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New Orlando arena could help find jobs in tough economic times

It’s the happy side effect of having a new arena in town. In Orlando, the mayor and a local city commissioner are hoping the new arena will help the city’s job pool … even if it is just temporary.
70 years ago, president Franklin Roosevelt had the Works Progress Administration, an agency that helped employ millions of people during times of economic hardship.Orlando mayor Buddy Dyer and Commissioner Daisy Lynum took that idea as a starting point and is hoping to rework it a bit.

The city is getting a new arena as part of a major project that will also include a performing arts center and renovations to the Citrus Bowl football stadium.

Dyer and Lynum are pushing a city plan called The Blueprint, which seeks to guarantee work for minority-owned businesses and reach out to impoverished people who are traditionally the hardest to employ.

The Orlando Sentinel has the details here.