Officials outline plan to boost Houston economy after Harvey

HOUSTON – With Houston recovering from Harvey, a steady income is a big concern for many families. Tuesday morning, area leaders outlined their plan to boost Houston’s economy and get more people back to work.

Mayor Sylvester Turner, along with Judge Ed Emmet, were joined by council members and community activists for a news conference. Officials said the workforce took a big hit after Harvey, resulting in a significant shortage of qualified labor in the area.

They showed a new building that will be the new “See Jobs for Progress” headquarters, which will help train and get workers ready to fill those jobs.

"I wanted to get my education, but my parents were incarcerated and I'm like I don't see no future for me so I found SER," SER student Calra Bradley said.

The $16 million project funded by both donations and public funding will also include a warehouse nearby that can train individuals in construction, banking, and healthcare and pharmacy programs.

The new state-of-the-art facility is “not just a building, this is a place where dreams will be realized where hard work will be rewarded and everyone in the city will truly, truly benefit,” according to Turner.

The move-in date for the headquarters is set for April of next year.

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