• Born on the Fourth of July

    PERSPECTIVE by Tom Finan, Executive Director, Construction Forum STL  I’ve just spent a week in Ireland with my family. While there, I connected with distant relatives and developed a deeper understanding of the reasons that my family...

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  • Five Ways to Attract Top Construction Talent

    From United Rentals:  A solid, well-trained workforce is the backbone of any company. Ironically, this is the area where many construction companies flounder. All too often, companies use the same old methods to try to reach top...

    • Posted 4 weeks ago
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  • Thirteen is Lucky Number for BUD Program

    by Tom Finan, Executive Director, Construction Forum STL The thirteenth cohort of the Building Union Diversity program graduated on Wednesday (May 30) in a ceremony at the AGC Training School. Sixty-five persons were in attendance, including graduates...

    • Posted 1 month ago
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  • Want Workers? Study Says Start With Equitable Public Policies

    by Tom Finan, Executive Director, Construction Forum STL A vibrant economy and a strong, inclusive workforce for the St. Louis region must begin with equitable public policies in areas like housing, health, and development. That was the...

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  • Tarlton/BJC Announce Jobsite Careers Initiative

    by Tom Finan, Executive Director, Construction Forum STL If, as the adage goes, it takes a village to raise a child, then the gathering held yesterday (April 30)  by Tarlton and BJC Healthcare at Christian Hospital Northwest...

    • Posted 3 months ago
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  • High-Paying Trade Jobs Sit Empty, While High School Grads Line Up For University

    From NPR:  Like most other American high school students, Garret Morgan had it drummed into him constantly: Go to college. Get a bachelor’s degree. “All through my life it was, ‘if you don’t go to college you’re...

    • Posted 3 months ago
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  • Economic Cost of Opioids Topped $1 Trillion From 2001-2017

    From Altaram: The cost of the country’s opioid crisis is estimated to have exceeded $1 trillion from 2001 to 2017, and is projected to cost an additional $500 billion by 2020, according to analysis released today by Altarum,...

    • Posted 5 months ago
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  • Good Jobs That Pay Without a BA – A State-by-State Analysis

    From GoodJobsData.org:  Click here for the report, “Good Jobs That Pay without a BA: A State-by-State Analysis“. About the Source: The Good Jobs Project, a research project by The Georgetown Center and JPMorgan Chase, is created to...

    • Posted 8 months ago
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  • Lets Stop Talking About the Construction Skills Shortage and Do Something About It Ourselves

    From The Square Tech Group on LinkedIn:  Seven months ago we launched The Square Construction App. This week we won a Building Award for Digital Efficiency of 2017. Since launching we’ve successfully run several apprenticeship campaigns in...

    • Posted 8 months ago
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  • Video: “A Lifetime Love of Building” #YeahIBuiltThat

    An animated video titled, “A Lifetime Love of Building” was completed this week. The video is the latest installment of the Construction Forum Education Foundation’s program to engage, support, and mentor young people toward fulfilling careers. The...

    • Posted 9 months ago
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