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By Kenneth Mallory

District of Columbia officials joined the Washington D.C. Chamber of Commerce and metro area business leaders to announce the creation of a voluntary hiring initiative to facilitate the employment of city residents by area employers.

The “One City-One Hire,” initiative is designed to provide wage subsidies, tax-incentives, and job training by the city government to businesses in the D.C. area who add a D.C. resident to their personnel rosters.

“While this is not a panacea, hopefully this will begin to connect the dots for lots of people,” said Mayor Vincent Gray (D), at a press conference announcing the plan.

According to the District’s Department of Employment Services, the hiring initiative was patterned after a similar one in Atlanta, Georgia. The Mayor’s office reports that almost 13,000 Atlanta residents were hired during the first six months of the program’s inception there.  The goal of ‘One City-One Hire” is to employ 10,000 D.C. residents in one year.

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