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GCI Invests $1 Million to Establish Denver’s First Collective Impact Workforce Platform

Gary Community Investments recently joined the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), Community College of Denver and Mayor Michael B. Hancock to announce a collaborative workforce partnership that will provide job training and support services to local families, who will take part in a first-in-Colorado local hire program requiring that 20 percent of the Central 70 redevelopment workforce be hired from 15 neighborhoods adjacent to I-70 in Denver and Aurora.

Over the next two years, GCI will invest more than $1 million to help establish Denver’s first collective impact workforce platform--a two-generational approach to ensuring that low-income, working families living in communities along the I-70 corridor benefit from the economic development happening around them. Through this investment, we are helping to ensure that families living in communities that are vulnerable to gentrification and displacement have the resources they need to stay in their homes, support their children and share in the benefits of Denver's overall economic expansion.   

“This is a phenomenal collaboration between CDOT, the city and so many great Denver partners that begins to fulfill the promise to our residents to open up access to the opportunities that are created by the reconstruction and development planned in this area,” said Michael B. Hancock. “This center is a beacon of empowerment for our people and critical support for our neighborhoods.”

The neighborhood career training and resource center will offer courses with a flexible training schedule in a facility with work bays, hands-on training rooms and a yard designated for heavy equipment. The center will also host networking opportunities, including job fairs for construction careers, access to CDOT maintenance job listings and outreach for Central 70 job openings. Our funding will support additional training classes along with support programs, like child care, that are critical to securing and retaining jobs in the construction industry.

"GCI takes a two-generation approach to investing that includes helping low-income families increase their financial security," says Dave Younggren, President & CEO of GCI. "We are proud to partner with CCD, CDOT and others who are working hard to ensure that residents living along the I-70 corridor benefit from the economic development happening around them. By providing access to job training and support services, this program will help local families increase their earning potential, which will positively impact their children's education, health and future economic outcomes."

To learn more about this new initiative, read our investment profile and recent media coverage of neighborhood resource and training center opening in The Denver Post, Denver Business Journal and Westword.