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tryan@worksystems.org.
  • Date posted:
    May 5th, 2022
    The " Here for Portland " initiative, which launched downtown, has expanded to include the Foster-Powell business district! On May 7th from noon – 6:00 the Portland Mercado held Makers de Mayo to support local BIPOC businesses and the Foster-Powell business district. This market and celebration featured onsite local vendors and entertainment. At the Makers de Mayo event, two thousand $50 Kuto App gift credits were issued that can be spent at small local restaurant and retail businesses participating in " Here for Portland, Foster-Powell ". Credits disbursed through this program can be spent...// Read more
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    April 28th, 2022
    As the pandemic winds down and Portland moves toward its new normal, thousands of employees who’ve been teleworking over the past two years are now returning downtown. The City is kicking off National Small Business Week by leveraging the spending power of these downtown workers to be here for Portland’s small businesses. As workers return to their downtown workplaces, 5,000 will receive a $50 Kuto app gift card to make local purchases at businesses owned by low-income entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs of color. The Kuto app gift cards will be distributed at public events including: Wednesday...// Read more
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    March 18th, 2022
    We are excited to announce that Congresswoman Bonamici secured $1M for Worksystems to train 80-100 historically underrepresented Washington County residents in construction! In the Portland Metro Area, the public capital projects pipeline shows an unprecedented building schedule. The five-year projections of green lighted large projects are over $7.5 Billion in construction work for the region, and this does not include any new projects that may come from a new federal Infrastructure Bill. This economic activity is an incredible opportunity for the region to direct efforts that will result in...// Read more
  • Date posted:
    February 18th, 2022
    To support an equitable economic recovery and access to middle income careers, Worksystems has been working with the Portland Hauler Association (PHA), companies that collect recycling and garbage for the City of Portland, SE Works, and Interstate Trucking Academy to launch a first-of-its-kind training to help women and people of color access good-paying jobs in recycling/waste management and start careers as drivers serving city neighborhoods and businesses. The 12 week training program places women and people of color in middle-wage jobs with benefits. A Community-Centered Training Program...// Read more