Returning Veterans Employment Resources
In 2012, Mayor Emanuel launched the Returning Veterans Initiative to find employment for returning veterans and help them find resources that are designed to assist their transition. To help transition job-ready veterans into the workforce, the City opened a New Veterans Resource Center, specifically designed for career assistance, and a new Veterans Resource Office, co-located at the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities and across the street from the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, which specializes in assisting veterans with disabilities.
Preference Bid Incentive on City Contracts
City Council approved Mayor Emanuel’s ordinance which established the City’s first-ever veteran’s preference bid incentive, fostering partnerships between small local businesses (many of which are also certified MBEs or WBEs) and veteran-owned businesses in the form of joint ventures. By awarding a 5% bid incentive off the contract base price to such joint ventures, the ordinance also reflects a policy change that will ensure that veteran-owned businesses are represented in government contracting.
Partnering with Companies Committing to Employ Veterans.
Chicago-based PeopleScout, a division of SeatonCorp, announced that it had been selected by Walmart as a recruitment partner to help hire 100,000 veterans over the next five years. Comcast NBC Universal also hosted an open house to provide information about career opportunities for Chicago Area military veterans.
Creating Veterans Hiring Preference at the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA).
In 2012, then CTA President Forrest Claypool enacted a policy that creates a veterans hiring preference to provide employment opportunities to men and women who have served in the United States’ armed forces.
Safe Passages for our Youth.
Veterans partnered with CPS to provide safe passage for Chicago’s youth. This partnership, which serves over 10,000 youth daily, was developed in order to have Veterans conduct presence patrols in various neighborhoods in Chicago and provide safe passage for CPS students leaving school.