The recently released EPIC report forecasts the need of nearly 30,000 new residences and approximately 30 million square feet of commercial space over the next five to seven years. How will this growth happen? In a word: construction.
The big question is: Where will this skilled construction workforce come from? There is a two-pronged approach underway by industry representatives in the form of workforce development and workforce recruiting. First, we need to organically grow our available workforce in the region by shifting the negative public perceptions about careers in the construction industry.