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Maura Harling Stefl, Administrative Assistant
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2009 Community ConversationBuilding Central New York’s Construction Workforce

April 30, 2009
Rosamond Gifford Zoo

Quotes from the Event...

“Keep the conversation going!”


“This was an excellent start. It was clear that common problems were identified in pipeline development.”


“I wasn’t sure what to expect—and was pleased with what happened.”

A Great Success!

Over 70 people from the community representing the construction and building trades, non-profit groups, local schools, economic development agencies and other interested parties attended this event. This large community interest only further supported the advisory committees initial interest and need to present this community conversation.

The community Conversation was hosted by: Onondaga Community College (OCC), SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF), Associated Builders & Contractors, Inc. (ABC), OCM BOCES, the Work Force Development Institute, and City of Syracuse and Onondaga County Economic Development in cooperation with Journey to Jobs (J2J), CNY Works, and the Metropolitan Development Association of Syracuse and Central New York (MDA).

Attendees included: Construction industry business owners and representatives, job development agencies or program representatives, training and education service providers, not-for-profit agencies, green alliances and organizations involved in the building industry, economic developers, and government and licensing bodies.

Goals of the Conversation

The CNY business community is dependent upon the building industry to provide the facilities needed for our 21st century economy. As with other industries, the building industry is dependent upon employee recruitment, retention, and training and development programs to fulfill those needs. Workforce recruitment and development is both an issue and a significant opportunity for CNY. We should address this need in order to better position ourselves in this changing economy.

A significant example of why we must address our workforce issues is the opportunity associated with “green building”. With the unavoidable effects of climate change among us, it is increasingly important that we begin to move away from our traditional building designs and techniques toward more efficient buildings. Changes in design and construction will lead to new opportunities for workforce development and the construction industry in general. Edward Mazria, founder of Architecture 2030, explains that because building is a local activity, the money invested in the Building Sector cycles through local economies several times, bolstering the entire economy (Architecture 2030).

The Community Conversation on Workforce Development fostered discussions about the opportunities and resources available to the construction industry of Central New York. The result of these discussions was a better alignment of education, business, and our community resources supporting the industry’s employee pipeline and career ladder needs. Communication and connectivity between education, workforce development and economic development efforts must be our priority if we are to successfully address these workforce issues.

The Community Conversation on Construction Workforce Development Panel and Roundtable Discussions addressed two presenting questions:

  • What are the near- and long-term challenges associated with construction workforce development in response to the current and emerging world marketplace?
  • How can we leverage our region's considerable educational, business and public resources to further develop and support the construction industry in CNY?

This program is supported, in part, by a 2009 Journey to Jobs (J2J) grant and with funds made available by the Metropolitan Development Association of Syracuse and Central New York (MDA).

Program

7:30 a.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast

Resource/Information Table

8:00

Welcome and Overview: Jim Farrell, Chairman, Education Committee of the Associated Builders and Contractors of NYS, CNY Chapter

8:15

Plenary Panel I: Developing Our Construction Workforce

What are the near- and long-term challenges associated with the construction industry’s workforce development in the current global and local marketplace?

  • Construction Industry Perspective:
    Scott McClurg, Owner, McClurg Associates
    Peter Dulcich, IBEW, Joint Apprentice Training Center
    James "Jake" McKenna, President, Parsons-McKenna Construction Co., Inc.
  • Community Perspective:
  • Economic Development Perspective:
  • Workplace Workforce Development Perspective:
    Robert Leslie, Director, Technical & Adult Education, OCM BOCES
  • Education Perspective:
    David Wall, Director of Corporate & Public Partnerships/Workforce Development, Onondaga Community College
    Susan Anagnost, Chair of Construction Management & Wood Products Engineering, SUNY-ESF

 Moderator: Lenore Sealy, Executive Director, CNY Works

9:15

Participant Roundtable Discussions

Discussion facilitator:

How can we further leverage our region's considerable educational, business, and community resources to support the construction industry of Central New York’s employee pipeline and career ladder needs?

9:45
Roundtable Reports

Reporting and discussion on a Construction Workforce Development issues, services and resources.

Facilitators:


Mary Ellen Mangino, Regional Director, Workforce Development Institute
Kurt Roulston, Empowerment Zone Coordinator, City of Syracuse Economic Development
Mark Spadafore, Board Member, Syracuse Alliance for a New Economy (SANE)
Corliss Kaiser, Superintendent, Fayetteville-Manlius School District
Joel Delmonico, The AMOS Project
Penny Hazer, VP Workforce Development of ABC, Empire State Chapter
Paul Crovella, Instructor, Construction Management & Wood Products Engineering, SUNY-ESF
Executive team member, Destiny USA

Moderator: Jim Farrell, Chairman, Education Committee of the Associated Builders and Contractors of NYS, CNY Chapter

10:15

Break

10:30

Summation

What have we learned? What are the next steps? How do we put today’s efforts into action?

Moderator: Frank Caliva, Director of Talent Initiatives, Metropolitan Development

Association of Syracuse and Central New York, Inc.

11:30

Evaluation and Concluding Remarks
Jim Farrell, Chairman, Education Committee of the Associated Builders and Contractors of NYS, CNY Chapter

This program is supported, in part, by a 2009 Journey to Jobs (J2J) grant and with funds made available by the Metropolitan Development Association of Syracuse and Central New York (MDA).