A PLA is the only way an owner or municipality can ensure their residents will work on the project by setting requirements to use local workers. Without a PLA in place, there is a good chance your community dollars won’t stay in the community.
With PLAs, local taxpayer’s money is put back into the town when local residents are hired on the project. As a result, there is increased project oversight and pride. Naturally, local workers want to build successful projects for their kids, neighbors, family, and friends.
How it Works and Not Works
PLA goal was to have Windham County residents in the trades employed for 30% of total hours of the Killingly High School project in Killingly, CT. There was a total of 387,960 hours worked, with Windham County residents working 134,860 hours; at 35% this exceeded the local employment goal.
At the Forestville School in Bristol, CT only 8.7% of workers were from Bristol, and at the West Bristol School, also in Bristol, CT, 13.4% were local workers. These local work hours are significantly less than the PLA projects.
Killingly Town Manager, Bruce Benway, says,