First Source Local Hiring

With the goal of increasing employment opportunities for Pasadena residents, the City Council established the First Source Hiring Ordinance in October, 2004. The ordinance is the result of considerable concern, voiced by the community, that local residents were not being employed for major construction projects in Pasadena. Among the elements of the ordinance is the establishment of a program to encourage, and in some cases require, developers of construction projects to hire locally (City of Pasadena) for skilled and unskilled labor.

Developers who receive financial assistance from the City of Pasadena are required to sign local hiring agreements. Developers who do not receive financial assistance from the City of Pasadena are encouraged to hire Pasadena residents in exchange for partial construction tax rebates.


Antonio Watson
Department of Finance
100 N. Garfield, S348
Pasadena, CA 91109
Phone: (626) 744-6755

Job Seekers

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.

Pasadena’s First Source Local Hiring Program is compiling lists of residents who are interested in construction work to refer to developers and contractors. Through this list, the program makes referrals to contractors that participate in the City’s Local Hiring efforts through Pasadena First Buy Local.


To be eligible for this program, you must reside within the Pasadena city boundaries. During the registration process, your street name and number will be reviewed for eligibility.

Register Online

The City’s online registry allows you to create and manage your First Source Local Hiring account.

Referral Process

As construction employment opportunities become available, through local hiring agreements, City staff will forward the list of names and contact information for requested a trade(s) to the requesting contractor or developer. To be fair to all registrants, the City neither recommends nor discourages the hiring of individual residents. Rather it provides the contractor or developer a complete list of names. The contractor or developer determines who is hired.


To participate in referrals, you must register yourself in the First Source Local Hiring database.

Developer Participation

Developers can boost their bottom line while providing jobs to qualified local residents when they participate in Pasadena’s First Source Hiring Program.

If a developer receives financial assistance from the City of Pasadena through sales tax rebates, loans or fee waivers, for example, the First Source Hiring Ordinance requires the developer to employ Pasadena residents to work a specific percentage of hours during the construction phase of the project.

The City of Pasadena can help developers comply with First Source Local Hiring through:

  • Recruitment and referral of job seekers
  • Communication with local residents employed at your work site
  • Special recognition