Addressing the Workforce Crisis: Project Build Takes Step Forward

Project Build Minnesota saw great progress this week, as Housing First Minnesota and the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) led the charge in addressing the construction workforce shortage. David Siegel, Project Build Minnesota board member and Housing First Minnesota executive director, and Lowell Pratt, Pratt Homes, testified on behalf of SF 3430 in the Senate Jobs Committee on Wednesday and HF 3810 in the House Jobs Committee on Friday. Nancy Samson, Shingobee Builders, and Adam Hanson with ABC, also testified in support of the bills.

 Lowell Pratt, Pratt Homes, and David Siegel, Housing First Minnesota Executive Director join Senator Rich Draheim in discussing SF3430 with the Senate Jobs Committee on Wednesday.

Lowell Pratt, Pratt Homes, and David Siegel, Housing First Minnesota Executive Director join Senator Rich Draheim in discussing SF3430 with the Senate Jobs Committee on Wednesday.

Are we serving our young people by not sharing the opportunities in the trades where they can earn a great living? We owe it to them to share all career paths. Project Build helps do that.
— Lowell Pratt, Pratt Homes

These bills, authored by Sen. Rich Draheim (Madison Lake) and Rep. Regina Barr (Inver Grove Heights) would appropriate $1,000,000 to Project Build Minnesota, a newly formed non-profit that focuses on raising awareness of opportunities in the construction industry among students, parents and educators.

We need to reinvent how today’s you view the construction trades, which is why we’ve come together to form Project Build Minnesota, an organization dedicated to motivating our youth to learn more about the many benefits of pursing a career in the building industry.
— David Siegel, Housing First Minnesota Executive Director

 

Both bills were laid over for possible inclusion in the omnibus bills that are to begin forming next week.