Oct 30, 2013; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings fans hold up purple glow sticks before the game between the Sacramento Kings and Denver Nuggets at Sleep Train Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

Sacramento Kings hiring low-income workers for arena construction

Few areas were hit harder than the Sacramento region during the downward economy and many have struggled to recover. Hoping to do their part, the Sacramento Kings have put together the Priority Apprenticeship Program which will assist in low-income workers finding reliable work during the arena/Downtown Plaza construction.

“The Kings are proud to lead this extraordinary coalition of business, labor, government, community and faith leaders working to create quality jobs,” Kings President Chris Granger said in a news release. “Today is a great example of why this project is bigger than basketball. We are honored to be in a position to provide what could become a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for deserving individuals to launch a new career and pathway to the middle class.”

Alongside the Kings, Turner Construction, trade unions, city officials and more are combining efforts to hire at least 70 people who will help with the construction.

To qualify for the program, residents who fall into the required zip codes must meet two of the following: receive food stamps or public assistance, or are a former foster youth, homeless, ex-offender or veteran.

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