Pasadena’s First Source Hiring Program creates jobs for Pasadena residents, incentivizes new development, and recirculates dollars in the local economy. The program encourages, and in some cases requires, developers of construction projects to hire locally for skilled and unskilled labor.
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Developers of private construction projects costing more than $50,000 can participate by hiring Pasadena residents to fill construction jobs. Voluntary participants are eligible for a construction tax rebate of 50% of the salary and benefits paid to each Pasadena resident, up to 75% of the total construction tax paid.
For example, a project valued at $15,000,000 would pay a construction tax of $230,400 (construction tax is 1.92% of valuation) and could receive a rebate of up to $216,000 for wages paid to Pasadena residents.
The city will help you claim your rebate by generating a local hiring agreement, reviewing certified payroll records, making site visits, and assisting through project completion. To help fill jobs, the city can provide referrals to local workers, training centers, and nonprofit partners in workforce development.
Developers receiving city financial assistance (loans, grants, financing, revenue sharing, fee waivers, or any other form of financial assistance) are required to participate in the First Source Hiring program. Local resident hiring requirements are determined on a project-by-project basis, taking into consideration the nature of the project, the duration of construction, and the level of city financial assistance.
The city will help you meet project hiring requirements by generating a local hiring agreement, reviewing certified payroll records, making site visits, and assisting through project completion. To help fill jobs, the city can provide referrals to local workers, training centers, and nonprofit partners in workforce development.
Failure of a developer to comply with the agreed-upon requirements constitutes a default of the city agreement. Upon a default, the city financial assistance will be cancelled, and any funds provided to the developer will become due and payable.
The program is compiling a database of Pasadena residents interested in local construction jobs to make referrals to contractors participating in local hiring efforts.
To be eligible, job seekers must reside within Pasadena city boundaries. Complete the job seeker form, enter your address, construction experience and contact information to be added to the referral list.
As construction jobs become available through First Source projects, program staff will forward the list for requested trades to the requesting contractor. To be fair to all job seekers, the city neither recommends nor discourages the hiring of individual residents. The contractor or developer determines who is hired
Please note, this is not for a City (government) job or contract. After being referred to a contractor, if you are hired, you would be an employee of the company or contractor that hires you.