Building Chicago - 2017 - 10
Members gather at the Drake Hotel for the annual Builders Connect in December 2016.
Board Chair Ken Egidi of Pepper Construction
speaks of the Build Illinois poster campaign to
help attract students to the industry.
The number of tower cranes operating
in Chicago grew to an eight-year high,
topping 54 of which we were aware.
Mayor Emanuel was instrumental
in creating a new school model with
Dunbar Vocational High School
entitled "Chicago Builds," which now
serves as a citywide hub to prepare
Chicago students for careers in the
construction field upon graduation.
This investment provides greater
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career path opportunities for
Chicago's youth and addresses the
workforce shortage in the trades that
will continue to affect the industry.
Mayor Emanuel also launched the
innovative program, "College to
Careers," a joint initiative between
the city, the City Colleges of Chicago,
and industry partners from across
the city to increase the number of
students earning college credentials
of economic value.
In addition to celebrating
Community Builders at the
association's 110th anniversary
event, companies enjoying milestone
membership anniversaries of their
own were called to the stage to accept
mementos of appreciation for their
continued support and participation.
After Board members were formally
recognized for their substantial
contributions to the association,
attendees learned about the
BuildIllinois.com poster campaign that
the association undertook to catch
the attention of Chicagoland middle
school, high school and community
college students and drive them to
the Build Illinois website to learn more
about careers in our industry. The
feedback from guidance counselors
has been exceptionally positive
throughout 2017, and association
The Builders Association's Stacey Kelly shows
off the Cubs ice sculpture that served as a
focal point of the networking reception.
members have subsequently visited
many of these schools to personally
present career information to students
and answer questions first-hand.
This year's Builders Connect will
take place from 12:00-2:30 p.m.
on Wednesday, December 6, at the
Drake. We look forward to welcoming
keynote speaker Paul Doherty of
The Digit Group to learn more about
the emergence of "Smart Cities," a
term that defines the convergence of
new government policies, emerging
innovations and a rethinking of the
design of buildings in today's urban
environments. Please visit www.bldrs.org
to register for Builders Connect,
reserve sponsorships and learn more
about our 2017 Community Builder