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Talented, creative, qualified employees live everywhere. Financial incentives motivate institutions to hire local workers over commuters.



This year I was grateful to get my first "real" job. With the job, came insurance, retirement plan, and sadly my first "real job commute".  I spend 60 to 90 minutes in my car everyday traveling a distance of 56 miles. I am 33 and have not had a commute that required a personal gas powered vehicle in 10 years.  I applied for every teaching job that posted in the county I lived in, but as a new teacher, I was not hired.  During my new commute, I bean to think about ways to localize hiring practices. Not only would GHG emission decrease, people could bike or walk to work which increases health and connection to place. 

Among the exhaust fumes, this idea was born:

  • In cities with multiple counties in a 100 mile area, provide financial incentives for employers to hire employees from the county in which they exist.  


Because the idea was born in thinking about my place of employment: education, the best way I can explain this is to describe in relation to hiring teachers.  

What actions do you propose?

Who will take these actions?

Where will these actions be taken?

How much will emissions be reduced or sequestered vs. business as usual levels?

What are other key benefits?

What are the proposal’s costs?

There is the potential to isolate communities.  

Socio-Economic isolation is possible and not ideal.

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