The Spokane Home Builders Association (SHBA) and Inland Northwest Associated General Contractors (AGC) invite construction industry workers and educators to attend the Construction Workforce Breakfast on Wednesday, Dec. 7, at the Spokane Convention Center. Check in begins at 7:30 a.m. and will conclude at 9:30 a.m. PST.
“We’re excited to hear from industry leaders and spotlight solutions for the future of workforce in the construction industry,” said Joel White, executive officer of Spokane Homebuilders Association. “A lack of skilled workers has contributed to Spokane’s housing crisis and one in four construction workers will reach retirement age within the next 10 years. It’s imperative that we focus on solutions to these issues and that’s what this event is all about.”
The breakfast event will feature keynote speakers and a panel discussion with leaders from the following workforce development programs: CORE PLUS Construction, Frame Your Future, and Trade Up 2 Construction.
Frame Your Future was launched by SHBA earlier this year and was recently awarded $1 million from Spokane County to enhance its workforce development initiatives. The mission of the program is to build a worker training pipeline for residential construction in Eastern Washington.
The keynote speakers, Chris Patterson and Ben Small, will speak on the importance of building a skilled workforce, lessons they’ve learned in the construction industry, and what they are doing today to address housing challenges.
Patterson is a former U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development regional administrator and currently works as a community solutions advisor for Washington Trust Bank. Small is the executive director of LaunchNW, an organization that aims to support communities in Eastern Washington and North Idaho through scholarships and comprehensive support for high school students.
The cost to attend the Construction Workforce Breakfast is $25 for educators and $35 for general admission. Individuals can register for the event here.