Crain first reported on talks for the site’s future as a call center in December.
Most of the positions will be for customer service representatives who will earn more than $ 17 per hour. Hiring will begin in April and employees will work on a temporary basis until the Cottage Grove site opens in late 2021. “Full-time employees will receive Discover’s full benefits package, which includes health insurance, a 401k plan, eligibility for at least 20 days of paid time off, a focus on professional development and the opportunity to receive a free college education beginning on the first day of employment, ”the city said in a statement.
“This is what inclusive and equitable development looks like,” Lightfoot enthused at the event. “We cannot be a great city if our neighborhoods starve. For those people who doubted what he was saying, they thought he was naive, they didn’t understand business – this is what business looks like. Black and brown people in this city deserve to have well-paying jobs, ”he continued. “Those who are listening, those who doubt, people who are investors in the city: follow the example of people like Roger.”
Today’s announcement builds on other developments announced under Lightfoot’s INVEST South / West program umbrella, including another Walker-backed project to convert a vacant Target in Morgan Park into a Blue Cross and Blue Shield community center and office building. and Joe Mansueto’s plans to remodel a group of former warehouses in West Humboldt Park into a creative office space.
This story has been updated to correct the number of jobs the call center is expected to create.