The proposed downtown Sacramento arena project now has an advisory council.
Sacramento Kings President Chris Granger says the council will provide regular updates to the public on the progress being made toward meeting construction goals.
"We have numbers that are out there, right? Whether it's 60-percent local hires or 70 apprentices from priority zip codes," Says Granger. "We certainly will expect this group to make sure we do everything not just to get to those numbers, but to exceed them."
Danielle Williams, with Sacramento Area Congregations Together supports the idea of a council. She says the Kings' job training program is a good start for neighborhoods with high unemployment.
"We're excited. You know, there are 70 apprenticeships that are going towards the community. What's exciting about this is this is a framework that we're going to take to other construction projects moving forward."
The advisory council was picked by the Kings and Mayor Kevin Johnson. The council has labor, business, arts, and government representatives.