|Published:||Dec 04, 2010 4:50 AM EST|
|Updated:||Dec 03, 2010 11:50 PM EST|
CAPE CORAL, Fla - The City of Cape Coral is rebounding, at least when it comes to construction.
Several major projects are underway and the city is urging the contractors to use all local companies and workers.
This could create hundreds of jobs.
"We're seeing life coming back into the construction industry here," said Cape Coral Mayor John Sullivan.
On Friday city leaders helped break ground at the Oasis Charter School complex.
As part of the nearly $8 million dollar project, more classrooms and a gym will be built.
This will bring money and jobs to the city.
"We intend on using all local contractors. At it's peak it's going to add 150 workers a day," said Gary Huggins, from NDC Construction
The work will range from electrical and plumbing to construction.
"Conceivably we are going to have between 40-50 companies probably having opportunities to come to work," Huggins said.
It's still unclear if all the companies will hire new workers or use existing employees.
But different construction projects in the city are creating new jobs.
The First United Methodist Church on Coronado Parkway broke ground on an expansion project last month.
Their construction project is using 22 local companies and creating a 150 new construction jobs.
Mayor Sullivan says the Cape Council is giving incentives to contractors who promise to hire local companies and workers.
They also restructured the city's permitting office, making it more simple to get a building permit.
"Before we had streamlined the process it was like pulling teeth," Mayor Sullivan said.
Construction companies say this makes the Cape more attractive to do business with, ultimately meaning more work and money is funneling into the city.
"Every dollar counts that you can go out and put food on the table," Huggins said.
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