Federation of Labor, IBEW Local 134 and Hire360.”

Chicago has plenty of job opportunities in the construction trades

Chicago Sun-Times
February 2, 2022
“At HIRE360, we are working to address this lack of awareness. Our recruiters work with individuals interested in the trades to identify their challenges, goals and interests. We explore the dozens of different construction trades and work with our union partners to help candidates apply for apprenticeships.”

PAC Leaders seeks to empower trade workers, further careers

Mass Transit
February 1, 2022
“Melvin Henley from PAC Leaders talks about building the Chicago Fire exhibit at the Chicago History Museum and how they help trade workers.”

CTA wraps up Red-Purple Bypass, begins North Belmont Red-Purple Reconstruction project

Mass Transit
January 25, 2022
“CTA works with two workforce assistance agencies, HIRE360 and the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership, to recruit economically disadvantaged candidates for career opportunities related to RPM and other large projects. Additional workforce events and programs have included professional career opportunity events with local contractors and trade unions, as well as a webinar series to educate Chicago Public School high school students about the construction industry and entering the building trades as a profession post-high school.”

As Infrastructure Money Pours In, Construction Companies Prepare To Deal With Unintended Consequences

BisNow International
January 25, 2022
“To address long-term labor concerns, McHugh Construction is working with subcontractors, unions and organizations such as HIRE360, a Chicago-area not-for-profit that aims to help youth secure opportunities in the construction trades.”

RPM program enters next phase with start of Belmont-Cornelia track reconstruction

StreetsBlog Chicago
January 25, 2022
“While the RPM program has caused some inconvenience for residents and merchants – particularly the closure of the Lawrence and Berwyn stations since May 16 – the city is touting the economic benefits of the project. Officials said the CTA works with two workforce assistance agencies, HIRE360 and the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership, to recruit low-income residents for construction jobs.”

2021
The Afternoon Show - Oct. 13, 2021

WVON-AM
October 13, 2021
There is so much to talk about today. Coming up soon, we’re going to be having a conversation with Ms. Chynna Hampton at HIRE360. We’re going to tell you folks how to look at getting a good job, getting training for good jobs. So if you’re looking to change your lifestyle you definitely do not want to miss the next segment.”

Earn While You Learn

Crain’s Chicago Business
October 1, 2021
“An apprenticeship offers a path to a career in the trades.”

Illinois Playbook - Sept 29, 2021

Politico
September 29, 2021
“Barack and Michelle Obama broke ground on their Obama Presidential Center Tuesday, linking their deeply personal connections to Chicago’s South Side to the site they hope will transform the community and change political discourse ‘nationally and internationally.'”

$500,000 gift to support diversity in architectural engineering

PennState
September 22, 2021
“Clayco Rising has also collaborated with numerous organizations created to support people from groups underrepresented in engineering and construction, including HIRE360, the Federation of Women Contractors and the National Society of Black Engineers.”

Workforce equity initiatives help boost small, women- and minority-owned companies like mine

Crain’s Chicago Business
September 17, 2021
“The owner of a growing construction business tapped nonprofit HIRE360 to find the skilled talent needed to scale up.”

Hire360 offering apprenticeships for aspiring trade workers

FOX 32 Chicago
September 6, 2021
“Don Biernacki, president of Related Midwest, talks about their career opportunities for future generations of trade workers looking to grow their skills.”

Chicagoland Chamber Of Commerce: JPMorgan Chase Commits $150 Million To Chicago's South And West Sides To Advance Racial Equity

Patch
July 8, 2021
JPMorgan Chase announced a new $150 million, five-year commitment in philanthropic capital and low-cost loans to Chicago’s South and West sides.“

JPMorgan Chase Commits $150 million to Chicago’s South and West Sides.

Chicago Defender
June 18, 2021
“‘Business has a responsibility to help solve challenges facing the customers and communities it serves, and that includes addressing long standing racial and economic inequities that affect far too many Chicagoans,’ said Jamie Dimon, Chairman and CEO, JPMorgan Chase & Co.”

All about equity: Sterling Bay builds connections to minority firms

Chicago Sun-Times
May 10, 2021
“Hire360’s executive director, Jay Rowell, was enthused about Williams’ involvement with Sterling Bay, saying it should help some companies deal with their No. 1 concern: access to capital.”

