Statement by Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh on President Biden’s reference to I-81 project regarding American Jobs Plan

“President Biden’s vision bodes well for Syracuse. I’m thrilled the President is singling out Syracuse and the I-81 project as a prime opportunity for the American Jobs Plan. $20 billion for a new program to reconnect neighborhoods, increase opportunity, and advance racial equity and environmental justice can be a game changer for this community and can help us realize the full potential of this project. The American Jobs Plan also calls for investments tied to Project Labor, Community Workforce, local hire, registered apprenticeships and other labor training programs so that federal investments support good jobs and pathways out of poverty. These initiatives directly align with our partnerships on the Syracuse Build construction jobs program and Interstate 81 Jobs Big Table local hiring initiative. Our community is working hard to be ready for the opportunities ahead for Syracuse and Central New York.”

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