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Infrastructure


 

Members Vision Statement/Mission Statement

Bluebonnet Contractors LLC

NorthGate Constructors

Trinity Infrastructure LLC

 

Sponsors

Workforce Solutions
Greater Dallas

 

Contact Info

Eric Griffin
Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas
1201 Main St, Ste 2700
Dallas, TX 75202
214-290-1000 egriffin@wfsdallas.com

To support the regional infrastructure community – from surface transportation and aviation to energy and broadband transmission – in becoming a recognized center of excellence by meeting participating industry training and workforce needs.

Key Accomplishments to date

  • Launched Infrastructure Cluster initiative, recruited industry champions and gained Board approval
  • Identified high-priority, high-demand surface transportation occupations for immediate attention
  • Developed curriculum, recruited participants and graduated first class of heavy equipment operators
  • Developed curriculum, recruited participants and graduated first class of flaggers
  • Established monthly hiring events for flaggers at the Irving Workforce Center

Future Planned Activities

  • Develop a strategic plan to ensure systematic expansion of the DFW infrastructure workforce pool
  • Recruit additional private sector leaders to represent infrastructure-related industries in addition to surface transportation beginning with broadband
  • Develop a market identity for the cluster initiative
  • Connect with small and medium-sized employers to offer training and recruitment services
  • Develop curriculum and recruit participants for reinforcing iron and rebar workers
  • Secure grants and other resources to fund the initiative
  • Provide industry information and other resources on the Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas web page
  • Develop mutually beneficial relationships with private sector recruiters

Background

A number of large scale infrastructure projects are either planned or currently underway in the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) region.  Due to the considerable economic impact such projects hold for DFW, Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas (WFSDallas) is taking the lead in establishing an Infrastructure Cluster to serve the workforce needs of participating industries.

The Infrastructure Cluster began with a series of meetings in October 2010 when large infrastructure employers in the surface transportation industry approached  WFSDallas.  They were seeking assistance in meeting contract goals for non-traditional employees.  Upon learning of the wide range of workforce services available to employers, these firms quickly realized they could take advantage of solutions to other employment challenges: a shortage of skilled candidates and career pathway preparation.  The Cluster’s efforts to fulfill these workforce needs will serve to promote regional economic development due to direct spending and the economic benefit from improved regional mobility.

As the new Infrastructure cluster continues to evolve, WFSDallas will pay special attention to aligning the initiative with national efforts to create jobs.  Roads and bridges are only part of the equation.  Washington is poised to invest heavily and spur private investment to modernize railways, runways, our nation’s air traffic control system, and our energy and broadband transmission infrastructure.  Based upon information shared by the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness (a bi-partisan group of business and community leaders), investments targeted at upgrading the nation’s infrastructure will require a ready workforce.  WFSDallas will recruit industry leaders to represent all facets of infrastructure development to ensure that training and workforce needs are met.

 

   
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