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Mayor Strickland to Host Tacoma Works Summit

Mayor Strickland to Host Tacoma Works Summit


March 21, 2017


Anita Gallagher, Office of Mayor Marilyn Strickland, anita.gallagher@cityoftacoma.org, (253) 591-5156

Mayor Strickland to Host Tacoma Works Summit to Boost Construction Industry Employment

Tacoma, Wash. -- Mayor Marilyn Strickland will convene a summit – called “Tacoma Works” – on Wednesday, Mar. 22, 2017 geared toward boosting Tacoma-Pierce County employment in the construction field. The event will bring together contractors, job trainers and workforce development agencies to identify strategies for getting more people employed in the skilled trades and crafts, and related fields. Attendees will discuss barriers to employment and develop strategies to overcome them.

“From residential and commercial buildings to highways, city streets and transit, the Puget Sound region will see unprecedented public and private investment of over $60 billion in the next decade and beyond. I want to make sure that residents in the greater Tacoma area are prepared for these family-wage jobs,” said Strickland. “General contractors are already seeing a labor crunch, so this initiative will develop policies and plans to get more people trained in skilled crafts and construction trades.”

A recent report from the Association of General Contractors of America indicated that the Tacoma-Lakewood metropolitan area saw 11 percent growth between 2015 and 2016, making it the 14th fastest growing region in the country for construction employment. At the Tacoma Works Summit, contractors will discuss what types of jobs are in highest demand. Organizations that train local residents and connect talent to employment opportunities will determine what actions they can take to help meet the demand.

The Tacoma Works Summit will yield a report on strategies for reducing barriers to employment in the construction industry. The half-day event will start at 8 AM on March 22, 2017 at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center.