NEWBURGH, N.Y. (May 12, 2016) – The Orange County Industrial Development Agency (OCIDA) received five proposals from consultants seeking to provide labor monitoring services on construction projects receiving benefits from the agency. The opportunity for consultants to submit a proposal closed May 9. The OCIDA staff is conducting an expedited review of the proposals and is planning to make a selection recommendation at the June 9 Board of Directors meeting.
The OCIDA has a labor policy requiring construction projects receiving economic benefits from the agency to hire local workers. The policy mandates each project must use 85 percent of their construction workforce from seven area counties. The selected monitoring consultant will conduct ongoing site visits to each active OCIDA project to ensure compliance with the labor policy; if a project is not in compliance with the policy, it stands to lose its OCIDA benefits.
“The spirit of the local labor policy is to ensure that it’s our local residents who go to work when the IDA gives a company benefits,” said Robert Armistead, OCIDA Board of Directors chairman. “It’s essential that companies keep their promises. If they don’t adhere to the labor policy they agreed to, we will have zero tolerance.”
Currently, there are 9 active OCIDA projects under construction, with a number of new projects expected to move forward in the next few months.
About the Orange County Industrial Development Agency
The mission of the Orange County Industrial Development Agency is to promote economic growth through a program of incentives-based allocations that assist in the construction, equipping and maintenance of specific types of projects and facilities. The IDA works to advance the health, prosperity and economic welfare of our county’s citizens by retaining and creating jobs and attracting new businesses. To learn more, visit: http://www.ocnyida.com/ or call 845-234-4192.