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