Culinary apprenticeship program prepares students for a career in the hospitality industry

Chicago Citizen Newspaper
May 5, 2021
“UNITE HERE Local 1 represents hospitality workers throughout Chicago and Northwest Indiana. HIRE360 is a nonprofit that connects underserved minority businesses and communities with jobs in the building trades. Jay Rowell, executive director of HIRE360, said the state of Illinois allocated the funding for the program in early 2020, but due to COVID-19, the roll out of the program was delayed. ‘We’ve been talking to a number of the employers who are involved with UNITE HERE and the culinary program and we all agreed that this is a good time to start the training because there’s a lot of opportunity in hospitality right now,’ Rowell said.”

Donald Dew: Legend & Pioneer Award / Neighborhood Enhancement Grants / Culinary Apprentice Class / If Not Justice Nor Mercy, Then What?

TBDNEWS
April 27, 2021
“First Culinary Apprentice Class – UNITE HERE, Chicago Hospitality Institute (UHCHI), HIRE360, Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (MPEA) and SAVOR announced the first-ever UHCHI Culinary Apprenticeship Class in preparation of the return of hospitality. The eight-week program kicked-off on Monday, April 19 and serves a diverse group of students, many of whom had been laid off from their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

See who's announcing Bears draft selections

Chicago Bears News
April 26, 2021
“Davis also operates his own foundation, A Saturday Place, an academic enrichment program for third and fourth grade Chicago public school students; and is a board member for Hire360, a non-profit that helps Chicagoans land trade jobs.”

Chicago Announces First Culinary Apprenticeship Class at McCormick Place

Lawndale News
April 22, 2021
“UNITE HERE Chicago Hospitality Institute (UHCHI), HIRE360, Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (MPEA) and SAVOR announced the first-ever UHCHI Culinary Apprenticeship Class in preparation of the return of hospitality. The eight-week program kicked off Monday and served a diverse group of students, many of whom had been laid off from their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

CTA’s RPM Project to begin first major phase of reconstruction of four Red Line stations and track between Lawrence and Bryn Mawr

Mass Transit Magazine
April 21, 2021
“The CTA has taken a conscientious and intentional approach to transforming large-scale megaprojects like the RPM Phase One Project into opportunities for Chicagoans. CTA works with two workforce assistance agencies, HIRE360 and the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership, to recruit economically disadvantaged candidates for career opportunities related to RPM and other large projects.”

CATANZARA: CHAUVIN'S TACTICS WERE NOT ACCEPTABLE — NEWMAN’s STOCK PORTFOLIO — HOSPITALS FILL UP

Politico
April 21, 2021
“Getting ready for the hospitality industry’s return: ‘The eight-week culinary program includes McCormick Place cooks who were laid off at the beginning of the pandemic,’ by Sun-Times’ Grace Asiegbu.”

Getting ready for the hospitality industry’s return

Chicago Sun-Times
April 19, 2021
“COVID-19 devastated the hospitality industry, leaving many without jobs,” said Jay Rowell, executive director of HIRE360. “We are proud to advocate for UHCHI, which reflects the comeback of the hospitality industry and the immediate need for talent to fill a surge in jobs.” HIRE360, a nonprofit that connects underserved minority businesses and communities to jobs in the building trades, applied for the apprenticeship grant to recruit for and fund the training.”

Culinary apprenticeship helping Chicago kitchens return to pre-pandemic state

WGN
April 19, 2021
“An amalgamation among Unite Here Chicago Hospitality Institute, Hire 360, McPier and Savor are starting the first-ever apprenticeship class. When students graduate, each will have the main ingredients needed to walk into any top-notch Chicago kitchen ready to go.”

CBS2 Chicago Hospitality Clip

CBS2 Chicago
April 19, 2021
“Some students are getting special training in the culinary field starting today. An 8-week culinary apprenticeship class is underway at McCormick Place, students will learn skills to get a job when the hospitality industry eventually bounces back.”

Culinary student apprentices prepare for return of hospitality industry after laid off due to pandemic

ABC 7 Chicago
April 19, 2021
A culinary apprenticeship class is kicking off in Chicago in preparation for the eventual return of the city’s hospitality industry. Culinary students and others in the business are sharing their hopes for the hospitality industry in a post-pandemic world.”

WBBM Chicago Hospitality Clip

WBBM Newsradio
April 19, 2021
“As Chicago’s restaurant industry emerges from COVID-19 shutdowns and restrictions, a new apprenticeship program kicked off Monday at McCormick Place. Alfredo Contreras learned how to make chicken stock during his first class. The 24-year-old from Logan Square has worked for Levy Restaurants, although the pandemic put a lid on things for awhile.”

WGN Chynna Hampton Interview

WGN TV
April 1, 2021
“HIRE360 is a non-profit that connects community members with careers in the trades, focusing on finding trade careers for minorities and women, especially in underserved neighborhoods. Chynna Hampton, Director of Workforce Development, spoke about some multi-million-dollar projects, including the Obama Presidential Center, that the group is recruiting for in Chicago. Hear how you can apply and what they’re looking for to get hired.”

