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Midtown project lauded for diverse workforce

Workforce diversity goals are being exceeded at the Midtown Rochester Rising project, according to a September Project Labor Agreement report.

Of the total work hours recorded from all trades to date, 28.2 percent were credited to minorities and 8.3 percent were credited to females, surpassing the PLA requirements of 20 percent and 6.9 percent, respectively. Outside of New York City, these requirements are the highest in the state.

The employment data is evaluated by an independent third party and includes jobs from all subcontractors. Minorities and women have logged more than 29,686 work hours in the 16 months since work started on the project in spring of 2012. These jobs include laborers, equipment operators, surveyors, truck drivers, iron workers, carpenters, masons, plumbers, electricians, roofers and other trades.

PLAs also are in place for the Rochester Schools Modernization Program, the downtown bus terminal project and planned for the Port of Rochester marina and trail project as well as the multi-modal transportation station project.