Job Creation Holds the Key to Making Our Communities Safe

June 21, 20130 Comments

Crain’s Chicago Business recently published a Letter to the Editor written by our very own President and CEO, Daniel Loftus. The Crain’s op-ed (“Anti-violence initiative has funds; now, let’s create jobs”) suggested that the “Get In Chicago” anti-violence organization formed by Mayor Emanuel and CEOs from Allstate Corp. and Loop Capital Markets LLC should infuse their newly raised funds into local job creation. Economic security in these neighborhoods would go a long way in alleviating violence – building safer, more vibrant communities in Chicago. That would be an investment we can all agree benefits the larger good.

Read Daniel’s Letter to the Editor below:

Invest locally

I agree with Crain’s editorial (“Initiative has funds; now, let’s create jobs,” June 3). But rather than wait for corporations to bankroll a “call center in Chatham” or “training center in Austin,” a nonprofit in Pilsen has combined the two.

By employing Latino immigrants in call center positions, Oprima-1 LLC is a social enterprise that enables corporations to connect with the Latino community through outsourced customer service support. Immigrants earn wages while developing English, computer and other marketable job skills before entering the mainstream workforce. Routing calls to Pilsen won’t solve our city’s crime problem overnight. But rather than one-time donations, let’s encourage Chicago’s corporations to contract locally and invest in scalable job-creation models.

DANIEL LOFTUS
President and CEO 
Oprima-1 LLC 
Chicago

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