HIRE360 Recruiting in Chicago

WGN TV
April 1, 2021
“HIRE360 is a non-profit that connects community members with careers in the trades, focusing on finding trade careers for minorities and women, especially in underserved neighborhoods. Chynna Hampton, Director of Workforce Development, spoke about some multi-million-dollar projects, including the Obama Presidential Center, that the group is recruiting for in Chicago. Hear how you can apply and what they’re looking for to get hired.”

The Obama Presidential Center continues to follow thru with diversifying its construction workforce and 'create a diverse pipeline of talent'

Archinect
March 31, 2021
“Moore also connected with Chynna Hampton, director of workforce development at HIRE360, another organization collaborating with the Foundation. ‘I think the construction industry already is pushing toward that diversity initiative,’ shared Hampton, ‘but this sticks the pin in it to make sure we’re pushing it forward and say it doesn’t stop here.'”

Adelante Chicago

Adelante Chicago
March 27, 2021
“Building back after the pandemic, HIRE360 is introducing new opportunities for many underserved communities here in Chicago. Have you heard of HIRE360? The organization is laying out some of the programs meant to help underserved communities.”

Chicago area manufacturing workers in demand as companies ramp up production

ABC 7 Chicago
March 26, 2021
“Winchester said M&R is still hiring right now for careers that don’t require four year college degrees, pay well, and can put anyone on a path to growth. “If they can do it, I can do it,” Salazar said. “That’s how I’ve always been. I wouldn’t choose anything else. Manufacturing, doing hands-on work, has always been my life.” To learn more about open manufacturing positions available, you can visit Away Staffing and M & R Print. To learn more about how to train in manufacturing, Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership and Hire360 Chicago can help.”

Adelante Chicago Facebook

Adelante Chicago on Facebook
March 25, 2021
“And building back after the pandemic, HIRE360 is introducing new opportunities for many underserved communities here in Chicago.”

HIRE360 Wants to Level the Playing Field in the Construction Industry

Chicago Defender
March 23, 2021
“It has been predicted that the construction industry has the potential to quickly jump-start the economy post-COVID and Hire360 is deliberately working to invest in minority, Black, and women-owned companies to support the Chicago workforce. Hire360 is an innovative construction industry partnership between developers, general contractors, and labor unions to build an ecosystem that creates careers and supports business ventures. Even amid a pandemic, the construction industry is one of the few sectors that have always been able to safely work and social distance so the impact of Hire360 has increased substantially.”

#BuyDiverse talks to Chicago United’s Tiffany Hamel Johnson and Hire 360’s Jay Rowell

WGN Radio
March 18, 2021
“Then, Hire360’s Executive Director Jay Rowell talks about what they do and the upcoming Chicago Developers Conference, a joint event with Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council. Hire360’s Executive Director Jay Rowell and ChicagoMDC’s J. Vincent Williams talk about the mission of both organizations and the ground-breaking virtual conference their organizations are hosting.”

Obama Foundation launches construction workforce training and hiring initiative for presidential center

The Architects Newspaper
March 15, 2021
“Virtual job training sessions, hosted in partnership with Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters, Chicago Women in Trades (CWIT), HIRE360, IBEW-NECA Technical Institute, Revolution Workshop, and St. Paul’s Community Development Ministries, will be held in the coming months in order to “ recruit new tradespeople, address their barriers to entry, work with labor unions to assign them to apprenticeships, and place them on projects across the city,” according to the Foundation.”

Mayor Lighfoot Announces Initiatives To Support Small Businesses

Patch
March 12, 2021
“Technical assistance to help businesses navigate the PPP application and loan forgiveness process will be provided initially by InUrban Strategies, LLC and Hire360, with additional technical assistance providers for PPP and 7(a) to be named later. The $25 million fund will allow eligible applicants to access Paycheck Protection Program loans and SBA 7(a) eligible loans issued by CRF.”

Where to apply for Obama Center construction job training: Programs target South and West Side residents

Chicago Sun-Times
March 11, 2021
“The foundation has pledged $850,000 to partner organizations dealing with workforce development — Chicago Women in Trades, HIRE360, Revolution Workshop and St. Paul’s Community Development Ministries — to cover costs for getting people into the training pipeline”

Obama Foundation Launches Workforce Initiative to Build the Obama Presidential Center

Chicago Defender
March 11, 2021
“The announcement of the OPC Construction Workforce Initiative kicks off what will be a months-long effort to host virtual job training across the South and West sides in partnership with Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters, Chicago Women in Trades (CWIT), HIRE360, IBEW-NECA Technical Institute, Revolution Workshop, and St. Paul’s Community Development Ministries. This effort targets those who have previously been left out of the industry – including young people, returning citizens, and women. The goal is to recruit new tradespeople, address their barriers to entry, work with labor unions to assign them to apprenticeships, and place them on projects across the city.”

