What happened: The 17 ARTBA members in attendance March 25, representing multiple divisions, shared their recent experiences in workforce activities. Jorge Quezada of Granite Construction and Nick DiBartolo of the Rogers Group are co-chairs. Karen Bobo and Clark Martin of the Federal Highway Administration’s Highway Construction Workforce Partnership, and Julie Davis of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers, developer of her association’s new Workforce Solutions Toolkit, briefed the group.

Why it matters: Generational change is taking place throughout the transportation construction industry, with decades-long industry employees retiring. ARTBA members have continually expressed concern over emerging workforce needs, both for professional and craft positions. They typically identify their top two business priorities as funding and workforce development.

Workforce recruitment is a perennial issue in ARTBA’s nationwide contractor surveys. All eight of ARTBA’s membership divisions—encompassing both the public and private sectors—have included workforce development on their respective policy agendas, as has ARTBA’s Industry Leader Development Council, which cuts across all divisions. The Workforce Development Council will also explore expanding industry talent pools through strategic diversity and inclusion initiatives.

What’s next: The Council will be planning future meetings, webinars, and other informational activities. Contact Krystal Taylor if you are interested in participating.

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Top, left to right: Carolyn Kramer,  director of ARTBA’s Transportation Investment Advocacy Center; Dr. Patrick Sherry, research professor and executive director  of the National Center for Intermodal Transportation at the University of Denver; and Amy Valdes, vice president of HR Operation Excellence & Rewards at CRH.

Middle: Co-chair Jorge Quezada, vice president of inclusive diversity at Granite Construction; Co-chair Nick Dibartolo, vice president, Southern Tennessee, at the Rogers Group, Inc.; and Rich Juliano, ARTBA general counsel and managing director, of the Contractors and Public Private Partnerships divisions.

Bottom: Dr. Jose Holguin-Veras, William H. Hart professor and director of the Center for Infrastructure, Transportation, and the Environment (CITE) at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Qingbin Cui, professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Maryland Energy Innovation Institute; and Karen Bobo, director  of the Center for Transportation Workforce Development at the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).