Trade workers needed for Omaha's fast-growing construction market
OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT)-- Omaha is the fastest growing construction job market in the country. Nearly 6,000 new construction jobs were added in the metro area over the past year. The industry is in need of workers. According to numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor, there are 300,000 unfilled construction jobs nationwide currently. An additional 700,000 needed by 2026. Carpenter and general contractor Corey Woods says the lack of skilled workers affects all levels of construction. This creates higher costs and delays in completing projects. “We have projects going on right now in the local community where we are pulling out of state workers in just to do the work,” said Woods. Brian Turmail with Associated General Contractors of America says, “We're preparing a lot of over-educated baristas and we're not preparing a lot of craft professionals." READ MORE
AGC Testifies on Water Infrastructure Investment
On Sept. 19, Jamey Sanders, Vice President of Choctaw Transportation and Division Chair of AGC of America's Federal and Heavy Construction Division, testified before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works on the importance of water resource infrastructure to the U.S. economy. This is the first of a series of Senate hearings that will be held as Congress considers reauthorization of the Water Resource Development Act (WRDA).
Nebraska Department of Transportation Announces Opening of Highway 281 Bridge South of Spencer
July 26, 2019 (Ainsworth, Neb.) — Today, the Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT) has announced that Highway 281 over the Niobrara River south of Spencer is open to traffic. The highway has been closed since March 13 due to flooding that caused significant damage and washed out a segment of the highway just south of the bridge.