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Honoring the Men and Women Who Build Alabama

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This letter originally originally ran in the Sunday edition of the Birmingham News

On Labor Day, we honor the men and women who build our communities, cities and states. From roads to bridges, schools and municipal buildings, Alabama’s $12,000,000,000 construction industry has contributed to our local development, advancement and strength for decades. And the construction industry builds people, too, by prioritizing well-paying jobs, professional advancement and lifelong learning.

Associated Builders and Contractors has been setting the standard for excellence in construction since 1950, and workforce development remains one of our strategic goals. Our chapters have set up more than 800 apprenticeship, craft and safety programs across the United States, and our members invest $1.1 billion annually to educate more than 475,000 employees. We also champion on-the-job instruction and re-skilling programs, which allow workers to obtain stackable and portable credentials recognized at any jobsite in the country.

Yet there are an estimated 500,000 open jobs in construction right now, including many right here in Montgomery. That is why ABC is committed to working with our industry peers, local leaders and state policymakers to invest in construction apprenticeship, on-the-job instruction and workforce development programs. And most importantly, we must redouble efforts to recruit and educate current and future generations of construction workers— the men and women who build Alabama.

Learn more about careers in construction at workforce.abc.org or abc-alabama.org.

Sincerely,

Jay Reed

President

ABC of Alabama

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