Channel 4 News Nashville

October 26, 2010 by USA Post 

Channel 4 News Nashville, More than a few big names have appeared near the building in downtown Nashville’s new convention shouting some big shots on the project.

The signs have disappeared, but four large billboards near the site type doubled earlier, protesting that more jobs for the city center of the music should go to locals.

Not everyone agreed that names were on the panels. Even many of those who are responsible for keeping the signs do not seem to know who they were saying “shame.”

“Do you know who is Larry Atema?” Channel 4 News reporters Deanna Lambert asked a man holding a “Shame on Larry Atema” sign.

“Well, he came here and gave us a cold drink,” said a sign holder.

Atema, Marty Dickens and Gary Schalmo are all men in charge of building the new Music City Center.

CECO is the company founded on the Missouri who won an auction and $ 42.5 million to pay all the concrete.

“Its kind of fun. Do not really know who did it,” said Holly McCall Music City Centre.

When Channel 4 tried to find who is behind the signs, it was only handed a flyer that read, Music City jobs for families Music City. He explains how residents of Nashville were sold on the draft convention center being promised to create local jobs, but this group indicates that construction workers are transported across the country.

“I was unemployed for two years,” said Ronnie Ryan of Columbia. “I found a job this morning with Conti Electric.”

While he and another local electrician was hired Friday they will work for a company based in Michigan.

“Our manager said he is in Los Angeles,” said Ryan.

So how many of the 400 people working on the site are local?

“According to the statistics we look at the source, certified, about 81 percent of jobs are local people who were already there,” said McCall. “Not 100 percent of the jobs will be, obviously. Some supervisors will come from these large packages from outside the city, but yes, most jobs are local.”

CECO is only one of about 300 contractors and suppliers will be made to work. Channel 4 has requested a list of all contractors, but said it would take several days to collect the entire list.

The Music City Center representative also said that following a 4-storey channel I-Team last summer, who said that about 50 of total employees CECO were local, they have established a program of workforce development on property where residents can personally stop and fill out an application.

They said they believe effective CECO is now at 85 percent local.

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