Ward 10 Councilwoman Kelli Crawford introduced a resolution Monday night urging the city to use federal economic stimulus funds to hire American workers and buy American-made goods when possible.
Crawford said the resolution, which Council passed unanimously, takes into consideration the scores of Akron residents who have lost jobs and who could particularly benefit from any construction, infrastructure or green energy projects funded by the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
“I’ve been talking to a lot of laborers in the city, and the more we talked, the more I decided we should do something to support American workers,” Crawford said. “I would just like the city to consider buying American-made products and hiring American workers for certain projects that the stimulus money might fund in the city.
“Citizens here have been affected by job losses like citizens all around the country.”
Dozens of Akron residents turned out to offer their suggestions for projects that the economic stimulus could support in Akron during a special Council hearing last month. Many called for more job opportunities for Akron’s young people. Other Suggestions included cleaning up the canal ways, rehabbing foreclosed and vacant homes and improving neighborhood police patrols.