Mayor Lightfoot Offers Support to Small, Minority- and Women-Owned Contractors

Chicago Defender
March 11, 2021
“Technical assistance to help businesses navigate the PPP application and loan forgiveness process will be provided initially by InUrban Strategies, LLC and Hire360, with additional technical assistance providers for PPP and 7(a) to be named later. The $25 million fund will allow eligible applicants to access Paycheck Protection Program loans and SBA 7(a) eligible loans issued by CRF. The application process is open now.”

Obama Center Will Be Built By Some Who’ve Long Been Locked Out Of Construction Jobs

WBEZ
March 11, 2021
“Chynna Hampton, director of workforce development at HIRE360, said the OPC will be a catalyst for diversity on future projects such as the recently announced Michael Reese project, the site of a former hospital in Bronzeville. ‘I think the construction industry already is pushing toward that diversity initiative, but this sticks the pin in it to make sure we’re pushing it forward and say it doesn’t stop here,’ Hampton said.”

Here’s how the Obama Presidential Center aims to meet its diversity goals

Crain’s Chicago Business
March 10, 2021
“The Obama Presidential Center is partnering with workforce organizations including the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters, Chicago Women in Trades, HIRE360, IBEW-NECA Technical Institute, Revolution Workshop, and St. Paul’s Community Development Ministries. Interested applicants can apply here.”

Not every job requires a four-year degree

Crain’s Chicago Business
February 12, 2021
“A new nonprofit, Hire360, helps African Americans, Latinos and women navigate admission, which can be tricky because programs aren’t scheduled on a regular basis like a college semester. Sessions are opened when there is demand from contractor employers. Candidates must have a high school diploma or equivalency, a driver’s license and access to transportation, and must also pass an aptitude test that demonstrates math skills and spatial reasoning.”

Ep #62: Strengthening Trades Through Diversity Development with Jay Rowell of HIRE360

Germaine Law Firm
January 12, 2021
“Jay Rowell of HIRE360 joins the show today to discuss all things recruitment, training, job placement, diversity, and more.”

Real estate pros aim to diversify the ranks of developers

Chicago Sun-Times
January 4, 2021
“‘I want to show people that you can do this work in your neighborhood and make a living,’ developer Leon Walker said.”

2020
Developers have a unique opportunity to contribute to equity

Crain’s Chicago Business
December 18, 2020
“It’s time to reimagine inclusion outside of workforce and small business support, starting with the supply chain, says a Related Midwest exec.”

COVID-19 has devastated Chicago real estate, but it’s amplified calls for equity. Will 2021 be a year of progress on the South and West sides?

Chicago Tribune
December 17, 2020
“Next year is setting up as quite the balancing act for commercial real estate and development in Chicago.”

HIRE360 Annual Report 2020

HIRE360
December 10, 2020
Annual Report, 2020.

Builders, labor unions open doors for small contractors

Chicago Sun-Times
November 30, 2020
“Hire360 provides entrepreneurs, particularly minorities and women, the tools to manage a feast-or-famine business.”

Local Programs Boost Diversity in the Trades

Crain’s Chicago Business
October 9, 2020
“The demand for tradespeople is expected to grow, and minorities and women represent an untapped pool of labor. “Chicago is at a crossroads,” says Jay Rowell, executive director at HIRE360.”

HIRE360, CTA modernization project connect new and out-of-work tradespeople with jobs

ABC 7 Chicago
June 11, 2020
“HIRE360 helps connect unemployed tradespeople from all over the city with work.”

Even apprenticeships are hard to come by for women and minorities

Crain’s Chicago Business
February 27, 2020
“A few big firms in Chicago are taking steps to diversify their workforces through apprentice programs that break down color and gender barriers to midlevel jobs. But federal data shows those are still the exception.”

First of its kind industry and labor partnership announces Hire360

Chicago Crusader
December 27, 2019
“Unique program will advance opportunities for community members and local businesses in manufacturing, construction, hospitality and the professional services industries.”

Chicago Contractors, Developers, Unions Launch HIRE360 Effort to Bring Minorities, Women into Construction

ENR Midwest
December 11, 2019
“Group has $1.7-million Budget for 2020, will offer everything from counseling to boots for applicants.”

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